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  • U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on

    1 hour ago

    A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

    U.S. District Judge David...

  • #myLAcommute My car made me so angry I sold it

    1 hour ago

    CAMERON RITH

    I love taking the bus. There is always a great conversation to be had, and such a variety of people. When I’m on the bus I people watch. I nap. I draw weird cartoons of creatures that live inside my head. I think they are other versions of myself.

    I sold my car...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Haddarat nashim

    2 hours ago

    People ask me whether there is any connection between haddarat nashim (a very common concept in Israel in recent years, mostly among the Orthodox), and the biblical ve-hadarta pne zaqen, “show respect to the elderly” (Leviticus 19:32), implying that secluding women is out of...

  • Hillary Clinton email trove shows concern with Netanyahu’s psyche

    2 hours ago

    As U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton spent plenty of time in daunting foreign territory.

    No, I’m not talking about Myanmar here. I’m speaking of the mind of Benjamin Netanyahu.

    A batch of emails released this week as part of the trove related to the controversy...

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  • Some Jews have divined the real cause of Jimmy Carter’s cancer

    2 hours ago

    Former President Jimmy Carter, 90, recently announced he has cancer that has spread to his brain.

    For some Jews (and evangelical Christians), the cause apparently is obvious. No, it’s not his genetic makeup, or the spread of a mass from his liver to his brain. It’s divine...

  • A year of learning Torah through food

    2 hours ago

    It’s the end of summer 2014. Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and with it the finale of the seven-year shmita cycle, a time when agricultural land lies fallow in Israel, perennials are harvested, and debts are forgiven. A year ago, I asked myself, could I give myself a shmita-inspired...

  • Will Obama and Netanyahu reconcile next year?

    2 hours ago

    Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran is not about to go away.

    In the contemplative spirit of the Days of Awe, we...

  • Get kids into the High Holy Days spirit with these new books

    3 hours ago

    Of the new children’s books of Jewish interest out this fall, many incorporate themes that go beyond High Holy Days fare. Included here are short reviews of the best of the batch, including a biblical story of King David, life in Shanghai at Sukkot time, a concept book for...

  • Pressured by party, Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge

    3 hours ago

    Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.

    His vow of loyalty on Thursday was something of a victory for the Republican...

  • Biden meets Jewish leaders in Florida to defend Iran deal

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    Vice President Joe Biden tried to reassure Jewish leaders in south Florida on Thursday that President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran would be a vital step toward making the world a safer place.

    Biden, on a two-day trip to the political swing state of Florida as he explores...

  • Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

    3 hours ago

    Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt.

    Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary...

  • On Starting a Synagogue and Balancing a Life

    By Craig T.

    3 hours ago

    Two and a half years ago my wife and I purchased the oldest synagogue building in Los Angeles, founding the Pico Union Project: a multi-faith cultural arts center and house of worship dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We are home to four faith...

  • Portman’s directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming

    3 hours ago

    Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic.

    Instead, she considers "A Tale of Love and Darkness," her...

  • Moving and shaking: Rick Santorum, Brad Sherman, L.A. Dodgers and more

    By Ryan Torok

    3 hours ago

    Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential hopeful, spoke for an hour on foreign policy, Iran and radical Islam at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills on Aug. 27 to a small but overwhelmingly sympathetic audience. 

    Sporting a black kippah and...

  • In a pickle: Meditation on Yonah Schimmel

    By Rob Eshman

    4 hours ago

    I can’t help but think that the fact that I am mired squarely in middle age has a lot to do with my return to pickles. In college, I started making sourdough bread, which, like pickles, is a product of natural fermentation. By junior year, my hobby became a job — I turned out 20...

  • Recipes from Amelia Saltsman: Falling for the flavors of Autumn

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    For a profile on Amelia Saltsman, visit our Hollywood Jew blog.

    GREEN OLIVES WITH ZA’ATAR AND CITRUS

    In late autumn, new-crop olives abound. They are often fresh-cured with their buttery flavor and meaty texture intact, making them a perfect partner to a marinade of warm...

