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  • Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    4 days ago

    Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat...

  • Why we write

    By Rob Eshman

    March 5, 2014 | 10:45 am

    On Monday, I gave a talk to visiting young Israelis on a subject near and dear to my heart: Just what is the Jewish Journal?

    These Israelis were next-generation leaders, here in Los Angeles as part of the KOLOT program, which exposes secular Israelis to Jewish tradition,...

  • Thin God’s image

    December 9, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    Scrolling down the Pinterest page, I see countless photos of bikini clad girls with emaciated bodies. Mirror selfies tagged as ‘thinspiration’ showcase razor-sharp hipbones, protruding ribs, and skeletal thighs set several inches apart.  The blogger’s comments? “Thigh gap and flat...

  • Best. Site. Ever.

    By David Suissa

    November 6, 2013 | 1:06 pm

    It’s common these days to micromanage what information we receive. Many of us have a list of favorite Web sites and blogs we regularly go to, as well as Facebook pages and mobile apps that reflect our individual tastes and ideologies. It’s a way of maintaining some level of control...

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  • Coping with loss in the age of the internet

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    When my mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, died in May 2011, the in-person Jewish community provided all the basics — post-shivah meals, abundant hugs and three places to say Kaddish: Temple Beth Am for daily minyan, Friday nights at IKAR and Shabbat mornings at B’nai David-Judea....

  • Israeli who murdered his parents used tips he found online

    July 1, 2013 | 10:12 am

    An Israeli who stabbed his mother and father to death was convicted of murder on Monday partly because he searched online for tips including "how to kill your parents and get away with it."

    Daniel Maoz, 29, wanted money from his inheritance in order to pay heavy gambling debts,...

  • Anti-Semitism 2.0: Who are the modern anti-Semites?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 9, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    On Sunday, our national Holocaust Remembrance Day, Israel's Channel 2 aired a documentary about modern anti-Semitism. At some point, a man was interviewed, saying that the Jews are to blame for all the troubles of the world, and that "Hitler was too nice." This, like many claims of...

  • Rebooting Bubbie

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    November 29, 2012 | 3:41 pm

    Who’s your bubbie

    When it comes to food, she might not be the short, Yiddish-speaking grandmother that comes to mind.

    “Every family has a recipe that it holds dear, and every recipe has a person behind it, and typically, yes, it is your Yiddish bubbie,” said David Sax, author...

  • New cybercrime law in the United Arab Emirates is rights issue

    November 28, 2012 | 9:41 am

    Trying to stop the Internet these days may feel like Sisyphus pushing a rock to the top of the mountain. But officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are certainly giving it a try.

    A new cyber-crime law issued by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan protects credit...

  • Words can kill

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 8, 2012 | 9:27 am

    For the past few weeks my mind has been preoccupied. An event that occurred in my home town got me thinking on how mean can people be? And moreover- how mean can young people be? What makes a kid or a teenager, who didn't even get the chance to experience real life, own a heart of...

  • Criminalize anti-Semitic websites, Rome provincial council says in motion

    October 30, 2012 | 9:40 am

    Rome’s provincial council is calling for websites that promote racism and anti-Semitism to be blocked and such online hatred criminalized.

    The council on Monday unanimously passed a motion voicing solidarity with Rome local official Carla Di Veroli and with the Rome Jewish...

  • Riots, filmmaking and the wrong thing to say

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 24, 2012 | 10:10 am

    In the past week, Muslims from all over the world lost it because of a movie. Since I haven't seen it, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and say it is, in fact, more offensive than any artistic protest ever made before. Does this justify violent behavior on such scale? Does...

  • New internet censorship in Gaza

    September 4, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Many Gazans have long lamented that there’s not much to do in the Gaza Strip. There are no movie theaters, pool halls or bowling alleys -- all of which are seen as “un-Islamic.” And it’s not getting any better. In fact, now, curbs are being extended further – to the Internet.
    ...

  • Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in 2011, report says

    July 5, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in volume last year, according to a Spanish Jewish community monitor.

    In a report on anti-Semitism in Spain in 2011, the Observatory on Anti-Semitism in that country counted more than 1,000 anti-Semitic sites and web pages that it said were...

  • Rabbinical court fines man for being unfaithful on Facebook

    May 29, 2012 | 4:13 pm

    A woman reportedly proved to an Israeli rabbinical court that her husband was unfaithful by showing it correspondence between him and other women on Facebook.

    The court awarded the woman damages from her husband of about $40,000, Ynet reported. It did not identify where the couple...

  • For haredi Orthodox, Internet threat harkens back to the Enlightenment

    May 22, 2012 | 1:47 pm

    To the outside observer, the Charedi Orthodox anti-Internet rally at New York’s Citi Field may have looked uniform: a single mass of black hats, white shirts and brown beards.

