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  • Cancer, Scars & Feeling Sexy

    By Ilana Angel

    5 days ago

    I had surgery this week to remove a smidge of cancer. I say smidge because I think the word mass is offensive. It was not a mass, simply a smidge, and it was not Cancer with a capital C, simply cancer. Cancer is a horrible beast but I have decided to not give her any power. A silly...

  • Israel wary as U.S. paroles ex-spy Pollard

    5 days ago

    Israel offered a cautious welcome on Wednesday to the planned U.S. release of former spy Jonathan Pollard, wary that too warm a celebration might hurt efforts to persuade the Obama administration to let him leave for Israel immediately.

    Under parole terms announced on Tuesday,...

  • Russia modernizing S-300 missile system for Iran: RIA, citing Putin aide

    5 days ago

    Russia is modernizing its S-300 missile system to supply to Iran, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, RIA news agency reported.

    "It has partially been updated, separate elements are still being updated," said Vladimir Kozhin, a presidential adviser on...

  • Russia reassures Israel over Iran nuclear deal

    5 days ago

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday that the deal on Iran's nuclear program would improve security in the Middle East and guaranteed that Tehran would not acquire nuclear arms.

    Israel plans to lobby the U.S. Congress not to...

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  • Religious assailant attacks Jerusalem Gay Pride parade, wounding six

    5 days ago

    Six marchers were stabbed at Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade — allegedly by the man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005.

    One victim in Thursday’s stabbings was in critical condition and two were in serious condition.

    [Jewish community reacts to the attack]

    The...

  • It’s a Wonderful Wheelchair Life

    By Mindy Leaf

    5 days ago

    Americans are known for changing jobs, homes, even states of residence and careers with almost careless aplomb. As they get older, studies show they are more than likely to change their religion or political party affiliation. Still, only a major accident, illness or brush with...

  • Ordeal not yet over for Jonathan Pollard

    5 days ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Johnathan Pollard, the civilian American naval intelligence analyst who in 1987 was sentenced to life in prison for passing classified material to Israel, will be released from jail on Nov. 20, after having served 30 years: the...

  • Jonathan Pollard: A timeline

    5 days ago

    1979
    Pollard is hired as a naval intelligence analyst.

    1984
    Pollard meets an Israeli intelligence officer and soon begins to sell him information.

    1985
    After attempting to gain asylum through the Israeli embassy in
    Washington, D.C., Pollard is arrested.

    1987
    Pollard pleads guilty to spying and is sentenced to life in prison.

    1998
    Israel admits Pollard acted as an agent on its behalf.

    2015
    A federal panel grants Pollard parole.

  • Israelis say Pollard release won’t change stance on Iran

    5 days ago

    When the United States frees convicted spy Jonathan Pollard in November — a development announced July 28 — many in Israel will celebrate the moment for which they have fought and hoped. What Pollard’s release won’t do, officials and analysts say, is make most Israelis feel any...

  • Federation’s letter against Iran deal brings community’s divide to the surface

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    A recent community-wide email from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles opposing the Iranian nuclear deal has been met with strong — and opposing — reactions.

    “I was outraged by it,” said Rabbi John Rosove, senior rabbi of Temple Israel of Hollywood and a supporter of the...

  • Good summer reads for kids

    5 days ago

    Whether the kids are off to camp, a vacation or just staying at home, summer is a time to find a few good books — and not  just those assigned for book reports as school approaches. It’s not too late to get started. Here is a suggested list of summer reads for kids 

    1. “Death by...

  • Pro-Israel, anti-deal crowd rallies at Federal Building

    5 days ago

    Reality TV celebrity Reza Farahan stood on a platform, sporting aviator glasses and an impressive mustache as he addressed a crowd of nearly 1,000 people on July 26 during a frenzied “Stop Iran” rally at the Federal Building in West Los Angeles. 

    “I posted that I would be here on...

  • Disabled Access in Israel: Still Needs Work

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    5 days ago

    We are nearing the end of a ten-day stay in Israel with our son, Danny, who uses a large stroller/walker to get around, and although physical access has greatly improved since our last trip with him in 2009, it is still very difficult to get around Jerusalem and Tel Aviv with...

  • The Cultural Jew exchange, part 2: Why should secular Jews care about Halakhah?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    Roberta Rosenthal Kwall is the Raymond P. Niro Professor at DePaul University College of Law. An internationally renowned scholar and lecturer, Kwall has published books and articles on a wide variety of topics including Jewish law and culture, property law, and intellectual...

  • Let my people go (to Dodger Stadium’s new kosher hot dog stand)!

    6 days ago

    The Red Sox have done it. The Yankees have done it. Even the Kansas City Royals have gone kosher. 

