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  • ‘What have blacks ever done for Jews?’:  Answering the question

    3 days ago

    Except for the absence of Ramadan which is half a year away, this season’s  convergence of Christmas and Hanukkah with Kwanzaa (meaning “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili) makes it such a great time to invoke the ecumenical spirit—especially among African Americans and Jews....

  • Snow is for everyone

    5 days ago

    When my son, Moses, was 4 years old, he said to me one December day, “Papa, can be pretend that we are Christians?” 

    “Hmmm, Moses,” I replied, with exaggerated casualness, “why do you want that?” 

    Moses: “because I want to make a snowman and play in the snow.” 

    Oh my poor,...

  • Why would a nice girl like you want to become a Jew?*

    By Diana Emuna

    1 week ago

    From the time I was little, I wanted to be a part of the Jewish people.  I have no deep reasoning for that.  I found out about the Jews at Sunday school, and knew that is where I belonged.  The stork dropped me off at the wrong house. 

    In our home, there was no mention of Jews...

  • Jews devoted to hurting Jews

    By Dennis Prager

    2 weeks ago

    We Jews produce many wonderful people. We also produce a uniquely large number of people who devote their lives to hurting their own people. 

    The Jewish communists in the Soviet Union who helped the state oppress Jews and suppress Judaism are a well-known example. But in our...

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  • Israeli president criticizes divisive Jewish nation-state bill

    November 26, 2014 | 3:36 pm

    Israel's president has said a bill promoted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would anchor in law the status of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people runs counter to its founding fathers' vision of equality for Arab citizens.

    The bill comes at a time of high...

  • Welcoming the stranger

    November 25, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    On almost every emerging issue of public policy, our community asks the same question, either in audible or hushed voices: “Is it good for the Jews?” In the matter of President Barack Obama’s recent decision to defer and sideline prosecutions that might have resulted in the...

  • Analysis: Why the Temple Mount is at the heart of Jerusalem strife

    November 19, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    The murders of four rabbis on Nov. 18 during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue — a police officer also died of his injuries — could throw a wrench into the results of the Nov.13 summit in Amman that brought together Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • L.A.’s Jews and Muslims partner in ‘twinning’ events

    By Ryan Torok

    November 19, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    When Jews and Muslims came together for a “twinning” event on Nov. 16, the Pico Union Project was filled with jamming, rapping, rhetoric, dancing and more.

    “It’s the only way we will ever find peace — through the arts and dialogue. So this is a really good start,” Genie Benson,...

  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...

  • The Case for Judaism for Jews Who Don’t Care About Being Jewish

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 12, 2014 | 2:20 pm

    I was in high holiday services this year next to the same friend I always go to high holiday services with. We were with our families back at the temple we had both gone to elementary school at, repeating the yearly tradition.  When we go back every year and see our old principal...

  • Idan Raichel: Music with meaning

    By Ryan Torok

    November 5, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    For Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, sometimes it’s not the musical notes that matter most; it’s what happens in between.

    Such is the case when a Jewish singer-songwriter teams up with a Muslim guitarist — in this case, Vieux Farka Touré, from the West African country of Mali.

    ...
  • The Khazars and the Mountain Jews: Tales from Jewish Azerbaijan

    November 4, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Buried deep beneath Azerbaijan’s bucolic landscape lie secrets behind the ancient Muslim-Jewish friendship that prevails in this South Caucasus largely Shiite country. The 8th-century leaders of the Khazar Empire, famously, converted from their shamanistic religion and worship of a...

  • Genocide, the Jews and why they call Israelis Nazis

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 3, 2014 | 11:21 am

    We’ve long witnessed Mahmoud Abbas – “the moderate” – naming public squares after Palestinian terrorists whose hands are dripping with Jewish blood. He posthumously bestowed the "Star of Honor" on Abu Jihad, the mastermind of the 1978 Coastal Road attack where 38 Israelis,...

  • Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Growing up in Iran, I did not have any of the electronic gadgets my children enjoy today.  Instead, what I loved was my neighborhood.

    On weekends, and during long summer days after school, we would run in the streets, unsupervised.  We would randomly join a local soccer match...

