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  • ‘Magic Kippa’ designed for attack-wary observant Jews

    The Associated Press reported today that, in response to the increasing numbers of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, an Israeli barber has designed yarmulkes that blend in with the wearer’s hair. Called the “Magic Kippa,” the head coverings, made of synthetic hair, are washable, brushable and dyeable. Inventor Shalom Koresh told the AP he invented them… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Argentina’s decades-long AMIA bombing case

    When Argentinian special prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead Sunday, some observers described him as the 86th victim of Buenos Aires’ 1994 AMIA bombing. In the days after the July 18 bombing leveled the seven-story building housing Argentina’s leading Jewish institutions, with the death toll still unknown and many people still missing, JTA reported that… More ▸

  • Boehner’s Bibi surprise

    The invitation from Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio,) the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress appears to have been very personal, indeed – virtually no one outside the Boehner-Netanayhu circle had any idea it was coming until just before Boehner’s announcement this morning. The Anti-Defamation League’s… More ▸

  • Menendez blasts Obama administration for ‘Tehran talking points’

    Robert Menendez just took off the gloves in what is becoming an extraordinary fight over Iran sanctions between a leading Democratic senator and a president of the same party. Menendez, the New Jersey senator who is the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday morning — hours after Obama’s State of the Union… More ▸

  • The pope’s rabbi calls on Argentina to resolve AMIA

    Rabbi Abraham Skorka traveled from Buenos Aires to Washington to wax lyrical about his passion – interfaith dialogue – and intimate about his well-known pal, Pope Francis. Also to plug his movement, the Masorti movement, and its strides in Latin America. Timing dictated that he also issue a plea to his government: Press ahead with… More ▸

  • Argentina’s very Jewish Oscar nominee

    If Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales” (“Relatos Salvajes” in Spanish) wins an Academy Award on Feb. 22 – it was nominated last week for Best Foreign Film — it will be Argentina’s third Oscar and the first for a film directed by an Argentine Jew. The film, which combines humor, suspense and violence, consists of six… More ▸

  • Why Israel’s elections are confusing, in one graph

    Polls show that either the right-wing Likud or a newly formed center-left alliance called the Zionist Camp is poised to win Israel’s March elections. If only it were that simple. If current surveys bear out, Likud and the Zionist Camp will indeed compete for the most votes. But the one that wins the most seats in… More ▸

  • In Israel, who you gonna call?

    Remember that Hillary Clinton ad from 2008, the one where it’s 3 a.m. and the White House phone is ringing? The spot, an attempt to highlight Clinton’s superior experience compared to then Sen. Obama’s ostensible naivete, didn’t do much to save the Clinton campaign, which lost the Democratic primary that year. But that hasn’t stopped Israeli Prime… More ▸