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  • Carson calls ADL response to gun/Holocaust remarks ‘total foolishness’

    3 hours ago

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday pushed back against Jewish criticism of comments he made on Thursday that Jews could’ve been saved from persecution by the Nazis in Europe were they allowed to carry armed-guns...

  • Jewish youth stabs 4 Arabs in southern Israel

    3 hours ago

    An Israeli Jew stabbed four Arabs in an apparent revenge attack for Palestinian terrorism.

    The stabbing victims in the southern Israeli town of Dimona were brought in Friday morning for treatment at Soroka Medical Center in nearby Beersheba. Two of the victims sustained minor...

  • Ben Carson blames gun control for the Holocaust

    1 day ago

    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson blamed gun control for the extent of the Holocaust.

    In an interview Thursday on CNN, Carson said fewer people would have been killed by the Nazis had more citizens been armed.

    “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish...

  • Netanyahu: No quick fix for latest ‘wave of terror’

    1 day ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday there was no quick fix for a spate of Palestinian "lone-wolf" attacks that the Jewish state has faced in recent days.

    Four people, including an Israeli soldier, were stabbed and wounded near a military headquarters in Tel...

  • Stabbing attacks reach Israel’s commercial capital

    1 day ago

    Four people, including an Israeli soldier, were stabbed and wounded near a military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Thursday, police and ambulance sources said, as a rash of such Palestinian attacks spread to Israel's commercial capital.

    The assailant was shot and killed by another...

  • Depression-era play still resonates

    2 days ago

    Clifford Odets’ celebrated play “Awake and Sing!” about a Jewish family in the Bronx struggling to survive during the Depression, has been revived innumerable times since its Broadway debut as a Group Theatre production in 1935. The Odyssey Theatre in West Los Angeles mounted the...

  • Bernie Sanders finally opens up about Jewish childhood

    2 days ago

    I interviewed Bernie Sanders a couple years ago, when word first circulated that the Vermont senator might seek the presidency. Though he knew about JTA going in — and must have known questions about his Jewish background were coming — he didn’t want to get into it.

    wrote at...

  • Reflections on my visit to a ‘minyan’ of L.A. synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    2 days ago

    As has become something of a tradition for me, I had the privilege to visit 10 synagogues in Los Angeles during the most recent High Holy Days. I experienced the many voices of Los Angeles and of the Jewish community that come together at this time of year.

    Visiting a veritable...

  • The power of Jew-hatred

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    With the most recent violence flaring up in Jerusalem and throughout Israel, I’ve been reflecting on the kind of hatred that could animate such cold-blooded murder of innocents.

    We all have dark thoughts, but very few of us act on them. Through the power of language, we are...

  • What are we doing when we sit Shiva?

    2 days ago

    Sitting shiva [the Jewish custom of a period of intense mourning during the first seven days following the death and funeral] can be understood from a multiple of vantage points. It can be seen anthropologically as a tradition of how the Jewish people respond to a death. It can be...

  • Two Israeli men killed, 2 injured, in Jerusalem stabbing attack

    6 days ago

    Two Israeli men in their 40s died of their wounds Saturday night after being stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City in a terror attack.

    One of the men’s wife is in serious condition and their two-year-old baby was lightly wounded.

    The men were stabbed in the upper body and were unconscious when paramedics arrived at the scene.

    Read more at timesofisrael.com.

  • Forgiveness

    1 week ago

    I was standing with my brother on the top floor of a hotel in Atlanta having checked in for a conference he had organized.  The elevators were jammed and they didn’t have enough to accommodate all the guests.  More, some of them went to the lower floors and others to the upper.  We...

  • Jewish groups urge passage of gun control legislation

    1 week ago

    This post was originally published on jewishinsider.com.

    Major Jewish organizations are lining up behind President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to pass effective gun control legislation in wake of the horrific shooting and the killing of at least nine students at Umpqua...

  • Jewish community reacts to the passing of Rabbi Jacob Pressman

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Community reactions to the passing of Rabbi Jacob Pressman – read our full obituary here.

    The passing of Rabbi Jacob Pressman prompted recollections by a multitude of friends, admirers and congregants whose lives had been touched by “Rabbi Jack.”

    Culled from interviews and...

  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am, dies at 95

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am for 35 years, community leader and civil rights activist, died peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, Oct. 1.

    Funeral services will be held  Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S, La  Cienega Blvd.,...

  • Hurricane Joaquin: Can Jews take down their sukkahs for a storm?

    1 week ago

    As Hurricane Joaquin gains steam off the southeastern coast of the United States, the question has begun to circulate online: Are Jews allowed to take down their sukkahs in the case of a storm?

