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  • Who’s the better Mormon, Mitt or Harry?

    By Mark Paredes

    August 14, 2012 | 1:06 am

    Mitt Romney’s choice of Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate will allow voters to compare and contrast Catholics on both sides of the political spectrum as the election approaches. Both Ryan and Vice-President Joe Biden are Catholics, though they hold very different views on many...

  • Christian publisher pulls Christian historian’s book presenting a “Christian” Jefferson

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 13, 2012 | 8:50 am

    While the Jewish press was intimately involved in the events that led up to Jonah Lehrer’s latest book being pulled by its publisher, the people of the book have largely ignored other news on the retraction beat that broke last week – namely, that David Barton, a self-trained...

  • Mars and Special Needs

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    August 11, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    My daughter likes to tease me that I can find something dealing with “special needs” in nearly everything I do—from picking movies that have a character with a disability to meeting a random person on the airplane who is a single mom raising two boys with autism. I’ve told her...

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  • Preventing Falls in Older Patients

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 10, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Falls are the most common cause of injury in adults 65 years or older. About one third of adults in that age group fall at least once per year, and 5% to 10% of those falls result in a broken bone, a laceration, or a head injury. Injuries sustained due to falls can cause a permanent...

  • Aly Raisman Is More Than An Olympic Champion

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 9, 2012 | 7:31 am

    Aly Raisman is not only a gold-medalist Olympic Champion, but she is a Jew with a conscience, a memory, and not afraid to speak truth to power. Her use of Hava Nagila as the music for her individual routines was deliberately chosen as a statement of protest to the International Olympic Committee that refused to honor the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Read the full story here.

    Kol hakavod to Aly not only for her medals, but for her character!

  • A Shabbat prayer for the victims of the Sikh shooting

    August 8, 2012 | 5:08 pm

    This prayer was written to recite for the victims and survivors of the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.  Rabbi Naomi Levy, spiritual leader of Nashuva, wrote the prayer on behalf of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly, which distributed it to congregations...

  • Smoking Culture | Why We Do It | How To Stop

    By Nicole Behnam

    August 8, 2012 | 4:04 pm

    Rarely have I spent a day out of the house without coming across a smoker. The surgeon general’s warning on the cigarette cartons mean nothing to them. The electronic billboards that count smoking deaths per year are overlooked. It doesn’t scare them when they are informed that...

  • Rothko’s passion, tragedy galvanize Molina’s portrayal in ‘Red’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 8, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    John Logan’s two-person play, “Red,” which spotlights the legendary Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko, is set a decade before the notoriously prickly painter committed suicide in 1970. The drama, which opens at the Mark Taper Forum on Aug. 12, begins as Rothko (Alfred Molina)...

  • The Famous Question: Can We or Can’t We Have It All?

    By Maya Paley

    August 7, 2012 | 8:49 pm

    I have received several emails and comments on this topic since I started this blog a few weeks ago. They all say the same thing: “Maya, I understand what you’re saying and I respect it, but I can’t call myself a feminist.” A few people sent me the infamous article in The...

  • Jerusalem a wedge issue? You bet

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 7, 2012 | 6:46 am

    ‎“If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning” ‎‎(Psalm 137:5)‎

    ‎“It is a deeply moving experience to be in Jerusalem, the capital of ‎Israel,” presidential candidate Mitt Romney said last week, during his visit to the ‎Eternal City. And no...

  • Cooking Our Children

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 7, 2012 | 12:08 am

    The Book of Eicha (Lamentations) offers many grim images as it recounts the destruction of Jerusalem, and the slaughter and exiling of its population.  Surely one of the most gruesome is that of parents so racked with hunger that they resort to cooking their own children.  It’s an...

  • Six comments following yet another attack on the Israeli-Egyptian border

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 6, 2012 | 5:25 am

    ‎1. ‎

    The Israelis knew in advance of a looming attack. Hence, the travel warnings, ‎hence the military preparedness, resulting in zero casualties on the Israeli side of the ‎border; zero damage done, zero achievement for the attackers. ‎

    But the Egyptians also had...

  • Day 2711 - Siyum HaShas: The Talmud Ends, The Talmud Begins

    By Salvador Litvak

    August 5, 2012 | 8:23 pm

    Whoever learns halachos every day is assured that he will be a citizen of the World to Come. For it is stated: The ways (halichos) of the world are His. Do not read halichos, but halachos. (Niddah 73a)

    After seven and a half years of daily study, my voyage through the sea of Talmud...

  • Segel leaves HIMYM, surprising stars in action flicks, and more Hollywood news

    by Cora Markowitz

    August 3, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Segel Set to Leave
    How I Met Your Mother, a successful TV show that will begin its eighth season in September, may not have main cast member Jason Segel in it for much longer. Segel has played character Marshall Eriksen since season one but now seems ready to move on. He’s had...

  • West Nile Virus Cases at Eight Year High

    By Albert Fuchs, M.D.

