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  • Celebs, hotels, humanitarism, a billion dollar deal and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 24, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Viber? Sold!

    Japanese Internet services company, Rakuten, has acquired the Israeli app Viber for $900 million. The Israeli-founded video and voice communications app allows users to make free phone and video calls within its network, and has over 200 million users all over the...

  • Free HIV treatment for asylum seekers, the art of makeup, Israman and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 26, 2014 | 11:55 am

    A wounded Syrian couple received emergency treatment in Israel

    As the blood continues to pour in the streets of Syria, Israel continues to provide treatment to wounded civilians.  Last week, Israel Defense Forces troops brought a wounded Syrian couple to Poriah Hospital near...

  • Israeli winter of 2013: From rainbows to snow - watch the photo album

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 16, 2013 | 11:12 am

    Finally, in mid-December, the rain started to pour over the land of Israel, and temperature dropped. The rain is blessed, no doubt, but like every year, it caught us unprepared. After two straight stormy days, the streets were flooded and trashcans filled with broken umbrellas....

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 28, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Never Again

    Yesterday, January 27th, the world mentioned the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day reminds us all of the horrible, systematic death of 6 million, for no reason other than their beliefs. This day reminds us all to always remember and never forget.

    ...

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  • Greens launch environmental campaign on Tu B’Shevat

    January 25, 2013 | 10:00 am

    Two Jewish groups launched a joint initiative promoting environmentally friendly living on Tu B'Shevat, Jewish arbor day.

    The Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) and Canfei Nesharim, a group emphasizing sustainable living in the Orthodox community, said Friday...

  • Birds of a feather flock together

    November 29, 2012 | 10:05 am

    Every winter, hundreds of millions of tourists (some of them no larger than a finger) defy travel warnings to visit the Holy Land. They don’t spend much money in Israel, and some stay for only a few hours. They visit the country’s “pubs” before flying off again.

    They also don’t...

  • Einstein, Kaplan and Heschel walk into a bar

    By Roger Price

    November 1, 2012 | 9:01 am

    It was in 1953, or so. The exact date is lost to memory.  The pub was somewhere just north of Columbia University. Albert Einstein, perhaps the greatest physicist of the century, picked the place in part because he was visiting an old friend at Columbia, as he was traveling from...

  • The end is nigh. Seriously.

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 18, 2012 | 11:54 am

    In countless cartoons, there’s a guy in a robe and long beard who’s walking around carrying a sign saying The End Is Nigh. The joke is that he’s ridiculous – some loony who takes the Book of Revelation literally.  But what if the joke’s on us?

    The June 6 issue of the...

  • Finding Judaism in the great outdoors

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 3, 2008 | 2:50 pm

    BERKELEY(JTA)—There were about two dozen people on Rabbi Mike Comins’ Torah Trek in Tilden Park here.

    Most members and friends of Chochmat HaLev, a Jewish Renewal-style community, had hiked a lot. Many had prayed or meditated. Some had done both together.

    But none, the hikers...

  • Books: Bird-watching and ‘the Jewish question’

    By Jonathan Rosen

    March 27, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    No doubt because I once worked at a Jewish newspaper and have written a novel about a woman rabbi -- not to mention a work of nonfiction called "The Talmud and the Internet" -- I am sometimes asked if my new book about bird-watching, "The Life of the Skies," is a Jewish book.

    At the...

  • Take Tu B’Shevat to heart and start healing nature

    By Andy Lipkis

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    These are the times for which Tu B'Shevat was created. The rabbis who envisioned this holiday were prophetic: They knew we would need to be reminded on a regular basis about howimportant trees are to our lives. And trees have never been more important to our survival than they are...
  • Tzedakah or genetics?  Hebrew University identifies possible ‘generosity gene’

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 11, 2007 | 10:03 pm


    You give because it’s a mitzvah, your religious side says (because it’s the right thing to do, adds your inner ethicist.)

    That’s what we like to think—it’s certainly what we tell ourselves.

    But what if all our self-congratulation covers up the real truth?  Check this out (from...

  • Books: Does a Jew pray in the woods?

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the past 50 years, the world has become accustomed to viewing Jews as city dwellers terrified of nature. Woody Allen's lobster-fearing neurotic is only the most obvious example of this stereotype.

    Yet Rabbi Mike Comins, author of "A Wild Faith," wants us to know that Judaism...

  • Partners in Creation

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roger Gottlieb makes the case in his book, "A Greener Faith," that we are in need of an ecotheology -- to view the Earth in a more divine and holy way. He writes that we have so separated ourselves from nature we don't actually feel our interconnectedness with it; rather, we value...
  • I’ll try it!

