Piyutim, Poetry In Conservative’s New Prayer Book

How awesome is God? Not at all, not anymore, according to the new Conservative High Holy Day prayer book, Mahzor Lev Shalem, the movement’s first new prayer book since 1972.

Are Direct Talks the Last Chance for Two-State Solution?

Officials from all sides are striving to keep expectations low for the new direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a reflection of the disillusioned mood the parties bring to the table. But the instinct to minimize the significance of the upcoming talks masks what some see as a dramatic reality at this point in the long-stymied Middle East peace process.

Survey Says Young Jews Do Care About Israel

Peter Beinart’s essay in The New York Review of Books last spring painted a picture of young American Jews as alienated, increasingly disengaged from the Jewish state and what he called the “illiberal” policies of its current government, and “less willing to grant Israel an exemption because its survival seems in peril.”

Kosher BBQ Lovers Try Not To Overcook the Brisket

“Kosher” and “barbecue” are two words that don’t normally fit together in one sentence, but the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Memphis has found a way to make it work by focusing on beef and beans.

On Muslim Anti-Semitism

Princeton University’s Mark R. Cohen, the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, spoke recently with the Forward’s news editor Larry Cohler-Esses about the history of Muslim anti-Semitism. They discuss the debate over whether Islam is innately unfriendly to Jews, or whether Muslim anti-Semitism is a newer phenomenon imported from Christianity and, later, fueled by the rejection of Zionism.

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