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  • Nelson Mandela, apartheid fighter and former South African president, dies at 95

    December 5, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.

    Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela...

  • Is beauty a Jewish value?

    By David Suissa

    September 17, 2013 | 11:01 am

    When we talk about Jewish values, we usually refer to things like justice, compassion, generosity, humility, honesty, faith, wisdom and so on. We rarely talk about beauty.

    Beauty is vain and superficial, we’re so often told.

    And yet, the word “beautiful” is prominent on this...

  • Justice Is Not Always Moral

    By Beit T'shuvah

    July 19, 2013 | 10:22 am

    By Harriet Rossetto

    The Zimmerman case has confronted us, once again, with a basic flaw in our judicial system. “Justice” is the result of what is legal, not what is moral. Due process is not to be tainted by issues of right and wrong—this is irrelevant! I heard Justice Anthony...

  • Simple Things (Justice, Decency)

    By Aryeh Cohen

    April 18, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    This week has been the week when we have had to repeat simple truths over and over again.

    Nobody should be killed by a bomb while watching a marathon.

    Weapons of war should not be in the hands of civilians.

    And yesterday I found myself standing with car wash workers outside...

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  • Trial on Marmara crimes? Give me a break!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 14, 2012 | 9:30 am

    A Turkish court began a trial in absentia for four Israeli military commanders responsible for the raid on the Marmara ship. On May 31st, 2010, a ship named Mavi Marmara sailed from Turkey in the direction of Israel, Their intention was to anchor in Gaza Strip, to which they...

  • The case for President Obama’s reelection

    October 30, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    The Obama administration has strongly supported Israel’s security by helping to construct the Iron Dome, by backing Israel’s responses to rocket attacks from Gaza and by coordinating closely with its military.

    The case for the reelection of President Barack Obama is compelling...

  • Obama vows justice after U.S. envoy killed in Libya

    September 12, 2012 | 9:40 am

    President Barack Obama vowed on Wednesday to bring to justice the killers of the U.S. ambassador and three other diplomats in Libya as he sought to avoid election-year fallout from an attack that cast a spotlight on his administration's handling of "Arab Spring" unrest.

    Standing...

  • The Culture of Bullying: It’s Not Just Kids!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    June 25, 2012 | 11:30 pm

    ABC News reports that close to 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and around 160,000 kids stay home from school every day out of fear of being bullied. Up to 10 percent of students either drop out or transfer to another school due to bullying. In the...

  • Jewish organizations petition U.S. gov’t on food justice

    June 14, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    In a petition sponsored by seven national Jewish organizations, 18,000 individuals urged the U.S. House of Representatives and the Obama administration to focus on food justice in the upcoming Farm Bill.

    The petition, which has been circulating since October, was delivered on...

  • Get ready to laugh.

    Dana Hadadi Israel/Europe

    March 22, 2012 | 6:25 am

    If you are humanistic (which Judaism in my opinion is), naturally you’ll be startled when someone makes a racist remark. Assigning certain characteristics with ethnicity is not cool. It makes you wonder what if this person wouldn’t agree with elements in MY personality.
    People that...

  • Justice or lex talionis?

    Pavel Pustelnik, Cardiff

    March 21, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    ‘I was killing because Jews are killing in Palestine’ said the French murder about the killing spree in Toulouse. Peculiar idea about justice isn’t it?

    Lack of tolerance towards Jewish people in Europe has been expressed in many different ways. There have been articles about...

  • Introduction: Justice in the City

    By Aryeh Cohen

    October 19, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    This blog will be about the intersection and intertwining of Judaism and social justice. It is called Justice in the City: Thinking About Judaism and Social Justice. I hope that the pieces are thoughtful and rise above the level of cliches and platitudes, and attempt to explore and...

  • Prayer and justice work: the perfect complements

    September 22, 2011 | 11:33 am

    In contemporary Jewish discourse, the worlds of the synagogue and the worlds of service and advocacy sit far apart. The former is a place of introspection, of prayer and of relationship with God. The latter is a place of action and engagement in the world.

    Many of us distinguish...

  • Casey Anthony is a Killer & Kim Kardashian Needs To Go Away - UPDATED

    By Ilana Angel

    July 6, 2011 | 12:33 am

    I am saddened by the Casey Anthony verdict.  I believe now, as I always have, that she killed her little girl.  A mother does not wait 31 days to report her child missing, and not have a hand in what happened to her.  Caylee Anthony was murdered by her mother and this verdict will...

  • Brazil’s highest court names first Jewish justice

    February 10, 2011 | 10:08 am

    Brazil’s highest court will have its first Jewish member.

    Judge Luiz Fux, 57, was approved Wednesday by the South American country’s Senate to be seated on the Supreme Federal Court, an 11-member panel that decides constitutional and other matters, as well as final appeals.

    Fux is...

