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  • Briefs: Hamas kills off faux Mickey Mouse; Rabbi named to new British cabinet

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm


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    Hamas Kills Off Its 'Mickey Mouse'

    Hamas plans to replace the Mickey Mouse look-alike that was killed off in its controversial children's program.

    Reuters this week quoted producers at Hamas' Al-Aqsa Television as saying that Farfur, which drew international...
  • Zealots and Sages

    By Rabbi Dan Shevitz

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The people are confused and aimless. Lately they have been attracted to the neighboring Moabites. The Israelite men have been seen consorting with them -- some serious interdating. Moses and Aaron don't know what to do; they are old men, out of touch. They seem to enjoy sitting...
  • The Second Lebanon War—one year later

    By Leslie Susser

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One year after the Second Lebanon War, Israel's northern front is quiet, U.N. forces are patrolling the border area and Hezbollah fighters have been pushed back deep inside Lebanese territory.

    That's the good news.

    On the other side of the equation, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is...

  • Campfire stories from Israel at Ramah:
    'I felt a missile go just over my head'

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    My pre-camp seminar with 35 staff members from Israel had just wrapped up, but Avinoam, our 21-year-old Israeli basketball coach for the summer, lingered behind, looking nervous and shaken.

    "Rabbi Dan, I want to let the kids get to know me this summer, like you said, so they can...

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  • Fires of war can’t extinguish the magnitude and majesty of Galilee’s forests

    By Susan Freudenheim

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "We're all healing -- emotionally, psychologically, ecologically," said Paul M. Ginsberg, director of the Forest Department in the Northern Region Office of Keren Kayemeth Leisrael (KKL), the Israeli arm of the Jewish National Fund. He stood on a hillside looking over the Hula...
  • How does the Sinai Akiba orchestra get to Carnegie Hall?

    By Alina Tugend

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Elizabeth Heyman had about 15 friends and relatives come watch her inaugural musical performance with her West Los Angeles school, Sinai Akiba Academy, at Carnegie Hall in New York.

    Although Heyman, 12, like other members of the orchestra, has played at other venues, including...

  • Nice helpers, ADL Achievers and Young Leaders

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    BearY Nice Helpers

    The Help Group's Teddy Bear Picnic lived up to its cuddly moniker on June 12 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel with lots of warm, feel-good moments. More than 450 people attended the 30th annual spring luncheon benefiting children with special needs, which began with a...
  • Poway resident’s soccer and shul dream hits roadblock

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As a child in Israel, soccer was Menachem Shoval's religion and Torah was his playbook. Devoutly committed to both, he eventually wanted to own enough land to build his own soccer field and, if possible, a synagogue in the Orthodox fashion of his native Yemen.

    He moved to the...

  • Films at L.A.‘s Outfest examines gay life in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

    By Nick Street

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Trailer for 'The Bubble'
    The morning after they first make love, Noam and Ashraf -- the twentysomething romantic leads in "The Bubble," Eytan Fox's gay spin on the Romeo and Juliet story -- take in the sunrise over Tel Aviv from the roof of Noam's apartment building.

    In an easygoing...

  • Virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham brings passion and prowess to Hollywood Bowl

    By David Mermelstein

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Classical virtuosos, like golden-age movie stars, are often thought to lead charmed lives in which the sundry benefits of celebrity accrue without cost. Lives of endless glamour are a fantasy, of course, yet the suggestion persists, in part because of musicians like Gil Shaham, the...
  • Who’s afraid of lashon hara? *

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2007 | 3:50 pm


    Lashon hara is Hebrew for “evil tongue,” which I imagine looks something like a serpent’s. It is forbidden in Judaism not just to gossip, but to say anything that might hurt another person, even if true. That is why working in the Jewish media—yes that is different than MSM—demands...

  • Being your daughter’s sister

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2007 | 2:09 pm

    That’s the parental/sibling role a woman could find herself in if one day she uses the eggs her mother froze for her. The daughter is only seven now, but she has a genetic disorder that almost ensures infertility. So her mom decided to pioneer something bold. And, of course, the way...

  • Atheist summer camp

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 5, 2007 | 9:42 am

    We’re now in full summer-camp swing, with youngsters heading off to the wilderness to wrestle with each, and with God. But the Chicago Tribune writes of an Ohio camp of a different ilk.

    At the same time youngsters at Bible camps across the nation are reciting, “Now I lay me down to...

  • Time to repent, Antonio, or pay the reaper

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 3, 2007 | 1:09 pm


    My former colleague Beth Barrett broke the news today that LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s divorce was in fact caused by a little—OK, a lot—of extramarital activity. Now Chris Weinkopf, the LA Daily News’ editorial page editor, calls on his fellow Catholic to end the affair and...

  • Jews look back through haze to summer of hope

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 3, 2007 | 10:12 am


    Since shortly after the counter-cultural days of the Summer of Love, Jews have been at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement. What’s more, the spirit of the ‘60s had a lot in common with Jewish values, according to a piece in this week’s j., the SF Jewish weekly.

    It was...

