Homeless Holocaust survivor leaves Hebrew University $100,000

In a story of Tzedakah that makes you weep, AP reports that a Holocaust survivor who passed away this week in New York at the age of 92 bequeathed $100,000 to Hebrew University to fund medical research scholarships. But that’s not all – she was homeless. It seems that she saved every penny she owned […]

Kassam rockets and mortar shells fire on Israel

Hamas terrorists* in Gaza have fired thousands of Kassam rockets at Israeli towns and cities since 2001. Sometimes they hit their mark and kill or wound Israeli civilians. Sometimes they just create fear and panic. Last January, Kassam rockets fired from Gaza during the three week war with Israel reached targets as far away as […]

Anger over Obama’s pick for the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama recently released the sixteen names of the”agents of change” in politics, science, art, medicine, and sports deserving of the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Among the honorees was Mary Robinson, the first female President of Ireland and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. During her […]

Listening to the Black Eyed Peas say “L’Chaim”

If you had a few “L’Chaims” this weekend while dancing in the clubs of downtown Minneapolis, I’m sure your DJs played the song “I got a feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas. How cool is it that the song has the words “Mazal Tov” and ‘L’Chaim” in its chorus? Have you ever heard a song […]

Rush Limbaugh compares Democrats to Nazis

I’m not anywhere near what one would call a regular Rush Limbaugh listener, so I, probably like many of you, missed his program this week calling the Democratic leadership Nazis and comparing Obama’s health care policies and logo to Nazi policies and Nazi insignia. Here’s a partial video of Limbaugh speaking on the subject, and […]

Subway at the J: sandwich shop is the largest Kosher U.S. restaurant chain

The largest kosher U.S. restaurant chain is quite a shocker. Subway, the “Eat Fresh” sandwich chain with 22,000 non-kosher stores around the country, is at the top of the list for kosher restaurant chains in this country, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, with 9 kosher sandwich shops in bustling Jewish hubs like the local […]

Russian Jews in Israel hold illegal marriage ceremony

Here in Minnesota, we think dancing to hip hop during a wedding processional is sensational and shocking, and the rest of the country joined us in alternatively laughing and aplauding Jill and Kevin’s famous Minnesota wedding dance video last month. On erev Tu B’Av in Israel, another couple had a shocking wedding. Their political statement? […]

Your vote: the most important Jews in American history

The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia has announced an elaborate poll on their website to determine the identity of 18 of the most important and remarkable Jews in America for an upcoming exhibit on the Philadelphia Mall. The exhibit will be called “Only in America” and will, according to the Museum, “illustrate […]

Happy Tu B’Av, the Jewish Love Day

Last night was the start of the Jewish holiday Tu B’Av (bet you’ve never heard of that one). Unlike the holidays coming up in the next two months, which involve a lot of time in synagogue, or fasting, or sitting outside in the cold Minnesota October in straw huts, this one is all about summer lovin’.