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  • Muzzling the Fake Service Animal Scams

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    22 minutes ago

    Our orange tabby cat, Shuki is deeply loved and pampered by all members of our family, including our teenage son with special needs, but despite that outpouring of affection, we certainly don’t schlep him around town with us, demanding that restaurants, shops and airlines allow him...

  • Lawyers for Palestinian-American woman want to bar terrorism from trial

    6 hours ago

    Lawyers for a naturalized American citizen of Palestinian descent who is accused of concealing a conviction on terrorist bombings in Israel asked a federal judge to bar references to terrorism at her trial.

    Rasmieh Yousef Odeh is set to go on trial in U.S. District Court in...

  • Women of the Wall smuggle Torah scroll into Kotel plaza

    6 hours ago

    Women who defied Western Wall Plaza rules by bringing a small Torah scroll there were allowed to finish praying.

    The decision to allow a few dozen members of the Women of the Wall feminist group to continue their prayer was made to prevent desecration of the scroll even though...

  • Two Israelis killed in Nepal bus accident

    7 hours ago

    Two Israelis were killed and at least three wounded in a tourist bus accident Friday in Nepal.

    The bus drove off a mountainside 20 miles north of Kathmandu Friday morning, killing at least 11 people, including Israelis Shira Dabbush, 30, and Omer Shemesh, 22, the Times of Israel ...

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  • Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, pioneering online Talmud teacher, dies at 56

    7 hours ago

    Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, the founder and director of the online Talmud learning website, MAQOM, died of a heart attack Wednesday in Houston. She was 56.

    Abrams, who made a career of Jewish teaching and learning, was a relative latecomer to Jewish study. Inspired by a semester...

  • Two dead, including gunman, in shooting at Washington high school

    7 hours ago

    A student opened fire at his Washington state high school on Friday, killing one person, wounding at least four others and spreading panic among students who scrambled across fields and parking lots to safety, police and hospital officials said.

    The shooter at Marysville-Pilchuck...

  • Israeli envoy: Jordan king blasting Israel to appease his Arab allies

    7 hours ago

    Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent allegation that Israel kills Arab children en masse stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt.

    Ambassador Daniel Nevo offered the commentary in an interview that aired Friday on Army Radio. Abdullah...

  • Kit to check food for pork traces hits France

    7 hours ago

    Worried that the food you thought was kosher, or at least kosher style, has some hidden pork?

    Now, using a few test tubes, water and a small pregnancy test-like strip, you can find out in a few minutes whether your food contains pork traces.

    HalalTest, a new product developed...

  • After Twitter ruling, tech firms increasingly toe Europe’s line on hate speech

    7 hours ago

    A little over a year after a French court forced Twitter to remove some anti-Semitic content, experts say the ruling has had a ripple effect, leading other Internet companies to act more aggressively against hate speech in an effort to avoid lawsuits.

    The 2013 ruling by the Paris...

  • Israel’s Rivlin seeks to cure ‘disease’ of racism

    7 hours ago

    Israel’s president fills a largely ceremonial role — meeting with foreign dignitaries, representing the government at state funerals and other official gatherings. But the office’s new occupant has embraced a challenge not inherent to the job: curbing what he sees as an epidemic of...

  • Fear and indifference leave West Africa desperate for Ebola staff

    8 hours ago

    When Australia offered more than $2 million last month to the medical charity leading the fight against Ebola in West Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres bluntly rejected it.

    What was urgently needed from rich Western countries, MSF said, was not more money but doctors and nurses.

    ...
  • From grandfather of baby terror victim, a tearful message

    8 hours ago

    Have faith. Be strong. Do good.

    That’s the message a tearful grandfather has taken from the murder of his 3-month-old granddaughter in a terror attack in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

    Chaya Zissel Braun died when a Palestinian man rammed his car into a crowd of people waiting to...

  • Palestinian teen shot dead by Israeli forces at West Bank protest

    8 hours ago

    A Palestinian teen was shot dead during clashes between Israeli soldiers and stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Friday, medics and residents said.

    Orwah Hammad, 14, was shot in the head in the village of Silwad, north of the Palestinian seat of government in...

  • U.S. reports more air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq

    8 hours ago

    U.S. aircraft carried out six strikes against Islamic State militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on Thursday and Friday, the U.S. military's Central Command said.

    It also said U.S. and allied forces had launched 12 air strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, including near Mosul Dam, near the Baiji oil refinery and near Falluja, since Thursday.

    Reporting by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Jim Loney

  • Fighting To Count My Blessings

    By Beit T'shuvah

    8 hours ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovtiz


    I am overcome with Gratitude for my life. Sitting here at Starbucks, writing my Parsha and this blog has me thinking of how Blessed I am. My ego goes from being less than—thinking that I am not deserving—to more than— thinking that I am supremely...

