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  • Mayweather vs. Pacquiao – May the PacMan Win

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    Saturday, May 2nd is a day people have been looking forward to for years. I am not a boxing fan but I know all about this fight because Mayweather is a tool and Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest men in the world. I will be watching the fight with the hope Manny wins. Manny is a...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    This weekend, I would like to introduce one of the ultimate Israeli dishes – the Sabich!


    If you’ve ever been to Israel, you’ve probably tasted this divine sandwich, consisting of pita bread stuffed with fried eggplant, hard boiled eggs, hummus, tahini, Israeli salad, boiled...

  • Heffron Drive

    By Joy Bennett

    2 days ago

    I went to see the band Heffron Drive at the Mint in Los Angeles last night -- good show!

  • Don’t Just Stand There — Do Something Holy

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    2 days ago

    “You shall not stand by [the shedding of] your fellow's blood. I am Hashem.”

    Lev. 19:16 I was driving on cold morning down the highway in New Jersey and a car ahead of me suddenly veered left, went off the road, and then careened back across the highway. The car crossed some...

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  • IDF investigates suspected gang rape at air force base

    2 days ago

    Four troops are suspected of raping a female soldier in one of the Israel Defense Forces’ worst-ever sex crime cases.

    Military Police detectives suspect the soldiers took turns raping the soldier last month at the Hatzerim Israel Air Force base near Beersheba, according to a...

  • Israeli military worries over troops’ use of social media

    2 days ago

    Israel's armed forces see a growing threat in instant messaging applications -- both to battlefield secrecy and to the privacy of women soldiers.

    According to official military journal Bamahane, the number of troop indictments for sex crimes has almost doubled since 2012, with...

  • Six Baltimore cops charged in death of Gray, one with murder

    2 days ago

    A Baltimore police officer was charged with murder and five others with lesser charges in the death of a black man who suffered a critical neck injury while riding inside a police van, the city's chief prosecutor said on Friday.

    Freddie Gray, who died in hospital a week after his...

  • Liberal Jewish U.S. Senator Sanders to challenge Clinton in 2016 race

    2 days ago

    U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, launched a long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday, a move likely to pressure Hillary Clinton from the left on issues from income inequality to corporate governance.

    Sanders, one of the...

  • Ethiopian Israelis riot in Jerusalem over attacks by police

    2 days ago

    Ethiopian-Israeli protesters clashed with police during demonstrations throughout Jerusalem over two attacks against Ethiopian-Israelis by Israeli law enforcement.

    On Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 protesters blocked roads and the Jerusalem Light Rail, and threw rocks and bottles...

  • The German Nobelist who defied Hitler

    By  Tom Tugend

    2 days ago

    The auction of a Nobel Prize gold medallion on Thursday (4/30) has brought unexpected attention to a German professor who shielded Jewish students during the Hitler era and defended anti-Nazi resistors.

    The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded in 1927 to Heinrich Otto Wieland, a...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim with Rabbi Ilan Glazer

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Ilan Glazer of the Beth Sholom Synagogue in Memphis, Tennessee. Rabbi Glazer was ordained in 2012 by ALEPH: The Alliance for Jewish Renewal. He has a B.A. in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Comparative Literature...

  • Striking Down Marriage Equality Bans Would Protect Religious Liberty

    3 days ago

    Love. Commitment. Trust. These are the values that form the basis of a marriage. Yet, the equal right to civil marriage has been denied to loving, committed same-sex couples throughout our country’s history.  As the Supreme Court considers oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a...

  • In heritage month proclamation, Obama says U.S. Jews still face bigotry

    3 days ago

    Jews continue to face bigotry in the United States, President Barack Obama said in his Jewish Heritage Month proclamation.

    “This year, Jewish American Heritage Month begins as the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Dachau by American soldiers,” Obama...

  • Kathmandu Chabad rabbi pilots helicopter in Nepal relief effort

    3 days ago

    The co-director of the Kathmandu Chabad house director piloted a borrowed Nepali helicopter to bring food and water to hikers stranded in the aftermath of the earthquake.

    Rabbi Chezky Lifshitz took the plane to the mountainous region of Dhunche on Wednesday, according to Chabad....

  • An incomplete view of Mark Rothko

    3 days ago

    Annie Cohen-Solal previously has written two extremely well-received biographies – one on Jean-Paul Sartre and another on the famous art dealer Leo Castelli, but she can’t seem to find on the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko. Her new biography, “Mark Rothko” (Yale...

