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  • 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...

  • Jewish values inspire immigration reform

    May 22, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Gabby’s grandmother is dying.

    Of all the stories of the human condition, in many ways, this is quite ordinary. It’s a story of an elderly grandmother and her granddaughter; of familial love and loss. But this story is far more complicated because Gabby hasn’t seen her grandmother...

  • Two states for two peoples is a Jewish value

    December 13, 2012 | 1:46 pm

    The two-state solution is the object of a lot of discussion right now, mostly theoretical and mostly negative, and — at least on the Jewish and Israeli side — not showing a lot of action. Most opinion polls will tell you that Israelis still overwhelmingly support the idea of the...

  • The Culture of Bullying: It’s Not Just Kids!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 25, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    ABC News reports that close to 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and around 160,000 kids stay home from school every day out of fear of being bullied. Up to 10 percent of students either drop out or transfer to another school due to bullying. In the...

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  • Patriot Jew

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Two distinct kinds of Diaspora Jews have emerged over the millennia: the two "P" Jews. One is Persecuted Jew, the Jew who has lived through governments and regimes that have been most unkind to their endemic Jewish populations. Sadly, this has been the majority of our Diaspora...
  • Darfur project cooks up first for Bronfman prize

    By Tom Tugend

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The simplest innovations sometimes lead to the greatest rewards, as Rachel Andres learned this week when she was named the 2008 recipient of the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize.

    The annual prize is awarded to a person or team under 50 years of age, whose Jewish values spark...

  • What is valuable?

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    I am blessed that my children generally get along well. Now that they are 3 1/2 and 1 1/2, however, they do tussle over toys. A few times, my son, the elder, has screamed the toddler credo -- "It's mine!" -- right in his sister's face.

    In light of such indignation, I reminded them...

  • Did we need blood?

    By David Suissa

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    A fascinating debate has broken out among certain members of the community regarding the appropriateness of publicizing people's personal e-mails. A week ago, this paper went public with some incendiary e-mails from a rabbi who was trying to discourage women -- who were considered...
  • What makes a good politico?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    What makes a good politician? More to the point for Jewish Journal readers, what makes a good Jewish politician?

    I've been thinking about this since I spoke to the Westwood Women's Bruin Club about my book, "Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics."

    In my talk, as I did...

  • Lessons of gratitude

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the course of a lifetime, we encounter any number of friends.

    Some are friends by happenstance -- friends who happen to attend school with us, happen to work where we do or reside near us. When we graduate from school, change careers or relocate, most such friends slowly...

  • Reform Jews must refashion Shabbat

    By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The following remarks are edited from an hourlong sermon delivered at the biennial of the Union of Reform Judaism held in San Diego on Dec. 15.

    .... In the last half century, working patterns have changed. Not everyone works on Saturday now, and Jews, more than ever before, crave...

  • Keeping the peace

    By Yehuda Lev

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    My wife Rosie, a professor of history, can be a formidable woman, especially when advancing upon some miscreant, tire iron in hand. That was the scene one midnight some years ago when she came across a man beating his wife in the middle of a Sunland street. Slamming on the brakes,...
  • A moral dilemma— ‘No Country for Old Men’

    By Jason Berger

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The world is rapidly changing. Whether it be the greedy nature of mankind or the constantly upgraded weaponry, the world is evolving for better or for worse. This idea sets up the mainframe for the highly acclaimed new feature film, "No Country for Old Men," a film that not only...
  • Chanukah and adult faith

    By Danya Ruttenberg

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A lot of people have trouble with Chanukah. I did, for years. I'd go to parties and nibble on my latke or sufganiyot while grumbling under my breath about how there was nothing here to celebrate. I'd light my Chanukiyah, but I'd only do the bare minimum needed to fulfill the mitzvah...
  • Magazine makes GOOD on charity lifestyle

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It was an unusual business model for any magazine, let alone one trying to get off the ground: Recruit subscribers not through direct mail or paid advertising, but by allowing them to earmark their $20 subscription to one of 12 charities.

    But to Ben Goldhirsh, the brains and bread...

  • Come, let us reason

    By Rob Eshman

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Writers Strike is a Jewish issue.

