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  • Recycling toilet water and 4 other Israeli answers to California’s drought

    6 days ago

    For help facing its worst drought in centuries, California should look to a country that beat its own chronic water shortage: Israel.

    Until a few years ago, Israel’s wells seemed like they were always running dry. TV commercials urged Israelis to conserve water. Newspapers...

  • Israelis among world’s least religious, poll finds

    6 days ago

    Israel may be the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, but it is also one of the world’s least religious nations, according to a new poll.

    The WIN/Gallup poll of 63,898 residents in 65 countries found that 65 percent of Israelis described themselves as either not religious or...

  • Reconstructionists consider dropping ban on intermarried rabbis

    6 days ago

    The Reconstructionist movement is on the cusp of making a historic decision about whether to drop its longstanding ban against intermarried rabbinical school students.

    If the policy change passes, as most expect, Reconstructionism would become the first of America’s four major...

  • Will Russia’s missile deal with Iran end Israel’s silence on Ukraine?

    6 days ago

    After Russia invaded Ukraine in March 2014, Israel resisted pressure to join the United States and its European allies in condemning the move — citing in particular its concern not to antagonize Russia for fear it could provide Syria with a powerful anti-aircraft missile called the...

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  • On the eve of Yom Hazikaron, some thoughts on the Armenian Genocide

    6 days ago

    More than 60 years ago, my Aunt Ruth and her family escaped through the back door of their home as Nazi soldiers broke down the front.  She spent the next seven years of her life hiding in basements, monasteries and praying that she would survive.  She went on to have four...

  • Woman with Saudi and Jewish ancestry wins $40K in racial profiling settlement

    6 days ago

    An American woman of Saudi and Jewish descent has reached a settlement with Frontier Airlines and the U.S. government after being pulled off an airplane, detained and strip-searched.

    Under the settlement, Shoshana Hebshi will receive $40,000 from the federal government as...

  • Nisman complaint against Argentine government dismissed on last appeal

    6 days ago

    A federal prosecutor dismissed accusations by the late special prosecutor Alberto Nisman that Argentina’s government covered up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center.

    On Monday, a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner linked Jewish...

  • Siren, ceremony mark start of Yom Hazikaron

    6 days ago

    Israelis “are not a people of war,” President Reuven Rivlin asserted at a candle-lighting ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem to mark the start of Yom Hazikaron, the country’s Memorial Day.

    Rivlin spoke Tuesday night after a one-minute siren sounded throughout the country,...

  • Polish fashion guru called out for posing with SS hat

    6 days ago

    Holocaust commemoration activists in Warsaw filed a complaint against a Polish fashion celebrity who posed for pictures while wearing Nazi SS symbols.

    Jonny Daniels, founder of the From the Depths commemoration group, filed the complaint with Warsaw prosecutors on Tuesday against...

  • Ten Must Have Jewish Vinyl Records

    By Milad Doroudian

    6 days ago

    Let’s face it, there are some of us left that still love buying vinyl, and not just for the pretty covers, which might make us look cool when we walk around with them. Rather we do it because we are addicted to our record collection, and more importantly to the music that it lets...

  • Israel to recognize 23,320 fallen on Memorial Day

    6 days ago

    Israel will recognize its 23,320 fallen soldiers as well as civilian victims of terror with the start of Yom Hazikaron, or Memorial Day.

    Memorial Day begins on Tuesday night with a minute-long siren. A second siren, two minutes long, will sound at 11 a.m. Wednesday and marks the...

  • David Kertzer wins Pulitzer for biography detailing Pius XI-Mussolini ties

    6 days ago

    Historian David Kertzer won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography detailing how Benito Mussolini’s secret relationship with Pope Pius XI influenced the Italian dictator’s persecution of his country’s Jews.

    Kertzer, a professor of anthropology and Italian studies at Brown University,...

  • Why yesterday’s Women of the Wall drama is a big deal — and why it isn’t

    6 days ago

    A man was trampled. A raucous protest broke out, restrained only by police. The Western Wall’s mechitza — a partition between men and women considered sacrosanct — was breached by those who ostensibly care about it most.

    The brouhaha that erupted yesterday at Women of the Wall’s...

  • Name of Palestinian teen killed in revenge slaying added to Israel’s terror victims list

    6 days ago

    Mohammed Abu Khdeir, the Palestinian teenager who was kidnapped and burned alive by Jews in a revenge killing, was recognized as a terror victim on Israel’s national memorial.

    Khdeir’s name was added to the Victims of Acts of Terror Memorial at Mount Herzl and also appears on the...

  • Israel sentences Belgian-Iranian to seven years’ jail for spying

    6 days ago

    A Belgian-Iranian man was sentenced to seven years in jail in Israel on Tuesday after being convicted of spying for Iran that included photographing the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv from his nearby hotel balcony.

    A court in the central Israeli city of Lod said the information Ali...

