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  • Shmuly v. Shmuley: Is there room for politics in prayer?

    By Eitan Arom

    23 hours ago

    Rabbis Shmuly Yanklowitz and Shmuley Boteach can be thought of as foils.

    Yanklowitz is unabashedly progressive; Boteach is conservative. Yanklowitz is comfortable challenging the Jewish establishment when he sees it as sedentary or behind the times; Boteach moves within the...

  • Top 5 Jewish inauguration moments: Rabbi Hier, ‘America First,’ Chuck Schumer and more

    1 day ago

    1. Rabbi Marvin Hier blesses President Donald Trump.

    Rabbi Marvin Hier during his prayer at the inauguration. Screenshot from YouTube

    “Bless President Donald J. Trump and America and our great nation,” the Museum of Tolerance and Simon Wiesenthal Center founder said. “By the...

  • If you’re happy about Trump, better keep your mouth shut

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    I’m in this awkward position where I have dear friends who are in a state of mourning at the presidential transition from Obama to Trump and others who are in a state of ecstasy.

    I’m noticing this eerie emotional symmetry: Obama lovers are Trump haters and Trump lovers are Obama...

  • Document dump on missing Yemenite children leaves some questions open

    By Eitan Arom

    1 day ago

    The affair of the missing children has plagued Israeli civil society practically since Israel came into being: Hundreds, some say thousands of children went missing from transit camps in the early days of the state, particularly from Mizrahi and Yemenite families, and the...

  • Long Beach VA hospital named for war hero, Holocaust survivor

    By  Tom Tugend

    1 day ago

    In late December, President Barack Obama signed a bill affixing the name Tibor Rubin to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach.

    Rubin, a Hungarian-born child survivor of the Holocaust, had to wait 55 years until his valor in the Korean War was recognized with the award...

  • Overseeing kosher on a grand scale

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 day ago

    An hour after Pesach ended last spring, Rabbi Binyomin Steinmetz burst out of the kitchen he had supervised all week and breathlessly plopped into a chair, shimmering in sweat. 

    “I won’t eat chametz until tomorrow,” the Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi declared. A man of medium height with...

  • New year brings new owner for valley preschool

    By Tess Cutler

    1 day ago

    When Today’s Montessori, a bilingual Hebrew and English preschool located in West Hills, went on summer break, parents were unsure if classes would ever resume. Chereen Peretti, its owner and founder, was looking to sell.

    “Nobody knew what was going to happen,” said Galit Tuzman,...

  • Donald Trump, taking office, pledges to put ‘America first’

    1 day ago

    President Donald Trump promised to put “America first” in his inaugural address, pledging to prevent other countries from taking advantage of the United States and to return control of the country to its people.

    Taking office at noon Friday following a tumultuous and divisive...

  • Rabbi Marvin Hier’s prayer at Donald Trump’s inauguration

    1 day ago

    Readings From Psalms and Sacred Writings
    Rabbi Marvin Hier’s Prayer at the Inauguration
    of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump
    United States Capital – January 20, 2017 – Washington, D.C.

    Eternal God, bless President Donald J. Trump and America, our great...

  • 7 Haiku for Parsha Shemot

    By Rick Lupert

    1 day ago

    Keep Joseph’s name on
    your lips, or Pharaoh finds an
    Israelite problem.

    Hello Miriam.
    Hello Moses. A who’s who
    of the exodus.

    Fresh Prince of Egypt
    forced out of town for
    righteous violence.

    Moses sees a bush
    on fire but not consumed. I’ll
    have what he’s having.

    A stutter won’t kill
    the effort. We’re heading
    to milk and honey.

    An emergency
    circumcision saves Moses
    Zipporah’s son.

    Increased workload and
    beatings. God says Plan B was
    Plan A all along.

  • How Avrahm Berkowitz landed in the West Wing

    1 day ago

    From a simple game of pickup basketball to a top West Wing position in the Trump White House: For Avrahm (Avi) Berkowitz, an encounter on the court with Jared Kushner at a Passover hotel program in Arizona several years ago has led to a number of unique opportunities. The latest...

  • Netanyahu congratulates ‘my friend President Trump’

    1 day ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Donald Trump ahead of his inauguration, calling him his “friend.”

    “Congrats to my friend President Trump,” Netanyahu wrote Friday on Twitter, several hours before the president-elect was scheduled to officially assume the...

  • President Donald Trump: We’re Screwed

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    I have been up since 3:00 am marveling at this day. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that today Donald Trump will be President of the United States. It feels like a joke, or a nightmare, or a Saturday Night Live sketch. The man who will run the most powerful country in the...

  • Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parashat Shemot with Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin, Senior Rabbi of Temple Solel in Hollywood, FL. Rabbi Salkin was ordained at the Hebrew Union College in New York and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to Temple Solel, he served congregations in...

