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  • Swastika wrapping paper or Rorschach test?

    Let’s play a game. Can you find the swastikas in the picture on the right? Don’t worry if it took a few minutes to find them – they can be hard to spot in the midst of the wrapping paper’s intricate design. Today Walgreens announced that is removing all rolls of this wrapping paper from… More ▸

  • From the Archive: BBYO celebrates a 90-year Jewish adolescence

    BBYO, the pluralistic international Jewish youth group, is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. Originally the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, the group in 2001 spun off into an independent nonprofit, joining many other B’nai B’rith creations such as the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Women International and Hillel. From its early days in the 1920s and ’30s,… More ▸

  • No, Bono did not disguise himself as a Hasidic Jew

    Bono has dressed up in many styles throughout his career, from a classic leather-jacketed rock star to his Mr. Macphisto alter ego in the early ’90s. However, U2 guitarist The Edge recently gave the world a new outfit in which to imagine Bono: that of a Hasidic Jew. Bono seriously injured himself while riding his… More ▸

  • Atheist-turned-Orthodox Christian has a problem with the Star of David

    Here’s a tough question: Where might it break the law to wear a Star of David around your neck? (Hint, the answer is not Nazi Germany.) Give up? The correct response is the Township of East Pennsboro, Pa., where one man has a filed a formal complaint with the school district after his son’s teacher wore a Star… More ▸

  • A French attache wonders where those Canaan students went

    The Jerusalem Post published an article today about the French Embassy’s desire to recruit more Israelis for its “numerous study and research opportunities in France.” Apparently of the 15,000 Israeli students studying or conducting research abroad, only 150-200 — most of them individuals with family ties to the country — study in France. The article quotes… More ▸

  • Matti Friedman vs. alleged anti-Israel media bias, Round 2

    Whatever the circumstances surrounding Matti Friedman’s departure from The Associated Press in 2011, it’s safe to say he’s not returning anytime soon. The former reporter and editor with the international wire service’s Jerusalem bureau made waves in August with a remarkably popular Tablet essay in which he argued that the Western media had a “hostile obsession with Jews.” In… More ▸

  • People of the (Times) book (review)

    The New York Times Book Review published its “100 Notable Books of 2014” on its website Tuesday and , not surprisingly, given the whole People of the Book moniker, a number of the fiction and nonfiction books highlighted this year are of Jewish interest. (The number of Jewish authors on general topics was too numerous… More ▸

  • On Giving Tuesday, remembering one of its champions

    Today is the third annual Giving Tuesday, the day when Americans are urged to make charitable contributions — and when many philanthropies encourage them with matching campaigns. It’s also the first since Sol Adler, one of the initiative’s key champions, committed suicide. As the longtime executive director of New York’s 92nd Street Y , which in… More ▸