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  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • Who wants to become a Yiddish maven?

    By Julie Bien

    5 days ago

     

    My great grandfather, though he lived in Chicago his entire life, only spoke Yiddish (with a sprinkling of English thrown in).

    My grandfather, born in the U.S., spoke only Yiddish until he was eight years old.

    My father, an L.A. native, understands a fair amount of...

  • Obama leads U.S. in remembrance of Sept. 11 victims

    5 days ago

    Led by President Barack Obama, Americans commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Thursday by observing moments of silence for the thousands killed that day at New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

    In what has become...

  • Orthodox shul takes first step to hiring female clergy

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member by September 2015. The development in America’s second-largest Jewish community marks the success of a controversial move by some...

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  • A Soul under Construction.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    5 days ago

    We are not born perfect- into an imperfect world.

    At birth we start with a cry.  Our grand entrance is with closed fists and our exit with open hands.  We circumcise our newborn males. Life is an exercise in humility.  Our hearts are shattered again and again as God seeks our...

  • 5 notes on Obama’s this-is-not-a-war speech

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    Obama’s speech on ISIS (which Obama refers to as ISIL) was thin on detail but fairly clear in intent. Here’s what he said, and what he did not say, as I understand it.

    1. Broadening the front

    Obama said he would strike ISIS within Syria. That is a change of policy. But as Rajiv...

  • Obama says will allow no ‘safe haven’ for Islamic State militants

    6 days ago

    Read President Barack Obama's full speech here.

    President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

    Obama's...

  • Read Obama’s full speech on his strategy against ISIS

    6 days ago

    Below you can find the full text of Obama's speech on the Islamic state and his strategy to counter it:

    As Prepared for Delivery

    My fellow Americans - tonight, I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately...

  • Obama shifts on Syrian rebels, but is it too late?

    6 days ago

    Struggling Syrian rebels that President Barack Obama once derided as "former doctors, farmers, pharmacists and so forth" now form a key pillar of the U.S. leader's strategy to beat back the militant insurgency known as Islamic State.

    For over three years, Obama has kept the...

  • Old Jews explaining Yiddish words will make your day

    Los Angeles Jewish Home

    6 days ago

  • Obama prepared to authorize air strikes in Syria against Islamic State

    6 days ago

    President Barack Obama, who will set out a broad long-term strategy to defeat the Islamic State in a speech to Americans on Wednesday evening, is prepared to authorize air strikes against the group in Syria, U.S. officials said.

    Pursuing the Islamist radicals inside Syria would...

  • Why I hope the Shangri-La Hotel discrimination verdict is overturned

    By Rob Eshman

    6 days ago

    The Shangri-La charade has to stop.

    Two years ago, a jury found Tehmina Adaya, the owner of the chic Santa Monica Shangri-La hotel to have discriminated against a group of Jews by shutting down a party at the hotel organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) and...

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    The beach-adjacent intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Boulevard was a festive atmosphere of Chabadniks and their supporters on Sept. 7, when Chabad of Pacific Palisades marked the launch of a major fundraising campaign.

    The goal of the first phase of the effort,...

  • ADL briefs groups on online security

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    With the cyber era comes cyber threats. 

    That’s why the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) used its annual pre-High Holy Days security briefing to bring together more than 30 people from local synagogues and Jewish organizations to listen to law enforcement leaders and ADL leaders...

  • Where is Federation’s Gaza war relief money going?

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    In each of Israel’s wars in recent years, as the country’s soldiers have been on the front lines and its civilians in the south have resided in bomb shelters, the Jewish social service establishment has consistently called upon Jews in the Diaspora to donate money to help. 

    And...

  • You graduated, but your spirituality doesn’t have to

    6 days ago

    In college, all sorts of resources are accessible at your fingertips. You can create a club, join an organization, attend a rally or listen to a lecturer all so easily. Everything is right in front of you, catering to you and your peers — until you leave. 

    After graduation, that...

