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July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

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  • Groups Rally to Raise Funds for Israel During Crisis

    By Tom Tugend

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, as well as supportive Christian groups, are shifting their fundraising efforts into high gear to succor civilians and soldiers in embattled Israel.

    As in past Middle East crises, community response has been outstanding,...

  • The IDF and Civilians:  A Personal Account

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    To all those who feel that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers have no regard for civilians, and that they "do what they need to do" without regard for potential civilian casualties, I offer no opinions on this matter.

    Instead, I offer this personal experience for your...

  • Commemorating Sorrows

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Every head is ailing, and every heart is sad" (Isaiah 1.5). We read these words in this week's haftarah for Shabbat Khazon (Sabbath of Vision), the Shabbat before Tisha B'Av. The words seem especially poignant and true these past few weeks, as we watch in angst as events unfold in...

  • One More Casualty in Crisis—Unilateralism

    By Leslie Susser

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    More than two weeks into the war in Lebanon, there is a growing consensus that one of the chief casualties will be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

    Pundits on the right and left argue that the war in Lebanon and fighting...

  • Iran’s War on Israel

    By Rep. Brad Sherman

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    The border raid by Hezbollah that sparked swift and strong Israeli military reaction in southern Lebanon was not only an act of war by Hezbollah, but an act of war by proxy by Iran. It is inconceivable that such a provocative act could have been undertaken without the knowledge...

  • For Middle East Women, ‘Cavemen’ Are Not Wanted

    By Pamela Ann Smith

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Little noticed among the vast media coverage of the latest Middle East crisis were a couple of dispatches by journalists highlighting the actions of an admittedly few women in Israel.

    Given that it is an act of considerable bravery to protest in the streets at a time when their...

  • Return to the Promised Land

    By Amy Klein

    July 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Do you think we're crazy?" Avi Rembaum is sitting with his wife, Sharon, on a couch in his parents' lovely living room in the Pico Robertson area, while their impish, blue-eyed 21-month-old, Ella, runs back and forth between her parents, and her brother Itai, 8, is watching a video...

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