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  • How to destroy your Thanksgiving dinner

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    One of the more obnoxious things I’ve read this year is a piece in Vox titled, “How to Survive Your Family’s Thanksgiving Arguments,” complete with a handy guide to help you turn a warm family gathering into a political food fight.

    Never mind that you can have these political...

  • Astonished in the Swirl of Existence

    5 days ago

    [Editor's Note: This seemed a good entry for the Thanksgiving holiday (in the U.S., it is November 26th this year). We at Kavod v'Nichum wish all, whether you celebrate the event this week, at another time, or not at all, a time of blessings; love, plenty, prosperity, health, and...

  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    5 days ago

    On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress. The...

  • Partition, pragmatism and missed opportunities between Israel and the Palestinians

    5 days ago

    Two scholars examine, from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


    The Palestinian national movement has long been...

  • Partition and the triumph of Zionist pragmatism

    5 days ago

    Two scholars examine, from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


    In a famous diary entry after the First Zionist Congress...

  • November 29: The Jewish Thanksgiving Day

    By Judea Pearl

    5 days ago

    For several years now, I have been campaigning to declare Nov. 29 as the Jewish Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks to Lady History and to the many heroic players who stood behind the historic United Nations vote on Nov. 29, 1947, an event that has changed so dramatically the...

  • What’s a dollar a month worth?

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    People love the Jewish Journal. They love picking it up, at a shul or deli or cafe or market, and flipping through the stories of the Jewish world. There’s nothing quite like it in Los Angeles — a gathering place where all the voices of our community can be heard.

    I can’t tell...

  • News reports revive AJU environmental debate

    5 days ago

    Nuclear activist Dan Hirsch made a promise in 1979 that would drag him into a three-decade fight he didn’t ask for, a fight that has since drawn in Boeing, an alphabet soup of regulators and, most recently, American Jewish University (AJU).

    Hirsch’s students at UCLA had dug up...

  • Missing Maryland Jewish college student found dead

    1 week ago

    A Jewish college student from Maryland was found dead in Pennsylvania with what was reported to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    The body of Jacob Marberger, a sophomore at Washington College who had been missing since Nov. 16, was discovered Saturday in a nature sanctuary in...

  • Mao’s Jews

    1 week ago

    On Oct. 1, 1967, China’s National Day, Sidney Rittenberg had reached the pinnacle of his revolutionary career. It was the 18th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and Rittenberg was seated on a reviewing stand less than fifty feet from Mao Zedong,...

  • This is not my America. Is it yours?

    1 week ago

    Two scary tweets fell into my feed yesterday. In the first, Linda Sarsour, a Brooklyn mom and activist shared, “When ur kids sends u a text w/ a link to a mayor invoking Japanese internment camps. ‘You think they would do that?’ OMG. My heart.”
In a reply, Suroor Raziuddin, a...

  • #WeAreNext

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    The campaign to keep Syrian refugees out of the United States represents a complete lack of faith — not just in Syrian refugees, and not just in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but in America itself.

    I would like to be able to say such a campaign is un-American, but...

  • Reform movement will continue to push for transgender rights

    1 week ago

    On Nov. 5, delegates to the Union for Reform Judaism’s 73rd biennial convention unanimously adopted a resolution on the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. It was a moment of great pride and celebration, tempered by the knowledge that just two days earlier —...

  • Comfort of a Paris home in jeopardy

    1 week ago

    Parisians Babette and Sasha Bergman lead what many would consider a charmed life.

    Both Jewish high-tech professionals in their 30s — they met while working at Google’s European headquarters in Ireland — the Bergmans settled in this capital city shortly before the birth of their...

  • U.S. yeshiva student among 5 dead in Palestinian terror attacks

    1 week ago

    Three people were killed in a shooting attack in the West Bank, including an American yeshiva student, hours after two Jewish men were stabbed to death in Tel Aviv at a prayer service.

    The five deaths in the attacks, reportedly by Palestinians, are the most on a single day since...

  • Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

    1 week ago

    My favorite Torah story when I work with people facing the uncertainty of a grave illness or death is the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel. (Genesis 32.) Jacob’s facing mortality was not due to illness. He was worried that his brother Esau might be planning to murder him in...

  • Member of prominent Chasidic family comes out as transgender

    2 weeks ago

    A 24-year-old Brooklyn descendant of one of Chasidic Judaism’s founders has come out as transgender.

