Tag: Jews and Judaism

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Parties Embrace Technology and Emerge Stronger

MODIIN ILLIT, West Bank — The business center in the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Modiin Illit employs scores of strictly observant women in financial services and technology firms. It has long been touted as a sign of modernization and “Israelization” in insular communities. Before this month’s parliamentary election in Israel, opinion polls and analysts suggested that […]

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The Fifth Question This Passover: Where Is the Natural Wine?

Like many of her generation, my mother, Ethel, never outgrew Manischewitz. That liquefied grape jelly was our house wine, and she served it every week on the Sabbath and on every holiday. Even after I stopped observing Sabbath rules myself, and made my professional life in wine, my mother could never quite grasp my desperation […]

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For Democrats, Ilhan Omar Is a Complicated Figure to Defend

WASHINGTON — When President Trump tweeted an edited video portraying Representative Ilhan Omar as playing down the 9/11 attacks, it took less than three hours for Senator Bernie Sanders to rush to her defense and declare her “a leader with strength and courage.” But when a Fox News anchor described Mr. Sanders on Monday night […]

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Is Seltzer Jewish? And 99 Other Argument-Starters

Just to get it out there: Yes, bacon is on the list. “The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List” is a new book from Alana Newhouse and Tablet, the innovative and occasionally irreverent online magazine about Jewish culture. Ms. Newhouse, Tablet’s founder and editor in chief, said that she and a team of […]

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Anti-Zionists Deserve Free Speech

The Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, was supposed to be on a speaking tour of the United States this week, with stops at N.Y.U.’s Washington campus and at Harvard. He was going to attend his daughter’s wedding in Texas. I had plans to interview him […]

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A Boxing Promoter’s Trickiest Move Is Observing the Sabbath

ATLANTIC CITY — It was 22 ½ hours until the start of the biggest event of Dmitriy Salita’s career as a boxing promoter, the homestretch when he needed to make sure all of the kinks were ironed out: contracts, tickets, paychecks. But he turned his cellphone off, watching the time carefully. In a 15th-floor hotel […]

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Measles Outbreak: City’s Response Is Tangled in de Blasio’s Ties to Ultra-Orthodox Jews

Throughout his political rise in New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio has nurtured a close relationship with the city’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. But those ties have also complicated how the mayor has dealt with the community on sensitive issues. The latest example came last week, when Mr. de Blasio declared a public health emergency in […]

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Big City: Why Are There Religious Exemptions for Vaccines?

This week the City of New York declared a public health emergency because of a measles outbreak that had been escalating since the fall in ultra-Orthodox communities in Brooklyn and finally reached the point of crisis. In December the Health Department had made an effort to contain the disease, ordering yeshivas and child care centers […]

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Nonfiction: How France Became a Dangerous Place to Be a Jew

HATE The Rising Tide of Anti-Semitism in France (and What It Means for Us) By Marc Weitzmann Anti-Semitism is rising throughout the Western world, a byproduct of the nationalist, nativist wave that has targeted cosmopolitan, globalized elites as culprits for growing inequality and cultural alienation. Jews know all about that “cosmopolitan” thing. They also know […]

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‘Monkey, Rat and Pig DNA’: How Misinformation Is Driving the Measles Outbreak Among Ultra-Orthodox Jews

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] “The Vaccine Safety Handbook” appears innocuous, a slick magazine for parents who want to raise healthy children. But tucked inside its 40 pages are false warnings that vaccines cause autism and contain cells from aborted human fetuses. “It is […]

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The Moroccan Exception in the Arab World

TANGIER, Morocco — On a recent balmy spring afternoon, a group of Muslim Moroccan students visited Rabbi Akiba, a jewelbox of a synagogue down an arched passageway in the Siaghine area of Tangier. Constructed in the mid-19th century, the synagogue underwent a meticulous renovation and recently reopened as a museum. The students peered at the […]

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How Gold’s Horseradish Came to Be a Passover Staple

WASHINGTON — Jason Gold was in a tizzy. He was peeling a huge horseradish root, but it didn’t seem fresh, which led him to question whether it had been kept cold at the supermarket. “Milk can be only a few days out of the cow and goes bad if it isn’t kept refrigerated,” he said. “Same […]

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A Pro-Pot Candidate Could Prove Decisive in Israeli Election

KIRYAT GAT, Israel — The surprise candidate shaking up the last days of the campaign before Israelis head to the polls on Tuesday is a far-right nationalist libertarian who advocates small government, legalizing marijuana and a free-market economy. While the candidate, Moshe Feiglin, the leader of the Zehut party, remains on the fringes in the […]

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Vows: A Business Trip Yields the Investment of a Lifetime

When Julian Olidort returned to his Manhattan office after a business trip to Israel five years ago, he said his first priority was “to assemble a team of co-workers” to assist in the delicate handling of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that emerged 6,000 miles away in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It was an investment he was […]

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Anti-Semitism Is Back, From the Left, Right and Islamist Extremes. Why?

BERLIN — Swastikas daubed on a Jewish cemetery in France. An anti-Semitic political campaign by Hungary’s far-right government. Labour lawmakers in Britain quitting their party and citing ingrained anti-Semitism. A Belgian carnival float caricatures Orthodox Jews sitting on bags of money. And that was just the past few months. The accumulated incidents in Europe and […]

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Global Health: Scientists Thought They Had Measles Cornered. They Were Wrong.

The measles outbreak thatled to a state of emergency in New York’s Rockland County began far away: in an annual Hasidic pilgrimage from Israel to Ukraine. It is emblematic of a series of fierce, sometimes connected measles outbreaks — in places as diverse as Indonesia, the Philippines, Madagascar and Venezuela — that have shaken global […]

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In Israel Campaign, All Sides Claim Fabled Voice From the Grave: Menachem Begin

In life, he was a fiery orator and campaigner who upended nearly three decades of political domination by Israel’s socialist founders and their Labor Party. Now, 27 years after his death, Menachem Begin — the militant Zionist, the founder of the right-wing Likud party and the storied prime minister — has re-emerged as an unlikely […]

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News Analysis: The Rapture and the Real World: Mike Pompeo Blends Beliefs and Policy

JERUSALEM — When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down for an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network in a hotel in Jerusalem earlier this month, he made a remark that was perhaps the most revelatory of any in his nearly one year in office. An evangelical Christian, Mr. Pompeo had just returned from tours […]

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