News And Politics


The Yiddish Forverts Goes Biweekly in Print

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Amid circulation and financial pressures, the print version of the Yiddish Forverts will soon appear only biweekly. But its website will relaunch as a daily with more content and new features.Read More


Celebrating 25 Years of Koran in Yiddish

By Haaretz

Members of a Muslim sect that translated parts of the Koran into Yiddish are marking 25 years since that translation was published.Read More


The Magenta Yenta, All the Young Hawks

Staffers discuss the out-of-nowhere rise of Mindy Meyer to trending celebrity status and a wellspring of young Jewish conservative writers.Read More


The Religion of Bruce, Growing Up Patrilineal

This week Forward staffers discuss the devout Jewish followers of the religion of Bruce Springsteen, growing up patrilineal and why Jews don’t like evangelical ChristiansRead More


Debating Best Jewish Sandwiches

We discuss the new approach in the fight to free Alan Gross, the top Jewish sandwiches and the eastern European liqueur that’s guaranteed to burn all the way down.Read More


Presidents Conference, Israel Apartheid Week

Staffers discuss the groups behind the Conference of Presidents, Israel Apartheid Week on campus and offer some historical perspective on the ‘war on religion.’Read More


BDS Goes Mainstream; Jew Behind the Bug

Staffers discuss how the BDS movement hopes to go mainstream, the Jewish engineer behind the Bug and the failing health of a 101-year old Orthodox rabbi.Read More


Toddler's Tragic Struggle; Jews Going GOP; Bibi's Win

Staffers discuss little Ayelet Galena’s tragic struggle, why Jews may be moving toward the Republican Party, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s win in Israeli primary elections.Read More


Egypt's Brotherhood; Newt and Saul

Staffers discuss Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood. Plus, Newt Gingrich’s prospects in the GOP primary and why he keeps talking about a guy named Saul Alinsky.Read More


Reporters' Roundtable: Orthodox and Gay

Steve Greenberg, an Orthodox rabbi, discusses his decision to hold a commitment ceremony for two men. Staffers also discuss Iran and the exclusion of women.Read More





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