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  • Selfie Spirituality

    By Danielle Berrin

    4 hours ago

    Alan Morinis was an accomplished film producer running a large, publicly traded communications company in Canada, when, one day, his house of cards crumbled.

    “I was selling too many stories,” Morinis told me when we met in a cozy corner of a Hollywood Starbucks not long ago. 

    ...
  • Tijuana to Tefilah

    By Jared Sichel

    4 hours ago

    As I stepped out of the van into the chilly, pre-dawn Tijuana air, I could just barely make out the shadows of the pedestrians nearby, all of them stepping over puddles and street trash, walking in the same direction. 

    I watched as two girls, Chaya Leibkinker, 16, and her sister,...

  • Putin in Passover greeting: Russian Jews make huge contribution

    4 hours ago

    Russian Jews are making an enormous contribution to strengthening Russian society’s cohesion, President Vladimir Putin wrote in a holiday greeting to the Jewish community.

    Putin sent the greeting on Monday, the news site shturem.net reported Thursday, after meeting Rabbi Berel...

  • After his hunger strike, Alan Gross’ backers ramp up calls for U.S. action

    5 hours ago

    Alan Gross did not warn his family he was launching a hunger strike, but hearing the news, they understood why: The Jewish U.S. government subcontractor, languishing since 2009 in a Cuban prison, feels forgotten.

    “We’re asking that the U.S. government do whatever it takes,” Jill...

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  • Let My People Know, Let My People Think

    by Roger Price

    5 hours ago

    In recent years, in certain circles, it has become fashionable to assert that the Bible is fiction, or that at least key segments of it are fictional. The assertion emanates from two camps. In one of these camps are those who have been described as new or militant atheists. Looking...

  • PEN Center USA Event

    By Joy Bennett

    5 hours ago

    Susan Minot, photo by Joy Bennett

     

    This morning I went to a very interesting reading by Susan Minot, author of Thirty Girls. It was sponsored by PEN Center USA.  Ms. Minot discussed her book and working life.  The book tells the heartbreaking tale of girls taken hostage by rebels in Uganda, and is based on a true story.  To find out more about PEN Center USA or join, visit penusa.org.

  • Anti-Semitic fliers in Ukraine: Who is responsible?

    6 hours ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities.

    Though purported authors of the flier described it as a crude attempt to...

  • Obamacare will be Obama’s second big takeaway

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    6 hours ago

    We tend to use shorthand to talk about our presidents. Lincoln saved the Union and freed the slaves. Kennedy committed us to the moon landing and built the Peace Corps. FDR ended the Depression, created Social Security and won World War II.  

    It’s hard to know in the middle of a...

  • Local mom-athoner pounds pavement for a cure

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 hours ago

    Shannon Griefer ran a 135-mile ultramarathon in Death Valley in the middle of July, across the scorching hot terrain in the glow of the fiery sun. 

    And on April 13, she was slated to run 135 miles, this time to benefit reserch into a condition she was diagnosed with in 2005:...

  • Israel’s Eytan Fox puts frosting on ‘Cupcakes’

    By Tom Tugend

    6 hours ago

    The name Eytan Fox instantly evokes two associations. The New York-born director is one of Israel’s most accomplished filmmakers, and he is the country’s most visible and outspoken gay personality.

    Fox’s films, like “Yossi & Jagger,” “Yossi” and “Walk on Water” revolve around gay...

  • Fight or flight: The nature of Judaism

    By Tom Tugend

    6 hours ago

    On the one hand: Jews and their religion are fiercely militant.

    On the other: The Jewish religion is peaceful and Jews avoid fighting, to the point that they have been derided as cowards or draft dodgers.

    Looking at the three-millennia arc of Jewish history, both statements are...

  • ‘Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ bringing plenty of updates to L.A.

    6 hours ago

    Springtime, and the music is changing at the Ahmanson. This month will see the departure of Barry Manilow’s lushly scored and heavily Jewish “Harmony” from the Center Theatre Group’s biggest venue, and the arrival of a decidedly more classic production, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and...

  • Andrew Garfield says Spiderman is Jewish

    6 hours ago

    Andrew Garfield, a British actor most famous for playing the iconic superhero in the most recent run of Spiderman movies, has given us a new Spidey revelation in advance of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2″: Peter Parker is totally Jewish.

    “Peter Parker is not a simple dude,” the...

  • Calendar April 19-25

    By Laura Donney

    6 hours ago

    SAT | APR 19

    WENDY WALDMAN

    Maybe it’s Coachella, or maybe it’s spring air — but we’ve got a musical week in store for you. Remember Bryndle? One of the 1960s folk-rock bands’ original members is performing tonight. With a long and diverse career, Waldman has written and...