  • My travels with the Wong family

    10 hours ago

    My experience is that those of us who believe—albeit with qualifications—in multiculturalism don’t always have the opportunity to put theory into practice.

    A transplant from Los Angeles to San Diego, I lived in a confirmed bachelor’s not-so-splendid isolation, with my...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Noach with Rabbi Lucy Dinner

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    This week’s guest is Rabbi Lucy Dinner, the senior rabbi of Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, North Carolina. Rabbi Dinner graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Public Policy Analysis, and she received her Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters and was...

  • Jewish-Arab violence in Jerusalem sends tensions spiraling

    1 day ago

    This post originally appeared on www.themedialine.org

    Shimshon Halperin, an American citizen from Monsey, New York, is trying to find meaning in the death of his three-month-old granddaughter Chaya Zissel, killed by a Palestinian who drove his vehicle at a high speed into a crowd...

  • ‘Finding Your Roots’ explores Jewish genealogy

    1 day ago

    Singer-songwriter Carole King’s Russian grandmother barely escaped a pogrom that killed 32 of her neighbors. 

    Playwright Tony Kushner lost many relatives in a 1941 massacre of Polish Jews. 

    Criminal defense attorney and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz’s grandfather...

  • Moving and shaking: A fabulous night, Sunday shvitz and Andrew Hoffer

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    Beverly Hills real estate magnate Stanley Black and Temple of the Arts Rabbi David Baron were honored on Oct. 12 during “A Fabulous Night” at the Saban Theatre. 

    The event featured comedian Rita Rudner and Beatles tribute band The Fab Four in concert while also spotlighting the...

  • AFI Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    1 day ago

    The AFI Film Festival is coming up soon, it's held from November 6th to 13th.  It's a fun film festival in Hollywood and does have some free events; I will be covering it here.  For more information visit afi.com and click on AFI Fest. 

  • L.A. Rabbis seeking to reassure mikveh users of facilities’ privacy

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    In the wake of a scandal in which a Washington, D.C., Modern Orthodox rabbi was arrested for allegedly spying on women undressing before immersing in a mikveh connected to his synagogue, Los Angeles-area rabbis are calling the situation a “unique case” and taking steps to put the...

  • Top ten music apps from Israel

    1 day ago

    Whether you want to learn how to play an instrument or discover new songs your friends like, an Israeli app can do that. 

    Some are meant to help music students get the most out of their lessons, others to amp up the karaoke experience, empower budding DJs or simplify music...

  • The Jewish Graduate Student Initiative is preparing tomorrow’s leaders

    1 day ago

    A program aimed at connecting graduate students with area Jewish nonprofits in the hopes of creating future leaders for the organizations has received a Cutting Edge Grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (JCFLA) that amounts to nearly $100,000 over the next...

  • JNET: Jewish professionals networking and shmoozing

    By Elyse Glickman

    1 day ago

    Forget the gold watch for 50 years of service at one firm. For many baby boomers and Gen X-ers, starting one’s own business has become more of a necessity than an alternative career path. As a result, professional networking groups have sprung up throughout the United States to...

  • L.A. native, father of infant murdered in Jerusalem terror attack recovering from injuries

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    UPDATE Oct. 24: Consul general David Siegel released a statement Thursday on the recent terrorist attack in Jerusalem:

    "We are heartbroken at the savage murder of three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun, daughter of Los Angeles native Shmueli Braun and New York native Chana Braun....

  • In lawsuit against Shlomo Rechnitz, many accusations but lack of clarity

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    A class action lawsuit filed Oct. 7 against against local businessman and philanthropist Shlomo Rechnitz claims that his healthcare company, Brius Management, which owns 57 nursing homes in California, has misrepresented the quality of its care, routinely violated industry...

  • Doctors strike back after anti-Israel letter in Lancet

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    Angered by a controversial anti-Israel letter published in late July by the respected medical journal The Lancet, doctors in North America and Europe are calling on academic publishing giant Reed Elsevier to reform its editorial policy. The question is whether Elsevier will listen....

  • A passion for antique purses

    By Elyse Glickman

    1 day ago

    Lori Blaser’s home is a shrine to women’s handbags. With 2,500 pieces in her collection — the oldest of which dates back to the 16th century — she displays her treasures with the eye of a skilled interior decorator (which she is). Beaded and mesh bags nonchalantly dangle from the...

  • Turning off the aging process

    1 day ago

    Studies in yeast, worms, flies, monkeys and even humans seem to prove that restricting calories is one of the few sure ways to combat the effects of aging. But Israeli doctoral Keren Yizhak is out to prove that there may be a more agreeable way to achieve long life than dooming...

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