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  • Ginger Jews

    By Roger Price

    June 16, 2015 | 10:11 am

    Last year, about two hundred red haired Israeli Jews gathered for a conference at Kibbutz Gezer in Israel. While that is a nice size group, there were, apparently, many hundreds who were interested in attending, but unable to do so. Those who attended the conference shared...

  • Sagan, Stars and Grains of Sand

    By Roger Price

    May 12, 2015 | 1:57 pm

    Who could look at the stars and yawn? Certainly not astronomer Carl Sagan. Sagan, a serious scientist, popularized a journey though the universe just over a third of a century ago with his award winning TV series, Cosmos. To impress upon his viewers how many stars existed, Sagan...

  • Is this really the Torah God gave Moses at Sinai? (Part 2)

    By Roger Price

    March 26, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    The idea that 3300 years ago, at Sinai, God gave Moses a Torah identical to the Torah we have today is a powerful concept, one that still resonates. But is it probable, even plausible?

    Previously, to explore this idea, we have taken the text of the Torah as we have it today and...

  • Waging Today’s Battles

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 27, 2015 | 5:34 pm

    We read in the Mishna about Moshe and the Jewish people’s battle with Amalek, which we will recall this Shabbat, Parsha Zachor, the Shabbat preceding Purim.

    “And so it was, when Moshe raised his hand, Israel prevailed…” (Exodus 17:11). Did the hands of Moshe make or break the...

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  • Is this really the Torah God gave Moses at Sinai? (Part 1)

    By Roger Price

    February 25, 2015 | 10:14 am

    The Torah is the foundational text of the Jewish People. Initially, it asserts a pre-history and a purpose of the ancient Judahite kingdom to which contemporary Jews trace their emotional and often actual genetic origin, setting forth the kingdom’s legends and lore, its poetry and...

  • Anti-vaxxers, intactivists and motivated reasoning

    By Roger Price

    January 14, 2015 | 10:42 am

    If you write a piece positive about medically approved vaccinations, as I did here and as Dr. Albert Fuchs did here, people who oppose vaccinations, the anti-vaxxers, will respond quickly and forcefully. If you write something positive about the millennia old tradition of male...

  • Why Jews unite more than Christians

    By David Suissa

    August 11, 2014 | 9:37 am

    Imagine that you are a Jew, and that you are president of the United States. Your security adviser has just whispered in your ear that 200 Jewish girls in Africa have been kidnapped and are being threatened with rape.

    Or imagine that you are the most prominent rabbi in the world...

  • What if Cyrus had not freed the Jews?

    By Roger Price

    September 24, 2013 | 9:01 am

      Over twenty-five centuries ago, Cyrus II, founder and ruler of the Persian Empire, freed the Jews who had been transported forcibly to Babylon and facilitated the reconstruction of their Temple in Jerusalem. Without the intervention of Cyrus, the Jewish People and Judaism as we...

  • Can Israel and Diaspora Jewry agree to disagree? I think they don’t have much choice

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 30, 2012 | 10:44 am

    I'm taking a break from the American political campaign for a couple of days – I know, taking a break now is a little strange, but life doesn't always work exactly the way it should – to discuss important matters to the Jewish people.

    The Jewish People Policy Institute is having...

  • Good Jew, Bad Jew, Red Jew, Blue Jew

    By Ilana Angel

    November 19, 2011 | 4:23 pm

    I wrote an article this week about random people telling me they love Jews. It bothers me when people tell me they love all Jewish people.  I certainly don’t love all Jewish people.  Nobody can love an entire group of anything, whether it is people, places or things, and it’s...

  • Schoenberg buys Einstein letter for Holocaust museum

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 18, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    See below for complete letter.

    The “anonymous” buyer of a historic letter by Albert Einstein has identified himself as E. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg, president of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

    Schoenberg paid $13,936 for the one-page letter, signed by Einstein on...

  • Einstein letter sells for $14,000

    October 12, 2011 | 11:53 am

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  • Einstein letter on refugees sold for $13,936

    October 10, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    See below for complete letter.

    A 1939 letter written by Albert Einstein to a New York businessman, was sold Tuesday evening by a Los Angeles auction house for $13,936, double the anticipated price.

    “We [Jews] have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our...

  • How the Sabbath keeps the Jewish people

    April 2, 2010 | 10:55 am

    From Haaretz.com:

    To love Judaism is to know how much the Sabbath matters. But neither knowledge nor love is quite enough to move many Jews, perhaps most Jews, to observance, or even to the level of observance they feel, deep in their hearts, commanded to achieve.

