Jews in the News

Likud’s Moshe Feiglin: Cool on Palestinians, hot for pot

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — On the bustling bourgeoisie avenue of Ibn Gvirol, beneath a portico and next to a high-end hair salon, it smells like college.

Aside from a small green sign, the clinic is unidentifiable, its one window blocked with a sheet and covered with chains....
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Steadfast opposition to public prayer took small-town litigant to Supreme Court

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The need for a firm barrier between church and state is as clear now for Susan Galloway as it was in grade school, when she was expected to sing carols at the Christmas show.

Galloway grew up in McHenry, Ill., a town northwest of...
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Yellen’s rise to Fed chief gains more attention for gender than faith

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Janet Yellen is soft-spoken, tough, methodological, flexible — and Jewish.

President Obama’s announcement last week that he had tapped Yellen, 67, to succeed Ben Bernanke as chairman of the Federal Reserve made news in part because she would be the first woman in the...
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Former Baptist Sunday school teacher designing for the frum fashionista

By TALIA LAVIN

(JTA) — Just before Maria Patricia de Sousa set out for a yearlong stint at a seminary in Jerusalem seven years ago, she stopped by the house of an Orthodox Jewish woman in her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

She wanted to find out about life...
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Dialing the dead: Rebecca Rosen is psychic to the stars

By TALIA LAVIN

(JTA) — Many Jews feel a connection with their ancestors, but how many have regular conversations with them?

Rebecca Rosen, a 36-year-old mother of two, is one who does.

Rosen lists her profession as “psychic medium,” and her specialty is communing with the dead, acting as “the...
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Husband of terror victim pens memoir of quest to meet bomber

By TALIA LAVIN

NEW YORK (JTA) — David Harris-Gershon, author of the forthcoming memoir “What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?,” is frank about the contradictions in his personality.

An admitted “natural introvert,” Harris-Gershon describes himself as “surprisingly good” at public speaking....
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Struck by lightning at camp, Ethan Kadish battling catastrophic injury

By TALIA LAVIN

NEW YORK (JTA) — On Saturday, two weeks after Ethan Kadish’s 13th birthday, the members of his family will gather around a Torah scroll in the chapel of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for a small ceremony marking his entrance into adulthood.

This was not the bar mitzvah that...
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Hadassa Margolese, fighter for religious tolerance, quits Beit Shemesh

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Two years ago, Hadassa Margolese became a symbol of resistance to haredi Orthodox domination after she allowed her 8-year-old daughter to tell an Israeli reporter how religious men had spit on her as she walked to school.

The report made headlines around the...
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‘Homeland’ writer’s work shaped by IDF service, Jewish heritage

By ROBERT GLUCK

(JNS.org) – Israeli-born writer and director Gideon Raff knows the cost of war. That knowledge, as well as his Jewish background, helped him create two of television’s most compelling dramas.

Raff’s “Prisoners of War” series on Israel’s Channel 2 won the Israeli equivalent of an Academy Award for best drama...
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After career in Congress, Peter Deutsch finds new life in Israel

By URIEL HEILMAN

RAANANA, Israel (JTA) — When U.S. Rep. Peter Deutsch lost his campaign for the U.S. Senate in 2004, forcing him out of Congress for the first time in 12 years, he didn’t quite know what to do with himself.

So he did something not entirely uncommon among...
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