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is JTA's senior writer and former managing editor. Follow him on Twitter at @urielheilman


  • Lifting the veil on the science of counting Jews

    JTA takes a look behind the curtain of how Jewish population studies are conducted and finds KitKats, Coke and women.

  • ZOA’s mixed (up) messages on Israel

    Is an errant news release from ZOA a sign that Mort Klein’s subconscious is trying to tell us something?

  • Reform Judaism with a Latin flavor takes root in Florida school

    As Latin American immigrants flock to Miami, one institution has reinvented itself to offer Latin-flavored Judaism.

  • SAR tefillin policy just the tip of the iceberg for Orthodox women

    The announcement this week that SAR, a modern Orthodox high school in New York, is allowing girls to lay tefillin is helping expose an increasingly sharp fault line within Orthodoxy.

  • Is food writer Mark Bittman going kosher?

    The New York Times columnist wants you to cut down on meat, impose value-based restrictions on your diet and boycott Pepsi.

  • Sharon’s unfinished business

    Would Ariel Sharon have replicated his Gaza model of withdrawal in the West Bank?

  • RCA backs Avi Weiss (sort of)

    The Rabbinical Council of America says it did not cast aspersions on Rabbi Avi Weiss’ commitment to halachah. But amid Weiss’ dispute with the Israeli Rabbinate, is the RCA willing to back Weiss?

  • Y.U. landed one of top 10 gifts in 2013

    Despite its financial problems, Yeshiva University made the list of recipients for the top 10 charitable donations of 2013, thanks to a $160 million gift.

  • Israeli Rabbinate: Here’s why Rabbi Avi Weiss isn’t kosher enough

    Last fall the Israeli Rabbinate began rejecting the imprimatur of Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale, N.Y., when it came to affirming the Jewishness of immigrants to Israel. Now the Rabbinate is saying why.

  • John Podhoretz, Jane Eisner and the brouhaha at the 92Y

    What exactly happened Monday night at the 92Y that prompted Commentary editor John Podhoretz to storm off the stage and get into a spat with Forward editor Jane Eisner?