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  • Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    20 hours ago

    Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat...

  • RAW Artists

    By Joy Bennett

    2 days ago

    Sarah Goff of The Elizabeth Kill band, April 13, 2014

    I just went to a delightful private showcase of local creative types last night in Hollywood. They had wonderful musicians, artists, designers, stylists of all kinds, it was a lot of fun. Tons of talented folks around...

  • Sinai Temple’s Atid Launches Video Campaign to Attract Young Crowd

    By Nicole Behnam

    2 days ago

    In a world that depends on flyers, brochures, and similar promotional devices to garner attention for events, Sinai Temple’s Atid decided to step up their approach. Based on the popularity in recent years of Jewish-themed parody songs, Atid has launched a video marketing campaign...

  • Passover 5774/2014 – What Dementia Can Teach Us About Love, Loss and Liberation

    By Salvador Litvak

    2 days ago

    And I shall inscribe on the tablets the words that were upon the first tablets which you broke, and you shall place them into the ark. (Deut. 10:2)

    Rav Yosef [said], “This teaches that both the second tablets and the broken pieces of the first were placed in the [holy] ark....

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  • A Passover’s Promise

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 days ago

    Every morn, a wedding proposal
    Out of shackles of bondage
    A procession on golden sands
    A tamed sun, lashes softened by clouds
    A shimmering night, audienced by flickering stars
    Sweet mana showering our covered heads.

    The cracklings of  matzha beneath my molars
    Resonate as...

  • Three people killed in shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas

    3 days ago

    Three people were killed in shootings Sunday afternoon at a Jewish community center and at a Jewish elderly care home in a Kansas City suburb, and a suspect has been taken into custody, authorities said.

    Police said they did not have a motive for the shootings, but were not...

  • Israelis and Palestinians Commemorating Remembrance Day Together

    By Jeremy Elster

    3 days ago

    For the past 8 years, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO called Combatants for Peace has held an alternative Remembrance Day/Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in Tel Aviv. The mission of the alternative commemoration is to recognize bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have suffered from...

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in the NBA? It may not be a hoop dream

    4 days ago

    BALTIMORE (JTA) – Maccabi Tel Aviv reportedly is heading back to the United States this fall for its first exhibition games against NBA teams in five years – but greater developments appear to be in the works for the iconic franchise and Israeli basketball.

    For one, how about NBA...

  • Latest salvo in circumcision war, study cuts against ‘intactivist’ arguments

    4 days ago

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In the circumcision wars, circumcision has been winning some big battles.

    A new survey of medical data going back more than two decades has found that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. The publication of the article on April 4 by the...

  • Jewish Home: We’ll leave coalition if Israeli Arabs walk

    5 days ago

    The Jewish Home party will leave Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition if he releases Arab Israelis from jail, party bosses said.

    Ayelet Shaked, a lawmaker and senior member of Jewish Home, said Friday that the party’s position on the issue was a result...

  • Oslo Accords pioneer Ron Pundak dies

    5 days ago

    Ron Pundak, an Israeli historian who helped engineer the Oslo Accords, has died.

    Pundak, who died Friday of cancer at the age of 59, was an expert on Jordanian and Palestinian history who, through his contacts, began talks with Palestinian leaders in 1992 with the permission of...

  • Adelson donation helps Israeli moon mission meet $37m budget

    5 days ago

    Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife have pledged $16.4 million to fund the Israeli SpaceIL mission to the moon.

    The donation by the American Jewish couple’s Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Family Foundation was reported Thursday on the Israeli science news site,...

  • Op-Ed: A miracle in Uganda

    5 days ago

    As we celebrate Passover, it is important to remember that as great as the miracle of the Exodus was, freedom was only the beginning. I know this from reading the Torah, but I also know from personal experience.

    I was born in Uganda to Jewish parents at a time when it was illegal...

  • Redesigning the seder plate

    5 days ago

    In addition to being a time of remembrance, Passover is a holiday for special foods, special dishes and family heirlooms, notably the seder plate. The most common is a porcelain plate with a Star of David or the Hebrew word Pesach —  for Passover — inscribed in its center,...

  • Three seder meditations

    5 days ago

    Who Teaches Whom?

