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  • Here’s why I believed Elie Wiesel’s accuser

    NEW YORK (JTA) — When I read the headline of Jenny Listman’s Medium piece — “When I was nineteen years old, Elie Wiesel grabbed my ass” — I decided not to click on it. It wasn’t because of any judgment I passed on her or the veracity of her claim. But the bluntness and clarity of…

  • 8 TV shows that get Hanukkah just right

    (JTA) — ‘Tis the season of TV Christmas specials! The drama, the intrigue, your favorite TV characters in ill-fitting Santa costumes — the Christmas special has been a popular trope on American TV. Unfortunately, one cannot say the same for Hanukkah, which this year starts on Dec. 24 — yep, Christmas Eve. It’s very hard…

  • Jon Stewart recalls his ‘schmear-y’ Twitter feud with Donald Trump

    As the polls tighten and the election draws to a close, one ray of light shone bright this Tuesday night for Jewish liberals: Jon Stewart came back for one last opportunity to take a stab at Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president. At a Stand Up For Heroes benefit in New York City this Tuesday, the…

  • I’m an Israeli woman — and I’m not surprised by the Ari Shavit allegations

    When reporter Danielle Berrin’s accusations of sexual assault came out about the Israeli journalist Ari Shavit, I could almost hear an audible gasp from men expressing a sense of disbelief, and, for some, an eagerness to brush it off. Perhaps she misremembered it, a male acquaintance of mine suggested. For most women, however, these allegations were anything…

  • This coffee shop singer doesn’t know he’s singing with Matisyahu

    When Matisyahu shaved his signature Hasidic beard in 2011, he knew he would put off some of his fans. But he probably hoped they would still recognize him. Not so much for this Hawaiian fan, who played an entire Matisyahu song in front of the ex-Orthodox reggae star without realizing who he was. Matisyahu was in Maui for…