    Now — finally — Los Angeles baseball fans can enjoy a glatt kosher dog. 

    Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory began offering a decidedly Jewish twist to the Dodgers’ traditional...

  • NBA player Omri Casspi says Adelson-funded Israel trip not about politics

    By JNi.media

    6 days ago

    Although it might seem like a nice off-season vacation shared by Israel’s first NBA player, Omri Casspi, forward for the Sacramento Kings, with his teammates, the funding for the Israel trip was generously provided by casino tycoon and Republican super donor Sheldon Adelson, and...

  • Fashion design sketchbook shows less isn’t always more

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 days ago

    It’s not exactly news that when young girls watch Disney movies or play with Barbie dolls, they’re being exposed to hyper-unrealistic images of women. In mainstream media, females are typically scantily clad, have idealized proportions and are wearing heavy makeup.

    Author and...

  • Poll: Trump leads Republican presidential race with 25 percent

    6 days ago

    Billionaire Donald Trump has taken a commanding lead in the race for the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination with the support of 25 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, giving him a double-digit advantage over nearest rival Jeb Bush.

    The poll shows Bush, the former Florida...

  • A fresh start in Running Springs

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    On a recent day in the San Bernardino Mountains, hundreds of Jewish children and counselors were running around and having fun on 70 acres of gorgeous wooded campground. They played football, tennis and kickball, swam in a clear, blue pool and climbed a 44-foot rock wall. 

    Ten...

  • Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk

    6 days ago

    The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities."

    Army General Martin Dempsey,...

  • With Special Olympics underway, L.A. Jews rally behind Israel

    6 days ago

    Stevie Wonder performed a song, late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel told jokes and First Lady Michelle Obama gave a passionate and inspiring speech. But on the evening of July 25, the A-list celebrities gladly ceded the spotlight to thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities...

  • Israel complains it hasn’t gotten promised Iran deal info

    6 days ago

    Israel’s national security adviser said Israel had yet to receive all the annexes to the Iran nuclear agreement, but the Obama administration insists the whole deal is a matter of public record.

    A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said that the...

  • Moving and shaking: Taste of Summer in Santa Monica, Peter Beinart at IKAR and more

    By Ryan Torok

    6 days ago

    The sun was gradually setting when nearly 600 people dressed in cocktail attire arrived at the fourth annual Taste of Summer event on July 25 in Santa Monica. 

    DJ Mark Chill and DJ Matt Urbano supplied the tunes as young professionals sampled palatable offerings from local...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Hekhal

    6 days ago

    It is amazing how a word that signifies “holy of holies of the temple or tabernacle” is actually a loan word from a “pagan” language: the Sumerian word akkadian, which became e-kal or “big house, palace” (Isaiah 29:7; Daniel 1:4; 4:1).* 

    In the Bible, hekhal Adonai, “the palace...

  • Poem: Dwelling Place

    6 days ago

    Summer beetles augured blue ponds in every leaf

    of the cherry tree.

    Cooler that way. The load lighter.

    Open wells for the sun to fall through.

                        Pennywhistles for wind. 

                                    Burn marks from God’s magnifying glass.

    Is that...

  • What Huckabee could learn from Bibi about Holocaust analogies

    6 days ago

    Much of the outrage over Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust-Iran analogy was about sense and sensibility.

    First, sensibility. Sure, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compares the ayatollahs to the Nazis all the time — and warns that permitting them a pathway to the bomb is opening the...

  • Israel reportedly strikes Syrian car, killing 5 militants

    6 days ago

    An Israeli surveillance plane reportedly bombed a car in Syria, killing five men with ties to a pro-Assad Druze militia and the Hezbollah terrorist group.

    The attack Wednesday in Quneitra, near the Israeli border, was said to be targeting Samir Kuntar, a terrorist released from...

  • Tu B’Av: Love at first swipe

    6 days ago

    Eli Wiesel once said in an interview: “In Jewish history, there are no coincidences.” 

    That might seem hard to believe in the world of Jewish online dating, where finding the right match is in the hands of an operating system or, with increasing frequency, the swipe of a finger.

    ...
  • Ladies sing the blues

    By Danielle Berrin

    6 days ago

    Before she became the chart-topping, Grammy-winning, pill-popping artist, Amy Winehouse was just a nice Jewish girl from a suburb in London. She even looked the part. The long angular nose, creamy skin, high cheekbones, the dark shtetl hair … 

    According to the new documentary...

  • A new tzedakah box from an old album cover

    By Jonathan Fong

    6 days ago

    Making a tzedakah box is a fun craft activity for kids from age 8 to 80, and creating the box provides a valuable lesson in the importance of charity. This tzedakah box made from an up-cycled record album cover is eco-friendly, so it’s good for the community — and the environment. ...

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