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  • To frack or not to frack: is that a Jewish question?

    By Roger Price

    October 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

       Did you know that fracking, the industrial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock is treif, that it violates Jewish values? Who knew? You could read the entire Torah, study the Mishnah and Gemara too, go through the commentaries of the rationalist Maimonides and the...

  • Good carbs and bad carbs

    By Arielle Adelman

    April 2, 2013 | 4:49 am

    The trendy notion that you should be eliminating carbs is just that: a Trend. The truth is that you need carbs to metabolize properly and function at your best, so avoiding carbs completely is a bad idea. However, there is a such thing as good carbs and bad carbs.  A “good” carb is...

  • 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...

  • At What Cost?

    By David Mamet

    July 25, 2012 | 12:44 pm

    It has been suggested that the purpose of a college education is to ease the transition into adulthood. After several decades teaching college-age students, I would agree, only substituting delay and prevent for ease.

    Eric Hoffer wrote in “The Ordeal of Change” (1963) that the...

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  • Iran says test-fires missiles over threats of attack

    July 3, 2012 | 8:52 am

    Iran said on Tuesday it had successfully tested medium-range missiles capable of hitting Israel as a response to threats of attack, the latest move in a war of nerves with the West.

    Israel says it could attack Iran if diplomacy fails to secure a halt to its disputed nuclear energy...

  • Iran threatens Israel; new EU sanctions take force

    July 2, 2012 | 8:24 am

    Iran announced missile tests on Sunday and threatened to wipe Israel “off the face of the earth” if the Jewish state attacked it, brandishing some of its starkest threats on the day Europe began enforcing an oil embargo and harsh new sanctions.

    The European sanctions - including a...

  • Israel says clock ticking after Iran talks fail

    June 21, 2012 | 8:56 am

    Israel has responded to the failure of the latest nuclear talks between world powers and Iran with a familiar refrain: sanctions must be ramped up while the clock ticks down toward possible military action.

    With diplomacy at an impasse, there is satisfaction among Israeli leaders at...

  • House rejects increase to U.S.-Israel energy cooperation funding

    June 8, 2012 | 10:43 am

    The U.S. House of Representatives voted down a Democratic procedural motion to the energy appropriations bill that would have provided additional funds for U.S.-Israel energy cooperation programs.

    The motion to recommit the legislation back to the Appropriations Committee would have...

  • Satellite images show crews hiding evidence at Iran nuclear site

    May 31, 2012 | 8:25 am

    New satellite images show possible recent nuclear activity at the Parchin facility in Iran as well as attempts to hide evidence of past activity.

    A May 25 image of the facility east of Tehran revealed “ground-scraping activity” and the presence of bulldozers, according to...

  • Iran cleaning building of nuclear traces, U.S. institute alleges

    May 9, 2012 | 9:53 am

    New satellite imagery analyzed by a U.S. security think tank shows that Iran may be clearing nuclear evidence from a building at a military site.

    The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security believes the Iranians are cleaning the inside of the the Parchin...

  • World powers to meet Iran in Istanbul this week

    April 9, 2012 | 1:24 am

    Nuclear negotiations between Iran and world powers will be held this week in Istanbul, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton announced.

    The talks announced Sunday are scheduled to be held April 14 in Istanbul and will include six world powers: the United States,...

  • Massachusetts pension board completes Iran divestment

    January 4, 2012 | 10:19 am

    The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management board announced that it divested all holdings in companies tied to Iran’s energy industry.

    The divestment, announced Tuesday in a news release, fulfilled a state law encouraging PRIM to pressure Iran to cease its nuclear...

  • Congress approves funds for Israel-U.S. energy cooperation

    December 21, 2011 | 11:04 am

    The U.S. Congress maintained funding for a cooperative agreement with Israel that develops energy alternatives.

    The Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed over the weekend by both houses keeps in place the $2 million contributed by the United States to the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperative...

  • At Reform biennial, energy, Obama and handwringing over the next generation

    December 20, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    The metaphors abound. To Rabbi Rick Jacobs, the next president of the Union for Reform Judaism, it’s a gas station. To Rabbi Eric Yoffie, the outgoing president, it’s an anchor. To Stephen Sacks, the incoming chairman of Reform’s board, it’s a supermarket.

    They’re all...

  • Temple Sinai going green with rooftop solar panels

    December 7, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    Temple Sinai of Glendale is about to begin installing a solar energy system in an effort to go green. The 30-kilowatt rooftop solar panels will be unveiled at an induction ceremony at Temple Sinai on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

    “The Jewish Federations is pleased to see our synagogues...

  • My Chanukah miracle

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 1, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    And on the fifth day, I learned how not to compost.