  • Art, man and God

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    I wonder what our prayers sound like to God during these Days of Awe. As the earth spins on its axis and Jews across the globe gather together to worship, I imagine that God hears our longings as a symphony - each soul a note, singular, exceptional, and essential to the whole....
  • Amelia Saltsman returns traditional cuisine to its local, sustainable and biblical roots

    By Danielle Berrin

    5 hours ago

    As Amelia Saltsman recalls the intense, candied flavor of her pan-roasted tzimmes, she closes her eyes, rolls back her head and moans, “Oh, Loooord.”

    “I don’t know where I got that expression,” the cookbook author and chef adds, a little embarrassed by her outburst. Food, it...

  • ‘Stir’: How a food blogger cooked her way back to wellness

    6 hours ago

    In 2008, when 28-year-old Jessica Fechtor fell off a treadmill after an aneurysm in her brain ruptured, writing a food memoir was the last thing on her mind — literally. At the time, she had just begun a doctoral program in Yiddish studies at Harvard University, but in the...

  • IKAR announces its move to Shalhevet

    By Ryan Torok

    6 hours ago

    Egalitarian spiritual community IKAR announced on Aug. 26 that it is relocating to Shalhevet High School’s new building near Olympic Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, following its 11 years operating out of the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC). 

    “We are thrilled to announce...

  • Netanyahu says U.S. public and Israel see eye-to-eye on Iran nuclear issue

    6 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday most Americans agreed with Israel over dangers posed by Iran, even as he lost a battle to persuade the U.S. Congress to reject Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers including Washington.

    In remarks at a Jewish New...

  • Iran’s Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers

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    Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported.

    President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist whose 2013...

  • Gaming the dating game

    By Jared Sichel

    7 hours ago

    When journalist Jon Birger worked in the newsrooms at Fortune and Money, he noticed that most of the guys either had wives or long-term girlfriends, whereas most of the women were single and “had dating histories that made so little sense to me,” as he put it in a recent interview...

  • World’s largest ‘Slip n’ Slide’ to be built in Jordan

    7 hours ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The desert kingdom of Jordan might seem like an unlikely location for the world’s largest water slide. Breaking the record for the longest “Slip n’ Slide”, the long sheet of thin plastic that becomes slippery when wet, is designed as...

  • Renee Firestone: From Auschwitz to LACMA

    By Julie Bien

    8 hours ago

    Former fashion designer Renee Firestone will never forget how devastated she was when she walked into her Washington Boulevard shop one morning in 1961, just three days before her first fashion show in Los Angeles.

    The night before, she recalled, “We had just finished the line. I...

  • Israel to continue to fight against Iran Deal

    8 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    It is now clear that the Iranian nuclear deal will pass Congress. President Obama now has the 34 votes to override any Congressional objections, and is well on the way to being able to prevent any vote at all, if he can achieve...

  • Was the battle against the deal a failure? (and six other comments)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    13 hours ago

    1.

    President Obama got his veto power. He can now make the Iran agreement pass. And that was no big surprise. It will also not be a huge surprise if he gets the 41 Senators with which to prevent a vote – by filibustering the Iran debate. After all was said and done, the Iran vote...

  • Kerry: U.S. will use ‘all tools’ to confront Iranian destabilization

    22 hours ago

    The Obama administration will oppose Iran’s bids to destabilize the region “with every national security tool available,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, defending the Iran nuclear deal.

    “Have no doubt, the United States will oppose Iran’s destabilizing policies with...

  • On Rosh Hashana: Does the Time to Ask for Forgiveness Expire?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    23 hours ago

    I’m going away next week and won’t be back at my day job until after Rosh Hashana, so I decided to wish my co-workers a happy New Year now.  When I gave one of them New Year’s greetings, he stopped and looked up, counting in his head. “Let’s see,” he said, “almost two weeks to...

  • The Iran deal is done: What history should teach us

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 day ago

    Thirty four Senators – 32 Democrats, plus two Independents who caucus with the Democrats – have come out in favor of the Iran deal, enough Senators to sustain a presidential veto, so approval of the deal with Iran and five American partners is a foregone conclusion. The question to...

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