Jewish Journal

Philip Seymour Hoffman was honest and unmerciful

By Ryan Torok

February 2, 2014 | 12:08 pm

Philip Seymour Hoffman arrives at the "Moneyball&quo t; World Premiere at Paramount Theater of the Arts on September 19, 2011 in Oakland, CA (credit: Helga Esteb/Shuttertsock.com)

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead on Feb. 2. He was 46.

When the news of his sudden, tragic death broke, I was speechless.

Hoffman was more than a film actor. He was also a... read on

  • A Seal of Purity

    by Revital Belz

    January 31, 2014 | 9:20 am

    By the time my husband was twelve years old all four of his grandparents had passed away. When he shared this with me my heart cried out for him. I never merited to meet my grandfathers, but my two grandmothers have been and continue to be two of the most influential women in my... read on

  • Gov. Jerry Brown: ‘California and Israel can lead together…’

    By Ryan Torok

    January 30, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Governor Jerry Brown, appearing as keynote speaker at an American-Jewish Committee-Los Angeles event on Wed., Jan. 29, highlighted the potential for future environmentally-focused partnerships between California and the Jewish State.

    “We’re going to make another initiative, on... read on

  • Jewish Football Players of the Year (and Sporty Rabbis)

    By Jeremy Fine

    January 28, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    There were a few J-NFLers who had successful seasons (Brian De La Puente snapping to Drew Brees and Marc Trestman reinventing the Bears Offense). But one player had a legitimate standout season. With 105 catches, 1056 yards receiving, and 6 TDs.

    2013 JNFL Player of the Year:... read on

  • Against all odds

    by Revital Belz

    January 27, 2014 | 9:45 am

    The News: I was only five years old when my grandfather passed away. I don’t remember anything about his life– except what I am told from stories and pictures. However, I remember his death as though it happened yesterday. I was at my friend Rebecca’s birthday party. We were having... read on

  • Reflections on Jewish day schools’ Hebrew classes

    By Ryan Torok

    January 23, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Hebrew workbooks
    While attending the 2014 Ravsak/Pardes Jewish Day School Leadership conference last weekend, I met a vendor that was selling Hebrew books. She said that the business is getting more difficult to sustain, as Jewish day schools are becoming more religious.

    More... read on

  • Eritrean solidarity rally underscores community divisiveness over Israel

    By Ryan Torok

    January 22, 2014 | 5:53 pm

    On Wednesday, a protest that expressed solidarity with Eritreans refugee-status seekers in Israel drew approximately 30 Jewish-Americans and Eritreans from Los Angeles and nearby. Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change (EYSC) organized the Los Angeles protest, which took place... read on

  • Matisyahu appears for one night at Sundance [VIDEO]

    By Ryan Torok

    January 19, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    Keep playing, Matisyahu signals to one of his band mates. The reggae artist is performing his hit song, “One Day.”

    The acoustic guitarist obliges, keeps the strum pattern going.

    A couple measures later, Matis segues into the first verse of “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley.

    The... read on

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