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  • In China, the Bible is “obscene”

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 4, 2007 | 11:52 am

    HONG KONG—A debate raging over the morals of Hong Kong’s racy media took a bizarre twist on Wednesday with revelations that a decency watchdog had been flooded with obscenity complaints about the Bible.

    The Television and Entertainments Licensing Authority (Tela), which oversees the...

  • XXXChurch: Make love, not war, on porn

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 3, 2007 | 1:23 pm

    LAS VEGAS—If Craig Gross considers Jesus Christ his best friend, why is his arm around porn’s leading man?

    “We are the world. We are the children,” Ron Jeremy sings as he and Gross draw a circus crowd at the Adult Entertainment Expo here.

    During the past few years, the two—a...

  • Evangelicals leaning liberal?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 2, 2007 | 1:45 am

    Among American evangelicals, 42 percent say school boards should be able to fire gay teachers. Two in five might seem like a heavy ratio, but compare that to the percent of evangelicals who answered yes in 1987, the height of the Religious Right:

    73 percent

    Are conservative Christians losing their edge? Rediscovering themselves? Learning costly legal lessons? Certainly, each one of those possibilities could be convincingly argued or refuted with some discriminate Googling. The comment board awaits.

    (H/T: Dallas Morning News)

  • The Orthodox rabbi and the Man/Boy Love Assoc.

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 1, 2007 | 3:56 pm

    He’s known as the NAMBLA Rabbi. NAMBLA, if you remember, is the North American Man/Boy Love Association, of which the defrocked priest Paul Shanley had “affiliations.” The man pictured is A.J. Horowitz, who according to The Awareness Center is a practicing rabbi and child...

  • Fleeing Iraq to to be enslaved by sex trade

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 1, 2007 | 4:33 am

    The Cwzy Muslima nabbed a story I missed in the NY Times: “Desperate Iraqi Refugees Turn to Sex Trade in Syria.” Iraq’s refugee crisis—maybe it should be considered the world’s crisis—is acute. More than 4 million displaced, thousands arriving in Syria each day, many hoping to make...

  • Evangelical Skeptic

    By David Suissa

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If there's one subject that can spark a juicy debate among lovers of Israel, it is what to do with these millions of Jesus-loving evangelical Christians who love Israel to death.

    Personally, I'm blinded by how everybody picks on Israel, which makes me desperate to find anyone who...
  • Balancing music and yoga

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With his arms outstretched above his head, his left fist clenched and his right hand delicately pinching the baton, Brad Keimach conducts Brahms Symphony No. 1 with the fervent grandeur expected of a symphonic masterpiece.

    Watching Keimach, 53, one might wonder whether it is the...
  • 1967-2047

    By Rob Eshman

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Forty years ago, Israel launched a preemptive attack against belligerent Arab nations and emerged victorious, bringing under its control East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights. It is called the Six-Day War because it was over in six days.

    Yeah, right.
  • ‘Warrior for social justice’ Alan Solomont plays key role in Obama campaign

    By Claude R. Marx

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If money is, as former California Treasurer Jesse Unruh said, the "mother's milk of politics," then Alan Solomont is one successful dairyman.

    Solomont, a longtime leader in Jewish philanthropic and national Democratic political circles, is one of the go-to men when big money is...
  • Teen power, distinguished student,  defenders of free speech

    By Norma Zager

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Power of teens

    The power of kids helping kids has long been a tool used by Teen Line to aid teenagers in their struggles to break free from abuse and reach their potential.

    Knowing the value of confronting problems head-on, the kids at this peer crisis hot line associated with...
  • Mark Rydell—a Hollywood quintessential passionate professional

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Summer movies provide thrills, chills and laughs and are more noted for their special effects and star actors than for the acting and the seriousness of their purpose. Which makes this a good time to visit with Mark Rydell, a man whose more than 50-year career as an actor, director...
  • History surprises in new ‘67 War documentary

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Is there a middle-age Jew alive who doesn't remember the euphoric days of June 1967, when the caricature of the cringing, defenseless Jew was destroyed forever, when every American Jew suddenly stood taller, when God finally rewarded His people for centuries of suffering, when Israel...
  • Rita, Israel’s reigning diva,  plays intimate evening in L.A.

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Rita show in Rio de Janeiro this February
    Only Rita could have pulled it off. Her famous "One" concert was the first time any Israeli recording artist has attempted such an extravagant, multimedia performance. With its crew of 50 tumbling dancers, grandiose costumes,...
  • Don't 'knock' Seth Rogen, the new overweight Canadian Jewish boy leading man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Seth Rogen feigned surprise when a CBS host joked that he did not see the
    actor in a Hollywood manual about leading men.

    "You didn't see 'overweight Canadian Jewish boy' in there?" the actor

    Critics say Rogen is spot-on as the leading man of Judd Apatow's "Knocked...

