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  • Sunday Reads: Obama’s alliance with Russia & Iran, What did Abbas actually say?, AIPAC’s tough times

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 hours ago


    Rob Satloff and James Jeffrey believe that President Obama has his priorities wrong in the Middle East and that an alliance with Russia and Iran isn't the way to go:

    Taken together, the Administration’s wrong assumptions led it to an analysis that misreads the Middle East...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 2

    By Ilana Angel

    8 hours ago

    I left Los Angeles on a Sunday and arrived in Australia on a Tuesday. I skipped an entire day, which was good because it meant I arrived in Brisbane a day younger and looking Xanax rested and fresh faced. Once I landed in Brisbane I took a shuttle to Byron Bay.  I sat in the front...

  • Palestinian kills two in Jerusalem, then shot dead: police

    By Ryan Torok

    17 hours ago

    A Palestinian man stabbed and killed two people in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday before police shot him dead, officers said, amid an uptick in violence in the city and occupied West Bank.

    Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad issued a statement claiming the attacker as one...

  • Two Israeli men killed, 2 injured, in Jerusalem stabbing attack

    19 hours ago

    Two Israeli men in their 40s died of their wounds Saturday night after being stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City in a terror attack.

    One of the men’s wife is in serious condition and their two-year-old baby was lightly wounded.

    The men were stabbed in the upper body and were unconscious when paramedics arrived at the scene.

    Read more at timesofisrael.com.

  • Forgiveness

    2 days ago

    I was standing with my brother on the top floor of a hotel in Atlanta having checked in for a conference he had organized.  The elevators were jammed and they didn’t have enough to accommodate all the guests.  More, some of them went to the lower floors and others to the upper.  We...

  • Netanyahu and Abbas agree: Blame the UN

    2 days ago

    Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas took plenty of shots at each other.

    But in their dueling dueling speeches to the United Nations General Assembly, the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian Authority president directed much of their fire at the same target: the assembled...

  • Fast food: Why do Americans rush meals?

    2 days ago

    American eaters, they’re like a pack of animals, hustling dinner in 10 minutes or less. It sounds like a recent complaint, but in fact it comes from 1864, when the Englishman John Francis Campbell was startled at the rapidity with which fellow steamboat passengers consumed their...

  • #myLAcommute Anything with music makes me happy

    2 days ago


    I’m from Glassell Park. I love the neighborhood, but gentrification is really affecting us in the middle and lower classes. It’s really sad to see people move out because they can’t afford to live in the neighborhood where they’ve lived all of their lives.

    When I’m...

  • Orthodox woman sues Lucille Roberts gyms for banning modest clothing

    2 days ago

    A women’s-only gym chain founded by a Soviet Jewish emigre who wanted to protect women from lewd attention, is being sued by an Orthodox woman in Brooklyn who says its employees repeatedly harassed her over her modest attire.

    Yosefa Jalal, 25, has filed a federal lawsuit against...

  • Jewish groups urge passage of gun control legislation

    2 days ago

    This post was originally published on jewishinsider.com.

    Major Jewish organizations are lining up behind President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to pass effective gun control legislation in wake of the horrific shooting and the killing of at least nine students at Umpqua...

  • Is it really a shock that 1/3 of Americans wouldn’t hide Jews?

    2 days ago

    Is the glass one-third empty or two-thirds full?

    A poll commissioned by distributors of Holocaust film “Return to the Hiding Place” asked 1,000 Americans a question many Jews have pondered: “If you were living during World War II, would you have risked the imprisonment and death...

  • U.S. job growth stumbles, raising doubts on economy

    2 days ago

    U.S. employers slammed the brakes on hiring over the last two months, raising new doubts the economy is strong enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates by the end of this year.

    Payrolls outside of farming rose by 142,000 last month and August figures were revised...

  • Let us now praise Israeli coffee

    2 days ago

    In Israel, American stores dot shopping malls and McDonald’s branches proliferate. But one chain you won’t see is Starbucks.

    Starbucks has franchises around the world, but its brief experiment with Israeli stores lasted just two years, from 2001 to 2003. Maybe, as some have...

  • The Jewish lawyer who is defending a synagogue vandal

    2 days ago

    From murderers to sex offenders, some of the least desirable citizens of Maryland’s Montgomery County have walked through the doors of attorney Barry Helfand’s office.

    But it took a quiet teenager to make Helfand question his responsibility as a lawyer.

    Sitting in Helfand’s...

  • Four Israelis injured in riots following couple’s killing in West Bank

    2 days ago

    An Israeli police officer, three Jewish settlers and two Palestinians were injured in riots and clashes in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

    A Palestinian rioter hit the officer from the Israel Police’s Border Police division in his head on Friday, Army Radio reported, during...

