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  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day - we must remember, remind and never forget.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    Seven years ago, I stood on Auschwitz Birkenau’s railroad, where more than 1 million Jews were led to their death only 65 years beforehand.  It was part of a special 8-day journey offered to 11th graders in Israel, to travel to Poland and learn more, and from up-close, about the...

  • What we talk about when we talk about anti-Semitism

    1 week ago

    In summer 2014, Muslims attacked Jewish sites in Paris in connection to Israel’s bombing of Gaza. This month, the French Jews killed in Hyper Cacher were buried in Israel.

    What links these two events? Fear-based politics desperate to have us believe it’s still 1938 — a...

  • Would I leave France?

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    When we discussed the cover headline for the Journal’s story this week on the troubled Jews of France, we debated two options: “Should Jews leave?” or “Would you leave?” The first option was about “them,” while the second was more about us.

    In the end, we went for clarity and...

  • The Paris rally:  Three questions

    By Dennis Prager

    2 weeks ago

    It was a very good thing that millions of French citizens and leaders from around the world gathered in Paris on Jan. 11 to declare “war” on what French President Francois Hollande called “radical Islam.”

    I’d like to pose a few questions, nevertheless.

    Why didn’t the American...

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  • Christians and Jews, united in conversation and shared values

    2 weeks ago

    There exists a deep relationship between Judaism and Christianity rooted both in a shared history and religious values. History shows us that Jews and Christians once knew one another very well, recognizing that in some way we were brothers, like Jacob and Esau. In fact, in the...

  • Deborah Lipstadt on the roots of terror and anti-Semitism

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 weeks ago

    Deborah Lipstadt, author of the celebrated book “History on Trial: My Day in Court With a Holocaust Denier,” has eerily impeccable timing. Long before the terrorist murders at Charlie Hebdo that shook France last week, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust...

  • Paris Grand Synagogue closed on Shabbat for first time since WWII

    3 weeks ago

    The Grand Synagogue of Paris was closed during Friday’s terror attacks and did not reopen for Shabbat services, marking the first time the synagogue has not held services since World War II.

    The synagogue was closed by French police during the hostage standoff at the Hyper Cache...

  • An ode to Uzi

    By Diana Emuna

    January 4, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    “Mummy, Uzi died!” began today’s conversation with my teenage daughter.  We were attending my nephew’s bar mitzvah when she called.  A virus kept her at home, and her job was to watch the dogs.  She couldn’t get Uzi to come to eat his breakfast, and he wouldn’t move.  After the...

  • Spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites dies

    December 29, 2014 | 1:41 pm

    The spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites, a group of African-American Jews who moved to Israel in the 1960s, has died.

    Ben Ammi Ben-Israel, born Ben Carter in Chicago, died Saturday in the Negev town of Dimona, The Associated Press reported. He was 75; the cause of...

  • Do you miss Christmas?

    By Diana Emuna

    December 24, 2014 | 10:32 am

    “Do you miss Christmas?”  There is a widely held belief among born Jews that converts mourn over the loss of Christmas.  We miss the love; the Hallmark finery and the family get togethers. 

    I will be honest.  I don’t miss it.  I like the glitter and lights, but I don’t dwell on...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis remembered with tears and laughter at funeral

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 22, 2014 | 7:40 pm

    My immortality, if there be such for me, is not in tears, blame or self-recrimination.

    But in the joy you give to others, in raising the fallen and loosening the fetters of the bound.

    In your loyalty to God’s special children – the widow, the orphan, the poor, the stranger in...

  • Learning Leadership from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z’l

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 19, 2014 | 3:11 pm

    Much will have been written over the next few days about the massive contribution that Rabbi Harold Schulweis has made to Jewish life in our time. Yet as an observer, participant and shaper of Jewish life, I feel that there is still more than can be said. Permit me to focus on his...

  • Rabbi Shulweis, Dear Friend and Advocate for the Soul

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 19, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

     

    I am Addicted to Redemption in a large part because of Rabbi Harold Shulweis, z”l. Rabbi Shulweis welcomed me into his Shul knowing that I was just out of prison, an ex-con, and a recovering alcoholic. He embraced me and said that I had a place in his...

