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  • New $41M Jaffa penthouse said to be priciest in Israel

    Are your many millions burning a hole in your pocket? Here’s a new place to park it: A $41 million top-floor apartment is now up for grabs in Jaffa, Tel Aviv. It’s allegedly the most expensive penthouse currently on the market in Israel. The penthouse at the W Tel Aviv Hotel, as the pad is called, boasts more… More ▸

  • Bubbe says vote for me! Would-be congressman touts grandma’s support

    My colleague Daniel Treiman wrote the other day about how President Barack Obama used “chutzpah” in a fundraising pitch. Joel Rubin, running for Congress in a suburban Maryland district, did Obama one better by bringing bubbe into it. “Today is my bubbe Yetta’s 93rd birthday,” Rubin said. “This morning she told me that her birthday wish… More ▸

  • Kerry to New Yorker: Israel doesn’t know what it wants

    John Kerry hasn’t given up on a two-state solution. But the party responsible for making it happen, the secretary of state and his subordinates make clear, is Israel. A lengthy profile in the New Yorker traces Kerry’s work with Iran, Syria, Israel and the Palestinians, as well as his lingering bitterness over his failed 2004 campaign for president…. More ▸

  • The true story of the modern latke – a shocking timeline

    The latke is one of those Jewish foods that feels steeped in tradition, as if it’s been made the same way since the days of the Maccabees. But in a revelatory article, Atlantic senior editor Yoni Appelbaum explains that the latke as we know it — grated potatoes fried in olive oil — is a relatively new culinary… More ▸

  • Which Diaspora rabbis does the Rabbinate trust? It depends on this guy

    Remember Itamar Tubul, the mid-level bureaucrat who decides who can marry in Israel? Tubul evaluates requests from Israeli immigrants seeking a marriage license. To do so, he needs to ensure that they’re Jewish, and receives proof-of-Judaism letters to that effect from around the world. Tubul made the news two years ago for rejecting a proof… More ▸

  • Obama’s ‘chutzpah’ email

    It’s not every day one receives an email from the president of the United States with the one-word subject line “Chutzpah.” But on Friday, Barack Obama used that very line in a Democratic Party fundraising email blasting Republicans for their persistent efforts to undo his signature health care reform. “[L]ast week Senate Republicans passed yet… More ▸

  • Photos: Hanukkah celebrations from around the world

    2015 may be the year of the anti-Hanukkah think piece. “It has become a blue and white kaleidoscope of vague Jewishness, one that tacitly enables Christmas-style material excess,” writes Emma Green in the Atlantic. “[T]he Festival of Lights, pleasant as it is, is a minor celebration of a band of violent, nut-job religious fanatics that was elevated to… More ▸

  • Star Wars’ Yoda or Jewish sage: Who said these quotes?

    The character of Yoda will not be featured in the upcoming “Star Wars” film, since he passed away peacefully at age 900 in the 1983 film “The Return of the Jedi.” But the small, green Jedi master has lived on in pop culture and beyond for his eternal wisdom — which, in some ways, resembles that… More ▸