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  • Islamic State chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq

    26 minutes ago

    An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday.

    Abu Malik, who was killed Jan. 24, had been a chemical weapons engineer during the rule of Saddam Hussein and then joined al-Qaeda Iraq in 2005, Central Command said.

    "His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL's ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people," the statement said.

  • Beshalach: From fear to action

    1 hour ago

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In this week’s parsha, Beshalach, the Israelites begin their journey from Egypt to Israel. There are moments when the Israelites question their exodus and God’s ability to protect them. Although they are liberated, their lives are...

  • ‘Selma’ forgot the Jews

    1 hour ago

    Don’t get me wrong: Selma is an important movie. It’s worth seeing. It shines much-need light on the Civil Rights Movement, focusing on the pivotal 54-mile march from the city of Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama.

    But it forgets the Jews.

    Just look at the photos from...

  • Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in LA after hit-and-run

    2 hours ago

    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after a man matching his description ran over two people with a pickup truck in a hit-and-run incident near Los Angeles, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

    Knight, the 49-year-old...

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  • Conservative flagship to finance capital improvement by selling dorms, air rights

    3 hours ago

    Like any other longtime Manhattan property owner, the Jewish Theological Seminary has seen the value of its real estate holdings skyrocket in recent years and has gotten its share of inquiries from prospective buyers.

    Now the Conservative movement’s flagship institution has...

  • Tom Brady has a menorah

    3 hours ago

    Celebrated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a couple of Jewish connections.

    Since 2012, his brother-in-law has been Kevin Youkilis, the former all-star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox who’s now retired from baseball. The owner of the Patriots, the only team...

  • Sydney Taylor Book Award 2015 winners

    3 hours ago

    Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of My Grandfather’s Coat, Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, authors and illustrators of Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust and Donna Jo Napoli, author of Storm are the 2015 winners of the Sydney Taylor...

  • Alberto Nisman laid to rest where AMIA victims are buried

    4 hours ago

    Alberto Nisman was buried in the same section of the main Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires as the victims in the 1994 AMIA bombing that he was investigating before he was found shot dead.

    [RELATED: Drones, Jews and morality]

    On Thursday morning, a police escort led the funeral...

  • Republican Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president

    4 hours ago

    Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, and told supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.

    Romney's decision will probably boost the fortunes of former Florida...

  • Hezbollah: We don’t want war with Israel but do not fear it

    4 hours ago

    The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.

    "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two, and...

  • A day in the life of the (model) Knesset

    1 day ago

    American Jewish University’s (AJU) dining hall was abuzz with chatter on Jan. 18, when about 100 local high school students debated Israel’s proposed, controversial nation-state bill as part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Model Knesset Day.

    Upon arrival,...

  • Me and La Migra

    1 day ago

    I am carrying through here on my prior post about the Wong family by making visits on Xmas and New Year’s to their rented beach front manse (for one third of San Diego rents) in Rosarita Beach.

    I found Northern Mexico rugged but beautiful, the people friendly to a fault.  I ate...

  • Poem: Funky Fuchsia

    1 day ago

    Friday nights at my mother-in-law’s

    I follow the exquisite nails

    of my Armenian sister-in-law from Iran.

    Pale blue sometimes like her mohair sweater,

    or yellow, pushing back a strand of dark hair.

    Burgundy on the white bread she raises

    to her lips at the evening meal;

    ...
  • Restoring dignity to eldercare

    1 day ago

    The footage was positively golden, and Dale Bell was savvy enough to recognize both its emotional — and purse-string — potential.  

    Mildred Adams, a nearly catatonic woman, was brought to a Tupelo, Miss., Green House senior care facility. Within an hour of being checked in to her...

  • L.A.’s newest rookie transplant: Elaine Soloway

    1 day ago

    Next time you move cross-country to Los Angeles, do it the Elaine Soloway way. (The SoloWay?) Pack whatever you can into flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the post office and mail them over a period of six months. Get a place on airbnb.com in a hip L.A. neighborhood, close to...

  • Exploring Israel’s ‘ethnic’ cuisine

    1 day ago

    From Givatayim’s renowned Sabich Shel Oved – a simple eggplant-sandwich shop with lines snaking around the corner — to lesser-known places like Chachaporia Georgian cuisine in Jerusalem, the new e-book “Israel’s Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants” provides the English-speaking tourist a...

