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  • Chanuka Dish #2:  The Challukia

    By Deena Greenberg

    1 hour ago

    This is the second dish in my Take Back December for Chanuka campaign. It is appropriate for me to present this dish today, because tonight Chanuka falls on Shabbat. However, I must admit that while I find both the image and the name of this “dish” pretty cool, it’s not the most...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Miketz with Rabbi Aaron Bergman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 hours ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Aaron Bergman, senior rabbi of Temple Adat Shalom in Detroit, Michigan. Rabbi Bergman is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and pursued additional graduate work in Jewish...

  • Fried food is good for you! Spanish eggs with fried potatoes [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    15 hours ago

    Fried food is good for you.

    I always suspected as much, and I certainly have lived my life as if it were true. Even in the dark days of the nonfat cabal, when entire lives were wasted ordering nothing but ”toast, dry” and “steam-sauteeing” skinless chicken breasts, I continued to...

  • The Jewish community remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    17 hours ago

    [Do you have a photo or memory of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis you'd like to share? Send an email here.]


     

    Harold Schulweis had a fertile mind and a capacious heart.  His sympathies ranged as widely as his intellect.  Every Rabbi knew, coming to him for advice, that you would...

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  • ‘What have blacks ever done for Jews?’:  Answering the question

    19 hours ago

    Except for the absence of Ramadan which is half a year away, this season’s  convergence of Christmas and Hanukkah with Kwanzaa (meaning “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili) makes it such a great time to invoke the ecumenical spirit—especially among African Americans and Jews....

  • God Goes Hollywood in Exodus: Gods and Kings

    21 hours ago

    Spoiler alert: Morgan Freeman does not play God in Exodus: Gods and Kings.  And this is only one of the many courageous risks that director Ridley Scott took in bringing the story of Moses to life in the just released movie. Instead of trying to depict the literal text of the Bible...

  • Can a cybersecurity center bloom in Israel’s Negev?

    By Simone Wilson

    21 hours ago

    On the far east edge of sprawling Beersheva, a determined weed of a city within Israel’s southern desert expanse, a new school of Zionists — defense techies — are building a live-work hub with an increasingly relevant focus: cybersecurity.

    “Ten years ago, if you were to convince...

  • Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

    By Jared Sichel

    21 hours ago

    Although pro-Israel groups roundly condemned the most recent passage of an Israel divestment resolution in California — this time by UAW 2865, a union that represents 13,000 University of California graduate students — the actual results may depict a student body that tends less...

  • Man sentenced on sex offender charge

    By Jared Sichel

    21 hours ago

    Levi Moscowitz, a 24-year-old man from Chicago now living in Los Angeles, pleaded no contest in late October to charges of arranging to meet a child this past February with the intention of committing sexual acts. 

    Court documents, which are available by public records request,...

  • Biden at Chanukah candle-lighting: Jewish heritage is American heritage

    22 hours ago

    Jewish notions of religious freedom so informed the American ethos that it “is fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage,” Vice President Joe Biden said at a menorah-lighting in front of the White House.

    Biden, attending the Dec. 16 event organized by American Friends...

  • Poll: Most Israelis see a crisis in U.S.-Israel ties

    22 hours ago

    The majority of Israelis believe there is a crisis in U.S.-Israel ties and that the Netanyahu government has harmed the relationship, according to a new poll.

    A poll commissioned by J Street, the liberal U.S. Jewish Middle East policy group, and released on Dec. 15, found that...

  • Joint U.S.-Israel missile defense system fails interception test

    22 hours ago

    Israel’s Arrow 3 interceptor missile defense system failed its first live interception test.

    A senior Israeli Defense Ministry official told the Associated Press that a Dec. 16 exercise to test the advanced system developed with the United States was unsuccessful.

    In the...

  • North American immigration to Israel rose 7 percent in 2014

    22 hours ago

    Immigration to Israel from North America rose 7 percent in 2014 over the previous year to 3,762 olim from the United States and Canada, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh.

