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  • Welcome the refugees

    1 week ago

    In the 1940s, politicians and the State Department saw the war ravaging Europe and said only Christians could enter this country as refugees, and only a select few at that. No Jews welcome here. A favorite argument for turning away Jews fleeing Europe was that they somehow had been...

  • Your Reaction to Islam Will Define Who You Are.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    Your relationship with Islam will define you as a person.

    Once, as a child, I asked a poor gardener who lived in a neighbor’s garage with three sick children and an ailing wife, why he always smiled. I loved his wisdom. I saw him daily, and he never complained. “My son, Allah is...

  • Most religious Zionists want Arabs out of Israel, study finds

    October 22, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    During the previous wave of terror in Israel, 11 months ago, Jewish Home party chairman Naftali Bennett said in a speech, “99.9 percent of Arab-Israelis are loyal to the State of Israel, and there’s a very small minority that acts against it.”

    Apparently, his religious Zionist...

  • The New York Times’ ‘Big Lie’ about the Temple Mount

    October 13, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Last week, I opened The New York Times to Rick Gladstone’s article, “Historical Certainty Proves Elusive at Jerusalem’s Holiest Place,” happy that the newspaper of record would explain to its audience the historical context of this embattled piece of real estate.

    As I read on, I...

  • Did Jewish visitors to Temple Mount spark current tensions?

    October 9, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    A leading Sephardic rabbi who advises the haredi Orthodox Shas party criticized Jews who have been visiting the Temple Mount, saying they “sparked all the current tumult.”

    Rabbi Shimon Baadani, a member of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages, said Thursday on a Shas radio program,...

  • Muslims, Christians Should Celebrate Genesis as do Jews.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 7, 2015 | 9:05 am

    In Eden, there was God, Adam and Eve and no religion!

    Genesis begins with a wide angled view of diversity:  God creates a vast range of living things—fish, birds, cattle, wild animals “of every kind” and repeats “of every kind” with each living thing.

    When it comes to the...

  • Should Europe take in a million Muslim refugees?

    By Dennis Prager

    September 24, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Should Europe take in about a million Syrian and other Muslim refugees? Should America take in tens of thousands? 

    In a recent column in the British newspaper The Guardian, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, the distinguished former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, argued passionately in...

  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker: Jews have no religious ties to Temple Mount

    July 27, 2015 | 7:48 pm

    An Arab Knesset member claimed that Jews have no religious ties to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.

    On Monday, Masud Ganaim of the Joint Arab List told Israel Radio that “historically, religiously, it is a Muslim site, period,” the Religion News Service reported.

    The remarks came a...

  • Ramadan tours promote coexistence between Israeli Arabs and Jews

    July 14, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    The group of Jewish-Israelis sat in a semicircle on the thick, red carpet of the mosque. The women wore headscarves; everyone’s feet were bare.

    They had come to this Arab town in central Israel to experience a slice of Ramadan, the monthlong daytime fast...

  • Muslims and Jews forge friendships over dinner

    July 1, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Some Jews wore kippot, while Muslim fellows wore hijabs and niqabs as 300 members of the two religious communities came together over an iftar dinner June 25 during Ramadan at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 

    The break fast — which featured kosher and halal foods — was much more than...

  • In Britain, Jewish and Muslim women connect over Mitzvah Day

    June 16, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in...

  • ‘Paloma’ examines interfaith relationships

    June 11, 2015 | 10:02 am

    Playwright Anne García-Romero, talking about her latest work, “Paloma,” said three of the world’s major religions are represented by the three main characters. “One is Muslim-American; one is Puerto Rican, and she’s Catholic; and then the third character is also American, and he is...

  • Mixing cocktails and conversation

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 3, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    Jews and Muslims in Los Angeles don’t often get together for drinks. After all, religious Muslims don’t drink, and the two groups have had their differences. 

    But a new project aims to get individuals from both backgrounds talking to each other, while crafting simple yet...

  • U.S. citizens in Israel warned ahead of Nakba Day

    May 13, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The United States’ diplomatic missions in Israel have called on U.S. citizens to exercise caution due to demonstrations and violence associated with Nakba Day.

    Nakba Day is observed on May 15, the Gregorian anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day in 1948. The Palestinians, and...

