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  • #myLAcommute The weather and the food keep bringing me back

    10 minutes ago

    NICOLE KANG

    I’m originally from L.A., but I live in Chicago now. I moved there for school. I’m a political science major. I’ve been visiting for three weeks, just spending time with family and friends. I love L.A. and I hope to move back someday. The weather and the food keep bringing me back. It’s comfortable to live somewhere familiar—you take the bus everywhere and make plans on the fly. I miss that.

    Olympic Boulevard to Serrano Avenue

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • How much did Jeb Bush really do to rescue Ethiopian Jews?

    16 minutes ago

    Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor running for the Republican presidential nomination, has been called out for exaggerating his role in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s.

    Bush takes credit on his campaign website for Operation Joshua, a U.S.-led transfer of Ethiopian...

  • White House: Sanctions relief depends on Iranian compliance with nuke deal

    24 minutes ago

    The removal of sanctions depends on Iran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, the White House said.

    “We’ve been crystal-clear about the fact that Iran will have to take a variety of serious steps to significantly roll back their...

  • Trump, after Republican pledge, breaks from pack on Iran deal, gay marriage

    1 hour ago

    Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed again on Friday he will not easily be bound to party orthodoxy, breaking from many of his rival's policy stances on issues from the Iran nuclear deal to the gay marriage fight in Kentucky. 

    In an interview with MSNBC,...

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  • Refugees a sign of unraveling world order

    1 hour ago

    As the known and secret parts of the Iran nuke deal spin into place like the uncertain number of Iranian centrifuges, President Barack Obama has succeeded in winning one-third-plus votes in the U.S. Senate to defeat attempts to overturn what he deems his legacy foreign policy...

  • Meet the Jewish singer whose music you already know from McDonald’s, MTV ads

    2 hours ago

    You may have never heard of singer-songwriter Cathy Heller, but chances are you’ve heard her music.

    At the moment, McDonald’s is featuring her songs in two commercials — one for frappes, the other for the $2.50 double cheeseburger-and-fries combo. They are the latest in a string...

  • After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

    2 hours ago

    Arab countries will join the Middle East Quartet in New York at the end of September to seek ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a new European diplomatic initiative.

    Encouraged by Europe's role in securing...

  • The shirkers in our midst

    2 hours ago

    Puppet masters. Shirkers.  Schemers. You know who Auntie is talking about—those dear souls who manage to get so very much done simply by being clever, controlling manipulators. We all know a few. Most of the time they are quite good at sitting back and letting someone else do their...

  • Palestinian who rescued American yeshiva boys: I’m no hero

    3 hours ago

    A Palestinian man who sheltered five American Jews from fire bomb attacks in Hebron said he only did “what needed to be done.”

    Faiz Abu Hamdiah, who on Thursday took the five yeshiva students into his home to prevent their lynching, recalled the incident Friday in an interview ...

  • SodaStream CEO: BDS movement should have supported West Bank factory, set to close

    3 hours ago

    SodaStream’s chief executive called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement anti-Semitic and maintained that his company gave West Bank Palestinian workers good pay and benefits.

    In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, two weeks before the West Bank factory...

  • U.N. set to approve Palestinian bid to fly flag at U.N. headquarters

    3 hours ago

    The Palestinian Authority’s draft resolution for raising its flag at the U.N. headquarters will easily pass a vote by the U.N. General Assembly, diplomats said.

    Israel and the United States oppose the Palestinian Authority’s bid to have its flag at the United Nations headquarters...

  • Biden: Iran deal opponents seek regime change

    3 hours ago

    Vice President Joe Biden said opponents of the Iran nuclear deal were seeking regime change, which could only be achieved through a messy war.

    “The only thing that would satisfy deal opponents,” including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “is a change in regime,” Biden...

  • Cory Booker among three more senators to back Iran deal

    3 hours ago

    Three more U.S. senators have thrown their support behind the Iran deal, bringing President Barack Obama to within four votes of blocking a congressional vote of disapproval on the nuclear agreement.

    The three additional senators were Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mark Warner of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ki Tavo with Rabbi Paul Lewin

    By Shmuel Rosner

    7 hours ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Paul Lewin of the North Shore Synagogue in Sydney, Australia. Rabbi Lewin was born in South Africa. He studied at the famous Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel for 10 years. His qualifications include a BA in Psychology and Education from UNISA as well as a...

