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  • Talmudic temptation

    6 days ago

    From a glass-enclosed cabinet in her Westchester home office, historical novelist Maggie Anton removed a small clay pot. Indicating the Hebrew characters inscribed on the pot in the same Aramaic text as in the Talmud, she noted the rough outline of a demonic form inside the...

  • A message to centrist American Jews: Time to speak out

    6 days ago

    We’ve just celebrated Israel’s 67th Independence Day —– a remarkable achievement that makes us proud. But more and more American Jews worry that the sharpening divisions in our community are hampering our efforts to help Israel achieve long-term security and peace.

    And...

  • The trauma of privilege

    6 days ago

    I have been in the center of the swirl of awareness about the unintended consequences of affluence and privilege on our children. I meet these youngsters and their families when crisis penetrates the denial system and they arrive at Beit T’Shuvah, the recovery community I founded...

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  • Calendar May 23–29

    By Laura Donney

    6 days ago

    SAT | MAY 23

    NEIL DIAMOND

    Sweet Caroline, we’re in for a treat! An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honoree at the Kennedy Center and a Grammy winner, Neil Diamond has been warming our hearts for decades. You know you love “Song...

  • Letters to the Editor: Israeli-Americans, Hussein Aboubakr Mansour and Pamela Geller

    6 days ago

    How Jewish Are They?

    There is one question not addressed in the article (“The Israeli-Americans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where They’re Headed, Why They Matter, May 15): How Jewish are they? I didn’t read anything (perhaps I read too fast) about celebrating Jewish holidays,...

  • Obituaries: Week of May 22–28

    6 days ago

    David Allan Ball died April 29 at 74. Survived by wife Marlene; daughters Donna (William) Martensen, Denise Razavi; stepson Kevin (Maria) Berensohn; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Joseph (Cathy). Mount Sinai

    Bernice Bergman died May 4 at 93. Survived by son Sandy...

  • The Holocaust film that is upending the genre – and other Jewish notes from Cannes

    6 days ago

    Given the long and storied history of the Holocaust film genre, it’s unusual for a new movie on the subject to be lauded as innovative.

    But the new film “Son of Saul,” the first by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, is being called just that. It’s also become the most widely talked...

  • The authenticity of anonymity, the absurdity of fame

    6 days ago

    It starts with that moon. That haunting, mystical full moon that rises over erev Passover, the brightest of the year. The same moon that accompanied our ancestors as they committed the most courageous, terrifying, faithful act of our history. This was their light. It is our light.

    ...
  • From a Romanian village to Jewish Los Angeles

    By Avishay Artsy

    6 days ago

    The journey to Judaism was a long one for Kinga Dobos. She grew up in a poor village in Romania and struggled to fit in as a teenager in Hungary. She worked for years as an au pair in Great Britain and the United States, and it was the Jewish families that took her into their homes...

  • She followed her heart to her true faith

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    6 days ago

    I’m sitting in a plush rocking chair underneath a large painting of Jesus in my grandma’s living room. My grandma is across from me, smiling, her hands linked. Danny Lobell, my fiancé, is next to me.

    “So, what’s your background?” she asks Danny.

    “I’m Scottish and Jewish,” he...

  • Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion

    6 days ago

    A Swiss court has ordered Israel to pay $1.1 billion to Iran over a shah-era oil debt.

    The debt harkens back to a 1968 agreement in which the government-controlled National Iranian Oil Company shipped oil through Israeli ports and sold crude oil to Israel. Under the agreement,...

  • Blintzes and beyond for Shavuot

    By Judy Zeidler

    6 days ago

    The holiday of Shavuot marks the receiving of the Ten Commandments by Moses, but it’s also a kind of Jewish Thanksgiving, when farm bounty and grains — “first fruits” — were brought to the temple. These often included wheat, barley, grapes, figs and dates.

    In modern times,...

  • Joe Lieberman: Next U.S. president will bring warmer relations with Israel

    6 days ago

    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in an interview with JTA, surmised that the next U.S. administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. He also expressed concern over America’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying they are “going in a bad direction,” and...

