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  • Poem: The History of the Date

    2 days ago

    Those aren’t wrinkles, merely places where

    the skin is burrowing to lick her own

    dark sweetness. Since her body’s fashioned from

    the clay remaining after Adam’s spine and hair,

    she often yields the fibers of her trees

    for baskets, shoes, the rope and needles, thread

    her...

  • The best is yet to come in evolving Israeli tourism

    By Ryan E. Smith

    2 days ago

    Following a record year for tourism in 2013 — when 3.5 million visitors came to the Holy Land — things got off to an even better start in 2014. More people were on track to visit than ever … until the Gaza war last summer. By year’s end, the overall number of tourists arriving was...

  • The art, science and history of the Dead Sea Scrolls

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 days ago

    When “Dead Sea Scrolls: The Exhibition” opens March 10 at the California Science Center in Los Angeles, it will be the largest display of its kind ever shown outside of Israel, spotlighting 20 scrolls in two rotations, more than half of them never before seen in the United States,...

  • Why Santa Barbara Hillel’s largest donor is the Jewish Federation of … Boston

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    Rabbi Evan Goodman, executive director of UC Santa Barbara’s Hillel, was concerned when annual funding allocations from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles were cut year after year, beginning in 2011. But he wasn’t surprised.

    After all, officials from the two...

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  • IAC goes to Washington ...  and plans to stay

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    On the evening of March 1, just before a private Israeli-American Council (IAC) event for college students at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington, D.C., it was difficult for two of IAC’s co-founders, Shawn Evenhaim and Adam Milstein, to...

  • Rabbi Denise Eger seeks to open doors wider to all Jews

    2 days ago

    What does God require of you? Only to do justice, to love compassion and walk humbly with your God.

    “It’s on my wall,” said Rabbi Denise Eger, pointing to the spot in her office where her favorite Bible verse is written (also transcribed on her tallit). “Prophet Micah, Chapter 6,...

  • Opposites attract in ‘Kosher Soul’

    2 days ago

    An interracial, interfaith relationship is the subject of the Lifetime reality series “Kosher Soul,” which plays on the Black-Jewish culture clash for laughs.

    The “docu-sitcom” that began airing Feb. 25 centers on Miriam Sternoff, 38, a Jewish wardrobe stylist, and...

  • In Israel, Netanyahu’s rival campaigns on U.S. Congress controversy

    By Simone Wilson

    2 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to the United States Congress regarding Iranian nuclear ambitions — one of the most talked-about, divisive and politicized events in the recent history of U.S.-Israel relations — has also become a key talking point for...

  • Senate fails to override Obama’s veto of Keystone XL approval

    2 days ago

    The Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it.

    The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of...

  • Holder: Ferguson must act immediately on racial bias in policing

    2 days ago

    Attorney General Eric Holder called on leaders of Ferguson, Mo., to take "immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action" on the problems with the city's police that the Justice Department unearthed while investigating the shooting of an unarmed man this summer.

    Holder,...

  • We’re all ‘Old Jews’ at heart

    2 days ago

    An old Jewish man walks into a restaurant, walks up to the maitre d’ and says: “Pardon me, how do you prepare your chicken?” The maitre d’ says, “We tell ’em right up front they ain’t gonna make it.”

    That’s just one of the many jokes that exemplify Jewish humor in the comedy...

  • Judge rules Kansas City JCC shooter to be tried for capital murder

    2 days ago

     Frazier Glenn Miller, the man charged with murdering three people outside two Kansas City-area Jewish institutions, will go on trial for capital murder, a judge ruled.

    Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan on Tuesday ruled that there is enough evidence to try...

  • U.N. envoy calls for investigation into civilian Gaza deaths

    2 days ago

    A United Nations envoy called for an investigation into the civilian deaths during the Israel-Gaza conflict and the implementation of the Gaza reconstruction plan.

    Makarim Wibisono, who recently took over as the special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories,...

  • Three Israelis turn back clock in Berlin

    2 days ago

    Alice Agneskirchner is not Jewish. In fact, before deciding to make her latest documentary, “An Apartment in Berlin,” which follows the lives of three young Israelis living in Berlin as they explore the story of a family killed in the Holocaust, Agneskirchner didn’t really know any...

  • Israel tells Argentina that it is responsible for embassy bombing investigation

    2 days ago

    Israel told Argentina’s president that her country is responsible for investigating a 1992 attack on its embassy in Buenos Aires.

    The statement from Israel’s embassy in the Argentine capital came in response to an accusation made earlier in the week by Argentina’s President...

  • Israeli Apartheid Week 2015 - when anti-Semitism takes over.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    The Israeli Apartheid Week, currently taking place in campuses worldwide, has taken a frightening anti-Semitic turn. This radicalization had led Jewish pro-Israel students to refrain from standing up to this “Hate Fest,” and worse - to hide their identity because they fear of being...

