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  • Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, prominent Modern Orthodox scholar, dies

    3 hours ago

    Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, a leader of the national religious movement in Israel and a prominent Modern Orthodox scholar, has died.

    Lichtenstein, a head of the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the West Bank’s Gush Etzion bloc, died Monday morning. He was 81.

    The rabbi, who received a...

  • Rivlin, Netanyahu spurn meeting with Jimmy Carter in Israel

    5 hours ago

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected invitations to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

    The invitations reportedly were declined after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council, Haaretz reported...

  • Vehicle blast injures two in Israeli criminal incident

    5 hours ago

    An explosion in a parked vehicle in southern Israel on Monday wounded at least two people in a suspected criminal incident, police said.

    Luba Samri, a police spokeswoman, said an assailant threw a fragmentation grenade at the vehicle in the port city of Ashdod, and that a man and a woman had been treated for shrapnel injuries.

    Earlier, police had said they could not rule out a nationalist motive for the attack.

  • Israel sees migrant tragedy as validating policy of keeping them away

    5 hours ago

    Israel said on Monday the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away.

    Yisrael Katz, transport minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outgoing cabinet,...

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  • A Comforting Song for Holocaust Remembrance Day

    5 hours ago

    During last summer’s Israel-Hamas war, I experienced what daily life is like for millions of Israelis who live within range of Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic jihad rocket fire.  I traveled to the Jewish State from the U.S. to partake in an entrepreneurial leadership program for young...

  • Elio Toaff, rabbi who hosted first pope visit to synagogue, dies at 99

    6 hours ago

    Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome for half a century and a pivotal player in Christian-Jewish reconciliation, has died at the age of 99.

    Toaff, who a spokesman said died on Sunday night, was Rome's chief rabbi in 1986 when then-Pope John Paul II made the first visit by a Roman...

  • Remarks by James B. Comey at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Annual Dinner

    7 hours ago

    Good evening ladies and gentleman. First, a word of congratulations to the remarkable people that you have honored here tonight.  I am honored that you have invited me to share some thoughts with you this evening. I would like to explain to you why the FBI’s partnership with the...

  • Netanyahu receives two-week extension to form government

    8 hours ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government after he asked Israel's president on Monday to extend a 28-day period to form a coalition following his election victory.

    Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party came out on top in the March 17...

  • Israeli military networks breached by hackers

    3 days ago

    Hackers have managed to penetrate computer networks associated with the Israeli military in an espionage campaign that skillfully packages existing attack software with trick emails, according to security researchers at Blue Coat Systems Inc.

    The four-month-old effort, most...

  • Four rabbis on Parashat Shemini

    3 days ago

    In this Torah portion, God commands Aaron and his sons to make the burnt and sin offerings at the Tabernacle. When God accepts the offerings, the people shout with joy. But when two of Aaron’s sons make an offering that was not commanded of them, they die. God describes to Moses...

  • Rabbi Sarah Bassin on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    3 days ago

    If you have spent any amount of time with a 3-year-old, you know this age comes coupled with a barrage of “why” questions: Why do you stop at red lights? Why do you put milk in your coffee?  Why do birds chirp?  

    These questions can be exhausting for parents, but they represent...

  • Rabbi Jonathan Hanish on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    3 days ago

    We are all human, so we all stumble at some point in our lives. If and when our stumble is discovered, we pay the price for our actions through repentance and transformation, and then, hopefully, we move forward and leave the past behind.  But, on occasion, our actions come back to...

  • Rabbi Chaim Mentz on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    3 days ago

    In the early years of American Jewish history, there was a debate about whether American life was different from the shtetl life of Europe. Many embraced the idea of assimilation and secularization, yet others held strong and kept their traditional religious practices in this...

  • Rabbi Edward Feinstein on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    3 days ago

    Americans have an infatuation with leaders. The English philosopher Thomas Carlyle believed that history is propelled by “the great man” (Carlyle’s phrase), whose values and energy animate our institutions. For Americans, “leadership” is a sacred word. 

    The success or failure of...

  • Two survivors speak out on the anniversaries of the Armenian Genocide and the liberation of Auschwitz

    3 days ago

    This article is being jointly run with Asbarez — a publication serving the Armenian-American community.


     

    This year marks the passage of two major anniversaries that reveal man’s unbelievable capacity for cruelty and evil. It has been 100 years since the outbreak of the...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Kvish

    3 days ago

    What is the connection between kvish “highway” and kibbush, which means “conquest, occupation”; kvushim “pickles; occupied (territories)”; kevesh “movable stairway (for descending off an airplane)”; kivshan “kiln, furnace (where material is heated or smelted)”; makhbesh “(press,...

