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  • Is it the time to stop looking back and start looking forward?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 31, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    A few weeks ago, I sat in on a deep conversation with Mahmod, a friend of mine from school, and an Arab who lives in Israel. We talked about the current situation between Jews, Arabs and Palestinians in Israel and exchanged opinions about possible solutions.  Up until then, Mahmod...

  • Is arguing with God a virtue? Dennis Prager vs Mormon thought

    By Mark Paredes

    June 3, 2012 | 12:27 am

    Wherefore, brethren, seek not to counsel the Lord, but to take counsel from his hand. – Jacob 4:10 (Book of Mormon)

    For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your...

  • To this day…

    By Drew Kugler

    April 4, 2012 | 10:10 am

    Dear Dad,

    When someone turns 90, especially when they’re your parent, it’s time to do something special.  Though we’ll have a dinner at that restaurant you like, that’s not really enough.  I want to do something that means so much more. I want to tell a story of thanks. ...

  • Trick or Trick

    By Julia Bendis

    January 28, 2011 | 3:30 pm

    Is it terrible that I am always tricking my kids into eating or doing something that they don’t want to do?  For example, for the first 8 years of my son’s life, he absolutely LOVED eating fish.  Not just fish, seafood of any kind, he even had calamari a few times.  How that...

  • The Upgrade Generation

    By David Suissa

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I often think about the kind of life my grandfather led. In his small Jewish neighborhood of Marrakesh, the days resembled each other -- you worked, you prayed, you learned, you spent time with family and neighbors. The days and weeks followed the same Jewish pattern, year in and...
  • JewishJournal.com Reader Forums hot topics

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 17, 2007 | 5:58 pm

    Here are the hottest topics/threads so far this month in JewishJournal.com’s Reader Forums:

    1. Iran and Israel  
    2. Ideological Bigotry  
    3. The leaders of Israel and the Jewish people are failing us  
    4. Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century  
    5. Conversion Rules/Who is a Jew?  

    What does it all mean?  Two Jews = three opinions, at least! 


    Shabbat Shalom.

    —Dennis Wilen

  • Atheism du Jour

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Atheism has become chic. In itself, this might be a helpful thing, after all faith, like every other system, strengthens itself by intelligent challenge. But too much of the contemporary attack on religion is just that -- an attack fueled by grievance and not by careful...
  • With Friends Like These…

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I didn't show up to see Jimmy Carter sign any of his other 20 books, but I have a feeling none of those signings drew quite the crowd of the one Monday night in Pasadena.

    At the other appearances, I bet there weren't angry protestors from the Jewish Defense League waving signs...

  • Law Committee’s gay ruling stepped outside Halacha

    By Rabbi Joel Roth

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Conservative movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards last week validated three responsa, or teshuvot, on the general subject of homosexuality.

    In fact, the primary technical issue was the Jewish legal status of sex between members of the same gender. From the answers...

  • Prager won’t apologize after slamming Quran in Congress

    By Adam Wills

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Conservative pundit Dennis Prager has come under fire from Muslim and Jewish groups after he attacked an incoming Muslim congressman who plans to bring a Quran to the House swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 4.

    But Prager said he stands by statements made in his column published Nov. 28...

  • Why Are We Jews?

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Biblical stories are in our present -- in the cheder we cried when we learned of the sale of Joseph -- and we rejoiced in his ascendancy to power. There was a freshness, a vigor, a nearness, which we felt in that drama." -- Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveichik

    Oh to be a fly on the wall of...

  • Iranian President’s Call Helps Israel

    By Dan Baron

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Israel often comes under international criticism for its counterterrorist and settlement-building policies. But comments by Iran's president calling for Israel's destruction have elicited international sympathy for the Jewish state.

    In itself, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's televised late...

  • Is There a Smart Gene in Ashkenazis?

    By Geoffrey Carr

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The idea that some ethnic groups may, on average, be more intelligent than others is one of those hypotheses that dare not speak its name. But Gregory Cochran, a noted scientific iconoclast, is prepared to say it anyway. He is that rare bird, a scientist who works independently of...

  • Freeing Barghouti Could Benefit Israel

    By Ehud Eiran

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Once again, Israel is facing one of those moral dilemmas that are so much a part of life in the Middle East. This time, the question at hand is whether Jerusalem should release a convicted terrorist, Marwan Barghouti.

    The convict, a former head of the Palestinian grass-roots...

  • Both Sides of Seal Debate to Fight On

    By Idan Ivri

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It came from Redlands like a fever: one of the most divisive religious battles to hit Los Angeles in years.

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), fresh from successfully challenging the Redlands city seal a month earlier, set its sights on removing a Christian cross from the...

  • A Reason to Wig Out

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Is your hair kosher?

    That was the question being debated at a fever pitch this week in ultra-Orthodox circles here following a ruling by an Israeli rabbi saying that wigs made from human hair coming from India could not be worn.

    Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv said that hair from India,...

  • Hillel Head, Writer Clash on Campus

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Having Alan Dershowitz speak on behalf of Israel at a university event was meant to be provocative, but nobody could have predicted the fracas that erupted after the prominent author and attorney spoke.

    Outside the auditorium, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller, director of UCLA Hillel,...

  • Campaign by PETA Profanes Holocaust

    By Joel Geiderman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took its campaign equating factory-farm animals to Holocaust victims to the streets of Los Angeles this week with a protest in front of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Tuesday at noon (see story on page 12).

    The protest speaks to PETA's...

  • Open Debate Preferable to Blind Support

    By David N. Myers

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A recent report in The New York Times captured almost perfectly the thorny questions that stand at the center of relations between the American Jewish community and Israel. Should one be permitted to criticize the government of a foreign country with which one feels a deep affinity,...

  • ‘Dance’s’ Conflict Is Center Stage

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Mirra Bank's unflinching documentary, "The Last Dance," legendary children's author Maurice Sendak passionately describes the Holocaust piece he hopes to create with members of the acrobatically virtuostic Pilobolus Dance Company. He envisions a train station, a menacing figure...

  • On the Sixth Day—Clones?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Was Eve the first clone?

    "If cloning was the way we were supposed to be fertile and replenish the Earth, as the Bible said, who needs Eve?" asked Rosalie Ber, an international lecturer on bioethics and head of the Medical Education Department at Haifa's Technion -- Israeli Institute...