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  • From Pharaoh to Freud: The Bible’s Ultimate Id

    By Jared Sichel

    April 17, 2014 | 10:23 am

    It's up there in the annals of stupidity.

    God had just undone Egyptian society with 10 devastating plagues, striking at the heart of Egypt's various nature gods. Water turned to blood. Animals turned against humans. Light stopped working. Pharaoh's Egyptian experiment, for all... read on

  • Does it matter if Jews are in politics?

    By Jared Sichel

    April 4, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    Yesterday evening, I observed a panel of three local Jewish politicos at University Synagogue in Brentwood, which was hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. On the panel were Los Angeles city councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Ana Guerrero, mayor Eric Garcetti's chief... read on

  • As Netanyahu arrives in L.A. for show premiere, Israeli consulate’s absence is felt

    By Jared Sichel

    March 4, 2014 | 10:17 pm

    On the morning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due in Los Angeles for the beginning of a three-day trip to California, Israel's Foreign Ministry labor union went on strike to protest its wages, shifting management of Netanyahu’s trip, at the last minute, from the... read on

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  • Moscow 2012 and Sochi 2014: My Russian adventure

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    As I'm want to do when I travel, I try to keep a daily journal of who I saw, what I ate, where I went, etc. It's always a pain to do at the time, and always worth it afterwards. Last night, as I read through the journal entries I made when I traveled to Russia in Spring 2012 (March... read on

  • AIPAC says ‘no’ to vote on Iran sanctions bill

    By Jared Sichel

    February 6, 2014 | 7:17 pm

    AIPAC, the main pro-Israel lobby on Capitol Hill, broke with its allies in the Republican Party, and came out against holding a vote on a new Iran sanctions bill until there is clear bipartisan support, The Hill reports.

    Here's a crash course on the last few months of... read on

  • The Super Bowl Will Last 16 Minutes

    By Jared Sichel

    January 28, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    The New York Times came out with a cute little video Monday, "Super Bowl 2014 - Breaking Down the Numbers," which highlights some interesting tidbits about Super Bowl history in advance of Sunday's big game.

    The part that really caught my eye (video below, scroll to 1:30), is how... read on

  • Illegal? Just a bit(coin)

    By Jared Sichel

    January 27, 2014 | 4:25 pm

    It seems that reality imitates Hollywood. Fresh off two films that made Jews inaccurately appear more materialistic and valueless than the rest of American culture ("American Hustle" and "Wolf of Wall Street"), Charlie Shrem, a Yeshiva of Flatbush alum, was arrested Sunday on four... read on

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