Cnaan Lipshiz


French Jews Fight Back Against Anti-Israel Mobs at Synagogues

By Cnaan Lipshiz

French Jews Fight Back Against Anti-Israel Mobs at Synagogues
French Jews were stunned when an anti-Israel mob besieged a synagogue outside Paris. What happened next may turn out to be a historic turning point.Read More


Why British Orthodox Rabbi Fasts for Ramadan

By Cnaan Lipshiz

Why British Orthodox Rabbi Fasts for Ramadan
Rabbi Natan Levy decided to “engage Ramadan as a committed Jew” to promote “a deeper conversation within the Jewish community on how we move beyond demonization of Islam.”Read More


Young Hungary Jews Push for Slice of Communal Pie

By Cnaan Lipshiz

Young Hungary Jews Push for Slice of Communal Pie
Peering through dusty apartment widows isn’t an uncommon pastime in this capital city’s crime-infested 8th District, with its many drug addicts and alcoholics seeking for a fix.Read More


Belgian Jews Not Surprised by Deadly Terror Attack

By Cnaan Lipshiz

Belgian Jews Not Surprised by Deadly Terror Attack
The cold determination with which the shooter at Belgium’s Jewish museum murdered four people shocked many Belgians, but local Jewish leaders have long anticipated the possibility of such an attack on their community.Read More


Ukraine Presidential Frontrunner Petro Poroshenko and His Secret Jewish Roots

By Cnaan Lipshiz

Ukraine Presidential Frontrunner Petro Poroshenko and His Secret Jewish Roots
Oligarch Petro Poroshenko carries the hopes of many Ukrainian Jews going into this weekend’s crucial election. Does the frontrunner also have Jewish roots?Read More






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  • At which grade level should classroom discussions include topics like the death of civilians kidnapping of young Israelis and sirens warning of incoming rockets?
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  • “Look, on the one hand, I understand him,” says Rivka Ben-Pazi, a niece of Elchanan Hameiri, the boy that Henk Zanoli saved. “He had a family tragedy.” But on the other hand, she said, “I think he was wrong.” What do you think?
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  • William Schabas may be the least of Israel's problems.
  • You've heard of the #IceBucketChallenge, but Forward publisher Sam Norich has something better: a #SoupBucketChallenge (complete with matzo balls!) Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman & David Remnick, you have 24 hours!
  • Did Hamas just take credit for kidnapping the three Israeli teens?
  • "We know what it means to be in the headlines. We know what it feels like when the world sits idly by and watches the news from the luxury of their living room couches. We know the pain of silence. We know the agony of inaction."
  • When YA romance becomes "Hasidsploitation":
  • "I am wrapping up the summer with a beach vacation with my non-Jewish in-laws. They’re good people and real leftists who try to live the values they preach. This was a quality I admired, until the latest war in Gaza. Now they are adamant that American Jews need to take more responsibility for the deaths in Gaza. They are educated people who understand the political complexity, but I don’t think they get the emotional complexity of being an American Jew who is capable of criticizing Israel but still feels a deep connection to it. How can I get this across to them?"
  • “'I made a new friend,' my son told his grandfather later that day. 'I don’t know her name, but she was very nice. We met on the bus.' Welcome to Israel."
  • A Jewish female sword swallower. It's as cool as it sounds (and looks)!
  • Why did David Menachem Gordon join the IDF? In his own words: "The Israel Defense Forces is an army that fights for her nation’s survival and the absence of its warriors equals destruction from numerous regional foes. America is not quite under the threat of total annihilation… Simply put, I felt I was needed more in Israel than in the United States."
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