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  • WATCH: 2 videos of the violence in Israel

    The violence in Israel continued on Friday with multiple stabbings and shootings. Hamas’ chief in the Gaza Strip declared a third intifada, and some were inclined to believe him. In the morning, an Israeli Jew stabbed four Arabs in an apparent revenge attack for Palestinian terrorism. The victims suffered light to serious injuries. Around noon,… More ▸

  • Does Susan Rice think Benjamin Netanyahu is a racist?

    Dennis Ross’ book about the United States-Israel relationship is about to come out, and it includes a bombshell revelation about tensions between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ross, in a passage excerpted from the book Thursday in Politico, says that Susan Rice, the U.S. national security adviser, was so furious with… More ▸

  • NY Mets in the playoffs: Should they be thanking Bernie Madoff?

    Having endured a nine-year playoff drought, New York Mets fans are used to blaming Bernie Madoff for the team’s woes. Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, uncovered in 2008, cost the Mets’ owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, nearly $700 million and forced the team to restructure its payroll and finances. The option of signing premier talent to big-time… More ▸

  • Donald Trump gets priestly blessing from Jew for Jesus

    CNN reported that Donald Trump last week met with “Christian, Jewish leaders.” I tried to but could not track down which “Jewish leaders” were in the group. What also puzzled me was that it was the first day of Sukkot: That didn’t rule out the presence of a “Jewish leader,” but it made it less likely. The… More ▸

  • Bernie Sanders finally opens up about Jewish childhood

    I interviewed Bernie Sanders a couple years ago, when word first circulated that the Vermont senator might seek the presidency. Though he knew about JTA going in — and must have known questions about his Jewish background were coming — he didn’t want to get into it. I wrote at the time: “But Sanders is hesitant to draw a… More ▸

  • The Mets-Dodgers series is so Jewish, congressmen are betting bagels on it

    Baseball doesn’t get much more Jewish than this year’s MLB National League Division Series, which starts Friday between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both teams feature notable Jews: Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Dodgers and Fred Wilpon in the owner’s box for the Mets. Plus, you’ve got the famously Jewy fanbases of… More ▸

  • Ben Bernanke memoir: Classmates thought I had Jew horns

    Ben Bernanke dealt with prejudice as a Jew growing up in South Carolina, including being asked if he had horns, according to his new memoir. Several times, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve writes, elementary school classmates asked “quite innocently, I believe” whether he had horns. “Growing up in Dillon [in South Carolina], the son of… More ▸

  • Why is a Conservative synagogue abandoning the second day of yontif?

    A synagogue in New Jersey will be celebrating the upcoming Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah holidays on a single day, rather than on two consecutive days as is normally the case outside Israel. In Israel, the three major pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot — are celebrated for one day. Outside Israel, they are observed for two…. More ▸