As a rule, every racehorse in America had a birthday last Friday, New Year’s Day. The best in the land, American Pharoah, turned four, but his racing career is finished. It was short and spectacular, over in fewer than 15 months. We got to see him in 11 races. He lost twice. In 2015, the bay colt earned $8,288,800, a single-season record as he became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. Ahmed Zayat, his Egyptian-American Orthodox-Jewish owner, finished the year as the leading owner ranked by earnings. And he’s about to become richer during Pharoah’s second career—as a stud.
American Pharoah’s remarkable run—in particular those seven triumphant months between his Kentucky Derby victory and runaway romp in the Breeders’ Cup Classic—set him up for a longer calling beyond the track. In a few weeks, American Pharoah’s stallion duties will begin where he was born and raised, in the Kentucky bluegrass between Churchill Downs, the Derby home, and Keeneland Racecourse, where he won the $5 million Classic.
Sheryl Sandberg ended the year she lost her husband with another prolific post on Facebook — this time, about her New Year’s resolution.
Last year may have been traumatic for France and its Jews, but it was a pretty good one for Rudy Abecassis.
Elizabeth Swados, the Jewish composer, director and author of numerous works including “Runaways” has died at the age of 64. The Forward remembers her artistic and spiritual legacy.
Tunisian Jews called on their government to discipline the president of a soccer club who is accused of making an anti-Semitic slur against a Jewish referee.
After months without heat or hot water, tenants in the Carnegie Deli building are finally able to remove the multiple layers they were wearing to stay warm, and to wash again.
Brooklyn Seltzer Boys’ Alex Gomberg is establishing a new business model for a product so old-fashioned that the bottles used to contain it are up to a century old. And the egg cream features prominently in his plan.
On the campaign trail, Bernie Sanders cited The Bible to decry exorbitant credit card interest rates as “usury.” But, according to Aviya Kushner, Sanders’s Biblical reference is a little misleading.
The Forward’s favorite funny girl, Amy Schumer, has found love with someone other than Jennifer Lawrence and he looks like a winner!
In Address to Boston Mosque, Jewish Chief Justice of Massachusetts Supreme Court Vows to Protect Muslim Rights
Last month, a remarkable moment took place in Boston that was largely lost in the holiday hiatus. In the wake of presidential contender Donald Trump’s incendiary call to halt Muslim immigration to the United States, Ralph Gants, the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court, was asked to address the largest mosque in New England, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. In his speech, which took place on December 18, Gants drew on his legal expertise and Jewish heritage to assure the Muslim audience that the state would protect their rights during this trying time.
“This may surprise you, but this is not where I usually spend my Friday afternoons,” the Jewish justice opened. “I asked to speak with you today because I know that this is a difficult time for persons who practice the Islamic faith in this country. And I am here to assure you that you do not stand alone: you have a Constitution and laws to protect your right to practice your religion, to protect you from discrimination and the denial of your equal rights, and to protect you from acts of violence that might be committed because of your religion or your nation of origin.”
An Israeli communications company will end its relationship with French telecommunications giant Orange next month, following a BDS controversy.
The Gaza Strip’s struggling healthcare system will get some much needed help in 2016 after the first new hospital in a decade opened its doors in the territory last month and as two more foreign-funded clinics are set to launch this year.
An Arab-Israeli merchant is offering a $10,000 cash reward for information that helps in the capture of an Arab-Israeli fugitive suspected of killing three people in two Tel Aviv shooting attacks.
The European Court of Human Rights ordered the Russian government to pay $35,000 to a Jewish activist from Moscow whom authorities illegally imprisoned at a demonstration.
A Donald Trump campaign poster on a Florida building owned by a Jewish woman was defaced to make the front running GOP candidate look like Adolf Hitler.
The BBC has released a short documentary about Jewish comedian Jerry Lewis’ never-before-seen Holocaust film.
A Florida university has fired the professor who claims the Sandy Hook school shooting, after the parents of the Jewish boy killed massacre accused him of harassment.
U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, a member of the Democratic leadership in Congress, has announced he will not seek reelection this fall, ending an eight-term career in Washington.
Jewish Israeli passengers on a flight from Athens to Tel Aviv demanded the crew remove two Arab-Israelis from the plane before allowing it to take off.