  • Mosque gets restraining order against ‘crazy’ convert

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 2, 2007 | 2:05 pm

    Craig Monteilh showed up at the Islamic Center of Irvine in September wanting to convert. But quickly he began talking about jihad and a “9/11-type operation” against U.S. military targets, so the mosque asked him to leave and Friday won a restraining order, according to the LA Times...

  • Hamas depicts Israelis killing ‘Mickey Mouse’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 2, 2007 | 11:09 am

    In May, I wrote about Farfur, the Hamas propagandist in the mold of Mickey Mouse. A video had turned up on YouTube in which Farfur teaches a program for Islamic world leadership and “liberate the Muslim countries invaded by murderers.”

    Now this video on YouTube shows Farfur being martyred by an Israeli agent after refusing to give the Palestinian land to “terrorists” (Israelis).

    (Hat-tip: DMN religion blog)

  • Religions: Different paths to the same point?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 2, 2007 | 9:55 am

    They are not, according to an article in the current Newsweek by religious scholar Stephen Prothero that asks whether the major religions are all alike. But “since the first petals of the counterculture bloomed across the United States in the 1960s, it has been fashionable to affirm...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: ‘Yankee Doodle’ played with a Yiddish accent

    June 29, 2007 | 10:43 pm

    Veretski Pass (http://veretskipass.com), a virtuoso trio that performs traditional Eastern European Jewish music, made a visit to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on February 19 and 20, 2007. Here they play Yankee Doodle Dandy at one of their workshops—first straight, then in a Jewish hosidl style, then in a Ukranian kolomeyke style. The members of Veretski Pass are Cookie Segelstein on violin and viola, Josh Horowitz on tsimbl (cymbalom), and Stuart Brotman on bass, basy, tillinca, and baraban.

  • Briefs: Milken High physics team thwarts safe crackers; Technion tops in Mayim Quest 2007

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Milken High physics team thwarts safe crackers

    Ten students from Los Angeles' Milken High School competed against more than 50 international teams in March by building an impenetrable safe using basic physics principles at the 12th annual Shalhevet Freier Physics Tournament at the...
  • Cognitive dissonance

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • ‘Hamastan’ in Gaza is a big challenge for Egypt, too

    By Uri Dromi

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The emergence of "Hamastan" in Gaza sent leaders in the Middle East and elsewhere scrambling for an answer: Whose fault is it? Is it reversible? Will the same thing happen in the West Bank? What should and could be done now?

    In this soul-searching process there is plenty of blame...
  • Israeli spas may be just the thing for what ails you

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Miracles in the Holy Land aren't only of a spiritual nature. Israel also boasts a long list of spas with amazing healing properties. Here's a look at some appealing and pampering clinics. They all offer mineral-rich mud packs and other treatments to ease sore muscles, arthritis...
  • Briefs: Rep. Lantos calls on NATO to include Israel; Ariel Sharon’s son to the slammer

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Lantos: Include Israel in NATO

    The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee called for Israel's inclusion in NATO. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo) made his remarks in a June 22 hearing, calling on NATO to consider expanding its borders beyond Europe and...
  • Suad Abu Siam turns sorrow into power

    By Susan Freudenheim

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I am a mother of five, and I am pregnant. I didn't plan this pregnancy, and I am very tired," Suad Abu Siam, a 35-year-old Bedouin told a group of American women last month. "It energizes me to get out of my reality."

    We'd come to Tel Aviv on a mission organized by the Jewish...
  • Low tech Torah study and prayer now have a high tech pal

    By Derek Schlom

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Torah study and prayer are decidedly low-tech ventures, but the rise in popularity of handheld multimedia devices like the iPod, PalmPilot and Treo Smartphone has brought a 21st century edge to ancient practices once confined to the printed page. The marketplace now features a...
  • Medical simulation technology wins Ziv $100K Bronfman Prize

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Amitai Ziv, recipient of the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize in May, would like to see his work in medical simulation -- a discipline that trains doctors and other health professionals to avert errors in times of crisis -- expand to the entire Middle East, and well beyond the field...
  • Curtain call—Stars and Stripes forever

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In honor of the Fourth of July (this year the United States turns 231), YeLAdim feels like singing. Match the lyrics below to the patriotic song it comes from. Get some help from your mom or dad and then listen for the songs while you watch the fireworks.
    (Quiz answers at the bottom...
  • Honors pile up for UCLA graduate Diana Tehrani

    By Derek Schlom

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Diana Tehrani has been busy at UCLA, and the 22-year-old biology graduate now has the awards to prove it.

    As one of 18 recipients of the Alumni Association's Outstanding Senior Award this year, and one of three recipients of the Young Humanitarian Award in a graduating class of...
  • Al Langer, Pastrami King,  94

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Al Langer, founder of the 60-year-old Langer's Delicatessen-Restaurant, died Sunday in Agoura. He was 94.

    Langer first sold sandwiches off a pushcart at Sydney's Deli in Newark, N.J., at the age of 12. In his early 20s, he headed west to California and eventually opened Langer's.

    The...

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