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  • IDF generals try love where ‘chickenshit’ failed

    If there’s one thing we learned from the debacle last week in U.S.-Israel relations, it’s that swearing at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t persuade him to make peace. So now, 100 retired Israeli army generals are taking a different tack: They’re sucking up to Netanyahu. And telling him to make peace. In a letter… More ▸

  • AUDIO: Are U.S.-Israel ties really in crisis?

    Since the report that a senior Obama administration official anonymously characterized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “a chickenshit,” tongues have been wagging from Washington to Jerusalem about the breakdown in U.S.-Israel ties. But is the relationship really in crisis? Is President Obama set to shift U.S. policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? How are Netanyahu’s… More ▸

  • Start-up Nation takes on disabilities

    Voiceitt, an Israeli start-up developing voice-translation technology for people with disabilities, was named recently the audience favorite at a Wall Street Journal-sponsored international technology conference. The company’s new app, called Talkitt, converts the utterances of people with various speech disabilities into more easily understandable elocution. It is slated for release in the middle of 2015. But… More ▸

  • David (the king and the rabbi) goes Hollywood

    Rabbi David Wolpe has never been too far from show business, physically or metaphorically. He is one of the country’s most visible and celebrated rabbis, and his pulpit at Sinai Temple is only a couple of miles from Fox Studios in West Los Angeles. However, the distance just got a lot closer with the news… More ▸

  • Polanski escapes extradition again, plans Dreyfus Affair movie

    The Roman Polanski saga added another chapter last week, and it didn’t leave anybody looking too good. First, the United States petitioned the Polish government to arrest film director Roman Polanski and hold him for extradition, the latest in a fruitless, decades-long effort to bring Polanski back to the U.S. to face a 1978 rape… More ▸

  • WATCH: Jewish parody of ’10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman’

    Since the “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” video about cat-calling was posted online Oct. 28, it has not only gone viral, but prompted a slew of media coverage, as well as debate over whether or not it is racist. Meanwhile, we couldn’t help noticing that its star, actress Shoshana Roberts, appears… More ▸

  • A dinner party approach to labor negotiations

    As we noted this week, Barrack Hebrew Academy is unusual among Jewish day schools for having a teachers union – and a strong one at that. The suburban Philadelphia school also stands out because the teachers and board, which recently negotiated a new contract, have a unique tradition: small monthly dinners that bring key leaders… More ▸

  • At 97, Holocaust survivor and mandolin player Emily Kessler gets her Lincoln Center debut

    For Emily Kessler, a Holocaust survivor, the prospect of performing at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall is less worrying than figuring out what to wear for the occasion. “I came to the conclusion,” she said, in an interview at her apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, “that what is the difference between playing in front of… More ▸