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  • 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


    Shmuley Boteach Tweets Fear as Wife and Daughter Trapped in Mall Standoff

    By JTA

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach tweeted throughout a standoff with a gunman at the Garden State Mall in New Jersey, while his daughter and wife took cover inside.Read More


    Semon Domnitser Gets 8 Years for $57M Holocaust Claims Conference Fraud

    By JTA

    Semen Domnister, the former Claims Conference employee who was found guilty of leading a $57 million fraud scheme at the Holocaust restitution organization, was sentenced to eight years in prison.Read More


    Tall (Reform) Rabbi in Sea of Black Hats

    By Eliyahu Federman

    If the Reform president and Chabad can connect as one people, who knows: Maybe there’s hope for other denominations of Judaism to bridge their differences.Read More


    The (Chabad) Rebbe's Army

    By Ben Harris

    At a time of angst over the falloff in Jewish affiliation, the number of Chabad emissaries continues to swell. There are currently more than 4,500 around the world.Read More


    Richard Joel’s Term at Y.U. Is a Study in Promise and Turmoil

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    Ten years ago, Richard Joel took the helm of Modern Orthodoxy’s flagship institution. Now Y.U. is struggling financially and otherwise, and Joel is in the middle of it.Read More


    Inspirational Israeli Soldier Aharon Karov Runs in New York City Marathon

    By Peter Hellman

    After Aharon Karov was severely wounded in Gaza, no one thought he would make it. Now, the inspirational Israeli soldier is running the New York City Marathon.Read More


    Samuel Cohen-Eckstein's Family Pleads With Council for Action on Traffic Laws

    By Anne Cohen

    The family of Sammy Cohen-Eckstein made an emotional plea for stricter anti-speeding laws. The Brooklyn bar mitzvah boy was killed crossing a street next to Prospect Park.Read More


    Kosher Chicken, E Coli and the Horace Mann Kid

    By Rita Rubin

    Does kosher chicken have higher levels of e coli bacteria that’s resistant to antibiotics? Scientists are puzzled at the findings of a Jewish student at Horace Mann School.Read More





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    • “This is a dangerous region, even for people who don’t live there and say, merely express the mildest of concern about the humanitarian tragedy of civilians who have nothing to do with the warring factions, only to catch a rash of *** (bleeped) from everyone who went to your bar mitzvah! Statute of limitations! Look, a $50 savings bond does not buy you a lifetime of criticism.”
    • That sound you hear? That's your childhood going up in smoke.
    • "My husband has been offered a terrific new job in a decent-sized Midwestern city. This is mostly great, except for the fact that we will have to leave our beloved NYC, where one can feel Jewish without trying very hard. He is half-Jewish and was raised with a fair amount of Judaism and respect for our tradition though ultimately he doesn’t feel Jewish in that Larry David sort of way like I do. So, he thinks I am nuts for hesitating to move to this new essentially Jew-less city. Oh, did I mention I am pregnant? Seesaw, this concern of mine is real, right? There is something to being surrounded by Jews, no? What should we do?"
    • "Orwell described the cliches of politics as 'packets of aspirin ready at the elbow.' Israel's 'right to defense' is a harder narcotic."
    • From Gene Simmons to Pink — Meet the Jews who rock:
    • The images, which have since been deleted, were captioned: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world."
    • As J Street backs Israel's operation in Gaza, does it risk losing grassroots support?
    • What Thomas Aquinas might say about #Hamas' tunnels:
    • The Jewish bachelorette has spoken.
    • "When it comes to Brenda Turtle, I ask you: What do you expect of a woman repressed all her life who suddenly finds herself free to explore? We can sit and pass judgment, especially when many of us just simply “got over” own sexual repression. But we are obliged to at least acknowledge that this problem is very, very real, and that complete gender segregation breeds sexual repression and unhealthy attitudes toward female sexuality."
    • "Everybody is proud of the resistance. No matter how many people, including myself, disapprove of or even hate Hamas and its ideology, every single person in Gaza is proud of the resistance." Part 2 of Walid Abuzaid's on-the-ground account of life in #Gaza:
    • After years in storage, Toronto’s iconic red-and-white "Sam the Record Man" sign, complete with spinning discs, will return to public view near its original downtown perch. The sign came to symbolize one of Canada’s most storied and successful Jewish family businesses.
    • Is $4,000 too much to ask for a non-member to be buried in a synagogue cemetery?
    • "Let’s not fall into the simplistic us/them dichotomy of 'we were just minding our business when they started firing rockets at us.' We were not just minding our business. We were building settlements, manning checkpoints, and filling jails." What do you think?
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