Josh Nathan-Kazis


How Orthodox Agudah and Wal-Mart Money United To Back School Vouchers

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

How Orthodox Agudah and Wal-Mart Money United To Back School Vouchers
Guess who is the largest donor to Agudath Israel? The Christian owners of Wal-Mart, who see the Orthodox umbrella group a key ally in their fight for education reforms.Read More


I'm Lurking on Maine Town's Facebook Page

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Josh Nathan-Kazis checks out his roots in Fort Kent, Maine. Read More


The True Story of Maine's Potato King — My Great-Grandfather's Rise and Fall

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

The True Story of Maine's Potato King — My Great-Grandfather's Rise and Fall
Josh Nathan-Kazis journeyed to a tiny Maine town in search of his roots. He found the tale of Jake Etscovitz, who built a Jewish life in the wilderness — and spent his life dressed for Fifth Ave.Read More


After 20 Years, Mourning for Chabad Rebbe Takes on Orderly Rhythm

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

After 20 Years, Mourning for Chabad Rebbe Takes on Orderly Rhythm
20 years after Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson’s death, Hasidic followers still throng to visit his tomb. It’s a shrine that those who thought he was the Messiah shun.Read More


Bingo! How Jewish Charities Are Gambling Away Our Future

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Bingo! How Jewish Charities Are Gambling Away Our Future
Jewish charities try to raise money by gambling on bingo, but instead lose tens of thousands of donor dollars at the tables. Josh Nathan-Kazis identifies the biggest losers.Read More






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  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
  • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here: http://jd.fo/q4XfI
  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
  • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
  • What do you think?
  • "To everyone who is reading this article and saying, “Yes, but… Hamas,” I would ask you to just stop with the “buts.” Take a single moment and allow yourself to feel this tremendous loss. Lay down your arms and grieve for the children of Gaza."
  • Professor Dan Markel, 41 years old, was found shot and killed in his Tallahassee home on Friday. Jay Michaelson can't explain the death, just grieve for it.
  • Employees complained that the food they received to end the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan was not enough (no non-kosher food is allowed in the plant). The next day, they were dismissed.
  • Why are peace activists getting beat up in Tel Aviv? http://jd.fo/s4YsG
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