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  • Motherhood 101: Teenage Drama

    By Ilana Angel

    November 25, 2013 | 7:56 am

    This is a typical conversation with my child:

    Me: Hi. How was your day?

    Him: Good

    Me: What happened at school?

    Him: Nothing.

    Me: Anything exciting going on?

    Him: Nope.

    Me: What did you learn today?

    Him: Stuff.

    Me: Great. Tell me about it.

    Him: Nothing to tell...

  • Reputed Israeli crime boss extradited from California to Israel

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    Reputed Israeli crime boss Itzhak Abergil, currently incarcerated in federal prison in Lompoc, Calif. will be extradited to Israel to serve the remaining half of his 10-year sentence in his home country.

    Abergil, 45, pleaded guilty in May 2012 to participating in a large-scale...

  • Amy Winehouse died of bulimia, not drugs or alcohol, says her brother

    June 25, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    While the “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait” exhibit, opening soon at London’s Jewish Museum, will show the public a different version of the singer’s life than the one we saw in the tabloids, her brother has just come forward with a new angle on how she died.

    While he doesn’t...

  • Welcome to rehab city

    June 12, 2013 | 5:16 pm

    At 9:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday morning, six men in their 20s and 30s were sitting on leather chairs in a cozy, dimly lit room in a nondescript Miracle Mile building, sharing with one another and two therapists their progress in transitioning from a life of addiction to what they...

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  • Fake medicine

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    May 8, 2013 | 7:04 pm

    Counterfeit Drugs Kill People and Fund Terrorism in the Middle East

    Caveat emptor means “buyer beware.” Fake medicines are now a multibillion-dollar industry affecting people in virtually every country in the world, and the problem is getting worse. It has been estimated that up...

  • Demi Lovato’s Redemption

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 28, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    By M. Alexander

    Yesterday, I was speaking with a group of sixth graders at a Jewish day school in the valley.  We asked each student to name a person that they believe represents wholeness.  They responded with answers ranging from “Mom and Dad” to “Michael Jordan and Kobe...

  • Israeli pharma and biotech are good for what ails us

    February 20, 2013 | 8:50 am

    Have heartburn after eating a late-night falafel sandwich? There’s a pill for that. Did the winter weather give you the gift of a chest infection? You’ll likely need some antibiotics for that.

    And there’s a good chance that the medicine you take for the above, and a whole host of...

  • I Hate Sobriety

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 13, 2013 | 3:39 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

    I hate sobriety. Let me rephrase, I hate the idea of sobriety. I don’t like the Styrofoam coffee cups and powdered creamer they have at AA meetings. I don’t like talking about my feelings to older men and women, watching their faces contort with judgment as I...

  • Widespread khat addiction threatens Yemen’s future

    November 14, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Abdulmalik, a 13-year-old boy from Yemen’s capital city Sana’a, started chewing khat leaves at the age of seven. “My father would pass me small handfuls at weddings,” he told The Media Line. “But I didn’t start chewing every day until I turned 12 and started to work. Khat gives me...

  • Living Vulnerably

    by Michael Welch

    October 19, 2012 | 11:33 am

    Since the dawn of my conscious self, I have been ruthlessly preoccupied with productivity. My father initially instilled the belief that being productive was paramount for success. As I matured, I began asking myself questions; where did I finish today? Was I in the black or the...

  • My war on drugs

    By Rob Eshman

    April 11, 2012 | 11:31 am

    When medical marijuana became legal in the state of California, I went out and got some. I say this not because I am cool, or like to get stoned — I’m not, and I don’t.

    My hard drugs of choice are yerba mate, Famous Grouse and red wine. But within me there lives an inner Ron...

  • Israelis investigated for drug trafficking in Colombia

    February 7, 2012 | 11:55 am

    At least eight Israelis described as former military personnel are being investigated for drug trafficking in Colombia.

    The men, who are also being investigated for money laundering and the exploitation of minors, have been monitored by police for the past year, Colombia’s...

  • A Conversation with Jennifer Gimenez

    By Ilana Angel

    January 29, 2012 | 6:17 pm

    I can remember seeing pictures of Jennifer Gimenez years ago when she was modeling and thinking she was beautiful. I didn’t know anything about her, but I felt a connection.  In some of her early pictures she looked so much like my mom when she was young, that I just loved her.

    I...

  • Did Israel exploit Amy Winehouse?

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 7, 2011 | 2:13 pm

    Israel Anti-Drug Authority admitted to exploiting singer Amy Winehouse in their campaign and have issued an official apology according to the Jerusalem Post. 

    Following the singer’s death in August, the anti-drug authority had launched a campaign with a tagline of “it’s...

  • Conrad Murray’s conviction has left everyone else off the hook

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 8, 2011 | 10:53 am

    One can only imagine the sigh of relief on the part of all those who contributed to the death of Michael Jackson. With the conviction of Conrad Murray, there is an official scapegoat and the finger-pointing can now end. We found the culprit. It was Michael’s corrupt physician who...

