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  • Israel Meir Kin is a threat to all Jewish women

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 28, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    A little over a thousand years ago, Rabbenu Gershom of Mainz, the leading scholar of Ashkenazi Jewry, enacted bold legal measures to protect Jewish women from abuse.

    Last week a fellow named Israel Meir Kin poked his finger in Rabbenu Gershom’s eye, and now every Jewish woman is...

  • A theatrical pilgrimage to Sephardi’s ‘forgotten kingdom’

    March 20, 2014 | 11:19 am

    It’s often said that Sephardic culture gets shortchanged in the Jewish world, particularly in comparison to its more famous Ashkenazi counterpart, but as of late, Los Angeles has been awash in the sounds of Ladino and the culture of ancient Spanish Jewry. Now that L.A.’s first...

  • The origins and meanings of Ashkenazic last names

    January 13, 2014 | 4:06 pm

    Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names.  Some German speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last names until compelled to do so.  The process began in...

  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

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  • Brooklyn’s ‘crazy chicken lady’ making progress in fighting kapparot ritual

    September 10, 2013 | 10:17 am

    For years, Rina Deych was treated like she was crazy.

    Fighting the Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot, she was told things had always been this way and if she kept up the battle, she would only incite anti-Semitism.

    Year after year, people would kindly suggest she find another...

  • A Sunday call on same-sex marriage

    By Gina Nahai

    August 7, 2013 | 11:15 am

    I was talking with a young woman last Sunday afternoon. She had called me because she read the column I wrote here last month, about Sinai Temple’s decision to perform same-sex weddings. She said she’s gay and came out to her family a year ago. They’re Iranian Jews who care a great...

  • Dynasties prevail as Lau, Yosef win chief rabbi races

    July 24, 2013 | 2:14 pm

    David Lau and Yitzchak Yosef, both sons of former Israeli chief rabbis, were elected Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel, respectively.

    Wednesday’s vote by 147 Knesset members, local officials and regional rabbis was the culmination of a tense, months-long campaign with...

  • Israeli Chief Rabbi Metzger under house arrest

    June 21, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Police placed Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, under house arrest following a 10-hour interrogation on corruption allegations.

    According to The Jerusalem Post, police ordered Metzger not to leave his home for five days.

    Investigators from the National Fraud Squad...

  • Bribery? Fraud? Israeli police question chief rabbi on graft allegations

    June 20, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Police questioned one of Israel's top religious officials, Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, on Thursday on suspicion of bribery, fraud and money laundering, a police spokesman said.

    Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld gave no details about the allegations against Metzger and three other suspects...

  • Angelina Jolie has double mastectomy after discovering ‘Jewish gene’

    May 14, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Actress Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy after discovering that she had the breast cancer gene common to Ashkenazi Jewish women.

    Jolie wrote in an Op-Ed in The New York Times that she decided to have the surgery after being told she had the BRCA1 gene mutation and had an 87...

  • Can Bibi’s wife Sara spoil Israel’s coalition?

    January 25, 2013 | 1:55 pm

    Forging a coalition is, without a doubt, the most difficult part of the election process in Israel.

    After a long, hard fought and often ugly election battle, it falls to the future prime minister to make deals with those who were, until recently, his nemesis all in order to...

  • Unexpected Israeli cuisine

    January 16, 2013 | 12:36 pm

    I'm not sure what I expected. Hummus, certainly, but what else? Stuffed derma? Latkes? Matzah ball soup? As a native New Yorker with Ashkenazi roots, the foods I associated with being Jewish were the foods I associated with my grandparents. By extension, I suppose, I also...

  • Studying Sephardic roots

    January 9, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    Adina Jalali, a 15-year-old student at Yeshiva High Tech in Los Angeles, has many Ashkenazi friends, but when her parents recently offered her the chance to visit Israel for the first time, she opted for a trip that would resonate with her Sephardic upbringing. 

    Over winter...

  • Israeli chief rabbi visits Berlin on circumcision issue

    August 21, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi said in Berlin that medical training for mohels, or ritual circumcisers, could resolve concerns in Germany regarding circumcision of male children.

    In meetings Tuesday with government officials and Berlin’s Jewish community, Rabbi Yonah Metzger noted...

  • Israeli, U.S. drives aiming to increase number of non-Ashkenazi bone marrow donors

    May 30, 2012 | 10:43 am

    For nearly a year, Julie Gavrilov has been trying to find a match for her father, Mark.

    Diagnosed with a rare and aggressive blood cancer, he needs a stem cell transplant to survive the disease.

    A Bukharian Jew born in Uzbekistan, he will have the best chance of survival if he...

  • Dramatic progress in in-vitro detection spurs new push for Ashkenazi Jews to do genetic disease test

    August 24, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Susan and Brad Stillman grew concerned following their son Benjamin’s birth in September 1998. He was fussy and congested, had difficulty breastfeeding and didn’t take to the bottle.

