Today in History, May 26: 1948: Entire Hagana arm forces were sworn-in as Israeli soldiers.

HEADLINE NEWS

Palestinian jihad

Iran Pledges $70 Million to Fund Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Just as Iran deal critics have been warning, Tehran continues to up its support for terrorism with sanctions relief money.

Iraq army

Anti-ISIS Forces Advance on Terror Group's 'Capital'

Kurdish-led Syrian forces and Iraqi government forces are now facing their toughest challenge in the battles for Raqqa and Fallujah.

Israel-Jordan Gas Agreement Moves Closer

Noble Energy SVP Keith Elliot says an agreement for the export of gas to Jordan will be signed soon.

BDS

Israeli Academics Are Leading the Academic Boycott of Israel

A new report reveals that top Israeli professors are behind the boycott, in an apparent effort to 'cut off the branch they sit on.'

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Trump effigy

Jewplexed: Burning Up Over Trump

This year's big question: Should I burn an effigy of Donald Trump in my Lag B’Omer bonfire this year?

Crossroads

Just Ask: 3 Steps to Take Before Making Important Decisions

We have been given the awesome and monumental gift of free will - but how do we decide how to impact the world with our decisions?

Squirrel urn

Jewplexed: Fuming Over Cremation

Those times when you get a letter offering you your very own free pre-paid cremation.

Suissa: Can French Comedian Gad Elmaleh Make America Laugh — in English?

Elmaleh, who’s a youthful 45, has made it to the top by performing in his first language — French.

CATCH OF THE DAY

Charlie Daniels vs. Iran

Country Music Star Threatens Iran in Weird NRA Video

The NRA, which recently announced its endorsement of Trump, released a video of country musician Charlie Daniels telling the "ayatollahs of Iran" to fear the "swamp folks" and "mountain men" of America.

Features

human lamp skin

The Human Skin Lampshade

Can this be the story of my people? My grandparents, little cousins, aunts and uncles perished in the flames and now for $35 you can buy a lampshade from the skin of Jews?

Chewbacca Mom

Zuckerberg Invites 'Chewbacca Mom' to Facebook HQ and the Result is Amazing

The Jewish CEO invited Candace Payne to party with a real-live Wookiee after her 'Chewbacca Mom' video became the most-watched Facebook Live video ever.

judaism

Aliyah

Immigration in Israel: A Breakdown

A newly-released report reveals the fascinating statistics of people making Aliyah from all over the world.

human lamp skin

The Human Skin Lampshade

Can this be the story of my people? My grandparents, little cousins, aunts and uncles perished in the flames and now for $35 you can buy a lampshade from the skin of Jews?

Portland State

Experiment Finds Portland College Students Perfectly Willing to Donate to Hamas

This disturbing video shows just how deep ignorance and blind hatred of Israel runs within the BDS movement.

Holidays

7 Quotes About Jerusalem

Beautiful words about the Holy City.

wheat sheaf omer

Counting The Omer: First Crop or Last Straw?

The Omer period has several interesting angles...

Lag Baomer

The Mystery of Lag B'Omer

Thirty-three days following the first day of Passover, Jews celebrate a "minor" holiday called Lag B'Omer, the thirty-third day of the Omer. It is an oasis of joy in the midst of the sad Sefirah period which is almost unnoticed by most contemporary Jews.

Jerusalem sky

A Sky Above Jerusalem

This. Is. Beautiful.

Soul Food, May 26

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs. -Joan Didion