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  • Yiddish Chit-Chat Tapes Force Mistrial in Sprawling New York Corruption Case

    By Joseph Ax

    A U.S. judge on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case against a New York state senator accused of trying to buy his way onto the Republican ticket in the 2013 New York City mayoral race, lawyers in the case said.Read More

    Staging Holocaust Stories Proves Therapeutic for Witness Theater

    By Stav Ziv

    As the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, Witness Theater offers a new approach to preserving their stories — matching them with teens to dramatize their lives.Read More

    Remembering the Rebbe, 20 Years Later

    By Julie Wiener

    It has been two decades (and one day) since the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the rebbe whose influence was felt far beyond the Lubavitcher community he led.Read More

    Wiretapped Yiddish Small Talk Could Derail Wideranging N.Y. Corruption Trial

    By Forward Staff

    A sprawling New York state corruption trial could be seriously delayed or even derailed by some 300 recordings of a Hasidic wheeler-dealer chatting in Yiddish.Read More

    Why Would Yeshivas Reject Pre-K Program Designed for Them?

    By Josh Nathan-Kazis

    N.Y. Mayor Bill de Blasio created the largest free universal pre-K program in the country with Orthodox yeshivas in mind. So why are they poised to opt out of it?Read More

    New York Company Forced Workers To 'Thank God' for Jobs: Suit

    By Reuters

    A New York customer service provider allegedly forced employees to pray, thank God for their jobs and say “I love you” to managers and colleagues at work —  and fired those who protested.Read More

    Jewish Stripper Fleeces Wealthy Men in $200K Date-Rape Drug Scam

    By Reuters

    Four New York City strippers and a club manager have been arrested in an alleged plot to drug wealthy men and run up false charges on their credit cards, officials said on Wednesday.Read More

    N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wants Oversight of Orthodox E. Ramapo School Board

    By JTA

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state Department of Education to ensure oversight of a troubled school district run by an ultra-Orthodox school board.Read More

    The 'Jeopardy' Rabbi

    By Julie Wiener

    Sari Laufer is associate rabbi at Manhattan’s Congregation Rodeph Sholom. She’s also a contestant on ‘Jeopardy’ — with her first episode airing Wednesday.Read More

    Remembering Senator Roy Goodman

    By Masha Leon

    Roy Goodman, who died last week, served as the iconic Jewish Republican for decades in New York’s State Senate. Masha Leon looks back at his inspiring career.Read More

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    • "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":
    • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
    • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
    • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
    • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
    • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
    • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
    • Why does ultra-Orthodox group Agudath Israel of America receive its largest donation from the majority owners of Walmart? Find out here:
    • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
    • "Mark your calendars: It was on Sunday, July 20, that the momentum turned against Israel." J.J. Goldberg's latest analysis on Israel's ground operation in Gaza:
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