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Jews in Spider-Man Video Game Take Shabbat Off

April 24, 2019, by

Spider-Man for PlayStation 4 is has received positive reviews for its game play and graphics, including an impressively-detailed re-creation of modern Manhattan. Additionally, an overlooked “Easter egg” has just been revealed: Orthodox Jews in the game don’t work on Shabbat! The game features many of the varied residents of New York City but, according to […]

Should We Colorize Holocaust Photos?

April 24, 2019, by

Last year, a photo of Czesława Kwoka, a Polish teenager killed in Auschwitz, was shared online by the Auschwitz Museum. The photo, originally taken in black and white, went viral when it was published in color. The image was colorized by Brazilian artist Marina Amaral for the museum’s Faces of Auschwitz project. The colorizing of […]

Anti-Vax Yellow Star Called “A Desecration of Memory”

April 18, 2019, by

The campaign against vaccinations has taken a disturbing turn as some opponents of mandatory vaccination have begun calling government representatives calling for vaccination Nazis. The comparison is  “Obscene, with a capital O,” according to Dr. Kenneth Prager an Orthodox Jew who serves as the chair of the medical ethics committee at Columbia University Medical Center. […]

500 Doctors Sign Letter Urging Vaccination

April 17, 2019, by

Approximately 500 doctors who serve Orthodox Jewish communities across North America have signed a letter calling for all children and healthy adults to get vaccinated. Doctors from New York, New Jersey, California, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Toronto and Montreal have all signed the letter urging individuals and communities […]

Israel Planning New Space Mission

April 17, 2019, by

SpaceIL chairman Morris Kahn has announced plans for the Beresheet 2 project, posting to Facebook that “We are going to actually put a new spacecraft on the moon and we are going to complete the mission.” In a television interview, Kahn added, “We started something and we need to finish it. We’ll put our flag on […]

Uber Fires Driver for Refusing Jewish Passengers

April 11, 2019, by

Uber has dismissed a London driver for refusing to accept Jewish passengers. The driver, identified only as “Ahmed,” refused to pick up two men wearing yarmulkes after they were matched with him by the Uber app. The driver “turned around, and as he drove past us, said ‘I don’t take Jews,’” one of the men […]

Columbia Professor Compares Israel to Islamic State

April 11, 2019, by

Hamid Dabashi, a professor in Columbia University’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, wrote on Facebook last week that the only difference between Israel and the Islamic State is that Zionist columnists defend the Jewish state’s “terrorist cause.” Dabashi’s post read in part: “The only difference: ISIS does not have a platoon of […]

BD”E Cantor Sherwood Goffin

April 11, 2019, by

Renowned cantor Sherwood Goffin recently passed away at the age of 77. Cantor Goffin received his cantorial degree from Yeshiva University’s Belz School of Jewish Music, where he later taught. He was the founding chazzan at Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Synagogue, where he served for half a century. In 1986, Cantor Goffin received Cantor-for-Life tenure from the […]

Israeli Twitter Trolls BDS-Supporting Celebrity

April 4, 2019, by

As an April Fools’ prank, a Twitter account managed by the Israeli government trolled Roger Waters, the famously anti-Israel co-founder of the band Pink Floyd. 4IL, an account run by Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, announced that Waters would be playing a concert in Tel Aviv in July. Waters was not amused, […]

Yad Vashem Urges End to “Divisive Anti-Semitic Language”

April 4, 2019, by

During the recent AIPAC conference, Yad Vashem, Israel’s official Holocaust memorial, ran an ad in The New York Times and The Washington Post urging politicians to put an end to using “divisive anti-Semitic language and distorted Holocaust references.” “We implore all leaders and citizens to refrain from hateful discourse, and to reaffirm the common humanity that binds […]