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  • Why is a Conservative synagogue abandoning the second day of yontif?

    A synagogue in New Jersey will be celebrating the upcoming Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah holidays on a single day, rather than on two consecutive days as is normally the case outside Israel. In Israel, the three major pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot — are celebrated for one day. Outside Israel, they are observed for two…. More ▸

  • Kanye West’s Israel performance was bizarre

    It’s not every day that a self-anointed god visits the Holy Land. That’s why some 20,000 Israeli fans showed up when rapper Kanye West performed at Ramat Gan Stadium outside of Tel Aviv on Wednesday night. However, according to reports in Israeli media, the show was far from divine. West showed up 30 minutes late… More ▸

  • Is it really a shock that 1/3 of Americans wouldn’t hide Jews?

    Is the glass one-third empty or two-thirds full? A poll commissioned by distributors of the Holocaust film “Return to the Hiding Place” asked 1,000 Americans a question many Jews have pondered: “If you were living during World War II, would you have risked the imprisonment and death of yourself and your family to hide Jews?”… More ▸

  • Why you won’t find Starbucks in Israel

    In Israel, American stores dot shopping malls and McDonald’s branches proliferate. But one chain you won’t see is Starbucks. Starbucks has franchises around the world, but its brief experiment with Israeli stores lasted just two years, from 2001 to 2003. Maybe, as some have suggested, Starbucks pulled out of Tel Aviv to appease an anti-Israel… More ▸

  • Hurricane Joaquin: Can Jews take down their sukkahs for a storm?

    As Hurricane Joaquin gains steam off the southeastern coast of the United States, the question has begun to circulate online: Are Jews allowed to take down their sukkahs in the case of a storm? Sukkot, which began Sunday, runs through this Sunday evening. Hurricane Joaquin, the first large tropical storm of the hurricane season (the… More ▸

  • Huge Nazi banner for film causes outcry in France

    A large Nazi banner unfurled in Nice, France, caused an outcry among locals and tourists. The red banner with a swastika hung from the Palais de la Prefecture on Monday and Tuesday, during the filming of an adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s Holocaust memoir “A Bag of Marbles.” “People started screaming,” tourist Andrew Gentry told BBC News…. More ▸

  • Eric Cantor almost became first Jewish speaker, Boehner aide reveals

    Former Rep. Eric Cantor apparently just missed becoming the first Jewish speaker — second in line to the presidency after the vice president. An aide to Boehner, the Republican House of Representatives speaker who is quitting, dropped the bombshell Friday: Boehner had wanted to step down last year, but “Cantor’s loss in his primary changed that calculation.”… More ▸

  • Now Boehner can tell us what really happened with Netanyahu’s speech

    John Boehner, the Republican from Ohio who is the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, is quitting politics. According to reports, Boehner is sick of navigating two irreconcilable forces: the Obama White House and conservatives in his caucus. Now that he’s going, maybe Boehner will feel free elaborate on his role in the secret… More ▸