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  • Preparing to Marry God: A Near-Death Experience.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    14 hours ago

    Today is a good day to die!

    In sharp contrast to the upcoming New Year celebration of 2015, where people party as if they will live forever, and dance to music focused around the “booty,” the Jewish New Year is a simulated near death experience, it’s focus the soul. 

    We...

  • Sunday Reads: Leonard Cohen’s 80th, The settlements’ party, Iran still dangerous

    By Shmuel Rosner

    20 hours ago

    US

    Eric Edelman, Ray Takeyh and Denis Ross remind us that Iran is still America’s biggest challenge in the Middle East –

    The United States and Iran stand at opposite ends of the spectrum of Middle East politics. The Islamic republic’s ideological compulsions and sheer...

  • Bennett and Weston: The politics of scapegoating

    2 days ago

    John Bennett, a Republican Representative in the Oklahoma State Legislature,  urged people recently on his Facebook page to “be wary of the individuals who claim to be Muslim-American” because, presumably, they pose a threat to us all. Leaders of several civil rights organizations...

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  • Committed to Being Perfectly Imperfect

    By Beit T'shuvah

    3 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here, in Bridgeport, Ct., getting ready for a weekend as a Scholar In Residence, I am in awe of where my life is today. I laugh at and pinch myself every day, realizing how awesome and crazy my life is. I get to hang out with smart, deep people; I...

  • Hipster guide to the High Holy Days

    4 days ago

    3 ways to find High Holy Day meals

     

    Ask your Jewish friends’ parents to adopt you for a couple of weeks.

    Call your local synagogue and have them match you with a family.

    Check out Sinai Temple’s “Break the Fast” on Yom Kippur, Oct. 4, 8-10:30 p.m. It’s $10 for guests, free...

  • Are Jews losing their story?

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    As we look back on the triumphs and failures of the past year, let’s reflect on one of the perennial shortfalls of the Jewish world — how we consistently overlook the importance of teaching the extraordinary story of the Jewish people. 

    When I say “the story of the Jewish...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    By tessc

    5 days ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • The martyrdom of Steven Sotloff

    By Danielle Berrin

    5 days ago

    “It is OK to be angry,” a reader scolded in an email I received over the weekend. 

    “When I saw you waxing nostalgic for your friend who was murdered (not killed) by Islamic trash, I wish that you (and others) would show some anger and look into the camera, point a finger, and...

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    5 days ago

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

  • Learning to Comfort, Learning to Do

    Dr. Dan Fendel

    5 days ago

    As I’ve read the recent entries on this blog, I’ve been struck that something like this would never have existed a generation ago. And I don’t mean the social media aspect but the subject matter: the topic of death was not out in the open until recently.

    Death in general, and the...

  • The Abuse We’re Still Not Talking About

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    6 days ago

    The news about the NFL’s Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson has put a spotlight, for the time being anyway, on domestic abuse. Whether it’s hitting a significant other or hitting a child, important issues are being raised about abuse, what proof of wrongdoing is required, what punishment...

  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    6 days ago

    Adam Greenberg saw one pitch in his first major league at-bat, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and effectively ended his MLB career. The ball hit with a sickening thud, popping Greenberg’s helmet off and sending the young ballplayer to the ground, where he clutched...

  • Paris Moishe House to open amid uptick in anti-Semitic attacks in France

    1 week ago

    Paris will see the opening of its first Moishe House amid a soaring number of anti-Semitic attacks in France.

    The launching party for the Moishe House in central Paris’ 11th Arrondissement, or district, is scheduled to take place next week, but the three residents moved into the...

  • British company apologizes for not letting Jewish kids in store

    By tessc

    1 week ago

    A British sporting goods chain has apologized for a security guard preventing identifiably Jewish preteens from entering one of its stores.

    The seventh-graders were wearing the uniforms of the Yavneh Academy, a Jewish secondary school, when they attempted to enter the Sports...

