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  • Pharoah said ‘no.’ You won’t believe what God did next.

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 2, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    Once, at our seder, our friend Ira gave a running commentary on the haggadah, offering a scientific explanation for every miracle and wonder in the Exodus story.    

    The parting of the Reed Sea was a meteorological event. The burning bush was a glowing carbonized acacia bramble...

  • Preserving Yiddish in the seder

    By Avishay Artsy

    April 1, 2015 | 4:41 pm

    Nowadays, it’s rare to find a Passover seder that doesn’t deviate from the traditional haggadah. But the Erev Shabbos Discussion Group, formed in the San Fernando Valley about 50 years ago, has been doing it its own way for decades — keeping the story secular, social...

  • The Rational Emotions exchange, part 3: Between Jewish stories and behavioral economics

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 1, 2015 | 3:41 am

    Eyal Winter, is the Silverzweig Professor of Economics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor of Economics the University of Leicester. His research interests include microeconomics, finance, game theory, and behavioral economics.

    This exchange focuses on Winter's...

  • Tending the roots: Making meaning of the heritage of the Holocaust in my family

    March 25, 2015 | 4:56 pm

    I am the grandchild of Holocaust survivors on my mother’s side. Both her parents survived with one sibling. The rest — brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles — did not survive. On my father’s side, though his parents and grandparents immigrated to Israel before...

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  • Easy floral arrangements for your Passover table

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 25, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    You’ve been cooking for days. You got the good dishes out of storage. The silver is polished. And in the midst of getting all the preparations ready for the big seder dinner, the last thing you probably want to think about is a floral centerpiece. 

    The reality is, centerpieces...

  • Cantor Rebekah Mirsky releases album ‘Who is Like You?’

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    March 25, 2015 | 8:11 am

    One of the greatest constants I have experienced is that music acts as an incredible bridge between the body and soul, and so it is of no surprise that music has played a major role in helping me to deepen my connection with Judaism.

    It is such a blessing when you come across a...

  • At a breaking point in Turkey: Should Jews stay or should we go?

    By Simone Wilson

    March 18, 2015 | 3:55 pm

    The gold and gray city of Istanbul spent Valentine’s Day bracing for snow. Under angry clouds, Turkish couples huddled around tabletops in the cafe quarter of Ortakoy, a historically posh neighborhood along the Bosphorus Strait. Jewelry-makers had set up stands along the alleyways...

  • Israel’s Arab Spring

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2015 | 2:49 pm

    What made this election different from all other elections? The Arab vote.

    As the polls closed Tuesday on Israel’s national election, one of the most striking stories was how Israeli Arabs broke a pattern of disengagement from the electoral process and voted en masse.

    The...

  • My son’s encounter with anti-Jewish hatred

    March 16, 2015 | 9:07 am

    Last summer our family went to southern Europe on holiday. During our stay at a hotel, our son Dylan went to the swimming pool. A short time later he came running back to the room, upset. A man at the pool had started hurling insults at him.

    My first instinct was to ask, “Were...

  • Recipe: How to make harira

    By Rob Eshman

    March 12, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    When you learn to make traditional Moroccan harira from Meme Suissa, you're not learning to make harira from Meme Suissa. You're learning to make harira from her mother, from her grandmother, and so on. You're learning a recipe that goes back centuries.

    But of course Meme uses no...

  • Giffords finds strength, direction in Judaism

    By Aron Chilewich

    March 12, 2015 | 10:36 am

    Invoking a commitment to public service as an example of tikkun olam, or “repairing the world,” former astronaut and U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Kelly told a large, captivated audience at USC about the journey he and his wife, retired U.S. Rep. Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords (D-Ariz.), have...

  • Escorting a Soul

    By Diana Emuna

    March 9, 2015 | 11:30 am

    My friend’s mother died this week.  The world is a little less friendly, less warm and less kind without her.   She was a lady who had a warm smile and was lovely to talk to.

    When a parent of a friend dies, I think of my own experience.  My dad died when I was a teenager.  He...

  • You haven’t seen a Bar Mitzvah invite video quite like this

    March 6, 2015 | 10:33 am

    This bar mitzvah invite really raises the bar.

