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  • Artist envisions new state for Jewish discontents

    In this podcast, JTA German correspondent Toby Axelrod interviews Ronen Eidelman, an Israeli artist studying abroad in Weimar, Germany, whose senior thesis project – seeking the establishment of a Jewish state in Germany – which launches this coming Sunday, is already ruffling some feathers in Germany and abroad. You can read Ms. Axelrod’s full story…

  • The News Shticker: “Post-racial” black haredim… on ice!

    The N.Y. Times profiles Yosef Abrahamson, the black chasidic Crown Heights teen who won an essay contest a couple of weeks ago, suggesting he may be Brooklyn’s perfect representative. Over at Jewschool, Y-Love takes an axe to the Times’ suggestion in the aformentioned story that John McCain, who Abrahamson supports, is a “post-racial” candidate. See…

  • The News Shticker: Celebrity status

    Borat director Larry Charles and comedian Bill Maher have teamed up on a new film, Religulous, which ridicules the most ridiculous behavior of individuals and communities of faith. To promote the film, the team has launched Disbeliefnet, a spoof on News Corp’s religious community site Beliefnet. Among their targets are the kosher phone and haredi…

  • Colbert on Israel’s new national bird, plus kosher giraffes

    Nextbook’s Jonathan Rosen has an op-ed in the NY Times on the hoopoe. Also, here’s more on kosher giraffe milk.

  • Thomas Friedman in Israel

    JTA correspondent Dina Kraft caught up with New York Times columnist and author Tom Friedman in Tel Aviv last week, where he was speaking at a conference sponsored by the Reut Institute, an Israeli think tank. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here.

  • Osama sends Israel belated birthday wishes

    The Onion reports, In an unexpected act that Israeli president Shimon Peres called “thoughtful,” al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden sent a belated threat to Israel Monday in honor of the Jewish state’s 60th birthday. “Old fart!” read the front of the card in a font designed to look like ancient stone tablets. “Did you actually…

  • The News Shticker: Neo-Nazis for Israel

    A German neo-Nazi faction has declared its support for the state of Israel, claiming that “Instead of destroying the Jews we should have taken every measure possible to support the Zionist movement.” Yosef Abrahamson, a Black hasidic teenager from Crown Heights, got to be commanding officer of his local police precinct for a day after…

  • The News Shticker: Nazi Dinosaurs & the Equestrian Sarah Jessica Parker

    A group of Swedish neo-Nazis has recanted, marking their “conversion” with a visit to Yad Vashem yesterday. Conservative British politician Lord Archer called Indian immigrants the UK’s “new Jews” – and not in a good way. Haaretz reports on an online service that lets you email your prayers to the Kotel. Segway inventor and friend-to-Israeli-innovation…

  • HaAm Im HaGolan

    In the following podcast, JTA staff writer Dina Kraft speaks with Ramona Bar-Lev, director of outreach for the Golan Resident’s Commitee, who moved to the Golan Heights as a teenager in 1969 and has never looked back. Responding to the announcement this month that Syria and Israel were engaged in indirect talks, Bar-Lev is once…

  • The Time 100′s Eco-Israeli

    In the following podcast, JTA staff writer Dina Kraft speaks with Isaac Berzin, the Israeli founder of an algae fuel company called GreenFuel, which, for its work in advancing alternative energy resources, earned Berzin the honor of being listed among Time magazine’s top 100 people of 2008. Though his company is based in Boston, Berzin…