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  • Lesson learned in Facebook Jail:  Look for miracles!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    Last week, as terrorists set fire to Israel, my anger raged.  I saw a coordinated attack by those who pretend to love a land that they claim was once theirs.  But the hatred of the Jew was greater than the love of the Holy Land.  And I was reminded of Solomon’s decision to split...

  • My Judaism tells me to vote Trump!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 3, 2016 | 11:51 am

    I’ve been called names, some measured, others not so much.

    When I announced my intention to vote for Trump, many respected community leaders privately and publicly schooled me on my horrific decision.  Initially, in this Journal, I had decided to vote for Clinton.  I was first...

  • My Week Old Yom Kippur Vow

    By Craig T.

    October 21, 2016 | 5:32 pm

    It’s been a week since the Holy Days!  One down, 51 to go! This is my Vidui, the confession I shared on Yom Kippur evening immediately before Kol Nidre.

    Take note of this room, this 108-year-old sanctuary.
    Imagine those who have sought sanctuary in this room for over a century....

  • Ledor Vador:  On Rosh Hashanah, reach out to Sinai.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 30, 2016 | 1:50 pm

    I close my eyes.

    Our arms are locked into position, shoulder to shoulder, side by side.  Friend and stranger pull each other in.  We’re all under one tent.  We’re all one.

    “Ledor Vador” we sing.  We sway. 

    “From generation to generation Your miracles give us reason to live.”

  • From matzo balls to footballs, two Jewish brothers recall their journey to the NFL

    September 1, 2016 | 2:37 pm

    At 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, veteran NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz isn’t just a force of nature, but a product of good ol’ Jewish nurture.

    “My size comes from a childhood that included an excess of matzo ball soup, latkes, and tons of white rice,” the...

  • Donald Trump Jr. retweets psychologist who believes Jews manipulate society

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 1, 2016 | 10:52 am

    Donald Trump Jr. retweeted an attack on Hillary Clinton by Kevin MacDonald, a psychologist notorious for his theories of Jewish manipulation and control.

    The Aug. 29 tweet itself had nothing to do with Jews or the theories that have made MacDonald popular among...

  • Anti-Semitism Olympic Style

    By Diana Emuna

    August 23, 2016 | 7:12 pm

    Another Olympics is over.  Rio provided a beautiful backdrop for the event.  The games are supposed to be an example of using sport to foster brotherhood. It is a lofty ideal that athletes often forget.  Four randy members of the U.S. swim team decided to get drunk and make fools...

  • Clinton or Trump, Jews should celebrate!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 29, 2016 | 7:56 am

    After 2500 years, we Persian Jews were chased out of Iran.  My family came to America.  My uncle made Aliyah.  A school friend moved to France.  With increasing anti-Semitism, recently, half of his family moved to America and the other half made Aliyah.

    We Jews were divided on...

  • Ivanka: Israel’s Chief rabbinate is similar to Iranian Mullahs and does not represent us!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 13, 2016 | 6:24 pm

    I’m a proud Jew who loves to shine the Jewish light onto the nations.

    But today, the Israeli Chief rabbinate rejection of this remarkable woman, Ivanka Trump, makes me put my head down in shame.

    Rabbi Lookstein who performed the conversion is a former Rabbi of one of the...

  • Seeds of Peace: The summer of our discontent

    July 6, 2016 | 12:02 pm

    At age 15, I had barely interacted with a boy, let alone a Jew. 

    For a teenager living in Lahore, Pakistan, in 2001, the Middle East was a faraway place of despair and blood, and I knew almost nothing about it. From my father’s BBC fixation, I’d picked up that it was a place...

  • Tattooed Jews

    By Ilana Angel

    June 15, 2016 | 7:18 am

    Someone commented on a tattoo of mine at Target. We got to talking about tats and I shared that I actually have seven. She told me she wished she could have one, but since she’s Jewish, she couldn’t. I told her I was Jewish and loved mine. Although she tried to cover her judgment,...

  • Tel Aviv, Shabbat, Shavuot.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    June 9, 2016 | 7:37 am

    For one day you break our hearts.
    For one day you make us cry.
    For one day your terror seems to win.
    For one day you dance in the streets.

    But,  you forget this Israel of ours,
    was never built for one day.
    So count the hours.
    When the clock strikes twenty-four,
    we'll go...

  • After tour of mega churches in Brazil, head of Jewish-Christian group promises 850 new olim from cou

    June 8, 2016 | 12:35 pm

    U.S.-born Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein completed a two-week tour of Brazil’s mega churches to raise money to bring local Jews to Israel — drawing the ire of Israel’s official aliyah body.

    On Monday, a day ahead of his departure from Brazil, Eckstein told JTA that his Jewish-Christian...

  • How Jewish are you?

    By Ilana Angel

    May 11, 2016 | 2:40 pm

    I have a clear view of who I am in terms of my faith, but on occasion I still question who I am. Religion is a tricky subject and even though I prefer to only date Jewish men, it has proven to be somewhat complicated.  I’ve dated men who thought I wasn’t Jewish enough, and others...

