Rahm Emanuel's Chicago Is Burning — Can He Put Out the Flames?

Chicago’s first Jewish mayor is facing a crisis stemming from the videotaped police shooting of a black teen. For now, Rahm Emanuel has kept the organized Jewish community in his corner — but how long will that last?


Good Will and Peace Towards Men Elusive This Year in Nazareth

It’s Christmas in Jesus’ hometown. But in one of the most tumultuous holiday seasons in recent memory, Israel’s once thriving Christian minority is facing a tangle of new fears from their Jewish and Muslim neighbors.


Lawyer for American 'Torture' Teen Held in Firebombing Turns to Israel Justice Minister

Israel’s minister of justice met last week with the mother of an Israeli-American teen held in isolation by Israeli security authorities amid a terrorism investigation, the teen’s attorney told the Forward.


Why Russian Jews Love Their (Don't Call Them Christmas) Trees

Every December Elana Snitman’s family gathers at her home, where they decorate a fake pine tree with ornaments, placing gifts underneath to exchange. After gathering for a dinner of chicken, eggplant and beet-and-potato salad, they sing a traditional song about the festive tree and the coming of winter.


Family Claims American Teen Held as Jewish Extremist Is Being Tortured by Israel

A 17-year-old Jewish American citizen is being interrogated harshly by Israel in a probe of vicious attacks against Palestinians. The teen’s family calls the treatment torture — and demands an end to his detention without charge.

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