  • National security adviser: U.S. expects next Israeli gov’t to recommit to two states

    3 days ago

     

    The Obama administration expects a commitment to the two-state solution from the next Israeli government and from the Palestinian Authority, National Security Adviser Susan Rice said.

    “President Obama has made clear that we need to take a hard look at our approach to the...

  • N.Y. transit authority bans all political advertising

    3 days ago

    New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority voted to ban all political advertising on its subways and buses, allowing it to refuse to display an ad about Muslims killing Jews.

    The resolution passed Wednesday night at the MTA board meeting in a 9-2 vote and the ban became...

  • Father of missing Israeli hiker joins search in Nepal

    3 days ago

    The father of the only Israeli missing in the Nepal earthquake arrived on the scene to help in the search.

    Members of Or Asraf’s Israel Defense Forces combat unit also touched down Wednesday afternoon in Nepal to help look for their comrade, the only Israeli who has not made...

  • Woody Allen’s new film about — guess what? — an older man falling for a young babe

    3 days ago

    A philosophy professor has an existential crisis. He falls for one of his students, who is much younger than he is. His feelings for her give him a new lease on life.

    Sound familiar? Is there any doubt as to who directed this new film?

    Even the most ardent defenders of Woody...

  • Transgender Jews: Beyond the Rainbow

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    3 days ago

    Deborah attends services at Temple Aliyah nearly every week, but on a Friday night two years ago, she was nervous. Her daughter, Rebecca, then 18 and known all of her life as Jeremy, had chosen the Kabbalat Shabbat service to come out in public dressed as a woman for the first...

  • Calendar May 2-8

    By Laura Donney

    3 days ago

    MON | MAY 4 - THU | MAY 7
    
    LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
    
    With screening upon screening and Q-and-A upon Q-and-A, the options for the 2015 L.A. Jewish Film Festival are big on quantity
    and quality. There are North American and West Coast premieres and films ranging from thrillers...
  • Amid the violence: Background on Baltimore’s Jews

    3 days ago

    The April 19 death of an African-American resident of Baltimore, Freddie Gray, while in police custody triggered a wave of protests in the city and shined a light on its history of police brutality and racial and economic disparities. On Monday, the protests turned violent, giving...

  • Letters to the editor: The Salon, Cornel West, Keeping the Faith and more

    3 days ago

    Salute to Salon

    I was reminded of the Pablo Picasso mural “Guernica” while reading about Rob Eshman’s experience (“A Night at the Salon,” April 24). Picasso had finally discovered a vocabulary to illuminate the pain and despair of Spain’s civilians and he would now be able to...

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders makes run for president official

    3 days ago

    Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont made it official: He will run for president as a Democrat.

    An Independent who calls himself a “Democratic Socialist,” Sanders made the announcement Thursday morning in an email to supporters. He had confirmed the run a day earlier in an interview...

  • Netanyahu signs first partners in new Israeli coalition

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed up his first partners on Wednesday for a new coalition government, a lawmaker and spokeswoman said, putting him on course to lead a heavily right-leaning cabinet.

    The deals with the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party...

  • Alden solovy, wounded but still defending women of the wall

    By Aron Chilewich

    3 days ago

    In 2013, an Israeli court ruling gave women the legal right to pray at the Western Wall according to their own customs; they could wear tallit , use tefillin and read from Torah. However, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the Orthodox chief rabbi of the wall, found a simple loophole: By...

  • Tensions high along Israel-Syria border, but nobody wants war

    3 days ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Tensions have flared along Israel’s northern border for the second time this year, following a suspected Israeli Air Force attack on weapon deliveries to Hezbollah. Days later, when Hezbollah gunmen tried to plant an explosive...

  • 5 short comments on Israel’s almost-a-coalition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    1.

    Israel almost has a new coalition and a new government. Yesterday, Netanyahu completed the first round of negotiations and signed an agreement with two parties – Koolanu (Kahlon) and United Torah Judaism, the Ashkenazi Haredi party. Kahlon is easing himself into the role of...

  • Judge with generosity

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    3 days ago

    “With righteousness shall you judge your fellow.”

    So reads a verse in this morning’s parsha (Leviticus 19:15). The rabbis comment, “From here we learn, that we are required to judge others favorably, to give them the benefit of the doubt.”

    This is a beguiling sort of...

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