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  • Shimon Peres, the gas pump attendant

    You’ve got to love Shimon Peres. How many 92-year-old statesmen do you know that would be good-natured enough to star in a video in which he is told he has no marketable skills and then tries his hand at being a gas pump attendant, mall security guard, pizza deliveryman, stand-up comedian and parachute jump instructor?… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Rationalizing the irrational, a Zionist doctor in Gaza, forgetting Mohammed

    Rationalizing the irrational: A Human Rights Watch tweet linking rising anti-Semitism to Israel’s actions in Gaza mistakes irrational prejudice for a rational response to world events, writes Jeffrey Goldberg. (The Atlantic) A Zionist doctor in Gaza: Gay, Jewish and pro-Israel, Dr. Adam Kawalek was not your typical medical volunteer in Gaza. Not surprisingly, his 17 days there during… More ▸

  • Wanted: Mossad agents

    Does your dream job involve flying drones? Infiltrating barricaded facilities? Targeting suspects recognized via security cameras? Telling all your friends you work in marketing? Then maybe the Mossad is for you. Israel’s top-secret overseas intelligence agency just put out a flashy recruitment video that looks like it was taken from a “Mission: Impossible” video game…. More ▸

  • From the Archive: Suriname’s Jewish settlement and non-settlement

    This week, Israel’s Holocaust remembrance authority posthumously recognized William Arnold Egger as a Righteous among the Nations for hiding 12 Jews in the cellar of his Netherlands home in 1942. The grandson of slaves, Egger had moved to the Netherlands in 1935 from his birthplace in Suriname, then a Dutch colony on the Northeastern coast of South… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: The separation myth, diplomatic delusions, tasting Hitler’s food

    The separation myth: If a two-state solution is ever reached, it will be through openness and integration between Israelis and Palestinians, not segregation, writes Gershom Gorenberg. (National Journal) Diplomatic delusions: U.S. diplomacy has utterly failed in brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians, so why does the U.S. still see itself as a necessary third party, asks Nathan… More ▸

  • In the kitchen with Joan

    Even in death, Joan Rivers keeps making headlines. On Wednesday, the New York Post reported that publicist Beck Lee hired an impersonator to create a fake “last recording” of Rivers, which he used to promote the off-Broadway show “My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy” for his client, Brad Zimmerman. On Thursday, CNN reported that… More ▸

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Season of abundance

    Apparently, I jumped the gun. Last week, I was waxing poetic about how safe and sound I feel with the winter squash tucked away in the greenhouse. That was then the greenhouse looked like this: Now, it looks like this: Tis the season of abundance. The fall crops are in – in our case thousands… More ▸

  • From Golden Dawn to terror tunnel, a glossary for 5774

    (JTA) — When Merriam-Webster released the latest edition of its Official Scrabble Players Dictionary this summer, it announced that it had added more than 5,000 new words – including Yiddish words like “schmutz” and “tuchus.” While there is no Official JTA Dictionary, we couldn’t help but notice a number of new words and terms come… More ▸