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  • Popular Israeli singer wishes death to Obama in new song

    May 5, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    The popular Israeli singer Amir Benayoun released a song that wishes for the death of President Barack Obama, whom he refers to as a “treacherous creature.”

    Benayoun, who previously has been accused of racism and incitement, posted the song Monday on Facebook. He deleted it after...

  • Met opera scores a ‘fail’

    October 27, 2014 | 10:49 am

    About five months ago, it was revealed that the NYC Metropolitan Opera had scheduled the performance of the opera titled, the “Death of Klinghoffer”.  I, along with many others, wrote the Met’s General Manager, Peter Gelb, and urged him, due to the opera’s humanizing of terror and...

  • Too Persian, Too Jewish, Too Black, but Not Too Gay!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 18, 2014 | 9:46 am

    Egypt, where we were once strangers, exists all around us; in dark corners of our neighborhood where children are sold into sexual trades, where women are muzzled by cowardly men, where black earns less than white, where the rich step over the poor en route to banks, where the weak...

  • The Kotel Exchange- Part 2: Is the Western Wall Compromise an Opportunity?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 2, 2013 | 7:50 am

    Bonna Devora Haberman is one of the co-founders of Women of the Wall. Since receiving her Phd in Ethics and Education from the University of London, Dr. Haberman has published widely and taught at the Hebrew University, at the Harvard University Divinity School and at Brandeis...

  • 7 Comments on a Jewish Habitat Called Hollywood

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 28, 2013 | 8:00 am


    Coming late to this round of responses to Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar night Jewish (or anti-Jewish) jokes makes life so much easier. Of course, I didn’t join late because I knew it would make my life easier, but rather because I thought – and this was an obvious mistake– that...

  • Judaism’s Big Moment at the Oscars

    By Abe Fried-Tanzer

    February 26, 2013 | 9:36 am

    Most of the winners were expected, and the speeches weren’t groundbreaking or over-the-top, especially since some of the lesser-known winners had their thank-yous unceremoniously cut off by the main theme from Jaws. Tributes to the James Bond franchise and recent musicals dominated...

  • Melissa McCarthy, Rex Reed & Identity Thief

    By Ilana Angel

    February 18, 2013 | 2:45 pm

    Melissa McCarthy is a beautiful woman. She is cute, funny, talented, charming, and entertaining.  She makes me laugh out loud and I would love to sit next to her on a plane.  Sidebar:  Do you know which celebrity you’d want to sit next to on a plane?  My top choice would be Russell...

  • Gingrich sticks by Palestinian comment, draws rebukes from GOP candidates

    December 11, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Republican presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich stood by his assertion that the Palestinians are an “invented people,” drawing criticism from other GOP candidates.

    “Is what I said factually correct? Yes. Is it historically true? Yes,” Gingrich said during a GOP debate Saturday...

  • What's really wrong with Israel's ad campaign

    By Gary Wexler

    December 7, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    The ads calling for Israelis to return home recently produced by the Israeli Ministry of Absorption and subsequently killed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are being criticized for all the wrong reasons.

    Exactly a year ago this month, I was invited to a meeting in the office...

  • New book stirs controversy about British chief rabbi

    April 28, 2010 | 3:08 pm

    A new book that criticizes Britain’s chief rabbi is opening old wounds and sparking a new debate about whether the institution of the British chief rabbi has outlived its usefulness.

    “Another Way, Another Time” examines the tenure of Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, known formally...

  • Jewish Agency wants changes in Israel conversion policy

    November 20, 2008 | 3:19 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Jewish Agency Assembly adopted resolutions calling on the Israeli government to establish an independent authority on Jewish conversions and special courts of Jewish law to "allow the conversion process to move forward."

    The twin resolutions were adopted by the...

  • Chabad, Getty and neighbors square off over Palisades school plan

    By Jane Ulman

    June 5, 2008 | 2:36 pm

    Rabbi Zushe Cunin, head of Chabad of Pacific Palisades for 16 years, is accustomed to "overcoming and embracing all challenges," he said. But the uproar surrounding his plans to relocate Chabad's Palisades Jewish Early Childhood Center to a vacant building off Los Liones Drive -- in...
  • Iranian Jews still awaiting apology from Muslim singer

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Dariush live in Las Vegas 2007

    The concert at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas was advertised as a "night to remember," and it lived up to the hype.

    During the Dariush Eghbali concert on Dec. 23, which drew about 5,000 Iranian Americans, local Iranian Jewish fans...

  • The many sides of Bob Dylan

    By George Robinson

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Bob Dylan's Jewish identity has long been a point of conflict and controversy. His short-lived conversion to born-again Christianity dismayed many, heartened a few and confused all. But at least two commentators are certain that Jewishness and Judaism inform the core of the former...
  • Rabin memorial rally draws 100,000,  Coulter controversy escalates

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis Rally in Memory of Rabin

    More than 100,000 people rallied in memory of Yitzhak Rabin in Tel Aviv. An unusually large demonstration, marking 12 years since the former Israeli prime minister's assassination, drew people to Rabin Square last Saturday night for the annual event....

