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  • Palestinians support extending negotiations if more prisoners released

    March 24, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    A new poll found that 65 percent of Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza would support extending the current American-backed peace talks if Israel releases extra Palestinian prisoners.

    The negotiations are set to end on April 29. Israel is scheduled to release a fourth...

  • Soul Cycle

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 29, 2014 | 11:45 am

    White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes. I call them “Athletes”, although I could have as easily called them “Rock Stars” or “Warriors” or “Leaders” because the walls as I enter...

  • Jonathan Pollard case is about America

    By David Suissa

    January 22, 2014 | 9:52 am

    America is far from being an anti-Semitic country. In fact, it might be the first country in Jewish history where it’s actually “cool” to be Jewish. That’s one reason I’ve been so reluctant over the years to weigh in on the Jonathan Pollard affair — I’m so in love with this country...

  • Rich still getting richer

    January 16, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    The rich get richer. Andrew Jackson may have been the first to register the complaint in those terms. “When the laws undertake ... to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society... have a right to complain of the injustice to their Government.” ...

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  • What makes a wage just?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 3, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Raising the minimum wage is a mitzvah. 

    The Rambam says that ensuring others have work that can sustain them is the highest rung on the hierarchy of tzedakah (Mattanot Aniyim, 10:7). In Judaism, tzedakah does not mean charity but justice. We rectify social wrongs and fulfill our...

  • 55 U.S. universities condemn ASA boycott of Israel

    December 30, 2013 | 11:34 am

    At least 55 American universities and colleges have rejected the American Studies Association membership vote in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

    The number was tracked by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    “This remarkable response is a...

  • Why Obama won’t pardon Pollard

    December 18, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    Israel is abuzz with allegations of American bad faith in continuing to imprison convicted spy Jonathan Pollard even though recent disclosures have revealed that the U.S. itself has snooped on many friendly countries for years.

    A Nov. 10 Jerusalem Post editorial described the...

  • Valuing the Reform perspective in the Pew report

    By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

    December 4, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    The historian Simon Rawidowicz wrote a famous essay in which he described Jews, with our constant fear of extinction, as the “ever-dying” people. He wrote the essay approximately 60 years ago. Does that make him wrong or prophetic?

    It seems that every few years, a major Jewish...

  • Educated women and children

    By Dennis Prager

    December 4, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    On the Jewish Web site The Tablet, Michelle Goldberg, a senior contributing editor to The Nation, recently wrote: “In the United States, women tend to have fewer children the more education they have — those with advanced degrees have only 1.67 children each. Jewish women are...

  • Media tycoon Saban Says dreams of Hillary Clinton as U.S. president

    November 29, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    Israeli-American media tycoon Haim Saban, a major donor to the U.S. Democratic party, said on Friday he would back former secretary of state Hillary Clinton with his "full might" should she run for president in 2016.

    Clinton, 66, whose four-year tenure as U.S. secretary of state...

  • Poll: Plurality of Americans support Iran deal, half say U.S. should defend Israel

    November 27, 2013 | 1:05 pm

    A plurality of Americans support the newly brokered deal with Iran, and half believe that the United States should defend Israel militarily, a new poll found.

    Some 44 percent of Americans support the interim agreement on Iran‘s nuclear program reached between Iran and six world...

  • Thanksgivukkah, Emma Lazarus & the Maccabees: Embracing our dual identity

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 27, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    There is something much deeper to “Thanksgivukkah” than sweet potato latkes. It is an opportunity to celebrate the blessing of our dual identity as Americans and Jews.

    In 1883, the Jewish-Sephardic-American poet Emma Lazarus was invited to write a poem for a literary auction...

  • ‘Thanksgivukkah’? Not quite

    By David Suissa

    November 25, 2013 | 6:22 pm

    It’s taken American Jews a good century to fully absorb the miraculous idea that this country is unlike any other that Jews have experienced. After 2,000 years of feeling insecure no matter where we pitched our tents, the people of Moses finally found safe harbor in the land of...

  • Polls: Most Americans support interim Iran deal

    November 22, 2013 | 10:02 am

    Two new polls released this week show most Americans surveyed support easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for a partial rollback of its nuclear program.

    A CNN poll released Thursday and conducted by ORC international showed 56 percent of respondents favored “an interim deal that...

  • How the United States fans the flames of Mideast conflict

    November 21, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    As the current round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks flounder and seek to regain momentum, many are wondering what America can do with its prodigious economic resources to encourage peace and reconciliation between the parties.