  • Australia, Qantas Koala Class & Justin Bieber

    By Ilana Angel

    17 hours ago

    As I approach my 50th birthday I am examining my life and making a conscious decision to take more risks than I ever have before. By more risks of course I mean taking just one risk would be more than usual for me. I like to think of myself as brave when it comes to raising my son,...

  • U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on

    20 hours ago

    A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

    U.S. District Judge David...

  • #myLAcommute My car made me so angry I sold it

    20 hours ago

    CAMERON RITH

    I love taking the bus. There is always a great conversation to be had, and such a variety of people. When I’m on the bus I people watch. I nap. I draw weird cartoons of creatures that live inside my head. I think they are other versions of myself.

    I sold my car...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Haddarat nashim

    21 hours ago

    People ask me whether there is any connection between haddarat nashim (a very common concept in Israel in recent years, mostly among the Orthodox), and the biblical ve-hadarta pne zaqen, “show respect to the elderly” (Leviticus 19:32), implying that secluding women is out of...

  • Hillary Clinton email trove shows concern with Netanyahu’s psyche

    21 hours ago

    As U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton spent plenty of time in daunting foreign territory.

    No, I’m not talking about Myanmar here. I’m speaking of the mind of Benjamin Netanyahu.

    A batch of emails released this week as part of the trove related to the controversy...

  • Some Jews have divined the real cause of Jimmy Carter’s cancer

    21 hours ago

    Former President Jimmy Carter, 90, recently announced he has cancer that has spread to his brain.

    For some Jews (and evangelical Christians), the cause apparently is obvious. No, it’s not his genetic makeup, or the spread of a mass from his liver to his brain. It’s divine...

  • A year of learning Torah through food

    21 hours ago

    It’s the end of summer 2014. Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and with it the finale of the seven-year shmita cycle, a time when agricultural land lies fallow in Israel, perennials are harvested, and debts are forgiven. A year ago, I asked myself, could I give myself a shmita-inspired...

  • Will Obama and Netanyahu reconcile next year?

    22 hours ago

    Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran is not about to go away.

    In the contemplative spirit of the Days of Awe, we...

  • Get kids into the High Holy Days spirit with these new books

    22 hours ago

    Of the new children’s books of Jewish interest out this fall, many incorporate themes that go beyond High Holy Days fare. Included here are short reviews of the best of the batch, including a biblical story of King David, life in Shanghai at Sukkot time, a concept book for...

  • Pressured by party, Trump signs Republican loyalty pledge

    22 hours ago

    Republican front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday bowed to pressure from the party establishment and signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate in the November 2016 presidential election.

    His vow of loyalty on Thursday was something of a victory for the Republican...

  • Biden meets Jewish leaders in Florida to defend Iran deal

    22 hours ago

    Vice President Joe Biden tried to reassure Jewish leaders in south Florida on Thursday that President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran would be a vital step toward making the world a safer place.

    Biden, on a two-day trip to the political swing state of Florida as he explores...

  • Migrant crisis spurs European interest in Israeli border barriers

    22 hours ago

    Faced with a surge in migration from the Middle East and North Africa, two European countries are exploring the possibility of erecting towering steel security fences along parts of their borders, similar to Israel's barrier with Egypt.

    Hungary and Bulgaria have made preliminary...

  • On Starting a Synagogue and Balancing a Life

    By Craig T.

    23 hours ago

    Two and a half years ago my wife and I purchased the oldest synagogue building in Los Angeles, founding the Pico Union Project: a multi-faith cultural arts center and house of worship dedicated to the Jewish principle to “love your neighbor as yourself.” We are home to four faith...

  • Portman’s directorial debut is a bitter-sweet Israeli homecoming

    23 hours ago

    Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman made her directorial debut with a film sympathetic to the Holocaust-haunted refugees who founded her native Israel, but she bristles at the idea that the portrayal might be patriotic.

    Instead, she considers "A Tale of Love and Darkness," her...

  • Moving and shaking: Rick Santorum, Brad Sherman, L.A. Dodgers and more

    By Ryan Torok

    23 hours ago

    Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential hopeful, spoke for an hour on foreign policy, Iran and radical Islam at Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills on Aug. 27 to a small but overwhelmingly sympathetic audience. 

    Sporting a black kippah and...

  • In a pickle: Meditation on Yonah Schimmel

    By Rob Eshman

    23 hours ago

    I can’t help but think that the fact that I am mired squarely in middle age has a lot to do with my return to pickles. In college, I started making sourdough bread, which, like pickles, is a product of natural fermentation. By junior year, my hobby became a job — I turned out 20...

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