Tag: Jews and Judaism

Netflix’s ‘Shtisel’ Is Binge-Worthy TV on a Strict Form of Judaism

The stories are the standard stuff of television dramas, sitcoms and soap operas. A young man yearns for an older woman but must contend with the meddling of a domineering father. The father, a widower, is on the prowl himself, though he seems as captivated by the tasty dishes eligible women cook as he is […]

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Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, Israeli Centrists, Join Forces Against Netanyahu

CAIRO — Israel’s two leading centrist candidates for prime minister, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, have joined forces to try to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu, the right-wing leader who has led the country for a decade, in a move that instantly makes the April 9 elections far more competitive. Mr. Gantz, a retired military chief of […]

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Thousands Rally Against Anti-Semitism in France After Vandalism of Jewish Cemetery

PARIS — Thousands rallied against anti-Semitism in Paris on Tuesday night, summoned by France’s major political parties, the country’s Jewish organizations, and by a sharp spike in anti-Semitic incidents, including the desecration of a Jewish cemetery the night before. That act of vandalism drew France’s president to a small village in the northeast, hours before […]

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Anti-Semitic Attacks Fuel Continuing Rise in Hate Crimes in New York

One video showed a 51-year-old Jewish man being beaten to the ground by three young men, who seemed to select him at random. Another showed an Orthodox Jewish man being chased across the street by a man wielding a tree branch. A third showed an Orthodox Jewish man hanging on to a fence as an […]

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Trump, No Stranger to Jewish Stereotypes, Rejects Ilhan Omar’s Apology

WASHINGTON — President Trump demanded on Tuesday that a freshman lawmaker from Minnesota resign after she posted tweets deemed anti-Semitic even by fellow Democrats, but those tweets echoed some of the same insinuations about Jews and money that he has trafficked in for years, as a candidate and president. Mr. Trump rejected the apology of […]

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Sharp Rise in Anti-Semitic Acts in France Stokes Old Fears

PARIS — Swastikas drawn on portraits of a women’s rights champion and Holocaust survivor in Paris; the word “Juden” (Jews, in German) spray-painted on a bagel bakery; a tree planted in memory of a young Jewish man who was tortured to death, chopped down in a Paris suburb. A spate of reports in recent days […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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Pelosi and Democratic Leaders Call on Omar to Apologize for Anti-Semitic Comments

WASHINGTON — Representative Ilhan Omar, who has been battling charges of anti-Semitism for weeks, drew swift and unqualified condemnation from fellow Democrats on Monday — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the entire House leadership — after she insinuated on Twitter Sunday night that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel […]

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The Progressive Assault on Israel

It happened again last month in Detroit. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seized the stage of the National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force’s marquee conference, “Creating Change” and demanded a boycott of Israel. “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” they chanted — the tediously malign, thinly veiled call to end Israel as a Jewish state. They […]

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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Woman Defies Rabbis and Runs Left

TEL AVIV — It is primary season in Israel, and the creaky Labor Party, hemorrhaging support and desperate to project energy and vitality, has invited its 44 candidates for Parliament to a college campus for a night billed as speed dating with hundreds of voters. At the front of a classroom sit an array of […]

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A Mayor’s Effort to Play Down Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism Backfires

DEARBORN, Mich. — Henry Ford is everywhere in Dearborn, Mich., his hometown, where more than 70 years after the famed industrialist’s death, his name or likeness graces everything from the performing arts center to the manhole covers. But Bill McGraw, editor of a local quarterly journal published by the city’s historical commission, felt that residents […]

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As West Bank Violence Surges, Israeli Government Is Silent

AL MUGHAYIR, West Bank — A gang of a dozen or so armed Jewish settlers descended from a hilltop outpost to the Palestinian village below and opened fire, witnesses said. Israeli soldiers arrived, and instead of stopping the settlers, the witnesses said, they either stood by or clashed with the villagers. In the melee, Hamdy […]

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From Celebrated to Vilified, House’s Muslim Women Absorb Blows Over Israel

WASHINGTON — Representatives Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were hailed as symbols of diversity when they were sworn in last month as the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, Ms. Tlaib in her mother’s hand-embroidered Palestinian thobe, Ms. Omar in a tradition-shattering hijab. Four weeks later, their uncompromising views […]

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Nonfiction: The Persistence of Anti-Semitism

ANTISEMITISM Here and Now By Deborah E. Lipstadt As recently as the turn of this century, it was just about plausible to hope that anti-Semitism might soon go the way of fear of witches — not extinct, but too manifestly absurd for all but the dumbest of bigots to avow. In the United States, there […]

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Prominent Democrats Form Pro-Israel Group to Counter Skepticism on the Left

WASHINGTON — Several prominent veteran Democrats, alarmed by the party’s drift from its longstanding alignment with Israel, are starting a new political group that will try to counter the rising skepticism on the left toward the Jewish state by supporting lawmakers and candidates in 2020 who stand unwaveringly with the country. With polls showing that […]

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Senate Advances Pro-Israel Bill as G.O.P. Searches for Democratic Divisions

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Monday to advance legislation affirming the right of local and state governments to break ties with companies that boycott or divest from Israel, as Republicans try to drive a wedge between the Democratic Party and its traditional allies in the American Jewish community. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes assistance to Israel […]

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A Time to Remember Portugal’s Schindler

Anyone who has seen “Casablanca” knows the connection between Portugal and World War II refugees. But few know the story of the Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who in 1940 saved tens of thousands of lives only to be punished for this heroism by his own government. As we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on […]

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On the Way to Auschwitz, I Found ‘Heil Hitler’ Signs For Sale

Once a bazaar and kosher slaughterhouse for Kazimierz, Krakow’s old Jewish quarter, Plac Nowy — or “New Square” — is today known for its open-air flea market and food stalls. So on a recent visit, I ordered zapiekanka (a traditional Polish sandwich) and perused the souvenir stands as I waited for the cheese to melt. […]

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Hebrew Israelites See Divine Intervention in Lincoln Memorial Confrontation

They are sidewalk ministers who use confrontation as their gospel. Hebrew Israelites practice a theology that says God’s chosen ones — black, Hispanic and Native American people — have strayed and need to be led back to righteousness. So they post up on street corners in big cities, usually in predominantly black communities, wearing flashy […]

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