  • Next Year in Jerusalem.  Say it.  Mean it.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 20, 2016 | 7:52 am

    My patient, a man in his late twenties, is morbidly obese.  He cries most visits.  Twenty years ago, he was separated from his twin brother and in the great escape from Iran, he survived, but his brother was killed.  He has had the desire to die.  He eats to soothe his survivor’s...

  • The Malicious Anti-Israel Lie Told by Jews.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 14, 2016 | 6:22 pm

    “Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic!”

    That is a great lie.  It’s told by Jews.  It hurts Jews.  It damages Israel.

    It’s a lie because it’s meant to silence those who speak against anti-Israel rhetoric.

    It’s a lie because it’s propagated by those who are the enemies of...

  • Baseball, Jews and the American dream

    By Jared Sichel

    April 7, 2016 | 11:08 am

    In 1903, the Yiddish-language Forverts published a letter from a Russian immigrant, who’d written to say he didn’t understand the point of the game of baseball, the sport so beloved by all Americans.

    “What is the point of a crazy game like baseball?” the perplexed reader asked....

  • Judaism and Israelism in film and television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 30, 2016 | 8:18 am

    When I write "Israeli", what comes to mind? Chutzpah? Over confidence? Too friendly? A conqueror? And how about "Jewish"? Big nose? Greedy? Guilt inflicting mothers? Tradition?

    The media affects the way we view the world. Mass communication may not entirely decide for us how we...

  • Jews, Judaism and Genetically Modified Crops

    By Roger Price

    March 29, 2016 | 1:48 pm

    Genetically modified (“GM”) crops are plant products which have been genetically altered for certain traits. Such traits include resistance to viruses, bacteria, fungi, nematodes, insects, herbicides and drought, as well as aspects of product quality like improved yield,...

  • Microsoft pulls tweeting robot after it expresses admiration for Hitler

    March 24, 2016 | 2:28 pm

    Microsoft put the brakes on its artificial intelligence tweeting robot after it posted several offensive comments, including “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”

    The so-called chatbot TayTweets was launched by the Seattle-based software company on Wednesday as an experiment in...

  • Are we still allowed to cheer?

    By David Suissa

    March 23, 2016 | 1:07 pm

    There’s a new sin in town – it’s not heckling or insulting or bullying.

    It’s cheering.

    Apparently, we’re no longer allowed to cheer, if who and what we’re cheering offends certain Jews, mostly liberal Jews.

    I was there on the night of March 21 at the Verizon Center in...

  • Tragedy has No Borders: the Khojaly Massacre Remembered

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    February 24, 2016 | 9:16 am

    When I write my pieces for the Jewish Journal, I always think first, how would my new friends and my adopted Jewish family in the United States feel when reading this. My first thoughts always focus on a desire to share our joint faith, our joint passion for Jewish life and the...

  • Inside Birthright Israel

    By Dr. Jeri Fink

    February 15, 2016 | 3:21 pm

    It was a great idea that stuck.

    500,000 young adults have traveled a total of 376 million miles . . . for free. They come from 6 continents and represent 66 different countries. All because Charles Bronfman, Michael Steinhardt, and their group of Jewish Philanthropists were...

  • There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

    February 11, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    The Weimar Republic, Germany's flawed experiment in democracy in the 1920s, has become today's paradigm for the failure of state and society. By the end of Weimar, the government seemed to have lost control - vigilantes from the political extremes claimed they were keeping the...

  • Coen brothers on #OscarsSoWhite: We write what we know – Jews and Minnesotans

    February 8, 2016 | 9:19 am

    Asked about diversity in Hollywood last week, the Coen brothers defended to the Washington Post their history of making movies about Jews and Minnesotans.

    The Oscars So White controversy, #OscarsSoWhite, may reflect a real problem, the film writing-directing-producing duo agreed:...

  • US Jews Lack in Spirituality

    By Pini Herman

    February 1, 2016 | 1:35 pm

    Only about a third of Jews (39 percent)  report to "feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week" in 2014 while generally Americans report at something approaching two-thirds (59 percent) to "feel a deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being at least...

  • Do stabbings of French Jews mean end of ‘Marseille miracle’?

    January 13, 2016 | 10:39 am

    Only three years ago, the Jews of Marseille were able to congregate without security and in relative safety in their synagogues and community centers. While violence by Muslim extremists rose throughout France, it largely spared the southern port city, where 80,000 Jews and 250,000...

  • The Ongoing Saga of Leann Rimes

    By Ilana Angel

    January 13, 2016 | 8:46 am

    Just when I think this woman cannot possibly be any weirder, she takes it to a whole new level.  She has lied about a lot of stuff over the past couple of weeks, and watching her do it has been fascinating. She is uneducated, unkind, unaware, and unappealing. She is surrounded by...

  • Left-wing Israeli says he helps kill Palestinians who sell land to Jews

    January 8, 2016 | 11:59 am

    A prominent Israeli campaigner for Palestinian rights was recorded saying that he helps Palestinian authorities find and kill Palestinians who sell land to Jews.

    The recording was aired Thursday by the television program Uvda of Israel’s Channel 2. In it, Ezra Nawi, a Jewish...

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