Growing up in North Dakota, Sally Koslow found Christmas just couldn’t be avoided. That changed when she moved to the Jewiest place in the country: New York City.
This week's #OurPromisedLands story:
The Sony hack has left plenty of destruction in its wake — and also this gem: a celebrity email chain about Gaza, featuring Natalie Portman and...Ryan Seacrest?! (She's just as baffled as you are.)
This was the year to mourn the death of the two-state solution to the Mideast conflict. Dan Goldenblatt has moved on to something new — and better.
Far-right Israeli leader Orit Struck is claiming a victory for feminism — but Sara Hirschhorn says her "win" is just one big delusion.
Did Rabbi Barry Freundel treat the mikveh as his own voyeuristic 'car wash' to peep on thousands of women?
That's what a new lawsuit says — and claims rabbinic authorities did nothing to rein him in.
United Synagogue Youth voted to ease its ban on teenage board members dating non-Jews. Check out the Conservative group's new rules: http://jd.fo/h6Yq3
Christian tradition says Jesus was born in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. But what if they got the wrong Bethlehem? What if his birthplace was really a tiny Jewish village in northern Israel?
For European Jewry, 2014 was a tipping point. Anti-Semitism became a fact of life that could not be avoided.
Some say the U.N.’s Palestinian vote should be delayed, because pressuring Israel before an election will only help right-wingers. Lara Friedman says it’s just the opposite.
What do you think?
You might say it’s saccharine to think a light could make a difference. This Hanukkah, Abigail Pogrebin saw it firsthand, from a relative’s bedside to the White House.
A $1.3M Israeli ad campaign says only the Orthodox know how to do Shabbat the right way. What message does that send to secular Jews?
This year had it all: a Jewish ‘Bachelorette’ and royal baby, mispronounced names and, of course, a cute animal or two.
Here are the 2014 moments that took the Shtetlsphere by storm:
For some Jewish Democrats, Obama’s choice to act unilaterally on #Cuba was deeply disturbing. Could that decision-making pattern threaten the U.S.-Israel relationship?
“Can you fulfill the commandment to publicize the Hanukkah miracle by posting pictures of your menorah online?”
As you light Hanukkah candles tonight, Jay Michaelson asks that you do him a favor and resist the urge to post a selfie on Facebook!