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  • Vatican: Drivers ‘shall not kill’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 19, 2007 | 3:18 pm

    People always say God has a good sense of humor. I heard the same about Pope Benedict XVI will he was elected two years ago. It’s hard to tell how tongue in cheek the Vatican’s just-issued Driver’s Ten Commandments are.

    1. You shall not kill.

    2. The road shall be for you a means...

  • Holy Land hotties look to boost Israeli tourism

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 19, 2007 | 8:56 am

    Seeing Miss Israel in a Maxim spread can’t be the religious experience most people associate with the Holy Land. But according to Israeli officials, nothing about the tiny nation appeals to foreign men—except, of course, holy hotties.

    “All the surveys we have done shows that the...

  • Jewish Journal scores six awards at annual L.A. Press Club ceremony

    June 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Journal Art Director Dan Kacvinski and Cover Artist Carvin Knowles were honored Saturday night as the L.A Press Club announced its 49th Annual Journalism Awards at the Biltmore.

    The artists won top design kudos for the cover and layout of "Jews in Space," the November 3,...
  • Mid East meltdown

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 18, 2007 | 7:18 pm

    No, not that meltdown, but with the nuclear ambitions of so many Arab nations, not to mention Iran, such a future is not hard to imagine. I’m talking about the epidemic fragmenting of Middle East nations under the weight of sectarian enmity and economic volatility that historian...

  • No ‘curing’ gays?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 18, 2007 | 5:05 pm

    Christian organizations that try to “cure” gays are increasingly uncertain they are dealing with a personal choice. The Rev. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, gave this discussion national prominence this winter when he suggested homosexuality might...

  • ‘I am both Muslim and Christian’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 18, 2007 | 12:51 pm

    The Pacific Northwest is the least religious region of the United States, with less than 40 percent of Washington state residents religiously affiliated. Which makes the story of Ann Holmes Redding all the more surprising.

    While most her compatriots can’t even pick one religion,...

  • Religion safe at secular universities

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 18, 2007 | 12:24 pm

    A study appearing this month in the journal Social Forces reports that the widely held belief that religious students abandon their faith at a altar of secular colleges is flat wrong.

    It’s not that colleges necessarily encourage faith, said (Mark D. Regnerus, an assistant...

  • The New Atheists

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 18, 2007 | 10:04 am

    The Nation covered an analysis last week of the ascent of The New Atheists, four bestselling, unbelieving authors—Sam Harris, Richard Hawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens—who “each sees himself as breaking a taboo.”

    The most remarkable fact is not their books...

  • With Hamas out of the West Bank, Olmert sees new peace push

    By Leslie Susser

    June 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With a new government emerging in the West Bank, one without Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert believes that Israel and the Palestinians can resume peace talks from where they left off when Hamas swept to power in national elections 18 months ago.

    Hamas' violent takeover of...
  • Evangelicals: Romney not ‘guided by God’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 17, 2007 | 2:32 pm

    As I’ve written about before, Mitt Romney is suffering heavily in his quest to become the next American president because of his Mormon faith. In yesterday’s LA Times, Stephanie Simon illuminated the problems surrounding the Mormon factor by talking to evangelicals—the politically...

  • Dr. Death: Not a religious man

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 15, 2007 | 3:04 pm

    Jack the Reaper has been making the media rounds since being released from prison two weeks ago. Mike Wallace gave him a friendly interview on “60 Minutes” and then attacked a NY Times editorial that said Dr. Jack Kevorkian “has emerged from prison as deluded and unrepentant as...

  • Why it’s not good to keep it in the ‘family’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 15, 2007 | 12:32 pm

    Polygamy is one of the dark not-so secrets of Mormon Church history. Until about 100 years ago, it was common practice. In fact, presidential contender Mitt Romney is the great-great grandson of a venerated polygamist martyr.

    Only its fundamentalist break-away sect, lead by...

  • Israeli puppies walk the beat with L.A. sheriffs

    By Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Los Angeles Sheriff's Deputy Richard Faulk strolled into Los Angeles' Union Station on a recent Monday morning, his new Israeli partner, Ami, walked beside him. The blond-haired sabra is disarmingly friendly, maybe even a little frisky.

    In Hebrew, Faulk tells him "Tovah kelev,...
  • New Wiesenthal documentary recounts Nazi hunter’s turbulent life

    By Tom Tugend

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal" runs for close to two hours, but the documentary is barely long enough to encompass the 96 years of the legendary Nazi hunter.

    The image of the sad-eyed, balding man with the wide mustache is almost as well known...
  • Aye, there’s the barb!

