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  • Obama ties to ‘separatist’ pastor raise big questions

    By Edwin Black

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In the end, it was not the lies about his religion, but the truth about his religion that may have irrevocably splattered the image of Barack Obama.

    Democratic presidential front-runner Obama survived a malicious viral e-mail campaign that he was a Muslim. But can the populist...

  • Authors explain Jewish influences on their works

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Journal invited writers who will be featured at Sunday's Festival of Books to answer the simple, essential question that every Jewish writer is often asked: "What Jewish sources -- ideas, writings, traditions -- inspire you, and how do they show up in your work?"

    The...

  • Q & A with investigative journalist Seymour Hersh

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Journalist Seymour M. Hersh, 70, announced his arrival in Washington nearly four decades ago by uncovering the U.S. military massacre of Vietnamese women and children at My Lai and winning the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. As a freelancer for the tiny Dispatch...
  • Thirty Years of Carlebach Rock

    By George Robinson

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's musical legacy has taken many forms, from the dozens of minyanim whose worship uses his music to the excellent recordings made by his daughter, Neshama. But the most enduring and unexpected offspring from Carlebach's folkie neo-Chasidism is the number of jam...

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  • Fifty Nifty Tribemembers

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The weather may be warmer, the people more laid-back, and it may be several-thousand miles away from the larger Jewish communities of New York and Chicago, but that apparently doesn't stop Los Angeles from having a big toothy influence on national Jewish affairs.

    There are,...

  • A Mother’s Wish for Her Daughter’s Day

    By Wendy Jaffe

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aaaah, to be a Jewish parent 1,000 years ago. Sure you had to worry about anti-Semites trying to exterminate your people, dying from the flu and wild animals eating your children for lunch, but what a breeze to plan your child's bar mitzvah. No invitations to send, no DJs to hire, no...

  • One Historian’s Look at How Jews Shaped the Modern Age

    By David N. Myers

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "The Jewish Century," by Yuri Slezkine. (Princeton University Press, $29.95).

    Yuri Slezkine opens this major new book by declaring: "The modern age is the Jewish age, and the 20th century, in particular, is the Jewish century." This assertion may ring bells.

    Anti-Semites have...

  • Do We Have Anything Left to Give?

    By David Suissa

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Do the Jews have anything left to give to America?

    This question was on my mind recently, after I was on a panel at Brandeis-Bardin Institute to discuss the Jewish influence on American culture. The popular view on this subject is invariably, "Just look at all the Jews who run...

  • Reality of Their Own

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Reality TV is nothing new. Since the dawn of television, there have always been unscripted formats and game shows of one kind or another. However, the current incarnation of reality programming -- shows such as "Survivor," "The Bachelor," and "Fear Factor" -- may be the most durable...

  • Students Sound Off on War in Mideast

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The U.S. had all the right reasons for going to war with Iraq without the support of United Nations," said Jordana Friedman, an eighth-grader at Kadima Hebrew Academy in Woodland Hills. "[Their leaders] lied. They said they were disarmed. Do we want another Sept. 11? I think we're...

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