Looking Back


Army of Jewish Women Nab Tenement Thief Caught in Lower East Side Toilet

By Eddy Portnoy

After a string of tenement thefts, a lower East Side woman caught a would-be burglar in a hallway bathroom — and an army of neighbors cornered him on the street.Read More


Woman Held Captive in Saloon Rescued by Jewish Man

The trial of 22 Nazis who are accused of participating in the murder of 2 million people in the Auschwitz concentration camp network has commenced in Frankfurt, West Germany.Read More


Two Vegetable Vendors in Brooklyn Form Romance

By Eddy Portnoy

The Grynszpan family was brutally beaten by the Gestapo as they were forced to the border of Poland, where they currently live as refugees, in limbo, with thousands of other Polish Jews who had lived in Germany.Read More


United Hebrew Charities Catches Man Who Abandoned Family

By Eddy Portnoy

Having enacted a ruling that forbids Jews from living in certain areas, the Nazis prepared to return 600,000 Jews to ghettos.Read More


Israeli Government Declares a Mourning Period After Kennedy Assassination

By Eddy Portnoy

Hundreds of Israelis lined up at the American Embassy to express their condolences to the American government after Kennedy’s assassination.Read More


Jews Join Nation in Mourning Assasination of President John F. Kennedy

By Eddy Portnoy

The Synagogue Council of America called for prayers to memorialize President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Fifty years earlier, blood libel rumors spread in the Old Country.Read More


Mendel Beilis Cleared in Ukraine Anti-Semitic Blood Libel Trial

By Eddy Portnoy

Factory worker Mendel Beilis was cleared after a Ukraine trial blood libel murder trial a century ago. In 1938, pogroms spread across Germany and Austria.Read More


Brooklyn Macaroni Maker Shoots Jewish Tailor in Hypnotism Spat

By Eddy Portnoy

A Jewish tailor was shot and wounded by a macaroni maker. In 1938, mass hysteria breaks out over H.G. Wells’ ‘War of the Worlds.’Read More


Sensation Rocks the Leo Frank Murder Trial

By Eddy Portnoy

A would-be witness in the Leo Frank murder trial claimed he was wrongly accused. As the Nazi takeover gathered pace, American Christians pleaded for action.Read More


Wayward Husband Returns to Kill Ex-Wife in Shocking Murder-Suicide

By Eddy Portnoy

Morris Rosenthal fell in love with another woman, and left his wife, Bessie, and kids to move in with his new love. When that didn’t work out he returned, bent on violenceRead More





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  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "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:
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