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  • How the Bible plays out in hospital intensive care units

    6 days ago

    In this week's parsha, V'zot ha-Brakhah, we read about the farewell blessing of Moses to the Israelites.  At 120 years of age, Moses views the land that God promised to Abraham and his descendents.  The Israelites will proceed to inhabit this land of milk and honey, but Moses will...

  • Everyone’s talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring

    6 days ago

    All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    That was much to the consternation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who argued in his speech before...

  • Obama: gun laws must be changed, gun owners must speak up

    6 days ago

    President Barack Obama on Thursday angrily called for stricter U.S. gun laws after the latest mass murder in Oregon and took aim at the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby for blocking reform.

    Appearing in the White House briefing room with a grim expression and an...

  • Hurricane Joaquin: Can Jews take down their sukkahs for a storm?

    6 days ago

    As Hurricane Joaquin gains steam off the southeastern coast of the United States, the question has begun to circulate online: Are Jews allowed to take down their sukkahs in the case of a storm?

    The holiday of Sukkot, which began last Sunday, runs through this Sunday evening....

  • Poll: 75% of Republicans ‘less likely’ to vote for Muslim

    6 days ago

    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon seeking the Republican presidential nomination, drew fire last month when he said he would not "advocate" for a Muslim president, but it turns out that most Republicans agree with him.

    In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Sept. 23-30, 75 per cent...

  • Multiple fatalities, wounded as gunman opens fire at Oregon college

    6 days ago

    A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school, officials and local media said.

    There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties and wounded at Umpqua...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    6 days ago

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • Two Israelis shot dead in West Bank terror attack

    6 days ago

    An Israeli couple was shot dead while driving through the West Bank late on Thursday and Israeli forces were searching the area for the suspected Palestinian attackers, authorities said.

    The couple's four children, aged between four-months and nine-years old, were also in the car...

  • Haim Saban reportedly pulls out of campus BDS initiative

    6 days ago

    Entertainment mogul Haim Saban reportedly has pulled out of a campus anti-BDS initiative he launched with fellow billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

    Saban’s partnership with Adelson on the effort, called the Maccabees, was supposed to show bipartisan support for campus pro-Israel...

  • Israel turned a gas bonanza into an antitrust headache

    6 days ago

    When the Leviathan gas field was discovered off the coast of Israel in 2010, it was pitched as a game-changer – a vast energy reserve that would transform the economy and bolster public finances for years to come.

    Five years on, poor policymaking, political infighting and a...

  • #myLAcommute The look on her face was amazing

    6 days ago


    We’re coming back from the aquarium in Long Beach. My daughter’s favorite thing was the pink, purple, and blue flying fish. The look on her face when she saw the jellyfish and huge seashells was amazing.

    She’ll have more play time when we get home. She loves to build houses with Legos.

    Aquarium Way to Raymond Ave.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Why are Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and other non-Jewish celebs buying real estate in Israel?

    6 days ago

    After Kanye West performed in Israel on Wednesday night, he presumably had to sleep in a bed that he didn’t own. The declared presidential candidate may not have to suffer that indignity on his next trip to the Holy Land.

    The Kardashian family, into which he is married, is among...

  • A year of danger for Israel

    By Arthur Cohn

    6 days ago

    The beginning of a new year is a good time to assess where Israel stands. Based on my conversations over the past year with experts, journalists and highly placed officials, it is possible to identify several trends of concern:

    1. Iran

    The nuclear deal with Iran, which will...

  • In UN speech, Netanyahu keeps focus on Iran

    6 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, urged the international community to “check your enthusiasm at the door” regarding the recently finalized agreement on Iran’s nuclear program.

    On Thursday, Netanyahu also criticized Palestinian...

  • Remembering Joe Maiman

    6 days ago

    Just weeks ago, in mid-August, the 50th anniversary of the Watts Riots was marked — with many recollections, many observations, many reflections on what has occurred since as markers of change or failure to change as a society.

    One event that has gone unmarked is the death of Joe...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Gerim

    6 days ago

    Gerim, is, in a way, a term equivalent to all of our modern “immigrants, foreigners, aliens, guest workers, shelter seekers, etc.” of biblical times. Pentateuch laws emphatically protect them. They have to be treated with justice and as equals to native citizens (Leviticus 24:22),*...

