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  • Receiving the Birthday Gift of Taharah

    Lori D. Shaller

    19 hours ago

    The first thing I did on my 55th birthday was to participate in my first Taharah (ritual purification).  I can’t think of a better birthday present.  Perhaps calling another person’s taharah one of my best birthday presents ever seemsas strange to you as it did to some of my...

  • FEAR THY NEIGHBOR

    By Simone Wilson

    2 days ago

    Just after dawn on Nov. 18, a pair of Palestinian cousins from East Jerusalem went on a killing rampage in a West Jerusalem synagogue. 

    Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal walked into the Kehilat Bnei Torah shul in Har Nof, one of Jewish Israel’s most serene, well-to-do immigrant...

  • Jewish-nation bill frays Israel’s delicate social fabric

    2 days ago

    Israel is poised to pass one of the most divisive laws in its 66-year history, a bill that would declare it the homeland of the Jewish people only – and further alienate its Arab minority.

    Political infighting over the measure is already threatening to tear apart Prime Minister...

  • Israel needs a bigger message

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    I’m repulsed by these anti-Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don’t. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have no interest in engaging in a...

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  • Students get a history lesson on Zev Yaroslavsky’s contributions to Soviet Jewry

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    3 days ago

    Last week, the power elite of Los Angeles gathered at Walt Disney Concert Hall to pay homage to retiring L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Children sang. Cellists performed. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reminded the thousand or so friends of Yaroslavsky who assembled...

  • Israeli cabinet approves Jewish nation-state law

    3 days ago

    A divided cabinet approved on Sunday a bill to anchor in law Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation critics say could undermine its democratic foundation and the rights of its Arab minority.

    Right-wing supporters of the initiative, including Prime...

  • Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

    6 days ago

    Two Jewish men sustained minor injuries after being stabbed outside a religious seminary in eastern Jerusalem on Friday, Israeli media reported.

    Magen David Adom paramedics rushed to the scene to treat the wounded men: a 24-year-old who sustained a back injury and a 21-year-old...

  • Combating Hatred: Honoring The Five Men Who Died in Jerusalem

    By Beit T'shuvah

    6 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am sitting in the lounge at the Los Angeles Airport, on my way to Florida with my wife to help her 102+ year-old mother, Molly, move into assisted living. I am thinking about Molly’s life and how she has survived on her own to this day. She says it is...

  • Exchanging charges of incitement, Israelis and Palestinians stand firm

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    In the wake of the most recent spate of violence that is reverberating through Israel and the Palestinian territories, newspapers, television and street corner debates are all focusing on the issue of incitement – albeit perhaps...

  • Moving and shaking: L.A. Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, Beth Chayim Chadashim and more

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Israeli Sephardic actor Yehoram Gaon, Los Angeles attorney Ronald J. Nessim, and philanthropic couple Joelle and Jack Rimokh were the honorees at the opening gala of the Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, taking home the Cinema Sepharad Lifetime Achievement Award, the...

  • Israeli mayor imposes partial ban on Arab workers

    1 week ago

    An Israeli mayor has imposed a partial ban on employing Arab workers in his city in a sign of mounting security concerns after a surge in deadly Palestinian attacks.

    Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced on Facebook that he was stopping "until further notice" the work of Arab...

  • Horrorism in the Middle East

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    “…there are only wrong choices, and it’s like I’m … I’m finally seeing it now for the first time: Nothing good can happen in this f----d-up world we’ve made for ourselves.”

    — Carrie Mathison, “Homeland,” Season 4, Episode 8, Nov. 16, 2014


     

    You know who agrees with Carrie...

  • Israelis, Palestinians look to personal safety in holy city on edge

    1 week ago

    On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on Wednesday to the Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a Palestinian attack a day earlier.

    The bloodstains had been washed away. But four memorial candles burned as about a...

  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...

  • Death Cafe in Winnipeg, Canada

    Rena Boroditsky

    1 week ago

    About 50 brave souls gathered on a frigid January evening to eat cake, drink tea, and talk about

     

    Death.

     

    Jon Underwood, a 40-something fellow in the UK, does website development, design and engagement around end of life issues.

    One of his projects focused on how...

  • Celebrating the murder of Jews

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    What happens when extremism dominates a whole society?