  • Obama: Disagreeing with Israel is necessary to defend it

    6 days ago

    Open disagreement with Israel on some of its policies is a necessary component of the U.S. defense of Israel in the international community, President Barack Obama said.

    Obama, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg posted Thursday on The Atlantic’s website, singled out Israeli...

  • On Shavuot, reopening the book

    6 days ago

    On Shavuot, which this year falls on May 23, we celebrate the day that we received the Torah on Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. Think about that. Every year, we celebrate receiving the exact same book, or, more precisely, re-receiving the exact same Torah. But if I possess...

  • Ancient Jerusalem aqueduct discovered during sewer work

    6 days ago

    A section of Jerusalem’s lower aqueduct, which brought water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was uncovered during sewer work.

    The aqueduct, which was excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was found in the Umm Tuba neighborhood, near Har Homa. It begins near...

  • UC President Janet Napolitano wants UC to regard some anti-Israel views as anti-Semitic

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    On the final day of a meeting in San Francisco among the University of California’s Board of Regents, UC President Janet Napolitano said in a radio interview with 90.9 WBUR in Boston that her “personal view” is that the UC should adopt the State Department’s definition of...

  • In California and Washington, a push to define and redefine anti-Semitism

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    In recent months new reports and allegations of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on University of California campuses appear to have died down — at least by comparison to the flurry of coverage from early 2014 to early this year.

    But that doesn’t mean American activists on...

  • Medication Nation

    By Mindy Leaf

    6 days ago

    You'd think we'd know better by now—or at least learn from our mistakes. But while first world problems concerning recreational drug use may have changed over time (both in purpose and side effects), the practice continues, and is likely more widespread than ever. Back in the...

  • Bar Mitzvah in Baku

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    6 days ago

    I recently traveled to Azerbaijan to speak at the 6th International Conference on Multiculturalism at Baku Slavic University. Azerbaijan is a developing country in the Caucuses on the Caspian Sea, rich in oil and agricultural resources, and committed to building a secular Muslim...

  • Univ. of California alumni call for steps to curb campus anti-Semitism

    6 days ago

    More than 500 alumni of the University of California called on the system’s president and Board of Regents to address the “rising tide of anti-Jewish bigotry at the UC.”

    The alumni wrote in the open letter published Wednesday in the Daily Bruin, the student newspaper of the...

  • JQ International opens its WeHo doors

    By Tess Cutler

    6 days ago

    It was 9 p.m. on a Thursday and Asher Gellis, founder of the out-and-proud nonprofit JQ International, was sitting on a barstool at Revolver, a West Hollywood hot spot, as scantily clad performers shimmied on tabletops. 

    Earlier that evening, his blooming organization had hosted...

  • Osama bin Laden’s reading list included book by Holocaust denier

    6 days ago

    Osama bin Laden had books by conspiracy theorists and one by a Holocaust denier in his Pakistan compound raided by Navy SEALs four years ago.

    They were among the details on hundreds of letters, books, magazine articles, reports and other materials found in the al-Qaeda founder’s...

  • Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians

    6 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election.

    Speaking as he met with European Union foreign policy chief...

  • Bamidbar: Centering in the Wilderness

    6 days ago

    This article originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    Bamidbar is both the name of the fourth book of the Torah (referred to in English as Book of Numbers) and this week’s portion. After receiving the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai, Bamidbar/Numbers tells the Israelites journey...

  • White House assures Israel on nuclear conference

    6 days ago

    The United States will ensure that any text coming out of a conference reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meets Israel’s interests, the White House said.

    Suggestions to the contrary are “offensive,” the White House said in an email sent to JTA on Thursday.

    Israeli...

  • Lieberman calls two-state supporters ‘autistic’

    6 days ago

    Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s former foreign minister, called supporters of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict “autistic.”

    Lieberman, who heads the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, made his remarks Thursday in an interview with Israel Radio.

    “Anyone who...

  • Islamic State says in full control of Syria’s Palmyra after westward advance

    6 days ago

    Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, days after capturing a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq, suggesting the growing momentum of the group which a monitor says now holds half of Syrian territory.

    The twin successes pile...

  • Around-the-clock cleanup effort under way on oil-fouled California beach

    6 days ago

    Santa Barbara-- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four...

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