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Communities

The author discusses the lack of awareness among American yeshivish Jews about the dati-leumi community in Israel, particularly the eighty hesder yeshivot that combine Torah study with military service.
In response to increased tensions surrounding Zionism and Israel, Camp Ramah in New England made a firm decision to not rehire a counselor who identified as anti-Zionist.
"The Punk Rock Queen of the Jews" is a memoir by Chef Rossi that delves into her turbulent teenage years in Hasidic Crown Heights.
The text discusses the pros and cons of investing in business coaching, with different entrepreneurs sharing their experiences.
The author reflects on their deep connection to a Jewish sleepaway camp that has been a significant part of their family's history for generations.

Education

Despite predictions of a decline following the death of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Chabad movement has grown significantly over the years, expanding its outreach efforts worldwide with about 5,000 Chabad emissary couples currently engaged in kiruv work.
The U.S. Department of Education criticized Brown University for its lack of response to complaints of antisemitism, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Muslim harassment on campus, following a federal civil rights investigation.
The text discusses the implications of mandating the teaching of biblical values in schools, particularly focusing on Louisiana's decision to display the Ten Commandments posters and Oklahoma's move towards teaching the Bible as a historical document.
Hebrew University has introduced a new three-year undergraduate program taught in English, appealing to Jewish students, like Elie Ravitz-Basser from the U.S., who seek an academic experience in Israel amidst rising anti-Israel sentiment on U.S. campuses.
Arnold J. Band, a revered figure in Hebrew and Jewish literary studies, passed away at 94.

Israel

The text discusses the author's journey of connecting with the Jewish community, particularly through encounters with Jewish individuals and experiences in Israel.
As the Israeli Olympic team gets ready for the 2024 Summer Games, they are not only focusing on training but also on security preparations due to potential protests, animosity, and security threats amidst the backdrop of the Gaza war.

Antisemitism

Professor Paul Finlayson, who expressed support for Israel and criticized Hamas on social media, faced suspension and isolation from the University of Guelph-Humber following allegations made against him.
Anthony Housefather, a Jewish member of Canada's parliament representing Montreal, has been appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an adviser on the Jewish community and combating antisemitism, in response to a rise in violent attacks on synagogues and Jewish schools across Canada.
Former Governor Andrew Cuomo criticized Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for dismissing most cases against protesters who occupied Columbia University's Hamilton Hall, arguing that justice should have been pursued despite challenges in identification.
Three Columbia University administrators have been permanently removed from their positions following a series of derogatory text messages during a panel on campus Jewish life, which downplayed concerns of antisemitism and suggested ulterior motives for fundraising by a Hillel official.
Andy Cohen, the host of Watch What Happens Live! and producer, attributes his strong Jewish identity to his mother Evelyn, citing her resilience and pride as key influences.
French voters in the parliamentary elections rejected the far-right party National Rally, known for its antisemitic roots, but elevated the left-wing New Popular Front alliance, which has faced its own antisemitism allegations.
In a recent article by Robert Zaretsky, the surprising results of Frances legislative elections were discussed, with a left-wing coalition, the New Popular Front, unexpectedly coming in first place.

Art

The London gallery Metamorphika canceled an exhibition titled "Even Elephants Have Elections," which aimed to address censorship under Vladimir Putin, due to objections over social media posts by Maria Sarkisyants, a Russian-Israeli artist, mourning the victims of a Hamas attack on Oct. 7.

