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  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • From soldier to rabbi, one Afghanistan war veteran takes unusual path

    October 17, 2011 | 5:42 pm

    When West Point’s Jewish chaplain left the academy during Joshua Knobel’s freshman year, Knobel filled in for him, running Jewish prayer services at the military school’s chapel.

    In the years following his 2001 graduation, Knobel led services more than 6,000 miles east while...

  • Afghan peace council head Burhanuddin Rabbani killed in Kabul

    September 20, 2011 | 11:15 am

    The head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, former President Burhanuddin Rabbani, who had been tasked with trying to negotiate a political end to the war, was killed at his home on Tuesday, a senior police officer said.

    His residence is in Kabul’s heavily guarded diplomatic...

  • Afghanistan’s turning point

    September 7, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    It was a decade ago that a number of terrorists conducted the most horrifying attack on the United States. They hit two big planes into the World Trade Center, targeted the Pentagon with a third, and, in a failed attempt, crashed a fourth in Pennsylvania, all together killing...

  • Opinion: Face to face

    By Rob Eshman

    August 31, 2011 | 11:03 am

    I asked Aatekah Ahhmad Mir, a journalist from Lahore, Pakistan, and Emal Naweed Haidary, a journalist from Kabul, Afghanistan, what sights they wanted to see while in Los Angeles.

    I fully expected them to ask to go to Disneyland, Universal Studios … Venice Beach.

    “We want to...

  • 12 killed in attack on U.N. compound in northern Afghanistan [VIDEO]

    April 1, 2011 | 2:24 pm

    Afghan protesters angered by the burning of a Koran by a U.S. pastor killed at least 12 U.N. workers in Mazar-e Sharif, washingtonpost.com reports.

    At least 12 people were killed in Afghanistan Friday, most of them foreigners, when a United Nations compound was stormed by Afghans...

  • Napolitano visiting Israel to check security projects

    January 4, 2011 | 10:17 am

    United States Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is in Israel to check on joint security projects between the two countries.

    Napolitano visited Israel Monday and Tuesday as part of a multi-country tour that has included stops in Ireland, Afghanistan and Qatar. She will...

  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Supporting U.S. troops

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 10, 2008 | 12:27 am

    Nessah Synagogue’s young Iranian Jewish professionals discuss their support for U.S. soldiers   fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as their preparation of ‘care packages’ for U.S. forces.


    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • The dreadful ‘D’ words

    By Bishop Mary Ann Swenson and Dr. Nur Amersi

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Divorce, dissolution, divestment: These are words that spell the end of a relationship and of what might have been -- through time and patience -- a meaningful and inspiring marriage.

    We know how often this happens to people we know, and so it is happening at this moment to the...

  • Vets for Freedom shed light on war

    By Phil Cooper

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As Shabbat ended on March 15, 150 teenagers, parents and senior citizens came to hear members of Vets for Freedom speak at YULA High School. As a 15-year-old freshman in high school, I wanted to attend to hear these soldiers' stories because I care about our country. I also wanted to...
  • A beautiful day in the neighborhood

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

  • Jewish Army chaplain in Afghanistan juggles outreach to local Muslims, interfaith counseling, and th

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 12, 2007 | 7:54 pm

    Excellent profile of Army chaplain Rabbi Shmuel Felzenberg from the Christian Science Monitor:

    Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan - When the bus doors open, 20 soldiers clamber out, laughing, reaching for their cameras like college kids on spring break. Yet they haven’t traveled far. Part...

  • Jihad follows twisted path from Afghanistan to Israel

    By Sam Ser

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The path of jihad begins in a cave on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. From there, it takes a dizzying spin through Iran, wends its way through the Middle East and then settles, inevitably, in Israel.
  • And who shall die

    By Rob Eshman

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I'd like to suggest a small addition to your synagogue's High Holiday services this year, as if they're not long enough.
    Sometime before the recitation of the mourner's kaddish, or perhaps just before the Torah is returned to the ark, pull out any Sunday Los Angeles Times, and...
  • At ‘Beauty’ School, Looks Could Kill

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Liz Mermin flew to Afghanistan to shoot her documentary, "The Beauty Academy of Kabul" in 2003, she was consumed by dread. Never mind that she had previously trailed abortion doctors dodging murderous pro-lifers for her film, "On Hostile Ground."

    Now she was heading for even...

  • Ancient Texts Could Unlock Persian Past

    By Karmel Melamed

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It took Iranian Jews in the United States nearly three decades in exile from the land their ancestors called home for 2,700 years to appreciate the rich history and culture preserved in their literature.

    Considered one of the oldest but least- studied Jewish writings in the world,...

  • Articles of Faith

    By Rob Eshman

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    I keep wondering how the editors of Newsweek will frame their upcoming editorial note correcting their misreported story on the Quran desecration.

    At least 17 people were killed in riots that broke out after the May 1 Newsweek story asserting that American interrogators at...

  • Hamas and the Triple Standard

    By Edwin Black

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to Israel's fight against Hamas, a triple standard seems at work.

    Israel is now completely at war with Palestinian terror groups, no less than America is at war with Al Qaeda worldwide and Saddam loyalists in Iraq. Hence, Israel must escalate its rules of engagement,...

  • Never the Same

    By Jane Ulman

    March 7, 2002 | 6:59 pm

    Danny, 10, can recite the Five Pillars of Islam: faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage.

    Jeremy, 12, understands the difference between Predator armed drones and Global Hawk surveillance drones; between 500-pound "dumb" gravity bombs and 2,000-pound "smart" precision-guided...

  • Rallying for the Other Victims

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Human rights activist Medea Benjamin held up photo after photo from her recent trip to Afghanistan, each telling a unique horror story: of children so severely traumatized by the United States bombing campaign that they no longer speak; of a 20-year-old Afghan man who did not have...

  • A World Away

    By Tom Tugend

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks suddenly put Afghanistan in the headlines and people searched their atlases for the bordering countries of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Dr. Robert J. Meth had the answers.

    He not only knew where the three former Soviet republics were...

  • The Global Minute

    By Rob Eshman

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Suddenly, we find that an alternate universe shadows our world. Its inhabitants see our culture as their poison, our politics as their oppression, our freedom as their threat -- The question is how we could have been so blind. Only now is most of America learning about...

  • The Ear of the Beholder

    By J. D. Smith

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When I worked for Warner Bros. Records, I spent a good deal of my time trying to calibrate, coordinate and prognosticate the exact moment the headlining artist would take the stage. This involved calls to the manager, the road manager, the box office, the artist and spiritual...

  • Continued Help Could Harm

    By Julie Wiener

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Like many other charitable groups, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is collecting money to benefit the victims of the devastating Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

    But in addition to helping those hurt by terrorism, the New York-based humanitarian...

  • Israel Under Siege

    By Henry A. Waxman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On the news it's easy to find sickening evidence of the terrorist war being waged against Israel; harder to find, but no less real, are other insidious assaults that are growing in number and venom. This week, the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, which convened in...

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