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Torah

David E. S. Stein, the project manager and revising translator of THE JPS TANAKH: Gender-Sensitive Edition, responds to Professor Martin Lockshin's review by highlighting the value of a gender-sensitive translation.

Politics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent speech to the U.S. Congress highlighted the need to reassess the U.S.-Israel relationship and stop enabling Netanyahu, as his repeated warnings about Iran have not been backed by concrete achievements during his long tenure, leading to growing cynicism.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress celebrated the U.S.-Israel alliance but faced challenges, including criticism and boycotts over his handling of the Israel-Gaza conflict.
The text discusses how Iran continues to pose a threat to American officials, particularly targeting former Trump administration officials for assassination plots following the killing of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu misrepresented comments made by the president of MIT during his address to Congress by claiming that the MIT president, along with the presidents of Harvard and Penn, hesitated to condemn calls for the genocide of Jews on campus, whereas in reality, MIT's president, Sally Kornbluth, gave a clear and direct answer stating that such behavior would be a violation of MIT's policies.
In a speech to the U.S. Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Israel's commitment to defeating Hamas in Gaza and achieving total victory.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress, receiving numerous standing ovations during his speech where he emphasized the historical ties between Israel and the U.S., thanked President Biden for support, and criticized pro-Palestinian protesters.
The text discusses the recent viral trend of calling Kamala Harris "Momala," a nickname given by her stepchildren that has become popular in online circles.
Jewish protestors gathered in Washington, DC to denounce Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with a mix of pro-Palestinian activists and American and Israeli Jews advocating for a hostage deal.
The text criticizes leftist Jewish protesters staging a sit-in against the war in Gaza and the leftist politicians boycotting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to Congress.
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress, numerous Jewish and Israeli groups protested his visit to Washington, D.C. Jewish Voices for Peace led a sit-in demanding the US enforce an arms embargo on Israel, resulting in approximately 200 arrests.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to speak before the U.S. Congress, emphasizing the importance of American military aid to Israel and the need to confront Iran's threats.
Author Etgar Keret reflects on the idea of God possibly favoring Republicans, inspired by claims of divine intervention in former President Donald Trump's survival of an assassination attempt.
After mounting pressure due to age-related medical issues, Joe Biden announced his withdrawal from the 2024 presidential race and endorsed Kamala Harris as his successor.
Vice President Kamala Harris initially supported Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas attacks in October but later began criticizing Israel's actions, indicating a change in her stance.
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), once a supporter of Israel, now takes a considerably less supportive stance, endorsing BDS and criticizing Israel as an apartheid regime.
Arizona Senator Mark Kelly is being considered as a potential running mate for Vice President Kamala Harris, with proponents emphasizing his background as an astronaut and military service.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured meetings with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and former President Donald Trump after uncertainty surrounding the scheduling.
In this piece, the hypothetical speech Netanyahu should deliver in Congress is outlined, drawing parallels to the leadership examples set by Moses, George Washington, and Joe Biden.
Gabby Giffords, a former congresswoman known for her Jewish identity, is married to Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, a potential VP pick for Kamala Harris.

Israel

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress, he acknowledged the families of hostages and their suffering but was interrupted by six relatives wearing yellow T-shirts and calling for action to bring the hostages home.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress amid high stakes, not for the first time, becoming the world leader with the most appearances before Congress.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with a bipartisan group of dignitaries including former Vice President Al Gore, attended a memorial service for the late Sen. Joe Lieberman in Washington, D.C. Lieberman, known for his bipartisan approach, was remembered fondly as a bridge between Democrats and Republicans.
Israel's defense ministry issued draft notices to Haredi men, following a court ruling against army exemptions for yeshiva students, prompting protests and tensions within the community.
In this essay by Nachum Kaplan, the author argues against the widely held belief that a two-state solution would be beneficial for the Palestinians, asserting that it would lead to further conflict, internal strife, and a lack of improvement in Palestinian lives.
Kamala Harris has faced misguided accusations regarding her support for Israel, which are unfounded based on her consistent pro-Israel stance.
The exhibition "Tomer Ganihar/Philip Johnson: Transparent Secrets" at the Israel Museum showcases photographs by Tomer Ganihar of the Soreq Nuclear Research Center, Israel's secretive nuclear facility designed by architect Philip Johnson, known for his Glass House and his prior Nazi sympathies.
This article discusses the importance of humanizing politicians, particularly in the context of Israeli and American politics.

