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Volume 29, Number 20

July 18-24, 2014

Cover of July 18-24, 2014 Jewish Journal

Rabbis, students and scholars write the first draft of a historic summer.

Sounds of war in Israel, overhead and on my Twitter feed
Cover Story


When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash.


Israel needs an Irony Dome
David Suissa


It boggles the mind to think that a determined, Jew-hating terror army would fire more than 1,000 rockets at Israel over seven days and inflict so few casualties.


In Israel and Gaza, climbing the peace mountain
Opinion


The rockets being fired into Israel from Gaza, Israel’s airstrikes in response, and the contemptible killing of the three Israeli teenagers and revenge killing of the Palestinian teenager remind us that the status quo does not endure in our region.


50 years later, we all need a new black narrative
Opinion


The nation has now celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the March on Washington and the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 60th of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling.


Twenty years since the AMIA bombing in Argentina
World


In a plaza across the street from the Argentine Supreme Court here in Buenos Aires, Sofía Tarlovsky points to two names inscribed on a sundial-shaped memorial, both of them her former kindergarten students.


A history of Jews in Argentina
Culture


Argentina’s Jewish community is the largest in Latin America, with 240,000 Jews, most of them living in Buenos Aires. The majority of them are Ashkenazi, and about 15 percent are Sephardic.


Violence at pro-Israel rally underscores passion over Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Los Angeles


A sea of bodies jumped up and down to the beat of Israeli dance music. Tiny Israeli flags flapped in the sky.


Moving and shaking
Los Angeles


Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Freedom School has, in part, the Los Angeles Dodgers to thank for $30,000 it received from businessman Howard Sherwood on June 29.


Zach Braff in “Wish I Was Here.” Photo courtesy of Focus Features

‘Wish I Was Here’: Zach Braff on love, his new movie and being a Jew


Actor Zach Braff was ensconced on a terrace at the Four Seasons Hotel, decked out in striped pants, red shoes and a brown shirt adorned with a button inscribed with one word: “Love.”


Connecting with the dead in the play ‘Flim Flam’
Culture


Is the ability to connect with the dead a valid phenomenon, or is it, in the words of renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, merely “flimflam,” meaning, what performers do to make lies seem like truth?


Michael Feinstein sings Gershwin
Culture


George Gershwin has been dead since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s second term. Ira Gershwin left this world during the height of the Reagan administration.


Calendar July 19-25
Calendar


If your family’s collective imagination is in need of some nourishment, the Skirball has a group of guests you won’t want to miss.


For new dad, a stronger bond from circumcising son
Religion


Natan Zaidenweber thought the mohel was kidding. His wife, Linda Raab, thought it was some kind of religious formality and didn’t give it a second thought.


Cooking with wine: A spirited menu
Culture


The addition of wine to your favorite recipes can impart wonderful flavor, but too much or the wrong style can potentially ruin a delicious dish.


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Summer 2014: L.A.'s voices in Israel; Operation Defensive Shield

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