  • Q&A with Ted Lieu: Netanyahu’s speech, potential deal with Iran

    2 days ago

    Ted Lieu: The United States and Israel have an unbreakable bond and we share common values and policy goals, including preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.  I appreciated the Prime Minister’s praise for the high level of cooperation between the United States and Israel...

  • What will history tell us of Netanyahu’s speech?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    On May 26, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson met with Israel’s Foreign Minister Abba Eban to discuss a great tension in the Middle East. Johnson repeated America’s warnings against an Israeli attack on Egypt. Eban restated Israel’s position: The international community would have to...

  • The Jew, the Copt and the Yazidi

    By Gina Nahai

    2 days ago

    I’ll get to those three in a minute but first, let me tell you what a Muslim friend said to me a couple of months ago. He’s an Iranian-born reporter who lives and works in the United Kingdom — one of the many used-to-be-Muslims who gave up religion once the mullahs took over in...

  • Centrist candidate Yair Lapid hopes for staying power

    2 days ago

    The key word in Yair Lapid’s political vocabulary might be “but.”

    His Yesh Atid Party is not right wing, he says, but it isn’t left wing either. He wants to withdraw from the West Bank, but disavows both a unilateral pullout and bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. He...

  • Survivor: Ralph Hakman

    By Jane Ulman

    2 days ago

    Ralph Hakman was hiding in a barely noticeable house, almost a shack, when he was discovered by his mother. “You have to turn yourself in to the police,” Rose instructed her 17-year-old son, then known as Rachmil. Three days earlier, sometime in May 1942, Ralph’s father, Yitzhak,...

  • Is an IKEA Sofa for You?

    By Jonathan Fong

    2 days ago

    I have a confession to make. I own an IKEA sofa. 

    When I disclose this little tidbit of information, people think I’m kidding. IKEA is great for bookcases and office furniture, but there is still a stigma attached to IKEA’s more substantial furniture pieces, like beds and sofas....

  • Torah Portion: Hiding our faces

    2 days ago

    On Mount Sinai, Moses begs God, “Oh, let me behold Your Presence” (Exodus 33:18), and God agrees to allow God’s goodness to pass before Moses. God instructs Moses, “Station yourself on the rock and as My Presence passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and shield you with...

  • Calendar: March 7-13

    By Laura Donney

    2 days ago

    SAT | MAR 7

    “TIGER BY THE TAIL”

    When a middle-age therapist starts a correspondence with a young Jewish prisoner, the therapist gets much more than he could have anticipated. Frawley Becker’s drama, directed by Jules Aaron, is a look at the unlikely relationship that can...

  • Letters to the editor: Campus anti-Semitism, David Horowitz and more

    2 days ago

    The Bomb: Who and What to Believe

    I always look forward to reading Rob Eshman’s articles. Sometimes they are inspiring, such as the piece on Israeli journalist Itai Anghel. Sometimes not. However, his recent article was one of the few times I’ve felt motivated to respond (“How...

  • Obituaries: Week of March 6, 2015

    2 days ago

    Elaine Sabath Amromin died Jan. 30 at 93. Survived by sons Joel (Ronnie), Richard Alan, Steven Edgar, James Gregory (Charito); daughter Barbara Jean (Edward) Miles; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Ida Aronow died Jan. 31 at 87. Survived by daughters Linda,...

  • U.S. budget caps could complicate Israel’s missile funding request

    2 days ago

    Mandatory caps due to resume this year for the U.S. defense budget could complicate Congress' ability to honor Israel's request for $317 million in extra funding for missile defense programs on top of $158 million already requested by the White House.

    U.S. lawmakers continue to...

  • Palestinian president calls Israel a ‘gangster’

    2 days ago

    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of "gangsterism" on Wednesday over its decision to withhold the transfer of more than $100 million a month in tax revenues it collects on the Palestinians' behalf.

    Opening a two-day meeting of senior Palestinian officials, when...

  • Isaac Herzog hopes to speak softly and carry Israel’s election

    2 days ago

    Isaac Herzog paces slowly up and down the stage, one hand in his suit pocket, a slight smile forming through his slender lips.

    Quietly, his heavy breath audible through the microphone, the center-left candidate for prime minister runs down a detailed a list of policy reforms,...

  • How Netanyahu’s speech played in Israel

    2 days ago

    In America, pundits and politicians are wondering what Netanyahu’s speech will mean for the next few months, years, even decades of U.S.-Israel and U.S.-Iranian relations.

    In Israel, everyone is focused on the next two weeks.

    Since the speech was announced in January,...

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