    Raised Charedi Orthodox in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, Abby — originally Srully — Stein told the New York Post, and announced on a personal blog called The Second...

  • Chicago rabbi found guilty of sexually assaulting teen

    2 weeks ago

    A Chicago rabbi was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

    Rabbi Aryeh “Larry” Dudovitz assaulted the boy when he was supposed to be counseling the teenager for questioning his Orthodox Jewish faith, Cook County Judge Evelyn Clay ruled Monday in the bench trial,...

  • Paris rabbi following raid: Terrorists will not affect Jewish life here

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    2 weeks ago

    The presence of terrorists in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis will not affect the daily life of the Jewish community there, the head of the local Chabad center said.

    Following a raid Wednesday that ended with the death of two suspected terrorists in the poor and heavily Muslim...

  • The Struggle for Honor for May Peleg

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    2 weeks ago

    According to the Times of Israel in “Haredi mother of transgender woman fights to stop her cremation,” May Peleg’s Will was clear: She wanted to be cremated. She also feared her family of origin would try to interfere with her stated wishes, so she asked a lawyer to fight for her...

  • It is a sin not to visit Israel now

    By Dennis Prager

    2 weeks ago

    If you are a Jew who cares about Israel and you have the money to pay for a ticket and a hotel room, it is a sin not to visit to Israel at this time.

    That is a message every rabbi who cares about Israel should be conveying to his/her congregation.

    I just returned from another...

  • Heads of the Hydra

    2 weeks ago

    This time it’s Paris. It was already Paris earlier this year. It was also Madrid, London, New York and suburban Washington D.C., and it was the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999, and the infamous Moscow theater disaster in 2002. In each case, terrible...

  • Adam Sandler updates ‘The Chanukah Song’ for first in since 2002

    2 weeks ago

    Adam Sandler has updated “The Chanukah Song” for the first time since 2002.

    The Jewish actor and comedian debuted the new version on Saturday night as a surprise guest at Judd Apatow’s stand-up special at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The updated tune listed a new group of...

  • In Paris, a Shabbat marred by terror

    2 weeks ago

    My son and I met in Paris on Friday morning, walked the charming streets of the City of Light, visited the Picasso and Pompidou museums, then went to synagogue at the MJLF (Mouvement Juif Libéral de France), one of the most vibrant Reform synagogues in Paris.

    Rabbi Delphine...

  • Security boosted at Milan Jewish sites after stabbing

    2 weeks ago

    Italy boosted security at Jewish sites in Milan on Friday after an Israeli Jew was knifed in the city, police said.

    Nathan Graff was stabbed in the back and face on Thursday evening by an unknown assailant near a Jewish school in Italy's financial capital, police said. They added...

  • Kerry: Defeat ‘Zionism is racism’ by confronting anti-Semitism, advancing 2 states

    2 weeks ago

    The struggle to defeat the notion that Zionism is racism persists both in the battle against resurgent anti-Semitism and the efforts to arrive at a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said.

    “Too many outside this room fail to...

  • Nordstrom pulls Chanukah sweater seen as insulting to Jewish women

    2 weeks ago

    Nordstrom pulled a women’s Hanukkah sweater from its stores and website after it was criticized for perpetuating negative stereotypes of Jewish women.

    The blue sweater has the words “Chai Maintenance” knitted on the top and “Hanukkah J.A.P.” on the bottom. JAP stands for Jewish...

  • 7 employees of Jewish family company among dead in Ohio plane crash

    2 weeks ago

    Eight of the nine people killed in an Ohio plane crash have been identified, seven from a Jewish family company in South Florida.

    The passengers were employees of PEBB Enterprises, a real estate firm in Boca Raton. No one survived the Tuesday evening crash of the chartered plane...

  • Vintage California: Eve Babitz revisited

    3 weeks ago

    Eve Babitz has a provocative and sassy voice, and an intelligent one too.  She can seem self-involved but seduces us with her originality.  One can sense quiet rumblings of disappointment beneath her prose, which is carefully cultivated to make her seem a carefree soul who would...

  • Hebron and the potential for Israeli-Arab coexistence

    3 weeks ago

    I am currently in Israel with my wife, and a friend of ours who lives here called to ask if we would like to join the thousands of pilgrims who visit Hebron for Shabbat Chayei Sarah. It is not strictly an “anniversary” weekend, but seeing as this parsha (Torah portion) describes...

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