    The parents brought him to the pediatrician and then to a hospital pediatric care unit near...

  • With Egypt in turmoil, Israel rethinks readiness for multi-front war

    February 15, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    Although it’s still far from clear how the uprising in Egypt is going to play out, the volatility there is already raising questions in Israel about the Jewish state’s readiness for a war on several fronts.

    The optimistic view in Israel is that a wave of democracy will sweep the...

  • L.A.'s Top Ten Mensches: Our fourth-annual salute to big-hearted Angelenos

    December 31, 2008 | 7:44 pm

    "It is hard to convey the special sense of respect, dignity and approbation that can be conveyed by calling someone 'a real mensch,'" writes Leo Rosten in "The Joys of Yiddish."

    The Yiddish word infuses the basic German denotation -- "person" -- with an almost indefinable...
  • Letter from Pasadena: I’m in the oud for love [MUSIC VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    December 17, 2008 | 2:17 am

    Another guest post from Friend of Bloggish Anita Susan Brenner:

    Westsiders have a lot of choices: Federations, congresses, associations and shuls of every denomination.   Out here in Old Town Pasadena, I can walk for hours without ever seeing a kippa.  My kosher chicken doesn't...
  • Genetic research can open book on Jewish identity—for good and bad

    By Adam Wills

    December 10, 2008 | 11:12 pm

    Father William Sanchez wears a Star of David pendant on the same chain as his crucifix, and he keeps a menorah in his parish office. After a DNA test confirmed his Sephardic roots, the Albuquerque priest has been actively reconciling this discovery with his Catholic beliefs....
  • MUSIC: ‘That Yemenite Kid’  Diwon makes a mix tape—in Yiddish

    October 7, 2008 | 2:12 am

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- Courtesy of Diwon, the artist formerly known as DJ Handler and otherwise known as the executive director of Modular Moods and Shemspeed.com, comes this fresh mix of pop, hip-hop, electronica and . . . Yiddish?

    We spoke to "That Yemenite Kid" and asked him what's...

  • Me a name I call myself

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    August 1, 2008 | 1:20 pm

    I came across a recent article on Ynet in which Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger said that a woman who does not take her husband’s last name is keeping the home from being united:

    Advice to women from the chief rabbi: Married women should give up their maiden name, Chief...

  • ΣΥΜΑ ΙΣΤΡΑΗΛ ΑΔΩNΕ ΕΛΩΗ ΑΔΩN Α

    By JewishJournal.com

    March 30, 2008 | 12:48 am


    ΣΥΜΑ ΙΣΤΡΑΗΛ ΑΔΩNΕ ΕΛΩΗ ΑΔΩN Α

    Does that look familiar?  It’s the Shema, in Greek.  On a gold scroll.

    And not only is it the Shema in Greek, it’s from 300 C.E. and it’s from Austria.

    All this comes from a recent archeological find from Austria.

    ...
  • Jewish women change their destinies by testing for genetic mutation

    By Julie G Fax

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Erika Taylor didn't want to know whether she had the breast cancer gene.

    "My thinking was I would never get a prophylactic mastectomy," Taylor, 44, said of the idea of removing her breasts as a preventive measure. "I just thought it was horrible thing to do to myself, and if I...

  • When Ashkenazi and Persian worlds collide—community healing begins at shul

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In March of 2001 I delivered the sermon abbreviated and reprinted here. Having been the rabbi at Sinai Temple for four years, it seemed time to straightforwardly address the tensions between the Persian and Ashkenazi communities.

    Since that time, by dint of committees, school...

  • Iranians Open Shul in Garment District

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    With a new Torah in their arms, about 100 local Iranian Jewish businessmen sang Hebrew songs and danced down a busy street in downtown Los Angeles's garment district June 13 to celebrate the official opening of a new synagogue, where many Iranians have their businesses.

    As a DJ...

  • Jew Who?

    By Tom Tugend

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    There is a new twist to the contentious question of who is really a Jew. John C. Haedrich, who claims that his DNA proves his Ashkenazi descent, is challenging the State of Israel to recognize his Jewishness under the Law of Return.

    Authorities in Israel have so far not commented on...

  • 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...

  • Are Jews Smarter?

    By Chanan Tigay

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A reported link between Ashkenazi intelligence genes and susceptibility to genetic disorders is clearly mixed news for the descendants of Eastern European Jews.

    It may come as little surprise, then, that reactions to a new study linking the two are a mixed bag as well.

    After all,...

  • Mikveh Plunges Into Uncharted Waters

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since the klezmer revival exploded a quarter century ago, the Ashkenazi musical tradition has experienced more variations than deli sandwiches. There has been klezmer-infused jazz, hip-hop, bluegrass and most any other permutation one can imagine. But as klezmer has morphed from...

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