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  • Losing Weight and Getting Fit

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 7, 2013 | 6:43 am

    Studies indicate that 70% of American adults and 30% of American kids are overweight or obese. When considering that staggering figure, how widespread today are common eating disorders, and the huge cost of medical care for those who suffer weight-related illnesses, it seems that...

  • Let’s be Brazil

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    I have outrage envy.

    For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and — yes, in the land of Pelé...

  • Dwelling together: Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

    June 19, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    My father, originally from a small-town farm in Kansas, converted to Judaism when I was a young child. You can imagine that my seder table looks a lot like many American seder tables. Ours hosts a grand mixture of people — religiously, ethnically, socially and politically diverse....

  • IRS’ ‘return free’ bad for most vulnerable

    June 6, 2013 | 10:53 am

    As April 15 nears each year, American taxpayers take inventory of their income and expenses and hand over a year’s worth of detail to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Many of us utilize the expertise of accountants to prepare what will become a complex analysis of the many life...

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  • Gun violence in America: Scandal!

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Two years after his mother was shot and killed, Dallas Sonnier received a phone call from the police: His father had just been shot and killed.

    Sonnier’s parents had divorced long before. That both were murdered was sheer coincidence — as if gun violence in America isn’t common...

  • Biden: ‘Jewish heritage is American heritage’

    May 22, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Vice President Joe Biden said at a Jewish American Heritage Month reception that American and Jewish cultures are intertwined.

    “The truth is that Jewish heritage, Jewish culture, Jewish values are such an essential part of who we are that it’s fair to say that Jewish heritage is...

  • Mel Brooks’ top 10 Jewy Jewish scenes [VIDEO]

    May 20, 2013 | 10:36 am

    Monday night marks the national premier broadcast of the American Masters installment on Mel Brooks. To mark the occasion, we’ve put together a collection of Brooks’ best Jewish clips.

    What exactly that means is a good question. As with two others recent subjects on the PBS...

  • Growing anger over American drones in Yemen

    May 13, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    "Mrs. Michele Obama: Tell us can your husband sleep after so many innocent people were killed by his drones?" read a banner held by a Yemeni activist at a recent rally to protest increasing American drone strikes in Yemen.

    The rally reflected the growing anti-American feeling...

  • A suit and a story

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 2013 | 10:51 am

    It had been a tough week. The more news I read about the Boston bombing, the less I understood. Who were these young men, full of grievance, using a fresh start in America to maim and kill innocents?

    In the midst of the mess, I decided to finally buy myself a new suit. I have...

  • What Americans Really Think About Intervention in Syria

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 30, 2013 | 9:12 am

    Take a look at the new PEW survey on Syria – it's quite interesting:

    By a 45% to 31% margin, more Americans favor than oppose the U.S. and its allies taking military action against Syria, if it is confirmed that Syria used chemical weapons against anti-government groups.

    ...
  • Holder to ADL: Protect rights of all, including Muslims, after Boston

    April 29, 2013 | 5:08 pm

    In a speech to the Anti-Defamation League, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged Americans to protect the rights of Muslims and other minorities in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

    "The battle for the safety and rights of all Americans -- all Americans -- must be our...

  • Criticism is not Islamophobia

    By David Suissa

    April 22, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    Criticism is the oxygen of journalism. Here at the Jewish Journal, we will criticize anything that we believe deserves criticism, including religion. We will criticize preachers who use Christianity to express hatred and bigotry toward gays as much as we will criticize religious...

  • Berkeley students vote to divest from Israel latest in a UC string

    By Tom Tugend

    April 18, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    UC Berkeley student senators approved a bill on Thursday calling for the University of California system to divest of stock in American companies that provide technological and weapon support used by the Israeli military in the Palestinian territories.

    After an emotional...

  • Obama in Boston vows U.S. will find perpetrators of bombings

    April 18, 2013 | 9:58 am

    "You will run again," President Barack Obama told an interfaith service on Thursday for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, in a stirring speech aimed at bringing solace to the city and settling the nerves of a rattled nation.

    At a Boston cathedral about a mile from the...

  • Appeals court hears Jerusalem passport case

    March 19, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    A U.S. appeals court panel heard arguments on whether Americans born in Jerusalem can list Israel as their place of birth on passports and birth certificates.

    Attorney Nathan Lewin, representing a couple that had moved to Israel in 2000 from the United States and had a child born...

  • U.S. to give Syrian rebels medical, food aid, not arms

    February 28, 2013 | 10:09 am

    The United States said on Thursday it will for the first time give non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels and more than double its aid to Syria's civilian opposition, disappointing opponents of President Bashar Assad clamoring for Western weapons.

