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From Matzah Ball soup to Grammy nod, Haim just wants to have fun

The three Jewish sisters who make up the band Haim were recently spotted traipsing around Hawaii with their newest chum, megastar Taylor Swift. It’s one of several signs the power-pop trio’s prospects are looking up. Another is their nomination for Best New Artist at this year’s Grammy awards. Certainly they’ve come a long way from […]

Two thought-provoking movies to welcome February

Two different DVDs, both carrying important messages about making a positive difference in others’ lives, make up a great entertainment duo for the first weekend in February.  In Plain Sight is an inspiring documentary featuring the work of six female abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking in the United States. Journeying to six U.S. cities, the […]

In Canada, it’s career vs. conviction for some Christians

Two Canadian professional groups have begun a process of effectively blacklisting Christian doctors and lawyers. A Canadian legal group committed to diversity in the workplace would deny work to law firms that aren’t sufficiently progressive on sexual ethics. The group is led by the heads of the legal departments of more than 70 huge Canadian […]

Mormon LGBT rights support angers gays and conservatives

Mormon leaders announced support for laws designed to protect members of the LGBT community from discrimination while also pressing the importance of religious liberty in a press conference Tuesday.  Their position, which attempted to strike a balance between gay rights and religious freedom, elicited both support and criticism from every angle.  Four leaders from The […]

Don’t be blinded by the spectacle

We all know that “the big game” is on Sunday, Super Bowl Sunday, that is. And how could we have missed it with all the hype and controversy? It started with allegations of the New England Patriots cheating by deflating footballs in the AFC Championship Game. Of course there were subsequent calls for the tar […]

Globe Trot: Argentina’s murder scandal is a movie in the making

ARGENTINA: Argentine journalist Damian Pachter saw his Twitter followers go from 420 to more than 10,000 as he broke on the tweetstream a scoop on the murder of prosecutor Albert Nisman, whose death has been declared a suicide by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. Prachter is now in Israel, forced to leave Argentina amid the […]

Witch trials, 1692 to 2014

Megan McArdle, a Bloomberg columnist whose web articles would be must-reads if any were (as John Piper points out, only the Bible is a must-read), published an excellent piece Wednesday about the recent University of Virginia fraternity rape accusations. Under the headline “Moral Panics Won’t End Campus Rape,” McArdle wrote, “the fraternity brothers say they […]

Midday Roundup: Senate serves up Keystone bill for veto test

Ready to rumble. The Senate approved a bill with bipartisan support Thursday that would complete construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Hours earlier, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest indicated the president isn’t budging on his plan to veto construction of the 1,179-mile pipeline that would bring crude from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast.But […]

Mitt Romney passes on presidential run

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee, who also ran in 2008, will not try his luck a third time. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced today he will not join what is expected to be a crowded GOP field for the 2016 presidential primaries. The decision came as a surprise to political pundits who predicted Romney […]

Why Black Churches Are Keeping Millennials

The reasons are rooted in history. Should blacks be counted as Millennials? That’s the question Thabiti Anyabwile, an African American pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, asks when handwringing commences about young people leaving US churches. “Researchers describe millennials as a fairly privileged and special group, which is so far from the reality of so […]

Kate Gosselin Talks Getting Fired From ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, Slams Vivica A. Fox and Kenya Moore

Last Monday, Kate Gosselin was fired from ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, and the mother of eight admitted that she was surprised about that.

‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ Teresa Giudice Fired? Sheila Giudice Not Joining Show as Replacement

The future of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” has been questioned ever since one of its main stars, Teresa Giudice, was sentenced to 15 months in jail for bank fraud. Now that Teresa has been locked up for almost a month, there are rumors about who will be replacing her when the show […]

Brandi Glanville, Kenya Moore, Talk ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Feud

Brandi Glanville is the resident wild child of ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’, while Kenya Moore has no qualms speaking her mind on ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’. The two Bravo stars are both on the new season of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, and viewers have seen what happens when the two feisty women collide, as […]

‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ Season 10: 2 New Cast Members to Join Show

“The Real Housewives of Orange County” is going strong as its well on its way towards the show’s 10th season. The show is the very first installment of the entire Housewives franchise on Bravo, and it has been confirmed that regulars Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Judge, Heather DuBrow will be back. Season 9 newcomers Elizabeth Rovsek […]

Kourtney Kardashian Responds to Scott Disick Rumors

Early this week, rumors sparked that Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s partner and father of their three children, has allegedly cheated on Kourtney with her sister, Kendall Jenner.

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Asks Bishop Heather Cook to Resign After Arrest for Fatal DUI

In a move that many onlookers saw as inevitable, the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland this week formally asked its embattled Bishop Suffragan, Heather Cook, to resign from her post in light of ongoing criminal proceedings launched against her by local authorities for the fatal DUI incident that took the life of 41-year-old married father of […]

Nigerian Pastor ‘Butchered’ to Death by Muslim Herdsmen; Remembered as Dedicated Servant to the Poor Who Educated Over 400 Kids for Free

A popular Nigerian pastor, who is touted as a dedicated servant to the poor, was “butchered” to death last week on his way back from pastoral duties by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, whom some say could be linked to the terrorist group Boko Haram.

Former KKK Leader David Duke Says Rep. Steve Scalise ‘Elected on False Pretenses,’ Failed to Be Like David Duke

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke revealed that he is considering running against Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) because Scalise was “elected on false pretenses.”

Hilarious Video of a Dad Interviewing His Adorable Infant Girl

This new dad does something hilarious with his infant baby girl. He decided to get some extra information we may not have known on babies, so he used an expert for help — his baby daughter, Amalah.

Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch Finally Speaks – Thanks to Skittles!

If you are a football fan and been following the road to Super Bowl XLIX, then you have probably heard of Marshawn Lynch. He is also known as “Beast Mode” after proving that he is a clutch runner and is very difficult to bring down. One other thing that is difficult is getting him to […]

Nigeria: Girl Escapes Boko Haram

Teen Recounts her Months as Boko Haram Captive A 15-year-old girl can dream about her future again after a harrowing escape from her abductors. The teenager survived seven weeks in the custody of Islamic terrorists Boko Haram, who kidnapped her in October from her home in northern Nigeria. Near noon on Oct. 29, 2014, Boko […]

The Driver Who Became Our Brother

I’ve got some exciting news! I am literally on my way home from visiting some of our Christian family members in a very hostile nation, but I couldn’t wait to share! In the country I just left, just over one percent of the population is Christian, and it is a very difficult place to live. […]

The kosher Super Bowl halftime show

Nicki Minaj, Madonna and MIA perform during the Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show on Feb. 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images) From Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in 2004 to rapper M.I.A.’s middle finger to the camera in 2012, the Super Bowl Halftime Show has not been very kosher in recent years. The […]

Hezbollah chief says group is not afraid of war with Israel

(JTA) — The leader of Hezbollah said that his group does not want a war with Israel but will take immediate action against any Israeli aggression. “We do not want a war, but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two, and the Israelis must also understand this very well,” […]

B’nai Brith Canada’s weekly to suspend print edition

TORONTO (JTA) — One of Canada’s two Jewish weekly newspapers announced it was temporarily ceasing publication of its print edition. The Jewish Tribune, which is published by B’nai Brith Canada, made the announcement Thursday. The suspension of the paper’s print edition for 13 weeks “will provide an opportunity to re-think and re-focus ways the Tribune can best serve […]

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