JTA’s 10 most-read stories of 2016


(JTA) — 2016 was a particularly captivating chapter in the Jewish story: The unexpected rise of Donald Trump frightened some Jews and emboldened others; several leading historical Jewish figures died; the U.S.-Israel relationship repeatedly made headlines.

And, as always, the year was also chock full of random, bizarre and inspiring Jewish moments.

Below, in no particular order, are the 10 most-read stories on JTA’s website in 2016. They range from an account of a Jewish transgender man becoming a father to Kirk Douglas’ 100th birthday party to a side-by-side comparison of the presidential candidates’ Jewish sons-in-law.

Check out the list below and see if you missed any of them.

Jewish transgender man gives birth and embraces life as a single ‘abba’

World’s oldest man, a Holocaust survivor in Israel, to celebrate bar mitzvah 100 years late

Stephen Bannon: 5 things Jews need to know about Trump’s chief strategist

Dustin Hoffman breaks down on ‘Finding Your Roots’ after discovering his Jewish history

Trump vs. Clinton: Battle of the Jewish sons-in-law

Jewish cancer patient finds bone marrow donor following worldwide search, Kim Kardashian’s pitch

When John Kasich linked Jesus’ blood to Passover at a Hasidic matzah bakery

Kirk Douglas to celebrate his 100th birthday in star-studded Beverly Hills bash

A Florida rabbi protested Donald Trump – and lost his job

That time ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda sang in Hebrew

And now for a bonus round: These three articles didn’t get quite as many page views — but the JTA audience spent a considerable amount of time reading them:

From matzah balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL

Meet the Jews in Donald Trump’s inner circle

Modern Orthodox dating gets a close-up in new web series

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