Today in History, February 13: 515 BCE (3rd of Adar, 3245): Completion of the construction of the Second Temple at Jerusalem.


Dutch Want to Stop Export of Dogs to Israel

The government in the Netherlands attempted to ban the export of dogs to Israel, claiming that the IDF uses them as "weapons," but was unable to find the legal means to do so.

White House Does Not Support 'Territories' Portion of Anti-BDS Bill

The Obama administration said it does not support the portion of a new trade law that requires actions against entities that boycott goods manufactured in the West Bank.


The Brutal BDS Tactics that Harmed Hundreds of Palestinians

SodaStream CEO reveals the long campaign, including libel and a 'terror-like grenade assault,' that made him fire Arabs - and it hasn't stopped.

Kennedy's Murderer Denied Parole Again

Sirhan Sirhan has been denied parole for the 15th time.



Jewplexed: Now We Can Imagine a Jew in the White House

What does it mean that for the first time a Jew won a presidential primary?

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Jewplexed: Don't You Be My Valentine

Valentine's Day isn't on the Jewish calendar, but try telling that to a significant other who, come February 14, is handing you a card or a gift.

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Avrech: Professor Ruth Wisse Explains the Worst Case Scenario

A conversation about the liberal atmosphere in Hollywood, Cambridge, and Washington.


Playing With Matches: Exception to the Rule

You know the totally deluded, helplessly pathetic lead in He's Just Not That Into You who continually goes after guys that are very clearly not into her? I am her.



Russian Prime Minister: Syria Conflict Could Spark "New World War"

A statement by Russia's Prime Minister on Thursday may be eye-opening for those who are ignorant of the dire situation in Syria.

Will Scientists Prove Einstein's Theory of Relativity?

Researchers might have changed the way we study physics and astronomy forever. 


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Man Refused by Airbnb Host for Being Israeli

An Israeli man said a British Airbnb host refused to rent an apartment to him because, the host said, Israelis don’t respect “basic human rights.”

New Citizenship Law Has Jews Flocking to Porto, Portugal

The small city is beginning to thrive after years of financial struggle!

Historic Decision: Israeli Mikvahs Must Allow Non-Orthodox Conversions

In a landmark decision, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that mikvahs in the country must open up to non-Orthodox conversion rites.

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Three Jewish Women Who Changed Science Forever

In honor of the first-ever International Women in Science Day, meet some of the first female Nobel laureates who totally revolutionized the scientific field.


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Valentine's Day Sex Tips From the Talmud For Men

Many students want to emulate their teachers, but at least one early rabbi took this to an extreme.

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Some Kosher Options For Valentine's Day

On Valentine's Day, for a people tasked in the Bible with being fruitful and multiplying, what goods are good for the Jews?

Holocaust Memorial Day: The Brides of Bergen-Belsen

These were the postwar weddings, the bittersweet marriage celebrations of thousands of men and women who had experienced the horrors of the Holocaust.

Inside the Nuremberg Mind

As a young German Jewish soldier, Howard Triest witnessed unusual intimate encounters with evil.

Soul Food, February 13

“The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.” ― Bob Marley