    For this reason, it may astound many that...

  • Eight chefs’ new Chanukah delights, one for each night

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    This year, Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide: Chanukah is celebrated for eight days by candle-lighting, gift exchanges and eating foods fried in oil, an ancient custom, commemorating a miraculous event at the Temple in Jerusalem, while the Thanksgiving meal reminds us of our...

  • Obama: Lies and Consequences

    By David Suissa

    November 13, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    We teach our kids two things about honesty: One, that “honesty is the best policy,” which means that, ultimately, it’s in one’s interest to be honest. An honest reputation is good for business, telling the truth will keep you out of trouble, and so on.

    Parents who aim even higher...

  • This week in power: Iran sanctions debate and Banksy’s latest message

    By Danny Groner

    October 30, 2013 | 8:08 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    A big meeting
    White House national security advisor Susan Rice and others met with four American Jewish organizations on Tuesday to discuss how the U.S. government can keep them "from...

  • No news is bad news

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 28, 2013 | 11:54 am

    If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and -poor.

    Earlier this year, a Harvard economist’s jaw-dropping study of American’s beliefs about the distribution of...

  • Judaism vs Americanism: An oasis of ideals

    By David Suissa

    October 23, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    In the great, century-long love affair between America and the Jews, it’s tempting to assume that Jewish and American values are perfectly aligned. 

    While there’s certainly some truth to that idea — especially with values such as the striving for human freedom — it’s also true...

  • Goy until proven Jewish

    October 23, 2013 | 1:10 pm

    “Who is a Jew?” is a uniquely Jewish question. It is a question that epitomizes the Jewish people and culture. It is a philosophical question that embodies the history of Jewish debate. It is a question of belonging that symbolizes Jews as a minority. It seems like a theoretical...

  • My lunch with a Los Angeles Tea Partier

    By Rob Eshman

    October 23, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Of the 3,977 angry e-mails I received last week, one stood out.

    “I am a Jew, a member of Temple Emanuel in Los Angeles, and the founder of the largest local, grass-roots Tea Party group in Los Angeles called the Hancock Park Patriots,” Mark Sonnenklar wrote.

    “I, and many of my...

  • Open Judaism

    By David Suissa

    October 16, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    There’s a nasty food fight going on right now in the Orthodox world between the stringent groups and the more open ones.

    This latest brouhaha was ignited when the “open Orthodox” Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) yeshiva invited non-Orthodox rabbis and scholars to a roundtable...

  • The Pew survey: What’s missing from the conversation

    October 11, 2013 | 10:48 am

    The ink is barely dry on the latest Pew report on declining Jewish affiliation and concerned community leaders are quickly weighing in on what to do to attract the unaffiliated back under the tent.  Notwithstanding all the good ideas, something, from my experience, is missing from...

  • Let’s get beyond lip service on a two-state solution

    October 9, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    It seems like almost everyone in our community — with the exception of a few on the extreme right and the far left — supports the two-state solution as the only way to solve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

    But with real negotiations now under way for the first...

  • Jews: the ever-dying people

    By Rabbi Dan Moskovitz

    October 9, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    The historian Simon Rawidowicz wrote a famous essay in which he described Jews, with our constant fear of extinction as the “ever-dying” people.  He wrote the essay 27 years ago, does that make him wrong or prophetic?

    It seem that every few years, a major Jewish leader or study...

  • Pew points the way toward more avenues to Jewish life

    October 8, 2013 | 10:53 am

    Since the release of the Pew report on American Jews, the question I’ve been asked most often is what surprises me about it.

    What surprises me most is that anybody is surprised.

    The Pew report points to a series of phenomena that are well known in the world today: identity...

  • How to inspire a Jewish future in America

    October 8, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Last week, the Pew Research Center released the first national demographic study of Jewish Americans in more than a decade. Like all such studies, there are disagreements at the edges about the accuracy of some of the results, but the study’s most significant findings have been...

  • Why Jews fought — and should keep fighting — for the rights of domestic workers

    October 3, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    Jews have, once again, helped working men and women in this country win a great labor rights victory.

    Why is it that American Jews, over generations, show such a strong affinity for the labor movement? Many of us are a generation or even two removed from the time when the Jewish...

  • Shutdown may affect Jewish social services

    By Jared Sichel

    October 1, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    Congress’ failure to authorize discretionary spending for the new fiscal year won’t only impact about 800,000 federal workers or the Americans looking to visit national parks. It may also affect local Jewish social service organizations that rely in part on federal funding. 

    ...
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