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  • The Third Intifada?: Violence rises as a two-state solution fades

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Reading “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” an illuminating new book by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, is a humbling experience. I read it over Sukkot and, in fact, it was the right book for a holiday during which one makes one’s home in a temporary shelter...

  • Netanyahu cancels German visit as Palestinian attacks surge

    1 day ago

    A suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, snatched his gun and was then shot dead by special forces on Wednesday, police said, as a surge of violence prompted Israel's prime minister to cancel a visit to Germany.

    Hours earlier, police said an...

  • Iran’s supreme leader bans negotiations with the United States

    1 day ago

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.

    Khamenei, the highest authority...

  • Rabbi arrested in Santa Monica on sexual abuse charges

    1 day ago

    A 39-year-old rabbi was arrested and booked last week in Santa Monica on felony charges of sexual abuse of a child. Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky, a Sherman Oaks resident, turned himself in to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) on Sept. 30, police said. He’s currently out...

  • Israeli team signs first launch deal in Google moon race

    1 day ago

    An Israeli team competing in a race to the moon sponsored by Google has signed a with California-based SpaceX for a rocket launch, putting it at the front of the pack and on target for blast-off in late 2017, officials said on Wednesday.

    With the deadline to win a $20 million...

  • Muslims, Christians Should Celebrate Genesis as do Jews.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 day ago

    In Eden, there was God, Adam and Eve and no religion!

    Genesis begins with a wide angled view of diversity:  God creates a vast range of living things—fish, birds, cattle, wild animals “of every kind” and repeats “of every kind” with each living thing.

    When it comes to the...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 3

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    After the most beautiful wedding, over four glorious days in Byron Bay, I headed to Brisbane for 24 hours. It really is quite silly to travel so far for such a short time, but it forced me to cram a lot of dreams into a short period. I arrived in Brisbane at 8:30 in the morning and...

  • What are we doing when we sit Shiva?

    1 day ago

    Sitting shiva [the Jewish custom of a period of intense mourning during the first seven days following the death and funeral] can be understood from a multiple of vantage points. It can be seen anthropologically as a tradition of how the Jewish people respond to a death. It can be...

  • Local Election Turns Fluffy

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    1 day ago

    In November, registered voters in the city where I live will be deciding who will fill three of the five seats on the city council. There are seven candidates running, and a number of hotly debated issues on the mind of voters.

    The City Manager resigned recently, and a decision...

  • Actor James Franco has bar mitzvah

    2 days ago

    Actor James Franco was bar mitzvahed in a religious ceremony at the age of 37.

    The ceremony was held on Oct. 3 and included the actor wearing a prayer shawl and chanting from the Torah.  Franco posted a photo on Instagram, including a message: “I am now a MAN! Got Bar Mitzvahed...

  • The time is now

    2 days ago

    Three nights ago as I sat in Kol Nidre services to usher in Yom Kippur, I listened to the Rabbi’s sermon with tears in my eyes. My fiancé and I attended the Chabad Young Professionals service in New York where Rabbi Levi told the story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who...

  • Bernie Sanders to pit his bulldog debate style against Clinton

    2 days ago

    Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton's biggest rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a novice to the bright lights of prime-time television, but politicians who have sparred with him in the past predict he will be a tenacious brawler in their party's debate on Oct. 13.

  • California governor signs gender wage-gap bill

    2 days ago

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation on Tuesday aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women, a law that supporters say is among the strongest in the country.

    Brown signed the California Fair Pay Act in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Richmond at the Rosie...

  • YULA students pair with Arab teens to tour Holy Land

    2 days ago

    Rachel Dahan remembered being nervous about meeting the four Arab-Israeli girls who would be among her traveling companions this summer during a two-week class trip across the Holy Land. 

    “On the plane, our teacher asked us to write down what we were expecting,” said Dahan, now a...

  • Darko Academy finds a home

    2 days ago

    On a recent afternoon, a half-dozen or so school-age children were working together with adults to unload chairs, tables, boxes of pens and papers, board games, globes and books — lots of books — from a moving truck. The items — and the children — had arrived at the new home of...

