Today in History, February 12: 1886: Ha-Yom, the first Hebrew daily newspaper was published in St. Petersburg



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.

Arab-Israeli Parliament Member Justifies Terrorist Murders

Basel Ghattas, an Arab member of the Israeli Parliament, has justified the murder of Israelis by Palestinian terrorists.

50,000 Syrian Refugees Flee to Israel and Jordan

Some 50,000 refugees from southern Syria are heading for the border of Jordan and another 20,000 for Quneitra opposite Israel’s Golan border.

1 In 10 Syrians Has Been Killed or Injured in Conflict

Over 470,000 Syrians have been killed since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, and another 1.9 million have been injured.



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.


Will Scientists Prove Einstein's Theory of Relativity?

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

Australia Considers Adopting ISIS Couple's Orphans

After an Australian jihadist couple died in Syria, Australia is considering the option of giving their orphans refuge - but are weighing the risks. Their family made headlines in 2014 when the father posted an image on Twitter of his then seven-year-old son holding a severed head.


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.

Muckraker Sells Controversial Anti-Orthodox Blog - But Why?

Shmarya Rosenberg has been compared to a piece of rotting meat and lauded as a muckraking champion of the voiceless.

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Ted Nugent's Anti-Semitic Facebook Post Blames Jews for Gun Control

Jewish groups have condemned the post, saying that blaming Jews for gun control "is nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism."


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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 12

“Friendship ... is born at the moment when one man says to another "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis