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Seaside Dining

SEASIDE DINING

Everybody knows you can go to the beach in Israel to swim, suntan, read a sandy newspaper, and build a sandcastle with your kids. Not...

Men and Women of the Nation

MEN AND WOMEN OF THE NATION

Since the 19th century, it has become a truism among many Jews that the principal if not the only determinant of Jewish identity is...

 
 
 
America's Breaking Point, and How We Got Here

AMERICA'S BREAKING POINT, AND HOW WE GOT HERE

This past week found America in a soul-searching mood. Two mass shootings, one in El Paso, Texas, and one in Dayton, Ohio, left 31...

Night of the Murdered Poets

NIGHT OF THE MURDERED POETS

Tradition tells us that the greatest calamities to befall the Jews have happened on the ninth of Av: the destruction of the two Temples...

 
 
 
Is the U.S. Constitution Pro-Slavery?

IS THE U.S. CONSTITUTION PRO-SLAVERY?

I. Several months ago a slender volume on slavery and the United States Constitution by my friend Sean Wilentz waded ashore in Massachusetts,...

A Misunderstanding About Anti-Semitism

A MISUNDERSTANDING ABOUT ANTI-SEMITISM

Only diseases can have cures, and anti-Semitism is not a disease: It is a perfectly normal human reaction to an anomaly that has persisted...

 
 
 
The Double Crossed Life of David Karr

THE DOUBLE CROSSED LIFE OF DAVID KARR

Harvey Klehr, The Millionaire was a Soviet Spy; The Twisted Life of David Karr, 288pps Encounter Books, $25.99 David Karr, born in...

BYOBubbies

BYOBUBBIES

Don't forget to donate to the Unorthodox fundraiser! Help us keep going strong in 5780 and beyond. This week on Unorthodox: A whole...

 
 
 
Could Arab Israelis Swing the Next Election?

COULD ARAB ISRAELIS SWING THE NEXT ELECTION?

The dominant feature in the current Israeli election-set for Sept. 17, a short five months after the last one-was initially its combative...

The Long History of Politically Motivated Travel Bans

THE LONG HISTORY OF POLITICALLY MOTIVATED TRAVEL BANS

In a new story earlier today about Israel's reported decision to bar congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar from entering the country,...

 
 
 
How Trump Bullied Israel Into Punishing His Political Opponents, to the Jewish State's Great Detriment

HOW TRUMP BULLIED ISRAEL INTO PUNISHING HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS, TO THE JEWISH STATE'S GREAT DETRIMENT

On July 19, Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, announced that Israel would permit entry to U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar...

Living Single

LIVING SINGLE

In recent years a new sort of community has developed: the modern Orthodox singles community. While previously, single adults lived...

 
 
 
America's Albert Cohen Moment

AMERICA'S ALBERT COHEN MOMENT

One-hundred-twenty-four years ago today, the 20-year-old daughter of a notary, Louise Judith Ferro, washed her newborn son, Avraham...

Israel's Undemocratic Marriage Laws

ISRAEL'S UNDEMOCRATIC MARRIAGE LAWS

When advocating for Israel, diaspora Jews take great pride in characterizing the Jewish state, cantankerous and messy as its politics...

 
 
 
In Praise of Hate

IN PRAISE OF HATE

Everyone is against hate. President Donald Trump appears to his critics as a hatemonger , while Trump's defenders , rather than claiming...

Hot Wheels

HOT WHEELS

My 14-year-old daughter, Maxine, is a derby skater. She's been skating with Gotham Girls Junior Derby for three years now, under the...

 
 
 
Parsha in Progress Episode 24: Does God Require Gratitude?

PARSHA IN PROGRESS EPISODE 24: DOES GOD REQUIRE GRATITUDE?

This week, we discuss the importance of cultivating gratitude

Jews Across America, 2019

JEWS ACROSS AMERICA, 2019

In honor of the 4th of July, we present our second annual Jews Across America episode, celebrating the diversity of Jewish life throughout...

 
 
 
Another Summer of Love

ANOTHER SUMMER OF LOVE

Denise Kaufman can't help smiling as she belts out her lyrics on stage. “There's a whole lotta people tryin' to mess with your mind,”...

How Much Is a Jewish Life Worth?

HOW MUCH IS A JEWISH LIFE WORTH?

Literary critic Adam Kirsch is reading a page of Talmud a day, along with Jews around the world. Over the last year, Daf Yomi readers...

 
 
 



Apple releases macOS Catalina beta 6

Apple releases macOS Catalina beta 6

Apple released their iOS 13 beta 7 last week and now we have a new beta of macOS, macOS Catalina beta 6, the last beat was released just under three weeks ago. The new macOS... Read more ...

Huawei Mate X tipped to get major camera and power upgrade before release

Huawei Mate X tipped to get major camera and power upgrade before release

The Huawei Mate X foldable phone launch has been delayed several times since we first saw it in February, with November currently the likely date according to an exclusive... Read more ...

Blair Witch hands-on impressions - Battling the minions of an unseen evil

Blair Witch hands-on impressions - Battling the minions of an unseen evil

The Blair Witch Project has never gotten good video game treatment. A trio of games came out in the year 2000, but they had little lasting impact. And now Lionsgate has teamed... Read more ...

WD Black storage is for gamers who are running out of space as games get huge

WD Black storage is for gamers who are running out of space as games get huge

Western Digital is launching five storage solutions for gamers under its WD Black label, with as much as 12 terabytes of storage, or 300 games. Read more ...

The Mate X has been thoroughly upgraded to fight the Galaxy Fold release

The Mate X has been thoroughly upgraded to fight the Galaxy Fold release

When it saw what happened with the preview Galaxy Fold units that Samsung sent out, Huawei put the breaks on the release of its own foldable Mate X. After all, if your main... Read more ...

HP shows its first AMD-based gaming laptop and Omen X 27-inch monitor

HP shows its first AMD-based gaming laptop and Omen X 27-inch monitor

HP showed off its latest gaming products for the fall at Gamescom 2019 in Germany. They range from a 27-inch Omen display to a new Pavilion laptop. Read more ...

Apple Arcade price could be $4.99 a month

Apple Arcade price could be $4.99 a month

We recently heard that the new Apple Arcade was being tested by Apple employees and now we have some details on the price. Previous rumors had suggested that the price of the... Read more ...

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Google Stadia

Cyberpunk 2077 is coming to Google Stadia

Google Stadia is getting Cyberpunk 2077 at some point in 2019. It will hit the streaming service after it launches on PC and console. Read more ...

Google Photos 4.23 preps Colorize beta & Google One trial, details ‘Memories'

Google Photos 4.23 preps Colorize beta & Google One trial, details ‘Memories'

Google Photos 4.23 is rolling out this evening and details a number of upcoming features, including “Memories” and possible in-app Smart Display Photo Frame setup. Google One... Read more ...

Google's Back to School deals include $300 off the Pixel 3, 41% off the Home...

Google's Back to School deals include $300 off the Pixel 3, 41% off the Home Mini

The summer is coming to a close and the kids, if not already starting a new school year, are preparing for it. And it isn't too late for some back-to-school sales. Google, for... Read more ...