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  • Netanyahu’s odd ‘American values’ gambit

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend told “Face the Nation” that the Obama administration’s slam on his government for its Jerusalem building start was “against American values.” I’ll leave to others the arguments about the political wisdom of the leader of another country instructing American presidents about American values. What struck me as odd… More ▸

  • At 86, Holocaust survivor graduates high school

    A high school diploma may not be worth as much nowadays as it once was. But for one Holocaust survivor, it’s still extremely valuable. The Holocaust interrupted the high school education of Henry Friedman, a Poland native who now lives on Mercer Island. But this week, at 86, he will get an honorary diploma from the Seattle… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Coming out from the pulpit, Israeli battle scars, tribal instinct

    Coming out from the pulpit: A senior rabbi emailed thousands of congregants to tell them he was gay, and his words mark the continued progress of the Conservative movement, writes Jeffrey Goldberg. (The Atlantic) Israeli battle scars: From missing fathers to evacuated houses, the Gaza war has had a lasting impact on disparate Israeli families. (BBC) Tribal instinct: Jewish tribalism… More ▸

  • Adas Israel rabbi: ‘I am a gay man’

    Rabbi Gil Steinlauf struggled for decades with an identity that he only acknowledged publicly this week. On the Monday after Yom Kippur, Steinlauf, the married senior rabbi at Adas Israel — a large and historic Conservative synagogue in Washington, D.C. — announced that he is gay. In a letter sent to congregants, Steinlauf wrote: With much pain and tears,… More ▸

  • Elsewhere: Milk and honey in Germany, Jewish roots in German soccer, humor and the Holocaust

    Milk and honey in Germany: Fleeing the Jewish state’s high cost of living, a growing number of Israeli expats in Berlin are campaigning for others to join them, provoking the fury of some Israeli officials. (Times of Israel) Jewish roots in German soccer: Bayern Munich, Germany’s premier soccer club, has largely ignored its Jewish history, but the story… More ▸

  • From the Archive: The father of modern Hebrew — and his son

    Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the late inventor of modern Hebrew, was feted recently in his native Belarus, from where he emigrated in 1881. Ben-Yehuda, who died in 1922, was instrumental in Hebrew’s unique transformation from a sacred and largely dormant language to a national tongue spoken by millions. His son, Ittamar Ben-Avi, also was passionate about the… More ▸

  • Bibiyonce? Not so fast, says Netanyahu

    Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking on Fusion, the Hispanic-millenial targeting network, reacts to the J Street campaign in which his caricature appears in a Beyonce pose, captioned “If You Like It, Then You Should Put a Border On It.” “You’ve never been compared to Beyonce, I’m sure,” interviewer Jorge Ramos says. “Wow,” Netanyahu says. “There are a… More ▸

  • Pamela Geller wants her ‘Killing Jews,’ I want my (Hamas) MTV

    The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority is keeping Pamela Geller’s group, American Freedom Defense Initiative, from posting its anti-Islam ad because it might incite violence … against Jews. The ad — Geller poses here with a sample — features a young man wrapped in a keffiyah, or Palestinian scarf, and the quote, “Killing Jews brings… More ▸