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  • Are Gluten-Free Matzo Balls a Thing? Yes they are!! [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    3 days ago

    I will first address those of you who are sick of hearing about everything being gluten free:

    I know you think the rising hype of a “no gluten diet” that has taken our country by storm is some sort of psychological weakness emblematic of a consumer society that is easily seduced...

  • Judge fines Chabad of Calif. $845,000, says group misused federal grant with 'reckless disregard'

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    A federal judge ruled last week that Chabad of California intentionally misused $272,495 in Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grants it received in 2009 and must pay $844,985 in penalties, a portion of which will go to whistleblowers who brought the suit against Chabad.

    ...
  • A TV pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other holy sites

    By Tom Tugend

    3 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,...

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  • Iraq war vet sought in stabbing, shooting deaths of his Pennsylvania family

    4 days ago

    The wife and infant child of an Iraq war veteran suspected of fatally shooting and stabbing six family members in Pennsylvania were safe on Tuesday as the second day of a manhunt prompted lockdowns and cancellations of area schools, authorities said.

    The search for Bradley...

  • En route to Lugansk, lies, bribes and high fives

    4 days ago

    In the backseat of a car headed to the rebel-held city of Lugansk, I was feeling confident about my plan for getting in and out safely to report an article about how the city’s Jewish community is coping with the war ravaging the area.

    I had a reliable route and crew, an Israeli...

  • Barney Frank on practically everything

    4 days ago

    Long a legislative lion for Democrats, Barney Frank retired from Congress two years ago. But he remains famously shrewd and caustic, feisty and funny, as well as the most prominent gay politician in the nation. With current roiling debate over the financial reform that Frank helped...

  • Hummus hits the headlines

    4 days ago

    According to a new report by the food and restaurant consulting firm Baum and Whiteman, hummus – the Middle Eastern spread that is central to both Israeli and Arab cuisine — is now more popular in the United States than salsa. Today, 20 percent of U.S. households have hummus in...

  • Ex-Sony employees sue, claim company failed to protect data

    4 days ago

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc has been sued in a class action by two people who described themselves as former employees and accused the company of failing to protect employee data.

    The lawsuit against Sony Corp's Hollywood movie studio, filed on Monday in federal court in Los...

  • ‘Homely’ ancient rock adds evidence of King David’s existence

    4 days ago

    Dimly lit, the stone slab, or stele, doesn’t look particularly noteworthy, especially when compared to the more lavish sphinxes, jewelry and cauldrons one encounters en route to the room where it is installed.

    Indeed, in a Twitter post this fall, art journalist Lee Rosenbaum...

  • Is Livni’s move to team with Labor one of principle or opportunism?

    4 days ago

    In the latest episode of the satirical show “State of the Nation,” the zingers aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t coming from the comedians.

    Tzipi Livni, who until last month was Netanyahu’s justice minister, called the prime minister a “zero” on the...

  • In Lugansk, an icy Ukraine winter tests a war-torn community

    4 days ago

    In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits.

    Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their thick coats, they say, a technique developed as the group gathered at least once a week...

  • Snow is for everyone

    4 days ago

    When my son, Moses, was 4 years old, he said to me one December day, “Papa, can be pretend that we are Christians?” 

    “Hmmm, Moses,” I replied, with exaggerated casualness, “why do you want that?” 

    Moses: “because I want to make a snowman and play in the snow.” 

    Oh my poor,...

  • For Americans aiding Israeli soldiers, rules of engagement vary

    4 days ago

    When the season’s first snowstorm descended on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long before M, a career sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces, received a phone call from Leon Blankrot.

    “What do you need to keep warm?” asked Blankrot, executive...

  • Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

    4 days ago

    At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed on Tuesday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years.

    More than eight hours after militants slipped...

  • If Chabad becomes more dominant, American Judaism will change

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    I was planning to write a post about Chabad way before the stabbing in NY last week, and without even remembering that last week was the "new year" of Chasidism according to Chabad calendar. I was planning to write about Chabad following my article on why the Jews of Miami are...

