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Since 1912, when the Jewish Weekly first published (the paper reincarnated as The American Jewish World in 1915), the AJW has served as an important news resource for the Jewish community. Paul and Minneapolis, as well as those in Duluth, Rochester and smaller cities, and bridges the divides between the various Jewish religious streams. Dr. Samuel Deinard, a native of Lithuania who came to Minneap

olis to serve as the rabbi of Temple Shaarei Tov (which later became Temple Israel), likely would be amazed to see a 2015 edition of the newspaper he founded early in the last century. And we like to think that Leonard H. (Leo) Frisch, Deinard’s partner, and publisher of the newspaper over six decades would approve of what we’re doing today. In March 2006 Minnesota Jewish Media, L.L.C., a local group of investors, purchased the assets of the AJW from Rabbi Marc Liebhaber, z"l. When the sale was announced, we quoted Frisch’s valedictory essay. He wrote in the Jan. 19, 1973 edition: “From time to time as the decades passed, we have been told that the American Jewish World has played a vital role in the development of the rich, meaningful and creative Jewish life of our community — in Jewish education, religion, the vigor of our ethical standards; the quality of our life as individuals and as a communal entity — functioning as communicator and teacher — fostering self-respect and personal dignity as Jews.”

The American Jewish World exists to tell the Jewish story and to be a catalyst for Jewish unity and cultural vitality. The newspaper that used to be the “Voice of Minnesota Jewry” now amplifies the “Voices of Minnesota’s Jewish Community.”

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Jewish Heritage Europe:We mourn the loss of the American documentary filmmaker Menachem Daum, much of whose work touched...
01/09/2024

Jewish Heritage Europe:
We mourn the loss of the American documentary filmmaker Menachem Daum, much of whose work touched on Jewish history and heritage in Poland and often challenged preconceived notions and stereotypes. Daum passed away over the weekend, aged 77. May his soul be bound up in the bond of life!

Among Daum’s films are A Life Apart (1997), narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker and Leonard Nimoy, which focused on Hasidic life in New York, and Hiding and Seeking (2004), in which he returned to Poland with his two sons, to seek information about the Christian farming family who saved the life of family members during the Shoah by hiding then for 28 months. In a 2016 film, The Ruins of Lifta: Where the Holocaust and Nakba Meet, he explored, with a Palestinian expelled from the village and a Holocaust survivor, the fate and potential future of the only Arab village abandoned after the 1948 war that was not totally destroyed or repopulated by Jews.

We mourn the loss of the American documentary filmmaker Menachem Daum, much of whose work touched on Jewish history and heritage in Poland and often challenged preconceived notions and stereotypes. Daum passed away over the weekend, aged 77. May his ... continue reading →

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Americans for Peace Now, a left-wing pro-Israel organization, is calling for a ceasefire in the Israe...
01/09/2024

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Americans for Peace Now, a left-wing pro-Israel organization, is calling for a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, the first American Zionist group to do so after more than three months of fighting.

“Continuing this devastating war poses unacceptable risks for Israel, Gazan civilians and the entire region,” James Klutznick, the group’s chairman, said Monday in a statement. “For the sake of the security and wellbeing of civilians in Israel and in Gaza, the Biden administration must push Israel to bring about an immediate cessation of hostilities and pivot from war to peacemaking.”

The statement is a sign that American Jewish groups’ broad support for Israel in the wake of Hamas’ Oct. 7 invasion has fractured. Up until now, the only Jewish groups to call for a ceasefire have been anti-Zionist or non-Zionist, and have focused their criticism on Israel since the outset of the current conflict. The rest of the Jewish organizational spectrum, from right to left, expressed support for Israel’s war effort.

The statement is a sign that American Jewish groups' broad support for Israel in the wake of Hamas' Oct. 7 invasion has fractured.

The Minneapolis City Council referred a resolution calling for an Israeli cease-fire in Gaza and a ban on US aid to Isra...
01/08/2024

The Minneapolis City Council referred a resolution calling for an Israeli cease-fire in Gaza and a ban on US aid to Israel to the council for further consideration.

The discussion on the resolution is toward the end of the meeting.

Additional information at:https://lims.minneapolismn.govSubmit written comments about agenda items to: [email protected] or https://www.minnea...

