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  • 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

    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...

  • Torture? Nah, Just a Tantrum

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A new billboard depicting Jill Greenberg's photographs of sobbing toddlers might raise the profile (and debate over) her controversial exhibition at the Paul Kopeikin Gallery.

    The ad, hovering above the intersection at Highland and Melrose avenues, presents images from her "End...

  • Rabbi Gafni Ousted for Misconduct

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mordechai Gafni, 46, a rabbi whose charisma and brilliance dazzled students and large audiences in spiritual renewal communities in Israel and America, even as he dodged rumors and accusations about improper sexual behavior for more than 25 years, has been dismissed by the leadership...

  • Real Danger in Myth

    By David Klinghoffer

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    The film version of author Dan Brown's bestseller, "The Da Vinci Code," premiered this week amid a cacophony of unhappy historians and theologians who hoped to reach the horde of curious moviegoers seeking a good diversion -- which is also what prompted many readers to...

  • First Person - Snips and Snapshots

    By Lori Gottlieb

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    To snip or not to snip ... that wasn't the question. When my obstetrician asked me during my pregnancy what I planned to do about my son's circumcision, he wasn't referring to the health controversy that now seems as dated as whether to go Atkins or South Beach. Instead, he wanted to...

  • Satmar Fight Underlines Its Assimilation

    By David N. Myers

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The death of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, spiritual leader of the Satmar Chasidic sect, marks more than the passing of a revered Torah sage. It also signals the conclusive passage of his community from Europe to America, a process that first began nearly 60 years ago.

    The movement's...

  • Tommywood - Unanswered Questions

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On April 7, 1944, Rudolf Vrba escaped from Auschwitz, one of very few to do so; he died last week at age 81, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Vancouver, British Columbia. Vrba once said that he spent 95 percent of his life on science and 5 percent on the Holocaust. It...

  • Critics Pound Paper Panning Israel Lobby

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Two weeks after two prominent political science professors published a paper that they promised would expose the pro-Israel lobby in the United States, the collective reaction so far suggests they get a "D" for impact.

    "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy," by John...

  • Weisz Gets Gold;  ‘Munich’ Out in the Cold

    By Tom Tugend

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Munich" and "Paradise Now," two films subjected to considerable controversy in the American Jewish community and Israel, came up empty-handed at Sunday evening's Academy Awards ceremonies.

    Not at all controversial was the selection of Rachel Weisz as best supporting actress in "The...

  • Where in the World Is ‘Paradise’?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversial film "Paradise Now" is introduced at the March 5 Oscars ceremony, the live and television audiences may wonder not just whether it will win, but exactly where it came from.

    In the listing by countries of the five nominees for foreign language film honors, the...

  • Letters

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Muslim Majority

    Salam Al-Marayati's apologetics miss the mark entirely ("Don't Ignore the Quiet Majority of Muslims," Feb. 17). In the wake of the mass violence throughout Africa, the Middle East and Asia, it is impossible to argue that a small, extremist element, "a handful of...

  • Europe’s Jews Caught in Cartoon Furor

    By JTA Staff

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    European Jews have expressed a mixture of anger and frustration as the furor over a Muslim cartoon erupted into violence in Europe and the Middle East.

    As frequent targets of anti-Semitic cartoons -- many of them in the Arab press -- Jews on one hand sympathized with the Muslim...

  • Cartoon Riots Spark Sweet Backlash

    By David Finnigan

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of a Danish newspaper's decision to publish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, Danish flags and embassies are beset by violent protesters in heavily Muslim countries. But a chocolate store in the windmill-filled, Danish American tourist village of Solvang has...

  • Don’t Ignore the Quiet Majority of Muslims

    By Salam Al-Marayati

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Most Muslims -- and especially American Muslims -- cannot fairly be accused of hypersensitivity when it comes to the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. That's because most Muslims have not overreacted, despite the stereotypic images served up by the media. In fact, most...

