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  • Meditation with @Oprah & @DeepakChopra Week 2: #WhatDoYouBelieve

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    5 hours ago

    I have loved starting my day with Oprah, Deepak and the Chopra Center meditations on "Become What You Believe." What do you start your day with?

    Please consider sharing your story in my final We Said Go Travel Gratitude Contest. Enter by Dec 10, 2015.   Enjoy my daily instagrams...

  • Trump on Sanders: ‘May he rest in peace’

    8 hours ago

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump referred to Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders as someone of the past during a campaign rally in Georgia Monday evening.

    “May he rest in peace,” Trump joke when mentioning Sanders. “You know, he had an operation today. I...

  • ‘Further Bibi lore’ – summary of newly released Hillary emails

    10 hours ago

    Another batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal server at the time she served as Secretary of State were released on Monday.

    Combing through the many emails, we found some interesting conversations relating to Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among others....

  • Jewish Home lawmaker quitting Knesset over sexual assault allegations

    11 hours ago

    An Israeli lawmaker from the Jewish Home party will resign from the Knesset over sexual assault allegations.

    Yinon Magal informed party leader Naftali Bennett on Monday that he will step down following the accusations by two women who worked with him when he was editor of the...

  • Abbas claims Israel is harming the environment

    11 hours ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of violating “international laws related to the environment.”

    “Our resources are being usurped, our trees are being uprooted, our agriculture is being destroyed,” Abbas said Monday at the United Nations climate...

  • King of Spain honors Sephardic Jews in ceremony recognizing citizenship law

    11 hours ago

    Spain’s king honored Sephardic Jews at a ceremony recognizing a new law that confers citizenship on the descendants of those banished during the Inquisition.

    “Dear Sephardim, thank you for your loyalty,” King Felipe VI told representatives of Sephardim from various countries at...

  • On Chanukah, just let the lights go out

    12 hours ago

    There’s a popular Chanukah song recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary, “Light One Candle.” Its chorus insists we “don’t let the light go out” — but I’ve been thinking that maybe we should.

    Not that I want to leave all those Maccabee children stumbling in the dark on cold December...

  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh to hold landmark talks with White House leaders

    12 hours ago

    The chairman of the Joint Arab List party in Israel will hold groundbreaking talks during a U.S. visit with senior White House and State Department officials.

    Knesset member Ayman Odeh, who begins his visit Monday night, will be the first prominent representative of Israel’s...

  • Russia bans George Soros foundation as state security ‘threat’

    12 hours ago

    Russia has banned a pro-democracy charity founded by hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist George Soros, saying it posed a threat to both state security and the Russian constitution.

    In a statement released on Monday, Russia's General Prosecutor's Office said two branches of...

  • On #GivingTuesday, time to turn philanthropic thinking on its head

    12 hours ago

    Nonprofit organizations are preparing for a new but remarkably successful philanthropy holiday, #GivingTuesday, which this year falls on Dec. 1.

    Organizations are busy crafting special campaigns, creating new online giving portals and planning fundraisers for the holiday, which...

  • Sheldon Silver found guilty on all counts in corruption trial

    13 hours ago

    Former Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver was found guilty on all counts by a jury on Monday.

    Silver, 71, faced seven counts, including mail and wire fraud, extortion and money laundering after his arrest earlier this year. He was accused of using his position...

  • Study: Conservative shuls spend on operations at expense of engagement

    13 hours ago

    Conservative Jewish synagogues are focused more on operations than youth engagement, and are more than twice as likely to have a cantor than an associate rabbi, a new survey of synagogue staffing found.

    About 50 percent of Conservative synagogues employ a youth director, but in...

  • Why I hired a Belgian butcher to circumcise my son

    13 hours ago

    They warn you that parenting means doing a bunch of stuff you never imagined yourself doing.

    I had always assumed this applied to saying to children things like, “You watch your tone of voice, young lady” or, “Let’s not eat things we find in our underwear.”

    But in my case, the...

  • How a Jewish trans father inspired a hit series

    13 hours ago

    Writer and director Jill Soloway grew up in what she calls a “somewhat normalish, upper middle class Jewish household” in Chicago. Her mom was a public relations consultant (she worked for Mayor Jane Byrne) and her dad a psychiatrist.

    But she always sensed that “something was a...

  • BDS backers go on labeling spree on Israeli products in German town

    13 hours ago

    A team of self-styled “goods inspectors” in a German town tried to label all the Israeli products they could find as being “from illegal Israeli settlements.”

    On Saturday, the proponents of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement visited businesses in downtown...

