Jewish culture http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29437/all en Yiddish paper gives 'dying' language new life http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/yiddish-paper-gives-dying-language-new-life <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>It'll be computer scrolling, not ancient scrolls, for Jewish culture lovers when the world's most famous Yiddish newspaper relaunches its website Monday in a bid to stave off extinction.</p> <p>Forverts, founded in 1897 when Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe were pouring into America, has been shrinking relentlessly in recent decades as new generations of immigrant families abandon their ancestral language.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/yiddish-paper-gives-dying-language-new-life" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture Entertainment Jewish culture Technology Yiddish Yiddish language AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 02:00:26 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5743751 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Israel rattled by mysterious Australian prisoner-ABC http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/update-2-israel-rattled-mysterious-australian-prisoner-abc <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds Australian government comment, former intelligence officer, paragraphs 12-16, 22-24)</p> <p>LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - An Australian man committed suicide in a high-security Israeli jail in 2010 after being held for months in great secrecy, Australia's ABC channel said on Tuesday, throwing new light on a case that has rattled Israel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/update-2-israel-rattled-mysterious-australian-prisoner-abc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Haaretz Jewish culture Mossad Politics Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:30:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5754411 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama brings Passover ritual to White House http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/obama-brings-passover-ritual-white-house <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US President Barack Obama marked the start of the Jewish celebration of Passover on Monday, a ritual he began on the campaign trail when his own bid for the White House was in trouble.</p> <p>Obama, the first US president to observe the Passover Seder at the White House, hosted the small gathering only two days after returning from a Middle East trip featuring a visit to Israel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130325/obama-brings-passover-ritual-white-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Barack Obama Business Environment Hallel Health Jewish culture Passover Politics Social Issues AFP Mon, 25 Mar 2013 22:45:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5793703 at http://www.globalpost.com Youth beats 'German curse' to win US spelling title http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130531/youth-beats-german-curse-win-us-spelling-title <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The US-born son of immigrants from India overcame his longstanding problem with words of Germanic origin Thursday to win the 86th national spelling bee.</p> <p>Arvind Mahankali, 13, from New York City, correctly spelled knaidel, a type of dumpling also known as a matzah ball, to become the sixth youth of south Asian heritage to win the coveted title in as many years.</p> <p>He is also the first boy to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2008.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130531/youth-beats-german-curse-win-us-spelling-title" target="_blank">read more</a></p> English language Food and drink Jewish culture AFP Fri, 31 May 2013 05:01:30 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5849236 at http://www.globalpost.com Montreal police: No proof kosher restaurant attacks were a hate crime http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130610/montreal-police-no-proof-kosher-restaurant-attacks-were-hate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MONTREAL - Montreal police say they haven't managed to link a series of weekend fires at kosher restaurants and a private home.</p> <p>A spokesman for the police service says there wasn't one single modus operandi in the three attacks in three days — two of which targeted kosher restaurants and one a private home in a predominantly Jewish neighbourhood.</p> <p>Spokesman Simon Delorme says they haven't found evidence the attacks were aimed at any one community in particular.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130610/montreal-police-no-proof-kosher-restaurant-attacks-were-hate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Education Jewish cuisine Jewish culture Kashrut Social Issues War The Canadian Press Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:32:03 +0000 The Canadian Press 5854607 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel says Polish ban on kosher slaughter unacceptable http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130715/israel-says-polish-ban-kosher-slaughter-unacceptable <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has criticized an extension of Poland's ban on kosher meat production, saying on Monday that it damaged efforts to rehabilitate Jewish life in a country whose large Jewish community was all but wiped out in the Holocaust.</p> <p>Citing animal cruelty, Warsaw lawmakers on Friday rejected a government-backed bill that would have allowed slaughterhouses to produce meat in accordance with Jewish ritual law. The practice was halted last year by a constitutional court ruling.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130715/israel-says-polish-ban-kosher-slaughter-unacceptable" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Animal killing Jewish culture Religion Thomson Reuters Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5884226 at http://www.globalpost.com Polish PM says no plans to lift ban on kosher slaughter http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130716/polish-pm-says-no-plans-lift-ban-kosher-slaughter <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he had no plans to reintroduce legislation to lift a ban on the production of kosher meat, despite mounting criticism from Israel and Jewish groups that it is harmful to Jews in Poland.</p> <p>Polish lawmakers last week rejected a government-backed draft law that would have allowed slaughterhouses to produce meat in accordance with Jewish ritual law.</p> <p>The law's opponents said the practice, which has been halted since a constitutional court ruling last year, is cruel to livestock.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130716/polish-pm-says-no-plans-lift-ban-kosher-slaughter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Animal rights Jewish culture Religion Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 16 Jul 2013 14:05:07 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5885256 at http://www.globalpost.com US writer Philip Roth awarded France's highest honor http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130928/us-writer-philip-roth-awarded-frances-highest-honor <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>France has awarded the US writer Philip Roth its highest decoration, the Legion d'honneur (Legion of Honor), with the country's foreign minister bestowing the award in New York.</p> <p>At a ceremony on Friday, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, in the Big Apple for the United Nations General Assembly, praised Roth's prolific career as one of the leading men of American letters.</p> <p>The distinction, first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 to give recognition to civilians and soldiers, has five degrees and Roth, 80, was given the title of Commander.