Month: July 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Clarifies Remarks On Not Deleting Holocaust Denial Posts from Facebook

(JTA) – Mark Zuckerberg clarified remarks he made in an interview published online in which he said that he would not automatically remove Holocaust-denying posts from Facebook.

The remarks by Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, in an interview with tech journalist Kara Swisher published on the Recode website, were widely covered by journalists and debated on social media.

Hours after the interview went live on the Recode Decode podcast and a transcript was published on the website, Zuckerberg sent an email to Swisher to clear up any misconceptions.

“I enjoyed our conversation yesterday, but there’s…

Study Finds Widespread History of Sexual Abuse Among Formerly Orthodox

 

 

 

(JTA) — While Jews are no more likely to be sexually abused than other Americans, individuals who have left the Orthodox community are more than four times as likely to have been molested as children than the general population, a new study has found.

The study, by two Orthodox Jewish researchers, surveyed more than 300 participants over a three-year period. Its authors — Dr. David Rosmarin of Harvard and Dr. David Pelcovitz of Yeshiva…

There’s an Enormous Jeff Goldblum Statue in London

(JTA) — An enormous statue of Jewish actor Jeff Goldblum has been placed on the bank of the River Thames near London’s famed Tower Bridge.

The statue, which is 25 feet long and portrays Goldblum lounging with his shirt open, was erected by a British streaming service as a temporary exhibition in honor of the 25th anniversary of “Jurassic Park.” In the megahit science fiction film Goldblum played Dr. Ian Malcolm, a sarcastic and cynical mathematician. The pose and outfit come from a scene.

The Goldblum statue is not the only oversize…

Israel’s Nationality Law Will Humiliate the Jews of the Diaspora

An Israeli flag is inscribed with the text of “Hatikvah,” the national anthem. (Avital Pinnick/Flickr Commons)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — There are many problems with the Nationality Law nearing passage as the Knesset wraps up its summer session on Sunday, not the least of which is that there is no reason for it. No Israelis challenge the Jewishness of the state, thus the law is unnecessary.

Unfortunately, something unnecessary can also be harmful. The language…

Alex Bregman Wins Baseball All-Star Game MVP with Tie-Breaking Home Run

(JTA) — In a baseball All-Star game that set a record for home runs, Alex Bregman had the most important one.

Bregman, the Jewish third baseman for the Houston Astros, snapped a 10th-inning tie with his two-run shot to power the American League to an 8-6 victory over the National League on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C.

Playing in his first All-Star game, the third-year major leaguer was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. He is the first Jewish player to win the award since it was instituted in 1962.

Bregman’s home run off Ross…