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  • We MUST Abandon the Lies and Advocate for Truth!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 day ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz,

    I am concerned! Each week I write about Redemption, each day I move one grain of sand closer to the redemption of others and myself, yet it seems as if the world wants to stay stuck! We have become a world that wants to live in Self-Deception! The UN is...

  • Firebomb attack wounds Israeli father and daughter in West Bank

    1 day ago

    A firebomb attack on a car in the West Bank left an 11-year-old Israeli girl severely burned and her father injured on Thursday, the Israeli military said.

    The Israeli military said the suspected Palestinian attack was near the Ma'ale Shomron Jewish settlement, north of the West...

  • Sondheim’s Freudian ‘Woods’

    1 day ago

    The movie version of Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway classic Into the Woods, which opened in theaters yesterday, is much more than several interwoven, fractured fairy tales. It’s a thicket of symbols and themes that draw directly on the ideas and Weltanschauung of Sigmund Freud.


  • Beauty is not in the eye of the beholder, it is objective.

    By Milad Doroudian

    2 days ago

    It is no particular secret that human beings enjoy looking at aesthetically pleasing things, whether it is art, nature, or just other people. Our eyes are drawn to beauty, to the pleasing colours, lines, and shapes of the world around us, which in turn play a substantial role in...


    By Marcus J Freed

    2 days ago

    Today is a cultural curiosity. Billions of people are putting their energy into a sometimes-spiritual event while many Jews are busy eating Chinese food(1) and emphasising it is “just” a normal day. “Messiah/Moshiach” is a deeply Biblical concept, so why don’t we all use today to...

  • Argentina’s president adopts Jewish godson

    2 days ago

    Argentina’s president has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history.

    President Christina Fernandez described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family.

    He was adopted as a godson under...

  • Israeli girl, 11, seriously injured in West Bank firebomb attack

    2 days ago

    An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured when a firebomb hit their car in the northern West Bank.

    The girl, Ayala Shapira, was taken to a Tel Aviv hospital with third-degree burns over 50 percent of her body, including her face and upper body following the Thursday evening...

  • U.S. agency pays Alan Gross in contract settlement

    2 days ago

    The U.S. Agency for International Development has reportedly paid Alan Gross $3.2 million as part of a settlement of with his employer, Development Alternatives.

    The settlement, announced Tuesday in a statement by USAID, aimed to resolve claims pending before the Civilian Board...

  • Ex-envoy Michael Oren announces Knesset run

    2 days ago

    Michael Oren, the former Israeli envoy to the United States, will run in Israel’s upcoming elections.

    Oren was presented Wednesday as a candidate for the new political party Kulanu, headed by former Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, who left the Likud Party in 2013. Kahlon...

  • Israel returns bodies of Har Nof terrorists

    2 days ago

    Israel returned the bodies of two terrorists who killed five worshippers in an attack on a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem.

    The bodies were transferred to their families on Thursday, more than a month after attack during morning worship services at Bnei Torah...

  • New construction approved in East Jerusalem

    2 days ago

    Israeli authorities approved hundreds of new homes in Jewish neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem.

    The approvals were issued Wednesday for the neighborhoods of Ramot and Har Homa, though reports varied on the number of units approved.

    The Times of Israel reported that 243 new...

  • On homosexuality, top YU rabbi just doesn’t get it

    2 days ago

    Yeshiva University Rosh Yeshiva and modern Orthodox godol (great) Rabbi Mordechai Willig’s recent comments about the changeability of homosexuality (tinyurl.com/RavWillig, 30 minutes in) demand a response.

    I have great respect for Rav Willig. He spoke at my yeshiva, and he has...

  • The Great Leonard Beerman z”l: Inspiration through Word and Deed

    2 days ago

    This week witnessed the passing of two towering giants who left a profound mark on Los Angeles, but who served as proud citizens of the world: Rabbi Harold Schulweis z”l and Rabbi Leonard Beerman z”l. Rabbi Schulweis transformed Valley Beth Shalom into a unique center of learning...

  • Don’t blame the USY’ers – blame the adults

    3 days ago

    On Monday, the international board of United Synagogue Youth (USY) voted to junk the Conservative teen group’s requirement that its top leaders date only Jews. Instead, the leaders are supposed to “strive” to “model healthy Jewish dating choices” (whatever that means). A number of...

