“Entourage” star Jeremy Piven remembers his bar mitzvah as “a rite of passage.”
I was surprised and disappointed with what I had just read, Rob Eshman (“Entitled,” Oct. 19). You had written a beautiful article on the virtues of entitlements when suddenly you chose to take a gratuitous swipe at Bernie Sanders. You implied that he was one of those “leftie-zombie-Democrats” who obstruct bipartisan solutions. Don’t you know that Bernie Sanders is a leader in the fight to protect these very entitlements from the uncompromising Republican drive to devour them?
Jewish leaders in Greece expressed concern and disappointment after the fascist Golden Dawn party was poised to enter the Greek parliament for the first time.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young apologized for his anti-Semitic rant and attack in New York following the lifting of his weeklong suspension.
Iran's nuclear strategy could eventually allow it to build an atomic bomb with just 60 days' notice, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Friday.
Sheldon Adelson, who with wife Miri, has given more than $15 million to the Newt Gingrich Super PAC Winning Our Future, said Monday he believes Gingrich is “at the end of his line” regarding the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Israel accused arch-enemies Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of being behind twin bomb attacks that targeted Israeli embassy staff in India and Georgia on Monday, wounding four people.
An Israeli school bus driver was suspended for making racist statements to Ethiopian children.
Bill Funt updates Adam Sandler's 'The Hannukah Song' in this steller 'parody of a parody.'
Three near-simultaneous explosions have shaken India's commercial capital Mumbai (Bombay), police say.
Authorities in Greece say they have arrested the captain of an American boat that was to be part of the Gaza flotilla.
Israeli officials expect Hezbollah to fire about 500 missiles a day at Israel, including 100 that will reach Tel Aviv, in the next war.
It's been a while since this many Jews partied in the desert. Last time it happened, I believe the earth opened up and swallowed them alive.
There’s a growing clamor for President Obama to visit Israel (and, presumably, once in Jerusalem, Ramallah as well). But there’s a bit of a problem in imagining such a visit: What would the president say?
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Libyan President Moammer Ghadafi on Monday and urged to respect the basic freedoms and rights of his people, amid the bloody unrest that has swept the country over the last seven days.
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The top leadership body of Egypt's ruling party resigned Saturday, including the president's son, but the regime appeared to be digging in its heels, calculating that it can ride out street demonstrations and keep President Hosni Mubarak in office.
The trustee for the Bernard Madoff estate has sued the owners of the New York Mets, claiming they should have known the money made with Madoff was done so nefariously.
An acquaintance of Jared Lee Loughner, the accused gunman in the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, says his mother is Jewish.
A natural gas field discovered in Israel's territorial waters contains an esimated 16 trillion cubic feet of the natural resource.
Argentina has recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, according to a note sent from President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to Mahmoud Abbas.
A careful reading of the WikiLeaks trove of State Department cables -- which is laying bare some 250,000 secret dispatches detailing private conversations, assessments and dealmaking of U.S. diplomats -- reveals a notable if perhaps surprising pattern: how often they get things wrong.
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New evidence links Hezbollah to the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corp. report.
A former Brooklyn car service driver accused of leaving notes reading 'Kill Jews' around New York's Long Island was arraigned on a hate crimes charge.
In a year dominated by brash political novices, 72-year-old veteran Jerry Brown propelled himself back into the governor's office Tuesday with a mix of guile, good luck and timing.
A Muslim-owned supplier in Johannesburg canceled an order placed by a South African Jewish group with comments about "blood money."
Riots erupted near the Western Wall and Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday, after a Palestinian man was shot dead by an Israeli security guard earlier in the day.
Israel will close the West Bank for the Yom Kippur holiday, its army said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation Tuesday in a New Year's greeting that there was no guarantee negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would succeed, but vowed to aim for a peace agreement by the end of the year.
Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians are "very, very close," a U.S. State Department spokesman said, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is in constant telephone contact with the leaders.
The departure of a Gaza-bound Iranian ship carrying aid and activists has been postponed after Egypt said it would prevent the ship from using the Suez Canal.
About 200 Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.