  • Ford Theatre saves the last dance for Daniel Ezralow

    6 days ago

    If you believe in the existence of theater ghosts, then expect the spirit of Christine Wetherill Stevenson to be looking on at the Ford Theatre on Sept. 13 during the premiere of a new work by Daniel Ezralow, possibly with a raised eyebrow, given the original intention for the...

  • Freedom has its costs, emotional chains in ‘The Face in the Reeds’

    6 days ago

    Closely held secrets, resentments and hidden pain are uncovered at a contentious family Passover dinner in the play “The Face in the Reeds,” now onstage at the Ruskin Group Theatre. In the play, the seder has been carefully arranged by Christina (Stacey Moseley), the wife and...

  • Married couples’ contract ensures they can divorce fairly

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    "I don’t get a rose until I sign,” Esther Macner said, as she and her husband, Chaim Plotzker, sat with a notary and reviewed a two-page postnuptial agreement document that set rules for them in the event of a future divorce.

    Macner and Plotzker were among the 82 couples who...

  • Lawyer uncovers her roots in debut novel ‘City of the Sun’

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 days ago

    In 1956, during the Suez Crisis, a young Juliana Maio and her family were kicked out of Egypt and forced to flee to France. All her life, she was curious about her background and her roots, and as she grew older, she started to research her personal history. 

    “I had a question,...

  • Poem: How to Resist Temptation

    6 days ago

    Read the notes from the morning’s class

    on the Sota

    on the winds of folly

    that blow through the secret place

    where God is asked to vacate

    and no witness sees.

    Don’t mention it to a soul.

    Try to imagine the ink in which all of His Names

    are erased

    and the...

  • Medical malpractice awards: How much is enough?

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    Sitting in his wheelchair, head tilted, Michael Markow was having trouble speaking into the voice-amplifying microphone he must use in order to be heard clearly.

    Markow’s caretaker sprayed some water into Markow’s mouth, which often dries out because of the drugs he takes to help...

  • Bullets and Bagels: The Jewish shooting club

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    "Ready, Aim, Schmear.” 

    That was the banner hanging in the lobby of Orange County indoor shooting range FT3 Tactical, as members of Bullets and Bagels, a Jewish shooting club, turned out to try firing automatic Colt pistols, semi-automatic rifles and an assortment of other...

  • Sharing wisdom of the elders through USC’s Zekenim Project

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 days ago

    Seniors have a lifetime of experience behind them, but too often we don’t take the opportunity to learn from them and apply that wisdom to our own lives.

    Now, thanks to a dedicated team at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and a three-year, $250,000 grant from the Jewish...

  • Fulfill the mandates of Rosh Hashanah by saving Alan Gross

    6 days ago

    During the period known as the High Holy Days, we think about how we can better ourselves, serve our families, our friends and our communities, and we begin anew to reflect on the moral teachings of our people and our religion. Among those teachings are the concepts of pikuach...

  • Photojournalist Phil Stern: From WWII to James Dean

    By Elyse Glickman

    6 days ago

    Some life journeys are so epic, it seems there’s no way they could be captured, even in a Hollywood movie. And yet, as it turned out, all photojournalist Phil Stern needed was his trusty camera.  

    A heralded chronicler of World War II and Hollywood icons such as James Dean and...

  • How the Jews brought water to L.A.

    6 days ago

    While by flood and sinkhole the news of Los Angeles’ aging water system has gushed out in a torrent, a much older L.A. water story, this one of how Jews brought water to a thirsty city, has never even reached a trickle.

    The Hebrew folk song “Mayim” says, “With joy you shall draw...

  • ‘Breaking the Silence’ and Gaza

    6 days ago

    The shooting war in Gaza was again accompanied by a massive political and media attack against Israel, with accusations of “war crimes” and “human rights violations” in parallel to the barrages of rockets and missiles.

    The weapons and soldiers in the political war are led by the...

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    6 days ago

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

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