  • Lights, Medicine and Miracles: Not a SAD Chanukah.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 days ago

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is known as "winter blues" depression that can leave the victim in a dark cave until spring’s return.  Energy is drained.  Apathy takes over.  The main treatment for SAD is light therapy.

    Light does more than just enable us to see.  Light induces...

  • Sony studio chiefs aim to reassure employees after damaging hack

    4 days ago

    Executives at Sony Corp's Hollywood movie studio sought to reassure employees on Monday that the studio would recover from a massive cyber attack that exposed internal emails and sensitive employee data.

    Michael Lynton, CEO and Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and...

  • Palestinian activist calls to reform UNRWA

    4 days ago

    Bassem Eid, a Palestinian human rights activist, has launched a crusade against the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), tasked with providing “assistance and protection” for five million Palestinian refugees around the world. In Palestinian refugee camps in the West...

  • The Knesset dissolves, but the battle for religious reform continues

    5 days ago

    When the 19th Knesset was sworn in on March 18, 2013, it marked only the second time in 29 years that a new coalition was formed without any of the Haredi parties. A record 48 new members of the Knesset were sworn in that day, vowing to revolutionize the system including the...

  • How ‘Transparent’ became the most important new series of the year

    5 days ago

    There's a phrase that has become popular among the kids today--'in your feelings,' or 'in my feelings.' As in, 'Oh, I was just all in my feelings the other day.' It's a way of admitting to being emotional, perhaps to a fault, and humorously exposing that vulnerability, owning it to...

  • Women rabbis at forefront of pioneering prayer communities

    5 days ago

    A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations opened their doors with a call to prayer — or they would have if they had any doors to open.

    Ikar, led by Rabbi Sharon Brous, and Nashuva, led by Rabbi Naomi Levy, were conceived separately. But when they launched in 2004, both...

  • My menorah and my Christmas tree

    5 days ago

    For me as a youngster, Christmas was always something others did.  But I married a non Jew and in our early years together, experienced a great deal of conflict over his desire for a Christmas tree.  For several years, each December, we engaged in the same heated discussion that...

  • The United States of Ribs

    5 days ago

    It was all about the food. To be honest, it always has been, and probably always will be.

    It was all about the food when I was growing up in a small mining town in the north of England, distracting myself from my grimy surroundings with the smells of Bengali food that wafted from...

  • Women want to be chosen

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    5 days ago

    What women would give to be lusted after today.

    Women are not looking just for love in a marriage. They are primarily looking for lust. A woman wants to be wanted, needs to be needed, desires to be desired. A woman does not go into marriage principally to be loved. She goes into...

  • ‘We must negotiate with Islamic State,’ senior mediator says

    5 days ago

    When Padraig O'Malley says we must talk to Islamic State, he's speaking from experience.

    A seasoned mediator, O'Malley brought together warring parties in Iraq at the height of the sectarian conflict in 2007 and 2008, resulting in an agreement that formed the basis for political...

  • List set for March ballot on city council candidates

    5 days ago

    On Dec. 12, the Los Angeles City Clerk’s office finalized the list of candidates set to appear on the March 2015 ballot. In addition to seven City Council seats, Los Angeles voters will decide the fate of four seats on the Board of Education and four seats on the Community College...

  • Ferguson is Yiddish for forget

    5 days ago

    Judaism frequently demands that we remember. The Torah tells us to remember the Sabbath Day; that we were slaves in Egypt; and that the Amalekites attacked us. Once a year, those who have lost a close relative say Yizkor, the prayer of remembrance. Remembering is one of the three...

  • Sony ‘R’ Us

    By Marty Kaplan

    5 days ago

    The most shocking thing about the digital disemboweling of Sony Pictures’ computer data is that anyone would actually find it shocking.

    That goes for everything from the vulnerability of everyone’s personal and proprietary data, not just Sony’s, to the revelation that a...

  • Steven Sotloff’s parents to light public menorah in his memory

    5 days ago

    The parents of Steven Sotloff, the Jewish journalist who was beheaded by a member of ISIS, will light a public menorah in Miami in his memory.

    Arthur and Shirley Sotloff will light the first candle of Hanukkah on Tuesday night at the Chabad center.

    “Steve was a proud Jew who...

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