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  • Social Influence: My Day at Buzzfeed with Michelle Khare and Brec Bassinger

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    8 hours ago

    In Jonah Berger’s new book, Invisible Influence,

    he says: “99.9% of all decisions are shaped by others. It’s hard to find  a decision or behavior that isn’t affected by other people.”

    Berger’s claim is we do not see how we are influenced by others. In multiple studies...

  • Israel has had success against ‘lone wolf’ terrorists — here’s how

    8 hours ago

    “Lone wolf” terrorism in Europe is making headlines around the world. But in Israel, the phenomenon of angry or troubled individuals taking up arms is old news.

    Since October, Israelis have endured a wave of violence that has been carried out largely by individual Palestinians...

  • Moving and shaking: Transgender in the IDF, Shana Torah and more

    By Ryan Torok

    9 hours ago

    “My story really is a fairy tale,” said Shachar, a transgender Israel Defense Forces lieutenant at an event at Congregation Kol Ami (the IDF does not permit the use of the first names of active-duty personnel). “That’s why I want to share it. I want everybody to have a chance for...

  • How to make personalized switch plates

    By Jonathan Fong

    9 hours ago

    You use the light switches in your home every day, but you probably don’t ever notice the switch plates. Granted, most switch plates are easy to ignore, given that they’re usually white or beige plastic. Decorative options are available made from wood, metal or stone. But you can...

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  • Jewish actor Mark Nelson relishes chance to be part of ‘Cabaret’

    By Ryan Torok

    9 hours ago

    When a brick is thrown through his shop window at the start of the second act of the musical “Cabaret,” the character Herr Schultz, a Jewish widower and fruit vendor, tries to convince his non-Jewish fiancée that prankster schoolchildren, not Nazis, are responsible.

    But she is...

  • What we learn from ‘Oslo’

    9 hours ago

    If you want to see the Middle East that could have been — and, with any hope, could still be — you will have to wait for another production of  “Oslo.”

    J.T. Rogers’ drama of diplomacy just closed its brief, sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the Lincoln Center Theater in...

  • Actor researches 1950s America for Roth character

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    10 hours ago

    At 24, Logan Lerman has revealed himself to be one of the most promising actors of his generation.  Best known for his turns as Poseidon’s son in the Percy Jackson films and as an awkward teenager in 2012’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Lerman is about to make an even bigger...

  • Writer-director talks about adapting Roth’s ‘Indignation’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    10 hours ago

    “Indignation,” the new movie based on a novel by the immortal Philip Roth, opens with a skirmish in Korea in 1951 and ends with a scene so shocking that I cannot reveal it here, although readers of the book will know what’s coming. In between, however, the movie focuses on the...

  • ‘Ready To Succeed LA’  puts foster youth on fast track

    By Jackson Prince

    10 hours ago

    This summer, a large portion of about 80,000 college students will not return to their childhood homes or to their biological families. Many of these 80,000 students, who represent the 20 percent of foster-care youth attending college, face heightened challenges upon entering the...

  • Poem: A Jewish Poet

    10 hours ago

    It is hard to be a Jewish poet.
    You cannot say things about God
    that will offend the disbelievers.
    And you always have to remind someone
    it wasn’t your people who killed their savior.
    And Solomon and David are always laughing
    over your shoulder
    like a father and son...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Vegetarians / TsimHonim

    By Yona Sabar

    10 hours ago

    Fast-growing trends in America and Europe, such as becoming tsimHonim “vegetarians” or Tiv’ıonim “vegans” (“naturalists”), are adopted very quickly in Israel, and some seem to have a basis in Judaism.* Many Israelis (about 10 percent of  Jews and 17 percent of Arab-Israelis, with...

  • Where are the Mexican rapists?

    By Danielle Berrin

    11 hours ago

    After two weeks of traveling through Mexico, I feel a duty to report that I did not encounter a single rapist. 

    Potential Zika? Maybe. By my second day on the coast of Tulum, I counted 75 bug bites — despite the Deet and mosquito nets. But rapists? Not one. The elephant absent...

  • ‘Bridging Jewish Cultures’ consultants work for unity amid diversity

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    11 hours ago

    Los Angeles has become a melting pot of world Jewry — the local mix includes more than a sprinkling of Sephardim, Ashkenazim, Israelis, Persians and Russians.

    The problem is that while these groups share a common religion, they don’t always interact effectively because of...

  • Navigating heartache when a marriage ends

    By Virginia Isaad

    12 hours ago

    Jerusalem-based writer Avigail Rosenberg — who goes by her pen name — had been divorced for nearly nine years when her book “Healing From the Break: Stories, Guidance, and Inspiration for Anyone Touched by Divorce” was published last year. The tome shares the stories of men, women...

  • Firm’s lawyers know how splitting couples feel

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    12 hours ago

    Jamie Kurtz fell in love when she was 29 years old. But by the time the San Fernando Valley native was 30, she was already divorced. 

    Kurtz’s marriage lasted less than a year, and the divorce process took almost as much time and money as had the wedding and its planning. After...

