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Cover of July 11-17, 2014 Jewish Journal

On the threshold of a Third Intifada

By Simone Wilson

The shocking kidnap-murder of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel in the West Bank on June 12, followed by the brutal revenge killing of Palestinian teen Muhammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on July 1, have bred a...

(July 11-17, 2014: Volume 29, Number 19)

  • With leadership, threats might turn into opportunities in Israel

    By Uri Dromi

    July 9, 2014 | 10:56 am

    The recent cycle of violence in Israel, after a period of relative calm, raises concerns that perhaps we are on the threshold of another intifada, or another Operation Pillar of Defense (a full-scale operation in Gaza), or both.

  • When Jews murder

    By Dennis Prager

    July 9, 2014 | 9:45 am

    With the announcement that six Jews were arrested in the murder of Muhammad Hussein Abu Khdeir, a 16-year-old Palestinian, it is difficult to describe the sense of despondence that I (and I presume nearly all Jews) feel.

  • The U.S. can use Iran to help stabilize Iraq

    by David Peyman

    July 9, 2014 | 11:58 am

    The United States is facing a catastrophe in Iraq. Sunni Islamic extremists — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) — have conquered Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

  • Far from family in West Bank: A very different Ramadan

    by Hamze Awawdeh

    July 9, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    In these early days of the holy month of Ramadan this year, excitement, spirituality and happiness are conflicting with fear, sadness and desperation over the latest developments in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip: the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers, a revenge kidnapping and murder of a Palestinian teen, and an ugly wave of violence and incitement.

  • Dream big: Employment for adults with disabilities

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    July 9, 2014 | 9:52 am

    What group in the United States today has the highest percentage of unemployed? It is not women, or one particular ethnic group, or even those without a college degree.

  • Remembering Reb Zalman, a blessing

    Rabbi Stan Levy

    July 9, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi (Reb Zalman), an ordained Lubavitch rabbi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement, and one of the most profound and important Jewish thinkers of our age, was born in Zhovka, Poland ( now Ukraine), in 1924 and died on July 3, 2014, in Boulder, Colo.

  • Man beaten in Malmo for hanging Israeli flag

    by JTA

    July 9, 2014 | 10:12 am

    A man was beaten severely for hanging an Israeli flag outside his window in the Swedish city of Malmo, police said.

  • Stolen Tesla violently crashes into Kol Ami

    By Ryan Torok

    July 9, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Congregation Kol Ami is reeling from a recent car crash at the doorstep of its synagogue campus in West Hollywood that smashed into the shul’s front entrance and left half of a vehicle wedged between two walls in the entryway.

  • Local groups receive volunteers to aid Holocaust survivors

    by Nuria Mathog

    July 9, 2014 | 10:38 am

    A new partnership between national and Jewish service organizations will connect volunteers with Holocaust survivors beginning in September in several major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles.

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    July 9, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Five years after merging with Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC), former members of Congregation Shaarei Torah in Arcadia were among those who took part June 22 in a symbolic Torah scroll procession from their old building to their new home.

  • Tel Aviv now the global leader in app startups

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    July 9, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Silicon Valley may be known as the hotspot for tech, but halfway across the globe, Tel Aviv is making its mark. According to Forbes, Tel Aviv has more startups per capita than anywhere else in the world.

  • The true story of how scientists battled Typhus and sabotaged the Nazis

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 9, 2014 | 10:29 am

    By now, of course, we know full well that the Holocaust is a bottomless pit. More than a half-century after the liberation of the last camp, new and wholly unsuspecting tales of both suffering and redemption continue to reach us.

  • Calendar July 12-18

    By Laura Donney

    July 9, 2014 | 9:29 am

    Nevermind 20-somethings moving back in with their parents — let’s talk about parents moving in with their married daughter.

  • The brushstrokes on the wall: Jewish muralists of Los Angeles

    by Edmon J. Rodman

    July 9, 2014 | 10:18 am

    On the walls of Los Angeles, the mural capital of the world, where are the Jewish brushstrokes?

  • Torah portion: Reframing the Brit Shalom

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    July 9, 2014 | 9:40 am

    Parashat Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

  • Paul Mazursky, filmmaker, 84

    By Tom Tugend

    July 9, 2014 | 9:08 am

    Filmmaker Paul Mazursky, 84, whose perceptive social satires explored the nascent sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s and created complex Jewish characters, died June 30 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of pulmonary cardiac arrest.

  • Letters to the editor: Garcetti’s gaffe, Sar-El, revenge and more

    July 9, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Excellent piece, David Suissa (“Revenge is Not Enough,” July 4). Shame and humiliation are indeed useful weapons in that region, and it must be part of the political arsenal, same as the appropriate military options.