  • Obituaries

    8 hours ago

    Yvonne Adler died March 10 at 73. Survived by cousins Edgar Burns, Peter (Ruth Susnick) Safirstein. Hillside

    Eden Almond died March 12 at 74. Survived by daughter Dana; sisters Rochelle Adin, Judy Freeman; 1 grandchild. Hillside 

    Jack Alter died March 22 at 78. Survived by wife...

  • Letters to the editor: Tikkun olam in North Africa, violence against women and global warming

    9 hours ago

    Supply and Demand

    David Suissa indicates that tikkun olam didn’t exist in places like North Africa (“Jews Helping Non-Jews,” March 28). But he fails to mention that its absence was due to lack of necessity, not a tribal instinct to “put one’s own first.” He bemoans the supposed...

  • Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

    10 hours ago

    The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a memorial service in honor of three people shot dead on Sunday.

    Heavy security...

  • Armed men put Putin on the air in eastern Ukraine

    10 hours ago

    Armed men took over a television tower in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and switched it to Russian channels playing an almost non-stop stream of sound-bites from a marathon TV phone-in by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Employees at the tower said the men, who were armed with...

  • Fliers call on Ukrainian Jews to register religion, property

    10 hours ago

    Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of fliers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes.

    The fliers were distributed earlier this week in the city, where pro-Russian separatists led by Denis...

  • Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call

    10 hours ago

    President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said.

    Obama and Merkel agreed during the call that Russia should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the...

  • Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

    10 hours ago

    The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a memorial service in honor of three people shot dead on Sunday.

    Heavy security...

  • From Pharaoh to Freud: The Bible’s Ultimate Id

    By Jared Sichel

    11 hours ago

    It's up there in the annals of stupidity.

    God had just undone Egyptian society with 10 devastating plagues, striking at the heart of Egypt's various nature gods. Water turned to blood. Animals turned against humans. Light stopped working. Pharaoh's Egyptian experiment, for all...

  • Israeli-Arab journalist arrested for visiting Lebanon

    11 hours ago

    Israel arrested an Israeli-Arab journalist and political activist on suspicion that he met foreign agents after entering Lebanon illegally.

    Majed Kial, 23, was arrested this week by the Shin Bet security service after returning Saturday from a visit to Lebanon, which Israel...

  • Scientists: Romanian troops behind 1941 massacre of Jews

    11 hours ago

    Forensic scientists from Bucharest concluded that 36 bodies found at a mass grave near Iasi belonged to Jews who were murdered by Romanian troops.

    The investigation into the mass grave at Vulturi Forest ended last month and determined that soldiers of the Romanian army’s Regiment...

  • Missouri mayor endorses suspected Kansas killer’s views

    12 hours ago

    The new mayor of the Missouri hometown of Frazier Glenn Miller said he agreed with some of the views of the suspected killer of three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, Kan.

    Daniel Clevenger, who was elected mayor of Marionville on Tuesday, offered his endorsement of...

  • My First Passover Memory in Iran

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    23 hours ago

    A gasp.  The door flings open.  A stranger walks in.  The crowded room falls into silence.  Hunchbacked, cane in hand, covered in a white Arabic sheet head to toe, only eyes piercing and an imposing white beard, he carries a young child on his back.  The service stops for a...

  • ‘Tallest Tree’ examines what it means to be an outsider

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 day ago

    At one point in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” Daniel Beaty’s one-man show about the internationally renowned African-American bass-baritone and activist Paul Robeson, he tours the Soviet Union, which he has applauded for its anti-discriminatory laws about race.

    But during...

  • His gentle, Jewish humor is again Crystal clear in ‘700 Sundays’

    1 day ago

    After two sellout runs on Broadway — nine years apart — as well as a book and a successful world tour, actor and comic Billy Crystal brings his one-man, autobiographical play, “700 Sundays,” to television via HBO on April 19. The show was taped before an audience earlier this year,...

  • Cataloging Tel Aviv’s enduring shopkeepers

    1 day ago

    A few years ago, photographer Assi Haim was wandering the streets of Tel Aviv, camera in hand, in search of a project topic. It was at the corner of Allenby and Mazeh streets that he found cafeteria proprietor Zosha, 84, and Nurit, his coworker for 18 years.

    Speaking in a 2011...

  • Purity for every person: Shabbat Pesach (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

    1 day ago

    The reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Pesach (and Sukkot), describes one of the more exciting moments in Torah: the closest encounter any human has with God.

    Following the sin of the Golden Calf and Moses’ advocacy for the people, he makes a...

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