    This state of cognitive dissonance prevails even in Israel, where the non-enforcement of the many Sabbath laws on the books has the effect of deepening the divide, every Saturday, between observant Jews and everyone else.

    Read the full article at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1160647.html

  • Props to Tiffany Shlain, honorary Hollywood Jew (from San Francisco) for ‘The Tribe’ [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    September 8, 2008 | 4:41 am

    We’ve been waiting for this to come out online for free, and here it is.  Tiffany Shlain’s amazing ‘The Tribe’—narrated by Peter Coyote—explores the history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham up through today, and uses the Barbie doll (created by Southern California Jewish...

  • VIDEO: The Tribe (The Barbie Doll and the History of the Jewish People)

    September 8, 2008 | 4:31 am

    What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film mixes old school narration with a new school visual style. The Tribe weaves together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take...

  • A Concert Behind Bars

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Most Jewish people I know have never set foot in L.A. County jails or a California state prison. Were they to do so, they would discover dangerous overcrowding in most penal institutions.

    They would see tens of thousands of inmates struggling to survive the daily routines of...

  • John Paul II and the Jews

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    For 20 centuries, the Catholic Church has had a turbulent relationship with the Jewish people. Jews were persecuted and held responsible for the death of Jesus, and were often the victims of church-instigated pogroms and anti-Semitic attacks.

    With the passing of Pope John...

  • Q & A With Larry Mark

    By Amy Klein

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Hey, Jewish filmmakers! If you've done everything you can to try to get to Park City this week for the Sundance Festival, or its increasingly popular avant-garde cousin, the Slamdance Festival, but haven't made the cut, next year try the SchmoozeDance Festival. Created five years...

  • Living Torah

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Imagine yourself forgotten, without anyone to protect you. Ruling powers are oppressing you and killing your children. The purported

    "reason" is economic, but a deep hatred based on mere difference underlies this attempted genocide. Helpless, you cry out. Who, in heaven and on...

  • Under the Circumstances

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The great violinist, Itzhak Perlman, suffered from polio as a child and ever since has been in a wheelchair. On one occasion, while performing a violin concerto, one of the strings broke. It occurred in the very first movement with an audible ping. Everyone waited to see what he...

  • Idea of Binational State Resurfaces

    By Leslie Susser

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When the Palestinian Authority prime minister warned recently that Palestinians might abandon their goal of an independent state and instead seek a single state of Arabs and Jews, Ahmed Qurei was playing one of his trump cards in the conflict with Israel.

    The idea is ultimately to...

  • Showdown Nears in Settlements Battle

    By Larry Derfner

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It would be hard to exaggerate how fateful, how historic is the drama about to begin at the settlement outposts. Here's where things stand:

    Within a few months, we will pretty well know if Israel's 36-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza will be on its way out or here to stay.

    ...

  • A Sampling of Sermons

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week, The Journal contacted various rabbis throughout the Southland and asked them to share with us excerpts from their High Holiday sermons.

    A Time to Rest and Reflect by Rabbi Debra Orenstein Congregation Makom Ohr Shalom

    Many Jews understand Shabbat as a series of...

  • Everyone Into The Pool

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Alex Fullman has always loved to swim. He started when he was 2 years old and began swimming competitively at 6. So when representatives of American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI) visited his sixth-grade class at Heschel Day School to encourage students to consider making a...

  • All Who Are in Need

    By Mark I. Rosen

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Passover is a holiday of remembrance, a time to recall and retell the story of the deliverance of the Jewish people from generations of Egyptian bondage. But there is also a different kind of remembering that takes place each Passover, in which memory is personal, not scripted....

  • Cherishing Passover

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, Passover seders in my family were rushed affairs more about the meal than the meaning of the holiday. Hungry children and adults quickly read through the haggadah.

    Surreptitious bites of matzah were silently swallowed. And all the while the aromas from the kitchen tickled...

  • 2040 Vision

    By Rob Eshman

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This, too, shall pass.

    And when the current government crisis in Israel, the showdown with Iraq and the conflict with the Palestinians are history, professor Avishay Braverman wonders, whither Israel?

    His answer: the Negev.

    "All our focus is on what I call the theater of the...

  • Israel Maintains Hope Through Despair

    By Steven L. Spiegel

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As we enter the year 5763, the mood of the Jewish people is justifiably dark indeed.

    It has been a year of increasing violence in the Middle East, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, hostility toward Israel, and a general air of crisis and ominous headlines -- a shared misery of...

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