This Sunday, a group of 1500 participants of ‘Welcome to Palestine’ fly-in protest planned on flying to Tel-Aviv in an act of solidarity with the Palestinians in the West Bank. Their plan, as reported by them online, was to protest against the so called segregation and inequality,...
How the Chabad rebbe helped create food stamps, and other Jewish Medal of Freedom stories
Russia and Turkey refuse to back down in row over jet downing
Jonathan Pollard’s job offer stands
Book about mental illness — created by a Jewish father and son — wins National Book Award
Obama administration: Still a ‘big no’ on supporting settlement building
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July 20, 2011 | 5:25 pm
As I walked my dog around the neighborhood last night, in deep suburbia of Orange County, I was completely caught off guard when a man said “Hello!” I am not sure how it is in other suburban areas of this country, but around mine its a pretty uncommon thing to hear. It was such...
May 17, 2011 | 11:55 am
Ever since Tiger Woods slipped and unleashed a fury onto himself, every woman out there has been asking the same question: “How could he? Why would he?” Then, Jesse James, a.k.a. Mr. Sandra Bullock followed in suit, not to mention countless government officials; gay or straight. ...
June 3, 2010 | 11:45 am
A lab analysis of a swastika-stamped bar of soap said to be made from Holocaust victims shows no human remains.
The beige bar, said to have been made during the Nazi era and put for sale at a Montreal curiosity shop, made headlines in March when the owner claimed it was made from...
May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Biting off more than most of us can chew, husband and wife authors Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams have taken on the enormously ambitious task of tackling that age-old question: How did the world get here, and does our existence really matter? Primack is a professor of physics...
September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm
I've always kept a mental list of places about to disappear, such as the ruins of Angor Wat in Cambodia. Never -- ever -- was New Orleans on that list.
My first visit to New Orleans was as a college student, driving 36 hours straight from Vermont to attend Mardi Gras. I kept...
August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a Muslim issue. It is a dispute over land, it is about an occupation that must end and it is about a people who deserve a state. But it is not a religious dispute.
For too long, the assumption that this is a religious conflict has gone...
March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
May 17 will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling Brown vs. Board of Education that outlawed separate educational facilities as inherently unequal.
Less well-known is Orange County's role in establishing that historic precedent. In 1947, a group of parents...
May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm
On Shavuot, we read special sections from the Torah. One of those is the Ten Commandments. The first five are engraved on the right tablet. The second five on the left. The first five, according to the rabbis, fall into the category of commandments "between humans...
November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pmWe believe in a God who dreams. The Torah is the story of the transaction between God's dreams and human reality. God dreams of a world of goodness. God creates humanity - fashioned in the divine image - to share the dream. But human beings betrayed God's dreams. We filled the world...
October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm
March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pmConsider the lyrics of Cheryl Wheeler's song "Unworthy":
"I'm unworthy -- and no matter what I'm doing I should certainly be doing something else.
And it's selfish, to be thinking I'm unworthy. All this me, me, me, me, self, self, self, self, self.
I should learn how to meditate and sew...
March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pmSometimes the same thing that got you into trouble can get you out of it. Take for example the fact that in last week's Torah portion, our ancestors used their gold jewelry to fashion a golden calf. For this act of idolatry and faithlessness, thousands were killed as God's anger...
October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Before God created the human being, according to alegend of the Midrash, He consulted the angels of heaven. The angelof peace argued, "Let him not be created; he will bring contentioninto the world." But the angel of compassion countered, "Let him becreated; he will bring...