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  • The summer that Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill took over mainstream comedy

    NEW YORK (JTA) — In history books, the summer of 2007 will go down as the official start of one of the worst financial crises in American history. It started in July, when Bear Stearns announced that two of its hedge funds had lost all their value — and from there, as we know, panic, chaos…

  • Famed Israeli singer dies after rescuing his niece from drowning

    (JTA) — Amir Fryszer-Guttman, former lead singer of the popular Israeli boy band Hi Five, has died after rescuing his 5-year-old niece and a family friend who were overcome by a wave at a beach south of Haifa. Fryszer-Guttman, 41, was taken to Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center in serious condition following the incident on Saturday….

  • Mahmoud Abbas freezes all contact with Israel over Temple Mount metal detectors

    (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced that Palestinian leaders have frozen all contact with Israel over newly installed security measures at the Temple Mount. Multiple outlets reported Abbas’ decision on Friday afternoon. “We announce a freeze on all contacts with Israelis on all levels,” Abbas said Friday, according to The Times of…

  • Three Italian brothers try to find the cave they lived in during the Holocaust

    (JTA) — Renting a house in the Italian countryside and eating loads of pasta is about as blissful a vacation as they come. For the three Anati brothers, however, such a trip is a reminder of the horrors of the Holocaust. Yet the brothers — Bubi, 77; Andrea, 85; and Emmanuel, 88 — did just…

  • How Radiohead got its big break in Israel

    (JTA) — When the members of Radiohead take the stage in Israel Wednesday night, they will embark on one of the most politicized performances of their careers. Their imminent concert in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park has drawn the ire of pro-Palestinian advocates for months and reignited the debate over the BDS movement’s attempts to push…

  • Director Ken Loach boycotts Israel but still shows his films there

    (JTA) — The British film director Ken Loach has become a fierce advocate of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, but his films have been shown there for over 20 years. Loach’s producer told the Guardian on Friday that it is a “mistake” that his latest film, “I, Daniel Blake,” is currently showing…

  • Ashton Kutcher wishes his Instagram followers Shabbat Shalom

    (JTA) — Is Ashton Kutcher looking to get more in touch with Judaism? On Friday, the actor posted an image of candles with the Shabbat blessing in Hebrew on his Instagram page. His caption was “SS,” a shorter way of saying “Shabbat Shalom.” The post garnered nearly 4,000 likes in under an hour — and…

  • This kippah could save the lives of kids with allergies

    (JTA) — At 3 1/2, Peretz Apfelbaum may not completely understand it yet, but some kitchens can put his life in danger. The Brooklyn boy is allergic to peanuts, cashews, pistachios, flax seeds, mustard seeds, coconut, peas, eggs and beef. Some of the foods give him hives, but the nuts can send Peretz into anaphylactic…

  • ‘Game of Thrones’: 7 Jewish facts about the hit series

    (JTA) — Summer is here — which means winter is coming. The much-anticipated seventh season of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones” premieres Sunday. And while the show, which is based upon the “A Song of Ice and Fire” series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, is chockablock with religion and religious symbolism (see:…

  • Trump-Russia investigation turns to Jared Kushner’s work on the 2016 presidential campaign

    (JTA) — Federal investigators are looking into whether the Trump campaign’s digital efforts, which were led by Jared Kushner, aided Russia’s cyber attacks on Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Members of the Justice Department and both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees believe the Trump campaign may have steered Russian cyber operatives to target voters in key…