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  • Elsewhere: Boycotting the Times, Sotloff’s Israel days, the near-extinct bialy

    All the news that’s fit to boycott: A leading Reform rabbi’s recent public parting of ways with The New York Times is emblematic of the American Jewish establishment’s increasing unwillingness to hear Israel criticism, Chemi Shalev writes. (Haaretz) Sotloff in day school: Danielle Berrin writes about attending Jewish day school with Steven Sotloff, the journalist ISIS recently… More ▸

  • Gaza war’s price tag: $2.5 billion

    Now we know how much Israel’s war in Gaza cost — and it’s even more than we expected. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon revealed Tuesday that the total military cost of Israel’s 50-day war in Gaza this summer amounted to $2.5 billion. That number doesn’t include an estimated $1.3 billion hit to Israel’s GDP due… More ▸

  • In his reporting, Steven Sotloff favored ‘vox pop’ style

    Steven Sotloff, the journalist beheaded Tuesday by the Islamic State, was Jewish and a dual U.S.-Israeli citizen whose detailed and colorful reporting told stories of ordinary people caught in conflicts across the Middle East. Among articles filed for a range of publications, Sotloff reported stories from the Arab world to the Jerusalem Report. He would… More ▸

  • ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ fluoride and Israel’s health minister

    Israeli Health Minister Yael German would have fit right into the cast of “Dr. Strangelove.” Much like Jack D. Ripper, the macho general in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Cold War satire who began a nuclear war because he was afraid the Russians had fluoridated America’s water supply, German is very concerned about the H20 her countrymen are drinking…. More ▸

  • For Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, there is no joy in debut

    It was a scenario straight out of “Casey at the Bat”: a screaming crowd, ninth inning, two outs, two men on base, the home team down by two runs, the slugger striding to the plate with a chance to win the game. The slugger on Monday night in Dodger Stadium was Joc Pederson, a hotshot… More ▸

  • Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

    When Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the principal of Ramaz, an Orthodox day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, first heard about last week’s attack in the neighborhood on a Jewish couple by a mob bearing Palestinian flags, he had an instinctual response. Maybe the male students at his school should consider wearing baseball caps over their yarmulkes when… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Surfboard Hebrew school, women rabbis on top, hipster ketubahs

    Times tabled: Richard Block — a Reform rabbi, “lifelong Democrat, political liberal” and longtime New York Times reader — says that the Grey Lady’s “incessant denigration of Israel” spurred him to cancel his subscription. (Tablet) Rabbi catches a wave: Hanniel Levenson, the 32-year-old rabbi of a congregation in Long Island’s tony Hamptons, engages youth by mixing Hebrew school… More ▸

  • From the Archive: When Jewish teachers unionized

    The National Labor Relations Board recently dismissed a complaint filed against a Philadelphia Jewish day school whose board unilaterally stopped recognizing the longtime teachers union. In its ruling, which the American Federation of Teachers has said it plans to appeal, the NLRB said it lacked jurisdiction over the matter concerning Perelman Jewish Day School, presumably because it is… More ▸