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  • Climate change could cause second Holocaust, says Yale historian

    In a bold New York Times Op-Ed published last weekend, Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder argues that climate change could lead to a resurgence of Hilter-esque geopolitical thinking. “The Holocaust may seem a distant horror whose lessons have already been learned,” he writes. “But sadly, the anxieties of our own era could once again give rise to scapegoats and… More ▸

  • Do 1% of Americans really think Barack Obama is Jewish?

    Thanks to a recent CNN poll and an article in Mashable that trumpets its findings, the word is out that 1 percent of Americans believe President Barack Obama is Jewish. Of course, Obama is not Jewish. He’s Protestant and has attended several different churches in Washington, D.C. since becoming president. Yet the CNN poll released last Sunday… More ▸

  • Was Hitler’s anti-Semitism different than Khamenei’s?

    Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism is generally seen as an aspect of his brutally absolutist German nationalism. For the Nazi dictator, the Germanic Aryans reigned supreme, the theory goes, and Jews, Slavs and Gypsies needed to be eradicated to purify this master race. However, Yale University Holocaust Historian Timothy Snyder has argued that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was actually rooted… More ▸

  • Play JTA’s Jewish News of the Week Quiz

    With the Jewish new year here, welcome to the first JTA News of the Week Quiz. Prepare to answer burning questions about Jewish current events — from The New York Times counting Jews in Congress to J Street U’s new Muslim president. More ▸

  • What Bernie Sanders told evangelical Christian students on Rosh Hashanah

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chose an unlikely place to spend Rosh Hashanah: Liberty University, the largest evangelical Christian college in the world. Sanders, a Jewish candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, “preached” on Monday to a crowd of nearly 12,000 Christians about income and racial inequality. In his speech, Sanders attempted to compare his liberal political philosophy… More ▸

  • Brad Pitt buys Nazi motorbike for almost $400K

    Having fought Nazis in two blockbuster films set during World War II, Brad Pitt recently bought a toy that once belonged to the real-life bad guys. The three-time Oscar nominee purchased a rare 1942 motorbike used for Nazi reconnaissance missions for about $387,000, the Daily Mirror reported. The bike, which the Nazis rode across the mountains of Crete, Greece’s largest… More ▸

  • Israeli athletes pose nude in take on ESPN’s ‘The Body Issue’

    Since 2009, ESPN The Magazine has released an annual issue that features photos of renowned athletes posing nude. The Body Issue has become a fixture of popular sports culture that celebrates the immaculate bodies that top athletes can achieve. Now, Israel’s popular Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper has given the idea a try, photographing 14 of Israel’s… More ▸

  • Does Iran deal rift mean Jews will go GOP in 2016?

    One conspiracy theory making the rounds is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s various Iran-related confrontations with President Barack Obama are part of a Sheldon Adelson plot to turn American Jews into Republican Party voters in 2016. Even if one rejects this theory out of hand, the question still stands: Will Obama’s championing of the Iran… More ▸

  • At end of life, Oliver Sacks craved gefilte fish, and Judaism

    On Aug. 30, at age 82, noted neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks succumbed to a cancer that first plagued him nearly a decade ago, paused, and recently reappeared. One of his last essays, published posthumously, appears in the Sept. 14 issue of The New Yorker and is, surprisingly, an ode to gefilte fish. “Our… More ▸