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Mayim Bialik. Credit: Storm Santos.

Mayim Bialik offers some much-needed laughs during a not-so-funny time

From her role as the little girl with the big voice in the hit 1988 film “Beaches” to her star turns on TV shows “Blossom” and “The Big Bang Theory,” Mayim Bialik has brought joy...

Anti-Semitism Watch: A Pox on Both Parties

There are frightening people on both sides, to paraphrase a former president. U.S. Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rashida Tlaib – each crazy in their own ways – deserve each other. None of us deserve...
The Polish flag with Warsaw in the background. Credit: Velishchuk Yevhen/Shutterstock.

The historical problem with Poland

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) launched a new website last month titled “Protect the Facts” for the purpose of addressing Holocaust “distortion.” “Distortion” is not quite the same thing as “denial.” The claim that...
Lebanese anti-Hezbollah activist Lokman Slim. Source: Screenshot.

US officials condemn assassination of Lebanese anti-Hezbollah activist

U.S. officials condemned the assassination of a prominent Lebanon anti-Hezbollah activist, Lokman Slim, who was found dead in a car in southern Lebanon with multiple bullet wounds. “We join the international community in calling for...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken. Credit: mccv/Shutterstock.

Blinken to discuss Iran with European allies as White House convenes NSC

U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken was slated to discuss Iran and other foreign-policy issues with his British, French and German counterparts on Friday. “The secretary will have an opportunity to discuss with some of...
U.S. President Joe Biden. Credit: vasilis asvestas/Shutterstock.

Some Western leaders are ‘divorced from reality’ with regard to Palestinians, Iran

Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi was sentenced to 20 years in prison this week for planning a bomb attack in Paris. His sentencing comes at a time when Europeans and the new U.S. administration are...
Dor Pintel, an Israeli tour guide who found roots in an agricultural and food venture with a friend since travel has been virtually nil since the start of the coronavirus, looks out over the Galilee, Februay 2021. Credit: JNF-USA.

With no tourists in the country, Israeli guide plants new roots (literally)

One morning about a year ago, Dor Pintel was fast asleep, resting up for the next day’s work—guiding a family from Chicago on a professional tour of Ein Gedi and the Judean Desert. At...
Staff in the coronavirus ward of Ichilov Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, on Jan. 1, 2021. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Israeli hospital claims it has developed drug to cure serious cases of COVID

Researchers at Israel’s Ichilov Hospital, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center claim that they have developed a drug that may cure serious cases of the coronavirus. According to the hospital, 29 out of 30 patients with...
A view of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood, Feb. 24, 2018. Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Senate votes 97-3 to keep US embassy in Jerusalem

The U.S. Senate voted late Thursday night in favor of an amendment to the COVID-19 budget resolution to keep the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The final tally was 97-3. The three opposing votes were Sens....
U.S. President Joe Biden. Credit: Yasamin Jafari Tehrani/Shutterstock.

Lawmakers urge Biden to swiftly appoint ambassador on anti-Semitism

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging U.S. President Joe Biden to swiftly nominate an Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, citing the growing threat of anti-Semitism at home and abroad. The letter, signed by 53...