    One the most famous questions asked on seder night is, “Why isn’t Moses’ name mentioned in the haggadah? He’s the one who took us out of Egypt! Surely, if anyone is featured, it should be him!”  

    The truth is, Moses’ name is mentioned, but only once, and it’s...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    ...

  • Acharei Mot: Cleansing Past Misdeeds

    By Beit T'shuvah

    5 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    My brother Neal called me this morning and suggested I write about a character from this week's Torah Portion. It is the "Ish Ati," the man who takes the goat for Azazel out to the wilderness. Since I didn't write about it in my weekly Torah Drash, I...

  • Beverly Hills is 100 Years Young! #BH100

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    5 days ago

    Lisa Donald Lili-00215,000 slices of cake! Beverly Hills is turning 100 and celebrating in style! Donald Wressel from Guittard Chocolate unveiled his plan to turn 700 pounds of chocolate and one metric ton of ingredients into a giant chocolate birthday cake.

    Mayor of Beverly Hills Lili Bosse invites...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    Dennis Ross, former senior Middle East adviser to President Barack Obama, appeared in a panel discussion on “Israel, America and the Middle East: Challenges for 2014” on March 19 at Sinai Temple.

    During the event, Ross expressed pessimism about the prospect of U.S. Secretary of...

  • Going green for Passover

    By Judy Zeidler

    5 days ago

    The mainstays of a traditional Passover seder, celebrating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt, tend to be a carnivore’s dream: gefilte fish, chicken soup with matzah balls, stuffed turkey and lamb shanks.

    Today, though, more and more families are planning a vegetarian...

  • The four lessons of the Boston Marathon bombing

    6 days ago

    It’s unusual, but one of the most crucial findings in a recently released inspector general’s report about the Boston Marathon Bombing actually focused on something that did not take place.         

    To be released on April 15, the first anniversary of the deadly events in Boston...

  • Naftali Bennett: Annex settlement blocs in response to Palestinian actions

    6 days ago

    Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex the large settlement blocs.

    Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party, sent a letter to Netanyahu late Wednesday night asking him to call a Cabinet meeting to discuss the possible...

  • Israel imposes economic sanctions against Palestinians

    6 days ago

    Israel imposed economic sanctions against the Palestinians on Thursday in retaliation for their leadership signing international conventions, moves that further complicate U.S. efforts to keep peace talks from collapsing before an April 29 deadline.

    An Israeli official, speaking...

  • Brandeis University drops plan to honor critic of Islam

    6 days ago

    Brandeis University has decided not to award an honorary degree to a Somali-born women's rights activist who has branded Islam as violent and "a nihilistic cult of death."

    The private university outside Boston said it had decided not to bestow the honor on Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a...

  • Don’t call her ScarJo

    6 days ago

    It turns out that Scarlett Johansson, everyone’s favorite Jewish ‘it’ girl, has a beef with fans: the 29-year- old actress hates the nickname ScarJo.

    “I associate that name with, like, pop stars. It sounds tacky. It’s lazy and flippant,” she said in the May issue of Glamour...

  • Passover: Using Our Time Wisely.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    6 days ago

    Time.  Time is all we have.  It is running out.  The desert sands drop a grain at a time through the narrowness of the hour glass.

    “Why, as the inventors of the world’s first fast food, Matza, do we eat it during the longest meal of the year, the Seder?”

    As refugees to the...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    6 days ago

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Don’t Passover the Moment

    By Chava Tombosky

    1 week ago

    There are so many mundane tasks that can consume us on an every day basis. Between answering emails, calling the plumber for that leak in the bathroom, folding laundry, rushing to drop off carpool, rushing to pick up carpool, organizing the garage for the umpteenth time, meeting...

  • Ezra Jack Keats’ tales of squalor and hope

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 week ago

    In 1962, the children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) published “The Snowy Day,” the tale of a boy named Peter who, wearing a fanciful red parka, ventures out into his gritty neighborhood to enjoy the delight of freshly fallen snow.  

    With illustrations...

  • Gaza runner barred by Israel from Bethlehem marathon

    1 week ago

    Israel’s Supreme Court upheld a decision by the IDF to bar a Palestinian runner from Gaza from participating in a marathon in Bethlehem.

    In the case of Nader Masri, a 2008 Olympian, the court ruled April 8 that it could not overrule a military decision. But the court also...

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