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  • Norway passes act that enshrines brit milah

    June 27, 2014 | 9:04 am

    The leader of Norway’s Jewish community praised his country’s parliament for passing an act enshrining ritual circumcision for boys.

    “The act changes the paradigm of the debate about ritual circumcision in Norway in a very positive way and is therefore very significant,” Ervin...

  • Stephen M. Levine: A magical ability to conjure up fun

    By Ryan E. Smith

    January 2, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    California “Super Lawyer”/magician Stephen M. Levine likes to joke that he can make legal troubles disappear. Ditto for rabbits and quarters.

    Unfortunately, he can’t make the same promise about the troubles facing all of the people he meets through his volunteer performances —...

  • Immigration bill: For nannies and caregivers, legal status isn’t enough

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 2, 2013 | 10:13 am

    At 2 p.m. on a recent Wednesday, Amelia Barnachea waited in a copy shop in downtown Los Angeles, shifting her weight from one foot to the other. "I’m exercising," the diminutive Filipina-American home health aide explained, looking very spry for her 72 years. 

    Barnachea, who...

  • German state of Berlin declares circumcision legal

    September 5, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    The state of Berlin declared circumcision legal.

    Berlin became the first of Germany's 16 states to declare the practice legal following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to the German news agency...

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  • Who will protect us from the NRA?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 25, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) claims it exists to protect our rights. My question is this: Who will protect us from the NRA?

    The gun lobby is not responsible for the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo., last week that has so far claimed 12 victims. 

    But its consistent and...

  • Israeli panel: West Bank settlements, outposts legal under int’l law

    July 9, 2012 | 10:39 am

    West Bank settlements are legal under international law, according to an Israeli committee set up to review the legal status of West Bank land.

    The Levy Committee, which was formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and headed by former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Edmond Levy,...

  • Netanyahu says he wants to legalize West Bank outposts

    April 4, 2012 | 12:20 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will submit a plan to legalize several West Bank outposts and avoid the demolition of another.

    At Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said he asked Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to “find a solution” for the Ulpana neighborhood...

  • Israel has a legal case for striking Iran

    March 12, 2012 | 10:26 am

    In a world where nuclear weapons could soon be in the hands of a rogue nation like Iran, an Israeli preemptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be fully justified. Despite its ban on aggressive war, Article 51 of the United Nations Charter clearly recognizes a state’s...

  • Jesse Eisenberg’s five minutes in ‘Hell’

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 1, 2011 | 11:28 am

    Jesse Eisenberg, star of “The Social Network,” is making a point with his lawsuit against Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment regarding “Camp Hell.”  Eisenberg claims he had a minimal cameo role in the film and is emphatic that he does not want to be billed as a star of the horror...

  • Picks for rabbinical judges’ panel riles Israeli women’s groups

    November 23, 2011 | 11:00 am

    Women’s and human rights groups in Israel criticized the Israel Bar Association’s decision not to appoint any women to a committee that appoints rabbinical judges.

    In its selections Tuesday for the Appointments Committee for Rabbinical Judges, the bar association for the first time...

  • Turkey vows to take legal action against Israel

    September 2, 2011 | 1:15 pm

    Turkey said on Friday it will seek to prosecute all Israelis responsible for crimes committed during an Israeli raid on a ship bound for the Gaza Strip that killed nine Turks in May 2010.

    “Turkey will take legal actions against the Israeli soldiers and all other officials...

  • U.N. panel faults both sides in Gaza flotilla clash

    September 1, 2011 | 4:42 pm

    A long-awaited U.N. report on an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks declares that Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal, but that the Jewish state used unreasonable force.

    The report, made public Thursday, said Israeli commandos faced “organized...

  • U.N. panel’s report says Gaza blockade was legal

    September 1, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    A long-awaited U.N. report on a May 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound ship that killed nine Turks says that Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip was legal, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

    The report by a panel of investigators, which was due to be released on Friday but was...

  • Pico-Robertson’s pot prince

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 27, 2010 | 11:50 am

    In a way, medical marijuana dispensary owner Matthew Cohen is just another small businessman.

    For the past five years, he has been working diligently to grow his shop, The Natural Way of L.A., located on Pico just east of Fairfax. Cohen claims to carry the best-quality product in...

  • Public Court Battle Erupts Over Possession of Torahs

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 11, 2009 | 5:38 am

    Rita Pauker wants her Torah scrolls back. After years of asking and begging, she has resorted to the courts to reclaim ownership of four Torah scrolls she says were owned by her husband. She wants to bequeath them to their nephews, who are Orthodox pulpit rabbis.

    Rabbi Samuel Ohana...

  • Teriton tenants win battle to stay in historic apartment complex

    By Jane Ulman

    December 25, 2008 | 4:52 pm

    After a three-year battle with alleged religious nonprofit Or Khaim Hashalom, tenants of the historic 28-unit Teriton Apartments in Santa Monica have won the right to remain in or return to their apartments for up to seven years under their former rent-controlled leases, according to...
  • The Four Big Madoff Questions:
    Who's to blame, how much is lost, where's the money, will it occur again?

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 24, 2008 | 2:33 am

    Why is this fraud different from all other frauds?

    The Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme will definitely rewrite the record books when it comes to its dollar size, duration, number of victims, concentration within the Jewish community and, yes, the mountain of legal fees it generates....

  • Big legal trouble ahead for victimized charities and investors

    By Dean Rotbart

    December 24, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Alot of very determined people are already looking to recover money on behalf of victims of the Bernard L. Madoff swindle.

    Their hunt will unquestionably lead them to the doors of many well-known Jewish charities and wealthy investors who had the misfortune of investing with or...

  • Conservative Supreme Court rulings vex Jewish advocacy groups

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Following a string of conservative rulings in the closing weeks of this year's Supreme Court session, some Jewish officials are suggesting that they may be forced to abandon their decades-long strategy of relying on the courts to protect liberal gains on a host of issues.

    For...

  • Yoram Hassid: The Man in the Middle

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

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    Yoram Hassid

    For the past 20 years, Yoram Hassid, a 60-something financially successful general contractor, has been quietly helping scores of...

  • More Information on Getting That Visa

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Visa Violations

    The U.S. government estimates that about 40 percent of people who are in this country illegally arrived on a legal visa but lost their legal status either by overstaying or otherwise violating the terms of their visa. These are sometimes referred to as "nonimmigrant...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

     

    By Michael Aushenker

    "Mr. Rickles, I'm with the Jewish Journal."

    "That's your problem."

    So went my exchange with "Mr. Warmth" -- comedianDon Rickles -- at the Century Plaza Hotel.

    With wife Barbara by his side, the legendaryRickles was on hand to pay tribute to an icon in another field...

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