Arab Idol’s Residency Is More Than Just An Address

Celebrities around the world frequently change their place of residence for reasons much less compelling than meeting the needs of their career. But when the celebrity in question is leaving the Gaza Strip for the West Bank, unimagined complications emerge, as the newest Palestinian superstar is finding out. Israel, which controls the movement of Palestinians… Read More

Florida Congresswoman Leads Delegation to Israel

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's Congressional delegation to Israel met with several of the country's key figures, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee, quarterbacked a Congressional delegation, along with Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), to Israel. The delegation met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and Speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein to discuss the importance of the U.S.-Israel strategic partnership, regional stability,… Read More

Busy year for Rabbi Weinblatt

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… Read More

Between Green And Red

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It is virtually impossible to eat a watermelon by yourself. The juicy red fruit begs to be shared, and in a large vacant lot just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, all kinds of people are sharing plates of watermelon and salty cheese. The event is called The Meeting Point, and it harkens back… Read More

Aggressive Moves

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Politicians, whether hardliners or conciliators, are using last weekend’s swearing in of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rohani, as a possible foothold to stop that country from gaining nuclear weapons. “Iran may have a new president, but its march toward a nuclear program continues,” declared Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) And Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) stressed that… Read More

Pitta of Despair

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This past spring, the Ravens rewarded Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco with a $120.6 million contract. I’d be willing to bet he’d give a few of those millions back if it meant he could have his favorite target healthy and back on the field. Late last month, fourth-year tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip… Read More

Discs ‘R’ Us

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Jon “Yaakov” Goldman may have just turned 50, but fortunately for him, when it comes to playing Ultimate Frisbee, his most highly coveted and personally gratifying skill doesn’t age along with him. Goldman’s favorite element of Ultimate — an outdoor sport invented in 1967 that requires no more than an open field, a Frisbee and… Read More

The Kosher Machine

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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… Read More

Take Two

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Sally Bormel was congenial, down-to-earth and genuine. Eating breakfast at Fields one morning in the mid-1990s, Ben Marks quickly learned that one thing Bormel wasn’t was shy. Both 68 at the time, Bormel had observed Marks in Fields before and decided that now was the time to spark a conversation. They hit it off. A… Read More

Mining A Medical Mystery

Miryam Magaziner was diagnosed with primary 
hyperoxaluria at 6 months old. Since then, parents 
Lori and Jake have been fighting to keep her healthy. (Jacqueline Hannah)

Last June, when 2-year-old Matthew Ouimet of Antioch, Calif., underwent transplant surgery for his kidneys and liver, Californians followed the story closely, rooting for this little boy and his family. Because of Matthew, who faces a long, bumpy road to recovery, many people have now become aware of a little-known medical condition, primary hyperoxaluria (PH)… Read More