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  • On hot Yom Kippur, Israel’s Jews and Arabs kept their cool

    It could have been a fraught coincidence, especially on a 90-degree day with conflict still simmering in Jerusalem over access to the Temple Mount. Israel’s 6 million Jews observed Yom Kippur on Wednesday by praying, fasting — or using the daylong ban on cars to bike the expressway. At the very same time, the country’s… More ▸

  • Ivanka Trump is pregnant with her third child

    If you can’t get enough Trump, good news: Another one is on the way! Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism in 2009, announced across her social media platforms that she is expecting her third child with husband Jared Kushner, a real estate mogul who owns the New York Observer. I’m beyond excited to announce that… More ▸

  • Hillary Clinton talks to Lena Dunham about feminism, college years

    In the wake of the never-ending email scandal and Bernie Sanders’ rise in the polls, Hillary Clinton is feeling some serious heat in the 2016 presidential race. In an attempt to connect with younger voters, the Democratic front-runner agreed to be interviewed by Lena Dunham, the Jewish creator of HBO’s hit show “Girls.” The full… More ▸

  • Meet the director who spoofed the Israeli-Iranian ‘Cold War’

      With tensions high over the Iran nuclear deal this summer, a billboard appeared at a busy intersection in central Tel Aviv announcing: “Soon opening here: Iran’s Embassy in Israel.” The sign featured Israeli and Iranian flags and a local phone number, which took callers to the supposed embassy voicemail. After weeks of speculation –… More ▸

  • The ‘Broad City’ girls remind us why Yom Kippur is so hard

    For fans of Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” it should be no surprise that the show’s leading ladies have a hard time fasting on Yom Kippur. After all, Abbi Abrams (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana Wexler (Ilana Glazer) tend to indulge in a certain non-kosher substance that can produce a heightened state of hunger. In anticipation of their… More ▸

  • Yom Kippur chicken-swinging ritual spurs not one, but two lawsuits

    Kapparot, the pre-Yom Kippur folk custom of swinging a chicken around one’s head as a way of purging sin, is one of those Jewish practices that doesn’t always, ahem, dovetail with 21st-century mores. The ritual has often encountered clucks of disapproval, and this High Holiday season is no different. In the United States this year kapparot… More ▸

  • Everything Jews need to know about Pope Francis’ U.S. visit

    On his first-ever trip to the United States, Pope Francis will arrive at the beginning of Yom Kippur and will not visit any synagogues. Nevertheless, many American Jews will welcome his arrival (though they are probably less ecstatic about the traffic his presence will bring to the Northeast). After all, Francis has made clear that… More ▸

  • Samberg hosts, Jon Stewart says goodbye at Emmys

    First-time award show host Andy Samberg led a night of firsts at the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Samberg, a Jewish comedian known for his role in comedy trio The Lonely Island, opened the show at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a taped song and dance number that mocked binge TV watching of streaming… More ▸