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  • Yom Kippur chicken-swinging ritual spurs not one, but two lawsuits

    Kapparot, the pre-Yom Kippur folk custom of swinging a chicken around one’s head as a way of purging sin, is one of those Jewish practices that doesn’t always, ahem, dovetail with 21st-century mores. The ritual has often encountered clucks of disapproval, and this High Holiday season is no different. In the United States this year kapparot… More ▸

  • Everything Jews need to know about Pope Francis’ U.S. visit

    On his first-ever trip to the United States, Pope Francis will arrive at the beginning of Yom Kippur and will not visit any synagogues. Nevertheless, many American Jews will welcome his arrival (though they are probably less ecstatic about the traffic his presence will bring to the Northeast). After all, Francis has made clear that… More ▸

  • Samberg hosts, Jon Stewart says goodbye at Emmys

    First-time award show host Andy Samberg led a night of firsts at the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday. Samberg, a Jewish comedian known for his role in comedy trio The Lonely Island, opened the show at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a taped song and dance number that mocked binge TV watching of streaming… More ▸

  • Climate change could cause second Holocaust, says Yale historian

    In a bold New York Times Op-Ed published last weekend, Yale University history professor Timothy Snyder argues that climate change could lead to a resurgence of Hilter-esque geopolitical thinking. “The Holocaust may seem a distant horror whose lessons have already been learned,” he writes. “But sadly, the anxieties of our own era could once again give rise to scapegoats and… More ▸

  • Do 1% of Americans really think Barack Obama is Jewish?

    Thanks to a recent CNN poll and an article in Mashable that trumpets its findings, the word is out that 1 percent of Americans believe President Barack Obama is Jewish. Of course, Obama is not Jewish. He’s Protestant and has attended several different churches in Washington, D.C. since becoming president. Yet the CNN poll released last Sunday… More ▸

  • Was Hitler’s anti-Semitism different than Khamenei’s?

    Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism is generally seen as an aspect of his brutally absolutist German nationalism. For the Nazi dictator, the Germanic Aryans reigned supreme, the theory goes, and Jews, Slavs and Gypsies needed to be eradicated to purify this master race. However, Yale University Holocaust Historian Timothy Snyder has argued that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was actually rooted… More ▸

  • Play JTA’s Jewish News of the Week Quiz

    With the Jewish new year here, welcome to the first JTA News of the Week Quiz. Prepare to answer burning questions about Jewish current events — from The New York Times counting Jews in Congress to J Street U’s new Muslim president. More ▸

  • What Bernie Sanders told evangelical Christian students on Rosh Hashanah

    Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chose an unlikely place to spend Rosh Hashanah: Liberty University, the largest evangelical Christian college in the world. Sanders, a Jewish candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, “preached” on Monday to a crowd of nearly 12,000 Christians about income and racial inequality. In his speech, Sanders attempted to compare his liberal political philosophy… More ▸