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  • The Nat’l Jewish Democratic Council’s questions for Scott Walker

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a likely candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is about to visit Israel for the first time — without media, as we reported last week. So the National Jewish Democratic Council has ginned up a few questions for him. Some of these are, unsurprisingly, of the gotcha variety. (Like, why is this… More ▸

  • What if football’s opening weekend acknowledged Rosh Hashanah?

    Much has been made of the start date of the 2015 NFL season, which falls on Erev Rosh Hashanah. But the truth is that football always starts around the Jewish New Year in September. What if Jewish football fans pushed to integrate Rosh Hashanah into the opening game broadcasts? After all, football has been played… More ▸

  • Could an Israeli invention end cooking as we know it?

    Plenty of mobile apps help consumers order meals for delivery or offer recipes. But a new app developed by Israeli entrepreneurs will actually prepare the food for you on your kitchen counter. While not quite as fantastical as it sounds — to use the app you also need a coffeemaker-sized appliance called The Genie —… More ▸

  • From the Archive: 1920s Vilna mommy wars and other Mother’s Day tales

    Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and Jewish moms, while celebrated, are often the brunt of jokes based on the old stereotypes of the overbearing, overfeeding and guilt-tripping matriarch. A peek into JTA’s archives, however, reveals a wide diversity of Jewish mothers in the news from 1923 on, in news, human-interest and trend stories ranging from… More ▸

  • Who is Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s new justice minister?

    Ayelet Shaked (pronounced ShahKED), Israel’s newly appointed justice minister and a member of the right-wing Jewish Home party, has quickly risen to prominence having served just two years in the Knesset. Here’s what you need to know about the 39-year-old (today’s her birthday) political celebrity. She’s seen as a poster child for Jewish Home’s efforts… More ▸

  • Natalie Portman raps Bibi, hearts Alan Dershowitz

    Hollywood Reporter’s new cover story interview with actress Natalie Portman may be one of the most heavily Jewish-themed articles the magazine has ever published. In it, the Israel-born Portman, who’s preparing for the May 18 debut of her film adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which was shot in… More ▸

  • 5 reasons Netanyahu’s having a hard time building a coalition

    On March 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a landslide. His 30 Knesset seats were the largest tally for a single party in 13 years, and six more than his nearest opponent. And his path to a coalition was clear: partner with the haredim, reconnect with three right-wing or center-right parties — all led by… More ▸

  • Amid Baltimore strife, one rabbi finds hope

    Etan Mintz is the rabbi of B’nai Israel Congregation, Baltimore’s oldest continually active synagogue, located five blocks from City Hall in downtown Baltimore. Amid the protests sparked by the death of Freddie Gray in police custody last month, he joined with rabbinic colleagues and other spiritual leaders in the city to offer support to those in… More ▸

  • Alan Grayson to the House: Have I got a doctor for you!

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) not long ago withdrew her name from the list of those seeking the Senate seat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is vacating for his presidential run. Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and perhaps the party’s most important Jewish lawmaker, was clearing the way for a smooth run by… More ▸