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  • Margo Howard dishes on her four marriages, three of them Jewish

    When your mother is the world’s most famous advice columnist, you wouldn’t think you’d have to learn any lesson the hard way. But Margo Howard — daughter of the late Ann Landers and the niece of Landers’ twin sister Dear Abby (nee Esther and Pauline Friedman) — had to marry four times before she finally… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — and the rabbis

    David Greenglass, whose testimony against his sister and brother-in-law — accused spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — played a central role in their conviction, recently died at age 92. JTA had minimal coverage of the Rosenbergs’ trial for spying for the Soviet Union. However, in September of 1950 — soon after the couple was brought before… More ▸

  • WATCH: Rabbi Barry Freundel on ‘Da Ali G Show’

    Back in 2003, long before Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest on voyeurism charges, and long before Sacha Baron Cohen was a household name, the rabbi appeared on Baron Cohen’s “Da Ali G Show.” The rabbi was one of three religious leaders (plus an atheist) who agreed to appear on a panel, apparently unaware that they would… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Mikvah misconduct, an unsettling dispute, engaging with anti-Zionism

    Mikvah misconduct: The mikvah is a sacred space that is deeply meaningful for many women, making Rabbi Barry Freundel’s alleged taping there particularly disturbing, writes Danya Ruttenberg.  (Forward) An unsettling dispute: Israel’s ever-expanding settlement project is threatening the country’s relations with its closest allies and undermining Israel’s legitimate security concerns, writes David Horovitz.  (Times of Israel) Engaging with… More ▸

  • Am Yisrael Buy: Pro-Israel app aims to counter flurry of BDS ones

    The latest Israel technology wasn’t developed at the Technion, nor was it hatched by a startup in Tel Aviv. In fact, it didn’t come from Israel at all. Am Yisrael Buy, a new app (available on Apple, Android and Windows Phone) designed to help users locate and buy Israeli products, is the brainchild of Rabbi Daniel Cohen,… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: A pressing debate, epistolary angst, curing Ebola with tobacco

    A pressing debate: Seasoned journalists Ethan Bronner and Matti Friedman debate whether there is disproportionate focus on Israel in the media. (NPR) Can tobacco cure Ebola?: As scientists scramble to find a treatment for Ebola, they may look toward the Israeli company CollPlant for its pioneering medical research on an unlikely plant: tobacco.  (Times of Israel) Epistolary angst: Israeli… More ▸

  • Fasten your seat belts: The drive-thru sukkah awaits

    Last week we reported on the pedi-sukkah — essentially a tricycle rickshaw with a sukkah attached, designed to bring the holiday of Sukkot to the people. But for those on-the-go types who prefer to travel through, rather than in, their (very) temporary dwelling, there’s another option: the drive-thru sukkah. Following the lead of Miami’s Bet… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Toppling crime, bordering on change, high school sukkah drama

    Toppling crime, building coexistence: In London, a volunteer band of crime-fighting Orthodox Jews has gained the appreciation of the locals, and its protection of local Muslims has garnered international praise. (AFP) Bordering on change: A grassroots Israeli organization is working to strengthen the ties between Israelis and Gazans living on the border. (Times of Israel) High school sukkah drama: At… More ▸