    By Caroline Cobrin

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you tell anyone I know that I was awake at 7 a.m. on a Saturday morning, on purpose, they wouldn't believe you. If you added that I didn't immediately turn over and go back to sleep, they would start laughing. If you told them that the reason I was awake at the crack of dawn on a...
  • A Phone Call from our Late Tante Mina

    By Caroline Cobrin

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The words "Message from Tante Mina" showed up on my Aunt Tova's cellphone. Normally this wouldn't be such a big deal, as Tova got messages all the time, but there were several peculiar things about this one.
    1. Tante Mina wasn't programmed into Tova's phone, so how did her name pop...
  • The Bittersweet Meaning of Mud

    By Natalie Katz

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mud

    I had been waiting seven years, and my machon summer at Camp Ramah in Ojai was finally here. It would be different from every other summer, because we would finally be the oldest group, and camp domination would be ours. I knew it would be bittersweet, and I looked forward to making...

  • Power of Vows

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I have twins who are almost 5 years old. One of the things that my wife and I are trying to teach them is the power of words, both for the positive and the negative.

    They are learning that words can inspire, motivate and excite a situation, as they discover new and innovative ways...

  • Judaism Finds Its Niche in Great Outdoors

    By Rachel Silverman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There are Jews hanging from mountaintops all over Colorado. Others are lighting Shabbat candles on sailboats or discovering their spirituality on the ski slopes.

    These Jewish adventure enthusiasts not only make an effort to do the hobbies they love with other Jews, but they do so...

  • Finding God Under the Stars

    By Amy Klein

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The fog/smog lies heavy over the San Bernardino mountain range, but with a little imagination, it's still possible to make out Los Angeles -- and Catalina -- in the distance. Likewise, at an elevation of more than 6,000 feet in Running Springs, it's possible to envision the great...

  • A Torah Trek to Find a ‘God Moment’

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Sunday afternoon in midwinter Los Angeles, the sun is sparkling, the temperature is perfect, I'm in one of the most beautiful settings anyone can imagine, and I'm supposed to be talking to God. I'm sitting alone in a lush, grassy field near a rustling brook, mountains surround...

  • Post-Katrina, Jews Raised Funds Fast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Major Jewish organizations have raised more than $30 million to house, feed, educate and relocate thousands of victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi.

    The biggest chunk of money has come from the United Jewish Communities (UJC), which represents 155 Jewish...

  • Even Utopia Has a Price Tag

    By Lea Lion

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Late in the summer of 1987, my parents shipped me off to the Cleveland Jewish Community Center's cleverly named Camp Wise. It was August, the weather was hot, and the little village of wooden cabins with tent flaps for walls was a welcome change from the air-conditioned houses of the...

  • Skip Beaten Path for Zipline Adventure

    By Jack Weiss

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    High above Kiryat Shemona, the Bekaa Valley to our left and the Golan Heights straight ahead, my wife and kids jumped from a cliff and sailed hundreds of feet on a zipline.

    Waiting to leap were two young Orthodox men. The first pushed off, his payot flapping in the wind as he held on...

  • Rough It in Style at El Capitan Canyon

    By Judy Gruen

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a city woman whose family is unaccustomed to "roughing it," I planned our family vacation to involve a lot of nature but no sleeping on hard ground. That's what made El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara the perfect place for us: It's camping for people who like staying in Hiltons.

    A...

  • A Hard Rain

    By Frances Dinkelspiel

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In the winter of 1861-1862, the skies in California let loose, unleashing torrents of water around the state. In Los Angeles, rain fell for 28 straight days, pushing the Los Angeles River higher and higher until a waist-high wall of water jumped its banks, ripping away everything...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, January 22

    Fine-print dealers from across the country convene at LACMA this weekend for Los Angeles Print Fair 2005. View and purchase American, European, Canadian and Japanese prints from as early as 1500 all the way through to contemporary works, including pieces by...

  • Double Celebration

    By Jane Ulman

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Tu b'Shevat, the 15th day of the month of Shevat, marks the birthday of the trees.

    Will the trees be taken out

    to dinner at the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga to feast on vegan duck and passion fruit sorbet?

    Will they receive a digital camera, a copy of Carl Hiaasen's newest...

  • A Garden Tour of Biblical Proportions

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Majestic fig trees bear their succulent fruit amid enormous leaves. Boughs of olives suggest the impending harvest as their color changes from green to black. Massive citrons emit their magnificent scent.

    You've just entered Neot Kedumim, Israel's biblical landscape reserve. With...

  • Campers Hit the Great Outdoors

    By Lea Silverman

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The tomato plants are thriving. Their leafy green stalks shoot straight out of the moist brown earth and sway gently in the breeze. The lettuce, alfalfa and spicy greens starts also look healthy. Herbs grow everywhere. This garden, like all gardens at one time, is still in its...

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