    It was a sunny mid-November morning when I found out that potato peels, celery tops and other vegetable pieces — in other words, most of the 7 pounds of organic matter I had been saving in my refrigerator’s crisper drawer for...

  • U.S. expert sees Israel as renewable energy leader

    November 11, 2010 | 11:11 am

    Israel is poised to be a leader in developing solar energy and other renewable energy sources, a leader in the energy arena said while visiting the Jewish state.

    In addition, “There are real opportunities for U.S.-style venture capital investment in Israel,” Michael Eckhart,...

  • Waxman will play key role in putting Obama agenda into action

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 26, 2008 | 7:11 pm

    Henry Waxman is a combination of toughness and gentlemanliness, qualities that helped raise him from the fratricidal politics of West Los Angeles to the pinnacle of power in President-elect Barack Obama's Washington.

    Through it all -- from battles as a leader in the California Young...

  • Begone, bygones! Green is the new blue and white

    November 13, 2008 | 12:45 am

    Bygones

    "Let Bygones (Not) Be Bygones" (Nov. 7) infuriated me. Marty Kaplan is not happy that Barack Obama was generous to his opponents and their supporters in his victory speech, because in his opinion, they are guilty of lies and character assassination for suggesting the...
  • Israel's clean tech advances attract foreign investors' green

    By Dina Kraft

    July 15, 2008 | 2:29 am

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- From cutting-edge geothermal power deep underground to wind turbines and solar panels capturing energy from the sky above, foreign investors are pouring money into Israel's growing clean tech sector.

    And it's not just Jews.

    "Every day I get calls from people asking...

  • Israel-Iran war talk blamed for oil price frenzy

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 7, 2008 | 5:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Even if the tough talk between Israel and Iran never comes to blows, it’s already hitting consumers where it hurts—at the gas pump.

    Experts say that talk of an Israeli strike on Iran is a key part of what’s unsettling already volatile oil markets.

    “It’s clearly...

  • Israel invests in clean tech as energy crunch looms

    By Dina Kraft

    July 2, 2008 | 10:24 pm

    At a lab in Rehovot, the man who developed the Arrow missile is consumed with his next mission: making Israel energy independent by using cheap solar power.

    "The issue of energy is the greatest danger to Israel, because in 30 years there will be no energy means, no oil and no gas,...

  • Listening with our ‘third ear’

    By David Suissa

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes you hear something that you get right away and then you forget it; other times, you hear something that you don't get right away, but then, when you "get it," you can't forget it.

    Recently, I heard something that I didn't get right away.

    It came from an Orthodox married...
  • Lawyer makes case for answering rabbinical school call

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Klee is living the American dream.

    He is a nationally recognized bankruptcy lawyer, founding partner of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern and was named one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. A tenured law professor at UCLA, he lectures...
  • The great (non) depression

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I overdid it yesterday. Perhaps I misjudged the line between exhaustion and sloth.

    Or perhaps my recuperation from the cancer treatment requires a slower return to fitness than yesterday's exertion.

    But this morning's desire to stay in bed needs to be honored, unlike yesterday's,...

  • Prop. 87 fuels high octane fight on oil production tax

    By Idan Ivri

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In August 2006, the average price of gasoline in California was $3.20 per gallon. Today, with the summer demand faded, it still hovers at $2.60. Politicians and interest groups know that Californians want answers and solutions, and they also know that the election season is upon...
  • Israel, U.S. Act on Request for Renewable Energy

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel and the United States will pool their scientific brainpower to find and develop alternative energy sources under a bill passed by the House and now wending its way through the Senate.

    Under the proposed U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act, scientists and engineers from both...

  • Panama Solar Project Shows Power of Tikkun Olam

    By Steve Factor

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At 7 a.m., after a long, grueling red-eye journey from Los Angeles, our plane landed on a narrow runway carved out of the lush rainforest deep in a remote island area of the Panamanian outback. As my son, Adam, 13, and I trudged off the plane, 40 smiling Kuna natives eagerly...

  • ‘Hybrid’ Actor Crafts ‘Everyman’ Show

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Is it possible for an everyman to be a leader? Can an everyman be a woman?

    Ameenah Kaplan, who calls herself a "hybrid" -- the product of an African American mother who converted to Judaism and a Jewish father -- is directing, choreographing and co-producing "Everyman for Himself."...

  • Eco-Friendly Parties Mix Mitzvah, Simcha

    By Pearl Salkin

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three days after my son, Will, ascended the bimah as a bar mitzvah, I stopped by our shul to drop off some books and thank the principal of the Hebrew school and others who made his big day such a wonderful experience.

    When I got back in my car and drove past the piles of huge trash...

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