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  • Randi Weingarten: A guy I met at Shabbos dinner tried to rape me

    In the wake of the flawed report in Rolling Stone about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, one Jewish woman with a national profile is determined not to let the conversation about rape in American society die because of one problematic article. Writing in Jezebel, Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, reveals for the first… More ▸

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s ‘lower guilt’ latkes

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz — South Florida congresswoman, chair of the Democratic National Committee, mother of three school-age children — is also, apparently, something of maven in the kitchen. Wasserman Schultz (aka @cleancookingcongresswoman) maintains an Instagram account devoted to her culinary adventures, and was tweeting over the weekend about, what else, latkes. “Was flipping through old recipes… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Jews immigrating to Spain

    The history of Jews in Spain is long and complex, fraught with periods of persecution. However, thanks to a more welcoming government and an influx of Argentine Jews, Jewish communities are growing once again in Spain. In February, the Spanish government offered up a bill that, if passed, could grant Spanish citizenship to all Sephardic Jews… More ▸

  • An ‘Elf on the Shelf’? How about a ‘Gelt on a Belt’ or a ‘Motel at the Kotel’?

    This year Jews yearning for their own version of the “Elf on the Shelf” Christmas doll-and-book sensation can now choose between two rival products. One, “Maccabee on the Mantel,” offers a 10-inch plush sandals-wearing, bearded Maccabee and accompanying picture book that touches on the Hanukkah story. The other, “The Mensch on a Bench,” is a 12-inch… More ▸

  • French-turned-Israeli comedian Judith Mergui performs in the Old Country

    A decade ago, when Israel’s community of French-speakers was only beginning its huge growth, my mother dismissively remarked that the newcomers’ “biggest contribution to this country will be all the lovely concerts.” A French speaker who grew up listening to chanson giants on Israeli radio, she was referring to how the accumulation of Francophone audiences… More ▸

  • Is Israel responsible for Palestinian minister’s death?

    Here’s what we know: Israel Defense Forces soldiers grabbed Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein during a scuffle at a West Bank protest and tear-gassed him. He died en route to treatment at a Ramallah hospital. Abu Ein, the P.A.’s minister in charge of opposition to Israel’s West Bank settlements and security barrier, was participating in… More ▸

  • Thai propaganda film (literally) paints Hitler in a virtuous light

    In Thailand, a new video promoting the 12 “core values” that all Thai children should learn extols virtues that transcend nationality: friendship, honesty and respect. The film relays important messages for all children, except, of course, for the part about Hitler. The short propaganda video commissioned by the country’s military rulers follows two children through a day as… More ▸

  • Scott Walker’s inflammatory Hanukkah cocktail

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has brought a whole new meaning to the notion of kindling the Hanukkah flames. When Walker, who is a top-tier contender for the GOP presidential nomination, was Milwaukee county executive, he sent a letter to one of his Jewish constituents offering support for setting up a Chabad Hanukkah menorah at the local courthouse…. More ▸