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  • Celebrating the murder of Jews

    By David Suissa

    November 18, 2014 | 4:56 pm

    What happens when extremism dominates a whole society?

    When I saw thousands of Palestinian civilians celebrating the cold-blooded murder of four rabbis praying in a synagogue, I had to ask myself: Could I ever imagine thousands of Jews celebrating the murder of four Muslim sheiks...

  • The Birthday of the World and Pseudoscience

    By Roger Price

    September 18, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    Soon Jews will celebrate Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. This year will be 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

    Rosh HaShanah, is sometimes called the “birthday of the world.” The reference is somewhat confusing, though. It does not concern the first day of creation as described in...

  • Maimonides, the man and the exceptional genius

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 2, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    To call someone “the greatest” in any field is to invite argument. Human achievement and its evaluation are an uncertain business and make such triumphalism suspect.  Yet, there is one man who is consistently, invariably referred to as the greatest Jewish scholar of the last 2,000...

  • Purim: There’s something about Esther

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    March 12, 2014 | 11:45 am

    If I were assigned the task of writing a biblical-style script for a play or a movie, the Book of Esther is the last place I would turn for inspiration. The word “biblical” conjures up images of God, prophets, dreams, visions and supernatural miracles — all of which are strikingly...

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  • Pew’s construct of “Jews of no religion” is imprecise and misleading

    December 12, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Of the many interesting aspects of the recently released survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center (the “Pew Portrait”), perhaps none is more troubling than the distorted bisection  of American Jews into two primary sub-groups, one labeled “Jews by religion” and the...

  • Tisha B’Av: The Hottest Ticket in Israel

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 11, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Why do we continue to fast and mourn on Tisha B’Av?

    Maimonides teaches:

    There are days when the entire Jewish people fast because of the calamities that occurred to them then, in order to arouse their hearts and initiate them in the paths of repentance (teshuva). This will...

  • “To be Holy!” Simple But Not So Easy – Parashat Emor

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    April 25, 2013 | 11:57 am

    There is a story told in the Rabbinic literature that “Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach one day commissioned his disciples to buy him a camel from an Arab. When they brought him the animal, they gleefully announced that they had found a precious stone in its collar, expecting their master...

  • In the wake of Boston Marathon bombings, Israeli Independence Day fetes are toned down

    April 16, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Independence Day celebrations in Boston were muted and security was increased in the wake of bombings that left three dead and dozens injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

    Mike Rosenberg, director of community relations at Maimonides, a Jewish day school in...

  • The curious consensus of Jews on abortion

    By Roger Price

    February 1, 2013 | 11:09 am

    That different Jews have disparate views is not news. What is news is when most Jews agree on a particular idea or approach. And so it is with the curious consensus of Jews on abortion.

    In mid-2012, the Public Religion Research Institute (“PRRI”) published its findings from a...

  • WWMD? What would Maimonides do?

    By Roger Price

    January 4, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Maimonides, also known by the acronym Rambam, lived over eight hundred years ago (1138-1204 CE). He never saw the planet Earth as Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders did on December 24, 1968, when Anders took the now iconic Earthrise photograph while flying...

  • Rhyme and Reason

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    June 27, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    This week’s portion bears one of the Torah’s great enigmas. What exactly did Moshe Rabbeinu do that prompted God to bar him from crossing the Jordan into Israel?

    What was the infraction?

    Most students are taught that Moshe’s misfeasance was that he hit the boulder even though...

  • Day 715 - Murder at a Purim Feast

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 1, 2012 | 8:36 pm

    As Purim approaches, we encounter a Talmudic conundrum:

    Rava said: One must become so intoxicated on Purim that he cannot distinguish between “Cursed is Haman” and “Blessed is Mordechai.” Rabbah and Rav Zeira celebrated the Purim feast together. They became intoxicated....

  • Maimonides students turn lemons into family aid

    By Lauren Bottner

    January 9, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    Students from Maimonides Academy raised $350 at three lemonade stands Dec. 11, to support families that the school has adopted through Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) Adopt-a-Family program. Maimonides, an Orthodox day school that teaches preschoolers to eighth-graders, has adopted...

  • Maimonides students turn lemons into family aid

    By Lauren Bottner

    January 9, 2012 | 6:36 pm

    Students from Maimonides Academy raised $350 at three lemonade stands Dec. 11, to support families that the school has adopted through Jewish Family Service’s (JFS) Adopt-a-Family program. Maimonides, an Orthodox day school that teaches preschoolers to eighth-graders, has adopted...

  • 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...

  • Can we help?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 19, 2008 | 2:21 am

    My desk is coated with letters of request: Adopt an animal at the zoo; come to a gala for the Jewish food bank; plant a tree in Israel; plant a tree in Los Angeles. Feed 50 meals to homeless people. Support public radio. Support the temple building fund. Support the school PTA, the...
  • Ancient sources yield health and diet wisdom

    July 23, 2008 | 3:20 am

    Many diet books promise a better, thinner you in a ridiculously short amount of time, but conventional wisdom holds that many diets stop working by about 6 p.m.

    Two recent books -- "The Life-Transforming Diet" (Feldheim, 2007) and "The Jerusalem Diet" (Gefen, 2007) -- offer...

  • Survival hinges on being light unto nations

    By Avraham Burg

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    It's impossible to augur the future of the Jewish people. It can only be summed up in two words: "I hope."

    In a paradoxical sense, the current political, economic and military strength of the Jewish people does not suggest much self-confidence. We never before have had such a strong...

  • Rebbe Road

    By David Suissa

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    If the great Maimonides ever came back to life and found himself in Los Angeles, chances are he'd look for a house on a small street called Detroit, between Oakwood Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, one block west of La Brea Avenue. There are no holier streets in Los Angeles.

    This little...

  • Shmuel of Arabia

    By David Suissa

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It must have been quite a scene in that little courthouse in Jerusalem. Rav Qapah, a Yemenite Jew who sat on the Jerusalem Beit Din (court of law), was hearing a case involving a commercial dispute between a Jew and an Arab.

    At one point, the beit din heard testimony from an Arab...

  • Post-Gaza: A Time for Israelis to Reunite

    By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement or expulsion has ended. But is this also the end of religious Zionism? Are there lessons we can and must learn that may enable us to emerge stronger from this most difficult period?

    The first lesson we learned is that we are indeed one nation. There was no real...

  • Students Seek Justice for Americans in Israel

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Armed with reams of notebook paper and plenty of pens, 600 yeshiva students rallied for legislation that would support American families whose loved ones have died in Israel at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.

    In honor of Yom HaZikaron (the Jewish Day of Remembrance), students...

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