  • The complex, secret path to becoming an Orthodox Jew

    By Eitan Arom

    12 hours ago

    Nicole, the American woman at the center of a crisis of faith in Israel’s highest religious authority, is now a Jew twice over.

    Her mother is not Jewish, but the woman — who has appeared in the press and court documents only by that name — told The Times of Israel she grew up...

  • ‘Kreplach Western’ screening a new frontier for Boyle Heights lending library

    By Eitan Arom

    13 hours ago

    Libros Schmibros is, according to David Kipen, its founder, “the Yiddish-Spanish joke that got out of hand.” By his telling, the Boyle Heights lending library has become more than just a place for community members to grab something to read.

    “Very gratifyingly, and in a hurry, it...

  • Survivor Sidi Grunstein Gluck: More than half a dozen camps, then liberation

    By Jane Ulman

    13 hours ago

    “Whose child?” Dr. Josef Mengele demanded, looking down at Sidi Grunstein’s younger sister, Vera, age 6, who stood before him flanked by Sidi, 21, and their mother, tightly gripping their hands. No one spoke, and Mengele quickly dispatched them to a line of women and children. It...

  • Guns, God and politics in “Church and State”

    By Iris Mann

    13 hours ago

    In the new play “Church & State,” onstage at the Skylight Theatre in East Hollywood, a conservative Southern Christian politician running for re-election to the United States Senate has a crisis of faith. After a school shooting in which 39 children are massacred, including two...

  • Democratic Party to Jewish voters: Never Trump

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    13 hours ago

    Recovering from their own infighting and disunity on Israel, Democratic Party officials and Jewish Democratic leaders had a message to Jewish voters across the country: Never Trump.

    “I hope that in our Jewish community we recognize this face of authoritarian, this face of fascism...

  • Sidi Grunstein Gluck: More than half a dozen camps, then liberation

    By Jane Ulman

    13 hours ago

    "Whose child?” Dr. Josef Mengele demanded, looking down at Sidi Grunstein’s younger sister, Vera, age 6, who stood before him flanked by Sidi, 21, and their mother, tightly gripping their hands. No one spoke, and Mengele quickly dispatched them to a line of women and children. It...

  • Rep. Engel: Russia trying to influence election

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    13 hours ago

    Russia was trying to interfere in the U.S. presidential elections by allegedly hacking the DNC email system and releasing it on the week of the Democratic National Convention, the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs suggested on Wednesday. 

    “It makes you...

  • All together now

    By Rob Eshman

    13 hours ago

    Donald Trump must be very powerful because he’s done something no one has managed to do since Moses: He’s united the Jews.

    The problem for him: He’s united them against Donald Trump.

    Just before Trump decided to run for president, the American Jewish world was clawing at itself...

  • Politicians will never make us happy

    By David Suissa

    13 hours ago

    According to a 2015 Pew report, just 19 percent of Americans say they can trust their government “always or most of the time,” while only 20 percent would describe government programs as “being well run.”

    This is not a shocking statistic — we’ve been hearing about the declining...

  • ‘Pokémon Go’ capturing Jewish hearts and sites around L.A.

    By Ryan Torok

    13 hours ago

    With “Pokémon Go” suddenly a craze across the world, it was only a matter of time before the augmented reality game’s creatures started showing up at Jewish sites across Los Angeles.

    The impact was felt almost immediately at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH), much...

  • Palestinian gunman in attack that killed father of 10 dies in shootout with Israeli troops

    14 hours ago

    The Palestinian gunman who killed a rabbi and father of 10 in a West Bank ambush nearly a month ago was killed in a shootout with Israeli security forces near Hebron.

    Soldiers and police surrounded the house of Muhammad al-Fakih, 29, who is said to have been the member of the...

  • Torah portion: Love and zeal

    14 hours ago

    Of all advice given to parents, I think the wisest is the following: You are only as happy as your unhappiest child.

    I don’t take this to mean that we should dissolve in tears when our children feel pressured by everyday bumps. A skinned knee or a C- in math may be hard to bear...

  • Calendar: July 29 - August 4

    By Amanda Epstein

    14 hours ago

    FRI | JULY 29

    “OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES”

    This comedy show pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. It features comic songs, new and old, while giving a nod to some of the world’s great comedians. “Old Jews Telling Jokes” enjoyed a record-breaking and...

  • Shalom, Amar’e Stoudemire: Goodbye to the NBA’s Jewish star

    14 hours ago

    For those obsessed with the search for Jewish big-time athletes, Amar’e Stoudemire, 33, was an unexpected dream and predictable heartbreaker — in short, the perfect punchline for a Jewish jocks joke.

    Finally, here was a bona fide NBA superstar who publicly identified with the...

  • Letters to the editor: Ringling Bros. Circus, Dennis Prager, Jerusalem Syndrome and more

    14 hours ago

    The Cruelest Show on Earth

    I am an avid reader of the Jewish Journal who found the recent article “Ringling Bros. Circus Has Been a Feld Family Affair for Three Generations” very disturbing (July 22).

    No one will dispute the fact that the Jewish people have been subjected to...

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