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  • From fear to elation: My mother’s love wins

    2 days ago

    The phone began ringing early this morning. Friends and family wanted to make sure that I had heard about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. I was elated. I picked up the phone to call my mom and realized that I could not reach her because she was on...

  • Faith leader celebrates Supreme Court gay marriage decision in West Hollywood

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Los Angeles clergy and city officials, same-sex couples and heterosexual supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, on June 26, during a rally in West Hollywood Park.

    "Marriage, that peculiar and...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    5 days ago

    The news Friday that the Supreme Court of the United States had issued a 5-4 ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide prompted both tears and enthusiasm from many in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same...

  • If Catholic Ireland said ‘yes’ – could Israel ever do the same?

    May 28, 2015 | 9:19 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    In a few weeks Eli and Ron will celebrate their relationship with a wedding to be held at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. There will be food, friends, music and a ceremony. But as far as the state of Israel is concerned, no marriage...

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  • Franklin Graham wants Ginsburg and Kagan — and all the Supremes — to think as he does

    May 20, 2015 | 12:56 pm

    The Washington PostRaw Story and other outlets are reporting on preacher Franklin Graham’s appeal to followers to pray that the eyes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg “be opened to the truth of Scripture” when she considers the gay marriage case currently under consideration by the Supreme...

  • Earth Day, Race Day, Gun Day, Money Day

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 10, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Is change even possible? 

    The national conversation about excessive use of police force that we’re supposed to have been conducting since Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner were killed didn’t save Walter Scott’s life.  The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre of 26...

  • Justice Kennedy key figure as U.S. top court tackles gay marriage

    January 16, 2015 | 1:06 pm

    For nearly two decades, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been building toward this moment in the history of gay legal rights in America.

    In decisions since 1996, Kennedy has broadened the court's view of equality for gays. Now, as the court said on Friday it would...

  • Supreme Court agrees to decide gay marriage question

    January 16, 2015 | 12:53 pm

    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage, delving into a contentious social issue in what will be one of the most anticipated rulings of the year.

    The court, in a brief order, said it would hear cases concerning marriage restrictions in...

  • Orthodox, Reform groups differ on Supreme Court’s gay marriage call

    October 10, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Reform and Orthodox Jewish groups had opposite takes on the Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage cases, effectively extending the right to a majority of the states.

    “The Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place lower court rulings that have the potential to bring...

  • Watch: Bar Refaeli speaks out on civil unions

    November 19, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Grab a Hebrew or Russian-speaking friend and check out this sweet video released Sunday by Israeli political party Yesh Atid, promoting their proposed civil unions bill.

    You might not be familiar with many of the 20 Israeli celebs who appear on screen answering the question, “Why...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gay marriage

    July 17, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Decision to Perform Gay Marriages Sparks Much Conversation

    Susan Freudenheim’s coverage of Rabbi David Wolpe’s decision to marry gay couples described a fascinating evolution in the Sinai Temple community (“The Gay Marriage Debate,” July 5). I want to clarify that my office at...

  • Opposing gay marriage is opposing love

    July 17, 2013 | 10:10 am

    One comes to understand many things after 97 years of life. Here’s one: Sex may fade, but love ... that’s forever.

    So says Issur Danielovitch, the man better known to the world as the nonagenarian actor Kirk Douglas. In an item this week on the Huffington Post, Douglas comes to...

  • Wolpe vs Naim: on gay marriage and barking dogs

    By Mark Paredes

    July 15, 2013 | 12:13 am

    After responding to private inquiries sent to me over the last few weeks asking for my view on the Wolpe-Naim Affair, I’ve decided to express my thoughts in this essay. In a nutshell, Conservative Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in LA recently announced that his synagogue would...

  • Letters to the Editor: Gay marriage, Mandela, food cover

    July 10, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    Rabbi Wolpe’s Stand on Gay Marriage

    I write to express appreciation to my colleague Rabbi David Wolpe on his public stand to officiate at gay marriages (“The Gay Marriage Debate,” July 5).

    For those of us serving liberal synagogue communities, our challenges are different from...

  • We have no homosexuals here

    By Gina Nahai

    July 10, 2013 | 11:48 am

    First, an apology. 

    To the good men and women of the LGBT community at Sinai Temple and everywhere else in the world, on the subject of said temple’s recent announcement that it would henceforth perform same-sex marriage ceremonies, in reference to the mindless, intolerant and...

