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Rabbi Shlomo Riskin's 'Obama Is Haman' Rant Reflects Growing Israeli Anger Over Iran

By Ben Sales

For years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has compared Iran to the biblical Persia, the ancient kingdom where the Jewish people were nearly annihilated through the evil designs of the arch-villain Haman.Read More


Is Smoking Kosher for Passover — and What About Pot?

By Ruth Schuster and Nettanel Slyomovics (Haaretz)

Smoking is one of those topics that ties rabbis up in knots, and marijuana just clouds the issue even more. And that’s before Passover gets added to the mix.Read More


Celebrating Holiday of Freedom in an Israeli Desert Jail

By Yermi Brenner

African immigrants detained in an Israeli jail celebrated Passover in a mock Seder last week. They did so as the threat of a real-life plague of deportation hangs over them.Read More


When Israel's Sephardic Black Panthers Used Passover To Decry Jewish 'Racism'

By Asaf Shalev

Israel’s own Black Panthers once latched onto the Passover story to challenge Ashkenazi domination. The radicals issued their own Haggadah, which mentioned strikes and injustice — but not God.Read More


Jewish Navy SEAL Vet Jumps into Missouri Governor’s Race

By Jesse Lempel

Ex-Navy Seal Eric Greitens is plunging into the GOP primary for Missouri governor — the same race shaken by the suicide of a candidate dogged by an anti-Jewish ‘whisper campaign.’Read More


Is Moshe Kahlon and His New Party Here To Stay?

By Naomi Zeveloff

Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party is set to join the new Israeli government coalition. But whether the politician has sticking power remains to be seen.Read More


Embracing Israel Boycott, Jewish Voice For Peace Insists on Its Jewish Identity

By Evan Serpick

Despite condemnation from other Jewish organizations, Jewish Voice for Peace is holding on to its Jewish identity even as it actively supports the BDS movement. And it’s growing.Read More


Advocacy Groups Seek New Marketing Strategy After Israeli Vote

By Nathan Guttman

Benjamin Netanyahu’s election win has rattled the message used by pro-Israel advocacy groups for decades. Can they find a new, unified way to make their case to the American public?Read More


Danny Schechter Was an Observant Jew, Even if he Rarely Set Foot in Shul

By Jon Kalish

Danny Schechter, the self-descibed father of ‘participatory journalism, succumbed to pancreatic cancer at age 72. Jon Kalish remembers the Boston radio legend with a healthy dose of Bronx-based chutzpah.Read More


Can Jewish Transgender Teen's Successful Coming Out Provide Model for Others?

By Hannah Rubin

Tom Sosnik, the transgender teen whose coming-out speech went viral, worked with his Jewish day school to create a tolerant environment. Could this be a model for other schools?Read More


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