  • Auschwitz bookkeeper admits ‘moral guilt’ at Holocaust trial

    6 days ago

    A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of being an accessory to mass murder told a German court that he felt morally guilty for his work at the Nazi death camp, describing in detail the grisly killings he had witnessed there.

    Oskar Groening, in what could be...

  • Five Minutes, Every Year - When Israel Stops to Remember

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    One of the most inimitable characteristics of Israel is its “small community” atmosphere. Here, we often call each other “brother” and “sister,” even if we’re talking to a stranger, because most chances are he served in the same military base as us, or a relative of his went to...

  • Daily Kickoff: Schumer’s schmooze-out | Portman hosted Ben-Ami | Silicon Wadi helps Silicon Valley

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    6 days ago

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    TOP TALKER: "George Soros' son builds a PAC for Jewish voters" by Tarini Parti: "Alex Soros, 29, who has steadily increased his political and philanthropic giving in recent years, has helped...
  • City Council Candidate David Ryu was charged with attempted rape in 2002, but case was dismissed

    By Aron Chilewich

    6 days ago

    Court records reveal that Los Angeles City Council candidate David E. Ryu faced a charge of attempted rape in 2002. 

    According to the records, Ryu pleaded not guilty to the criminal charge of attempted rape of an unconscious person, and the charges were dismissed before a...

  • False start for adulthood

    By Zev Hurwitz

    6 days ago

    Everyone remembers that feeling from elementary school, when you left you homework in a folder at home and class starts in 5 minutes. There’s the initial panicking, the sweating, the tears and the inevitable faking sick so you can use the office phone to call Mom so she’ll swing by...

  • Shoah commemoration brings both high and heavy spirits to Pan Pacific

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Two events recalling past genocides — and promising to fight against future ones — drew thousands of people to Pan Pacific Park on April 19.

    The first event, Jewish World Watch’s (JWW) annual Walk to End Genocide, began with drumming and song and the sounds of the shofar, which...

  • Boyarsky takes on Riordan at the Los Angeles book fest

    By Bill Boyarsky

    1 week ago

    We Jews like to be called “People of the Book.”  Although I didn’t take a census or a poll, I imagine there were many of us in the big crowds on the University of Southern California campus for the 20th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books last weekend.

    I ran into many I...

  • My Scary, Brave, Empowering & Emotional Birthday in Vegas

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    I’m not one to make a big deal about my birthday. It’s just another day and while I look forward to getting a card from my son, the truth is he is really good with cards and gives them to me at random times without requiring a special occasion. I do love a cocktail with my...

  • Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, prominent Modern Orthodox scholar, dies

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, a leader of the national religious movement in Israel and a prominent Modern Orthodox scholar, has died.

    Lichtenstein, a head of the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the West Bank’s Gush Etzion bloc, died Monday morning. He was 81.

    The rabbi, who received a...

  • Rivlin, Netanyahu spurn meeting with Jimmy Carter in Israel

    1 week ago

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected invitations to meet with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

    The invitations reportedly were declined after consulting with the Foreign Ministry and the National Security Council, Haaretz reported...

  • Vehicle blast injures two in Israeli criminal incident

    1 week ago

    An explosion in a parked vehicle in southern Israel on Monday wounded at least two people in a suspected criminal incident, police said.

    Luba Samri, a police spokeswoman, said an assailant threw a fragmentation grenade at the vehicle in the port city of Ashdod, and that a man and a woman had been treated for shrapnel injuries.

    Earlier, police had said they could not rule out a nationalist motive for the attack.

  • Israel sees migrant tragedy as validating policy of keeping them away

    1 week ago

    Israel said on Monday the drowning of hundreds of Africans off Libya's coast was tragic but validated its own policy of having buffered its land barriers with Africa to keep migrants away.

    Yisrael Katz, transport minister in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's outgoing cabinet,...

  • A Comforting Song for Holocaust Remembrance Day

    1 week ago

    During last summer’s Israel-Hamas war, I experienced what daily life is like for millions of Israelis who live within range of Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic jihad rocket fire.  I traveled to the Jewish State from the U.S. to partake in an entrepreneurial leadership program for young...

  • Elio Toaff, rabbi who hosted first pope visit to synagogue, dies at 99

    1 week ago

    Elio Toaff, the chief rabbi of Rome for half a century and a pivotal player in Christian-Jewish reconciliation, has died at the age of 99.

    Toaff, who a spokesman said died on Sunday night, was Rome's chief rabbi in 1986 when then-Pope John Paul II made the first visit by a Roman...

  • Remarks by James B. Comey at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Annual Dinner

    1 week ago

    Good evening ladies and gentleman. First, a word of congratulations to the remarkable people that you have honored here tonight.  I am honored that you have invited me to share some thoughts with you this evening. I would like to explain to you why the FBI’s partnership with the...

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