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Harold Brackman

  • The latest anti-shechitah crusade:  A threat to Jewish rites is a threat to Jewish rights

    5 days ago

    New attempts in the U.K. to outlaw shechitah (ritual slaughter) — and the broader political threat this poses to the Jews — bring to mind a book by Elijah J. Schochet, who has deep roots in the L.A. Jewish community. In his “Animal Life in Jewish Tradition: Attitudes and...

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  • My Black-Jewish Blues

    3 weeks ago

  • Is today’s Islamist terrorism somehow a delayed form of ‘payback’ for the Crusades?

    February 6, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    At a National Prayer Breakfast in Washington attended by the Dalai Lama, President Obama decried Isis’ “death cult” and “hijacking” of Islam, and promised “to push back against those” who would distort “religion for their nihilistic end.” By implication, he also warned against...

  • Why liberal Hollywood hates Clint Eastwood – but shouldn’t

    February 4, 2015 | 11:07 am

    Of course, Hollywood doesn’t exactly “hate” Clint—after all, he’s won two Best Director Awards. The most that can be said is that—after Eastwood mocked Obama’s empty chair at the 2012 GOP Convention—there is no love lost. This year, American Sniper is nominated for Best Picture,...

  • “Appeasement”—Then and Now

    February 2, 2015 | 11:56 am

  • Jewish threads wind way through Temecula’s history

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Temecula's wineries and casino have come to represent the high life in the high desert. Since its first modern vineyards were planted nearly 40 years ago, more than two dozen wineries have found hospitality in Temecula's rolling hills and granite soil.

    The area's ocean breezes draw...
  • Obama and the Jews

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the many paradoxes of contemporary American politics involves the Democratic Party's two most loyal constituency groups: African Americans and Jews. They have managed to stay under the same political tent even as their historic relationship has continued the long descent from...
  • From Durban to Beersheba

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war on terror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • ‘The Protocols’—A Road Map to Oblivion for Peace

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" -- a phony road map to the non-existent Jewish plot to take over the world and the 20th century's greatest hoax -- is now re-emerging as an obstacle to Mideast peace. To understand why the growing popularity in the Arab and Muslim world of "The...

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