Love and whiplash with a mystical bent Review

“Bashert” by Herb Freed. Los Angeles: Bellrock Press, 2017. 325 pages. $14.95 As implied by its title, “Bashert” (soulmate) is a novel about love. But it comes with a distinctly mystical bent. Filmmakers Dan and Marion — the book’s protagonists — rush to the hospital to see the baby just born to their friends Steve… Read More

U.K. Jews feel left behind after election

Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and society because of racism. And this time, the problem is hitting nearer to home, said Klaff, 69, a yoga teacher and Jewish… Read More

Congressman Polis reflects on baseball shooting

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) had just finished his last baseball practice Wednesday morning at the Democratic practice facility at Gallaudet University in Washington in preparation for the next day’s annual congressional baseball game. Then he and his teammates received the shocking news that Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, had been shot and… Read More

In D.C., critics double down on Palestinian Authority for Tillerson statement

A series of conflicting statements between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Israel’s government and the Palestinian Authority have right-leaning Zionists gathered in Washington saying, “We have seen this before.” Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that the P.A. had agreed to stop making  so-called martyrs payments to Palestinians held in Israeli prisons as… Read More