• Wishing Joan Rivers a speedy recovery

    Comedian Joan Rivers was rushed to New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital today after going into cardiac arrest in the midst of vocal-chord surgery at a nearby clinic. Long known for her outspokenness (and frequent plastic surgery), the 81-year-old star of countless TV programs generated some cheers in the Jewish world for for the above video last… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Israel’s Burning Man fest, Tinder’s Jewish founders, Gaza border fears

    Burning Man in the Negev:  The iconic Nevada festival has come to Israel, where local enthusiasts gathered in the country’s southern desert. (Tablet) Kolkata’s Jews, digitally preserved:  A newly formed digital archive has gathered testaments to the rich history of Kolkata’s dwindling Jewish community. (Times of India) Border fears: Recent violence has filled residents of… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Hollywood hate, endogamy blues, Silicon Wadi?

    U.N. should respect Yom Kippur:  While other faiths’ holidays are days off for the United Nations, not one Jewish holiday is observed, forcing Jewish diplomats to make uncomfortable, unfair choices, Daniel Mariaschin and David Michaels write. (N.Y. Times) Hate in Hollywood: Comedian Elon Gold describes an anti-Semitic incident against his family in Los Angeles.  (Jewish Journal) Zionist lessons: Nearly… More ▸

  • Netanyahu’s plummeting poll numbers

    A month ago, 82 percent of Israel’s Jews supported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an impressive achievement in Israel’s fractious political climate. Two weeks later, his approval rating was 55 percent. By this past Monday, on the eve of the cease-fire, it was at 38. A full half of the country disapproved of his performance…. More ▸

  • ‘Rubble bucket challenge’ is latest online salvo in Gaza conflict

    It’s been going on for weeks. Relentlessly. With each new salvo, we wonder: will it never end? It is the #ALSIceBucketChallenge, a viral social media trend that’s inspired celebrities, politicians and thousands of everyday citizens to make videos of themselves dumping buckets of ice water over their heads, ostensibly to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis,… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: AIPAC in trouble?, rabbi in Ferguson, Elvis: Shabbos goy

    Elvis, Shabbos goy:  A Vox Tablet podcast reveals the surprising friendship between Elvis Presley’s family and their neighbors, the Fruchters. (Tablet) AIPAC in trouble?: Clashes between the Obama and Netanyahu administrations may mean that the influence of the pro-Israel lobby is waning.  (New Yorker) Seeds of peace in wartime: Sit-ins, walkouts and surprising moments of fellowship are all part of… More ▸

  • From the Archive: When Kosovars found a peaceful refuge in Israel

    Kosovo, as JTA’s Ron Kampeas wrote this week, is eager for Israel to join the roster of nations recognizing it as an independent state. But fearful of setting a precedent that might empower the Palestinians — and of alienating Serbia — the Jewish state has been reluctant to do so. In April 1999, at the… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: The end of liberal Zionism, Jewish sperm, Russell Brand vs. Anti-Semitism

    The end of liberal Zionism?: With the decline of the Israeli left, liberal Zionists in the Diaspora are struggling to maintain their political identity, Antony Lerman writes. (N.Y. Times) What’s going on with Jewish sperm?: While Israel faces a critical sperm shortage, Jewish donations are “flying off the shelves” of U.S. sperm banks. (Forward) Hillel’s non-Jews: On numerous campuses, some… More ▸