National News

BY Phil Jacobs
August 9, 2013

Rabbi Stuart Weinblatt, Congregation B’nai Tzedek’s spiritual leader, sat in his study on a warm early summer day. He had recently completed his duties as chair of the Jewish Federations of North America Rabbinic Cabinet. It is perhaps difficult to understand what and why someone would spend a great deal of time being part of CONTINUE »

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The JT examines the kashrut industry, the details and the disputes that make eating kosher complicated and sometimes costly
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 7, 2013

Kosher products started finding their way into the American marketplace around 1918, according to kosherquest.org. In 1924, the Union of Orthodox  Jewish Congregations of America (OU), which had been established in 1892, entered the kashrut industry and appointed Abraham Goldstein (a chemist who had been instrumental in convincing American companies to become certified kosher) as CONTINUE »

BY Maayan Jaffe
August 1, 2013

Despite the fact that 85 percent of the Israeli population, according to a poll published by The Jerusalem Post, was opposed to Israel agreeing to release 104 prisoners with blood on their hands, a decision was made earlier this week to do so. Now, the family members of victims of terror are protesting — loud CONTINUE »

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Palestinians, Israelis launch new round of negotiations; public skeptical yet somehow optimistic
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 1, 2013

Earlier this week, Palestinian and Israeli leaders met in Washington to launch a new round of peace negotiations. There is a cynical and skeptical Palestinian and Israeli public, but the parties agreed to meet nonetheless. As Secretary of State John Kerry stood before the media on July 29, he told listeners that he was under CONTINUE »

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HIAS editorial sparks dialogue, shows there is still a place for Jewish refugee organization
BY Maayan Jaffe
August 1, 2013

The July 26 editorial, “HIAS In Search Of A Mission,” spawned great debate in the Baltimore community — and a lot of upset. Why? The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society has been considering a move to the area, and local leaders don’t seem convinced that HIAS is ready for, as the editorial put it, “an orderly CONTINUE »