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  • Syrian mortar shells fired into northern Israel

    November 8, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Three mortar shells were fired from Syria into northern Israel.

    The shells, which landed Thursday and did not cause any injuries or damage, were not believed to have been targeting Israel and likely were fired by the Syrian army at rebel forces in the area.

    The Israel Defense...

  • Report: Top Syrians ready to flee

    June 22, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Syrian regime officials reportedly are setting up escape and defection routes.

    The British Daily Telegraph on Friday quoted U.S. officials as saying that officials in dictator Bashar Assad’s inner circle have contacted figures in the opposition and Western governments and have begun...

  • U.N.‘s Ban Ki-moon says bold steps needed to stop Syrian violence

    June 1, 2012 | 11:08 am

    The escalating violence in Syria shows the urgent need for the international community to take bolder steps, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a news conference in Istanbul on Friday.

    Ban voiced fears a day earlier that any repeat of the massacre of civilians a week ago in...

  • UN: Syria in state of civil war, death toll 4,000

    December 1, 2011 | 12:11 pm

    Syria is in a state of civil war with more than 4,000 dead and increasing numbers of soldiers taking up arms against the government of President Bashar al-Assad, the top U.N. human rights official said Thursday.

    “We are placing the figure at 4,000, but really the reliable...

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  • Civil War Jews Who Weren’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie

    April 2, 2009 | 1:23 pm

    At the Passover seder next Wednesday evening, our children will recite the traditional question, “How is this night different from all other nights?” But the adults at the table are the ones who appreciate how this night really is different — not only from the rest of the year,...

  • The dark side of Chanukah

    December 23, 2008 | 5:36 pm

    Almost anyone who celebrates Chanukah today knows at least the rudimentary outline of its story. A righteous Judean clan in the 2nd century B.C.E. led an uprising against Greek-influenced Seleucid rulers who had desecrated the Temple and outlawed the traditional practices of Judaism....
  • ‘350’ Exhibit Spends Winter at the Skirball

    By David Finnigan

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In 1927, a popular duo called The Happiness Boys had a hit song called, "Since Henry Ford Apologized to Me," which lampooned the car magnet's supposed contrition for the anti-Semitic content of his newspaper, The Dearborn Independent.

    Its catchy lyrics proclaimed:

    "I was sad and...

  • The Disengagement Summer

    By Barbara Opall-Rome

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The column of armored SUVs waited, engines humming, as a phalanx of bodyguards ushered Prime Minister Ariel Sharon into the third truck from the end. As the convoy cleared the main gate of the Israeli government head's residence, a set of decoy vehicles turned north, toward...

  • Briefs

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Passover, Festival of Books Converge

    This year, the People of the Book will miss out on the largest book festival in town, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Passover starts at sundown on Saturday, April 23. The festival, which takes place annually on the last weekend of...

  • Gaza Strife and American Jews

    By James D. Besser

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Civil strife in Israel over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza disengagement plan could cause new strains in the American Jewish community and accelerate the turning away from the pro-Israel cause, especially among younger Jews.

    The mounting strife, which includes death threats...

  • How the West Was Frum

    By Penny Schwartz

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Can you imagine an Orthodox bar mitzvah celebrated in the Arizona desert soon after the Civil War -- with a guest list that includes Apache warriors, gun-slinging outlaws and a minyan imported from Tombstone?

    Robert Avrech did.

    Avrech, 57, a Hollywood screenwriter, wrote his...

  • Down by the Riverside

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    About the most pleasant way to arrive in New Orleans is aboard a steam-powered paddlewheel boat, as that old Mississippi River pilot Samuel Clemens, who adopted the pen name Mark Twain, used to do.

    We boarded the good ship Mississippi Queen at Memphis, and for the next seven nights...

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