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  • Mike Huckabee says US should follow Israel’s lead to prevent mass shootings. Twitter takes issue.

    (JTA) — Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas and current host of a cable chat show, reacted to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida Wednesday by comparing Israeli gun safety policy to America’s. Twitter was … skeptical. “Just waking up in Israel to news of heartbreaking school shooting in FL,” Huckabee tweeted, hours after…

  • 7 works of (mostly) serious fiction set at Jewish sleepaway camp

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Long before “Wet Hot American Summer,” the Jewish summer camp fired the literary imagination. A summer away at camp provides escape, romance, nature, slapstick, self-realization and a varied cast of characters thrown together in a hothouse atmosphere — all grist for a fiction writer. Camps also kept pace with the generations…

  • What’s in a name? Reconstructionist Judaism is finding out.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Reconstructionist Judaism has often been treated as the stepchild of the major Jewish denominations. It’s the smallest and newest of the the big four, and while it has a track record for innovations that are often absorbed into the “mainstream” (the first bat mitzvah ceremony was said to be held for…

  • Does the Obama-Farrakhan photo matter? Does anything?

    (JTA) — “Nothing matters.” You hear that a lot these days. You hear it when The Wall Street Journal reports that the president’s personal lawyer paid a porn actress $130,000, at the height of the presidential campaign, so she would stay silent about an alleged affair she’d had with Donald Trump. Or when the president uses a vulgarity…

  • Jared Kushner’s Jewish high school wants students to advocate for Israel. That’s a bad thing?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — In the age of Trump, the unusual has become the norm. But what happens when the usual is treated as the unusual? What happens when behaviors considered typical going back decades are distorted by their proximity to the 45th president? That’s my interpretation of the dust-up this week surrounding the Frisch…

  • Florida seniors are getting self-driving cars? Gevalt!

    (JTA) — “One of America’s largest retirement villages will have a fleet of self-driving taxis introduced next year. US firm Voyage said it will start rolling out the service at The Villages, Florida which is home to 125,000 senior residents. It said the scheme, spanning 750 miles of road, would be the “largest by area size” in…

  • The underwhelming fact that Jared Kushner has ties with Israeli businesses

    NEW YORK (JTA) — On Season 3 of “The West Wing,” a bomb goes off outside a cafe on Ben Yehuda Street in Jerusalem, killing two American students. “What were they doing there?” asks C.J., the White House press secretary. C.J.’s question always struck me as the prime example of Hollywood cluelessness when it comes to…

  • How do you define anti-Semitism? It’s complicated.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — JTA doesn’t give out Person of the Year honors, but if we did I’d be tempted to nominate Michael Kadar, the Israeli-American teenager accused of making hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in early 2017. As I wrote soon after his arrest: “[T]he JCC bomb threat hoax wasn’t just an…

  • What we talk about when we talk about Jerusalem

    (JTA) — E.B. White famously wrote that there are “roughly three New Yorks”: the one of the native New Yorker, the one of the commuter, and the New York of the “person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something.” To which a resident of Jerusalem might respond, “Only…

  • A classic play sounds more American when it is performed in Yiddish. Go figure.

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Everything I love about the playwright and screenwriter Clifford Odets is found in the opening line of his 1935 play “Awake and Sing!”: “Where’s advancement down the place?” The line is said by Ralph, the thwarted son in a struggling Bronx Jewish family in the heart of the Depression, in that…