  • Girlz in the hood

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    'Miriam' and 'Shoshana' live in the Pico-Robertson area. They're seniors at a religious girls' school, they study Torah, dress modestly and keep the Sabbath.

    But Miriam and Shoshana are not your ordinary Orthodox girls. They rap. They use foul language. They fantasize about...

  • Loving our passion

    By David Suissa

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's been a rather tense couple of weeks since my good friend and neighbor Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky spoke his mind on the sensitive subject of Jerusalem. His Op-Ed on Oct. 26 caused a firestorm to erupt in the Jewish world, and now, everywhere I go, people are still charged up about it....
  • Israel cuts power and fuel to Gaza in bid to stop rocket attacks

    By Leslie Susser

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Critics may be describing Israel's controversial policy of cutting fuel supplies to Gaza to deter Palestinian rocket attacks as collective punishment, but government leaders in Jerusalem see it as something else: humane.

    In the face of unceasing rocket attacks on Israeli towns,...

  • Bratz : They’re cool, hot and controversial

    By Lisa Keys

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Depending on whom you ask, Bratz are odd-looking multiethnic dolls with big eyes and skimpy clothes - or they're, like, the coolest things ever.

    The dolls -- with their "passion for fashion" demonstrated through midriff-baring tops and micro-miniskirts -- have been criticized by many...

  • Museum of Tolerance expansion plans controversy continues at City Hall

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A long-running dispute between homeowners and the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance (MOT) and Yeshiva of Los Angeles (YOLA) entered a more formal stage last week, with a hearing by the Los Angeles City Planning Department on Oct. 24 at City Hall.

    At issue are plans by the...

  • Federation may face lawsuit over fundraiser Prizant’s firing

    By Tom Tugend

    February 26, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A looming lawsuit is threatening to shake up The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles -- causing a blanket of silence to descend on the city's largest Jewish philanthropic organization.

    The former top fundraiser for The Federation is reportedly planning to file suit against the...

  • Prager shouldn’t lose his museum post

    By David Klinghoffer

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For decrying a Muslim congressman who wished to take a ceremonial oath of office on a Quran instead of a Bible, should KRLA-AM radio host Dennis Prager be punished?

    Specifically, should he be kicked off the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council? That is what a diverse range of Prager...

  • Briefs: Western Wall dig starts, Israel and U.S. back gays at U.N.

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Starts Western Wall Dig

    Israel began a controversial dig in the Western Wall Plaza. Bulldozers from the Antiquities Authority broke ground Tuesday near a ramp connecting the plaza to the Temple Mount, with officials saying the aim was to search for historical artifacts...

  • Our Hollywood moment: An article in three acts

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    One of many things that I've learned over the last several years is that many roads in L.A. lead to Hamilton High School. Hamilton sits at the strange but fertile delta of Beverlywood, Beverly Hills, Culver City and a couple of markedly less fortunate neighborhoods. It is a...

  • After Agoura eruv dismantled, residents ask ‘What’s up with that?’

    By Jane Ulman

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Construction of an eruv in the Conejo Valley was nearly complete last month when area residents began complaining to public officials about aesthetics and safety concerns as well as a lack of proper permits. Last week the eruv's organizers ordered all remaining portions along the...
  • Arab’s nomination to Israel’s Cabinet stirs up simmering controversy

    By Dan Baron

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The naming of the first Arab minister to the Israeli Cabinet was billed as an event underscoring hope of securing racial harmony in the Jewish state, though it may long remain mired in regional conflict.

    But the nomination of Raleb Majadele instead has merely served to uncover...

  • Release of ‘Alpha Dog ’ reopens Markowitz family wounds

    By Robert David Jaffee

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The film, "Alpha Dog," based on the 2000 kidnapping and murder of 15-year-old West Hills resident Nick Markowitz, has received mixed reviews but growing notoriety. The fictionalized Universal release has become increasingly tied to the very case it portrays -- the manhunt for Jesse...
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council distances itself from Prager

    By James Besser

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leaders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, ensnared in a raging controversy over one of its members, this week moved to distance themselves from the cause of the furor.

    Conservative commentator Dennis Prager, a member of the Council that oversees the Holocaust Museum on...

  • With Friends Like These…

    By Rob Eshman

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I didn't show up to see Jimmy Carter sign any of his other 20 books, but I have a feeling none of those signings drew quite the crowd of the one Monday night in Pasadena.

    At the other appearances, I bet there weren't angry protestors from the Jewish Defense League waving signs...

  • Ed Koch wants Prager out—will ask him to resign from Holocaust Memorial Council next week

    By James Besser

    December 11, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12) The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council faces continuing questions over recent statements by one of its members, local commentator and writer Dennis Prager.

    But the panel, which oversees the Holocaust Museum on Washington's Mall, has no answers, since it had...

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