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Reading the newspaper the other day, I couldn’t help but notice an article about the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Apparently, the two have become quite fond of each other, and as recently as last week even Tweeted about it.
Here are my issues with...
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On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
Who shall live and who shall die,
Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not,
Who shall perish by water and who by fire,
Who by sword and who by wild...
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July 31, 2008 | 12:31 amNext week, people the world over will be riveted to the TV set as the spectacle of the Beijing Olympic Games unfolds and athletes go head to head in the competitions for gold medals.
Many of the races will come down to a matter of milliseconds. Finish-line results may be determined...
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Back when I was working at a newspaper in New York, my editors and I tried to come up with a teen-sounding headline for a story on voting for our new teen section.
"How about 'Gettin' Out the Vote'?" my editor offered.
As if dropping a "g" off the end of the word is all one needs to...
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Tackling the Taboo
The leadership of the Eretz-SIAMAK Cultural Center hosted an interactive lecture event on Aug. 7 at its Tarzana location, focused on discussing drug and alcohol abuse, frequently a taboo topic among Iranian Jewish families.
The audience of nearly 200 Iranian...
June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Air Force Fight Moves to the Hill
The issue of religious coercion at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is starting to reverberate on Capitol Hill -- with what one Jewish legislator said are ugly overtones.
And a chaplain who was fired for raising the issue of...
January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm
The Fight for Freedom
In last week's Torah Portion, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, in Parshat Bo, we read of the last three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague...
November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
In a significant move by the U.S. government, FBI agents have seized a Picasso painting claimed as Nazi-looted art by a descendant of the original German Jewish owners.
Agents from the Los Angeles bureau confiscated the painting, valued at $10 million, at the Chicago home of the...
August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Late last month, the 493 delegates to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (PC-U.S.A.) adopted a series of deeply troubling "overtures" (their term for policy statements).
The General Assembly defeated an attempt to cut off funding for "messianic" congregations,...
July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm
A feared confrontation between Jewish and Muslim students during graduation ceremonies at UC Irvine was largely avoided June 19, following a week of heated charges and countercharges.
Several members of the Muslim Student Union wore stoles, or broad strips of green cloth, over their...
July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Conspiracy theories unite the political extremes, a fact that stands out starkly as the fruitcake left and loony right converge around theories blaming Jewish neoconservatives for an Iraq War they despise.
The blame-Israel surge, which erupted on the Senate floor recently when Sen....
June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm
A lengthy battle over how the Reform movement should handle a charge of sexual misconduct against a California rabbi is coming to a head.
On June 20, the board of trustees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the movement's rabbinical arm, is expected to decide...
May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm
President Bush knew what he was doing when he took his case for staying the course in Iraq to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). No audience appreciates the president more for sticking to his guns in the Middle East than the pro-Israel lobby in Washington.
April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Stalemate has become standard operating procedure for Congress in recent years, but this year's legislative gridlock could be headed for the record books. That's a source of frustration for Jewish activists across the political spectrum -- but also of guilty relief for some....
March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Back in 1981, when I was attending rabbinical college in Boston, there was a young rabbi -- fresh out of seminary -- who founded a small congregation in the Boston suburb South Brookline. He would often hang out with us as "one of the guys." From the day he started up his shul, he...
February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Joseph Kanfer deftly wrapped wires and affixed pieces of material to a truncated test tube. Then he glued the Hebrew letter "shin" to the creation, producing a mezuzah.
While the scene resembled a preschool project, it signified much more. Kanfer, former chairman of the Jewish...
February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm
It certainly is an unusual situation, but we Republicans are encouraging you to vote to increase the debt of the state of California, and we are doing it with a straight face.
As you know, Proposition 57 is asking Californians to commit to a bond issue of $15 billion. This commitment...
September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm