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  • Monica joins Twitter. Should we listen?

    Monica Lewinsky has come full circle. The Jewish woman who, with some justice, described herself as “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet” returned to the cybersphere on Monday with a Twitter account. Is she a glutton for punishment? She’s reentering the e-public eye just as Hillary Clinton is… More ▸

  • ‘Klinghoffer’ ticket holders talk back

    By now, the complaints of those protesting the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of “The Death of Klinghoffer” are well known. The production — depicting the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian terrorists and the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old Jewish-American passenger in a wheelchair — is allegedly anti-Semitic, exploitative, hostile to… More ▸

  • Jack the Ripper not necessarily Jewish

    You can rest easy. Turns out Jack the Ripper might not have been Jewish after all. “Naming Jack the Ripper,” a book published in September, identified the 19th-century London serial killer as Aaron Kosminski, a 23-year-old Jewish immigrant barber. Authored by Russell Edwards, an amateur Jack the Ripper sleuth, the book based its claim on… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Kesher Israel’s murdered rabbi

    Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest last week on voyeurism charges wasn’t the first time Washington’s Kesher Israel was ensnared in a sordid crime case. In 1984, Rabbi Philip Rabinowitz — Freundel’s predecessor in the Orthodox shul — was brutally murdered in his Georgetown home. The Poland-born Rabinowitz, who had served Kesher Israel for 34 years, was found stabbed… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Handwritten deliverance, emigration anxiety, a bittersweet rebirth

    Handwritten deliverance: The deadly snowstorm in Nepal that claimed the lives of three Israelis might have been much worse if not for a hand-delivered letter that triggered the rescue efforts.  (Wall Street Journal) Emigration anxiety: Treating Israeli emigration as a crisis is outdated and discourages an entire generation from creating a meaningful life outside of Israel, writes… More ▸

  • Ex-gang member turned Hasidic Jew busted for impersonating cop

    In 1995, Latin Kings gang member Roberto Eddy Santos was sentenced to prison for multiple violent robberies. Upon his release from Sing Sing Correctional Facility a decade later, Santos emerged a changed man. Literally. Santos reportedly converted to Judaism, changed his name to Avroham Gross, and assumed the identity of a rabbi. Unfortunately, Santos — or… More ▸

  • Margo Howard dishes on her four marriages, three of them Jewish

    When your mother is the world’s most famous advice columnist, you wouldn’t think you’d have to learn any lesson the hard way. But Margo Howard — daughter of the late Ann Landers and the niece of Landers’ twin sister Dear Abby (nee Esther and Pauline Friedman) — had to marry four times before she finally… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — and the rabbis

    David Greenglass, whose testimony against his sister and brother-in-law — accused spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg — played a central role in their conviction, recently died at age 92. JTA had minimal coverage of the Rosenbergs’ trial for spying for the Soviet Union. However, in September of 1950 — soon after the couple was brought before… More ▸