    August 3, 2012 | 10:38 am

    It’s summertime! Summer is the perfect time for swimsuits, outdoor grilling, throwing Frisbees, and contracting dangerous untreatable viral infections.

    West Nile is a virus that is transmitted by mosquito bites. Four out of five people infected with West Nile Virus have no...

  • Ahmadinejad says world’s effort should be the ‘annihilation’ of Israel

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 3, 2012 | 10:28 am

    It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned a plea from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to erase Israel. I feel like that used to be a regular feature on The God Blog. JTA reports on the latest:

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the objective of the world must be the “annihilation” of...

  • The Look: Shanghai Diamond Garden

    By Louis Keene

    August 3, 2012 | 5:32 am

    I hadn’t been to Shanghai Diamond Garden in years. That’s because I’ve never been a fan of Chinese food, but their orange chicken always brings me back. This time with family, however, I decided to try something different. The Hunan Beef was not nearly as spicy as advertised; in...

  • Florence Appel Roth, 93

    August 2, 2012 | 4:33 pm

    Florence Appel Roth, philanthropist and widow of entrepreneur Bernard B. Roth, passed away of natural causes on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at her home in Beverly Hills. She was 93.

    Florence Roth was an instrumental partner to her husband of 74 years as he built his company, World Oil...

  • ‘Killer Joe’s’ William Friedkin:  ‘I could have been a very violent person’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 2, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    William Friedkin, the Oscar-winning director of “The French Connection,” The Exorcist” and now “Killer Joe”—about a violently dysfunctional Texas family—was courtly and chivalrous at the Four Seasons hotel recently, moving a comfortable chair over for me and offering coffee...

  • Filmmaker forges intimate portrait of artist-activist Ai Weiwei

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 1, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    In 2010, Alison Klayman sat in a car in Chengdu, China, with her camera rolling as the internationally renowned conceptual artist and dissident Ai Weiwei scuffled with police, who were pushing and pulling at him and his entourage. The melee had erupted as Ai was attempting to file a...

  • Manicures, Guns & Living Life Out Loud

    By Ilana Angel

    July 31, 2012 | 4:42 pm

    I had an appointment to get my nails done yesterday.  I have been going to the same salon for years and my nail girl, Julie, is the best.  She makes my nails look beautiful and I won’t let anyone else do my manicures.  I really love her and she has become a friend of mine.  She is...

  • ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’—bigger than the Bible?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 31, 2012 | 8:00 am

    I haven’t read “Fifty Shades of Grey” and I know nothing about it—other than that there are stacks and stacks of the book at Costco, and it was not written by Jonathan Franzen.

    But the book is a smash hit—think “Twilight” for non-tweens. And a hotel in the Lake District of England...

  • Four lies you’ve been told about Romney’s visit to Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 31, 2012 | 7:09 am

    There has been much spin surrounding Mitt Romney’s recent visit to Israel - but how much of it is true?

    Netanyahu endorsed Mitt Romney.

    No, he didn’t. ‎

    We all assume, and for good reason, that the prime minister of Israel would probably ‎want Mitt Romney to get elected,...

  • Why no US President Will Move the American Embassy to Jerusalem

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 30, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    There is a great deal of ferver among the pro-Israel camp in reaction to Mitt’s verbal commitment to move the American Embassy from Tel Aviv. However, will Romney as a President move the American Embassy to Israel’s capital Jerusalem?

    Don’t hold your breath.

    A long line of...

  • Mitt, the Wailing Wall, and LDS support for Israel

    By Mark Paredes

    July 29, 2012 | 11:14 pm

    As I viewed the picture of Mitt Romney standing at the Wailing Wall during his current trip to Israel, I clearly remembered my first time at the wall. It was one of the spiritual highlights of my life. Like many Mormons who have traveled to the country, I feel like Israel is my...

  • The spiritual evolution of Bruce Springsteen

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 29, 2012 | 4:20 pm

    Bruce Springsteen is candid about the fact that it wasn’t religion, but therapy, that propelled his spiritual maturation. At least that’s how his wife, Patti Scialfa, put it to New Yorker editor David Remnick in a recent profile: “He was able to look at himself and battle it...

  • Anglo-Saxon?  And By That You Mean…

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    July 26, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    So, I used to work as a flak in politics, and here’s something I learned.  If a candidate wanted to get a controversial opinion out there—say a racially marked dig at an opponent—here is how they might do it: get an unpaid advisor to make the remark for print but not...

  • The Rosner-Cohen Exchange Part IV: Do you have to have money to be Jewishly engaged?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 26, 2012 | 6:56 am

    This is the fourth ‎part in an ongoing debate with Prof. Steven M. Cohen of the Hebrew Union College, and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner. The first part is here, the second part here and the third part here. We will be discussing many ‎issues over...

  • Dark night: The dangers of movie violence

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 25, 2012 | 3:45 pm

    No one foresaw that a more sinister evil than the fictional Bane would appear at a screening of the latest Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises.”

    But, in fact, the violent entertainment became a violent event when, on July 20, a masked marauder entered a movie theater and...

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