  • I would have booed Ted Cruz, too

    1 week ago

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the gumption to walk out, saying, “If you will not...

  • Sunday Reads: Is ISIL a threat to the US?, Israel’s new refusniks, The Eichmann trial revisited

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    US

    Former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin addresses several questions concerning the upcoming campaign against ISIL –

    The president sidestepped the question of Syria’s Bashar Assad last night. What does this mean? That he hopes — and he is likely correct — that we can...

  • Bnei Akiva seals $7.1 million deal on massive campground east of Los Angeles

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    On Sept. 12, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the local chapter of an international religious Zionist youth group, purchased a 78-acre campground in Running Springs for $7.1 million.

    The group has raised $8.5 million in a major capital campaign this year and plans to raise an...

  • A Soul under Construction.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    We are not born perfect- into an imperfect world.

    At birth we start with a cry.  Our grand entrance is with closed fists and our exit with open hands.  We circumcise our newborn males. Life is an exercise in humility.  Our hearts are shattered again and again as God seeks our...

  • Obama shifts on Syrian rebels, but is it too late?

    2 weeks ago

    Struggling Syrian rebels that President Barack Obama once derided as "former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth" now form a key pillar of the U.S. leader's strategy to beat back the militant insurgency known as Islamic State.

    For over three years, Obama has kept the...

  • Old Jews explaining Yiddish words will make your day

    Los Angeles Jewish Home

    2 weeks ago

  • Freedom has its costs, emotional chains in ‘The Face in the Reeds’

    2 weeks ago

    Closely held secrets, resentments and hidden pain are uncovered at a contentious family Passover dinner in the play “The Face in the Reeds,” now onstage at the Ruskin Group Theatre. In the play, the seder has been carefully arranged by Christina (Stacey Moseley), the wife and...

  • Feeling the Soul Depart

    Deborah Brown

    2 weeks ago

    During the first Taharah in which I participated, I was given the job of holding the meitah's/deceased woman’s head. I had such a powerful feeling of an energy coming through me and a sense of my own head being held, feeling that the energy went out of me and into the hands that I...

  • West Coast Chabad celebrates 50 years with annual telethon

    By tessc

    2 weeks ago

    It’s become Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin’s token slogan: “Call the music! Call the tote!” 

    He belted it out after a live segment with actor Jon Voight during Chabad’s 34th annual “To Life” telethon on Sept. 7. Music blasted, the tote board displaying the amount of money raised so...

  • Prof denied post at Illinois over Israel tweets threatens to sue

    2 weeks ago

    A professor whose job offer at the University of Illinois was rescinded following anti-Israel tweets demanded that the offer be reinstated.

    Steven Salaita, making his first public remarks since losing the appointment, said at a news conference Tuesday that the university’s...

  • White House says beheaded U.S. journalist not ‘sold’ to Islamic State

    2 weeks ago

    The United States has no information indicating beheaded American journalist Steven Sotloff was "sold" to Islamic State militants by moderate Syrian opposition rebels, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Tuesday.

    Sotloff family spokesman Barak Barfi told CNN on Monday...

  • The media’s tragic obsession with Israel

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    Who pays the highest price for the media’s obsession with Israel? Hint: It’s not Israel. It’s the millions of victims who are ignored while the media chases what former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman calls its “hostile obsession with Jews.” 

    Why this obsession?

    In his...

  • NBA Hawks’ owner to sell control of team, cites racially insensitive remarks

    2 weeks ago

    The owner of the Atlanta Hawks announced on Sunday he would sell his controlling interest in the National Basketball Association franchise because of racially insensitive remarks he made, in an echo of a scandal involving the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team.

    ...
  • Death of Palestinian teen spurs rising violence

    2 weeks ago

    Violence increased in eastern Jerusalem following the death of a Palestinian teenager who was shot a week earlier by Israeli troops during a demonstration.

    On Monday, the day after Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, died in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, protests began in eastern...

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