• Elsewhere: Heretical Hasidim, Gary Shteyngart interviewed, ‘South Park’ game lets you play a Jew

    Heretical Hasidim: The secretive world of rebellious Hasidim entails lies, double lives, and doubt, Pearl Gabel reports.  (Narratively) Gary Shteyngart, interviewed: Gary Shteyngart talks Soviet Jewry, Solomon Schechter and Ativan. (Jewcy) ‘South Park’ game lets you play a Jew: In the new game from “South Park,” you can play a Jew who uses David’s slingshot and makes enemies bleed Stars… More ▸

  • The ‘Who is a Jewish Olympian’ question: The case of Charlie White

    Earlier this week, JTA and other Jewish news outlets  ran reports on American ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis winning Olympic gold. All these outlets reported — based on previously published articles — that White was Jewish. It appears we were all misinformed. The Detroit Jewish News — which initially report White’s supposed Jewishness… More ▸

  • Sid Caesar as EveryJew: The ‘This Is Your Story’ sketch

    On a grim, gray day in the winter of my 12th year I was trudging through February slush on Sherbrooke Street in Montreal, when I saw on the marquee of the old Kent Theatre, “Ten from Your Show of Shows.” I crossed the street to examine the poster for a retrospective of the 1950s career… More ▸

  • When a handshake is more than just a handshake

    Shneur Odze, an Orthodox Jewish candidate for the European Parliament from a conservative British party, has engendered some controversy for refusing to shake women’s hands. Odze calls shaking hands with women who are not his wife a violation of his religious beliefs. Some party activists have condemned Odze, including Fred McGlade, a regional party activist,… More ▸

  • Eric Cantor calls for U.S. leadership in world affairs

    We wrote yesterday about a major foreign policy address that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House majority leader, delivered on Presidents Day to the Virginia Military Institute. Our news item had the JTA focus: first, that Cantor cast his plea for a more robust foreign policy through his own Jewish experience and his reactions during… More ▸

  • Auburn Seminary head on Presbyterian Zionism guide: ‘Demonization, distortion and imbalance’

    The Presbyterian Church (USA) is famous for lacking a hierarchy. It does have locii of influence, however, and preeminent among these is the Auburn Theological Seminary in Manhattan, which trains leaders and tackles interfaith understanding. So it’s significant that when we asked church leaders who have engaged in dialogue with Jews to comment on the… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Reading the Rebbe, Hadassah’s international problem, hiding a non-Jewish boyfriend

    Hiding my non-Jewish boyfriend: Hiding a Catholic boyfriend from Jewish parents taught Daniella Bondar lessons about life, love and identity. (Jewcy) Jewish thought and science: A diverse group, from nuclear physicists to rabbis, answers the question of how Jewish thought has influenced science. (Moment) Hadassah’s international problem: Hadassah’s American arm can’t avoid getting entangled in the Israeli hospital’s problems,… More ▸

  • Israeli minister saves photographer

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon is more than just a skilled politician and a polished speaker; now you can add lifesaver to his resume. Or at least preventer of broken bones. The Likud politician was speaking at a rally in Beit Shemesh in advance of mayoral elections to be held on… More ▸