  • Rubashkin family members fined $2 million

    December 19, 2010 | 8:50 pm

    Members of the Rubashkin family, who operated the now-defunct Agriprocessers kosher meatpacking plant, must pay a total of more than $2 million after defaulting on loans.

    A federal judge ordered Dec. 16 that Abraham Aaron Rubashkin and sons Sholom and Tzvi must pay the money to the...

  • Justice sought against French railroad

    May 18, 2010 | 11:12 am

    Holocaust survivors met with officials on Capitol Hill to discuss legislation that will help them pursue a lawsuit against a French railroad company.

    Leo Bretholz and Mathilde Freund were refugees from Austria living in Vichy, France, during World War II.

    Between March 1942 and...

  • Pursuit of Justice

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 24, 2010 | 1:01 pm

    I’ve covered the ugly side of race relations in Los Angeles for many years. Among my memories are the Watts Riots, the 1992 riot, the public school desegregation
    fight and the breakup of the Tom Bradley black-Jewish political coalition.

    This may have been the reason for the...

  • Life story, Israel trips tie Sotomayor to Jews

    May 26, 2009 | 7:38 pm

    Jewish groups don’t endorse U.S. Supreme Court nominees, at least in writing.

    The tears and choked sobs when Sonia Sotomayor accepted President Obama’s nomination on Tuesday told another story.

    Packed into the room along with Sotomayor’s family, friends and colleagues were...

  • Justice Souter to retire; Jewish woman among likely replacements

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 1, 2009 | 12:38 am

    Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who joined the nation’s highest court in 1990, plans to retire at the end of the current court term. From NPR:

    At 69, Souter is nowhere near the oldest member of the court. In fact, he is in the younger half of the court’s age range, with five...

  • It’s time for words to lead the peace process

    By Judea Pearl

    November 20, 2008 | 1:57 am

    It is now clear that no peace agreement, not even on principles, will be signed by the Israeli-Palestinian negotiating team before some time in 2009, after the new American administration takes charge, the Israeli election runs its course and the fate of Mahmoud Abbas' presidency is...
  • Ed Guthman leaves legacy of fighting injustice

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 25, 2008 | 2:13 am

    When Ed Guthman died Aug. 30 at the age of 89, the Los Angeles Jewish community lost one of its most distinguished members.

    He had been a Pulitzer Prize- winning reporter. As press secretary to Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy, he braved danger in the South when the federal government...

  • We can continue to make a difference in Darfur

    September 25, 2008 | 1:03 am

    The beginning of a new year is always filled with hope, potential and opportunity for growth and change. The year we are putting behind us has not been an easy one. Our economy has entered perilous waters, with many people losing their jobs -- and their homes. The war in Iraq is now...
  • Moving beyond charity

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 3, 2008 | 10:11 pm

    One of the biggest misnomers in the Jewish vocabulary is the translation of tzedakah as "charity." This mistranslation has gone on for so long in the American< Jewish community that it's a hard habit to break. Most Hebrew school kids will give this answer when asked, much as they will say that mitzvah means "good deed" (another misnomer, for another column).

    Tzedakah is much more than charity since it comes from the word tzedek, which means "justice." When looked at in this light,...

  • The Power of Love

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Why not just give up hope? I mean, really, do you think that we human beings can ever get it together enough to make the world as we dream? What makes you think that we have any chance of making a difference, let alone succeeding in the task of tikkun olam, of creating a fair and...
  • A Troubled Exodus

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With two miles of bare footprints behind them, Ahmed and Fatima and their three children approached the border with Israel in the middle of a cold winter night. Snow was falling in the Sinai.

    Avoid the Egyptian military patrols, they were warned by their Bedouin smugglers, whom they...

  • Unmasking Purim’s vital meaning

    By Rabbi Sharon Brous

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's a classic Jewish tale: Just when we feel comfortable and safe, nahafokh hu -- the whole world can turn upside down.

    Megillat Esther, read on Purim, reminds us that history is capricious and life is fragile; that willing or not, we must confront our powerlessness and...

  • Sheket, b’vakasha!

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Shutting Jewish Mouths

    We were surprised to read the mischaracterization of the American Jewish Committee (AJCommitee) in Rob Eshman's column ("Shutting Jewish Mouths," Feb. 16).

    As our 175,000 constituents know, we welcome a wide range of viewpoints in the AJCommitee "tent" and...

  • Justice takes a beating in Long Beach racial hatred case

    By Joe R. Hicks

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The nine black youths who beat three young white women have now been sentenced by a Juvenile Court judge, and there's only one problem.

    While these "kids" could have killed their victims, the judge slapped them on the wrists lightly and sent them home. Astoundingly, after finding...

  • Rabbi Heschel at 100—still the voice of God

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I had a life-changing experience on Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel's 25th yahrzeit in 1997. After just meeting and befriending Heschel's daughter and only child, Susannah, she took me with her to all of the various memorial services happening around New York City in her father's...
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