Literature

Vladimir Nabokov, a prominent Russian-born author, led a life marked by tragedy and an enduring connection to Jewish heritage.

History

A group of Wikipedia editors and administrators criticized the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for its reliability on issues related to Israel, Zionism, antisemitism, and hate symbols.

Leadership

The text discusses the challenge of leadership succession and the importance of empowering the next generation, drawing parallels between leadership transitions in the Torah portion and real-world examples like Joe Biden supporting Kamala Harris.

Holocaust

Dr. Gisella Perl, a Jewish gynecologist in Auschwitz, performed clandestine abortions to save pregnant women from deadly experiments under Dr. Josef Mengele, ultimately saving many lives.
Holocaust educator Alex Dancyg, known for his work at Yad Vashem, was abducted by Hamas from his home and confirmed dead in Gaza at 75.

Antisemitism

Far-right commentator Candace Owens was removed from an upcoming fundraiser for Donald Trump due to backlash over her history of embracing antisemitic rhetoric and Holocaust denial.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk was spotted with Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at a Congressional speech.
The article reflects on the 30th anniversary of the London Israeli Embassy bombing and the continuing security challenges faced by Jewish communities worldwide.
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, a Democrat known for his close ties with the Jewish community, is being considered as a potential running mate for Vice President Kamala Harris.

Sports

The 2024 Paris Olympics have begun with Israel sending a large delegation participating in various events.
After a long hiatus, Israel will participate in Olympic soccer for the first time in 48 years, facing Mali in their initial match at the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Food

A new wave of Jewish-inspired cuisine has hit London, with a focus on reinventing Ashkenazi food for modern palates.

Television/Film

"Hapless" is a irreverent Jewish comedy show that follows journalist Paul Green as he navigates Jewish life with his family and friends, tackling taboo subjects and Jewish stereotypes in a humorous way.
"Lady in the Lake", a new Apple TV+ series starring Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram, follows Maddie Schwartz, a housewife turned journalist, investigating Cleo Johnson's murder.

Education

The author reflects on their parenting journey with six children, noting Jewish summer camp as a top decision for fostering Jewish identity in their kids despite facility shortcomings.
The terrorist attacks and subsequent war in Israel have highlighted the crucial role of engineers in shaping the country's postwar future.
The author recounts their experience approaching pro-Palestinian protestors during a pro-Israel rally at the University of California San Diego, initiating a respectful conversation to understand their perspective.

Science

Cosmetic dentistry has become increasingly popular in the UK, with procedures like tooth whitening, veneers, and implants seeing a surge in demand, partly due to social media and celebrity culture.

Communities

Yehuda Nathan, the founder of YN Design in Florida, transitioned his love for woodworking from a hobby in yeshivah to a successful millwork business specializing in high-end woodworking for residential spaces and shuls.
The text reflects the author's personal journey as a Jew growing up in various environments, highlighting the challenges faced due to religious differences and the need for Jewish communal spaces.

Culture

The second annual Borscht Belt Festival, organized by the Borscht Belt Museum in the Catskills, will feature comedy, food, music, and storytelling from July 26-28.

Editors' Note

Welcome to JL;DR!
by Matt Sienkiewicz

Top Topics in Jewish Media

for July 18–July 25

  1. Kamala Harris
  2. Joe Biden
  3. Benjamin Netanyahu
  4. Hamas
  5. Jewish Community
  6. Donald Trump
  7. Jewish Identity
  8. Democratic Party
  9. Jewish Culture
  10. Israeli Palestinian Conflict

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