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  • Einstein once kept kosher, and 7 other Jewish facts for relativity’s 100th b’day

    Wednesday marks the centennial of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, a discovery that forever revolutionized the study of gravity, space and time. While Einstein’s genius was well established by 1915, the year the theory was published (he devised the famed E=mc2 equation 10 years earlier), the physicists’ relationship to Judaism and Zionism was still evolving. Here are… More ▸

  • WATCH: The Maccabeats release new Hanukkah video

    Jewish a cappella group the Maccabeat have released a new music video for their song “Latke Recipe” ahead of Hanukkah 2015. The video debuted on Time’s website on Monday. “Latke recipe” is a parody of rock band Walk The Moon’s “Shut Up and Dance” hit from last summer. The song’s refrain goes like this: “Tonight is… More ▸

  • What Patriots owner Robert Kraft has done for the Jews

    On Monday night, the undefeated New England Patriots observed a moment of silence before their NFL game against the Buffalo Bills to memorialize Ezra Schwartz, the Jewish 18-year-old from Sharon, Massachusetts, who was killed last week by a Palestinian gunman in the West Bank. The honor at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, was just the latest… More ▸

  • The Jewish Force awakens: A ‘Star Wars’ Hanukkah gift guide

    In the nearly 40 years since the breakout success of the first “Star Wars” film, the franchise has raked in $37 billion, mostly from branded toys and other merchandise. Ahead of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — the latest reboot of the films, by director J.J. Abrams — there’s a whole new generation of intergalactic gear to spend your… More ▸

  • How JTA helped a Christian hate monger change her ways

    This week’s issue of the New Yorker has an amazing story about how Megan Phelps-Roper came to leave Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based congregation notorious for picketing the funerals of gay men and American soldiers killed overseas with signs like “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” It turns out her exit was facilitated… More ▸

  • World Series of Poker: Who are the Jews dominating the finale?

    The World Series of Poker Main Event champion will be decided Tuesday night, and two of the three contenders for the title and a $7,680,021 grand prize are Jewish. Neil Blumenfield and Josh Beckley will take their seats at the most prestigious poker table in the world along with Joe McKeehen, the odds-on favorite with a chip count of… More ▸

  • After Baratz, 4 famous Israeli ‘burns’ of US officials

    Ran Baratz was topic-non grata at the meeting Tuesday between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, White House officials said. But that doesn’t mean Netanyahu’s pick for his public diplomacy chief is far from Obama’s mind. The Obama administration has taken note of Baratz’s pre-appointment remarks calling Obama an anti-Semite and U.S. Secretary of… More ▸

  • 5 questions for the first woman to chair the Union for Reform Judaism

    Last week was a big one for Daryl Messinger. A resident of Palo Alto, California, and an active board member of several organizations, Messinger was installed as chair of the Union for Reform Judaism, becoming the first woman to hold that post. And she chanted Torah for the first time — in front of 5,000 worshippers… More ▸