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  • Jack the Ripper: A shanda?

    When I first saw the headline — “Jack the Ripper identified through DNA traces: sleuth” — I joked to myself: Don’t let it be a Jew. Well, joke’s on me. Courtesy of AFP: But after extracting DNA from a shawl recovered from the scene of one of the killings, which matched relatives of both the… More ▸

  • From the Archive: Israel’s first West Bank settlements

    Last week Israel provoked international criticism with the announcement that it was seizing almost 1,000 acres in the West Bank, a prerequisite for settlement expansion that prohibits Palestinians from using the land for building or agriculture. The seized land is in the Etzion bloc, the region where Israel’s first-ever post-Six Day War settlement — Kfar Etzion… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Joan Rivers’ Judaism, breast cancer gene news, Bachman won’t forget Jerusalem

    Rivers’ Jewish source: Joan Rivers (nee Molinsky) unapologetically displayed a Christmas tree and didn’t speak Yiddish, but her Jewishness played a central role in her humor, Antonia Blumberg writes. (Huffington Post) Joan and Judaism: In an excerpt reprinted from Abigail Pogrebin’s 2005 book “Stars of David,” Joan Rivers talks about everything from her Brooklyn childhood to… More ▸

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Packing the larder

    When I was a kid, Friday nights were the coziest night of the week. My family was strictly Shabbat observant, and Friday night meant the onset of 25 hours with no TV, no car and no cooking. It was the latter that gave those nights their warmth and intimacy. Friday afternoon was a flurry of… More ▸

  • Effort to keep Sotloff’s Judaism secret was international labor of love

    When I heard the news that American journalist Steven Sotloff had been beheaded by the radical jihadist group ISIS, I immediately began checking the Internet to find out more about his Jewish connections. Two weeks earlier, after he appeared in the James Foley beheading video, JTA confirmed that he was Jewish, but decided not to report on… More ▸

  • RIP Joan Rivers, you Jewess, you

    As news of Joan Rivers’ passing ricocheted around the world Thursday, we took a moment to comb our archives for some of Rivers’ recent high points and low points: 2004: Rivers joins JDate. 2010: Rivers is among the honorees at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration at the Library of Congress in Washington. 2011: The reality TV… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: The intel on Hamas, all I heard was Palestine, teen travel at 92

    The intel on Hamas: Recapping the war, an Israeli intelligence official explains why Hamas rocket launchers were hard to spot, how Hamas surprised Israel and what Hamas wants to do next.(Washington Post) All I heard was Palestine: Amy Klein writes about the political and professional fallout after she accidentally misquoted pop star Rihanna on the Middle… More ▸

  • Israel’s stormy baby boom

    It appears that December showers bring August babies. Hospitals throughout Israel noticed a baby boom last month, nine months after a month of heavy rainstorms as well as a blanket of snow in much of the north and center of the country brought some areas of the country to a standstill. Kaplan Medical Center in… More ▸