  • Why do Jews oppose wars against evil?

    By Dennis Prager

    October 14, 2014 | 10:31 am

    One of the deepest disappointments in my life has been Jews’ opposition to wars against evil. I had always assumed that, as the victims of so much evil throughout history, and as heirs to the great moral teachings of the Bible and Judaism, Jews, of all people, would support...

  • In a week of shacks, a missing L.A. woman found destitute in one

    October 13, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    While during Sukkot Los Angeles’ Jews were dwelling in their temporary shelters, a continent away, the story of Sarah Cheiker, an elderly victim of a con that took her Fairfax District home – was demonstrating just how fragile a home can be in the City of Angels.

    Cheiker, 91,...

  • Murder of Arab Silwan resident may be related to sale of building to Jews

    October 10, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    An Arab resident of Silwan in eastern Jerusalem was stabbed to death in what could be retaliation for selling an apartment building to Jews.

    Other reports say the early Friday morning murder by a family member was the result of a family feud.

    Neighbors who witnessed the fight...

  • My Yom Kippur Lesson

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2014 | 8:48 am

    Yom Kippur is our time to reflect, think and ask for forgiveness. Not because we have to, but because we want to. It is our time to look back at all the times we were so convinced we’re right that we let our fingers type or our mouth speak harsh words towards others. Sometimes, it...

  • “Heil Hitler” at the heart of London - an open letter to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Not sure if it was because of the growing anti- Semitism or constant terror threats, but when my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to London, my initial and immediate response was "but I don't want to die."  Since tickets were already booked, we boarded the plane, extra carefully,...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    September 10, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

  • British Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace and tolerance

    August 28, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

    “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations...

  • Your guide to Jews and the Emmys

    August 25, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Mayim Bialik--Outstanding supporting actress in a comedy (The Big Bang Theory)

    Image via Wikipedia

    Jenji Kohan--Showrunner for best comedy series nominee, (Orange is the New Black)

    Image via Getty Images

    Julianna Margulies--Outstanding leading actress in a drama...

  • The masks are off: anti-Semitism across the world revealed its ugly self, and got out of hand

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 19, 2014 | 8:33 am

    Shouts of "Jews to the gas!"; An article claiming that "Israel’s military operation in Gaza showed why Jews "have been so frequently expelled."; A sign reading, "Well done Israel, Hitler would be proud,"; Use of the anti-Semitic blood libel...

    These are merely a few examples of...

  • ADL reports ‘dramatic surge’ in anti-Jewish violence

    By tessc

    August 15, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    When a Turkish owner of a cafe near the Belgian city of Liege puts up a poster that welcomes dogs but not Jews, that’s a sign of the times.

    And when an on-duty doctor refuses to treat a 90-year-old Jewish woman from Antwerp and refers her to Gaza instead, that, too, is the kind...

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    By Jared Sichel

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    In a narrow alleyway just next to Begin Square in the center of this Israeli city, shops, cafes and bakeries are so tightly packed together that with every few steps brings a new business.

    These merchants have, for years, been accustomed to the inhospitable reality of life in...

  • The Pilgrim exchange, part 1: On God as a conversation stopper

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 13, 2014 | 4:01 am

    Lee Kravitz is the author of the memoir Unfinished Business and the former editor in chief of Parade magazine. Previously, he was founding editor of React magazine and an editorial director of Scholastic Inc. Kravitz is president of Youth Communication, a publisher of writing by...

  • On packed flight to Israel, hundreds of American Jews, emboldened by Gaza crisis, start lives anew

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2014 | 9:33 am

    Daniel Knafo was wide awake aboard the Boeing 747 as sunlight began peaking over the northern horizon of the Mediterranean Sea early on the morning of Aug. 12.

    Less than 10 hours earlier, he was at the departure terminal of John F. Kennedy International Airport with more than 300...

  • Wake up, Ban Ki-Moon!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 11, 2014 | 8:38 am

    Mr. Ban,

    By the time these words are being written, about half of the world population knows that you and the organization you lead are a fraud.

    You may think we're blinded by the United Nations' original purpose, but it's not 1945 anymore, and your organization is no longer...

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