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Orthodox Jews are donating plasma by the thousands to fight Covid-19

Orthodox Jews are donating plasma by the thousands to fight Covid-19

Well before the rest of the world was talking about blood plasma and its use in fighting coronavirus, Dr. Shmuel Shoham knew all about it — and where he could probably get a lot of it.By early March, Shoham, an expert on infectious diseases in transplant patients at Johns Hopkins University, had already realized that convalescent plasma — antibodies spun out of the blood of people who had Covid-19 — could be a key therapy in fighting the disease.So he called a friend who is an Orthodox Jew — Chaim Lebovits, a shoe wholesaler from Monsey, N.Y. — to ask him if he could encourage others in his...

April 22, 2020
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RBG: First Jew, first woman to lie in state at Capitol

RBG: First Jew, first woman to lie in state at Capitol

As she made history during her illustrious life, Ruth Bader Ginsburg will do so upon her passing: She will become the first Jew to lie in state at the Capitol building, and the first woman, Jewish or non.The former Supreme Court justice who will first lie in repose at the Supreme Court building, on Wednesday and Thursday, before moving to the Capitol on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday. “Lying in state” is a term reserved for the Capitol.She will also be only the second Supreme Court Justice to lie in state at the Capitol, after William Howard Taft, who had also served as...

September 21, 2020
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The CEO of Holy Land Brand that I know doesn’t match the social media monster

The CEO of Holy Land Brand that I know doesn’t match the social media monster

Image byThe last time I saw Majdi Wadi, the owner of the Holy Land Brands in Minneapolis, and his daughter Lianne, we had our arms around one another, on stage in a synagogue auditorium.That was four years ago. The second time we spoke was Monday afternoon, as Wadi’s .Viciously racist tweets and social media posts that Lianne wrote in 2012, when she was 14, had surfaced on the Internet. The reaction was swift and harsh against the 34-year-old company, which has leveraged its authentic hummus into restaurants, a catering company, and a multi-million dollar wholesale business. A building that...

June 9, 2020
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Bolton book says Netanyahu was concerned about Jared Kushner

Bolton book says Netanyahu was concerned about Jared Kushner

() — John Bolton, a former Trump administration national security adviser, says in his new book that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu questioned Jared Kushner’s ability to develop a Middle East peace plan.In “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” Bolton wrote that he spoke with Netanyahu before Bolton joined the Trump administration in April 2018, according to and , which obtained advance copies of the book. The book is due out next week.Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, served in the Trump administration for 17...

June 18, 2020
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Opinion | I faced anti-Semitism growing up. It pales in comparison to the racism my Black Jewish children face

Opinion | I faced anti-Semitism growing up. It pales in comparison to the racism my Black Jewish children face

Image byIt’s the 1960’s. There aren’t many Jews on the block where my chaotic post-Holocaust, fear-nurturing Jewish family lives, in this genteel Toronto neighborhood. There are fewer Jews at my primary school where we learn to sing “Jesus Loves Me,” “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Rule Britannia.” Like zealots, we are taught to belt them out.Too young to understand that I’m being instructed to transgress, all I feel is shame at singing these songs so clearly meant for someone else. I want the Jewish God to forgive me and I want my mother to intervene. Perpetually frozen in...

June 17, 2020
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ViacomCBS ends decades-long relationship with Nick Cannon over anti-Semitic statements

ViacomCBS ends decades-long relationship with Nick Cannon over anti-Semitic statements

Image byViacomCBS is ending its decades-long relationship with Nick Cannon after the actor and TV host propagated anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on his podcast.“While we support ongoing education and dialogue in the fight against bigotry, we are deeply troubled that Nick has failed to acknowledge or apologize for perpetuating anti-Semitism, and we are terminating our relationship with him,” the media conglomerate said in a statement. “We are committed to doing better in our response to incidents of anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry. ViacomCBS will have further announcements on our...

July 15, 2020
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Opinion | Are Americans as stupid as we seem on Twitter?

Opinion | Are Americans as stupid as we seem on Twitter?

Image byI’ve found myself staying up until 3 am some nights, frantically replying to every Twitter reply, as if my bon mots are essential to ending the pandemic. If your adopted slogan is “Open the Economy,” it’s hard to figure out why half of social media seems to want to destroy it. If your adopted slogan is “Stay Home and Stay Safe,” it’s hard to figure out why half of social media is willing to sacrifice human lives over a run to TJ Maxx.In a time of unprecedented upheaval, shouldn’t Americans be more united? How can we be so shockingly, angrily far apart? How did we end up in a debate...

May 22, 2020
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Booker: Blacks and Jews must work together to fight prejudice

Booker: Blacks and Jews must work together to fight prejudice

Image byAfrican-Americans and Jewish Americans must unite to challenge violence and prejudice as they did in past generations, Sen. Cory Booker said in a Zoom interview Monday with Forward editor-in-chief Jodi Rudoren.Booker is pushing to pass his police reform bill, which has been blocked in the Senate, but said that the most significant change in policing would only occur with cultural change by ending people’s indifference to racism.“I just want America to know itself, to know the wretchedness of the assault on Black bodies,” he said.Booker said that he was not surprised by the wave of...

July 14, 2020
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Despite progressive pressure, no major changes in Democrats’ Israel platform

Despite progressive pressure, no major changes in Democrats’ Israel platform

Image byWASHINGTON () — Centrists on the platform-writing committee of the Democratic National Committee overrode progressives who wanted the platform to condemn Israel’s occupation of the West Bank.The 2020 platform only alludes to the occupation, preserves Israel’s defense aid and rejects the movement to boycott Israel. But it does warn against annexation, the move that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering for portions of the West Bank.The platform has not yet been released publicly, but the Jewish Telegraphic Agency obtained notes from someone who was read the...

July 16, 2020
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Trump health spokesman tweets about Soros and Rothschild family ‘control’

Trump health spokesman tweets about Soros and Rothschild family ‘control’

WASHINGTON () — The man President Donald Trump just named to speak for the Health Department accused George Soros and the Rothschild family of seeking to exploit the pandemic for control and to advance their agendas.Michael Caputo, who advised Trump’s 2016 campaign, last week became the spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, reportedly in part because of Trump’s dissatisfaction with how the department secretary, Alex Azar, was handling communications during the crisis.Caputo, known for his pugilistic style, deleted tens of thousands of tweets just before the appointment....

April 23, 2020
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