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  • What makes a wage just?

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    January 3, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Raising the minimum wage is a mitzvah. 

    The Rambam says that ensuring others have work that can sustain them is the highest rung on the hierarchy of tzedakah (Mattanot Aniyim, 10:7). In Judaism, tzedakah does not mean charity but justice. We rectify social wrongs and fulfill our...

  • The Shutdown

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    What the $%#@ is happening?

    I’m writing this 17 minutes after the Federal government shut down — for the first time in 17 years.  I remember clearly the last time this happened.  It was stupid and superfluous and self-destructive then.  It’s stupid, superfluous and...

  • Private schools chalk it up to federal dollars

    By Ryan E. Smith

    August 8, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    It’s not unusual for elementary school students at Sinai Akiba Academy to walk into class and be greeted with the following message: “Dear scientists, today we’re going to look at our mealworms under the microscopes.”

    The idea is that by identifying kids as writers, readers...

  • Iranian Jewish community split as creditors force Ezri Namvar into bankruptcy

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 30, 2008 | 4:46 pm

    Businessman and philanthropist Ezri Namvar was once a pillar of the local Iranian Jewish community, a trusted friend to whom many in the community loaned freely and without fear.

    Now Namvar and his investment company, Namco Capital Group, Inc., are accused of losing as much as $400...

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  • Bush should pardon Mike Milken

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 18, 2008 | 3:38 am

    I sat alone in Michael Milken's office several years back and listened as he interrupted our conversation to take a phone call. It wasn't the first time.

    On an almost daily basis, surely no week passes without a fresh example, Milken and his colleagues personally field calls from...

  • Abramoff receives new four-year sentence, Phoenix community leader murdered

    September 11, 2008 | 12:48 am

    Abramoff Receives New Four-Year Sentence

    Jewish lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to four years in prison. Abramoff had pleaded guilty to corruption and tax offenses related to influence peddling involving Republican congressmen and midlevel Bush administration officials, some of...

  • Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers
     
    The U.S. Congress rescinded language in Pentagon orders that allowed military chaplains to mention Jesus in official prayers. Controversy over including similar language in the Defense...
  • Briefs

    By Idan Ivri

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Council Adds Some Fire to Mayoral Race

    The Los Angeles City Council is doing a great job of overcompensating for the general public's lukewarm interest in the upcoming mayoral election. With accusations of electoral politics flying from both sides, six council members left Mayor...

  • Religion and the State

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    What rights would a yarmulke-wearing child have in a public school that decides to prohibit hats on campus? What about a group of Jewish inmates who want to light Chanukah candles when a regulation clearly bans fire of any kind inside a prison? Or a synagogue or church that wishes...
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