Politics

In the recent French parliamentary elections, President Emmanuel Macron's center-left Ensemble grouping faced a setback in the first round but strategized successfully in the second round to prevent Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally party from winning a majority.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's upcoming visit to Washington is described as crucial due to the ongoing conflict with Iran, challenges in securing American arms shipments, and internal political dilemmas, including pressure to end a war in exchange for hostages.
As Joe Biden faces challenges, Donald Trump's political prospects appear strong leading up to the Republican National Convention.
Israeli media extensively covered Joe Biden's lackluster performance in the presidential debate, with headlines emphasizing his perceived weakness and calls for his withdrawal.
In a roundup from the Moments Jewish Political Voices Project, Jewish voters express concerns about the fitness of both President Biden and former President Trump following a recent debate.
The article delves into the disturbing parallels between Trump's proposed mass deportation policies and historical Jewish experiences of being expelled and hunted.
Amid mounting pressure to secure a ceasefire deal with Hamas and bring home over 100 Israeli hostages in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has outlined conditions for an agreement, including the right to resume fighting post-ceasefire, halting weapons smuggling, preventing Hamas fighters from returning to northern Gaza, and maximizing the release of living hostages.
Masoud Pezeshkian's win in Iran's presidential contest should not be seen as a sign of reform.
The text discusses the impact of the recent election results on the political landscape in the UK, particularly regarding Israel.
The text discusses concerns about President Biden's fitness to serve as the Democratic nominee, with attention to his age, mental decline, and outdated Cold War paradigm in foreign policy, particularly evident in his focus on NATO and great power competition.
The relationship between American Jews and Israel is crucial for both communities, as highlighted by the recent Israel-Hamas war.
The text discusses the concept of the "perfect child" syndrome attributed to the Palestinians in international relations, where they are often portrayed as faultless and immune to criticism or accountability despite questionable actions.
In the recent French parliamentary elections, the left-wing New Popular Front alliance emerged victorious while the far-right National Rally, known for its antisemitic roots, faced a disappointing outcome.
The essay discusses the current challenges Israel faces, painting a grim picture of the situation as a "death trap."
If Kamala Harris were to become president, it would likely have significant implications for American Jews and Israel.

Culture

El Al, the Israeli national carrier, underwent a rebranding in 2020 to cater to the frum (Orthodox Jewish) community after facing financial losses.

Miscellaneous

A collection of unpublished letters from the hidden mekubalim of Tel Aviv in the 1950s and 1960s sheds light on the spiritual struggles of figures like the Streetsweeper, the Shoemaker, the Painter, the Milkman, and renowned rabbis who guarded their secrets.

Jewish Law

The Kossover Rebbe, Rav Shraga Feivish Hager, was a revered figure who dedicated his life to spirituality and guiding his followers.
Alec Baldwin facing charges of involuntary manslaughter for the 2021 death of Halyna Hutchins raises questions about Jewish law regarding unintentional killings.

History

The article addresses the privilege of Jewish anti-Zionists in America who criticize Zionism while benefiting from the safety and opportunities provided by the United States, which their ancestors accessed before restrictive immigration policies were implemented.

Literature

In Taffy Brodesser-Akner's novel "Long Island Compromise," a multi-generational Jewish family grapples with the aftermath of trauma, notably a kidnapping that shapes the lives of the siblings.
Shalom Auslander discusses his new book "Feh" as an optimistic narrative attempting to rewrite the traditional negative story told about humanity for thousands of years.
"The Lost World of The Shochet" explores the memoir "Der Shochet" by Pinkhes-Dov Goldenshteyn, offering a glimpse into 19th-century Ukraine and Crimea through the eyes of an orphaned shochet.

Gender/Identity

In the narrative, the author recounts a disturbing event involving a potential encounter with a rapist known as the Center City rapist, part of a series of assaults and one murder in Philadelphia.

Editors' Note

Welcome to JL;DR!
by Matt Sienkiewicz

Top Topics in Jewish Media

for July 2–July 9

  1. Jewish Community
  2. Hamas
  3. Labour Party
  4. Gaza
  5. Joe Biden
  6. Democratic Party
  7. Keir Starmer
  8. Jewish Identity
  9. Hezbollah
  10. Donald Trump

July 9's Short Reads

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Jamaal Bowman’s Primary Loss
5 Jul · On the Nose
Get the Popcorn!
8 Jul · The Commentary Magazine Podcast