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  • Film for Thought: Israel’s Moral Might

    2 days ago

    What is true strength? Is a person’s strength measured by his moral fiber or by the impression he gives off? Does strength emanate from within oneself – from one’s moral character – and spread to the outside, or does it begin externally – with a painted-on façade – and percolate...

  • Missouri governor orders more troops to Ferguson after riots

    2 days ago

    Aiming to head off more looting and rioting, Missouri's governor on Tuesday ordered National Guard reinforcements into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson following overnight violence ignited by the clearing of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager....

  • L.A. Community Eruv facing dire financial crisis

    By Jonathan Maseng

    2 days ago

    Howard Witkin is something of an expert when it comes to things people don’t appreciate until they truly need them. When he’s not busy raising his children, or making a line of etrog liqueur with his wife, Marni, Witkin is a life insurance salesman. His other passion is the Los...

  • Blatter sad after Israeli soldiers enter Palestine Football Association headquarters

    2 days ago

    The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reacted angrily on Tuesday and FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he was saddened after Israeli soldiers entered the headquarters of the Palestine Football Association (PFA).

    "FIFA President Blatter was very sad to learn about an incident...

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  • Jewish-nation bill frays Israel’s delicate social fabric

    2 days ago

    Israel is poised to pass one of the most divisive laws in its 66-year history, a bill that would declare it the homeland of the Jewish people only – and further alienate its Arab minority.

    Political infighting over the measure is already threatening to tear apart Prime Minister...

  • U.N. chief urges peaceful Ferguson protests, rights protection

    2 days ago

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged protesters in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere in the United States to refrain from violence and called on law enforcement to protect the rights of people to demonstrate peacefully.

    A grand jury on Monday cleared a white...

  • Yaroslavsky, a ‘canny change agent’

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    2 days ago

    When we think of Jews involved in Los Angeles politics, we often divide them into two camps: liberal Democrats and Jewish Republicans. Liberal Democrats, as we picture them, are integrated into the broader progressive movements of Los Angeles. They are linked with multiethnic...

  • Stages of grief in the search for a permanent peace

    2 days ago

    Prophecy and predictions of apocalypse are staples of life in Jerusalem. The current outbreak of violence, against the backdrop of biblical landscapes and sacred sites, lends itself to both. Under circumstances like these, it is wise to recall the words of a biblical prophet who...

  • Why I am obsessed with the Enneagram Personality Test

    By Ellie Herman

    2 days ago

    I first became acquainted with the Enneagram 16 years ago, in the midst of an existential crisis brought on by the sudden death of a family member. Distraught and looking for solace, I enrolled in a course called “Jewish Spirituality.” Although I don’t remember the exact...

  • The 5 biggest mistakes women make in their JDate online profiles

    2 days ago

    I am back on JDate! (And just in case you’re a Jewish single woman — or the mom/grandmother/parole officer of a cute single Jewish woman looking for a fun, slightly neurotic and mind-numbingly sexy man … my JDate screen name is VICTORSTUART.)

    OK. That was terribly gratuitous of...

  • Torah portion: Dream a little dream

    2 days ago

    “Although I have hidden my face from Israel, I will communicate with him through dreams” (Bavli, Chagigah 5b).

    This week’s portion begins with Jacob’s famous dream: “He dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven, and behold the angels of...

  • Calendar: November 29-December 5

    By Laura Donney

    2 days ago

    SAT | NOV 29

    “REASONS TO LIVE”

    It was chosen by the Cape Cod Times as a Favorite Play of 2012 when it was staged at the Provincetown Theater, and now it’s having its Los Angeles premiere. In Meryl Cohn’s play, Jane Silverstein has to deal with a runaway groom, a pajama-wearing...

  • Letters to the editor: Har Nof attack, Jewish journalism, Obama and more

    2 days ago

    Revenge Recourse

    No debate: The heinous slaughter in a Jerusalem synagogue was an example of unmitigated evil (“Celebrating the Murder of Jews,” Nov. 21). The subsequent celebrations by some people in Gaza and the West Bank were offensive, sad, disturbing and indicative of...

  • Israel needs a bigger message

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    I’m repulsed by these anti-Israel groups on college campuses that pretend to care about oppressed people in the Middle East. They don’t. What they really care about is undermining Israel. Groups like Students for Justice in Palestine, for example, have no interest in engaging in a...

