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...
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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...
October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pmI 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...
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What does it all mean? Two Jews = three opinions, at least!
March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pmAtheism 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...
December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pmI 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...
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"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...
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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...
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...
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...
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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,...
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...
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,...
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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...