Shimon Peres – in his own words

The state of Israel, as well as dignitaries and Jewish groups around the world, are mourning the death of former Israeli President Shimon Peres, who passed away on Tuesday, two weeks after suffering a massive stroke at age 93. Courtesy of The New York Times, and as translated from Israel’s Yedioth Achronoth, has gathered a few of the renowned Israeli statesman and much admired man’s best quotes:

Posted on September 28, 2016 .

Oh Huma, what took you so long?

If this headline feels familiar, it’s because it’s what we’ve all been thinking when we saw news headlines this morning that the humiliated long-time Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin finally left her husband, the disgraced Jewish former congressman Anthony Weiner, after he was discovered to have sexted yet another woman.

Posted on August 29, 2016 .

Baton Rouge - a call to action

The severe flooding that affected Baton Rouge, La. earlier this month has left 13 people dead and 60,000 homes destroyed or damaged, according to latest reports. On Aug. 24, The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) emergency committee chair and land development attorney from Palm Beach County Brian Seymour visited Baton Rouge with JFNA Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington Office William Daroff. The two men came to support local volunteers and present $112,000 towards disaster relief in the area. The donation is the first installment from the Federation’s Baton Rouge flood relief fund. The following is Seymour’s first-person account of the visit and call to action for additional help from the Jewish community.

Posted on August 26, 2016 .

Israeli journalist warned to be careful in France

On July 14, the day France celebrated Bastille Day, a Tunisian delivery man ran a truck into a crowd in the southern French city of Nice, killing 84 people and injuring many more. Since then, on Monday in the German state of Bavaria, a radical Islamist terrorist assaulted passengers on a train with a knife and an ax, severely wounding four people. In the wake of these attacks and others before them in Europe, a French woman who refused to appear on camera for a video interview told an Israeli journalist in Nice what is happening in France and how Israel is viewed in France within that context. She warned the journalist to be very careful in France because being Israeli makes him a prime target for harassment or violence.

Posted on July 19, 2016 .

Trump’s son-in-law under fire for using family’s Holocaust story to defend GOP candidate

The Jewish relatives of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, have criticized him over an op-ed he wrote this week for his Observer newspaper, in which he cited his family's Holocaust experience as an expansion of a statement he had issued in response to an open letter by an Observer writer criticizing him for staying silent about a Trump campaign tweet that was widely accused of being anti-Semitic.

Posted on July 8, 2016 .

Anti-Semitic Qatari poem alleges Jewish plot against Muslims

A Qatari daily newspaper has published an anti-Semitic poem titled "The Plot of the Jews." In the poem, published by Al-Sharq on June 20 for a special supplement for the holy month of Ramadan, Dr. Khaled Hassan Hindawi accuses Jews of plotting against Muslims and spreading corruption by using "venomous serpents" such as Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and Yemenite Houthi rebel leader Abd al-Malik al-Houthi.

Posted on June 28, 2016 .

Satirical Jewish letter challenges French discomfort with aliyah

When the French newspaper Le Monde decided to invert the discussion on French Jews making aliyah by asking French-Jewish readers who had made aliyah—but later decided to return to their native country—about their reasons for deciding to move back to France, Alexandre Kassel found a creative way to reply. In excerpts from his satirical letter, as translated from French and edited by, Kassel recounts his “terrible” experience as a French immigrant in Israel.

Posted on June 16, 2016 .

‘Google of the Bible’ goes live

"Scroll down" is taking on a new meaning: The first comprehensive Internet edition of the Bible has gone online to meet the demands of a world gone digital. On Tuesday, Herzog College in Israel launched—the "Google of the Bible," as it is calling the project with the permission of the Google Corporation. The online Bible is the fruit of five years of work by a team of 10 researchers who wanted to make not only the Bible itself, but also biblical commentary, scholarly articles, and religious lessons accessible through a user-friendly website.

Posted on June 15, 2016 .