The Forward:Since the horrific events of Oct. 7 and the ensuing Israeli war, conditions inside the Gaza Strip have becom...
01/07/2024

The Forward:
Since the horrific events of Oct. 7 and the ensuing Israeli war, conditions inside the Gaza Strip have become increasingly dire. Many residents now face hunger and starvation, and spend hours each day searching in vain for drinkable water and scraps of food.

My brother’s wife and four young children, along with other friends and family members, have lost significant amounts of weight. Many Gazans are barely surviving. A recent U.N. report found that 93% of Gazans are experiencing crisis levels of food insecurity, and predicts that conditions could constitute a famine as soon as February.

Fresh produce, meat, canned goods and nutrient-dense foods are hard to find and have quadrupled in price. The financial system has largely collapsed, making it difficult for people to withdraw money or receive support from abroad.

Aerial food drops over Gaza could help prevent a famine while bypassing security and distribution challenges.

01/05/2024

On Monday, Jan. 8, the City Council will consider a resolution calling for a “Permanent Ceasefire in , Palestinian Human Rights, and an end to U.S. military funding to Israel."

(JTA) — Hassan Nasrallah blamed Israel for the assassination of a senior Hamas leader who was under Hezbollah protection...
01/05/2024

(JTA) — Hassan Nasrallah blamed Israel for the assassination of a senior Hamas leader who was under Hezbollah protection in Beirut and said the Lebanese terror group would retaliate.

“This serious crime will not remain without response and punishment,” the Hezbollah leader said Wednesday in a televised address a day after Saleh Al-Arouri, Hamas’ deputy leader, was assassinated.

Israel has not officially claimed responsibility for the blast, which also took down six others, including two other Hamas leaders. But it is widely believed to have carried out the strike, and a backbench lawmaker belonging to the governing Likud Party, Danny Danon, said Israel was responsible.

A senior U.S. official said Saleh El Arouri was "held accountable".

Your favorite local Jewish acts at the Hook.
01/03/2024

Your favorite local Jewish acts at the Hook.

Lea Kalisch & JEWBALAYA return to The Hook for a 2-act night of JEWcy entertainment. Lea Kalisch gives tradition a facelift, offering a fresh and zesty take on Yiddishkayt. JEWBALAYA is a shmaltzy stew, equal parts New Orleans Jazz and Klezmer.

(JTA) – A federal judge in Iowa has blocked much of a state law forbidding school libraries from stocking books depictin...
01/03/2024

(JTA) – A federal judge in Iowa has blocked much of a state law forbidding school libraries from stocking books depicting “sex acts,” in part because he said it was keeping a classic Holocaust memoir off shelves.

U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Locher granted a preliminary injunction against the law, Iowa Senate File 496, on Friday, just before a Jan. 1 deadline for schools to begin enforcing it. The “staggeringly broad” law, he wrote in his opinion, would prevent public schools from stocking “non-fiction history books about the Holocaust.” He pointed specifically to Elie Wiesel’s “Night” as an example of a book that could be caught in the dragnet.

Iowa’s Republican governor signed the bill into law last year along with other culture-war legislation targeting transgender athletes and student pronouns in schools.

What's the Jewish year?(Give or take 1,000 years.)
01/03/2024

What's the Jewish year?

(Give or take 1,000 years.)

179 likes, 9 comments. “Happy new year to all the chumps with a solar calendar.”

01/02/2024
01/02/2024

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01/02/2024
The Times of Israel:Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s two senior far-right partners endorsed the rebuilding of settlem...
01/02/2024

The Times of Israel:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s two senior far-right partners endorsed the rebuilding of settlements in the Gaza Strip and the encouraging of “voluntary emigration” of Palestinians on Monday, while hawkish opposition MK Avigdor Liberman called for Israel to reoccupy southern Lebanon.

Speaking during their parties’ respective faction meetings in the Knesset, National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich presented the migration of Palestinian civilians as a solution to the long-running conflict and as a prerequisite for securing the stability necessary to allow residents of southern Israel to return to their homes.

The war presents an “opportunity to concentrate on encouraging the migration of the residents of Gaza,” Ben Gvir told reporters and members of his far-right Otzma Yehudit party, calling such a policy “a correct, just, moral and humane solution.”

