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

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 day ago

    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

    1 day ago

    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 Greenberg

    2 days ago

    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

    3 days ago

    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...

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

    3 days ago

    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?

    4 days ago

    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

    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...

  • Why Chanukah matters

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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?

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • The 1967 explanation of why Jews can’t pray at their holiest site

    November 19, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Why did Israel gain control over the Temple Mount in 1967 and not establish any religious or cultural presence on Judaism's holiest site? 

    Like many conflicts in Israeli society, this intriguing conundrum involves a mix of Jewish legal disputes, politics, and the ongoing...

  • The shrinking Jewish Middle — and how to expand it

    November 10, 2014 | 2:42 pm

    As the Jewish Federations of North America holds its annual General Assembly this week, newly emerging evidence from the Pew Research Center’s 2013 “Portrait of American Jewry” points to enormous challenges facing federations, Jewish philanthropy and organized Jewish life, more...

  • British lawmaker calls for labeling of non-stunned animal’s meat

    November 4, 2014 | 10:48 am

    Meat sold in Britain should be labeled if the animal has not been stunned before slaughter, a British lawmaker said.

    Neil Parish, who heads the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beef and Lamb, made the call on Monday for the increased stunning of animals undergoing ritual...

  • Healing: Where religion and science meet

    November 3, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    What does Judaism have to do with healing?  This was the topic of the lively conference, "Healing: The Interplay of Religion and Science," October 26 and 27, 2014 at Arizona State University.  Three local attendees were Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Rector and Distinguished Professor of...

  • Poll: Majority of Denmark citizens want circumcision banned

    October 22, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    A new poll indicates that 74 percent of Denmark’s citizens believe circumcision should be fully or partially banned.

    The survey was released Tuesday, the day before a parliamentary hearing believed to be a potential first step in implementing a circumcision ban. Two Danish...

  • Power to the table

    By David Suissa

    October 20, 2014 | 5:59 pm

    While we were having our meals in the sukkah this year, I kept thinking about another holiday. This is odd because Sukkot has a strong and distinctive personality. The very idea of building a sukkah is unusual. For eight days, this little hut is the center of our lives, which, in...

  • Born with religion in my blood

    October 20, 2014 | 8:59 am

    I wish I could tell the story of someone who struggled to find their footing in the Jewish community. Of someone who was stuck to fight a battle between religion and popular belief; forced towards a subject they simply were not passionate about. But that, while it may seem a more...
  • Is Pope Francis a model for our rabbis?

    October 15, 2014 | 9:39 am

    The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion – and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today’s world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff...

  • What’s Your Sukkah?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 10, 2014 | 9:47 am

    By Rabbi Paul Steinberg

    Jews argue.  It’s written into our history; it’s written into how we approach life.  Why is that? Well, Judaism wisely understands that the truth is manifold.  A does not have to equal A.  A can be B, A can be C, or any other number of possibilities, and...

  • Remembering Four Women of the Holocaust

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    I worked at Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation for many years. It is now the USC Shoah Foundation and continues to do important work. I am very proud to be have been a part of this organization and look back on my years there with laughter, tears,...

  • Beyond book smarts: What this international medical school gives future doctors

    October 7, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    For most pursuing a career in medicine, the long-haul investment in studying, training and preparing to become a physician is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Others have personal goals too, whether it’s to explore their Jewish backgrounds or spend time in a new location. Some...

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