Most Muslims -- and especially American Muslims -- cannot fairly be accused of hypersensitivity when it comes to the Danish cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. That's because most Muslims have not overreacted, despite the stereotypic images served up by the media. In fact, most...
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February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm
January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm
"After 9/11, all I did was sit around and be scared," Albert Brooks told me recently. "After a year and a half," Brooks now says, "I just got tired of it."
He wondered, "Why isn't this being processed? Do we never mention it?" Looking at what Hollywood was releasing to the public,...
January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm
September 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm
This Sunday, as America commemorates the fourth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, films, television, plays and books are just beginning to grapple seriously with the phenomena of suicide bombings and terrorism.
The lag time between a cataclysmic experience and its...
September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm
An investigation into alleged home-grown Muslim extremists has yielded another arrest and prompted law-enforcement agencies and Jewish institutions to tighten security as the Jewish High Holidays approach.
The probe by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force has apparently broadened...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm
The pleasant smell drifted not heavenward but into the O Shil Beit Chabad Itaim Synagogue, distracting the faithful from their prayers.
Next door, the Bolinha restaurant was gearing up for its usual barrage of patrons on Saturday, when Brazilians traditionally partake of their...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Behind the horrible scenes left by four explosions in London on July 7, loomed a more fearsome reality: The perpetrators, most of them very young, had voluntarily turned themselves into living bombs. Europe experienced its first suicide bombings. More horrible yet, was that not even...
July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm
I read with interest Daniel Akst's excellent article on youth philanthropy in your July 22 issue, titled, "Getting Kids Into Charity Pays Off Big." The Jewish Journal provides a tremendous service to the community through its informative coverage of this...
July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in London, I can't help but despair at the ever-spiraling violence in our world today. And it pains me even more deeply that a significant portion of that violence occurs at the hands of Muslims in the name of Islam.
Of course, we have all...
May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm
February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm
On Feb. 10, 40 Jews, Christians and Muslims will embark on a joint "spiritual pilgrimage" to Israel and Jordan. The trip will focus solely on religious themes common to all three faiths. The author, an Egyptian-born engineer, is one of the trip's organizers. You can learn more...
February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm
January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm
I was on the island of Koh Lanta on Dec. 26. Koh Lanta is just east of Phuket and Ko Phi Phi Island and part of the province of Krabi, Thailand.
The island is made up of Muslims, Christians and Buddhists. I had visited this small island earlier in the year, and was blown away both...
November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Is religion more prominent or less today in American life? Is it fading away or roaring ahead? Articles about the conservative Christian influence in the Bush administration point -- often fearfully -- in one direction. Statistics about the disappearance of young adults in the 18-30...
October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm
September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm
The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.
Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...
July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Over 30,000 people have been brutally murdered in the Darfur region of Sudan. At least 120,000 are living in tent camps, now being hammered by rains that turn the dust to mud. Diseases that thrive in the soggy ground continue, along with malnutrition, to drive the body count higher....
July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm
A feared confrontation between Jewish and Muslim students during graduation ceremonies at UC Irvine was largely avoided June 19, following a week of heated charges and countercharges.
Several members of the Muslim Student Union wore stoles, or broad strips of green cloth, over their...
June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm
It's hard to imagine a period when Jews and Arabs got along -- but that's apparently what they did from 800-1400 B.C.E., in the historical Al-Andalus period. In Spain and North Africa, Jews, Christians and Muslims got together and collaborated on arts and sciences to create one of...
June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm
In Muslim culture, during the Daheyah (sacrifice) feast, Muslims bring a lamb into the home for a ritual slaughter accompanied by the invocation, "Allahu Akbar," in the presence of the family and the children.
Now we see the Daheyah of radical Islam to be Jews such as Nick Berg and...
May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Heightened ethnic and religious hatred might be rearing its ugly head in California -- but some politicians are eager to stand in its way.
State Assemblymember Judy Chu introduced and saw passage of Assembly Joint Resolution (AJR) 64 in early April. The resolution condemns hate...
April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Nonie Darwish spreads an Egyptian newspaper across her knees and points to an old black-and-white photograph of a family. She identifies her father, mother and siblings in the photo.
"I am 8 years old here," she says and gestures to the image of a serious little girl. The photo was...
April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Opera Collaboration Continues to 2005
The New Israeli Opera of Tel Aviv and the Los Angeles Opera will extend their ongoing collaboration with a production of Camille Saint-Saens' "Samson et Dalila" during the 2005 season.
Academy Award-winning film director William Friedkin...
April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm
March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Last August, when Imam Mahdi al Jumeili of the small Hudheifa Mosque in Baghdad's Shurti neighborhood met three American officers to resolve a dispute over soldiers entering the grounds of his mosque, his first question was: "Are any of you Jews?"
When he was satisfied that none...
December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm
What was the driving force behind Saddam Hussein's behavior? Was it his Arabness? His Islam? Or just generic cruelty?
There is a famous story from the Jahiliyya, that long period in Arabia before the emergence of Islam, about a Jew named Samaw'al (Samuel) B. Adiya. He was entrusted...
November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
The Jewish presence in Turkey usually is dated to 1492, when the Ottoman emperor Beyazit II welcomed Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition to his territory.
In fact, though, Jewish life in the area has been traced back to at least the fourth century B.C.E. During the Byzantine...
November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Get them while they're young. The Israeli embassy has just launched a new Web site, and the hasbarah -- an Israeli word which means public relations as well as propaganda -- is aimed at children.
Two years in the making, the colorful animated site (www.embassyofisrael.org/kids...