  • Boxing, Addiction, Ryan O’Neil, Gorgeous Men & a Great Singles Night

    By Ilana Angel

    September 16, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Last night I went to the “Knocking out Addiction” boxing event that was held on the roof of the Peterson Automotive Museum here in LA.  It was a fundraising event for Beit T’Shuvah, which is both a residential treatment center for addiction, as well as a temple.  I volunteer...

  • How Much Does it Cost to Hate Jews?  For John Galliano, it’s $8500.00

    By Ilana Angel

    September 8, 2011 | 6:43 pm

    Designer John Galliano finally had his day in court.  By “day”, of course I mean a whopping 6 minutes.  Galliano lost his job at Dior after he was caught on tape in a drunken stupor, bashing Jews, and today he was found guilty of “public insults toward persons on the basis of...

  • Drugs aren’t the answer to Amy Winehouse’s death

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 24, 2011 | 4:45 pm

    Well, not that drugs are ever the answer, but for the troubled singer Amy Winehouse, a toxicology report proved that illegal drugs were not the cause of her death.  While the absence of illicit substances may please her family, it raises more questions than it answers as to what...

  • Sex, Drugs & Driving:  Surviving the Teenage Years

    By Ilana Angel

    August 17, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    When my son was a baby I could not wait for him to walk, now I wish he would just sit still.  I could not wait for him to talk, now I wish he would be quiet sometimes.  I could not wait for him to drive, and now I find myself praying he will fail his permit test and not be allowed to...

  • COSTLY MEDICINE

    By Annie Korzen

    July 5, 2011 | 11:50 am

    I had a buzzing in my ears, and the doctor gave me a prescription for a nasal spray.  When the pharmacist told me it would cost $135, I was one flabbergasted frugalista!  This was not a medicine that the doctor guaranteed would cure me.  It was more a case of ‘Try this.  It might...

  • At Beit T’Shuvah, they sing a song of ‘Freedom’

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 12, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    “How long must I roam, to find my way home …”

    Natalie sings the lines tentatively, tugging at her black T-shirt, her voice soft and sweet.

    But soft and sweet won’t cut it for a drug addict trying to work her way back into her family on seder night.

    “This is your story....

  • Charlie Sheen: Anti-semite or just pissed-off drug addict? [UPDATED, VIDEO]

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 24, 2011 | 8:04 pm

    Charlie Sheen had some very nasty things to say about his showrunner, Chuck Lorre, which hours ago, prompted CBS to cancel the remaining season of “Two and a Half Men.”

    The news has sent shockwaves throughout the industry—not only because Sheen made recent headlines about a return...

  • Camarillo Chabad awarded $635,000 to fight drug abuse

    November 10, 2010 | 10:04 am

    Chabad of Camarillo, located just outside the planned senior community of Leisure Village, is receiving a federal grant of $625,000 to prevent teen drug abuse in Ventura County. It will also receive $10,000 in county funds to focus specifically on prescription drug abuse.

    Rabbi...

  • Loyalty

    By Rob Eshman

    October 19, 2009 | 4:20 pm

    If there was ever a time to “Save Artie Lange“, that time would be now. We have now entered Week 2 of Artie’s absence.
    Howard Stern sidekick Artie Lange is out for the second week in a row, a source of speculation, drama and comedy on the Stern Show. According to the web site...

  • Mexican proverb: Get drunk, go to heaven

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 10, 2009 | 7:00 pm

    I’m not sure this really is an old Mexican proverb—I’ve spotted it a few places before—but I’m a bit skeptical about the logic of the argument.

  • ‘I love Jesus, but I drink a little’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 21, 2009 | 7:30 pm

    I don’t usually have reason to post videos from “Ellen,” but the GeekHeeb just sent me this clip from December. Skip to the 3:50 mark.

  • Craig X, pot pastor, candidate for LA mayor

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 25, 2008 | 2:22 am

    Two years ago, Craig X Rubin started a unique church where pot was used to communicate prayers to God. Temple 420 (still around) was odd and unorthodox—mixing Christians and Jews and claiming that cannabis was the Tree of Life—and it landed Rubin in court. He avoided jail, and this...

  • Cop thinks he overedosed on stolen pot, calls 911

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 12, 2008 | 5:44 pm

    This cop was not a known member of Temple 420. The best part of this video report, which had me laughing out loud, is the snorting newscaster off camera.

  • Pot church leaders plead guilty

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 7, 2008 | 5:21 pm

    Despite Craig X Rubin’s legal problems, it appears Temple 420, the church he created, where cannabis is a sacrament, is still trucking . Many people are skeptical of Rubin’s sincerity of belief. It’s just another loophole, the logic goes, for smoking pot under the auspice of legal...

  • I’m feeling lucky—Google searches gone bad

    By The Web Guy

    August 21, 2008 | 10:40 pm

    Call me Fishmeal, but I love looking at visitor logs for JewishJournal.com. That's why I'm The Web Guy.

    I check the logs over and over during the day to see what's popular right now, who is linking to us, top key words, etc.

    The MOST box* tells you which stories are popular, and...
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