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  • Elsewhere: Coming out from the pulpit, Israeli battle scars, tribal instinct

    Coming out from the pulpit: A senior rabbi emailed thousands of congregants to tell them he was gay, and his words mark the continued progress of the Conservative movement, writes Jeffrey Goldberg. (The Atlantic) Israeli battle scars: From missing fathers to evacuated houses, the Gaza war has had a lasting impact on disparate Israeli families. (BBC) Tribal instinct: Jewish tribalism… More ▸

  • Adas Israel rabbi: ‘I am a gay man’

    Rabbi Gil Steinlauf struggled for decades with an identity that he only acknowledged publicly this week. On the Monday after Yom Kippur, Steinlauf, the married senior rabbi at Adas Israel — a large and historic Conservative synagogue in Washington, D.C. — announced that he is gay. In a letter sent to congregants, Steinlauf wrote: With much pain and tears,… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Milk and honey in Germany, Jewish roots in German soccer, humor and the Holocaust

    Milk and honey in Germany: Fleeing the Jewish state’s high cost of living, a growing number of Israeli expats in Berlin are campaigning for others to join them, provoking the fury of some Israeli officials. (Times of Israel) Jewish roots in German soccer: Bayern Munich, Germany’s premier soccer club, has largely ignored its Jewish history, but the story… More ▸

  • From the Archive: The father of modern Hebrew — and his son

    Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the late inventor of modern Hebrew, was feted recently in his native Belarus, from where he emigrated in 1881. Ben-Yehuda, who died in 1922, was instrumental in Hebrew’s unique transformation from a sacred and largely dormant language to a national tongue spoken by millions. His son, Ittamar Ben-Avi, also was passionate about the… More ▸

  • Bibiyonce? Not so fast, says Netanyahu

    Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on Fusion, the Hispanic-millenial targeting network, reacts to the J Street campaign in which his caricature appears in a Beyonce pose, captioned “If You Like It, Then You Should Put a Border On It.” “You’ve never been compared to Beyonce, I’m sure,” interviewer Jorge Ramos says. “Wow,” Netanyahu says. “There are a… More ▸

  • Pamela Geller wants her ‘Killing Jews,’ I want my (Hamas) MTV

    The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority is keeping Pamela Geller’s group, American Freedom Defense Initiative, from posting its anti-Islam ad because it might incite violence … against Jews. The ad — Geller poses here with a sample — features a young man wrapped in a keffiyah, or Palestinian scarf, and the quote, “Killing Jews brings… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: For Gazans, hope floats, beyond Koufax, J-conomics

    For Gazans, hope floats: With their homes in shambles and government in disarray, desperate Palestinians are fleeing Gaza by boat for the first time since 1948. (The Economist) Beyond Koufax: From black Jews in the Negro Leagues to Jackie Robinson’s status as a Jewish icon, an interview with historian Rebecca Alpert reveals the lesser-known history of Jews in… More ▸

  • Sukkot luxury in Jerusalem: Hotel penthouse suites with private sukkahs

    With its panoramic views of Jerusalem, cushiony seating area and decorative elements, this could be almost any other room at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. Except the floor is made of AstroTurf, the walls are made of transparent cloth and the roof is a bamboo mat. Welcome to one of a dozen private sukkahs built on the… More ▸