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  • Bryant out for nine months after shoulder surgery

    2 hours ago

    Kobe Bryant's NBA season effectively ended on Wednesday after he had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that will sideline him for nine months, the Los Angeles Lakers said.

    The five-time National Basketball Association champion, who injured his shoulder...

  • LAMOTH remembers 70th anniversary of liberation of Auschwitz

    By Ryan Torok

    3 hours ago

    It’s been 70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, but it’s essential to remember that the horrors of anti-Semitism live on, according to Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles David Siegel.

    “This is not ancient history; it is right now,” Siegel said during a Jan. 27 speech....

  • Hillel 818 starts anew following Federation-led transformation

    By Jared Sichel

    3 hours ago

    On Sept. 3, 2014, Jay Sanderson, president and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, met with the board of Hillel 818 at the home of a Hillel board member and gave an ultimatum:

    Fire yourselves and allow Federation and Hillel International to help select new board...

  • Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese ISIS hostage unclear

    4 hours ago

    Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

    The fate of air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh was thought to be tied to that...

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  • Moving ‘God, Faith & Identity’ passes mantle of remembrance

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    6 hours ago

    Seventy years ago, the Red Army liberated the death camp at Auschwitz, an event that now marks the observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Ever since that day, we have been struggling to explain and understand what happened in the killing fields and concentration...

  • Two literary giants, a lawsuit and Dick Cavett

    6 hours ago

    It was the talk of the literary and legal worlds in the early 1980s. Noted playwright Lillian Hellman (“The Little Foxes,” “Another Part of the Forest” and numerous others), sued literary critic and author Mary McCarthy (her novel “The Group” had a long run on the New York Times...

  • Drones, Jews and morality

    By Rob Eshman

    7 hours ago

    My address to the first interreligious conference on the morality of drone warfare didn’t go over particularly well.

    This happened last Saturday afternoon at Princeton Theological Seminary, where I was among 150 clergy, theologians, academics and peace activists gathered to...

  • The rebirth of Running Springs

    By Jared Sichel

    7 hours ago

    Just a few miles south of Lake Arrowhead, in the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest, sits the small town of Running Springs — its center just a few blocks of touristy gift shops, a hardware store and ski rental outlet, some restaurants, gas stations and motels. It’s...

  • Jerusalem film school brings shorts to L.A.

    By  Tom Tugend

    7 hours ago

    A brother-sister filmmaking team from Israel will introduce itself, its unusual alma mater and its Oscar-winning father on the evening of Feb. 5 at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills.

    Emanuel and Nurith Cohn will present “Little Dictator,” their first production since...

  • Producer Nancy Spielberg reflects on finding, forming Jewish identity

    7 hours ago

    Three and a half years ago, Nancy Spielberg read an obituary that would change her life. It noted the passing of Al Schwimmer, a Jewish-American pilot who smuggled 30 surplus planes into the new State of Israel in 1948 and recruited the pilots and crew to fly them, assembling the...

  • Harvesting expert advice to save family’s beloved tree

    8 hours ago

    If Tu B’Shevat is such a happy New Year for Trees, why am I sucking lemons?

    The holiday, usually a time for planting — except this year in Israel, where many are observing the shmita year, a Torah-mandated break every seven years in the agricultural cycle — for me may be a time...

  • Studying torah with the Pope: Q&A with Rabbi Abraham Skorka

    8 hours ago

    On a recent visit to Los Angeles, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, an Argentine rabbi, chemist and writer, met with the staff of the Jewish Journal. 

    Skorka’s trip was sponsored by Masorti Olami, the worldwide organization of the Conservative movement, and his prominence is due in part to...

  • Israel needs fans, not cheerleaders

    8 hours ago

    As the New England Patriots qualified for yet another Super Bowl, my thoughts went to my late father-in-law, Harvey Kirstein, z”l, a huge fan of the team and season-ticket holder who died tragically before they became successful and never saw any of their triumphs.

    It was Harvey...

  • Prescription for aging

    By Bill Boyarsky

    9 hours ago

    My interest in the active aged has been stimulated recently by hanging out with several of them and reading Dr. Atul Gawande’s powerful book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.” My curiosity was heightened, of course, by an event that occurred last October — my...

  • European Jews, Iranian Jews and Exodus.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    9 hours ago

    In the darkness of escalating anti-Semitism, so much has been written on why European Jews should leave.

    There is comfort in the familiar, even when abusive, even when painful.  It’s nearly impossible to understand the lure of wishing to stay oppressed.

    Yet, Exodus is the story...

