• Investigative report skewers Yeshiva U. for past investment practices

    The Jewish Channel, together with TakePart, has published an investigative report on Yeshiva University. Headlined “How to Lose $1 Billion: Yeshiva University Blows its Future on Loser Hedge Funds,” the article notes that contrary to conventional wisdom, the Madoff Ponzi scheme was a relatively minor factor in the school’s current financial woes. The piece, written… More ▸

  • Like risque Jewish comedian father, like risque Jewish comedian son

    Those taken aback by the sexually charged comedy routine of kippah-wearing 12-year-old Josh Orlian on “America’s Got Talent” now have one more reason to be surprised: He took some of the material from his dad. Josh appeared on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night, wowing the judges with racy jokes. In one bit, Orlian said that after… More ▸

  • Condi Rice and John Kerry praise each other’s Israeli-Palestinian efforts

    Portrait unveilings are occasions for rare bipartisan comity in an increasingly polarized Washington, and the spirit of unity informed the unveiling of the portrait Wednesday of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The event also was notable for underscoring the consistency — whatever the partisan sniping — under Democratic and Republican presidents in the… More ▸

  • Boys’ kidnapping inspires ‘SOS Israel’ app

    In response to the kidnapping of three boys last week, some Israelis have prayed. Some have voiced support on social media. And some have done what they do best: they made an app. Prompted by the kidnapping and set to launch in the near future, the SOS Israel app will allow anyone in Israel facing… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Y.U.’s losing bet, why Israelis hitchhike, reinviting Reuven Rivlin

    Y.U.’s losing bet: Yeshiva University squandered its financial resources with a high-risk investment strategy, Steven I. Weiss writes. (TakePart) Why Israelis hitchhike: Hitchhiking is a way of life for West Bank Jews that reflects “a culture of love, trust and confidence,” Ari Soffer writes. (Arutz Sheva) Reinviting Reuven Rivlin: Rabbi Charles Kroloff invites the newly elected Israeli president… More ▸

  • Naughty Modern Orthodox 12-year-old wows ‘America’s Got Talent’

    Josh Orlian has been invited back to “America’s Got Talent.” But can the kippah-wearing 12-year-old (not the show’s first young Orthodox contestant, by the way) come back to shul? Orlian, an aspiring stand-up comedian from White Plains, N.Y., auditioned last night on the televised talent show with a routine the judges described as “naughty.” It apparently… More ▸

  • #BringBackOurBoys meets #BringBackOurGirls

    Immediately after Monday’s #BringBackOurBoys rally at the Israeli consulate in New York on behalf of the three kidnapped Israeli teens, several participants joined a second rally nearby focused on another kidnapping on a different continent. The second rally was outside the Nigerian consulate. It was for the more than 200 Nigerian girls whose mass abduction… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Escaping domestic prisons, prisoners of Palestinian politics, the Berlin-Jerusalem alliance

    Escaping domestic prisons: Fraidy Reiss, founder of Unchained at Last, talks about leaving her abusive arranged marriage in the haredi Orthodox community and her work helping others from a variety of religious backgrounds do the same. (NPR) Prisoners of Palestinian politics: The kidnapping of Israeli teens reflects Hamas’ struggle for ascendancy over the Palestinian Authority in the West… More ▸