  • American Actor Busey Stars as Murderous Jew

    By Tom Tugend

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In the Turkish film, "Valley of the Wolves: Iraq," former "A-list" American actor Gary Busey plays a Jewish U.S. Army doctor who cuts out organs of Iraqis at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison and sells them to wealthy foreign clients. The movie is breaking all box office records in...

  • Drawn to Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Early this week I started getting the letters. By midweek there were dozens of them, all strident, some using BIG CAPS to make their point.

    "Do you have the GUTS to reprint those cartoons?" many of them started off.

    Some substituted another part of the male anatomy for guts...

  • A Timid Pro-Israel Lobby Doesn’t Work

    By Neal Sher

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ever since news emerged that officials at Washington's powerful pro-Israel lobby were suspected of violating national security laws, speculation has raged over how this would affect its legendary clout. Now, two years down the line, after unceasing crises of investigations,...

  • Library Group Draws Fire Over Web Site

    By Marc Ballon

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With more than 64,000 members, the American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest organization of its type in the world. The group aims to improve the quality of libraries and to ensure equal access to information for all. This mission has included advocacy when...

  • Snip Judgment

    By Calev Ben-David

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    If you were circumcised as an adult and have experienced sexual relations both before and afterward, then Emily Bazelon wants to know about it. Why that concerns me -- and may concern you -- takes a little explaining.

    Bazelon, a writer for the online magazine Slate, commented in her...

  • Madonna and the Elusive Isaac

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Madonna and scandal have been virtually synonymous from the start of the pop star's career more than 20 years ago. There were songs about being like virgins touched for the very first time and girls getting pregnant and telling their fathers that they wanted to keep the babies. There...

  • Wolpe Leading Pick for Seminary Spot

    By Amy Klein

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Forward newspaper has reported that Rabbi David Wolpe of Los Angeles has emerged as a top candidate to head the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York.

    The Nov. 18 article, "L.A. Rabbi Eyed as Conservative Seminary Head," asserted that "support is mounting for a prominent...

  • How to Polish a Tarnished Image

    By Marc Ballon

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For decades, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has successfully worked behind the scenes to influence U.S. policymakers to pass pro-Israel legislation. Supported by some of the country's most politically active voters, AIPAC has become one of the nation's most...

  • Textbook Battle Hits California

    By JTA Staff

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The state of California is on the brink of a major election that involves neither Arnold Schwarzenegger nor Clint Eastwood.

    The candidates are textbooks and other teaching materials that will influence what schoolchildren across the state -- and across the United States --...

  • Q & A With Daniel Ayalon

    By Howard Blume

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The mid-August Israeli pullout from Gaza is fraught with risks and unknowns, but the Israeli government remains committed to "unilateral disengagement," says Daniel Ayalon, Israel's ambassador to the United States. Ayalon spoke with The Journal about the reasons for disengagement, a...

  • Fence in Jerusalem May Face Barriers

    By Leslie Susser

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A year after the U.N.-affiliated International Court of Justice at The Hague ruled that Israel's West Bank security barrier was illegal, controversy over the section in and around Jerusalem could spark new international pressure on the Jewish state to change the fence route or stop...

  • Todd Solondz, Provoking Again

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    "People call me a provocateur," filmmaker Todd Solondz said. "I'd say that's fair."

    Peering out from his oversized thick green glasses, dressed in rose-colored pants, a nubbly gray sweater and yellow sneakers, Solondz looks the part of independent cinema's presiding nerd...

  • Rabbi Retracts Claim Against Hahn

    By Idan Ivri

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    A Los Angeles rabbi has retracted his charge that Mayor James Hahn's re-election campaign was "dishonest and manipulative" in claiming endorsements from Jewish community leaders.

    Rabbi Steven Weil said he now believes that Hahn volunteers within the Jewish community were to blame,...

  • Rabbi Retracts Claim Against Hahn

    By Idan Ivri

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    A Los Angeles rabbi has retracted his charge that Mayor James Hahn's reelection campaign was "dishonost and manipulative" in claiming endorsements from Jewish community leaders. Rabbi Steven Weil says he now believes that Hahn volunteers within the Jewish community were to...

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