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  • From the Archive: 1920s Vilna mommy wars and other Mother’s Day tales

    Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and Jewish moms, while celebrated, are often the brunt of jokes based on the old stereotypes of the overbearing, overfeeding and guilt-tripping matriarch. A peek into JTA’s archives, however, reveals a wide diversity of Jewish mothers in the news from 1923 on, in news, human-interest and trend stories ranging from… More ▸

  • Who is Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s new justice minister?

    Ayelet Shaked (pronounced ShahKED), Israel’s newly appointed justice minister and a member of the right-wing Jewish Home party, has quickly risen to prominence having served just two years in the Knesset. Here’s what you need to know about the 39-year-old (today’s her birthday) political celebrity. She’s seen as a poster child for Jewish Home’s efforts… More ▸

  • Natalie Portman raps Bibi, hearts Alan Dershowitz

    Hollywood Reporter’s new cover story interview with actress Natalie Portman may be one of the most heavily Jewish-themed articles the magazine has ever published. In it, the Israel-born Portman, who’s preparing for the May 18 debut of her film adaptation of Israeli author Amos Oz’s “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” which was shot in… More ▸

  • 5 reasons Netanyahu’s having a hard time building a coalition

    On March 17, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a landslide. His 30 Knesset seats were the largest tally for a single party in 13 years, and six more than his nearest opponent. And his path to a coalition was clear: partner with the haredim, reconnect with three right-wing or center-right parties — all led by… More ▸

  • Amid Baltimore strife, one rabbi finds hope

    Etan Mintz is the rabbi of B’nai Israel Congregation, Baltimore’s oldest continually active synagogue, located five blocks from City Hall in downtown Baltimore. Amid the protests sparked by the death of Freddie Gray in police custody last month, he joined with rabbinic colleagues and other spiritual leaders in the city to offer support to those in… More ▸

  • Alan Grayson to the House: Have I got a doctor for you!

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) not long ago withdrew her name from the list of those seeking the Senate seat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is vacating for his presidential run. Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, and perhaps the party’s most important Jewish lawmaker, was clearing the way for a smooth run by… More ▸

  • What does Lindsey Graham have against the word ‘the’?

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C) is considering a White House run, and is also probably the closest candidate to the pro-Israel community. (One source has told me that his candidacy could blow open Jewish fundraising for GOP hopefuls.) His ambitions and his friendships were on display last night in Boston, where he addressed an AIPAC dinner… More ▸

  • For Princess Charlotte, a pretty in pink gift from the Israeli president

    Who knew Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had such a keen fashion sense? As the media frenzy surrounding the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child continued through Monday, Rivlin and his wife, First Lady Nechama Rivlin — grandparents of six — sent the newborn British princess a frilly pink dress that reads “From Israel With… More ▸