Arab lawmaker compares statements by party leaders Smotrich and Ben Gvir to N**i calls for 'Lebensraum'; Liberman says Israel must reoccupy southern Lebanon to ensure security

NY Times:Since it first emerged in 1987, Hamas has survived repeated attempts to eliminate its leadership. The organizat...
12/28/2023

NY Times:
Since it first emerged in 1987, Hamas has survived repeated attempts to eliminate its leadership. The organization’s very structure was designed to absorb such contingencies, according to political and military specialists. In addition, Israel’s devastating tactics in the Gaza war threaten to radicalize a broader segment of the population, inspiring new recruits.
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Analysts see the most optimal outcome for Israel probably consisting of degrading Hamas’s military capabilities to prevent the group from repeating such a devastating attack. But even that limited goal is considered a formidable slog.

Israel has vowed time and again to eliminate the group responsible for the brutal Oct. 7 attack, but critics increasingly see that goal as unrealistic or even impossible.

(JTA) – A year after a series of antisemitic tirades against the Jewish community, Kanye West, the rapper and fashion mo...
12/26/2023

(JTA) – A year after a series of antisemitic tirades against the Jewish community, Kanye West, the rapper and fashion mogul who now goes by Ye, has posted what appears to be an apology, written entirely in Hebrew.

“I sincerely apologize to the Jewish community for any unintended outburst caused by my words or actions,” he posted in Hebrew to his 18 million followers on Instagram and nearly 32 million followers on X. “It was not my intention to hurt or disrespect, and I deeply regret any pain I may have caused.”

"Your forgiveness is important to me" the rapper wrote in a social media post that the Anti-Defamation League called a "first step."

12/25/2023

An update from B'Tselem בצלם’s Sarit Michaeli on the humanitarian catastrophe in .

CAIRO, Dec 24 (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike that hit central Gaza's Maghazi refugee camp has killed 70 people, Pales...
12/25/2023

CAIRO, Dec 24 (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike that hit central Gaza's Maghazi refugee camp has killed 70 people, Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said on Sunday, and he said the death toll was likely to climb.

"What is happening at the Maghazi camp is a massacre that is being committed on a crowded residential square," al-Qidra said.

The Israeli military said it was reviewing the incident.

An Israeli air strike that hit central Gaza's Maghazi refugee camp has killed 70 people, Palestinian health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said on Sunday, and he said the death toll was likely to climb.

The Times of Israel:The IDF reveals a large Hamas tunnel network in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya camp, where the bodies of f...
12/24/2023

The Times of Israel:
The IDF reveals a large Hamas tunnel network in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya camp, where the bodies of five Israeli hostages were recovered earlier this month.

Troops of the 551st Brigade and Military Intelligence’s Unit 504 led the operation to retrieve the bodies of soldiers Warrant Officer Ziv Dado, Cpl. Nik Beizer and Sgt. Ron Sherman, and civilians Elia Toledano and Eden Zacharia.

The IDF had intelligence of two bodies of hostages being in the Jabaliya camp area, and located tunnel shafts during their scans.

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12/22/2023
NY Time (Gift Article):During the first six weeks of the war in Gaza, Israel routinely used one of its biggest and most ...
12/22/2023

NY Time (Gift Article):
During the first six weeks of the war in Gaza, Israel routinely used one of its biggest and most destructive bombs in areas it designated safe for civilians, according to an analysis of visual evidence by The New York Times.

The video investigation focuses on the use of 2,000-pound bombs in an area of southern Gaza where Israel had ordered civilians to move for safety. While bombs of that size are used by several Western militaries, munitions experts say they are almost never dropped by U.S. forces in densely populated areas anymore.

A Times visual investigation reveals that one of Israel’s largest munitions was regularly being dropped in areas designated safe for i

What are your plans for Nittel Nacht?
12/22/2023

What are your plans for Nittel Nacht?

On Christmas Eve, Christians will be gathering with families, feasting and opening presents and maybe even attending church services. Meanwhile, what...

Donald Trump continues to employ Hi**erian rhetoric.ABC News:At his campaign rally in Iowa this week, Donald Trump once ...
12/21/2023

Donald Trump continues to employ Hi**erian rhetoric.

ABC News:
At his campaign rally in Iowa this week, Donald Trump once again broke new ground, becoming the first leading presidential candidate to find it necessary to insist he had never read the most infamous book of the 20th century.

"I never read 'Mein Kampf,'" Trump said, referring to Adolf Hi**er's manifesto ("My Struggle") that provided the philosophical basis for N**i Germany and, ultimately, the murder of more than 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.

