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Gabe Friedman, JTA

Eight notable passings in 2023

Jewish communal mourning was defined in large part this year by Oct. 7. But other notable losses occurred throughout the year, of people who have left outsized legacies...

Hamas releases 13 Israeli hostages as ceasefire holds

Hamas released 13 Israeli hostages into Egypt on Friday, a sign that the four-day ceasefire brokered between Israel and the terror group that runs Gaza was holding.

Can Julia the seal bring about world peace?

For most of a week, Israel’s latest unlikely celebrity lounged on the Jaffa beach, drawing throngs of onlookers, constant media attention and round-the-clock...

More Holocaust disputes open up over new March of Living itinerary

When Israel and Poland agreed to resume Israeli youth trips to Polish Holocaust sites last month, their agreement stipulated that new sites be added to the students’...

Darryl Strawberry’s professional downfall led to a spiritual rebirth

As part of his journey after a tumultuous decade-and-a-half in the spotlight, former New York Mets star Darryl Strawberry is speaking at a pro-Israel event in his second...

BBC called out for editorial failings

A BBC article about an attack on a bus full of Jewish students celebrating Chanukah last year contained “significant editorial failings,” according to a report...

Who is Naftali Bennett?

JERUSALEM — As soon as next week, Benjamin Netanyahu may no longer be prime minister of Israel. If the new government coalition is voted in by the Knesset, the next...

Duolingo Yiddish class joins secular, chasidic Jews

NEW YORK — When Meena Viswanath signed on more than two years ago to help Duolingo, the world’s largest language learning app, create its first Yiddish course, she...

Football — violates Jewish values, or ‘beautiful skill and strategy’?

NEW YORK — Rabbi Josh Feigelson remembers the moment that football lost its magic for him. It was Oct. 20, 2013, and Feigelson was eating dinner with his family at...

GameStop’s Jewish angles

NEW YORK — Even if you never pay attention to stock market news, you have probably gotten the sense that something unusual is happening right now, and it has to...