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130928/us-writer-philip-roth-awarded-frances-highest-honor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> American literature Jewish culture Jewish literature Philip Roth AFP Sat, 28 Sep 2013 13:47:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5947473 at http://www.globalpost.com Historic Yiddish theatre damaged by snowstorm in Romania http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140129/historic-yiddish-theatre-damaged-snowstorm-romania <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>One of Europe's oldest Yiddish theatres, the State Jewish Theatre of Bucharest, has been forced to close down after its roof was damaged by the snowstorms sweeping Romania.</p> <p>"This is a disaster. About 30 percent of the theatre roof has been destroyed. The stage is covered with water from the melting snow as well as the underground deposits where we keep the sets," the director of the theatre, actress Maia Morgenstern told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140129/historic-yiddish-theatre-damaged-snowstorm-romania" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture Jewish culture Politics Religion Romania Yiddish theatre AFP Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:48:11 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6056255 at http://www.globalpost.com Dylan Farrow breaks silence on Woody Allen abuse allegation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140201/dylan-farrow-breaks-silence-woody-allen-abuse-allegation <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The adopted daughter of Woody Allen has spoken for the first time about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the legendary Hollywood director during her childhood.</p> <p>In an open letter published on a New York Times blog, Dylan Farrow, adopted by Allen during his relationship with actress Mia Farrow, detailed being abused by the director when she was seven years old.</p> <p>"He told me to lay on my stomach and play with my brother's electric train set. Then he sexually assaulted me," Farrow, 28, wrote in the letter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140201/dylan-farrow-breaks-silence-woody-allen-abuse-allegation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cinema of the United States Jewish culture Mia Farrow Social Issues Woody Allen AFP Sun, 02 Feb 2014 02:17:22 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6059153 at http://www.globalpost.com Woody Allen's adopted daughter alleges he abused her sexually http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140202/woody-allens-adopted-daughter-alleges-he-abused-her-sexually <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New York, Feb 2 (EFE).- Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of film director Woody Allen, wrote in an open letter published in The New York Times about the alleged sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of the moviemaker when she was 7 years old, making an even bigger splash in the media than otherwise would have been the case given the recent lifetime achievement award the actor/director received at the Golden Globes gala.</p> <p>Farrow's letter, published in the paper's online edition, detailed the alleged abuse the director of "Manhattan" subjected her to in the early 1990s.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/140202/woody-allens-adopted-daughter-alleges-he-abused-her-sexually" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cinema of the United States Jewish culture Woody Allen Woody Allen Agencia EFE Sun, 02 Feb 2014 19:31:43 +0000 Agencia EFE 6059605 at http://www.globalpost.com Honorary French Oscar for Paris critic Johansson http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140211/honorary-french-oscar-paris-critic-johansson <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Actress Scarlett Johansson is to be awarded an honorary French Oscar -- just weeks after she denounced residents of her new home Paris as "terribly rude".</p> <p>The American star, who is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, will receive her "Cesar" at French cinema's annual gala awards ceremony in the capital on February 28.</p> <p>Johansson, 29, is being recognised for a career in which she has already made nearly 35 films, having first come to the world's attention as a 14-year-old in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140211/honorary-french-oscar-paris-critic-johansson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cinema of the United States Jewish culture Law Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson War AFP Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:32:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6067381 at http://www.globalpost.com Honorary French Oscar for Paris critic Johansson http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140211/honorary-french-oscar-paris-critic-johansson <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Actress Scarlett Johansson is to be awarded an honorary French Oscar -- just weeks after she denounced residents of her new home Paris as "terribly rude".</p> <p>The American star, who is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, will receive her "Cesar" at French cinema's annual gala awards ceremony in the capital on February 28.</p> <p>Johansson, 29, is being recognised for a career in which she has already made nearly 35 films, having first come to the world's attention as a 14-year-old in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140211/honorary-french-oscar-paris-critic-johansson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cinema of the United States Jewish culture Law Scarlett Johansson Scarlett Johansson War AFP Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:32:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6067382 at http://www.globalpost.com Online kosher, extra rabbis for visiting Jews in Sochi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140217/online-kosher-extra-rabbis-visiting-jews-sochi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Mark Trevelyan</p> <p>ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) - Sochi's lone rabbi has drawn on reinforcements from the United States and shipped in 7,000 kosher meals to help cater for Jewish visitors to the Winter Olympics in Russia, a country where Judaism is reviving after decades of repression.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140217/online-kosher-extra-rabbis-visiting-jews-sochi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Culture Jewish culture Religion Technology Thomson Reuters Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:33:28 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6072753 at http://www.globalpost.com Nepal Passover feast organisers appeal for food http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140328/nepal-passover-feast-organisers-appeal-food <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An orthodox Jewish group appealed Friday to Israeli backpackers visiting Nepal to bring kosher food for what they claim is the world's biggest Passover celebration after a diplomats' strike threatened to cancel the event.</p> <p>Chabad House Nepal, which organises a Passover celebration in Kathmandu every year, attracting hundreds of visitors from around the world, usually relies on the Israeli embassy to help import supplies for the feast to the Himalayan nation.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140328/nepal-passover-feast-organisers-appeal-food" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business food Food and drink Jewish cuisine Jewish culture Labor Law Social Issues AFP Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:33:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6107674 at http://www.globalpost.com