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  • Up close and personal with the TSA

    May 15, 2012 | 10:07 pm

    Recent days have been full of continually unfolding reports about a new intercepted underwear bomb intended to be carried aboard a U.S.-bound plane by an al-Qaida agent. That agent, said to be British, turned out to be working simultaneously with Saudi and U.S. intelligence, and...

  • Undocumented Israeli in U.S. might face deportation

    By Ryan Torok

    December 8, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    [UPDATE: FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 11:50 A.M.]
    Landazuri’s status update on Facebook that her brother-in-law, Adi Zinder, 32-year-old undocumented Israeli native, is coming home to Los Angeles - following his year-long custody with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - has prompted...

  • U.S. Customs issues guidelines on Sukkot species

    September 28, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    U.S. Customs issued guidelines for bringing into the United States the four species of Sukkot.

    The gist of the guidelines issued Tuesday is that the species will be allowed in subject to inspection.

    “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) understands that observant Jewish...

  • Israel’s inclusion on terrorist watch list was a mistake

    July 6, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Israel was included erroneously on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security terrorist watch list, a U.S. official said.

    Gillian Christiansen, a spokeswoman for then U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division of the department, said Israel’s recent appearance on a list compiled...

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  • A World Record Bris

    By Lauren Bottner

    May 9, 2011 | 3:42 pm

    Every bris I’ve been to only had one screaming baby followed by a shmorgasborg of bagels and lox, mimosas, and mingling.  The ratio of surgical patients and onlookers has always been severly skewed – one crying baby to hoards of relatives and family friends. Apparently that’s...

  • How Poor Jews Come to America, meaning my parents!

    By Julia Bendis

    December 15, 2010 | 3:22 pm

    Many people ask me what we brought with us to America, when we immigrated here in 1989.

    Well… Most Russians brought over money and diamonds.  Since we were neither smart or rich, this is literally what we had in our suitcases:

    Someone had told my parents that in order NOT to...

  • Customs Kippah

    By Joel Chasnoff

    June 3, 2009 | 2:09 pm

    I flew to Toronto this morning for a stand-up gig. It’s my fourth trip to Canada in the last two years. On my three previous trips, I was stopped at Customs and forced to open my suitcase so the rubber-gloved security guys could rifle through my undergarments. I don’t know why I was...

  • Tisha B’Av 101—the basics

    By Amy Klein

    July 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    What is Tisha B'av?

    Tisha B'av is the Fast commemmorated on the ninth day of the month of Av. It begins at sunset Monday July 23, 2007 and ends at nightfall on July 24.

    Why do we fast on Tisha B'av?

    According to the Mishna, five misfortunes befell the Jews on this day throughout...
  • Sephardic Dinner Spices Up Holiday

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I am reminded of our trip to Italy a few years ago. We arrived in Milan in the early afternoon and checked into our hotel, planning to attend Rosh Hashanah services that evening at the Sephardic Synagogue.

    We were relaxing in our room, and were surprised...

  • The Heart of Time

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What books must every Jew read? What books are critical to informing your understanding of your faith, your culture, your people? With this issue, The Jewish Journal introduces a new weekly column: My Jewish Library. We've asked rabbis, scholars and thinkers to each pick the one...

  • Did You Know…?

    By Joan G Friedman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Did You Know...?

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    • Sometimes the marriage ceremony is held outdoors. Particularly in ultra-Orthodox and Chasidic weddings -- but anyone can do this -- the marriage ceremony is performed outside at night. The custom developed because the stars are associated with God speaking to...

  • Smuggling Jicama

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Security measures enacted after 9/11 are impeding the inflow of scientific talent that helps energize American universities.... If the red tape is not untangled soon, it could cause long-term harm to universities and high-tech industries." -- (Visa Quagmire, The New York Times...

  • Lessons of the Season

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine the Jewish calendar as three concentric circles: the Torah reading cycle, the holiday cycle and your personal life cycle.

    The circles line up in various combinations, like one of those "work wheels" from camp. If your bat mitzvah falls on Shabbat Chanukah, you may always view...

  • A Date With Passover Memories

    By Rahel Musleah

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Once a year, soon after Purim, my parents lug down the hydraulic press from their attic. For those of us more comfortable in the world of DVDs and CD-ROMs, a hydraulic press is an old-fashioned contraption that looks like a wooden bucket perched on a little metal table, with a metal...

  • Purim Around the World

    By Abby Gilad

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I know you're going to have a lot of fun dressing up, eating hamantaschen and drowning out Haman's name with your groggers! Here are some other interesting customs that used to be practiced at Purim around the world:


    France -- Because of the verse in the Megillah, "I shall surely...

  • Educating Rita

    By Amy Rosner

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rita Milos Brownstein, author "Jewish Weddings" (Simon & Schuster, 2002) said she wishes she had known about yichud before she was married.

    Brownstein, 50, cited yichud -- the time after the ceremony that affords the bride and groom some privacy to share their first moments as...

  • A Great Party Happened Here

    By Linda Morel

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Entertaining is a lot like gardening," Linda Burghardt said. "You can't make mistakes."

    In other words, no matter what you do, it's OK.

    Just as each combination of flowers produces a different garden, each approach to party planning results in a unique gathering. Through these...

  • Comes the Bride

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The ceremony was lovely. There was music, wedding cake, a love song and plenty of sentiment to go around. But what made this wedding stand out was the bride: the entire congregation of Temple Beth Hillel in North Hollywood.

    More than 650 people took part in a special ceremony...

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