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  • Waging Today’s Battles

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    16 hours ago

    We read in the Mishna about Moshe and the Jewish people’s battle with Amalek, which we will recall this Shabbat, Parsha Zachor, the Shabbat preceding Purim.

    “And so it was, when Moshe raised his hand, Israel prevailed…” (Exodus 17:11). Did the hands of Moshe make or break the...

  • House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

    16 hours ago

    The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight.

    With just hours left before...

  • Reflecting on my trip to Birmingham with The Temple

    17 hours ago

    “You’ll be the first in our family to set foot in Alabama,” my mom half-joked over the phone from L.A., when I told her where I was going. “Well, I was the first one to set foot in Tennessee,” I quipped back.

    Before moving to Nashville two years ago to pursue my music career,...

  • LAUSD board race a study in polarization

    By Aron Chilewich

    17 hours ago

    Though none of the candidates may want to admit it, the race to represent District 5 on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education is characteristic of the broader polarized climate of public education politics: the incumbent, Bennett Kayser, is an...

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  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    17 hours ago

    Meet ZRRO- the new Israeli Startup about to take over the world, and the next big thing you didn’t even know you need.


    ZRRO is a standalone Android-based console that connects to any TV to make it smart. ZRRO comes with an amazing hover and touch controller powered by ZRRO's...

  • Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week

    19 hours ago

    Negotiations on an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program have advanced substantially, but difficult issues remain and a senior U.S. official said he did not expect a deal in the coming week.

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join in talks next week between U.S. Secretary...

  • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

    19 hours ago

    Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday.

    Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big...

  • My interview with Leonard Nimoy

    By Susan Freudenheim

    21 hours ago

    Some 10 or 12 years ago, I got an unusual request from my rabbi, John Rosove at Temple Israel of Hollywood. One of my fellow congregants was, along with his wife, sponsoring a major classical music concert series at the synagogue, and would I be willing to interview this person for...

  • ‘Kosher Soul’ plays on stereotypes — amusing some, angering others

    22 hours ago

    In the first episode of “Kosher Soul,” O’Neal McKnight, a Southern-raised African-American man about to marry a white Jewish woman from Seattle, has an epiphany about his upcoming marriage — it’s like a black-and-white cookie.

    “It’s all about the whole cookie,” he explains to his...

  • Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism

    22 hours ago

    Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released his first solo album since 2009.

    While Kaukonen’s guitar skills are legendary, few people know that he bought his first electric guitar by cashing Israel Bonds he received...

  • Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

    22 hours ago

     Italian lawmakers backed a non-binding resolution urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state.

    Italy’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 300 to 45 to pass the motion presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, the news site repubblica.it reported on...

  • Dieudonne and Ahmadinejad trade mutual admiration

    22 hours ago

     Iranian ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Dieudonne M’bala M’bala a “great artist” during a meeting in Tehran with the French comic who is a repeat inciter of hate against Jews.

    Dieudonne visited the Islamic Republic last week, the news site fararu.com reported, and ...

  • Madonna hacker indicted in Tel Aviv

    22 hours ago

    A Tel Aviv man was indicted for hacking American pop star Madonna’s computer and selling unreleased songs.

    Adi Lederman, 39, was charged on Tuesday in Tel Aviv Magistrate Court with illegal wiretapping, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement and obstruction of justice.

    An...

  • Calif. Jewish cemetery accused of mishandling remains is sued a second time

    23 hours ago

    A Jewish cemetery accused of disturbing dead people’s remains is being sued for the second time.

    Several dozen relatives of people buried at Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, Calif., filed a complaint Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging mass disturbances of...

  • Netanyahus to be probed for home spending after election

    23 hours ago

     Israel’s attorney general recommended opening a preliminary probe after the elections into allegations of overspending at the homes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein announced his recommendation for the procedure during a meeting Thursday of...