  • Everything you thought you knew about religious Zionists is wrong

    1 day ago

    For years, Israelis have had a particular idea of what being a “religious Zionist” meant: being modern Orthodox but not haredi; supporting the settlements and opposing territorial compromise; supporting the Chief Rabbinate’s control of Jewish marriage and opposing gay rights.

    ...
  • Joel Grey, Jewish actor best known for ‘Cabaret’ role, comes out at 82

    1 day ago

    It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay.

    What is a little surprising, however, is when he does so at age 82.

    Joel Grey — whose illustrious career includes winning an Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe Award, all for playing the master...

  • My life as a retired millennial

    1 day ago

    Two weeks after my 21st birthday — when most of my friends were just beginning to enjoy post-college freedom — I moved into a retirement community in Palm Desert. 

    My parents had a second home in Sun City Palm Desert, an “active adult community” located in the Coachella Valley,...

  • Three American contractors killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghan capital

    1 day ago

    Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan solider at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday.

    "It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason," the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorised to give statements to the media. "An investigation has been opened."

    The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting took place on Thursday evening.

  • In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

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    The Sarah Silverman that the world knows and loves is a loudmouthed, foulmouthed, ribald comedian who tramples on the boundaries of social decency with sharp purpose and uproarious glee.

    The Sarah Silverman who stars in the domestic drama “I Smile Back,” which premiered at...

  • Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

    1 day ago

    The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.

    However, the bill is not expected to come for a vote in the full...

  • Keystone XL likely to pass Senate Thursday, faces Obama veto

    1 day ago

    The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto.

    Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of...

  • Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to Congress could hurt Iran talks

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

    "Such a...

  • Israel, Hezbollah signal their flare-up is over

    1 day ago

    Israel and Hezbollah signaled on Thursday their rare flare-up in fighting across the Israel-Lebanon border was over, after the Lebanese guerrillas killed two Israeli troops in retaliation for a deadly air strike in Syria last week.

    Israel said it had received a message from...

  • Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery

    2 days ago

    Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.

    The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder...

  • Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese ISIS hostage unclear

    2 days ago

    Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

    The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that...

  • Two literary giants, a lawsuit and Dick Cavett

    2 days ago

    It was the talk of the literary and legal worlds in the early 1980s. Noted playwright Lillian Hellman (“The Little Foxes,” “Another Part of the Forest” and numerous others), sued literary critic and author Mary McCarthy (her novel “The Group” had a long run on the New York Times...

  • Producer Nancy Spielberg reflects on finding, forming Jewish identity

    2 days ago

    Three and a half years ago, Nancy Spielberg read an obituary that would change her life. It noted the passing of Al Schwimmer, a Jewish-American pilot who smuggled 30 surplus planes into the new State of Israel in 1948 and recruited the pilots and crew to fly them, assembling the...

  • Harvesting expert advice to save family’s beloved tree

    2 days ago

    If Tu B’Shevat is such a happy New Year for Trees, why am I sucking lemons?

    The holiday, usually a time for planting — except this year in Israel, where many are observing the shmita year, a Torah-mandated break every seven years in the agricultural cycle — for me may be a time...

  • Studying torah with the Pope: Q&A with Rabbi Abraham Skorka

    2 days ago

    On a recent visit to Los Angeles, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, an Argentine rabbi, chemist and writer, met with the staff of the Jewish Journal. 

    Skorka’s trip was sponsored by Masorti Olami, the worldwide organization of the Conservative movement, and his prominence is due in part to...

  • Israel needs fans, not cheerleaders

    2 days ago

    As the New England Patriots qualified for yet another Super Bowl, my thoughts went to my late father-in-law, Harvey Kirstein, z”l, a huge fan of the team and season-ticket holder who died tragically before they became successful and never saw any of their triumphs.

    It was Harvey...

  • Prehistoric skull a key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in story of humanity

    2 days ago

    A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.

    Scientists said on...

  • Torah portion: Preserve freedom by remembering slavery

    2 days ago

    Finally, after two consecutive weeks of cliffhangers, B’shalach, the heart of the Exodus tale, tantalizes us with what appears to be a complete story. It recounts an entire drama that builds tension and unfolds in a cinematic climax with the Israelites escaping Pharaoh and crossing...

  • Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State

    2 days ago

    Jordan is still holding a prisoner whose release has been demanded by Islamic State militants and her freedom depends on the fate of a Jordanian pilot captured by the insurgents, government spokesman Mohammad Momani said on Wednesday.

    "It's not true she has been released. Her...

  • Dieudonne trial over ‘gas chambers’ remark starting

    2 days ago

    The French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala is standing trial for saying that a Jewish journalist should have died “in the gas chambers.”

    The trial in criminal court begins Wednesday for Dieudonne, who has been convicted seven times for inciting racial hatred against Jews.

    He...

  • Letters to the editor: Matzo Ball, Barbara Boxer, French Jews and more

    2 days ago

    If I Go, There Will Be Trouble; If I Stay Will It Be Double?

    I am an American non-Jew and basically secular in thought. Until recently, I was completely unaware of Jews feeling threatened in Paris (“Stay or Go? French Jews Face a Growing — and Emotional — Dilemma,” Jan. 23). I am...

  • Sheldon Silver to step down as N.Y. State Assembly speaker

    2 days ago

    Longtime New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is facing corruption charges, will resign from his position.

    Silver will be replaced on Monday by majority leader Joseph Morelle, a Rochester-area assemblyman, according to The New York Times. Morelle will serve as...

  • Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

    2 days ago

    No spoilers here about the “Serial” season finale, but I will say this much: The episode ends with … a special thanks to a certain Jewish studies professor.

    That would be Benjamin Schreier, the interim director of the Jewish studies program at Penn State and the husband of...

  • Obituaries: January 30, 2015

    2 days ago

    Ruth Angel died Jan. 6 at 92. Survived by daughter Judith (Bob Salvaria); son Stephen (Ellen); 3 grandchildren; 2 step-granddaughters; 4 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Betty; brother-in-law Morris (Alice). Mount Sinai

    Martin August died Jan. 6 at 86. Survived by son Todd...

  • Why are fruit trees important to Jewish people?

    2 days ago

    We first hear about Tu BiShvat – the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat -- in the Mishnah (Rosh HaShanah 1:1) as one of the four days that start the year. Tu Bishvat was not then considered a holy day. It was simply the legal date marking the new year for fruit trees. As a date...

  • Obama: Netanyahu meeting before Israel election ‘inappropriate’ - CNN interview

    2 days ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he declined to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli leader's visit to the United States in March because it would be "inappropriate" two weeks before an election in that country.

    Netanyahu's trip has become a diplomatic sore point with...

  • Israeli army searches for Hezbollah tunnels near Lebanese border

    2 days ago

    The Israeli military began searching on Wednesday for tunnels that Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas may have dug, responding to concerns from residents of a small nearby village in northern Israel, a military source said.

    Israel's vulnerability to cross-border tunnels was exposed...

  • Israel tells U.N. will defend itself against Hezbollah

    2 days ago

    Israel told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday it will take all necessary measures to defend itself after an exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict.

    "Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis,"...

  • Two soldiers dead, seven wounded as Hezbollah hits Israeli tank

    2 days ago

    Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict between the militant Islamist group and Israel.

    In the biggest escalation since a 2006 war, the soldiers...

  • Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

    3 days ago

    Apple, Inc. quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.

    The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in...

  • Iran says Israel crossed ‘red lines,’ vows to respond

    3 days ago

    Iran has told the United States that an Israeli air strike which killed an Iranian general in Syria last week had crossed "red lines" and the Islamic Republic will respond, a senior official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

    "We told the Americans that the...

  • Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama

    3 days ago

    Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance does not suggest the savage intensity of his films.

    Kleiman, 29, who hails from Melbourne, Australia, made his...

  • What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

    3 days ago

    “Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi.

    Rabbi Yossi Grossman, dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, on Monday transformed the football prattle into a high-minded...

  • David Landau, Haaretz editor and JTA’s longtime Israel bureau chief, dies at 67

    3 days ago

    David Landau, a British-born Israeli journalist who held top positions at several English-language publications, including JTA, has died.

    Landau died of brain cancer in Jerusalem on Tuesday. He was 67.

    Landau, who made aliyah in 1970, served part time as JTA’s Israel bureau...

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