    By Steve Greenberg

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Combining fact and fiction confuses peace event

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On June 5, the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, two years after standing side-by-side with friends in Gush Katif in an attempt to ward off the evacuation of Gaza, I attended an Israeli-Palestinian peace event marking "40 years of war and occupation" at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque.
  • Valley congregation Shaarey Zedek moves on with new rabbi

    By Amy Klein

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After a one-year search and some private soul-searching, Shaarey Zedek congregation in Valley Village has appointed a new rabbi.

    Rabbi Jonathan Rosenberg, who joined the congregation in March, was formally welcomed last month at the Orthodox synagogue's annual dinner. He is...
  • Film: Talmudic tradition translates into ‘Treatment’

    By Susan Josephs

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In another life, Oren Rudavsky might have been a psychoanalyst. "I often think of it as my alternate career, he said.

    In this life, Rudavsky has forged a successful career as a New York City-based filmmaker known for award-winning documentaries about Jewish life, including the...
  • The odyssey of the Dead Sea Scrolls
    -- what a long, strange trip it's been

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Dead Sea scrolls will arrive this summer at the San Diego Natural History Museum after a long, convoluted journey - one that was often interrupted by controversy.

    The Bedouins who discovered the first seven scrolls in a cave near Qumran in 1947 often smuggled contraband across...
  • What’s next after Hamas’ Gaza takeover?

    By Ben Harris

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Satellite TV from Arab channel claims to depict Hamas' execution of man in the streets
    The internecine violence between Hamas and Fatah has escalated into what some are calling a civil war. It's a battle not only for control of the Palestinian Authority, but...
  • Jamming with the pros at Hamilton High

    By Merissa Nathan Gerson

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kenny G reads Hebrew, knows a thing or two about kabbalah and blows the shofar at shul annually. "Because," he said, "I am the only one who knows how."

    Looks like Kenny is a model Jew. "We used to be on the road, and Kenny would insist that we celebrate all the Jewish holidays,"...
  • Israelis develop a taste for goats’ and sheep’s milk cheeses

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The people of Israel have a long history as shepherds. Many of our forefathers, among them Abraham, Moses and David, took care of their herds with the nurturing qualities that later proved crucial for leading the burgeoning Jewish nation.

    While modern Israel today may lack the...

  • Happiness—maybe it’s not ‘out there’

    By Alisa Ruby

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with the phone call from my Jewish mother in the Philadelphia suburbs about five years ago: "My friend's son is moving to L.A. I think he has an on-again-off-again girlfriend. But, he's cute and nice. Anyway, he's going to call you for coffee." Innocent enough, or so I...
  • Listening with our ‘third ear’

    By David Suissa

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes you hear something that you get right away and then you forget it; other times, you hear something that you don't get right away, but then, when you "get it," you can't forget it.

    Recently, I heard something that I didn't get right away.

    It came from an Orthodox married...
  • Paris and Rosie

    By Rob Eshman

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On Sunday, I was at the Islamic Center of Southern California on Vermont Avenue, participating in a panel discussion on the "The Image of Muslims in the Media."

    I didn't have to do much preparation - I just had to take the notes I use when I speak to Jewish audiences on the "The...
  • Why ‘peace camps’ do not make peace

    By Judea Pearl

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, and Israeli society took a hard look at this pivotal turning point in its history.

    Silver-haired generals, retired politicians, journalists and analysts were the week's favorites on Israeli TV programs, as they...
  • British boycott moves reveal anti-Israel bias

    By Alan Dershowitz

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The utter hypocrisy of the British National Union of Journalists, which recently voted to boycott only Israel, has now become evident in the face of the silence over the recent move by Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez to suppress dissent by the media in his leftist regime.

  • New reports expose rampant anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Here in the US, CNN's Paula Zahn reports, some blame Jews for 9/11 A young French Jew is kidnapped, tortured and left to die by a band of Muslims. Arson badly damages Geneva's largest synagogue. A 13-year-old girl on a London bus is robbed and kicked unconscious after her...
  • Briefs: Peres elected President of Israel; Oprah criticized for pro-Israel stance

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Peres Elected President of Israel

    Shimon Peres became Israel's ninth president. In parliamentary voting Wednesday, the longtime leader defeated rival Knesset members Reuven Rivlin and Colette Avital. Rivlin and Avital dropped out after the first round, having received 37 and 21...
  • An inconvenient voice

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Moses buries him.

    Literally - he opens up the earth, and Korah and his followers are swallowed alive.

    The rabbis of the Midrash were more graceful. They only buried him literarily and morally - projecting upon him every evil motive and base intention.

    For the rabbis, Korah...
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