    How do I know that? Because everyone is saying it's not. The writers who are demanding a larger share of DVD rights and residuals for their work and the producers who refuse to give it to them both say, repeatedly, that despite the fact that so...

  • Be like God

    By David Suissa

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I've always been fascinated by how words -- even great, powerful words -- can evaporate. We talk about the power of words and ideas to change people's lives, but in reality we so easily forget them and move on with our lives.

    I can't tell you how many times I'll hear a...

  • Don’t chastise Jews’ grants to non-Jewish causes

    By Gary Tobin

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish foundations are growing by leaps and bounds, giving away billions of dollars and supporting practically every cause and organization that you can

    imagine. This is good news, unless of course you are in the camp that believes Jews and the foundations they create are misguided...

  • Jewish philanthropy in Israel will be marginalized if it doesn’t change

    By Gidi Grinstein

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish philanthropy in Israel is at a crossroads. Powerful trends are marginalizing its impact on Israeli society. More than a billion dollars of philanthropic giving from Jews worldwide, spurred by endless goodwill, passion and care, are not impacting Israel or contributing to...
  • College students are a new breed of philanthropists

    By Celia Soudry

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's not uncommon for well-established, wealthy members of a community to donate money to various causes, but these days, there's a new breed of philanthropist in town -- the college student.

    University Hillels throughout Southern California are developing philanthropy and...

  • The changing nature of Jewish philanthropy

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles has assets of $750 million, including $312 million in donor-advised funds for about 1,500 people. Donors range from those with a few thousand dollars to multimillionaires.

    Offering the built-in philanthropic guidance of a community...
  • Stuck in the middle

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    My name is Isaac. You think you know me, but you really don't. I am stuck in between two generations, constantly overshadowed by my father, Abraham, and my son, Jacob. If you ask anyone to name the nation that eventually came from my family, they either refer to them as "the...
  • Teen makes a difference for orphans in Kenya slum

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Instead of splurging on a Wii or a state-of-the-art laptop, Ryan Silver, of Manhattan Beach, donated a portion of his gift money to orphans in a Nairobi slum.

    "I think the best thing you can do is help another person," said Silver, 13. "I have a better life than the kids [in the...

  • Tikkun for which olam?

    By David Suissa

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to be popular in the Jewish world today, just say tikkun olam. Everywhere you go it seems that Jews of all stripes are jumping on this universal bandwagon.

    It's not just the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, secular, progressive and humanistic groups. Many...

  • The Upgrade Generation

    By David Suissa

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I often think about the kind of life my grandfather led. In his small Jewish neighborhood of Marrakesh, the days resembled each other -- you worked, you prayed, you learned, you spent time with family and neighbors. The days and weeks followed the same Jewish pattern, year in and...
  • Good employment practices a sign for Israeli tourists

    By Jeremy Wimpfheimer

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli restaurant owners are well accustomed to the question, "Do you have a teudah?" referring to the official certificate deeming all food and food preparation to be kosher in accordance with rabbinical guidelines.

    Yet, as a result of the efforts of Bema'aglei Tzedek, a...

  • In Quest for Meaning

    By Judea Pearl

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Man is a meaning-seeking animal. Hardly a second goes by in which our mind does not stop its routine activities to ponder the meaning of the input it receives from our senses or from its own activities.

    When faced with meaningless observations, the mind invents its own fantasies to...

  • Listen and Respond

    By Rabbi David Baron

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On the New Year we learn to pay closer heed to the words we speak, their impact on others and the subtle messages our words convey. As we listen more acutely to the call for help from others, we also take upon ourselves the duty to respond in a timely manner and rally around those in...
  • The Answer

    By Rob Eshman

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I just spent two days listening to some of the most brilliant and famous Jewish scholars, rabbis and thinkers in the world discuss the question "Why Be Jewish?" and they didn't give me one clear answer.

    And that's funny, because even before I came to the conference, I knew the...

  • Israeli, Iranian and Russian immigrants learn the American way of giving

    By Amy Klein

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When the Los Angeles Jewish community staged a rally to show support for Israel during the conflict with Lebanon last year, Israeli Consul General Ehud Danoch was pleased by the numbers, but bothered by the fact that there were not many Israelis there.

    "You would have thought 30,000...

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