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  • Shabbat libations cause for concern

    March 12, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    When a group of men can be so drunk that one of them knocks over a toddler into the middle of a busy street and falls flat on his face, it’s time to reassess the impact excessive alcohol consumption is having on our communities. 

    Every year, in preparation for the Purim holiday,...

  • Scarlet Johansson, new technology, Israeli whiskey, IDF in the US and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 19, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Israeli soldiers are touring the US. Want to hear what they have to say?

    The 6th annual Israeli Soldiers’ Stories tour is about to launch! On this StandWithUs program, thirteen Israeli soldiers will tour North America and share their backgrounds, interests, life in Israel and...

  • Schools caution on alcohol during Simchat Torah

    By Jared Sichel

    September 24, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    Dozens of men sit around a few tables, humming a soft Chasidic niggun (tune), swaying slowly back and forth, noshing on cold cuts, salads and light snacks. Some are sipping on small cups of vodka. Most wear white dress shirts, black dress pants and a long black coat. 

    This is a...

  • People of the Vine: Rob Eshman talks Jews, wine and history with Jeff Morgan

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Jeff Morgan is winemaker and co-owner of Covenant Wines, based in Napa Valley, where he makes kosher wine under the Covenant, RED C and Landsman labels.


    Rob Eshman: To start, let’s put aside, for a moment, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher wine and pose a more...

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  • Amy Winehouse died of bulimia, not drugs or alcohol, says her brother

    June 25, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    While the “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” exhibit, opening soon at London’s Jewish Museum, will show the public a different version of the singer’s life than the one we saw in the tabloids, her brother has just come forward with a new angle on how she died.

    While he doesn’t...

  • Heads up: Jewish brewer thriving amid craft beer boom

    June 10, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    With the creation of David’s Slingshot Hoppy Summer Lager, beer maker Jeremy Cowan is evoking the image of the legendary battle between David and Goliath — a match-up that’s also apt for Cowan himself.

    Though still a small player in the world of craft beers, Cowan is catapulting...

  • Pesach without wine

    March 21, 2013 | 3:23 am

    How can we have Passover without wine? This is a question that is asked of me each year as Passover approaches. I always answer that the blessing is over the fruit of the vine and grape juice is perfectly acceptable. I then ask a different set of questions.

    Passover is the...

  • I Hate Sobriety

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 13, 2013 | 3:39 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    I hate sobriety. Let me rephrase, I hate the idea of sobriety. I don’t like the Styrofoam coffee cups and powdered creamer they have at AA meetings. I don’t like talking about my feelings to older men and women, watching their faces contort with judgment as I...

  • Winehouse died from too much alcohol, second inquest confirms

    January 8, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Grammy Award-winning singer Amy Winehouse died of consuming too much alcohol, a second inquest into her death confirmed.

    Results of the second inquest provided Tuesday by the coroner, Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, matched those of the original in October 2011.

    The second inquest was...

  • Slice of Life: Cider recipes for adults

    October 24, 2012 | 10:31 am

    When my boys were younger we had hot cider for them and the neighborhood kids after a hard day playing in the leaves. Now that my kids are out of the house and all I’m doing  all the raking (yeah, right) I’ve decided to invite other “parents of children too old to do the chores we...
  • Why I voted against the tobacco tax

    By Dennis Prager

    June 27, 2012 | 2:38 pm

    A few weeks ago, California voters narrowly rejected another tax increase not only on cigarettes, but also on those mass murderers — cigar and pipe smokers. As expected, proponents of Proposition 29 blame its defeat on all the money tobacco companies spent on ads against the...

  • Tigers’ Young returns to field, says he’s sorry for rant

    May 7, 2012 | 10:05 am

    Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young apologized for his anti-Semitic rant and attack in New York following the lifting of his weeklong suspension.

    During a pregame interview with reporters on May 5, Young apologized to his teammates, the Tigers organization, the victim’s...

  • Rack ‘em up

    November 18, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    A mural of shadowy black silhouettes covers the wall with just one splash of color: a solitary red man. As the jazz-era-style mural stretches along the length of the restaurant, it follows the red man as he meets a lone red woman, and they end up sharing a table ... and a drink. The...

  • How Much Does it Cost to Hate Jews?  For John Galliano, it’s $8500.00

    By Ilana Angel

    September 8, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Designer John Galliano finally had his day in court.  By “day”, of course I mean a whopping 6 minutes.  Galliano lost his job at Dior after he was caught on tape in a drunken stupor, bashing Jews, and today he was found guilty of “public insults toward persons on the basis of...

