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Volume 29, Number 18

July 4-10, 2014

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Few attacks mark a watershed in the long, bloody war of Israel's enemies against it. A majority of them are just heart-breaking routine.

The Park hotel suicide attack on the 2002 Passover Seder night was a turning point.

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In Israel, mourning turns to anger and despair

When news broke in Israel at around 7:30 p.m. on June 30 that the dead bodies of the three kidnapped boys had been discovered in a field near to where they disappeared — after 18 days of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) searches, raids and arrests across the West Bank — grief blanketed the nation.

How does Israel know Hamas is responsible for the kidnappings?

In the weeks since the Israeli government learned of the kidnappings of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, its military and intelligence sources have worked tirelessly to piece together the puzzle of what happened, where it happened and precisely how it happened.

For murdered teens, revenge is not enough
David Suissa

When I first heard the tragic news that the three kidnapped Israeli boys had been murdered by Palestinian terrorists, my immediate instinct was to cry out for revenge.

World of adventure for the bookshelf

The summer season offers some remarkable opportunities for face-to-face encounters with authors who are celebrated not merely for their celebrity but for the quality of their written work.

Schoolboys, not soldiers: A mother responds

How does a Jewish mother respond to the unthinkable?

Israeli expertise, meet California’s needs

We gathered in Silicon Valley this past March, all smiles and applause, to watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Gov. Jerry Brown sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership for Joint Innovation, Exchanges and Cooperation, or MOU. Six years in the making, the signing of the MOU felt like sweet success to those of us involved in bringing it to fruition.

Can U.S. and Iran work together in Iraq?

The recent military conquest of much of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ignited a debate on Iran’s role.

Legacies of the Great War

The 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip — the act that started World War I — has occasioned ample debate about the impact and legacy of the conflict.

Jewish groups stand by religious freedom law, but Supremes’ take divides them

Two decades ago the Jewish community united in support of landmark religious freedom legislation.

Letters to the Editor: Garcetti’s f-bomb, JCC and L.A. Metro
Letters to the Editor

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in an ill-advised attempt to polish his “common man” persona, dropped the F-bomb.

Moving & Shaking: Hallelujah Global Jewish Singing Contest, Zane Buzby honored, Aish L.A. Gala
Los Angeles

The Hallelujah Global Jewish Singing Contest had its North American semifinal competition on June 17 at The Mark, an event space in Pico-Robertson.

California Reform Jews succeed in push to fund housing
Los Angeles

In 2011, when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law abolishing California’s community redevelopment agencies, he eliminated the primary sources of funding that had helped build affordable housing across the state.

Israeli actress Moran Atias

Can Israeli actress Moran Atias take Hollywood?

As soon as she arrives — beautifully made-up in shades of dark and light, her hair chocolate brown, her dress bridal white, asymmetrical at the thigh and firm at the bust — there’s the distinct feeling in the air that this could be the last lunch Israeli actress Moran Atias might enjoy in relative obscurity.

Above, from left: Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Anna Paquin, Joe Manganiello and Chris Bauer in “True Blood.” Photo by Tony Rivetti

Talking ‘True Blood’ deeper meanings, sexual healings

Gregg Fienberg, the executive producer of HBO’s hit vampire saga “True Blood,” is nicknamed “Captain Chaos” by his cast and crew.

Calendar: July 5–July 11
Picks and Clicks

‘Baby boomerangers’ head back to Israel
50 Plus

As Israel hosted more than 3.5 million tourists in 2013 — a record-breaking benchmark that included over 600,000 Americans — program operators and attendees have noticed a new niche demographic gaining interest in seeing the Holy Land.

Mining the ‘Golden Age’ of Los Angeles
Los Angeles

Imagine downtown Los Angeles more than 150 years ago: dirt streets, rancheros in town picking up supplies, donkeys carrying sacks of cattle feed.

Tea is Steve Schwartz’ medium to change the world

Steve Schwartz sat down to pour organic green pomegranate tea for a guest and himself, doling out the steeped liquid in three intervals between two glasses.

Binary vision isn’t healthy: Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)
Torah Portion

Obituaries: June 5-11, 2014

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