  • Chanuka Dish #2:  The Challukia

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    December 19, 2014 | 6:00 am

    This is the second dish in my Take Back December for Chanuka campaign. It is appropriate for me to present this dish today, because tonight Chanuka falls on Shabbat. However, I must admit that while I find both the image and the name of this “dish” pretty cool, it’s not the most...

  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2014 | 7:32 am

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • Norman Lear: ‘That’s Not the American Way’

    December 17, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    Following is an excerpt from Norman Lear’s autobiography, “Even This I Get to Experience”:

    The biggest next after my decade in network television was socio-political. It had begun brewing in me years earlier with the proliferation of fundamentalist TV ministries that perverted...

  • Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?

    December 17, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews.

    [Related: An in-depth look into...

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

    By Diana Emuna

    December 13, 2014 | 11:46 pm

    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...

  • Why Chanukah matters

    By Jared Sichel

    December 12, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • Deconstructing the latke: A user’s guide

    December 12, 2014 | 1:37 pm

    Latkes, doughnuts and fritters — in Jewish homes, everyone’s frying this month, much as we have been for the last 2,000 years or so. Frankly, you’ve got to love a religion that actually encourages you to eat deep-fried foods — especially with sour cream!

    All Jewish festivals have...

  • The convert and the Christmas tree

    By Avishay Artsy

    December 12, 2014 | 9:36 am

    For me, Christmas was always something other people did. Growing up in a Jewish home, I watched the holiday’s rituals unfold in movies, on TV and in the homes of friends: hanging ornaments on a tree, unwrapping presents and singing songs of Yuletide cheer (whatever that means)....
  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    December 10, 2014 | 6:46 pm

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

  • Jews and Liberalism: Is the civil religion going to last?

    December 10, 2014 | 6:10 pm

    In what may be an urban legend, a rabbi with a luxurious beard is said to have sat on the left side in the Frankfurt Assembly during the Revolution of 1848. Asked why, he replied: “Because Jews have no right.”

    Although the identification with the left first appeared among...

  • Kirk Douglas, a poet at 98, gets personal

    By Tom Tugend

    December 9, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch, the son of an immigrant Russian-Jewish ragpicker, marked his 98th birthday on Dec. 9 by launching his 11th book.

    The legendary star of 87 movies (who can forget “Spartacus”?) can look back, in happiness and grief, on countless one-night...

  • Moving and Shaking: LAMOTH recital, Fiesta Shalom at Sea and Thanksgiving

    By Ryan Torok

    December 5, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) inaugural Young Pianist Showcase Recital took place Nov. 23 at the museum.

    The event featured performances by Jacqueline Wax, 17, a senior at Milken Community Schools; Jonah Goldberg, 14, a freshman at Calabasas High School; Adam...

  • Make your Chanukah party one for the ages with these recipes

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 5, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    Chanukah is not just for children, but usually they have most of the fun. They open presents, light candles during the eight days of the holiday and get more than their share of cookies and potato latkes. Our Chanukah party will be shared by four generations this year because our...

  • Franklin Graham: America’s failure to understand religion foils cogent Mideast policy

    December 4, 2014 | 9:50 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Franklin Graham, the son of legendary evangelical preacher Billy Graham and heir to the religious empire his father built has worked extensively in the Middle East and has watched America’s Mideast policies evolve over the years...

  • ZOA supports Israeli bill affirming Israel as Jewish State

    By Morton A. Klein

    December 3, 2014 | 4:36 pm

    Legislation is under consideration in Jerusalem that formalizes Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. We support it. Why?
     
    Because it is historically, legally, politically and religiously the case that Israel is the Jewish nation-state. The Balfour Declaration,...
  • Why Judaism needs journalism

    By David Suissa

    November 20, 2014 | 12:28 pm

    There’s a tendency in the Jewish world to look for big solutions to big problems. One of those problems is the disheartening fact that most Jews today are simply not that interested in Judaism.

    This problem isn’t made up — it’s real. We live in a world where the options are so...

  • Israelis, Palestinians look to personal safety in holy city on edge

    November 19, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    On edge but faithful to their religious routine, worshippers returned on Wednesday to the Jerusalem synagogue where four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a Palestinian attack a day earlier.

    The bloodstains had been washed away. But four memorial candles burned as about a...

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