  • Drugs aren’t the answer to Amy Winehouse’s death

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 24, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    Well, not that drugs are ever the answer, but for the troubled singer Amy Winehouse, a toxicology report proved that illegal drugs were not the cause of her death.  While the absence of illicit substances may please her family, it raises more questions than it answers as to what...

  • Soviet Dentists and My Anxiety…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 13, 2011 | 9:46 pm

    Is it just me or do other people have a huge phobia of Dentists?  I don’t know why I have such a fear of them, but I do know that I’d rather have another baby than go to the Dentist.  Actually, now that I think about it, I would even prefer a colonoscopy to having someone put...

  • Quitter-ville

    By Julia Bendis

    March 28, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I am a big quitter, and I come from a long line of quitters.  My whole family is that way, we get excited to start something, but rarely do we actually finish or go through with it.  We always have the best excuses to quit something, not only does it make sense for us to quit...

  • Everyone is Suddenly Irish on March 17th!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 18, 2011 | 11:33 am

    Why does everyone become Irish on St. Patrick’s day?  Even the Jews.  When has it become a good thing for Jews to start drinking?  Have you ever seen Jewish people drink?  No, that’s because most of us can’t hold down our liquor, and its not pretty.

    I am definitely the “drinker” in...

  • The Real Housewives of O.C. Are Back!

    By Julia Bendis

    March 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    I am ecstatic to say that the Real Housewives of Orange County are back on television!  Of course when I say ecstatic, I mean that in every sarcastic way possible…  Can’t you just feel me rolling my eyes when I write this?  Not only are they back for a brand new season, but this time...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • My Interview with the Department of Homeland Security!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security.  Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security?  Who knows…  Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass?  Well, that’s why.  This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...

  • Camarillo Chabad awarded $635,000 to fight drug abuse

    November 10, 2010 | 10:04 am

    Chabad of Camarillo, located just outside the planned senior community of Leisure Village, is receiving a federal grant of $625,000 to prevent teen drug abuse in Ventura County. It will also receive $10,000 in county funds to focus specifically on prescription drug abuse.

    Rabbi...

  • The most interesting Jew in the world

    By Adam Wills

    May 4, 2010 | 5:32 pm

    “He once had an awkward moment just to see how it feels. He lives vicariously through himself,” a disembodied voice states.

    “He is the Most Interesting Man in the World.”

    Seated at a table, surrounded by beautiful women, a bearded man with salt-and-pepper hair looks into the...

  • Israel’s underage drinking problem

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 24, 2009 | 12:42 pm

    So that’s why all those teenage were walking the boardwalk and streets and Nahariya so late on a school night. JTA and the Israeli prime minister solved one of the mysteries of my trip to Israel three summers ago:

    Israel’s Cabinet approved a bill banning the sale of alcohol to...

  • Jews booze, too

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 3, 2008 | 3:50 pm

    The belief that Jews and liquor don’t mix goes back a long, long ways. Even 50 years ago, Time magazine recalled that old Yiddish song, “Shikker Iz a Goy.” From the song’s perspective, drunkenness is not a failing of the Jew but merely a trapping of the gentile.

    It’s false, but the...

  • Pub theology, topless bars and the basis for mental breakthroughs

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 28, 2008 | 1:03 pm

    Pub theology has a newfound place in the modern Christian church. But the intersection of alcohol and divine revelation goes much further back.

    There was, of course, the wedding at Cana. Martin Luther was reportedly a fan of his home-brewed German hops. And it was over the daily...

  • From blood to booze, Baghdad’s coming back

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 25, 2008 | 3:31 pm

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    Not quite. But Newsweek reports that signs of secular life have returned.

    The floor-to-ceiling shelves are kept stocked with Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal and a mysterious clear liquid in bottles plastered with the Hertz logo. Until a few months ago, buyers often had the storekeeper...

  • Why Jews, in theory, don’t drink

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 27, 2008 | 7:55 pm

    Give beer to those who are perishing,
    wine to those who are in anguish;

    let them drink and forget their poverty
    and remember their misery no more.

    Surprisingly, those lines can be found in the 31st Proverb. Surprising because we all know the misery isn’t gone. Surprising, too,...

  • One day at a time, one person at a time

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    A life-size soft sculpture of a cleaning woman scrubbing the floor marks the entrance to the office of Harriett Rossetto, founder and executive director of Beit T'Shuvah, and serves as a metaphor for Rossetto's vision: to give addicts a chance to scrub their souls and rejoin the...
  • Drug abuse debate: Legalization, medication or therapy?

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    On a wall at Beit T'Shuvah's sanctuary there are plaques with the names of those connected with Beit T'Shuvah who have passed away. One of those names is that of Josh Lowenthal, a former resident who died on June 11, 1995.

    The Jewish Journal recently ran a story about "One-Way...

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