  • Muslims and Jews gather to combat anti-Semitism

    May 13, 2015 | 9:06 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    When Abderrahim Chaibi was seven years old, his teacher in a Muslim school in Morocco told him that Jews were bad people who murdered the Prophet Mohammed. Now decades later, Chaibi is in Jerusalem for the fifth Global Forum for...

  • Arabs and Jews quarrel over Acre’s Old City

    May 12, 2015 | 11:54 am

    This story orginally appeared on The Media Line.

    Minarets, green domes and an Ottoman-era clock tower look out over the brightly painted fishing boats that line the quayside. Tourists stroll beside gaggles of children on outings from nearby Muslim schools. The old city of Acre is...

  • Islamophobia:  Discovering the Impact on More Than Just Muslims

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    April 1, 2015 | 4:01 pm

    “Before you dump your issues onto me, I am not a Muslim or Arabian.  I am a Sikh from India.”  This was the sign that greeted me when I recently popped into a convenient store on Sunset Boulevard. The man behind the counter, who displayed the sign, was wearing an orange turban, a...

  • Happy Nowruz from A Mystical Persian Jew.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 20, 2015 | 9:41 am

    “We plan and God Laughs,” they say.
    Remember Sarah?
    Sometimes God plans and we laugh.

    As a Persian Jew,
    Celebrating Nowruz,
    In the USA- far from Iran,
    On the eve of the holiest day- Shabbat,
    Alongside Muslim sisters and brothers,
    In a blessed, lush, Christian...

  • The Jew, the Copt and the Yazidi

    By Gina Nahai

    March 4, 2015 | 11:30 am

    I’ll get to those three in a minute but first, let me tell you what a Muslim friend said to me a couple of months ago. He’s an Iranian-born reporter who lives and works in the United Kingdom — one of the many used-to-be-Muslims who gave up religion once the mullahs took over in...

  • Yizkor for Khojaly: Sharing Sorrow and Hope

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 24, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    On February 21-22, Pico Shul, our newly established spiritual community in Los Angeles, organized a “Solidarity and Commemoration Weekend” with local Azerbaijanis and the Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan. These are some of my reflections.

    On the world stage, Jews and...

  • The Many Roads to God.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 23, 2015 | 10:18 am

    "Only from the heart can you touch the sky." I often quote Rumi on how to reach God.

    Yet, anyone who has gone around the sun a few times knows that there is no one answer to any of life’s difficult questions.

    Trying to understand God, to use a crude analogy, is like the Hindu...

  • Anti-Semitism, an atrocious ‘trend’

    December 31, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Our world has seen its fair share of brutality. From Hulagu Khan, who boasted about killing 200,000 Muslims during his violent week-long rampage in the city of Bagdhad which also resulted in the complete destruction of centuries-old heritage, to Vikings that took what they deemed...

  • L.A.’s Jews and Muslims partner in ‘twinning’ events

    By Ryan Torok

    November 19, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    When Jews and Muslims came together for a “twinning” event on Nov. 16, the Pico Union Project was filled with jamming, rapping, rhetoric, dancing and more.

    “It’s the only way we will ever find peace — through the arts and dialogue. So this is a really good start,” Genie Benson,...

  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...

  • Idan Raichel: Music with meaning

    By Ryan Torok

    November 5, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    For Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, sometimes it’s not the musical notes that matter most; it’s what happens in between.

    Such is the case when a Jewish singer-songwriter teams up with a Muslim guitarist — in this case, Vieux Farka Touré, from the West African country of Mali.

  • The Khazars and the Mountain Jews: Tales from Jewish Azerbaijan

    November 4, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Buried deep beneath Azerbaijan’s bucolic landscape lie secrets behind the ancient Muslim-Jewish friendship that prevails in this South Caucasus largely Shiite country. The 8th-century leaders of the Khazar Empire, famously, converted from their shamanistic religion and worship of a...

  • Why is criticism of Islam forbidden?

    By Dennis Prager

    October 29, 2014 | 10:21 am

    There is apparently no amount of mass murder, no number of innocents tortured or women raped, no amount of female degradation, no number of people enslaved, no number of Christians expelled from or murdered in the Middle East, no amount of Nazi-like Jew-hatred in its societies, no...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 2, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

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