Israeli rabbi: Weed is kosher if it’s medicinal

TEL AVIV (JTA) — An Israeli Orthodox rabbi ruled that distributing and smoking medicinal marijuana is kosher, but using weed for fun is forbidden. Efraim Zalmanovich, the rabbi of Mazkeret Batia, a town south of Tel Aviv, made the distinction in a recent halachic ruling, NRG, the news site of the Maariv daily reported on… Read More

Nothing gray about it: Bill Gray was good for the Jews

By Ami Eden William Gray III, pictured in March 1984 at a news conference in support of freeing Soviet Jewry. (Jewish Exponent) Two stories came together for me this week: The death of Bill Gray and President Obama’s trip to Goree Island, the Senegalese island that is said to have been the spot from which countless… Read More

Heeding Kerry’s peace call, Jewish groups rap Bennett’s two-state obit

By Ron Kampeas It’s almost boilerplate: The American Jewish community asks a foreign leader with whom it has cultivated a close relationship to kindly tell firebrands in the leader’s government to pipe down and fall in with an established policy that happens to be embraced by the U.S. government. Greece? Romania? Hungary? Russia? Try Israel…. Read More

What’s John Kerry doing here?

Mark Landler and Jodi Rudoren at the New York Times ask a question that’s been puzzling Israeli journalists and analysts for weeks: With Egyptians rioting and Syria getting only bloodier, why is the U.S. secretary of state focusing on Israel and the Palestinians? Even if John Kerry succeeds in the apparently herculean task of getting… Read More

World Briefs, 7-4-13

Four New Yorkers charged with pocketing aid for Israel New York state’s attorney general accused four New Yorkers of pocketing more than $2.5 million in donations for charitable projects in Israel. The four defendants from Brooklyn are Yaakov Weingarten, 52, and his wife Rivka, 52; and two of his employees, Simon Weiss, 28, and David Yifat,… Read More

Jewish groups have mixed reactions to court rulings

  The Supreme Court ended its current term on Wednesday of last week after days of momentous decisions on important national issues and though their rulings on same-sex marriage continue to dominate headlines, the court’s verdicts on the issues of affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act also sparked responses from Jewish organizations and leaders…. Read More

Let my people ride

  It’s not even 8 a.m. Sunday morning, but members of The Lonsmen, “the [Yiddish] word for brotherhood and kinship,” are already putting on their black pants, black shirts, black leather jackets and do-rags. We’re not talking Hell’s Angels here. Instead, picture a coed group of predominantly Jewish motorcyclists in their 50s and 60s who also… Read More

Arts preschool readies for opening in Potomac

  A new Jewish preschool in Potomac aims to use the arts to help children express themselves and aid them in learning, according to its director. “Especially when children are young, they’re not so verbal. This is how they’ll really be able to let us know their questions,” said Esther Kavka of the Preschool of… Read More

Soom Foods – tehina from northern Israel

  Shelby, Jackie and Amy Zitelman have been creating their own businesses for years, going as far back as selling lemonade or washing cars in their native Rockville. This entrepreneurial trio, all graduates of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, have once again combined forces to create Soom Foods, a business based in Philadelphia… Read More