    Brody Criz and his family parodied five Top 40 hits for an epic bar mitzvah invitation that has since gotten 800,000 hits on YouTube.

    Criz riffs on "Happy," "All of Me," "Royals," "Let It Go" and "Blurred Lines" in the four-minute clip, subbing song lyrics for jokes that reference rabbis, the Old Testament, and Manischewitz.

    Read more at Daily News.

  • Remembering Leonard Nimoy – eulogy

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 2, 2015 | 11:24 am

    The following is an edited version of the eulogy for actor-director-artist Leonard Nimoy given by Rabbi John L. Rosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood at the family’s private funeral on March 1. Rosove was not only Nimoy’s longtime friend and rabbi, but also is a cousin to Nimoy’s...

  • 10 Hours of Walking in Paris as a Jew - Watch the Video

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 25, 2015 | 8:47 am

    At times when it's best to hide your Jewish identity while in Europe, Israeli-Jewish journalist Zvika Klein marched for 10 hours in the streets of Paris, wearing tzizit and a yarmulke. "Go f*** from the front and the back," "Viva Palestine," "What are you doing here?" were only a...

  • Seder2015 hopes to bring millennials to the Passover table

    By Ryan Torok

    February 23, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    Millennials, what are you doing this Passover? If you’re not sure, perhaps look to Seder2015.

    Seder 2015 is the latest brainchild of Michael Hebb, 39, a self-described “food provacteur” who last grabbed national attention for launching “Death Over Dinner,” a movement that brought...

  • The Hasidim Exchange, part 1: What can Americans learn from ultra-orthodox Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 18, 2015 | 4:01 am

    Joseph Berger has been a New York Times reporter, columnist, and editor for thirty years. He is the author of numerous books including Displaced Persons: Growing Up American After the Holocaust, which was a New York Times Notable Book; The World in a City: Traveling the Globe...

  • With Europe anti-Semitism on the rise- is encouraging immigration to Israel really the answer?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 17, 2015 | 9:42 am

    Since Operation Protective Edge in Gaza came to a conclusion, it seems as if all Europe-related news is of anti-Semitic attacks and incidents. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) the high number of anti-Semitic incidents in the past few months continues the dramatic surge...

  • New rabbi to bring community organizing heft to influential Brooklyn congregation

    February 10, 2015 | 3:28 pm

    One of the top agenda items these days for Rachel Timoner, associate rabbi at the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles, is trying to get a train built along the 405 freeway stretching from the North San Fernando Valley to the city's international airport.

    It's the community project...

  • Are anti-vaxxers’ religious exemption claims grounded in actual religious laws?

    February 5, 2015 | 1:37 pm

    As the debate on vaccination heats up again in the U.S., some anti-vaxxers are requesting exemptions from vaccinating their children on religious grounds. But what do their faiths, including Judaism, actually say about the issue?

    The recent outbreak of measles that began in the...

  • The dynamic world of Yavneh’s Rabbi Shlomo Einhorn

    By Avishay Artsy

    February 4, 2015 | 2:51 pm

    On a late December night in Pico-Robertson, about 30 people crammed into the back tasting room of The Cask. Employees of the liquor store poured kosher wine and glasses of whisky, as a man in a suit and yarmulke addressed the crowd.

    L’chaim, everybody, l’chaim,” Rabbi Shlomo...

  • The King David exchange, part 2: A politician, not a priest

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 4, 2015 | 4:10 am

    Joel Baden is Professor of Hebrew Bible at the Yale Divinity School. He holds degrees in Judaic Studies (BA, Yale), Semitic Languages (MA, University of Chicago), and Hebrew Bible (PhD, Harvard). He specializes in the literary history of the Hebrew Bible, particularly of the...

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

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 27, 2015 | 8:38 am

    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

    January 21, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    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

    January 21, 2015 | 1:48 pm

    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

    January 14, 2015 | 2:19 pm

    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...

  • Christians and Jews, united in conversation and shared values

    January 14, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    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

    January 14, 2015 | 11:44 am

    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

    January 9, 2015 | 4:46 pm

    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...

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