  • Israeli ambassador to the UN said “J’accuse” to the global community

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, slammed members of the UN for their hypocrisy and double standards regarding Israel. At the United Nation's annual commemoration of their vote on the partition of the British Mandate 67 years ago, as part of the international day of...

  • Murder in Ferguson: Michael Brown Has Value

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    I watched the news last night from 6:00 pm until I finally fell asleep around 2:30 in the morning. I watched the announcement that the Grand Jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. I then struggled to understand if it was  2014 or 1950. Last...

  • Hitler watercolor fetches 130,000 euros at Nuremberg auction

    3 days ago

    A 1914 watercolor by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros ($161,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg on Saturday, the auctioneers said.

    The buyer was a private person from the Middle East who attended the sale in person, said Kathrin Weidler, head of the auction house....

  • Burn or Blur?

    By Marcus J Freed

    3 days ago

    “First of all, hold a magnifying glass & focus the sun’s rays on a leaf,” said my teacher, “then take it out of focus & see how quickly the leaf burns”. “But not much is going to happen”, I responded. “Exactly,” he said, “and that is what you are doing with your energy”.


    We may...

  • Gunshots ring out, tear gas fired as violence returns to Ferguson

    3 days ago

    Gunshots rang out and police lobbed tear gas at an angry crowd that threw bottles outside the Ferguson Police Department in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury decided not to indict a white officer in the shooting death of an unarmed black teen.

    Outrage over the decision fueled...

  • Grand jury decides against charges in Ferguson shooting, unrest erupts

    3 days ago

    Violence flared again in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson on Monday, with gunshots heard and tear gas fired, after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.

    Angry crowds took to the streets...

  • Students get a history lesson on Zev Yaroslavsky’s contributions to Soviet Jewry

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    3 days ago

    Last week, the power elite of Los Angeles gathered at Walt Disney Concert Hall to pay homage to retiring L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Children sang. Cellists performed. Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reminded the thousand or so friends of Yaroslavsky who assembled...

  • What’s my name? Thanksgiving

    3 days ago

    I was born in Soviet Ukraine at a time when people were stripped of their spiritual rights and forced to conform to a colorless mass that was communism. How did I know that I was Jewish? It was written in the passports and legal documents of every member of my family, an undeniable...

  • Against our highest principles

    3 days ago

    “Bringing down Israel really will benefit everyone in the world, and everyone in society,” Lara Kiswani from the Arab Resource and Organizing Center stated on November 12. Of those who did not share her belief, she later went on to add, “As long as you continue to be on that side,...

  • Holiday movie preview: Politics, uprisings and enemies

    3 days ago

    The mixture of films this holiday season includes some that promise to rev up audience adrenaline and others that will provide much food for thought.

    The sport of ice hockey as it was played in the former Soviet Union is examined in the film “Red Army.” As the movie documents the...

  • Israeli cabinet approves Jewish nation-state law

    3 days ago

    A divided cabinet approved on Sunday a bill to anchor in law Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation critics say could undermine its democratic foundation and the rights of its Arab minority.

    Right-wing supporters of the initiative, including Prime...

  • Holiday season brings authors to SoCal

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    3 days ago

    From the Bible to the Broadway stage, readers and gift-buyers can find a wealth of new books in the bookstores, and it’s the time of year when authors, too, are out in the world to talk about their work. Here are five choice opportunities in Southern California.

    It’s the year...

  • Under Modi, Israel and India forge deeper business ties

    3 days ago

    At the UN General Assembly in New York last September, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu set aside time for a critical meeting. But it wasn't President Barack Obama he was keen to see. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Since Modi came to power in May, ties...

  • The Jewish stars of winter TV

    3 days ago

    Temperatures may be falling, but the small screen is heating up with buzz-worthy performances, must-see series and a few splashy specials. On the list: Lifetime’s adaptation of the biblical best-seller “The Red Tent,” with Debra Winger (Dec. 7 and 8),  NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” from...

  • Israel, unions to start minimum wage talks as national strike looms

    3 days ago

    Israel's finance minister will start negotiations with the country's main labour union on Monday in a bid to avert a national strike over demands to sharply raise the minimum wage, the ministry said.

    Israel's minimum wage stands at 4,300 shekels ($1,116) a month and the Histadrut...

  • Documenting disaster in order to save the planet

    By Tom Teicholz

    3 days ago

    How do we understand the impact of climate change and natural disasters on people and architecture, and how does humanity learn from our mistakes and try to prepare for potential future cataclysms? That is ostensibly the agenda of “Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change,” an...

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