  • Iran is mankind’s enemy

    By Dennis Prager

    9 hours ago

    Iran today is America’s greatest enemy, Israel’s greatest enemy, the Jewish people’s greatest enemy and the greatest enemy of moral civilization.

    There is, apparently, no evil that the Iranian Islamic regime will not engage in to further its ends. 

    It is one of the only...

  • Prehistoric skull a key ‘piece of the puzzle’ in story of humanity

    9 hours ago

    A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.

    Scientists said on...

  • Torah portion: Preserve freedom by remembering slavery

    9 hours ago

    Finally, after two consecutive weeks of cliffhangers, B’shalach, the heart of the Exodus tale, tantalizes us with what appears to be a complete story. It recounts an entire drama that builds tension and unfolds in a cinematic climax with the Israelites escaping Pharaoh and crossing...

  • Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State

    9 hours ago

    Jordan is still holding a prisoner whose release has been demanded by Islamic State militants and her freedom depends on the fate of a Jordanian pilot captured by the insurgents, government spokesman Mohammad Momani said on Wednesday.

    "It's not true she has been released. Her...

  • Calendar: January 31st - February 6th

    By Laura Donney

    9 hours ago

    SAT | JAN 31

    STAN LEE

    You know those previews and billboards for comic-book franchises that keep popping up? The man we have to thank is Stan Lee, and for lots of fathers, sons, nephews and brothers (mine included), he is very important. Lee is the man behind Marvel and such...

  • Dieudonne trial over ‘gas chambers’ remark starting

    10 hours ago

    The French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala is standing trial for saying that a Jewish journalist should have died “in the gas chambers.”

    The trial in criminal court begins Wednesday for Dieudonne, who has been convicted seven times for inciting racial hatred against Jews.

    He...

  • Letters to the editor: Matzo Ball, Barbara Boxer, French Jews and more

    10 hours ago

    If I Go, There Will Be Trouble; If I Stay Will It Be Double?

    I am an American non-Jew and basically secular in thought. Until recently, I was completely unaware of Jews feeling threatened in Paris (“Stay or Go? French Jews Face a Growing — and Emotional — Dilemma,” Jan. 23). I am...

  • Sheldon Silver to step down as N.Y. State Assembly speaker

    10 hours ago

    Longtime New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is facing corruption charges, will resign from his position.

    Silver will be replaced on Monday by majority leader Joseph Morelle, a Rochester-area assemblyman, according to The New York Times. Morelle will serve as...

  • Showdown on the Beltway

    By David Suissa

    10 hours ago

    Do you know why the whole Bibi-Obama-Boehner-Iran mess gives me such a headache? There are too many moving parts: Bibi shouldn’t tick off Obama; Obama should be tougher on Iran; Boehner shouldn’t go behind Obama’s back; Bibi shouldn’t interfere with American politics; Obama...

  • Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

    10 hours ago

    No spoilers here about the “Serial” season finale, but I will say this much: The episode ends with … a special thanks to a certain Jewish studies professor.

    That would be Benjamin Schreier, the interim director of the Jewish studies program at Penn State and the husband of...

  • Obituaries: January 30, 2015

    10 hours ago

    Ruth Angel died Jan. 6 at 92. Survived by daughter Judith (Bob Salvaria); son Stephen (Ellen); 3 grandchildren; 2 step-granddaughters; 4 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Betty; brother-in-law Morris (Alice). Mount Sinai

    Martin August died Jan. 6 at 86. Survived by son Todd...

  • Why are fruit trees important to Jewish people?

    11 hours ago

    We first hear about Tu BiShvat – the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat -- in the Mishnah (Rosh HaShanah 1:1) as one of the four days that start the year. Tu Bishvat was not then considered a holy day. It was simply the legal date marking the new year for fruit trees. As a date...

  • Obama: Netanyahu meeting before Israel election ‘inappropriate’ - CNN interview

    11 hours ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama said he declined to meet with Benjamin Netanyahu during the Israeli leader's visit to the United States in March because it would be "inappropriate" two weeks before an election in that country.

    Netanyahu's trip has become a diplomatic sore point with...

  • Israeli army searches for Hezbollah tunnels near Lebanese border

    11 hours ago

    The Israeli military began searching on Wednesday for tunnels that Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas may have dug, responding to concerns from residents of a small nearby village in northern Israel, a military source said.

    Israel's vulnerability to cross-border tunnels was exposed...

  • Israel tells U.N. will defend itself against Hezbollah

    11 hours ago

    Israel told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday it will take all necessary measures to defend itself after an exchange of fire between Hezbollah militants and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict.

    "Israel will not stand by as Hezbollah targets Israelis,"...

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