    When I saw thousands of Palestinian civilians celebrating the cold-blooded murder of four rabbis praying in a synagogue, I had to ask myself: Could I ever imagine thousands of Jews celebrating the murder of four Muslim sheiks...

  • Jewish man beaten at Brooklyn train station in apparent anti-Semitic attack

    1 week ago

    Three assailants beat an identifiably Jewish man while shouting anti-Semitic epithets at a Brooklyn train station.

    A bystander who intervened in the attack on Monday in the Williamsburg neighborhood also was attacked, the New York Daily News reported, citing the website...

  • Israeli synagogues instructed to hire security guards

    1 week ago

    In the wake of a deadly attack in Jerusalem, synagogues throughout Israel have been instructed to place security guards at their entrances.

    Israel’s public security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovich, also announced on Tuesday that his office would ease requirements for gun licenses.

    ...
  • Palestinians in West Bank show support for attacks against Jews

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Responding to Tuesday’s attack in a Jerusalem synagogue that took the lives of four Jews during morning prayers, some Palestinians in the West Bank say they believe it to be a “natural response” to recent events and the fault of...

  • Obama condemns attack on Jerusalem synagogue

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday condemned the attack by two Palestinians on a synagogue in Jerusalem that killed four people, including three Americans, and called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to lower tensions and seek peace.

    "I strongly condemn today's terrorist attack...

  • REALITY CHECK: Watch the word “terror” disappear from reports on today’s J’lem attack

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Today, we woke to horrifying news: Palestinian terrorists entered a synagogue in Jerusalem early in the morning, in a killing spree. Armed with guns, knives and axes they murdered four Jewish men who were praying peacefully. Eight others were wounded, among which two police...

  • Palestinians kill five in Jerusalem synagogue terror attack, Netanyahu condemns

    1 week ago

    Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four worshippers and an Israeli police officer in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by police, the deadliest such incident in six years in the holy city.

    [Follow @jewishjournal for breaking...

  • Israel’s CyberGym leads in protection from cyber attacks

    1 week ago

    This story orignally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Striving to meet the increasingly daunting challenge of protecting the Israel Electric Company's (IEC) national infrastructures from cyber attacks and intrusions numbering in the thousands has spawned the creation of CyberGym, a...

  • Israeli economy shrinks annualized 0.4 per cent in Q3 on Gaza war

    1 week ago

    Israel's economy contracted for the first time in more than five years in the third quarter, as growth was hit by the effects of a war with Islamist militants in Gaza.

    Gross domestic product fell 0.4 percent in the July-September period, the Central Bureau of Statistics said on...

  • Israel’s proposed Jewish nation-state law hits hurdle

    1 week ago

    Divisions within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing coalition delayed on Sunday a preliminary vote on a proposed law to declare Israel the nation-state of the Jewish people.

    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who heads a centrist party, has expressed concern that...

  • ISIS hacked website of L.A. Jewish rapper Kosha Dillz

    By Rebecca Weiner

    2 weeks ago

    ISIS struck close to home this past week when Los Angeles-based rapper Rami Even-Esh, better known as Kosha Dillz, found his website had been hacked by ISIS members in Algeria. The Jewish-American performer, originally from New Jersey, has released several rap albums in English and...

  • Giving Voice to the Voiceless

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovtiz

    Last night I was honored to be an attendee at the Premiere of Food Chains, a movie depicting the struggle of Farm Workers to be recognized as human beings and be treated as human beings. The movie follows the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and their “fight”...

  • The ‘Jerusalem Intifada,’ the president and the cliff

    2 weeks ago

    For years, Cassandras on the left warned that the festering captivity of the stateless Palestinian population living under military rule would reach a breaking point. There would be a Third Intifada, maybe a bloodbath. At the very least, said the left, there would be a drastic...

  • Plans advance for building in eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood

    2 weeks ago

    A Jerusalem planning committee has given preliminary approval for the construction of at least 200 housing units in an eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood.

    The approval Wednesday is for the Ramot neighborhood on the northern edge of Jerusalem.

    The project is several stages...

  • A Shortened Shiva:  Shortchanging Jewish Law?

    Rabbi Karen B. Kaplan

    2 weeks ago

    Religion is full of “shoulds” and “musts.” But feelings follow laws of their own, exacting their own in-house penalties when they are broken. Judaism has many laws for grievers, including the length of the formal mourning period known as shiva. The usual proscribed length is seven...

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