  • Fatah unit claims responsibility for murder of Israeli couple

    2 days ago

    A cell affiliated with Fatah’s armed wing assumed responsibility for the murder of an Israeli couple near the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

    The Abdel Qader al-Husseini Brigades, a group affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, announced on Friday that its men on...

  • Where the Heart Is - Thoughts of an American Israeli

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    This post was written by my friend, Jillian Altit, who made Aliyah 2.5 years ago, and has recently returned from a visit to her family home in New York.

    Anyone who knows me knows that I’ve always had my heart in two places.

    Having been away from New York for so long and now...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    I am back from Australia and if I could only use one word to describe my trip it would be LOVE. I was there for 4 ½ days, which is ridiculous, but it is a time in my life I'll remember forever and be talking about until the end of my days. With the exception of the birth of my son...

  • Jewish community reacts to the passing of Rabbi Jacob Pressman

    3 days ago

    Community reactions to the passing of Rabbi Jacob Pressman.

    Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

    Temple Beth Am

    There is no Jewish Los Angeles as we know it without Rabbi Jacob Pressman. There is no Temple Beth Am, no Camp Ramah, no University of Judaism/American Jewish University, no...

  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am, dies at 95

    By Michael Berenbaum

    3 days ago

    Rabbi Jacob Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am for 35 years, community leader and civil rights activist, died peacefully at his home on Thursday morning, Oct. 1.

    Funeral services will be held  Sunday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth Am, 1039 S, La  Cienega Blvd.,...

  • How the Bible plays out in hospital intensive care units

    3 days ago

    In this week's parsha, V'zot ha-Brakhah, we read about the farewell blessing of Moses to the Israelites.  At 120 years of age, Moses views the land that God promised to Abraham and his descendents.  The Israelites will proceed to inhabit this land of milk and honey, but Moses will...

  • Everyone’s talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring

    3 days ago

    All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

    That was much to the consternation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who argued in his speech before...

  • Obama: gun laws must be changed, gun owners must speak up

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama on Thursday angrily called for stricter U.S. gun laws after the latest mass murder in Oregon and took aim at the powerful National Rifle Association gun lobby for blocking reform.

    Appearing in the White House briefing room with a grim expression and an...

  • Hurricane Joaquin: Can Jews take down their sukkahs for a storm?

    3 days ago

    As Hurricane Joaquin gains steam off the southeastern coast of the United States, the question has begun to circulate online: Are Jews allowed to take down their sukkahs in the case of a storm?

    The holiday of Sukkot, which began last Sunday, runs through this Sunday evening....

  • Poll: 75% of Republicans ‘less likely’ to vote for Muslim

    3 days ago

    Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon seeking the Republican presidential nomination, drew fire last month when he said he would not "advocate" for a Muslim president, but it turns out that most Republicans agree with him.

    In a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted Sept. 23-30, 75 per cent...

  • Multiple fatalities, wounded as gunman opens fire at Oregon college

    3 days ago

    A gunman opened fire on Thursday at a community college in Oregon, killing 13 people and wounding some 20 others, in the latest mass killing to rock a U.S. school, officials and local media said.

    There were conflicting reports on the number of casualties and wounded at Umpqua...

  • Iran troops to join Syria war, Russia bombs group trained by CIA

    3 days ago

    Hundreds of Iranian troops have arrived in Syria to join a major ground offensive in support of President Bashar al-Assad's government, Lebanese sources said on Thursday, a sign the civil war is turning still more regional and global in scope.

    Russian warplanes, in a second day...

  • Two Israelis shot dead in West Bank terror attack

    3 days ago

    An Israeli couple was shot dead while driving through the West Bank late on Thursday and Israeli forces were searching the area for the suspected Palestinian attackers, authorities said.

    The couple's four children, aged between four-months and nine-years old, were also in the car...

  • Haim Saban reportedly pulls out of campus BDS initiative

    3 days ago

    Entertainment mogul Haim Saban reportedly has pulled out of a campus anti-BDS initiative he launched with fellow billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

    Saban’s partnership with Adelson on the effort, called the Maccabees, was supposed to show bipartisan support for campus pro-Israel...

  • Israel turned a gas bonanza into an antitrust headache

    3 days ago

    When the Leviathan gas field was discovered off the coast of Israel in 2010, it was pitched as a game-changer – a vast energy reserve that would transform the economy and bolster public finances for years to come.

    Five years on, poor policymaking, political infighting and a...

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