  • I went to Auschwitz to learn something I had forgotten

    13 hours ago

    The other week, I went on a school trip. This is not your typical school trip to New York or Washington D.C; rather it was a trip to Poland, a country with one of the most tragic histories. Of course, the trip was filled with tears, but to simply cry about the past without taking...

  • Russian military jet violated Israeli airspace

    13 hours ago

    A Russian military jet violated Israeli airspace but was not shot down, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    The jet breached Israeli airspace by a mile and turned back when Russia was informed of its mistake, Yaalon said Sunday during an interview on Israel Public Radio....

  • Jewish porn star James Deen accused of raping ex-girlfriend, sexually assaulting 2 others

    14 hours ago

    Jewish porn star James Deen has been accused of raping his ex-girlfriend and sexually assaulting two other adult film actresses.

    On Saturday, Deen’s ex Stoya, a fellow porn star, accused him on Twitter of raping her.

  • Thousands of Arab-Israelis protest ban on Islamic Movement

    14 hours ago

    An estimated 15,000 Arab-Israelis protested Israel’s outlawing of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

    Several Arab-Israeli Knesset lawmakers and Arab leaders attended the protest Saturday in the northern Israeli town of Uhm al-Fahm.

    “With our spirit and blood...

  • National Women’s Studies Association votes to join international BDS movement

    14 hours ago

    The National Women’s Studies Association voted to join the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

    The vote on the BDS referendum passed 653 to 86 at the organization’s annual conference earlier this month, the association announced last week....

  • Rubio defends Paul Singer endorsement

    14 hours ago

    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio recently defended his right to accept financial support from Jewish billionaire Paul Singer in a meeting with Evangelical pastors in Iowa.

    According to a report by The Brody File, during a closed-door meeting arranged by the...

  • Iran’s Khameinei calls Paris attacks ‘blind terrorism,’ says Palestinians face ‘worst’ terrorism

    14 hours ago

    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, called the recent Paris attacks that left at least 130 people dead “blind terrorism.”

    Khameini’s comments, released in a statement to “the youth in the Western countries,” were published Sunday by IRNA, the Iranian government’s...

  • #myLAcommute I find my zen on the train

    14 hours ago


    It’s better to find your zen on the train than to sit in traffic. I work as a secretary for a doctor. I like being busy. I never have time to get bored. I make sure that everything runs smoothly. When a patient isn’t happy, I speak to them in a very soft and gentle voice, like a whisper.

    Larchmont Blvd. to Monterey Road

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Worldwide terror: Connecting the ISIS dots

    16 hours ago

    When it comes to fighting terrorism, we frequently miss the obvious, in two ways.

    A few weeks before the September 11, 2001 attacks I was in Jerusalem, having dinner with Eli Borowski, an elderly Polish-born Jew with an amazing clarity about the past and the future.

    As a young...

  • Deconstructing ‘ignogrance’: The truth about Beverly Hills and Metro

    16 hours ago

    The Jewish Journal’s quote of the week of Nov. 26, in reference to Beverly Hills’s conflict with Metro, was former county supervisor (and Metro macher) Zev Yaroslavsky’s zinger: “Fighting Metro is not a construction project, it’s a destruction project.”

    Oy gevalt.

    There is so...

  • Goodbye, Ezra

    16 hours ago

    I’m really not one to post long political Facebook statuses but something about the events of these past few months has made me feel the need to vocalize my thoughts.

    As I checked my social media feeds this past Motzei Shabbat, two sides of the same story seemed to dominate. My...

  • Israel welcomes 200 young Germans

    18 hours ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    On the 68th anniversary of the day that the United Nations first recognized the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine, two hundred young German leaders are landing in Israel for a five-day tour of the country. The German visitors...

  • A Wedding Miracle, Fighting AIDS And More- This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    18 hours ago

    ‘Flytrex Sky’ Personal Delivery Drone Will Ship Goods To Your Location Within Minutes

    With the Flytrex Sky, a new Israeli drone hitting the market this December, you can better manage these day-to-day tasks for $549 – less than the price of the latest iPhone. With a 32-minute...

  • Netanyahu, Abbas shake hands at Paris climate summit

    18 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shook hands at the United Nations climate change conference near Paris.

    The two leaders met and spoke after the group photo of the some 150 world leaders in attendance at the conference,...

  • Jewish teens found guilty in murder of Palestinian teen who was burned to death

    18 hours ago

    Two Jewish teens were found guilty of the murder of a Palestinian teen who was burned to death in the Jerusalem forest.

    The verdict in the kidnapping and killing of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16, was handed down Monday morning in Jerusalem District Court.

    The court also found that...

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