Last year on Mother’s Day, I did not behave well. I herded the family uptown for brunch with my mom and made sure that children put their cell phones away and kept their voices at a non-eardrum-shattering volume and stayed with their butts in chairs. Mom then asked if we wanted to take a walk together. I blurted out, “No, I want to go home and have my Mother’s Day!”
This was churlish and bitchy. I am grateful to have a mom I find awesome, especially when so many of my friends have moms who are no longer alive, who are in super-fragile health, or who are—not to put too fine a point on it—toxic. I’m also grateful to be out of the toddler trenches, with relatively self-sufficient older children who do not constantly cling to my various body parts like lichen.
What happens when Jews of color, including Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, get together for a historic three-day gathering? Sigal Samuel found out.
Former KKK leader David Duke took to the airwaves to say that Republican Jewish opposition to Donald Trump exposes Jews as the “reason why America is not great.”
A Republican Jewish group’s endorsement of Donald Trump threatens to cause disarray among politically conservative Jews, many of whom vowed earlier Wednesday to never vote for the the real estate mogul.
Like the candidate himself, Donald Trump’s alt-right supporters have a long record of dabbling in racially and politically divisive rhetoric. Do they have a specific anti-Semitism problem, to go along with their anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, and old-school isolationist views? If so, does their anti-Semitism spring from, yet operate independently of, their larger morass of prejudices?
One way of answering that question is by looking at the alt-right’s attitude toward Jews who the movement’s adherents are most likely to have read or interacted with online, specifically on Twitter: anti-Trump Jewish conservatives, writers who fall vaguely within the political and ideological camp that the alt-right is trying to transform.
It’s the season of the unconventional foreign policy adviser: Donald Trump takes advice from his son-in-law and real estate attorney, and Bernie Sanders cites folks who didn’t know they were advising him.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Holocaust survivors have never received the respect that they deserve, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said. “It is time to conduct some soul-searching before you. We must admit that we were wrong. Holocaust survivors have never received the respect they deserved. Even today, the State of Israel does not take every measure it…
Whether one agrees or disagrees with his platform, one cannot deny that Bernie Sanders has run a remarkable campaign. He has successfully pushed his rival Hillary Clinton—previously seen as immovable and the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee—to the left on an array of domestic issues, from immigration to the minimum wage. He has adeptly injected his concerns about income inequality and political corruption into the public discourse. And he has made this Jew and so many others proud through his forceful denunciation of the anti-Muslim prejudice that has too often found expression in this election.
But now it is time for Sanders to end his campaign for the same reason he started it: for the good of the country he has served for decades.
Democratic Republic of Congo’s justice minister ordered on Wednesday an investigation into the alleged recruitment of mercenaries by opposition leader and potential presidential candidate Moise Katumbi.
Norman G. Finkelstein recently wondered which trait would most likely work against a job interviewee
“The reality is, there is probably more prejudice in the UK against fat people than there is prejudice against Jews,” Norman G. Finkelstein told interviewer Jamie Stern-Weiner, in an interview published yesterday on an English website. “Ask yourself a simple, but serious, question. You go for a job interview. Which trait is most likely to work against you: if you’re ugly, if you’re fat, if you’re short, or if you’re Jewish? It’s perhaps a sad commentary on our society’s values, but the trait most likely to elicit a rejection letter is if you’re ugly. Then fat; then short. The factor least likely to work against you is, if you’re Jewish.”
Finkelstein, the controversial leftist scholar and critic of Israel, was discussing the concerns that there is rising anti-Semitism in England, particularly on the left and in the Labour Party. The whole interview is worth reading, but this part, about job prejudice, is interesting for what it reveals about an increasingly common figure, the anti-anti-anti-Semite, the person for whom concerns about anti-Semitism are more a problem than anti-Semitism. Finkelstein draws a comparison that, on its face, is correct, but in fact tells us nothing at all.
Egypt was declared Sunday to have the most delicious falafel, beating its Israeli, Palestinian and Middle Eastern-fusion competitors at a London festival.
(JTA) — A county judge in north-central Washington has ordered a local man to refrain from displaying a swastika on the wall of his barn after he posted the Nazi symbol in order to harass his Jewish neighbor. Chelan County District Court Judge Nancy Harmon ruled Tuesday that Wenatchee resident K.N. Klinginsmith meant to “alarm,…
On Thursday, Israelis observe Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. At 10 a.m., according to custom, an air raid will sound and the country will fall quiet for two long minutes.
Silence won’t do for a podcast, so instead Israel Story brings you two stories. Act I, “B-1367,” is about an elderly father and his 53-year-old son, and the inked number that binds them together. In Act II, “Herr Eichmann,” we meet up with a group of men for whom Eichmann is not a symbol of Nazi evil, but a gaunt, balding prisoner for whom they were responsible, as guards and interrogators.
When Jewish Republican Ari Fleischer tweeted his support for Donald Trump Tuesday evening, he exposed an emerging schism threatening to unravel both the Republican party and Jewish conservatives — some of whom are reluctantly lining up behind Trump while others are vowing never to support him.
(JTA) — British Prime Minister David Cameron called on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn to renounce his self-proclaimed friendship with Hamas and Hezbollah. Cameron made the public demand on Wednesday, during Prime Minister’s Questions, a weekly session in the House of Commons during which lawmakers question the prime minister on a wide range of topics….
Mother’s Day offers every excuse to abandon moderation for a morning and transform an already-decadent pastry into French toast.
With its twin basalt murals and ornate tiled floor, the main hall of the Israeli president’s residence in Jerusalem—a home through which numerous prime ministers, popes, and other foreign dignitaries have walked—is not what one might call homey. This week, however, sofas were brought in, promoting a more laid back vibe and a comfortable place to listen.
On Tuesday, Israeli President Reuben Rivlin and his wife, Nechama, hosted a few dozen casually dressed guests, many of them in their twenties and thirties, for an event called Zikaron Basalon, meaning “Memory in the Living Room.” They gathered to hear Meir Ginosar, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Buchenwald death camps, tell his life story in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The story is an all-too-familiar horror tale: An adult in a position of power – in this case a Hasidic school principal – is accused of sexually abusing a child in his care.