    The U.S. cast the aid as a way to...

  • Illegal Israeli mall workers drawing attention from U.S. law enforcement

    February 26, 2013 | 3:52 pm

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story implied that Rami Feinstein was an undocumented worker in the United States. Feinstein is in fact a U.S. citizen. The story has been amended to reflect this.


    In 2006, aspiring Israeli singer Rami Feinstein faced a big-time dilemma:...

  • Window into our minds?

    February 14, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    Having been in the civil rights field for several decades, we have read and been offered numerous explanations for the inequality that exists in America. From it being the product of overt racist beliefs on the part of bigots, to socio-economic explanations to historic discussions...

  • Jews and disabilities: What still must be done

    February 12, 2013 | 3:41 pm

    February is Jewish Disability Awareness Month.  In thinking about Judaism and disability, most might start with the teaching in Leviticus “Do not curse the deaf nor put a stumbling block before the blind.”  This is certainly sage advice, and in a sense offers a disability-specific...

  • Field Notes from Gun Appreciation Day

    By Andrew Dugan

    February 8, 2013 | 3:11 pm

     

    19 January 2013—

    Ventura Co., CA—

    0930

    An old industrial building of sorts—an assembly plant or perhaps a warehouse. Drab, sun-blanched red-brick exterior. Indoors—high, cathedral ceilings and cool. Sturdy rafters. Rows of fluorescent lights buzzing in metal scaffolds. On...

  • Being American is bad for your health

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 4, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    “Americans are sicker and die younger than people in other wealthy nations.” 

    That stark sentence appears in the January 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and it comes from the authors of a landmark report – “Shorter Lives, Poorer Health” – on...

  • Russian Jews in U.S. to remember Koch

    February 1, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    The Russian-American Jewish community will honor the late New York City mayor Ed Koch at an upcoming event.

    Limmud FSU, which holds educational confabs for Russian-speaking Jews around the world, said Friday it will hold a special ceremony commemorating the Jewish politician at...

  • Jews fight for food stamps

    By Ryan Torok

    January 30, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    As many Americans worried about the wide implications of the fiscal cliff debate at the end of last year, Jewish groups concerned about domestic hunger issues fought to protect one issue in particular: food stamp funding. 

    In a way, they won. The New Year’s Eve fiscal cliff deal...

  • Top Egyptian official calls Holocaust a ‘myth’

    January 30, 2013 | 10:53 am

    A top Egyptian official close to President Mohamed Morsi called the Holocaust a myth.

    "The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Fathi Shihab Eddim reportedly claimed in recent days.

    Shihab Eddim reportedly is responsible for appointing the editors of all...

  • Survey: 27 percent of Americans see God’s hand in sports

    January 29, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Fewer than three in 10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining sports outcomes, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    That 27 percent believed in divine intervention in athletic competition was among the findings of the January Religion...

  • Israeli vote may strengthen Obama’s hand with Netanyahu

    January 23, 2013 | 5:05 pm

    Get ready for The Barack and Bibi Show, Part Two.

    With crunch-time looming in the Iranian nuclear standoff and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict still smoldering, the fractious relationship between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be tested...

  • Obama in second inaugural speaks of a united America, U.S. involvement abroad

    January 21, 2013 | 10:18 am

    President Obama in his second inaugural address spoke of U.S. involvement throughout the world and Americans working together at home.

    Obama was sworn in publicly for his second term at 11:50 a.m. Monday by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Some 800,000 people reportedly...

  • A special bond: Martin Luther King Jr., Israel and American Jewry

    January 18, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    This year, U.S. Jews, like other Americans, mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by remembering him as a powerful voice against racism and for civil rights. But for Jews, Dr. King was also something else: a uniquely important ally in the fight against anti-Semitism and for a secure...

  • Slavery’s horrific shadow lives on — and so does Hitler’s

    January 17, 2013 | 11:54 am

    Quentin Tarantino’s "Django" is sparking controversy — and not just for its flagrant use of the n word. According to African-American film critic Tim Cogshell (quoted by Erin Aubry Kaplan in the Times), “The surreal liftoff that happens at some point in ‘Basterds’ [Tarantino’s take...

  • Obama administration: PLO’s U.N. elevation broke no laws

    January 10, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    The Obama administration said the Palestinians' ascension in U.N. membership status did not violate U.S. law.

    William Burns, the deputy secretary of state, in a Jan. 8 determination said the Palestinians did not break the U.S. law that requires shutting down the Palestine...

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