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  • David Bowie was into kabbalah and other Jewish facts about the late icon

    It was clear long before the Internet swelled with heartfelt tributes to David Bowie that the late musician was an artistic legend. The 69-year-old Englishman, who died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, reinvented himself countless times in a music career that spanned more than five decades. There were stints, too, as a Broadway and Hollywood… More ▸

  • Is Marco Rubio really outraged by US spying on Israel?

    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has made seemingly contradictory statements about the seriousness of reported U.S. spying on Israel. Democrats have been eager to point out the apparent discrepancy. In the aftermath of the Wall Street Journal revelation last month that the National Security Agency eavesdropped on Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin… More ▸

  • WATCH: Israelis and Palestinians kiss in defiance of barred book

    Israel’s Education Ministry probably didn’t see this coming when it excluded a book about a Jewish-Palestinian romance from the high school reading list. In response to the ministry’s controversial decision, an Israeli magazine published a video on Thursday of Israelis and Palestinians kissing — reminiscent of a provocative 2014 video of strangers kissing that made headlines…. More ▸

  • Why the Jewish Federations don’t talk about guns

    Several Jewish groups on Tuesday came out singing the praises of President Barack Obama’s initiatives against gun violence. (The Anti-Defamation League too.) On Wednesday, the Jewish Federations of North America joined the chorus — but it only hit a single note. And that note was mental health, not guns. “Jewish Federations applaud the Obama administration for allocating $500… More ▸

  • ‘Broad City’ renewed for 2 seasons, ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ for 1

    Stoners, Jewish feminists and wacky comedy fans rejoice — Comedy Central has renewed two of its most popular shows, “Broad City” and “Inside Amy Schumer.” “Broad City,” written and acted by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, was given the very rare green light for two subsequent seasons. The third season premieres on Feb. 17. “Inside… More ▸

  • H&M: Your source for cheap & chic Jewish prayer shawls?

    H&M is at it again — they’ve made a scarf that looks remarkably like a tallit, or Jewish prayer shawl. Racked is reporting that the fast-fashion retailer is currently hawking a beige scarf with black stripes on its website for $17.99. “H&M even incorporated its own version of tzitzit, the knotted fringe you’ll find on every… More ▸

  • 4 times Obama and Netanyahu got along that ‘Frontline’ skipped

    PBS’ “Frontline” aired “Netanyahu at War” last night, and there’s a lot of social media buzz about the nearly 2-hour documentary, which chronicles Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s career and then veers into his relationship with President Barack Obama. Allow me a mixed-generation metaphor — boomers and millennials — for my takeaway: The film casts… More ▸

  • Obama brings the Jewish banter on Seinfeld web series

    Apparently, President Obama thinks Jerry Seinfeld could have been a Jewish Orson Welles. The commander-in-chief went on Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” (a title that tells you everything you need to know) for the show’s seventh season premiere Wednesday. Obama — who Seinfeld says qualified for the show with jokes from previous White House… More ▸