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Indie goes Jewish…Vol. 1

By Ryan Torok

February 4, 2014 | 3:43 pm

1. Vampire Weekend's "Ya Hey"
This song, which was titled to sound like Yahweh, draws on the book of Exodus, in which Moses asks God to tell him His name.... More.

  • Reflections on Christmas

    By Ryan Torok

    December 23, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    The barista working the Groundworks coffee shop in Santa Monica is a 20 something-year-old, with brown, curly hair, casual, skateboard-y clothes and... More.

  • Meet Adam: Jewish paparazzi

    By Ryan Torok

    December 28, 2011 | 12:38 am

    Adam’s paparazzi, and he’s photographed the likes of Brad Pitt, Michael Jackson and the Kardashians. He works for a small agency that buys his... More.

  • Elaine and Lee—on democratic empathy

    By Ryan Torok

    December 19, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    Last weekend, I met Elaine and Lee, an older retired couple, in a Starbucks in the Santa Monica area. They were talking about Robert Reich, the former... More.

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  • Christopher Hitchens, the man who was interested in everything

    By Ryan Torok

    December 16, 2011 | 10:54 am

    I woke up this morning to a text message from my father: “Christopher Hitchens died.”

    The writer and public intellectual died on Dec. 15 at the age... More.

  • Meet Eli Lipmen

    By Ryan Torok

    October 19, 2011 | 5:22 am

    Eli Lipmen, communications strategist for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Los Angeles, was raised in Bermuda, the island and British colony in the... More.

  • Getting deep at Occupy L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    October 15, 2011 | 6:21 pm

    Yesterday, I was at Occupy L.A., asking people what that they were doing there, why’d they come – and I got the predictable responses: corporate... More.

  • Brain Cancer Survivor-Turned-Poet Judi Kaufman

    By Ryan Torok

    October 14, 2011 | 3:04 am

    Brain cancer survivor Judi Kaufman has suffered through three brain tumors – yes, three. Her first diagnosis, back in 1997, was that she’d suffered a... More.

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