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  • Feminist? Yiddish speaker? This millennial’s podcast is for you

    If you’re a Yiddish-speaking woman, Sandy Fox wants you on her podcast. Fox is the millennial “balaboosta,” or host, of Vaybertaytsh, a new feminist, Yiddish-language podcast that aired its first episode on Tuesday. She hopes to interview women and feature their music, writing and other creative work every two weeks — all in Yiddish. It’s…

  • What does a libertarian like Gary Johnson’s running mate see in Shimon Peres?

    Appearing on MSNBC Wednesday, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson dealt another blow to his long-shot campaign when he couldn’t come up with the name of a single foreign leader he liked. Lost in the post-mortem, however, was the bizarre response of his running mate, Bill Weld, who said his favorite leader was Shimon Peres. Statesmen of all…

  • Shimon Peres, last of Israel’s founders, dies

    A member of Israel’s founding generation, Peres took leading roles in government from the state’s founding until his retirement 66 years later.

  • The top 14 Jewish newsmakers of 5776

    (JTA) — With Rosh Hashanah approaching, which Jews made the biggest news in the past Jewish year? From the presidential election to Israel to your TV screen, here are 14 Jews who earned headlines during the past 12 months for their accomplishments, blunders, mitzvahs and missteps. Bernie Sanders First on our list is the first Jewish candidate to…

  • How Rachel Weisz learned to play a Holocaust scholar

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Before the most dramatic episode of her professional life became a movie, Deborah Lipstadt had some work to do. No, she didn’t have to make some last-minute changes to the script or take a crash course in acting. Her job: To teach Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz how to talk like a…

  • Israeli chief rabbi endorses top US rabbi’s conversions in aftermath of rejection

    (JTA) — Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau sent a letter urging a midlevel bureaucrat in the Chief Rabbinate to accept conversions certified by the head of a prominent American Orthodox rabbinical court. Lau “asked me to clarify to you once more that his position is to recognize the certifications given from the Beth Din of America and…

  • Orthodox rabbis’ group mandates prenup to prevent ‘chained’ wives

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Rabbinical Council of America will mandate its member rabbis to require couples to sign a prenuptial agreement ensuring that husbands will not withhold a “get,” or Jewish writ of divorce, from their wives. The agreement, commonly referred to as a “halachic prenup,” generally penalizes the husband financially for refusing to give…

  • SEC charges NJ Jewish philanthropist with insider trading

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Leon Cooperman, a billionaire hedge fund manager and Jewish philanthropist from New Jersey, has been charged with insider trading. Cooperman and his Omega Advisers hedge fund were charged Wednesday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which alleges that Cooperman made $4 million by buying into Atlas Pipeline Partners LP, of which he was…

  • NY bombing suspect’s Orthodox neighbors seem resigned to backyard terror

    ELIZABETH, N.J. (JTA) — Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man who police say planted four bombs in Manhattan and New Jersey — including one in the train station here — used to come to the One Stop Kosher Market to buy snacks. The market is a couple minutes’ walk down Elmora Avenue from First American Fried Chicken,…

  • One place swing-state voters won’t see Clinton and Trump this season: The rabbi’s pulpit

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When Rosh Hashanah came around last year, Rabbi Aaron Gaber wanted to grapple with an issue roiling the country. So he decided to focus his sermon on racism. But several members of Brothers of Israel, a 120-family Conservative synagogue in suburban Philadelphia, weren’t pleased. “Some of the feedback from some of my congregants…