    But the crowd at the May 20 event was far from homogeneous.

    Yiddish speakers sat next to Anglophones....

  • Teach children to be their own Internet filters

    May 21, 2012 | 3:01 pm

    Tens of thousands of Jews filled Citi Field in Queens on Sunday and heard from haredi Orthodox leaders that the Internet should be avoided in the home at all costs and used sparingly at work, and then only with a filter blocking content that could be damaging spiritually.

    Debate as...

  • Haredim fill N.Y. stadium to decry Internet’s dangers

    May 21, 2012 | 10:50 am

    The sellout crowd that filled the New York Mets’ Citi Field on Sunday night wore black and white, not the Mets’ blue and orange.

    And instead of jeering the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves, they faced a foe that was, to hear them talk about it, far more formidable: the...

  • Haredim fill N.Y. baseball stadium to decry error of Internet’s ways

    May 21, 2012 | 10:10 am

    The sellout crowd that filled Citi Field on Sunday night wore black and white, not the New York Mets’ blue and orange.

    And instead of jeering the Philadelphia Phillies or Atlanta Braves, they faced a foe that was, to hear them talk about it, far more formidable: the World Wide Web....

  • Orthodox rally for a more kosher Internet

    May 14, 2012 | 11:15 am

    An upcoming haredi Orthodox mega-rally in New York about the dangers posed by the Internet has a promotional Twitter account.

    The event’s box office has an email address. Speeches will be live streamed. And one of the event’s organizers owns a Web marketing company specializing...

  • Survey discovers Israel’s digital divide

    May 9, 2012 | 9:19 am

    The higher one’s income the more likely he will be connected to the Internet, a new survey of Israelis’ Internet use has found.

    Some four out of 10 respondents, or 40.7 percent, who defined their income levels as “well below average” are not connected to the Internet, but fewer...

  • Quit Facebook or risk expulsion, N.Y. Orthodox school orders students

    March 28, 2012 | 10:23 am

    An Orthodox Jewish girls’ high school in Brooklyn has ordered its 11th-grade students to close their Facebook accounts and pay a fine.

    Administrators at the Beis Rivkah High School, which is associated with the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, reportedly called each 11th-grader with...

  • The battle to get ‘Bully’ seen by those who need it most

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    At Sioux City Middle School in Iowa, 12-year-old Alex Libby is the odd-man-out. Seen by his peers as different, he has golden hair, gentle eyes, a wide, flat nose and permanently puckered lips. Together, they might seem to express something both pouty and vulnerable, sweet and sad....

  • Q&A with an expert on bullying

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Ron Avi Astor, the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development at USC, has been studying the epidemiology of school violence for nearly 30 years. In 1997, he moved his family to Jerusalem for one year to run the first-ever large-scale comprehensive school...

  • The Revolutionary Impact of the Technology Explosion Explained!!!!!

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 20, 2012 | 8:32 am

    Barcelona Media, an interdisciplinary center of research and innovation, hosted the Norman Lear USC Annenberg Center director Marty Kaplan to speak at its 10th anniversary celebration on March 6, 2012.

    A disclaimer – Marty is a dear friend, but I was under no obligation to post...

  • An internet guide to finding Israeli products

    November 17, 2011 | 11:38 am

    You could say it all started in 1967, when one of Howard Bernstein’s daughters got married.

    “I insisted we serve Israeli wine,” the Chicago businessman and founder of the Buy Israel Goods (BIG) Web site said. He had visited Israel both as a tourist and in his position as an...

  • Palestinians say hackers hit Internet services

    November 1, 2011 | 11:32 am

    Hackers disrupted Palestinian Internet services in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the Palestinian telecoms minister said, alleging that a foreign government was behind the interference.

    “All Palestinian IP addresses have been exposed to a focused, organised attack from...

  • Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain is feeling ‘Connected’

    October 17, 2011 | 5:32 pm

    Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain is certainly no Luddite. She co-founded the Webby Awards in 1996 to showcase excellence on the then-fledgling Internet. Yet 15 years later she, like many of us, is ambivalent about the technology that allows people to connect to the web 24 hours a day, 7 days...

  • Can Match.com save you from dating a sex offender?

    By Ilana Angel

    August 24, 2011 | 10:28 pm

    Match.com has agreed that they will start screening their members to ensure they are not sex offenders.  While it is certainly a nice gesture, and one that will protect people, it is not going to make a tangible difference in how people date online.  At the end of the day, people...

  • Single Mother or Single Woman?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 23, 2011 | 7:16 pm

    It is Saturday afternoon and I am once again contemplating my dating life. Never a good thing.  While at Whole Foods today, a man approached me and asked if I was Ms. Angel.  When it was established that I was the Ms. Angel from The Jewish Journal, he asked if he could buy me a...

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