  • A real gay marriage debate

    By David Suissa

    July 5, 2013 | 4:21 pm

    If you look at the brouhaha ignited at Sinai Temple in the wake of Rabbi David Wolpe’s announcement that he would officiate at same-sex marriages, you won’t get a good idea of what this “debate” is really about.

    That’s because incendiary language has clouded the picture.

    In an...

  • The Conservative gay marriage debate

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 2, 2013 | 10:49 am

    On Rosh Hashanah in 1992, Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis stood before his Conservative congregation at Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino and declared that despite the words of Leviticus, homosexuality is not an abomination. He argued that the same understanding and compassion Jews...

  • Edie Windsor’s lawyer and the daughters of Zelophehad

    June 28, 2013 | 10:08 am

    Edie Windsor, who brought the lawsuit that this week felled the Defense of Marriage Act, is Jewish. So was her wife, Thea Spyer, who died in 2009.

    The federal government’s insistence on ignoring the spousal exemption and taxing Windsor for Spyer’s estate — despite the fact that...

  • Rabbi: Only messiah can straighten out gay ruling

    June 28, 2013 | 10:04 am

    A few stragglers took a bit longer to formulate their responses to the landmark Supreme Court decision this week on gay marriage.

    The National Council of Young Israel wasn’t quite as eloquent as the Orthodox Union, nor as elegiac as Agudath Israel of America, but the essential...

  • Jewish embrace of LGBT people recognizes the dignity of all

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 28, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Attitudes toward same sex marriage in Judaism have undergone a dramatic change in the last quarter century. The prohibition recorded in Leviticus 18 has been affirmed by some, negated by others and reinterpreted by still others. Did the Torah intend loving same sex relationships?...

  • Time for perspective

    By  David A. Lehrer

    June 26, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    The past three days have demonstrated a quality of the United States that too many of us take for granted, the magic of an independent judiciary and our respect for being a nation of laws.

    For a moment it’s worth stepping back and thinking about the issues that the Supreme Court...

  • L.A. Jewish LGBT community reacts to same-sex marriage decisions

    June 26, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    Leaders of the area’s Jewish LGBT community rejoiced today after the Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denied federal benefits to same-sex couples, was unconstitutional. The court also paved the way for a return of same-sex marriage to...

  • Supreme Court issues two major rulings expanding gay rights

    June 26, 2013 | 8:24 am

    The Supreme Court upheld the federal rights of same sex couples in states that allow same sex marriages.

    The first of two rulings Wednesday struck down a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which mandated that federal laws abide by a definition of marriage as a...

  • U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Defense Of Marriage Act in win for gays

    June 26, 2013 | 7:27 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights movement.

    The ruling, on a 5-4 vote, means that legally married gay men and women are...

  • Gay marriage: A matter of conscience

    April 22, 2013 | 10:03 am

    In the sphere of human rights there comes a time when people of conscience are morally required to stand up and declare what they believe is right based on principles of justice and fairness, not for themselves but for others. While this may be especially true for politicians,...

  • The ultimate school test

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    April 18, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    The political struggle over school governance is now the most significant internal conflict in the Democratic Party, at the city, state and national levels. With gun control, gay marriage and immigration now uniting Democrats as never before, education reform remains a main...

  • The Supreme Court and gay marriage: no compelling secular reason to deny it

    By Mark Paredes

    April 6, 2013 | 12:39 am

    After taking the time to digest countless editorials, blog posts, and articles on the recent gay marriage cases argued at the Supreme Court, I remain convinced that there are valid religious reasons for opposing gay marriage, but no secular ones. While religious people should...

  • Why Marriage Equality is Right for Everyone

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    April 2, 2013 | 11:59 pm

    I have a very vivid memory of being back in 6th grade at the local elementary school in north Orange County, watching a film based on futurist Alvin Toffler’s best-selling 1970 book, Future Shock, which predicted a cyber-filled future with people feeling disoriented from, in his...

  • Thoughts on Happiness, Courage, and Rights

    By Maya Paley

    March 28, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Between Passover, attending NCJW’s Washington Institute, the mayoral elections in LA, Obama in Israel, ongoing fundraising and advocating for women’s and refugee rights, organizing advocacy training sessions, and the DOMA and Prop. 8 hearings in the US Supreme Court, I’m completely...

  • Pope praises French rabbi’s essay against gay marriage

    December 21, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    In his Christmas address to Vatican officials, Pope Benedict reportedly praised an essay by France’s chief rabbi on the negative effects of gay marriage.

    According to Reuters, the Pope called the essay by Rabbi Gilles Bernheim “profoundly moving” during the Pope’s speech in the...

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