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  • The Worst Teacher I Ever Had & The Most Important Lesson I Ever Learned

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 12, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    I have taught children of every age since the early 1970s. In more than four decades I have learned many lessons about how people best learn, why teachers need to teach to the individual child and what is ultimately important in the teacher-student relationship. The Babylonian...

  • Michael Oren Picked to Be Israel’s Next US Ambassador

    By Rob Eshman

    May 4, 2009 | 2:22 am

    Why did Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu select Michael Oren as Israel’s next Ambassador to the United States?

    That’s a question many among Israel’s political and religious right are asking in the wake of the Princeton-educated historian’s appointment to the country’s most...

  • Briefs: Peres elected President of Israel; Oprah criticized for pro-Israel stance

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Peres Elected President of Israel

    Shimon Peres became Israel's ninth president. In parliamentary voting Wednesday, the longtime leader defeated rival Knesset members Reuven Rivlin and Colette Avital. Rivlin and Avital dropped out after the first round, having received 37 and 21...
  • You have the right to shut up

    By David Suissa

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear about the local court in Israel that sentenced a newspaper editor and a reporter to a year in jail for criticizing the prime minister? Or how about the 100 men who were arrested at a private party in Tel Aviv because they were "dancing and behaving like women"? Or the...
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  • Shutting Jewish mouths; A civil tone of voice

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A Civil Tone

    Last week's Letters section offered a fascinating window on the views and feelings of our community (Letters, Feb. 23). Most of the letters were thoughtful, informative and passionate. Two stepped over the line.

    One nasty note was directed at Rob Eshman personally,...

  • 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...

  • Tracks of an Ethiopian Exodus

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Until the late 1970s, very few Ethiopian Jews had ever wandered beyond the borders of their country and made it to Israel.

    But in 1979, an insurgency in northern Ethiopia opened an exit route to Sudan, and thousands of Ethiopian Jews -- who called themselves Beta Israel but were...

  • Hitler and the ‘What If?’ Question

    By Noah Strote

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "The World Hitler Never Made," by Gavriel Rosenfeld (Cambridge University Press, $30).

    In 1979, comedian Al Franken wrote a skit for "Saturday Night Live" called "What if: Überman," featuring Dan Aykroyd as Klaus Kent, a clerk in Hitler's Ministry of Propaganda. Klaus dashes into...

  • Zoning Snafus Keep New JCC Empty

    By Yasha Levine

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Flashback to last fall, the opening ceremony of YESOD, a first-of-its-kind Jewish community center in the heart of St. Petersburg. This three-story modern stone-and-glass building -- built by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) with funds raised primarily from...

  • Iranian President’s Call Helps Israel

    By Dan Baron

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Israel often comes under international criticism for its counterterrorist and settlement-building policies. But comments by Iran's president calling for Israel's destruction have elicited international sympathy for the Jewish state.

    In itself, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's televised late...

  • Israel Criticism Must Be Well-Founded

    By Arthur Cohn

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    What are the limits for criticizing Israel? Many condemn the Jewish community's refusal to listen to harsh criticism, while others object to the aggressiveness of the attacks against the Jewish state. Both sides claim to express themselves only on grounds of their "love" and...

  • Insurance Claim Debate Heats Up

    By Tom Tugend

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Two antagonists in a long-simmering dispute about the handling of life insurance claims stemming from the Holocaust era took off their gloves last week in a bitter exchange of letters.

    On one side stands Lawrence S. Eagleburger, chairman of the International Commission on Holocaust...

  • Sharon Battles for Pullout Plan

    By Leslie Susser

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Facing a crucial Cabinet vote next week on his amended disengagement plan from the Palestinians, Ariel Sharon is facing as much pressure as he ever did as a general on the battlefield.

    On the international front, the Israeli prime minister has weathered scathing criticism of Israel's...

  • Sharon’s Plans for Peace Draw Fire

    By Leslie Susser

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    After several years in office that have been characterized by ongoing violence and diplomatic stalemate, Ariel Sharon says he is determined to press ahead with new peace moves that could include "painful concessions" to the Palestinians.

    The prime minister's remarks last week...

  • Defining Family

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few months ago, in these pages, I described a brief visit to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of my daughter, Dafna, 42, and

    her fiancé, Scott, 36 ("Father of the Bride," July 11). It was a first marriage for both and celebrated without benefit of clergy -- Scott being Christian...

  • Your Letters

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Case For Israel

    Adam Rubin's screed against my book "The Case For Israel" is premised on the assumption that readers of his review will not actually read my book ("Israeli History the Dershowitz Way," Oct. 17). For any reader of my book will quickly see that he totally...

  • The Protocols Come to L.A.—in Russian

    By Si Frumkin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" have come to Los Angeles. On its 100th anniversary, the vicious, primitive forgery has struck again, this time in a Russian-language tabloid circulated in the heavily Russian Jewish neighborhoods around West Hollywood.

    First published on August...

  • Most State Aid Goes for Public Programs

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Over the years, the state government has been good to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    George Deukmejian, whose Armenian heritage made him sensitive to the genocide of minorities, took the initial step in 1985 by allocating $5 million for the creation of the Museum of Tolerance when he...

  • Sharon, Abbas Court White House

    By Leslie Susser

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As the fragile Israeli-Palestinian peace process inches forward, leaders of both sides are looking to upcoming audiences with President Bush to exert pressure on the other and give the "road map" peace plan some momentum.

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian...

  • New Shot Fired in Media Bias War

    By Cathy Young

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The never-ending debate over the existence of left-wing bias in the media got a boost a few days ago with the revelation that the editor of one of America's top daily newspapers had evidently joined the ranks of critics of the "liberal media." A leaked memo from Los Angeles Times...

  • Do the Jews Need Geraldo

    By Joe Berkofsky

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Geraldo Rivera has rediscovered his Jewish roots, and he declares the Jews "need" him back.

    Rivera, 59, the flamboyant TV reporter, recently announced to the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post that he is planning to marry TV producer Erica Levy, 29, in a Reform ceremony...

  • Knesset to Get First Openly Gay Legislator

    By Naomi Segal

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Activists in Israel's gay and lesbian community are hailing the upcoming swearing in of the Knesset's first openly gay member, calling it a breakthrough in their efforts for greater recognition.

    When the Knesset reconvenes in November following its summer recess, Uzi Even, a Tel...