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  • Jon Stewart on filming in — and talking about — the Middle East

    Jon Stewart’s directorial film debut, “Rosewater,” is set to premiere at film festivals in the United States and Canada this September. So the Hollywood Reporter took the opportunity to grab some golden quotes (and glam shots) of the iconic “Daily Show” comedian about filming in the Middle East — and his own take on the… More ▸

  • Yale chaplain blames anti-Semitism on Israel

    Discontent is brewing in New Haven after Rev. Bruce M. Shipman, an Episcopal chaplain at Yale, wrote a letter to the New York Times that some have deemed deeply offensive to Jews. On Aug. 20, Deborah E. Lipstadt, an author and Jewish history professor at Emory University, published an editorial in the New York Times entitled… More ▸

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Battling the blight

    The first signs of problems with the tomato plants showed up in June, but a combination of inexperience, cockiness and distractions caused me to ignore them. This week, I paid the price. Tomatoes are a great money-maker. At the market, they are both our highest-priced and highest-volume crop. We can easily move 50-100 pounds on a Sunday,… More ▸

  • Wishing Joan Rivers a speedy recovery

    Comedian Joan Rivers was rushed to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital today after going into cardiac arrest in the midst of vocal-chord surgery at a nearby clinic. Long known for her outspokenness (and frequent plastic surgery), the 81-year-old star of countless TV programs generated some cheers in the Jewish world for for the above video last… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Israel’s Burning Man fest, Tinder’s Jewish founders, Gaza border fears

    Burning Man in the Negev:  The iconic Nevada festival has come to Israel, where local enthusiasts gathered in the country’s southern desert. (Tablet) Kolkata’s Jews, digitally preserved:  A newly formed digital archive has gathered testaments to the rich history of Kolkata’s dwindling Jewish community. (Times of India) Border fears: Recent violence has filled residents of… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Hollywood hate, endogamy blues, Silicon Wadi?

    U.N. should respect Yom Kippur:  While other faiths’ holidays are days off for the United Nations, not one Jewish holiday is observed, forcing Jewish diplomats to make uncomfortable, unfair choices, Daniel Mariaschin and David Michaels write. (N.Y. Times) Hate in Hollywood: Comedian Elon Gold describes an anti-Semitic incident against his family in Los Angeles.  (Jewish Journal) Zionist lessons: Nearly… More ▸

  • Netanyahu’s plummeting poll numbers

    A month ago, 82 percent of Israel’s Jews supported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an impressive achievement in Israel’s fractious political climate. Two weeks later, his approval rating was 55 percent. By this past Monday, on the eve of the cease-fire, it was at 38. A full half of the country disapproved of his performance…. More ▸

  • ‘Rubble bucket challenge’ is latest online salvo in Gaza conflict

    It’s been going on for weeks. Relentlessly. With each new salvo, we wonder: will it never end? It is the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, a viral social media trend that’s inspired celebrities, politicians and thousands of everyday citizens to make videos of themselves dumping buckets of ice water over their heads, ostensibly to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,… More ▸