    The holiday of Sukkot, which began last Sunday, runs through this Sunday evening....

  • Israel turned a gas bonanza into an antitrust headache

    1 week ago

    When the Leviathan gas field was discovered off the coast of Israel in 2010, it was pitched as a game-changer – a vast energy reserve that would transform the economy and bolster public finances for years to come.

    Five years on, poor policymaking, political infighting and a...

  • Laugh Factory, an annual sanctuary for the ultra-unaffiliated

    By Melissa Weller

    1 week ago

    For 35 years, the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood has been a revolving door of comedy legends and hopefuls, up-and-comers and burnouts, roaring crowds and silenced rooms. It’s seen boys become men and men become girls. 

    But whichever way the punches roll any given night, the...

  • Why Jews don’t have a pope

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    I know plenty of Jews who would love to see a pope-like figure tell other Jews what to do. An Orthodox pope, for example, would have the power to boot out “Open Orthodox” rabbis who have been irritating the establishment lately with their progressive ideas. You mess with tradition,...

  • “You’re a Member of a What?!”

    1 week ago

    “Somebody’s got to do it,” we muse when we hear about someone pursuing a career or activity we cannot fathom doing ourselves. Funeral directors, hospice workers, chevrah kadisha members (Jewish burial societies) and others in contact with death get this sort of reaction on...

  • Bernie Sanders introduces himself to the Jewish community in Iowa

    2 weeks ago

    This article was originally posted at jewishinsider.com.

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders paid a first-time visit to the Jewish community in Iowa on Sunday.

    The meeting took place at The Caspe Terrace as part of the ‘Presidential Speaker Series’ hosted by the...

  • Return, reboot, reload

    2 weeks ago

    In 1913, a 27 year old Jew, who had grown up in the home of totally assimilated, wealthy German parents, came to a Kol Nidre service in Berlin for what he thought would be his last time.  He had decided to convert to Christianity.  This service was to be his way of saying goodbye...

  • Reclaiming JEW

    2 weeks ago

    Jew. Jew. Jew.
    I’m a Jew.
    I imagine the majority of us here are Jews. We’re Jews.
    And friends of Jews.

    What is it about the word “Jew”?

    Comedian Louis CK observed: “Jew is a funny word, because Jew is the only word that is the polite...

  • Happy new year, Pope Francis

    2 weeks ago

    Dear Pope Francis,

    I’m sure your much-anticipated visit to the United States was not timed to coincide with our season of holy days, a time of personal renewal and return to God, all in celebration of the world’s creation. But we are delighted to share this special season with...

  • Trump rally incident, Carson anti-Muslim remarks spur civility call by 2 Jewish groups

    2 weeks ago

    Two Jewish groups pleaded for greater civility in political discourse after the loyalty of American Muslims was called into question during the Republican presidential campaign.

    The Anti-Defamation League in a statement Monday cited an interview with Ben Carson, a physician and...

  • Israeli ministry plows ahead with ‘world Jewry’ project, even as funding and future remain uncertain

    2 weeks ago

    With a budget reaching $300 million, it was conceived as a broad partnership between the Israeli government and leading Diaspora Jewish groups. Its goal: to create a stronger connection between global Jews and Israel.

    But nearly two years after its launch was announced with much...

  • Torah Animals and Death Practices: The Scapegoat, the Red Heifer, and the Broken-necked Heifer

    2 weeks ago

    Rambam says that some rules are “Supra-rational” – these are rules that appear irrational and beyond our logical understanding. He gives as examples three practices regarding animals - the Azazel, the Parah Adumah, and the Eglah Arufah. But is there any rationality, maybe some...

  • Goldman CEO Blankfein says has ‘highly curable’ form of cancer

    2 weeks ago

    Lloyd Blankfein, the chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc, said on Tuesday he had a "highly curable" form of cancer and would be able to work mostly as normal during treatment.

    The veteran Wall Street boss, who navigated the U.S. investment bank through...

  • Yom Kippur 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    Tonight marks the beginning of Yom Kippur. Though I speak to God every single day, Yom Kippur is special because when every Jew prays at the same time it is a chorus being sent to God and that matters. I hope we are all inscribed in the Book of Life and have a year of health and...

  • A Polish spy named Magda

    By Tom Tugend

    3 weeks ago

    “I don’t know how I did it, but I did it,” declares 93-year old Magda Kasprzycki, a West Hollywood resident, in the eponymous documentary “Magda.”

    The “it” unwinds gradually in the 60-minute film, starting with a sheltered childhood in an affluent, scholarly family in the Polish...

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