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  • Israeli election food fight

    Celebrating Tu b’Shvat is a no-no for the Israeli political party Jewish Home. The party on Wednesday was ordered to stop giving out dried fruit in honor of the holiday, after the Central Election Committee chairman Justice Salim Joubran ruled that the packages of fruit, which were labeled with the party’s logo and a holiday… More ▸

  • The Patriots’ Julian Edelman’s Jewish ties

    (Updated) During the Super Bowl Sunday night, many Jews across the country no doubt had the same question: Is Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman Jewish? Edelman had an excellent game Sunday night, catching nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown in New England’s dramatic comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He also happens to have… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Remembering — and not — the liberation of Auschwitz

    Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and foreign dignitaries journeyed to Auschwitz last week to mark the 70th anniversary of the notorious Nazi death camp’s liberation. And media outlets from all over the world were there to document it. Auschwitz today is the most potent symbol of the Holocaust. But at the time the camp was liberated… More ▸

  • The kosher Super Bowl halftime show

    From Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004 to rapper M.I.A.’s middle finger to the camera in 2012, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has not been very kosher in recent years. The halftime show, which usually features some of the most popular musical acts in the world, is often a spectacle of scantily clad dancers… More ▸

  • Tom Brady has a menorah

    Celebrated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a couple of Jewish connections. Since 2012, his brother-in-law has been Kevin Youkilis, the former all-star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox who’s now retired from baseball. The owner of the Patriots, the only team Brady has played for in his 15 years in the NFL,… More ▸

  • New documentary traces Larry Kramer’s righteous anger

    The new documentary “Larry Kramer in Love and Anger” begins, aptly, with Kramer yelling. Kramer was one of the loudest, angriest, most militant and — the film argues — most effective AIDS activist in the 1980s and ’90s. He called AIDS a “plague” and “genocide.” He berated public officials like Ed Koch and Ronald Reagan for doing… More ▸

  • In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

    The Sarah Silverman that the world knows and loves is a loudmouthed, foulmouthed, ribald comedian who tramples on the boundaries of social decency with sharp purpose and uproarious glee. The Sarah Silverman who stars in the domestic drama “I Smile Back,” which premiered at Sundance, is stripped of both bravado and joy. In the movie,… More ▸

  • Joel Grey, Jewish actor best known for ‘Cabaret’ role, comes out at 82

    It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay. What is a little surprising, however, is when he does so at age 82. Joel Grey — whose illustrious career includes winning an Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe Award, all for playing the master of ceremonies in “Cabaret” —… More ▸