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  • Troubled Trial of Sam Kellner Is Delayed — Claimed His Son Was Abused

    By Paul Berger

    The troubled bribery and extortion trial of a Brooklyn man who says his son was a victim of child abuse has been delayed — again.Read More


    Orthodox Population Grows Faster Than First Figures in Pew #JewishAmerica Study

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    The Orthodox population is growing much faster than initial reports from the Pew study suggested. New figures reveal more than a quarter of Jews under age 18 live in Orthodox homes.Read More


    AJC Demands Probe of Anti-Semitism in Upstate New York Pine Bush Schools

    By Maya Shwayder

    The American Jewish Committee issued a statement calling on the New York State Department of Education to fully investigate all incidents of anti-Semitism in New York public schools, especially the Pine Bush system in upstate New York.Read More


    New York Prosecutor Vows To Press Probe of Anti-Semitism in Pine Bush Schools

    By Forward Staff

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman vowed to press on with a full state and federal response to the allegations of bullying and pervasive harassment of Jewish students in an upstate New York school district.Read More


    Dmitry Salita, Orthodox Fighter, Returns to Ring for One Last Shot at Title

    By Raphael Gellar

    Dmitry ‘Star of David’ Salita has missed out on several big fights lately. The Orthodox fighter has one last shot at the big time tonight.Read More


    Stop-and-Frisk Judge Shira Scheindlin Asks To Return to Case

    By Reuters

    A U.S. judge on Wednesday asked an appeals court to reinstate her to a closely watched case regarding the constitutionality of the New York Police Department’s “stop-and-frisk” tactic, saying she was unfairly removed from it a week ago.Read More


    Supreme Court Split on 'Jewish' Town Prayer Case

    By Reuters

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared deeply conflicted over what kind of public prayers should be acceptable at a town meeting as the justices confronted the delicate constitutional issue of church-and-state separation.Read More


    Did Bill De Blasio Win by 'Meh' Margin With Jews?

    By Daniel Treiman

    Bill De Blasio was elected New York City’s mayor by a landslide. He appears to have won the Jewish vote, too, but with what some might call a ‘meh’ margin.Read More


    Charles Hynes Crushed by Kenneth Thompson in Brooklyn District Attorney Race

    By Forward Staff

    Longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes lost his longshot reelection bid by a crushing 2-1 margin to Democrat Kenneth Thompson.Read More


    Ruth Messinger and Marilyn Sneiderman Are Odd Couple of Jewish Social Justice

    By Sarah Seltzer

    Ruth Messinger of AJWS and Marilyn Sneiderman of Avodah are friends, leaders — and roommates. Their apartment is a nexus of feminist Jewish social justice power.Read More





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    • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
    • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
    • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
    • 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?
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    • "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
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