  • Guilford Glazer, leading Los Angeles philanthropist, dies at 93

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    Guilford Glazer, a strong supporter of Israel, leading Los Angeles philanthropist and real estate developer, died in his Beverly Hills home on Dec. 23.  

    Glazer, 93, was well known for his support of Israeli universities, including Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University of...

  • Equality in the United States? Progress in principle, but not in practice

    3 days ago

    The cases of black men being killed by police officers throughout the country and police officers being killed last week in New York have shined a powerful light on the racial tensions still existent in American society.

    These cases have only widened the already large divide...

  • Haredi circumcision practice infects New York baby with herpes

    3 days ago

    A controversial circumcision practice has led to the infection of a New York City baby with neonatal herpes, according to the city’s health department.

    The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced Tuesday in a press release that the case was reported in...

  • 30 senior Israeli officials detained in corruption sweep

    3 days ago

    Israeli police have detained 30 senior officials accused of corruption, including Deputy Interior Minister Faina Kirshenbaum.

    The officials, who where detained Wednesday morning after a yearlong investigation, also include a former government minister and senior officials in...

  • Hamas commander killed; IDF soldier seriously injured in clash near Gaza border

    3 days ago

    Israeli forces shot dead a member of Hamas's armed wing after a firefight erupted along the border with the Gaza Strip on Wednesday and an Israeli soldier was wounded, Gaza hospital officials and the Israeli army said.

    The military said in a statement that a routine patrol on the...

  • Harold Schulweis: Founder of a Big Judaism

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    “I’m having trouble with the past tense,” Rabbi Uri Herscher said as he began his eulogy for his close friend Rabbi Harold Schulweis, who died last week at the age of 89. With about 1,500 mourners looking on in the main sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS), the synagogue Schulweis...

  • Do you miss Christmas?

    By Diana Emuna

    3 days ago

    “Do you miss Christmas?”  There is a widely held belief among born Jews that converts mourn over the loss of Christmas.  We miss the love; the Hallmark finery and the family get togethers. 

    I will be honest.  I don’t miss it.  I like the glitter and lights, but I don’t dwell on...

  • Founding Rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple, Leonard I. Beerman, dies at 93

    3 days ago

    Rabbi Leonard Beerman, founding rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple, renown for his unremitting pacifism and for speaking out against injustice, died on Dec. 24 at the age of 93.

    Beerman grew the congregation of Leo Baeck Temple from a small community of 28 members when he arrived in 1949...

  • So Israel is a little bit of a fixer-upper…

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    In recent years, it seems as if every policy Israeli decision makers issue is followed by massive, harsh criticism by the global community. World leaders use every opportunity to look down at Israel's leaders, judge them for their "problematic decision" and urge them to reconsider...

  • Merry Christmas!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    Not “happy holidays.”  It’s Christmas!  I don't like tofu wishes; I wish for flavor and truth.

    This is the holiest day of the Christian calendar.  I would not want someone wishing me “happy holidays” for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    As a child in Iran, I attended the French...

  • Nachum

    3 days ago

    If you ask a non-Orthodox Jew "What is a Chevrah Kadisha?" you'll probably get a lot of approximately right answers.  If you ask, "What is a Taharah?" I suspect you'll be met with an abundance of blank stares. In our very intelligent community, we are clearly lacking some basic...

  • Criticized for Standing with Israel

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    4 days ago

    Our synagogue is next door to an affordable housing property for seniors, which was founded by the synagogue and the local Catholic Archdiocese. One night last week, our cantor, one of our rabbis, a couple of musicians and I went next door for their Chanukah party, which consisted...

  • In Sick Heart Patients, Less is More!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 days ago

    In the year 2000, Israeli physicians had a major labor strike during which thousands of elective visits and surgeries were canceled, but paradoxically mortality rates fell dramatically during the same year.

    This week in JAMA, Harvard Medical School researchers published a study...

  • What To Do With Leftover Challah [recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    4 days ago

    Coconut Milk Challah Bread Pudding

    As you may already know, my definition of good food is that which makes you want to roll on the floor and shout mammmmmmaaaaa! And as you also may know, I’m not actually referring to my mother, as she never cooked, but to the Italian mamme who...

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