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  • Top 10 reasons Israeli summer is the best in the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Lately, it seems as if Israel is nothing but a war-zone. With its security threat escalating, missiles being fired from Gaza and the recent tragedy regarding the three kidnapped teens, one can easily forget the true beauty of this country. True, it’s scalding hot and you sometimes...

  • Time to rethink our “never again” promise…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 4, 2014 | 8:33 am

    “Never again means NEVER AGAIN” – in the past couple of months, I encountered this sentence online more times than I can count. It is usually associated with Israel’s National Holocaust Remembrance Day. We were taught this sentence every year since first grade, when our teacher...

  • The early Israel-to-L.A. wave

    May 14, 2014 | 11:45 am

    In 1965, at just 16, Edna Botach (now Lee) packed up her memories of living in tents with 12 brothers and sisters, and moved from Beersheba to Los Angeles. When she arrived in the Fairfax area and moved in with her brother’s family, she spoke only Hebrew and Farsi, the language of...

  • This week in Jewish history: March 7-13

    March 5, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    1421

    March 12: More than 200 surviving Viennese Jews were burned to death after a year of persecution, forced conversion, expulsion, imprisonment in their synagogue and mass suicide. Contemporary reports described the Jews as singing songs and dancing before the pyres.  All...

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  • Best of 2013, BDS fail, reform rabbinate, good news for dog owners and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 6, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    The new discovery that will help detect Breast Cancer “gene”

    Another breakthrough in the fight against cancer: Researchers at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel have developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in...

  • Lacking long-term plans, many U.S. Jewish cemeteries in neglect

    December 19, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    For years, the historic Jewish cemetery was so overgrown with weeds, plagued by toppled headstones, and littered with fallen branches, beer cans and snack-food wrappers that at least a quarter of its graves were impossible to reach.

    Even now, after a $140,000 cleanup and improved...

  • Meeting JFK

    November 19, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    I was tutoring a student. We were reading about Colonial America. Every facet of life in that distant era seemed so bizarre to her 21st century sensibilities. She winced when we read that roasted squirrel was considered a tasty treat. She was visibly disturbed to learn that...

  • USC-Shoah head named to genocide education chair

    By Ryan Torok

    October 16, 2013 | 10:39 am

    As the executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education, Stephen Smith is known for his work preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

    Now, the USC adjunct professor of religion is being given a platform to promote education about crimes...

  • This week in power: Ovadia Yosef’s legacy and where the Jewish people really originated

    By Danny Groner

    October 9, 2013 | 8:07 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ovadia Yosef's death
    With news on Monday that prominent Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef had passed away in Israel, it didn't take too long before the debate over his legacy went full...

  • Jewish dreamers, schemers of the San Fernando Valley

    October 3, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    Have you ever been lost on Ventura Boulevard, a street that’s long on history? One night, I found myself west of the 405 Freeway, searching for the street on which to turn left to pick up my teenage son and realized I’d totally lost my bearings.

    Separated from the San Fernando...

  • Yigal Kipnis on Yom Kippur War’s lessons

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 24, 2013 | 11:44 am

    Yigal Kipnis is an Israeli historian; since 1978 he has been a farmer and a resident of the Golan Heights. He teaches at the University of Haifa and researches the settlement geography and political history of Israel. Kipnis also served as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force for 31...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 2, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    Exploring Jerusalem without leaving home

    Want to visit Jerusalem but currently don't have the time or money to travel to Israel? Thanks to the wonders of the 21st century, you can experience the wonders and magic of Jerusalem without leaving home. Just click on the link and go on...

  • People of the Vine: Rob Eshman talks Jews, wine and history with Jeff Morgan

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Jeff Morgan is winemaker and co-owner of Covenant Wines, based in Napa Valley, where he makes kosher wine under the Covenant, RED C and Landsman labels.


    Rob Eshman: To start, let’s put aside, for a moment, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher wine and pose a more...

  • Jesus, the Jew

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 7, 2013 | 10:03 am

    Reza Aslan, an author and scholar of religion, has established himself as a familiar face and voice on American television, the go-to guy for commentary on the Islamic world, and he embodies all the right stuff: youthful good looks, depth of knowledge and the kind of media savvy...

  • This week in power: Portugal, Poland, NFL player, Tisha B’Av message

    By Danny Groner

    July 17, 2013 | 8:47 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Portugal law
    A bill passed in Portugal this week that allows Jewish descendants of expelled Jews to come back, making it the only country besides for Israel with a Jewish law of...