Shmuley Boteach is not merely a rabbi. He has also been ordained as a “love, marriage and parenting expert” by no less an authority than Oprah. He is a newspaper columnist, a radio and television host, and the author of 22 books. The ever-smiling “Rabbi Shmuley” is a ubiquitous pop culture icon, an amalgam of Deepak Chopra, Dr. Ruth, and Rick Warren in rabbinical garb.
Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who was killed last month in a Dubai hotel, faced two previous assassination attempts in recent years, Hamas officials said, according to a report Sunday on Channel 2 news.
The Arabs nations blame Israel for anything that happens in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his Irish counterpart during a meeting in Brussels on Monday, adding that there are many other power struggles in the region which could have resulted in the operation.
A man in Israel with the same name as an alleged member of a hit squad that assassinated a top Hamas militant in Dubai said Tuesday he was "angry, upset and scared" over what he swears is a misidentification.
The prosecutor in the corruption trial of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has gone on an indefinite leave of absence.
A record number of tourists visited Israel in January.
While the West continued to criticize Iran for its decision to enrich uranium Tuesday, supporters of the Ayatollah regime took to the streets to protest before Western embassies.
The Florida Supreme Court upheld a death sentence against a Jewish death row inmate.
An elderly man said his Toyota car's accelerator stuck, causing him to crash into the steps of a New York synagogue.
The women tattooed his name and portrait on their bodies and gave their children his name – Savior.
Marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, President Obama said the death camp invokes a "sacred duty" to remember Nazi crimes.
Christoph Waltz won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor for his role as a suave and sadistic Nazi colonel in “Inglorious Basterds.”
An Israeli baby girl was injured when Palestinians threw rocks at the car in which she was riding.
Efforts to track down U.S.-held records that may assist Holocaust restitution claims are now a click -- and possibly a fee -- away.
In Israel and the West Bank, 2009 was the year that ended without a bang -- and people were grateful for it.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel recently told the Israeli consul in Los Angeles that the Obama administration is fed up with both Israel and the Palestinians, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.
Hamas has not accepted Israel's counter-offer for a prisoner swap but indirect negotiations will continue, a senior Hamas official said.
For decades, choosing from among kosher wines has been a haphazard affair. Consumers face a dizzying array of increasingly expensive wines of unknown character, and uncertain quality. Since the early 1980s, the Concord grape has give way to the more familiar Cabernets and Chardonnays of the non-kosher wine world, and kosher consumers have begun to cultivate qualitative preferences beyond super cheap and super sweet. Now, however, Rogov’s Guide to Kosher Wines 2010: The World‘s Best Kosher Wines by Daniel Rogov (The Toby Press; 145 pages; $19.95) has entered the scene to aid the weary consumer.
The Lebanese army fired on at least four Israel Air Force planes flying over southern Lebanon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a joint Cabinet meeting in Berlin after being diagnosed with a viral infection.
The United States vetoed an Israeli plan to attack a ship bearing weapons allegedly from Iran to Hezbollah, according to a report in an Arabic-language newspaper.
It’s a long way to fly for a home game, but that was the effect when Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv’s players walked into Staples Center, more than 7,500 miles from Israel, to play the Clippers in an exhibition game on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Rather than wearing the blue uniforms normally associated with a Maccabi away game, the players wore home gold, which gave the superficial appearance of a Lakers-Clippers match-up.
Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills is recruiting participants for the Los Angeles area’s first Mothers’ Circle, a group for non-Jewish mothers who are raising their children Jewish. Set to begin mid-November and funded by The Jewish Federation Valley Alliance, the 16-session course includes information for mothers on Jewish lifecycle events and celebrating Jewish holidays. The group also provides access to local rabbis for one-on-one dialogues and a forum in which mothers can discuss issues and get answers to questions that “just aren’t comfortably asked with Jews in the room,” according to Temple Aliyah’s program director Lori Marx-Rubiner.
They come to the cemetery with a pocketful of stones for the gravesite. Once we’ve recited the tradition’s prayers and a few words of memory, they dutifully place the stones on the marker. But I can see in their faces that the stones they carry home are so much bigger than those left behind. Tiny pebbles are left on the grave marker, but boulders sit heavily on the heart: cold stones of bitterness, betrayal and rage.