  • Stop Pruitt as Head of EPA

    By Joy Bennett

    2 days ago

    I just posted this article on my contributor's page at the Huffington Post about Trump's disastrous nominee for the EPA Scott Pruitt, who must be stopped immediately:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/reject-scott-pruitt-as-head-of-the-epa_us_58817f95e4b0d96b98c1da6f

    Feel free to share, send to your representatives, tell your mother, and anyone who will listen.  We can do this if everyone cries foul loudly enough.

  • Sundance Film Festival

    By Joy Bennett

    2 days ago

    Arguably one of the most influential film festivals ever, the Sundance Film Festival starts today  in Park City, Utah.  In case you can't get there, visit www.sundance.org for lots of info., videos, and background.  And you can stay nice and warm and cozy at home! 

    Also, season two of a terrific TV show on FX starts tonight at 10 pm:  Baskets.  It is Zach Galifianakis at his finest, playing a down on his luck professional clown, and it's amazing.  Sad, funny, unusual -- just perfect.

  • A conspiracy of women

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    2 days ago

    I am usually in shul on Shabbat morning.  But this Shabbat will be different. Inspired by the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel after the march in Selma: "I felt my legs were praying,” I will join the Women’s March in LA, as women (and our allies) will reach across race, class,...

  • Was it the Russians who tipped the scale in Trump’s favor?

    2 days ago

    President-elect Donald Trump has finally admitted the possibility of the Russian hacking, so all liberal democrats who now consider the CIA the guardian of democracy and Russia the evil empire can breathe and go back to their seats.

    I did not vote for Trump, but I did spend my...

  • Why we are doing the Women’s March

    2 days ago

    I need to get a few things off my chest (I know it’s long but please take a couple minutes to read it anyway), based on comments and statements I have seen in relation to the women’s march this coming Saturday. This is not simply an anti-Trump protest. This is a MARCH, of people...

  • Obama won the Jewish vote without winning over the pro-Israel mainstream

    2 days ago

    Fraught record on issues of race and anti-Semitism? Check.

    Much-hyped meeting to get Benjamin Netanyahu’s hechsher? Check.

    Stirring speech at AIPAC to quiet the naysayers? Check.

    Jewish validators galore? Check. Administration top-loaded with Jewish staffers? Check.


  • Senate bill to protect states countering BDS

    2 days ago

    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) will introduce a bill today to combat the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement by strengthening protection for state and local governments who divest from companies participating in investment-related BDS actions against...

  • Senate Muslim Brotherhood bill provokes controversy

    2 days ago

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) introduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act of 2017 last week in a bid to “fight against radical Islamic terrorism.” The bill notes that “it is the sense of Congress that the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria for designation as a foreign...

  • Jon Lerner to serve as deputy UN ambassador

    2 days ago

    Nikki Haley, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for UN Ambassador, has selected Jon Lerner to be her deputy, according to FITSNews, a South Carolina political website. The selection was first reported by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, citing several sources.


  • (((As Dreamers)))

    2 days ago

    ‘President Trump.’ It’s still, for many, an incredulous combination of words.

    The specter of a transition from President Obama to President Trump is scarcely imaginable, even now, nearly two months after Trump’s victory. It is inconceivable that a person who rendered truth an...

  • Moving and Shaking: Jewish World Watch, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and more

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Anti-genocide organization Jewish World Watch (JWW) has named Diana Buckhantz as its new board chair, according to a Jan. 3 announcement by the organization.

    Buckhantz, previously JWW’s vice chair, said she was excited about taking on the leadership position.

    “I have been...

  • Inauguration, march test capital rabbis

    2 days ago

    On Jan. 20, the United States inaugurates a new president and ushers in an era of new policies and rhetoric. But at the Sixth & I synagogue in Washington, D.C., eyes are on the day after, when some 200,000 marchers are expected to gather to reassert support for policies they think...

  • Passover: Next year, in Nairobi

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Angelenos looking to pair seder with safari need look no farther than Nairobi, Kenya, where they can visit the historic Nairobi Hebrew Congregation.

    Marked by stained-glass windows, flower-filled gardens and a community comprising Israeli and European expatriates — as well as...

  • Roman holiday: Pesach vs. Pizza

    2 days ago

    Ever since I was a teenager, I had dreamed of an Italian honeymoon. Cuddling on a gondola, exploring ruins, feasting on pasta — those to me were the definition of marital bliss. 

    So when my husband, Sean, and I booked our post-wedding tickets for nonstop pizza in the piazza, we...

  • Safety tips when celebrating Passover in Europe

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    2 days ago

    This Passover, travelers to the Tuscany region of Italy can soak up the sun on the beach and eat special, kosher food certified by the Chief Rabbi of Brussels while staying at the Gallia Palace Hotel. 

    Or they can celebrate with a whiff of the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik, Croatia,...

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