Nation Votes, Heaves Sigh After Bitter Election

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during United States presidential election 2016. (Gage Skidmore)

The polling station at Leisure World’s clubhouse in Silver Spring Tuesday morning was quiet, when resident Rafael Mevorach, 70, left after casting his ballot. Asked about the election season that was ending, he summed up his thoughts with three words: “Oh my God!” Mevorach said he supports Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. Leisure… Read More

How to Survive the Election

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It is a challenging time,”  affirmed Dr. Matthew Torres, executive director of the Johns Hopkins University Counseling Center. This echoes the American Psychology Association’s recent finding: Of adults in the United States over the age of 18 surveyed, 52 percent reported the “2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.” “Societally, we’ve… Read More

Among Cleveland’s Orthodox Voters, Reluctance Reigns

Jeff Bookman, a suburban Cleveland jewelry seller, has his reservations about Donald Trump’s temperament but believes the Republican  candidate can return America to traditional values it has lost. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Bookman)

“She’s accumulated a fair amount of warts.” She is “proven to be  dishonest and difficult to trust.” “I thought as secretary of state she should have been fired.” That’s what some Orthodox supporters of Hillary  Clinton in the Cleveland area are saying about their candidate. And some Donald Trump backers? “I wouldn’t even say he’s… Read More

The Jewish Vote: Senate Races to Watch

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Hillary vs. Donald is sucking all the air out of the room. Consider: The first woman major party nominee battling a reality TV star. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, bragging in a 2005 video about sexual assault, then denying it when a dozen women corroborate his braggadocio. The seemingly never-ending Hillary Clinton email scandal, with… Read More

Report Cites Anti-Semitism in Trump Campaign as Factor in Hateful Tweets

Ben Shapiro, Yair Rosenberg, and Jeffrey Goldberg are the three journalists targeted the most with anti-Semitic tweets.

When the Anti-Defamation League released its report last week saying Donald Trump supporters were “disproportionally responsible” for a rash of anti-Semitic tweets targeting journalists during the presidential campaign, it stopped short of accusing Trump’s campaign of anti-Semitism. But Danielle Citron, a member of the ADL’s task force for the study and a law professor at… Read More

Bibi, Barack Part Amiably as Chilly US-Israel Relations Thaw

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with President Barack Obama during their meeting at a New York City hotel on Sept. 21. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

When President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met for what was likely to be the last time as leaders of their countries, the most  important thing they said was “see you soon.” Netanyahu’s invitation to Obama to visit Israel post-presidency augured a thaw in U.S.-Israel relations, which was also seen in remarks by… Read More

ADL’s Greenblatt Embraces Controversy, Bemoans Rancor in Community

Jonathan Greenbelt, ADL national director (JTA/Courtesy Anti-Defamation League)

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) national director Jonathan Greenblatt, coming off an inaugural year after the retirement of longtime leader Abraham Foxman, is not afraid to call the prime minister of Israel out in an international forum. The same can be said for embracing causes that, on their face, are not inherently “Jewish.” But whereas some may… Read More

Jewish Mothers Assemble to Connect with Heritage

More than 300 Jewish mothers attended the annual Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project Leadership Conference in College Park. (Daniel Schere)

The realization  of Israel’s wonders is a “life-changing experience” that has a ripple effect from generation to generation. That was the universal message heard at many points by more than 300 Jewish women from nine countries who gathered at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center earlier last week for the Jewish Women’s Renaissance… Read More

Obama’s $38B Aid Package to Israel Comes with Caveats: It’s Generous, But On His Terms

Jacob Nagel, Israel’s acting national security adviser, signs a Memorandum of Understanding for $38 billion of U.S. defense  

assistance over 10 years with Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon. (Embassy of Israel)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout eight fraught years: I have your back, but on my terms. The agreement signed Sept. 14 in the State Department’s Treaty Room increases assistance… Read More

Donkey Redemption Is Rare Ritual in Judaism

The Beirig family’s donkey was adorned with a serape and jewelry on its walk to the podium. (Lori Samlin Miller)

CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The Torah is specific when it  describes what a Jew should do about his first fruits, his first harvest and his firstborn male children. Is it any wonder that it is equally precise about what to do about a firstborn donkey? Such was the subject of a rare mitzvah performed last… Read More