  • Jews and dogs, unleashed

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 8, 2013 | 9:50 am

    “The Elephant and the Jewish Problem” is the punchline to a hoary old Jewish joke, the point of which is that there is a Jewish perspective on every subject imaginable.  The same point is made in a remarkable work of scholarship, “A Jew’s Best Friend? The Image of the Dog...

  • Uncorking Anaheim’s Jewish past — the vintage years

    July 2, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    Long before Tomorrowland, there was another land in Anaheim, created and inhabited by Jews, that as a child growing up there in the 1950s and ’60s I had not the slightest clue existed.

    Little did I know from my education there that generations before Mickey and Minnie, Goofy and...

  • Bangladesh: Is It Time for a Heksher Tzedek On Clothes?

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    May 1, 2013 | 9:07 pm

    A couple of weeks ago, we read in Parashat Kidoshim (Shmot 19:19) that we are forbidden to wear “shatnetz.”  Our rabbis take this to be what is referred to in Devarim 22:11, fabric that combines wool and linen.

    At first glance, this prohibition appears to be entirely a hok, a...

  • Hate, courtesy of the UN

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 24, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Richard Falk, a UN official, referred to the Boston Marathon in a column he wrote for the Foreign Policy Journal , saying the US "had it coming" because of its policy around the world and specifically in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes, that's right. A respected person...

  • Come Meet the Landsmen (and Women)!

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 7, 2013 | 3:26 am

    So I’ve been quiescent lately, what with school and thesis and flu and an internship at a real live synagogue.  The last year of rabbi school is b@t5hit nuts.

    But now I can offer a chance to talk in person! (Yeah, I know, be still your heart.)

    On this coming Sunday, March 10,...

  • This week in power: Livni, Putin, Soldier pic, Save the date

    By Danny Groner

    February 21, 2013 | 2:50 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Livni appointment
    Tzipi Livni is the first person named by Binyamin Netanyahu as a partner in a new coalition. Livni will be in charge of reviving the peace process with the...

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,...

  • The power of maps, in history and politics

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    January 30, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    On display in my office is a globe that captures a perilous moment in time — the world as it existed on very eve of World War II.  The Japanese puppet-state of Manchukuo can be seen in what is today northeast China, but both Austria and Czechoslovakia have disappeared into the...

  • Timeline: A history of Iranian Jews

    October 10, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    722 B.C.E.

    After Shalmaneser V conquers the kingdom of Israel, a group of captive Jews said to be descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel is sent into exile in Persia.

    605-562 B.C.E.

    Nebuchadnezzar, king of the Neo-Babylonian Empire,  conquers Judah and Jerusalem and sends a...

  • European Jewish Journal

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 13, 2012 | 11:32 am

    When the lights in the theater turned on, after a screening of Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love ended, I started visualizing my boyfriend and me wandering the streets of Rome, breathing romance. Just as if I was struck by magic, I couldn’t get Rome out of my head. About a month...

  • This week in power: GOP convention, Tennen, Corrie, Edon’s got talent

    By Danny Groner

    August 30, 2012 | 4:39 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Convention convenes
    Mitt Romney will officially accept the Republican nomination on Thursday evening at the GOP convention in Tampa. For some, though, the spotlight is on the location as...

  • This week in power: Zion Square, skinnydipping Congressmen, Austria cartoon, Western Wall women

    By Danny Groner

    August 23, 2012 | 4:34 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Violence erupts
    Recently, a 17- year-old Palestinian boy was beaten unconscious by a group of Jewish teenagers, prompting denouncements from the Israeli government and outcries from...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 17, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    As you all probably know, when you reach the age of 18 in Israel, you automatically (with exceptions) serve in the IDF for two years at least. There are many types of jobs you can do, and many ways to serve. It all depends of your personality and abilities. Most people either serve...

  • This week in power: Paul Ryan, Hungary Jew, Temple Mount, Blurry glasses

    By Danny Groner

    August 16, 2012 | 4:27 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Ryan’s selection
    Like many American organizations, Jewish groups are figuring how how they feel about Mitt Romney’s VP choice, Congressman Paul Ryan. The National Jewish Democratic Jewish...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 10, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    This week, I would like to recommend a book. It took me a while to find a good book in Hebrew which was translated to English. Unfortunately, there aren’t many of them, and I must admit: you miss out on a lot. Fortunately, considering the circumstances, the Minheret HaZman (The Time...

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