This was the first time Trump had invoked Hi**er's name and the title of his memoir at a political rally, but there have been multiple reports over the years of Trump expressing a keen interest in, even admiration for, Hi**er's rule over N**i Germany.

In the past, he's actually acknowledged owning a copy of the book.

Trump's denial that he had read Hi**er's memoir came after he has made a series of incendiary remarks in recent weeks referring to his political opponents as "vermin" and saying illegal immigrants are "poisoning the blood of our country."

Trump once again broke new ground, becoming the first leading presidential candidate to find it necessary to insist he had never read "Mein Kampf."

12/20/2023
As Israeli military forces continue to pulverize Gaza, the crowded Palestinian enclave has come to resemble Berlin or Wa...
12/20/2023

As Israeli military forces continue to pulverize Gaza, the crowded Palestinian enclave has come to resemble Berlin or Warsaw at the end of World War II. The Israeli military campaign has precipitated a humanitarian disaster, with diseases spreading and scant medical resources left.

We should never say that we didn't know what was happening.

+972 Magazine:
In late November, Margaret Harris, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization, warned that without urgent action to repair the Gaza Strip’s rapidly collapsing health system, more people would soon die from disease than from Israel’s bombings. “[There are] no medicines, no vaccination activities, no access to safe water and hygiene and no food,” she said, summarizing the dire humanitarian conditions amid Israel’s ongoing bombardment and intensified siege.

Nearly a month later, the full extent of the crisis is still not being fully comprehended outside of the Strip, according to Palestinian health care professionals in Gaza. “The information, statistics, and news circulating worldwide only scratches the surface of the actual reality,” Dr. Adnan al-Wahidi, a child health expert from Gaza City, told +972. “It captures just a small fraction of the alarming health situation in the Gaza Strip.”

With Israel’s airstrikes and ground invasion forcibly displacing nearly all of the Strip’s 2.2 million residents, there is unprecedented overcrowding in parts of southern Gaza — in particular the city of Rafah, near the border with Egypt, which is still being bombed despite the Israeli army having declared it a “safe zone,” and the coastal area of Al-Mawasi where there is very little infrastructure at all. Tens of thousands of families are sheltering in flooded tent encampments, while starving children queue for hours every day at food distribution centers.

The crowded conditions, as well as the lack of clean water and sanitary bathrooms, are leading to the rapid spread of disease throughout the besieged enclave, according to experts.

Untreated sewage and overcrowding are leading to the rapid spread of disease, while three-quarters of the Strip’s hospitals have stopped functioning.

(JTA) — Israel and Hamas appear set to restart indirect negotiations over releasing Israeli hostages, and a pause in the...
12/18/2023

(JTA) — Israel and Hamas appear set to restart indirect negotiations over releasing Israeli hostages, and a pause in the fighting in Gaza, days after Israeli troops mistakenly killed three hostages who were trying to escape the terror group.

Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is in Israel with an agenda that includes pressing the Israelis to slow the civilian death toll in Gaza.

David Barnea, the chief of Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, is due to travel to Europe this week for negotiations with the prime minister of Qatar, where Hamas’ leadership is based. The report of this trip comes days after he canceled another trip to Qatar for negotiations. According to Reuters, Hamas has demanded authority over which hostages it will release in a future deal, a condition Israel accepted, though it has said it will need to view the list of names in advance.

The fallen hostages, according to reports, were waving a white cloth and yelling in Hebrew, and a photograph from the area shows a wall graffitied in Hebrew with the message "Help, 3 hostages."

12/18/2023
12/18/2023
(JTA) — Rabbi Yael Ridberg recently returned from a four-day mission to Israel with the Jewish Federation of San Diego, ...
12/18/2023

(JTA) — Rabbi Yael Ridberg recently returned from a four-day mission to Israel with the Jewish Federation of San Diego, which has a 25-year sister-city relationship with Sha’ar HaNegev, a municipality near the Gaza border. Their group witnessed firsthand the destruction and devastation left after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel’s south; among the 1,200 killed was Sha’ar HaNegev’s mayor, Ofir Libstein, who was slain while defending Kibbutz Kfar Aza.

“When I came back,” she said, “and I started to share a little bit about the experience, a few of my congregants, we might call them center left, came away from what I shared feeling, ‘Yes, of course, it’s horrifying. But how can I resist looking away from the footage and the coverage in Gaza?’”

Supporters of Israel who were furious after the Oct. 7 attack are also questioning the aims of a military campaign that is costing Israel global support.

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