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  • Your guide to Shavuot, now with 50 percent less facts

    (JTA) — Let’s face it: Shavuot is the National Hockey League of Jewish holidays. In terms of popularity, Passover, the High Holy Days and Hanukkah are the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball. Shavuot may have an intense following, but it’s much smaller. I don’t know if Shavuot is more popular in Canada. For the…

  • Mahmoud Abbas’ remarks on the Holocaust help explain why two-state solution is dying

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Donniel Hartman had some bad news for his audience on the largely liberal Upper West Side: The two-state solution might not be dead, but it’s not imminent either, and most Israelis don’t believe the two-state solution is “implementable in their lifetime.” It’s not a matter of ideology or triumphalism or…

  • The ADL’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

    (JTA) — Last week, Shabbat couldn’t come soon enough for the Anti-Defamation League. On Wednesday, Starbucks announced that the Jewish group’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, seemed to have been demoted from top adviser to a supporting role in the coffee company’s day of diversity training. And on Thursday, the ADL apologized for the way it tweeted about…

  • How JTA reported on Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination

    (JTA) — He demanded civil rights by invoking the Hebrew Bible, just one of the many reasons the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. drew praise, admiration and followers among American Jews in the 1960s. And when he was gunned down in Memphis, Tennessee, by an assassin on this date in 1968, JTA reported on the…

  • Don’t eat off the seder plate, and other tips for non-Jews attending their first seder

    (JTA) — Every year at Passover, many Jews enjoy inviting non-Jewish guests to the seder, the big family meal during which they recount the tale of the Exodus. Such invitations are extended in a spirit of interfaith cooperation and the conviction that at least one person at the table should actually enjoy himself. For non-Jews…

  • ‘Nobody is talking about anti-Semitism.’ You’re kidding, right?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Slate podcaster Mike Pesca has a theory that whenever President Donald Trump says “everybody” it means “almost nobody,” and when he says “nobody” or “anybody” it means “almost everybody.” Try it: When Trump said, “Nobody knew health care could be so complicated” — well, nearly everybody disagreed. And when he says, “Everybody knows there…

  • What a Vietnam-born artist can teach us about Jewish memory

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Danish artist Danh Vo was born in Vietnam and raised a Catholic — essentially the last person you’d expect to be written about in the Jewish press. The Guggenheim Museum here is staging a major retrospective of Vo’s work, which if I were to describe on one foot is historical…

  • Who is King Cyrus, and why is Netanyahu comparing him to Trump?

    (JTA) — Before their Oval Office meeting on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel lavished praise on President Donald Trump for, among other things, declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowing to fix or scrap the Iran nuclear deal. In doing so, the Israeli leader likened Trump to Harry Truman, Lord Balfour — and…

  • Why Wayne LaPierre’s CPAC speech freaked out Jews and heartened anti-Semites

    (JTA) — I don’t know if Wayne LaPierre is anti-Semitic. In many ways, I don’t care if Wayne LaPierre is anti-Semitic. But the executive vice president of the NRA gave a speech this week that was heard as anti-Semitic by two kinds of people: left-leaning Jews and hard-right anti-Semites. Let’s agree that’s troubling. Speaking at…

  • Thank you for supporting the American Friends of The Sheldon & Miriam Adelson Embassy of the United States in Israel!

    (Warning — satire ahead.) Dear _______, We are so honored by your commitment to celebrating the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and its namesake donor, Sheldon Adelson. Thanks to your generosity, The Sheldon & Miriam Adelson Embassy of the United States in Israel will be a world class institution, serving the needs of American diplomats…