  • Passing an art legacy on to the next generation

    3 days ago

    During the lengthy visits she would have with her great-uncle and great-aunt, David and Rivka Labkovski, at their home in South Africa, Leora Raikin — who was a young girl at the time — recalls these relatives being a bit eccentric.

    David owned one pair of shoes, and Rivka — the...

  • Yom HaShoah events 2015

    4 days ago

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    Hollywood Temple Beth El and the Iranian American Jewish Federation invite the community to a joint service, “From Darkness to a Great Light: Commemorating the 70th Year of the End of the Holocaust and the Shattering of the Nazi Death Camps,” after the morning...

  • Obituaries: Week of April 17

    4 days ago

    Norma Aratin died March 19 at 93. Survived by son Andy. Mount Sinai

    Sandra Ilene Bernards died March 20 at 69. Survived by husband Boris; sons Richard, Daniel Allen. Groman Eden

    Richard Billauer died March 21 at 90. Survived by wife Engelina; sons George, Michael; brother Adam;...

  • Letters to the Editor: Obama, Iran and Jews in Egypt

    4 days ago

    Connect. Inform. Inspire.

    Over lunch, I read the April 10 issue of the Jewish Journal cover to cover. The articles were informative, inspiring and gave me pause. The Iran framework offerings pushed me in all directions to think, rethink and re-rethink my position. I found plenty...

  • Ice scream, you scream, we all scream for kosher ice cream

    4 days ago

    Los Angeles is going through an ice cream renaissance. And while it’s hard to cheer warming winter months, given global climate predictions, the new reality may be what led to more high-quality frozen foods that are ready to meet a growing public appetite. This expanded market also...

  • Clinton weighs loyalty to Obama, distinctions on Israel issues

    4 days ago

    Hillary Clinton does not appear until 90 seconds into the two-minute video rolling out her campaign. No one among the bright and diverse array of everyday Americans in that video mentions foreign policy. Or Barack Obama.

    Jewish Democrats say the video released this weekend is...

  • U.C. Santa Barbara student senate votes down Israel divestment resolution

    4 days ago

    The University of California, Santa Barbara, student senate narrowly voted down an Israel divestment resolution.

    Following an eight-hour debate, the resolution was defeated early Thursday morning in a vote of 13 against and 12 in favor, with one abstention. The Associated...

  • Israel’s business community braces for sanctions

    4 days ago

    Just one week before the Israeli election, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat sent an angry letter to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. 

    Erekat was furious that Paris-based Société Anonyme Française d’Etude de Gestion et d’Entreprises (SAFEGE), an engineering...

  • Bible Marathon retraces path of 12 Tribes

    4 days ago

    Drumming Charedi musicians and uniformed soldiers are not the typical fans to pack an Israeli sporting event. Nor are clean-cut men with handguns tucked into in the back of jeans. But the Bible Marathon held April 9 was not an ordinary race. It was the first major Israeli athletic...

  • Israeli man killed after Palestinian drives car into Jerusalem bus stop

    4 days ago

    A Palestinian man from eastern Jerusalem drove his car into two Israelis waiting at a bus stop, killing one and critically injuring the other.

    Police are investigating whether the late Wednesday night incident in the French Hill neighborhood, near the border of eastern and...

  • Is the Obama administration making nice with Israel?

    4 days ago

    On Monday, President Barack Obama met with two sets of Jews, and from what we were told, essentially wondered aloud each time why his love for the Jewish people and for Israel is not more widely known.

    The second group comprised donors and strategic advisers, and their answer,...

  • Argentina’s Senate approves one-time payments to AMIA bombing victims

    4 days ago

    Argentina’s Senate unanimously approved a bill that offers one-time compensation to the families of the 85 people killed in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center.

    Under the bill approved Wednesday without debate, the compensation will be about $170,000 for each fatality in...

  • Thousands march at Auschwitz to remember the Holocaust

    4 days ago

    Thousands of young people from at least 45 countries participated in the March of the Living in Poland at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex of concentration camps.

    The 27th International March of the Living took place Thursday on Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. Each...

  • ‘The Last Girl at Victoria Station’ a Kindertransport story

    5 days ago

    Every morning in 1936, Anne Forchheimer would bicycle to school, over a bridge in the German town of Coburg. She tried not to notice the signs of hate she passed along the way.  Hate for Jews and the call for their removal from German society. German law had forbidden Jewish...

  • At Auschwitz-Birkenau, the silence and the song

    5 days ago

    Snow brings a strange silence. No more so than in the vastness of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where on Jan. 27 we all began several months of remembering the unfolding of the liberation of the Nazi camps 70 years ago. That day, I walked alongside Los Angeles resident Dario Gabbai in the...

