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  • How a Chinese fruit became a Sukkot symbol

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The holiday of Sukkot isn’t complete without a lulav and an etrog, the four species that Jews are commanded to wave on the harvest holiday. But according to a new book, it wasn’t until the Second Temple period that Jews started using the lemon-like etrog as part of their Sukkot celebrations….

  • An Afro-Cuban-Yiddish opera tells the story of a Jewish refugee

    NEW YORK (JTA) — “Hatuey: Memory of Fire” flashes alternately among three unlikely settings and languages. The chamber opera is set in a nightclub in Havana in 1931, a Cuban battlefield where indigenous people fight Spanish conquistadors in 1511 and Ukraine in the early 20th century, where Jews face violent pogroms. The settings may seem…

  • Why Stephen Miller’s childhood rabbi singled him out in his Rosh Hashanah sermon

    (JTA) — Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels didn’t mince words when he criticized Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and a former congregant of his Southern California synagogue, in his Rosh Hashanah sermon. “Honestly, Mr. Miller, you’ve set back the Jewish contribution to making the world spiritually whole through your arbitrary division of these…

  • Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan says she had ‘a very strange Jewish upbringing’

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, appearing at a Jewish day school in Brooklyn, spoke about her Jewish background and how her family jumped from synagogue to synagogue. “I had a very strange Jewish upbringing actually,” Kagan, 58, told journalist Dahlia Lithwick, who moderated the Wednesday evening conversation. “You would think Lincoln…

  • Eric Trump slams Bob Woodward’s book as a way ‘to make 3 extra shekels’

    (JTA) — Eric Trump called journalist Bob Woodward’s new book about the White House “sensational nonsense” that Woodward wrote in order “to make three extra shekels.” President Donald Trump’s son made the remarks, which references Israel’s currency, in a Wednesday interview on “Fox & Friends.” Woodward’s book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” describes how…

  • Sheldon Cohen, commissioner who computerized IRS, dies at 91

    (JTA) — Sheldon Cohen, the Internal Revenue Service commissioner who computerized the tax agency in the 1960s, has died. Cohen, a one-time tax lawyer and certified public accountant, died Tuesday from complications of congestive heart failure, his grandson Reuben Goetzl told The Washington Post. He was 91. Cohen, who grew up in Washington, D.C., served as…

  • Joshua Malina and Lisa Edelstein star in Hillel’s get-out-the-vote campaign video

    (JTA) — Joshua Malina and Lisa Edelstein are among the actors and comedians starring in a campaign launched by Hillel International to encourage college students to vote. Malina, known for his role on the TV series “The West Wing,” and Edelstein, of “House,” portray parents congratulating their daughter on turning 18 and becoming a “MitzVote,”…

  • SodaStream is behind this 20-foot Statue of Liberty replica drowning in plastic bottles

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Tourists and locals wandering around Flatiron Plaza in downtown Manhattan were met with an unusual sight: a 20-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty standing in a steel cage filled with empty plastic bottles and metal cans. On the other side of the eye-catching set-up, titled “Drowning Liberty,” were booths with…

  • Amy Bach, author who researches criminal justice system, awarded $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Amy Bach has won the 2018 Charles Bronfman Prize for her research in statistics about the criminal justice system. The organization announced on Wednesday that it was giving the Jewish humanitarian award to Bach, a lawyer and award-winning author. She is the founder and executive director of Measures for Justice, an organization that…

  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will not seek re-election

    (JTA) — Rahm Emanuel said he will not seek a third term as mayor of Chicago. Emanuel, the city’s first Jewish mayor, made the unexpected announcement on Tuesday. “As much as I love this job and will always love this city and its residents, I’ve decided not to seek re-election,” the 58-year-old Democrat said. “This…