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  • When Bob Simon worried he’d be killed for being a Jew

    Journalist Bob Simon, who died last night in a car accident, had a brush with death almost 25 years earlier. As a prisoner of the Iraqis, during the first Persian Gulf War, he worried “his Jewishness might cost him his life,” JTA reported in this 1991 article. “I thought my number was up when they… More ▸

  • Hebrew charter schools and Israeli political corruption?

    Has a Hebrew charter school in the United States been swept up in a web of Israeli governmental corruption? That’s what Haaretz implies in an article published Wednesday headlined “Yesh Atid’s Piron tried to steer funds to school tied to big U.S. donor.” The article notes that before the current Israeli government was dissolved, Education… More ▸

  • Brian Williams’ punishment: Does it fit the crime?

    By now, anyone interested enough to have read about the issue knows the basic facts: Longtime NBC anchor Brian Williams lied about having been on a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq in 2003. In truth, he was on a different helicopter that landed unimpeded about a half hour after the other chopper was… More ▸

  • Jon Stewart’s Jewiest moments

    On Tuesday night, Jon Stewart announced that he will leave The Daily Show at some point in 2015. Under Stewart’s leadership, the show has become the preeminent satire of modern politics. And any of his Jewish viewers over the years can confirm another fundamental element of the show: Stewart’s Jewishness. Few in late-night comedy — or television… More ▸

  • WATCH: Valentine’s Day with Bubbe and Zayde

    So, you’ve read all the self-help books and tried all the online dating sites and apps, but you’re still lonely on Valentine’s Day? Maybe you need the help of someone older and (presumably) wiser. That’s the thinking behind “Dating Advice from Bubbe and Zayde,” a humorous YouTube video produced by the Los Angeles Jewish Home, a… More ▸

  • Israel’s luminaries aiming to brighten country’s image at newspaper gala

    Last summer, Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system protected Israeli civilians from hundreds of Hamas rockets fired from Gaza. Meanwhile, the Waze navigation app helps millions of people steer their way through traffic every day. Now Iron Dome godfather Danny Gold and Waze founder Uri Levine are hoping their products’ newfound celebrity can help bolster Israel’s… More ▸

  • What the EU talks about when it talks about hate

    Alarmed by the worsening of Europe’s anti-Semitism problem, European Union leaders are speaking out more forcefully than ever before against the phenomenon. Following the slaying of four Jews last month by an Islamist near Paris, the first vice president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, recently declared that “without its Jews, Europe will no longer be Europe.”… More ▸

  • The little Times correction that couldn’t (make Speechgate go away)

    Republicans, conservatives and some others have seized on a correction the New York Times made on Jan. 30 to suggest that “Speechgate” is overblown. The correction, to a story that ran the previous day about tensions between the Netanyahu government and Democrats over the Israeli prime minister’s acceptance of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)’s invitation to address Congress,… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Life in the ‘Shanghai Ghetto’

    Last week, JTA reported that the neighborhood in Shanghai that was home to approximately 20,000 Jewish refugees during World War II may be added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. While the Nazi-fleeing refugees who settled in Shanghai certainly fared better than the family and friends they left behind in Europe, life in the so-called “Pearl of… More ▸

  • When Gawker trolled Coca-Cola with ‘Mein Kampf’ messages

    How did Gawker, the sarcastic gossip blog, turn a well-intentioned corporate social media campaign into a promotion of sorts for Adolf Hitler? The fiasco started during the Super Bowl last weekend, when Coca-Cola announced its “Make It Happy” social media campaign. Coke asked people to tag negative or hateful tweets with the hashtag #MakeItHappy; those… More ▸