  • Reconstructionists to accept rabbinical applicants with non-Jewish partners

    6 days ago

    The Reconstructionist movement will accept rabbinical applicants who have non-Jewish partners.

    A ban on such applicants, last reaffirmed in 2002, was revoked by the Reconstructionist Religious College following a faculty vote last week, the seminary said in a news release...

  • Palestinian flag raised at UN headquarters for first time

    1 week ago

    The Palestinian flag was raised outside the United Nations headquarters in New York for the first time.

    The ceremony on Wednesday afternoon was attended by diplomats in the U.N.’s Rose Garden shortly after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, in a speech to the U.N....

  • Former Obama adviser: Netanyahu’s tactics on Iran deal led to worst crisis in relationship

    1 week ago

    Israel’s public campaign against the Iran nuclear deal has led to possibly the lowest point in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Phil Gordon, until recently the top White House adviser on the Middle East, said on Wednesday.

    Speaking at a forum hosted by the Israel Policy Forum at the...

  • #myLAcommute Los Angeles is what it feels to be free

    1 week ago


    I miss my family in Ukraine. I really want to go back to see them soon. I like Ukraine because it’s where I was born, but I like Los Angeles more because this is what it feels to be home, to be free.

    I really like the palm trees and sunny weather here. People are really nice—they’re positive and happy. They even walk like they are free.

    La Crescenta Ave. to Sepulveda Blvd.

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • How Israel’s water solutions can save California

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    On a 6-acre site north of San Diego overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Western Hemisphere’s largest desalination plant is set to begin operating this month. And on the plant’s grounds, amid the buzzing generators and whooshing sounds of water, there’s Hebrew in the air — lots of...

  • Moving and shaking: Wonder Woman Walk; ADL/El Cab Tournament and Dinner; JCPSC and more

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Shortly before erev Rosh Hashanah began on Sept. 13, more than 1,000 people participated in Tower Cancer Research Foundation’s (TCRF) inaugural Jessica M. Berman Wonder Woman Walk for Breast Cancer, a 5K charity walk held at Palisades Park and Recreation Center. It raised nearly...

  • A collective effort to remember the first woman rabbi on her yahrzeit

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    1 week ago

    This summer, we had a wonderful congregational riverboat cruise along the Danube, exploring the Jewish dimensions of Europe, and the roles Jews played throughout the centuries in what is now Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. In almost every town, even when there...

  • An oasis of comfort

    1 week ago

    As the front door of OUR HOUSE in Woodland Hills opens, guests are greeted into a cozy environment with overstuffed armchairs and cushy couches. Paintings of homes — surrounded by colorful flowers, bathed in sunlight — adorn the walls. But for all the warmth here making it easy to...

  • Healing through helping

    By Ayala Or-el

    1 week ago

    Esther and David (Dudi) Vered know what it’s like to lose a loved one well before his time — their 17-year-old son died in a February 2010 car accident. 

    Despite the tragedy, David Vered found his son’s memory strengthened his desire to help others. In particular, it’s helped him...

  • Yom Kippur services aim for post-college, pre-family crowd

    1 week ago

    Enter the sleek, chic SLS Hotel on South La Cienega Boulevard, walk past the chandeliers and colored lights, and you’ll find a lush ballroom, pristine and coiffed in a modern color palette of white and gray. A space more often home to expensive weddings and lavish parties was...

  • Building an unlikely reunion

    1 week ago

    Two celebrated pioneers of modern architecture, Rudolph Schindler and Richard Neutra, former colleagues and close friends who have been bitterly estranged for years, find themselves unexpectedly sharing the same hospital room in “The Princes of Kings Road,” a new play based on a...

  • Poem: Commentary

    1 week ago

    Sometime between the chaos of Genesis One

    and the Tower of Babel in Eleven,

    God created language with all its busy verbs,

    its vowels and consonants,

    its dark commandments.


    The Patriarchs might say it started with Eve,

    and point to the gossiping of women. 

    But it...

  • Sukkot in Nepal

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 week ago

    Right now in Nepal, a group of Tibetan Buddhist nuns is trapped in the city of Katmandu, living in sukkot.

    Not the beautifully decorated, religiously infused sukkot — or “dwellings” — erected as part of the Jewish High Holy Days. Not the kind in which delicious meals are served,...

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