    The immigrants came on 17 special aliyah flights from North America, sponsored by facilitated by Nefesh B’Nefesh...

  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    23 hours ago

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Dying we live [1995]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 day ago

    When last I spoke to my teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, he asked if he could borrow my kittel. He was not at home in New York but here in California and it was before the High Holidays. "You know,” he explained "the kittel is part of the tachrichim -- the shrouds in which the dead...

  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 day ago

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • Hide and seek: The serious game Of T’shuvah

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 day ago

    It is told of the Rhiziner Rebbe, that once when he came home from his shtiebel, he found outside his home a little boy crying. "Why are you crying, my son?" 

    "Because I was playing hide and seek," the boy answered. 

    "Why the tears, then?" 

    "Because I was hiding. But no...

  • Conversation with the angel of death [1991]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 day ago

    The letter from Lillian came between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    "I am writing to you as both my friend and my rabbi, driven by the deep sadness and sense of disconnectedness that has gripped me since this morning's Rosh Hashanah service.

    Until this morning. I know the...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, ‘Rabbi of Rabbis’ and world-renowned Jewish leader, dies at 89

    By Tom Tugend

    1 day ago

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Schulweis led the Conservative Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino for nearly 45 years, introducing significant...

  • Chanuka Dish #1:  The Lattke

    By Deena Greenberg

    1 day ago

    The lattke is the first dish that I am presenting in my Take Back December campaign, my small but sincere attempt to take a part of December back for Chanuka from another holiday that shall remain nameless. (Although I did name it in my post from yesterday.) The lattke, a...

  • What Israeli election polls tell us this week

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    We have a new feature for you. Until Israel's Election Day, we will share with you data from Nehemia Gershuni's wonderful data site, in which Israeli numbers, polls, compilations, and projections are king. Gershuni kindly agreed that we use some of his data to bolster our own...

  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when...

  • Punishing Bennett won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    People do crazy things when they get desperate and run out of ideas. That’s the first thought that came to mind after I read that a group of pro-Israel academics have decided that the best way to help the comatose Israeli-Palestinian peace process is to stop people like Naftali...

  • In U.S. relations with Israel, context is key

    2 days ago

    The strain in United States-Israel ties is a live issue in the Israel election campaign — and rightfully so. But if you glance at U.S. and Israeli media during the last couple of months, you’d think the relations have never been worse. Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic,...

  • A Moses named Christian and a Pharaoh named Turturro

    2 days ago

    Generally speaking, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is more biblically respectful than Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which saw Russell Crowe performing a well-paid infomercial for Al Gore’s environmentalism. 

    Yet “Exodus” has been swarmed by critics accusing it of unchecked...

  • Six points on Alan Gross, ‘normalization’ of U.S.-Cuba relations and the American spy flying under the radar

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    The news this morning about the massive thaw in diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana was so sudden and flooring that we really won't know for months or years to come what the impact will be—most importantly, what the impact will be for the millions of Cubans who have...

  • Moving and shaking: StandWithUs, Chanukah in Los Angeles and Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Stephen Wise Temple has named Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback as its next senior rabbi.

    The senior rabbi-elect, who is currently the head of Wise School, the synagogue’s day school for kindergarten through sixth grade and early childhood center, succeeds Rabbi Eli Herscher, according to a...

  • Join globetrotter Bruce Feiler on a journey through Jerusalem

    By  Tom Tugend

    2 days ago

    Every religion has its pilgrimage, and PBS’ “Sacred Journeys” provides a lively visual guide to six of the best-known destinations for the devout.

    On Dec. 23, series host Bruce Feiler visits Jerusalem, and while the date might indicate a link to Christmas, the focus is on Sukkot,...

  • A Jewish artist whose work is at heart of Our Lady Cathedral

    2 days ago

    When Simon Toparovsky makes the rounds at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral downtown, he gets the rock-star treatment — handshakes and embraces from complete strangers who approach him to engage in conversation, pose for a photograph and tell him his artistic creations are amazing,...

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