• Buenos Aires mayor speaks from experience when he condemns kidnapping

    Our inboxes have been jammed with statements from politicos condemning the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. These are both welcome and par for the course. Who doesn’t want to know the world is watching out for missing children; on the other hand, who doesn’t expect it? One expression of solidarity that stood out, however, was… More ▸

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Sex, violence and vegetables

    Last night, the rubber finally met the road. After months of work and worry, catastrophes averted and triumphs achieved, we took eight kinds of vegetables out of the ground, washed and packed them into boxes, loaded them onto a truck and delivered them to our 42 CSA members. Just before 5 p.m. I pulled my hulking… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Detractor of the opera, Israel is real(ity), pork for Jews

    Detractor of the opera: Adam Langer argues that the Metropolitan Opera’s decision to cancel “The Death of Klinghoffer” simulcast while continuing with the live opera is an ineffective compromise. (Forward) Judaism on the CV: A recent study found that Jewish involvement can enhance one’s job opportunities, whereas active affiliation with other minority religions makes one less likely to… More ▸

  • Investigative report skewers Yeshiva U. for past investment practices

    The Jewish Channel, together with TakePart, has published an investigative report on Yeshiva University. Headlined “How to Lose $1 Billion: Yeshiva University Blows its Future on Loser Hedge Funds,” the article notes that contrary to conventional wisdom, the Madoff Ponzi scheme was a relatively minor factor in the school’s current financial woes. The piece, written… More ▸

  • Like risque Jewish comedian father, like risque Jewish comedian son

    Those taken aback by the sexually charged comedy routine of kippah-wearing 12-year-old Josh Orlian on “America’s Got Talent” now have one more reason to be surprised: He took some of the material from his dad. Josh appeared on “America’s Got Talent” Tuesday night, wowing the judges with racy jokes. In one bit, Orlian said that after… More ▸

  • Condi Rice and John Kerry praise each other’s Israeli-Palestinian efforts

    Portrait unveilings are occasions for rare bipartisan comity in an increasingly polarized Washington, and the spirit of unity informed the unveiling of the portrait Wednesday of former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The event also was notable for underscoring the consistency — whatever the partisan sniping — under Democratic and Republican presidents in the… More ▸

  • Boys’ kidnapping inspires ‘SOS Israel’ app

    In response to the kidnapping of three boys last week, some Israelis have prayed. Some have voiced support on social media. And some have done what they do best: they made an app. Prompted by the kidnapping and set to launch in the near future, the SOS Israel app will allow anyone in Israel facing… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Y.U.’s losing bet, why Israelis hitchhike, reinviting Reuven Rivlin

    Y.U.’s losing bet: Yeshiva University squandered its financial resources with a high-risk investment strategy, Steven I. Weiss writes. (TakePart) Why Israelis hitchhike: Hitchhiking is a way of life for West Bank Jews that reflects “a culture of love, trust and confidence,” Ari Soffer writes. (Arutz Sheva) Reinviting Reuven Rivlin: Rabbi Charles Kroloff invites the newly elected Israeli president… More ▸