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  • 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

    1.

    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...

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  • 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

    Prologue

    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...

  • An (Israeli-American) Voice in the Wilderness

    By Allan M. Jalon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Tasini's name, in Israel, would be pronounced more like Tazini. It's related to a command in classical Hebrew that Moses uses with his people: Ha'azinu. That is: You should listen.

    And at the very least, Tasini wants voters to get a chance to listen to him. He offers...

  • Gunter Grass Admits to SS Past

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Gunter Grass Admits to SS Past

    Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass' admission that he was an SS member has drawn both rage and defenses of the writer.

    While some say the revelation devalues his life's work, others are showing more understanding for the pressures faced by the...

  • Letters to the Editor 07-07-06

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Converts
    As a convert to Judaism, I was reassured to read your series of articles on those like me who chose to become Jews ("Did It Stick?" June 2). A lapsed Catholic with many Jewish friends growing up on Long Island, early on I was attracted to the ethics and worldly focus of...

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