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  • NY Mets in the playoffs: Should they be thanking Bernie Madoff?

    Having endured a nine-year playoff drought, New York Mets fans are used to blaming Bernie Madoff for the team’s woes. Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, uncovered in 2008, cost the Mets’ owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, nearly $700 million and forced the team to restructure its payroll and finances. The option of signing premier talent to big-time… More ▸

  • Donald Trump gets priestly blessing from Jew for Jesus

    CNN reported that Donald Trump last week met with “Christian, Jewish leaders.” I tried to but could not track down which “Jewish leaders” were in the group. What also puzzled me was that it was the first day of Sukkot: That didn’t rule out the presence of a “Jewish leader,” but it made it less likely. The… More ▸

  • Bernie Sanders finally opens up about Jewish childhood

    I interviewed Bernie Sanders a couple years ago when word first circulated that the Vermont senator might seek the presidency. Though he knew about JTA going in — and must have known questions about his Jewish background were coming — he didn’t want to get into it. I wrote at the time: “But Sanders is hesitant to draw a… More ▸

  • The Mets-Dodgers series is so Jewish, congressmen are betting bagels on it

    Baseball doesn’t get much more Jewish than this year’s MLB National League Division Series, which starts Friday between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Both teams feature notable Jews: Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Dodgers and Fred Wilpon in the owner’s box for the Mets. Plus, you’ve got the famously Jewy fanbases of… More ▸

  • Ben Bernanke memoir: Classmates thought I had Jew horns

    Ben Bernanke dealt with prejudice as a Jew growing up in South Carolina, including being asked if he had horns, according to his new memoir. Several times, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve writes, elementary school classmates asked “quite innocently, I believe” whether he had horns. “Growing up in Dillon [in South Carolina], the son of… More ▸

  • Why is a Conservative synagogue abandoning the second day of yontif?

    A synagogue in New Jersey will be celebrating the upcoming Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah holidays on a single day, rather than on two consecutive days as is normally the case outside Israel. In Israel, the three major pilgrimage festivals — Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot — are celebrated for one day. Outside Israel, they are observed for two…. More ▸

  • Kanye West’s Israel performance was bizarre

    It’s not every day that a self-anointed god visits the Holy Land. That’s why some 20,000 Israeli fans showed up when rapper Kanye West performed at Ramat Gan Stadium outside of Tel Aviv on Wednesday night. However, according to reports in Israeli media, the show was far from divine. West showed up 30 minutes late… More ▸

  • Is it really a shock that 1/3 of Americans wouldn’t hide Jews?

    Is the glass one-third empty or two-thirds full? A poll commissioned by distributors of the Holocaust film “Return to the Hiding Place” asked 1,000 Americans a question many Jews have pondered: “If you were living during World War II, would you have risked the imprisonment and death of yourself and your family to hide Jews?”… More ▸