  • Confessions from “The Most Interesting Blogger in the World”

    23 hours ago

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    One of these claims to be "The Most Interesting Blogger in the World" I was surprised when I picked up a copy USAToday and saw an item that cited me as "The first travel blogger." I doubt it, though I was early to the game, not long after Al Gore invented the Internet. In 1993...
  • Missouri gubernatorial candidate with Jewish roots found dead

    23 hours ago

    Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor of Missouri, apparently killed himself shortly after telling journalists that a fellow party member was leading a whisper campaign saying he was Jewish.

    Schweich, the state auditor, who attended an Episcopal church, was pronounced...

  • Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83

    1 day ago

    Leonard Nimoy, who won fame and fans with his portrayal of logic-bound, half-alien Mr. Spock in the "Star Trek" TV series and movies, died on Friday. He was 83.

    Nimoy, who had battled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), died in the morning at his home in Los Angeles'...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Zachor with Rabbi Michael Broyde

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Michael Broyde, professor of law at Emory University law school and a senior fellow at Emory’s Center for the Study of Law Religion. Rabbi Broyde received his JD from the NYU school of law and his ordination from Yeshiva University. He was a member...

  • Haman Nashen

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    2 days ago

    Hamantashen are filled pastries traditionally eaten on the Jewish holiday of Purim. There are  different theories as to why we eat them on this holiday.  Most likely, it is because a popular German pastry filled with poppyseed was called "mohntashen," or "poppyseed pockets," and...

  • L.A. city charter amendments aim to increase voter turnout

    By Aron Chilewich

    2 days ago

    Two Los Angeles city charter amendments on the March 3 ballot would align city and school board elections with national and statewide races in the hopes of increasing voter turnout.

    Charter Amendment 1 pertains to city elections and Charter Amendment 2 pertains to Los Angeles...

  • Boehner defends Netanyahu’s upcoming speech to Congress

    2 days ago

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday challenged an assertion by the Obama administration that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress about Iran's nuclear program would be destructive to U.S.-Israeli relations.

    "The president's...

  • At UCLA, the power of negative emotions

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    For several years now, a nasty anti-Israel group called Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) has bludgeoned Israel’s image on college campuses. They take no prisoners. They have little interest in polite and civil debate. They are lethal at manipulating the college bureaucracy...

  • Are there limits to humor?

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    2 days ago

    Scandals involving rabbis or celebrities, a massively destructive Web hack, Ebola, Middle East unrest, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, even ISIS — when it comes to brainstorming for Purim content, today’s Jews see every strange or terrifying story as comedic potential. In...

  • The politics of fear threatens Israel from without and within

    2 days ago

    There was something surreal about visiting Israel last week. I had come to learn about Israel’s independent sector, and it was inspiring to see how nonprofits were taking up the task of shaping Israel’s future, regardless of who forms the next government.

    Partisan politics still...

  • The latest anti-shechitah crusade:  A threat to Jewish rites is a threat to Jewish rights

    By Harold Brackman

    2 days ago

    New attempts in the U.K. to outlaw shechitah (ritual slaughter) — and the broader political threat this poses to the Jews — bring to mind a book by Elijah J. Schochet, who has deep roots in the L.A. Jewish community. In his “Animal Life in Jewish Tradition: Attitudes and...

  • Moving and shaking: Times of Israel gala, Nostre Aetate anniversary and ROSIES

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) has launched the Max Steinberg Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund in memory of the lone soldier from Woodland Hills who was killed last summer during Israel’s war in Gaza.

    Lone soldiers are members of the Israel...

  • Second-degree rape

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 days ago

    When I first met the documentary filmmaker Amy Ziering two years ago, I was startled by how much the Brentwood-based mother of three reveled in the title “workaholic.” 

    “I don’t care about myself,” she said, digging into a plate of egg whites at Le Pain Quotidien. “I’m not much...

  • UCLA Jewish groups condemn David Horowitz for creating #JewHaters posters

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    On Tuesday, Feb. 24, conservative activist David Horowitz told the Jewish Journal in an interview that he and his organization, the David Horowitz Freedom Center,  were responsible for posting on campuses nationwide posters inscribed with the words #JewHaters. The posters linked...

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