  • 1+1+1+1 ... = 6 million

    By Nicole Behnam

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I will never really know what the Holocaust was, and neither will you. Words like hunger and fatigue are euphemisms for words that would have been born into our language if more survivors lived to tell stories of their intolerable suffering.

    No, the mounds of shoes or teeth or...
  • A shelter of surprises changed everything

    By Ariel Cohen

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I first arrived at the homeless shelter, I was scared. I didn't know what to expect, and I had to admit to myself that I had never really been out of my element. But I was open to the new experience -- and completely unaware of how the day would turn out.

    I was visiting the...
  • Creating a new community

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I moved from Miami to Los Angeles four months ago with a tenuous plan and a lofty dream, I packed my car with all the things I thought I would need to survive on my own: 600 thread-count Calvin Klein sheets (because a gal's gotta dream), a Proust novel (intellectual sustenance...
  • Season’s end means mixed emotions for mom

    By Gina Nahai

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's 2 p.m. on a Saturday, and I'm sitting with a dozen other women in the bleachers on a field in Palos Verdes.

    I've had to get up at 6 a.m. start driving at 7 a.m. to get my son here at 8 a.m., and I know I'll be here for at least another couple of hours. I've lived in Southern...
  • How the victorious IDF of 1967 become the defeated IDF of 2006

    By Martin van Creveld

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly a year has passed since Israel's 2006 war in Lebanon and 40 since the June 1967 war.

    Those familiar with last summer's war might well rub their eyes in disbelief. Given how badly the Israel Defense Forces performed in Lebanon, where it was stymied by a guerrilla organization...
  • Israel is bracing for a long struggle with Hamas

    By Leslie Susser

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Hamas faux-Mickey teaches kids to hate With no end in sight to Qassam rocket attacks on Israeli civilians near the border with Gaza, the Israeli government is preparing for a long struggle against radical, Hamas-led Palestinian terrorists.

    In two weeks of persistent bombardment,...
  • Hillary Clinton leads field in attracting Jewish funds

    By Ron Kampeas

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Obama vs. Clinton is the horse race among Democrats, as the voice of change and the voice of experience pass each other week to week in fundraising and in polls.

    Among Jewish Democrats, however, it's no race, insiders in the fundraising community say. While Sen. Barack Obama...
  • Too-bright spotlight on religion marks Presidential bids

    By James D. Besser

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Should candidates for the White House have to pass a religious test? The Constitution says no, but increasingly American political culture says otherwise.

    The excessive focus on religion is already evident in the early days of the 2008 presidential race. That's bad news for the...
  • Please God, heal her now

    By Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In shuls across the world this Shabbat we will hear five short, simple Hebrew words: El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now).

    Our prayers are never more heartfelt than when we ask for intervention in the process of sickness and death. God, we are saying, we acknowledge that...
  • Bittersweet legacy of the Six-Day War

    By Leslie Susser

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Universal Newsreel from 1967 recaps the Six-Day War
    Was the Six-Day War a blessing or a curse for Israel's place in the Middle East and its long-term survival?

    Forty years on, the jury is still out.

    In the war's immediate aftermath, it seemed Israel's sweeping victory would...
  • Historiographical struggles: Archives dispel claims Israel sought Six-Day War

    By Michael Oren

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    'The Military Channel' offers this documentary on 1967
    Great wars in history eventually become great wars about history. Only a few years after the last soldier leaves the battlefield, accepted truths about the nature of a military conflict and the motivations for it invariably come...
  • Israeli Institute tracks tricks and trends in terrorism

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Every profession has its little inside joke, and terrorist hunting is no exception.

    As Boaz Ganor tells it, a lady approached him at an airport and confessed that she was terrified that somebody might have planted a bomb on her upcoming flight.

    "Here's what you do," counseled...
  • Tashbih Sayyed, friend and fighter, dies at 66

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We are deeply saddened over the passing of our treasured friend and true hero Tashbih Sayyed. He died May 23 surrounded by his family at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

    Tashbih's insights, firm moral principles and courage to speak out, unaffected by hostility and...
  • Pew Poll finds some U.S. Muslims support suicide bombing

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Don't be a suicide bomber, these Arabic-language public service announcements urge
    Ahmed Billoo is the product of an upper-middle-class Alhambra home. He grew up going to the local mosque on Fridays and holidays, playing sports with friends and enjoying the blessings of a...
  • ‘Big Death’ evokes the muse of playwrights past

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mickey Birnbaum recently spent a year as an Inge Fellow in Independence, Kan., boyhood home of the late playwright William Inge, best known for his 1950s plays, "Picnic" and "Bus Stop." Birnbaum's "Big Death & Little Death," now being staged at the Road Theater Company in North...
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