  • Letters reveal a Jewish businessman’s struggle with family requests from Nazi Germany

    5 days ago

    Although it was more than a decade ago, I still remember the phone call. The excited voice at the other end that went on and on regardless of whether I uttered a response. Attorney Roger Blane had a donation for the American Jewish Committee Archives, where I work as the director....

  • Stanford student accuses group of anti-Semitic question

    5 days ago

    A junior at Stanford University who is running for the student senate says she faced anti-Semitic questioning from a student group whose endorsement she was seeking.

    During a March 13 interview in front of eight members of the university’s Students of Color Coalition, Molly...

  • Like a Miracle

    5 days ago

    And still it is beautiful as a miracle
    This rosy twig of lilac…
    Even in our days
    of evil, terror and dread.

    Even in our street
    when hate swells grand with khutspa
    the little lilac twig stretches out
    to you and to me like a miracle…


    Zusman Segalovitch (1884-1948) was...

  • Iran says nuclear deal depends on lifting of sanctions

    5 days ago

    Iran said on Wednesday it would only accept a deal over its contested nuclear program if world powers simultaneously lifted all sanctions imposed on it.

    The comments by President Hassan Rouhani came the day after U.S. President Barack Obama was forced to give Congress a say in...

  • Saving lives by monitoring chronic heart failure at home

    5 days ago

    Chronic congestive heart failure (CHF), which involves a weakening of the heart’s pumping power, is the primary cause of hospitalization in people older than 65, affecting about 26 million people globally. The related cost in the United States alone is estimated at up to $40...

  • Former Patriots star Hernandez gets life in prison for 2013 killing

    5 days ago

    Former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday for murdering an acquaintance in an industrial park near his Massachusetts home, concluding the first of two murder trials he faces this year.

    A Massachusetts jury found Hernandez,...

  • Report: Violent anti-Semitic incidents worldwide soar by 40 percent

    5 days ago

    Anti-Semitic attacks surged worldwide in 2014, with the highest number of incidents occurring in France, according to an annual study published in Israel on Wednesday.

    The report, by Tel Aviv University's Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, said 766...

  • V. Stiviano to appeal order to return $2.6 million to Donald Sterling

    5 days ago

    V. Stiviano, the former companion of Donald Sterling, will appeal a Los Angeles County judge’s tentative decision that she return more than $2.6 million in cash and gifts to the former NBA team owner, her attorney said.

    On Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin Jr. ruled a...

  • Israel happy at compromise deal on Iran between Congress-Obama

    5 days ago

    Israel is pleased at a compromise deal on Iran achieved between the United States Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday.

    In what was seen as a setback for Obama, the U.S. president agreed on...

  • U.S., EU optimistic that Congress will pass Iran deal

    5 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry made clear at a meeting of G7 foreign ministers that he was optimistic an Iran deal will get through Congress, Germany's foreign minister said, while the EU's foreign policy chief was also upbeat.

    President Barack Obama had agreed on Tuesday that...

  • Obama drops objection to letting Congress vote on Iran deal

    6 days ago

    President Barack Obama dropped his opposition on Tuesday to a bill giving Congress a voice on a nuclear deal with Iran after members of his Democratic Party negotiated changes to the bill that had won strong support from both parties.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said...

  • Obama tells Congress he plans to remove Cuba from terrorism list

    6 days ago

    President Barack Obama told Congress on Tuesday he intends to remove Cuba from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, clearing the way for restoring diplomatic relations and reopening embassies shut for more than half a century.

    Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro sat down...

  • Swastikas drawn in University of Missouri dorm

    6 days ago

    Swastikas and anti-Semitic epithets were written in a stairwell of a dormitory at the University of Missouri in Columbia.

    The two incidents occurred on the morning of April 9 and the evening of April 10. No suspects have been identified.

    The writing was done in ash, such as...

  • Poll: American Jewish support for Obama dropping

    6 days ago

    Job approval ratings for President Obama have dropped among American Jews from 61 percent to 50 percent since the start of 2015, a new Gallup poll found.

    The American Jews interviewed for the poll released this week gave Obama a 50 percent approval rating in March, dropping from...

  • Nazi-hunter group praises Germany’s efforts to track down ex-Nazis

    6 days ago

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center praised Germany’s recent efforts in tracking down former Nazis while noting a general lack of progress in finding them throughout the rest of the world.

    The organization’s 14th Annual Status Report on the Worldwide Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi...

  • Netanyahu phones Putin to object to missile sale to Iran

    6 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Russian President Vladimir Putin to express “grave concerns” regarding the potential future sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran.

    During the phone call on Tuesday, Netanyahu said the sale would encourage Iranian aggression in the...

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