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  • Why the Jewish Federations don’t talk about guns

    Several Jewish groups on Tuesday came out singing the praises of President Barack Obama’s initiatives against gun violence. (The Anti-Defamation League too.) On Wednesday, the Jewish Federations of North America joined the chorus — but it only hit a single note. And that note was mental health, not guns. “Jewish Federations applaud the Obama administration for allocating $500… More ▸

  • ‘Broad City’ renewed for 2 seasons, ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ for 1

    Stoners, Jewish feminists and wacky comedy fans rejoice — Comedy Central has renewed two of its most popular shows, “Broad City” and “Inside Amy Schumer.” “Broad City,” written and acted by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, was given the very rare green light for two subsequent seasons. The third season premieres on Feb. 17. “Inside… More ▸

  • H&M: Your source for cheap & chic Jewish prayer shawls?

    H&M is at it again — they’ve made a scarf that looks remarkably like a tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl. Racked is reporting that the fast-fashion retailer is currently hawking a beige scarf with black stripes on its website for $17.99. “H&M even incorporated its own version of tzitzit, the knotted fringe you’ll find on every… More ▸

  • 4 times Obama and Netanyahu got along that ‘Frontline’ skipped

    PBS’ “Frontline” aired “Netanyahu at War” last night, and there’s a lot of social media buzz about the nearly 2-hour documentary, which chronicles Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s career and then veers into his relationship with President Barack Obama. Allow me a mixed-generation metaphor — boomers and millennials — for my takeaway: The film casts… More ▸

  • Obama brings the Jewish banter on Seinfeld web series

    Apparently, President Obama thinks Jerry Seinfeld could have been a Jewish Orson Welles. The commander-in-chief went on Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (a title that tells you everything you need to know) for the show’s seventh season premiere Wednesday. Obama — who Seinfeld says qualified for the show with jokes from previous White House… More ▸

  • New Year’s celebration – it’s all about the foreskin

    The Christian New Year isn’t just about resolutions and hangovers — it’s about foreskin. It makes sense if you think about it. A bris is traditionally held eight days after the birth of a Jewish boy. Jesus was a Jew. And New Year’s Day is eight days after Christmas, the celebration of Jesus’s birth. Several Christian… More ▸

  • The rabbinate strikes back: 2015 in Israeli religious pluralism

    Two years ago, Israeli advocates for religious pluralism spoke of a “window of opportunity” to advance their cause. For the first time in a decade, the governing coalition included no haredi Orthodox parties. The Knesset’s second biggest party, Yesh Atid, advanced a raft of legislation to change the Orthodox-controlled status quo. Even the religious Zionist… More ▸

  • 4 quotes by ex-Orthodox rabbi Marc Gafni not in The NY Times article

    Former Orthodox rabbi Marc Gafni — accused decades ago of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl — rocketed back into the news last weekend in a feature story in The New York Times. Times reporter Mark Oppenheimer explains that Gafni has moved on from his troubled past to found the Center for Integral Wisdom. The think tank’s projects include retreats, workshops and lectures on… More ▸

  • Was Eve created from Adam’s penis bone?

    (JTA) — Bible scholars are not generally known for producing viral or sexy content. But American Jewish University professor Ziony Zevit is causing a stir with a new book suggesting that in Genesis, Eve was made from a bone in Adam’s penis — not his rib, as we have all been taught. In “What Really Happened… More ▸