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  • How a New Hampshire rabbi opened Hillary Clinton’s heart – in his own words

    A long-dead Hasidic rabbi reached across the centuries and let Hillary Rodham Clinton speak candidly about belief and self-doubt. That, more or less, is the takeaway of the Conservative rabbi who elicited Clinton’s celebrated response at a town hall Wednesday in New Hampshire. In a telephone interview with JTA Thursday, Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett, 49, described what led him… More ▸

  • The Internet loves Hillary’s response to a question from a rabbi on CNN

    During CNN’s town hall forum on Wednesday night, Hillary Rodham Clinton fielded a question from a New Hampshire rabbi with what commentators welcomed as unusual thoughtfulness. Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett, who leads Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua, quoted an 18th-century Hasidic sage in asking how the Democratic candidate balances her ego and humility while running for the… More ▸

  • From Groucho Marx to Seinfeld, Jewish jokes dominate top 100 list

    New York magazine’s culture section, Vulture, this week published a mega-listicle, “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.” With the help of comedians and historians of comedy, the magazine’s editors compiled the most important jokes ever uttered — from Charlie Chaplin making dinner rolls dance to Louis C.K. dissing his daughter. And Jews dominate the list. Just 2 percent of the U.S…. More ▸

  • Bernie Sanders played a rabbi in a ’90s movie, here’s what it means

    Bernie Sanders — Independent senator from Vermont, insurgent Democratic candidate for president and folk singer — turns out to be a movie rabbi too. Sanders fans have uncovered a cameo appearance he made in a 1999 indie film, “My X-Girlfriend’s Wedding Reception.” He does a persuasive comic turn as a rabbi who still isn’t over the Dodgers baseball team’s… More ▸

  • 5 questions Jews should be asking after Iowa

    The Iowa caucuses are over – and the first real test of the presidential candidates’ viability gave us more questions than answers. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the Republican caucus on Monday night, relegating Donald Trump, the real estate billionaire, to second place. Both Trump and Cruz ran insurgent anti-establishment campaigns. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., made a… More ▸

  • Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? How the Jewish celebrity vote breaks down

    Chalk it up to “Hollywood values.” The entertainment industry famously, or infamously, depending on your perspective, leans Democratic. And Jewish celebrities are no exception. With the 2016 Iowa caucuses kicking off the presidential primary season on Monday, pollsters have Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., neck and neck in the state. The… More ▸

  • Why the Western Wall compromise matters – and doesn’t

    Sunday, after decades of conflict, leaders of Judaism’s three major denominations reached a compromise on the future of prayer at the Western Wall, and got the Israeli government’s backing. The deal comes with a few important unknowns and will take a while to implement. Here’s why it matters, even though it might not seem to. The… More ▸

  • 3 maps that explain the Western Wall compromise

    The Western Wall compromise passed Sunday by Israel’s Cabinet represents a landmark interdemoninational consensus at what many consider to be Judaism’s holiest site.  But describing the deal can be confusing: One worship area will expand, the others will remain untouched and the site’s entrance will change. So here are three maps, appended to the deal… More ▸