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  • Spock's good mother

    By Marty Kaplan

    4 days ago

    “Oh, by the way, Leonard,” I say into the phone, as breezily as I can feign, “what did you think about Diane’s belt?”

    Leonard Nimoy is on location in Cambridge, Mass., preparing to direct “The Good Mother” for Disney, starring Diane Keaton. I’m the executive on the movie, on the...

  • Obama: Honoring Iran, dissing Israel

    By David Suissa

    4 days ago

    While all eyes will be on Bibigate this week, there's another drama brewing in Washington that's even more consequential. This is a new bill introduced on Friday that would give the U.S. Congress the power to approve or kill any nuclear deal President Obama makes with Iran.

    The...

  • Reflecting on my trip to Birmingham with The Temple

    by Ellie Flier

    6 days ago

    “You’ll be the first in our family to set foot in Alabama,” my mom half-joked over the phone from L.A., when I told her where I was going. “Well, I was the first one to set foot in Tennessee,” I quipped back.

    Before moving to Nashville two years ago to pursue my music career,...

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  • At UCLA, the power of negative emotions

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    For several years now, a nasty anti-Israel group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has bludgeoned Israel’s image on college campuses. They take no prisoners. They have little interest in polite and civil debate. They are lethal at manipulating the college bureaucracy...

  • The politics of fear threatens Israel from without and within

    by Jonathan Jacoby

    1 week ago

    There was something surreal about visiting Israel last week. I had come to learn about Israel’s independent sector, and it was inspiring to see how nonprofits were taking up the task of shaping Israel’s future, regardless of who forms the next government.

    Partisan politics still...

  • The latest anti-shechitah crusade:  A threat to Jewish rites is a threat to Jewish rights

    By Harold Brackman

    1 week ago

    New attempts in the U.K. to outlaw shechitah (ritual slaughter) — and the broader political threat this poses to the Jews — bring to mind a book by Elijah J. Schochet, who has deep roots in the L.A. Jewish community. In his “Animal Life in Jewish Tradition: Attitudes and...

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