Jewish Journal

Cover of February 7-13, 2014 Jewish Journal

Henry Waxman:
Governed by tikkun olam

by Jonah Lowenfeld

The rain during Noah’s flood lasted 40 days and 40 nights. The Torah was given to Moses during a 40-day stay at the top of Mount Sinai. The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the desert.

(February 7-13, 2014: Volume 28, Number 48)

  • Henry Waxman: The show horse / work horse

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    January 30, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    One of the most famous ways political scientists divvy up members of Congress is to call them either “work horses” or “show horses.”

  • Who’ll succeed Henry Waxman?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 5, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel was the first to announce her bid to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman, throwing her hat into the ring on Jan. 30, the day the 20-term Congressman announced he will not seek re-election.

  • The Dichter Scale

    By Rob Eshman

    February 5, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    One way to determine whether Israeli politicians are serious about wanting to become prime minister is to check how many times they’ve visited Los Angeles.

  • Why I love AIPAC

    By David Suissa

    February 5, 2014 | 11:45 am

    It’s one of the odd quirks of history that Israel’s No. 1 diplomatic enemy — the United Nations — is located not far from Israel’s best friend, the United States Congress. These two bodies are arguably the most influential political entities in the world.

  • Yair’s Norwegian girlfriend

    By Dennis Prager

    February 5, 2014 | 11:24 am

    It has been widely reported that the son of the Israeli prime minister, 23-year-old Yair Netanyahu, has been dating a non-Jewish Norwegian woman. Sandra Leikanger, 25, and Yair are both students at Israel’s elite Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

  • Where can I sign up for a BDS marketing course?

    By Gary Wexler

    February 5, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    I want to sit at the feet of the BDS movement. These people, whom I fear and hate, are my marketing mentors.

  • Why Harvard should withdraw ‘The Collaboration’

    January 27, 2014 | 11:58 am

    It is a compelling story. A young Jewish researcher teaches himself German and ultimately spends years combing through Nazi archives in search of evidence to support a heinous claim uttered by an old man.

  • Delivery system for a lot of gas

    By Steve Greenberg

    February 5, 2014 | 1:49 pm

  • As Kerry works on peace framework, Jewish groups keep low profile

    February 4, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    As the Obama administration prepares to unveil a framework plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Jewish groups have responded by laying low.

  • Rabbi David Ellenson: Bringing heart and old-school soul to academia

    February 6, 2014 | 11:57 am

    An Orthodox upbringing, no fundraising experience, and, by all accounts, a tendency to virtually inhabit the lives of 19th century Jewish philosophers, Rabbi David Ellenson was not who you might have expected to become president of a major institution of Jewish higher learning like the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR).

  • An Israeli ‘Apollo Effect’?

    By Jared Sichel

    February 5, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    The schoolchildren hung on Daniel Saat’s every word as he spoke about orbits, atmospheres, propulsion and moon hopping — not the same as moonwalking.

  • A day to learn about women’s wellness

    February 5, 2014 | 4:10 pm

    Quick. And no using your smart phone. What is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States?

  • From the IDF to the LAPD

    February 5, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    One night, while on bike patrol in Mission Hills, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer Lisa Herman and her partner were trying to stop a man suspected of drug-related activity from loitering in the street.

  • Orthodox community gathers in Pico Robertson in wake of three tragic deaths

    By Jared Sichel

    January 30, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Mourning a recent spate of tragic deaths in the Pico-Robertson community, hundreds came together on Jan. 30, for an evening of tefilah at Young Israel of Century City (YICC).

  • Israeli-American Council expands to Miami

    By Ryan Torok

    February 5, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    The Los Angeles-based Israeli American Council (IAC), which sponsors activities targeted for the Israeli-American community, has expanded to open an office in Miami as part of a “national growth plan” first previewed in September.

  • Olympian skates to hall of fame

    February 5, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    As the end of her ice dancing program approached during the 1984 Winter Olympics, Judy Blumberg’s partner held her body, arched in a horizontal half-moon, all the way around his back.

  • Israeli teen rhythmic gymnasts visit L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    February 5, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    Standing straight, arms behind their backs, military style, the two young rhythmic gymnasts answered questions monotonously, with as few words as possible — disciplined, like the routines they were about to perform.

  • New Jew wrestlers succeed

    By Lee Barnathan

    February 5, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    They walk into the gym, and immediately they feel it: snickers, stares, whispers and even laughs.

  • Nazis’ stooge or well-meaning Jew?

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    When the French director Claude Lanzmann completed the editing of his eight-hour epic documentary, “Shoah,” in 1985, he still had stashed away nearly 11 hours of interviews with one man.

  • Ma’aleh teens find ‘strength’

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 5, 2014 | 3:48 pm

    A black-and-white film shows a trial being called to session. In less than a second, it’s obvious this is the trial of Adolf Eichmann, in Jerusalem in April 1961, with Eichmann in the bulletproof glass booth. We watch as a witness takes the stand.

  • Israel trip inspires art

    February 5, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    In organizing a 12-day trip to Israel with a group of friends last May, USC Professor Ruth Weisberg made certain that her itinerary included historic sites, cultural events and meals in the homes of friends.

  • Calendar February 8-14

    By Laura Donney

    February 5, 2014 | 10:36 am

    A clarinetist, an accordionist and a bassist walk into a temple — but there is no punch line here, just a great concert. Michael Winograd, Patrick Farrell and Benjy Fox-Rosen are three of the top klezmer musicians out there, and they have a new song cycle based on the master poet and songwriter Mordechai Gebirtig.