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Flamboyant First as Jewish Boat Floats in Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Fest

By Cnaan Liphshiz

A Jewish boat debuted at the world famous Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade. Revelers included a rabbi and celebs — and vowed to battle hatred of all stripes.Read More


United by Grief, Families of Slain Israeli and Palestinian Teens Divided Over Gaza

By Daniella Cheslow

Shortly after Naftali Fraenkel and Mohammad Abu Khdeir were murdered, their grieving families condemned violence against civilians. But they are bitterly divided over the war in Gaza.Read More


Did Germany Help Save Palestine’s Jews During World War I?

By Nir Mann

Palestine’s Jewish community faced death and destruction at the hands of Ottoman ruler Ahmed Jamal Pasha during World War One. Then, Germany stepped in.Read More


Don't Mess With the Yuhan

By Paul Berger

To some, a wedding singer would seem like an unlikely savior of a community. But a crooner known as the Yuhan believes he might be Bukharan Jewry’s last great hope.Read More


What Will Happen Now That Hamas Has Captured Israeli Soldier Hadar Goldin

By Uriel Heilman

Hamas may have scored a key victory by apparently capturing Israeli soldier Hadar Goldin. What happens next may determine the course of the Gaza conflict.Read More


Why Israel Must Not Let Soldier's Apparent Capture Change Conduct of Gaza War

By Amos Harel

The apparent capture of Hadar Goldin may change the course of the Gaza war. But Israel’s leaders must not make decisions out of anger or fear for his safety.Read More


Will Rabbi David Saperstein’s Departure Mean Watershed Change at the RAC?

By Yardain Amron

Rabbi David Saperstein is leaving the Religious Action Center to become America’s ambassador for international religious freedom. Can anyone fill his shoes?Read More


Israel and Palestinians Locked in Vicious Circle of War, Terror and Occupation

By Reuters

When Israel ended its ground occupation of the Gaza Strip by withdrawing settlers in 2005, it was hailed as a “disengagement” from conflict. But the conflict did not end, it only changed.Read More


Is Fido Suffering From Gaza War, Too?

By Ruth Schuster

Along with people, pets are suffering from the war in Gaza. Animals can suffer lingering after-effects of trauma from rockets and attacks — and only we can heal them.Read More


American Jews Rally Mostly to Israel's Side as Gaza Conflict Rages — Minority Objects

By Hody Nemes

American Jews have flocked by the thousands to rallies backing Israel’s actions in Gaza. They win the numbers game hands down, but a small minority is raising its voice against the war.Read More





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