  • Ohr Moshe: Where students with special needs feel welcome

    2 days ago

    Daniel Lewkowicz travels more than an hour each way from his home on a moshav to the Ohr Moshe School in Beit Shemesh, almost 20 miles west of Jerusalem, but he doesn’t mind the commute. 

    “This school is so good it’s worth the trip,” Lewkowicz, 16, said during a break from his...

  • Program aims to improve Hebrew education by focusing on teachers

    2 days ago

    For years, many graduates of Jewish day schools around the world — and their parents — have expressed disappointment in their level of Hebrew proficiency despite years of Jewish education. 

    To help solve that problem — and in the process afford Hebrew educators the same respect...

  • What Jewish schools are teaching in sex ed

    2 days ago

    Just because Judaism permits sex only within the confines of marriage doesn’t mean all Jewish day schools avoid teaching how to put on a condom or what sexually transmitted diseases are. Jewish law is taught in Jewish day school classes, as are the reproductive system, menstrual...

  • Brand-new labs, advanced equipment prep students for sci-tech careers

    By Elyse Glickman

    2 days ago

    While Jewish day schools across Los Angeles have always tried to keep children and teens rooted in their ancient faith, new programs are now helping students develop the skills and creativity needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

    Over the past decade, secular and...

  • Israel, Palestinians play down talk of third intifada

    2 days ago

    The entrances to Jerusalem's walled Old City are sealed off by Israeli police and the streets of East Jerusalem are littered with barricades, burning trash and the detritus of battles between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli forces.

    The scenes after 10 days of violence in...

  • Netanyahu calls for West Bank security cameras

    2 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the site of the deadly attack on an Israeli couple and ordered the deployment of security cameras on all West Bank roads.

    Netanyahu, accompanied by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, on...

  • Retirement of the world’s longest serving intelligence chief

    2 days ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The world’s longest serving spy chief has been removed from his position as the head of Algeria’s military security agency, the Department for Intelligence and Security (DRS) said. Mohamed Mediene, also known as General Tewfiq, was...

  • Afghan hospital ‘mistakenly struck’

    2 days ago

    The deadly air strike that hit a hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz was a mistake made within the U.S. chain of command, the American commander of international forces in Afghanistan said on Tuesday.

    The strike on Saturday on an Afghan hospital run by Doctors Without Borders,...

  • #myLAcommute I want to hear James Earl Jones read the Bible

    2 days ago


    When I’m on the bus, I listen to audio books. Right now, I’m listening to the Bible. I’m in Leviticus now. I wanted to get the one read by James Earl Jones, but I couldn’t find it.

    Orange Avenue to Griffith Park Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Terror cell members that killed Israeli couple arrested

    2 days ago

    The members of a terror cell responsible for the murder of an Israeli couple whose four children were in the car at the time of the attack were arrested.

    The five-member terror cell affiliated with the Hamas terror movement in Nablus in the West Bank were arrested Monday during a...

  • Abbas tries to lower tensions with Israel

    2 days ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas took steps to tamp down growing attacks on Israelis in both the West Bank and Jerusalem, telling a meeting of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) that he does not want violent...

  • Two Palestinian teens killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers

    2 days ago

    Two Palestinian teens were killed during clashes with the Israeli military.

    Abdel Rahman Abdullah, 13, was killed Monday afternoon during a clash between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in the Aida refugee camp near Bethlehem, by a bullet to his chest.

    The Israel...

  • Joel Rubin, who helped pass Iran nuclear deal, running for Congress

    2 days ago

    Joel Rubin, the former U.S. State Department’s chief liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives who worked for the successful passage of the Iran nuclear weapons deal in Congress, is running for Congress.

    Rubin announced Monday that he would mount a Congressional candidacy to...

  • A wave of Palestinian violence: Why now? To what end?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    A longer article on the Israel-Palestine situation will be posted tomorrow, but in the meantime, here are some essential comments to get you through the day:


    Don't underestimate the weather.

    It is supposed to rain on Tuesday evening and Wednesday. Rain is good. It is good...

  • Real Housewives of Orange Country Week 18 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    3 days ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    It is hard to believe we have been watching this show for over four months and they are still talking about whether or not Brooks has cancer. It is as if they think we actually care, which we don’t. If you are an idiot, and you get...

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