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  • Bill De Blasio Slammed Over Condolence Message for 'Racist' Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

    By Maya Schwayder

    New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio was dragged into a tabloid fight over the legacy of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef after the liberal Democrat expressed his sympathies for the death of the Israeli Sephardic leader.Read More

    Yeshiva U. Hires Lecturer With Criminal Record of Sexual Misconduct With Boys

    By Paul Berger

    Yeshiva University is still reeling from accusations of improperly handling abuse claims dating back decades. So why did it hire a Hebrew teacher who was convicted of sexual misconduct?Read More

    Death of Knicks Star Dean Meminger Hits Jewish Camp Director Hard

    By Hillel Kuttler

    Dean Meminger sat in owner Irv Bader’s office at Camp Seneca Lake and talked of his girlfriend, her battle with lupus and their plans to marry.Read More

    Wall Street Frets as Michael Bloomberg Prepares To Leave Gracie Mansion

    By Reuters

    When Michael Bloomberg steps down as New York City mayor at the end of the year, few constituencies will miss him as much as Wall Street.Read More

    Meet the 'Are You Jewish?' Chabad Guys

    By Naomi Zeveloff

    Hasidic Jews take to the streets during Sukkot to bring lulavs to the masses. A set of twins takes us inside their quixotic effort — and explains how they spot members of the tribe.Read More

    Rediscovering Beauty Amid Ruins of Once-Glorious Catskills

    By Abigail Jones

    Jews once flocked to the great hotels of the Catskills. Marisa Scheinfeld has dedicated herself to preserving memories of the Borscht Belt, one stunning photo at a time.Read More

    Lax Government Oversight Cited As Catalyst For Willie Rapfogel Scandal

    By JTA

    Lax government oversight may have enabled the scandal involving William Rapfogel, the former executive director of the Metropolitan Council for Jewish Poverty, according to The New York Times.Read More

    Michael Bloomberg Popular With Jews — But His Policies? Not So Much.

    By Eric Yoffie

    New York Jews like Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Eric Yoffie writes that doesn’t mean they want four more years of policies that many believe have hurt the city’s middle class.Read More

    Michael Kors, Rachel Zoe Rock Fashion Week

    By Reuters

    Jewish designers from the celebrity world put modern touches to classics on the runways on Wednesday as New York Fashion Week draws to a close.Read More

    Michael Bloomberg, Leave Dante de Blasio Alone

    By Dave Goldiner

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg attacked Democrat Bill de Blasio over ads featuring his eloquent teenage son. That’s disgraceful — and it got worse when Bloomberg played the Jewish card.Read More

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    • Is anti-Zionism the new anti-Semitism?
    • "I thought I was the only Jew on a Harley Davidson, but I was wrong." — Gil Paul, member of the Hillel's Angels.
    • “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?
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