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  • Smoked meat without cherry soda? Canadians say ‘Thanks, Trump.’

    (JTA) — Canadians may be able these days to blame U.S. President Trump for a lot of things. But a shortage of cherry soda to go with their classic smoked deli meats isn’t one of them. CBC News reported Friday that Montreal’s iconic Jewish deli, Schwartz’s, had run out of cans of Cott Black Cherry…

  • Why Roseanne Barr and Shmuley Boteach need each other

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Shmuley Boteach may or may not be America’s most famous rabbi. But among Jews, at least, he may be its most polarizing rabbi. Boteach has built his career on those twin tent poles of American fame: sex and celebrity. In books like “Kosher Sex” and “Kosher Adultery,” he offered up…

  • Who’s sorry now: The top 10 apologies of the Jewish year

    (JTA) — Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins an intense 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates with Yom Kippur, which begins this year on Tuesday evening, Sept. 18. As in years past, we’ve compiled  a list of the most newsworthy apologies of the past 12 months. Whether or not you find these apologies satisfying,…

  • Too few Jews, Pew! Where are the ‘secular maximalists’? The Sunday brunchers?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Pew Research Center’s new typology of religion puts Americans into seven broad categories ranging from Sunday Stalwarts (“active in their faith and congregations”) to Solidly Secular (“hold virtually no religious beliefs”). In between are the Relaxed Religious, who say religion is important but don’t hold much with traditional practices; the…

  • A Neil Simon play that helps explain how we got to Donald Trump

    (JTA) — I never thought of Neil Simon as a political writer, unless you agree that all politics are personal. “The Odd Couple” got a lot of its juice from the nascent feminist movement, I suppose, but the typical Simon character would rather rant about the weather and the traffic than the economy or the…

  • The deportation of a Nazi ignited a fight between right and left. You’re surprised?

    (JTA) — In the Trump era, even the deporting of Nazis can’t bring Americans together. A number of Jewish organizations and lawmakers were quick to thank the Trump administration for deporting Jakiw Palij, a former SS guard at the Nazis’ Trawnicki concentration camp in Poland. But they weren’t as quick as the administration itself, whose…

  • Amid Trump N-word furor, Breitbart editor calls for ‘national conversation’ on the term

    (JTA) — On a day when the home page of Breitbart News included no fewer than four stories on speculation over whether President Donald Trump used the N-word, one of its contributors wanted to talk about — hip-hop. In a tweet Wednesday, Joel Pollak, Breitbart’s editor-at-large, tweeted about his visit to a local boxing gym…

  • If Israel has such bad PR, why does it remain so popular?

    (JTA) — The first mention in JTA of the Hebrew word “hasbarah” was in 1988, at the height of the first intifada. The article focused on Israelis and American Jews and their deep concern that the media were distorting the unrest and showing the Israeli military in a bad light. The answer, interviewees agreed, was…

  • Does ‘Three Identical Strangers’ play fair with its audience?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A critical consensus has formed around the hit documentary film “Three Identical Strangers,” which can be summarized in the title of one of its glowing reviews: “‘Three Identical Strangers’ Is as Unnerving as It Is Thrilling.” This story of three triplets, reunited as teenagers after having been separated at birth, is…

  • Richard Siegel left behind a Jewish denomination: Catalogism

      (JTA) — I have belonged to six synagogues as an adult, representing all the major denominations except, purely by chance, Reconstructionism. Perhaps that makes me sound fickle or wishy-washy, but all the congregations have something in common: They are either lay-led or, if not, have a rabbi who encourages congregants to lead the prayers,…