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  • Obama Jews, Trump Jews – is the division inevitable?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    59 minutes ago

    What unites the Jews? What is it that makes them one people? A recent study I authored for JPPI (with my colleague Dr. John Ruskay) argues that while “complications are many,” more than a few Jews “would deem it desirable to develop as broad as possible an understanding of what...

  • A Female Wrinkle on the Election Coverage?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    14 hours ago

  • Fighting Racism Starts in the Heart

    15 hours ago

    When we think of relations between Jews and African-Americans, we naturally think of our proudest moments. And we should.

    Abraham Joshua Heschel marched side-by-side with Martin Luther King in 1965, helping America to repudiate the racist sins of its past. Jewish activists worked...

  • Sen. Udall’s amendment criticizing settlements rejected

    19 hours ago

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed Resolution 6 on Thursday, and it will head to the Senate floor for a vote at a later time. The Senate measure blasts United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334, which assailed Israel for its continued settlement...

  • Martin Luther King Day 2017

    By Ilana Angel

    20 hours ago

    “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

    Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as...

  • Martin Luther King Day 2017

    By Ilana Angel

    20 hours ago

    “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

    Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as...

  • TOP 8 MOVIES OF 2016

    By Zoe Hewitt

    22 hours ago

    Take a look below for my Top 8 Movies of 2016 along with 4 Honorable Mentions.  When you're through watching, let me know what your favorites were!

    --->Looking for the direct link to the video?  Click here.


  • The Bibi investigation: A guide for the perplexed

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    There are indeed good reasons to be perplexed about the political scandal that has been engulfing Israel in the last few weeks. The Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is under investigation. He has been questioned, many others have been questioned, television newscasts are now...

  • A dream too far: Lessons from Selma

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    There’s something oddly tragic about the historic Civil Rights movement of the 1960s—the very fact that it was needed in the first place. By today’s standards, it seems downright absurd to deny Blacks, or anyone else for that matter, the fundamental right to vote.


  • Sunday Reads: Plan B for Israel & Palestine, Will allies trust Trump?, Love in the book of Ruth

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago


    Adam Schatz writes about how the world has changed the once hopeful President Obama:

    In his 2009 speech in Cairo, Mr. Obama imagined Muslim and Western democrats working together in partnership, overcoming borders imposed by war, prejudice and mistrust for the sake of a...

  • TV puppet on Trump: “I know a Russian puppet when I see one!”

    By Eitan Arom

    4 days ago

    Since the mid-1950s, the iconic sock puppet Lamb Chop has said whatever’s on her six-year-old mind (as well as the mind of her creator Shari Lewis, and since Shari’s death in 1998, the mind of Shari’s daughter Mallory).

    Now the sassy little sheep, who is proud of the fact that...

  • Dear Chuck Schumer: Stop David Friedman

    4 days ago

    Dear Senator Schumer,

    We represent a broad constituency of scholars of Jewish studies committed to the democratic values that gave rise to the United States of America. We are alarmed by the prospect that new administration may erode these values and are particularly troubled by...

  • Everyone Gets a Blessing and All I got Was Olive Oil - 7 Haiku for Parsha Vayechi

    By Rick Lupert

    4 days ago

    Jacob asks only
    one thing of Joseph. When I
    die, please bring me home.

    Multiply like fish
    Jacob asks for Joseph’s sons.
    Try to picture that.

    Ephraim and his
    brother Manasseh. May we
    always be like them.

    Jacob knew his kids
    so well. Thought up the perfect
    blessing for each one.

    I hope Asher was
    not disappointed with his
    olive oil blessing.

    Army of Jews and
    Egyptians take Jacob home.
    Our first Exodus.

    Joseph too leaves the
    story. He has left us so
    strong and so strengthened.

  • Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parashat Vayechi with Rabbi Joanne Heiligman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    Our guest today is Rabbi Joanne Yocheved Heiligman, rabbi of Congregation Shalom Aleichem in Columbia, Maryland since 2001.  Rabbi Heiligman was ordained in 1989 by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is a fabric artist and has exhibited her work in museums and...

  • Skipping the inauguration

    By Marty Kaplan

    5 days ago

    Many people are saying they won’t be watching the inauguration on TV.

    Just putting it that many-people-are-saying way gives me the creeps. Like “believe me,” it’s Trump’s signature trick for turning lies true, the companion con to turning facts false by labeling them “fake news.”...

  • In Lithuania, bureaucratic backflips to protect Holocaust amnesia

    By Eitan Arom

    5 days ago

    Grant Gochin leads a double life.

    By day, he runs a wealth management company in Woodland Hills. Also by day, and by night and weekends, Gochin is an advocate for Holocaust memory and reconciliation in Lithuania, where his grandfather was born.

    Most recently, that’s meant...

  • Board contenders differ sharply on LAUSD issues

    By Eitan Arom

    5 days ago

    Even as candidates at a Jan. 9 forum for a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board promised civility and a break from the bitter politics of the day, they were free in their criticism of the incumbent.

    “Reasonable people can disagree about complex areas of...

  • Russian library faces possibility of a short shelf life

    5 days ago

    For two decades, the Russian Language Public Library on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood has been a testament to the large wave of Soviet Jews who immigrated to the Los Angeles region with personal libraries and a passion for literature.

    The library holds more than 10,000...

  • Moving and Shaking: Clippers’ Jewish Heritage Night, challah-baking event and more

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    The Los Angeles Clippers’ Jewish Heritage Night on Dec. 26 at Staples Center drew local Jewish leaders, students from the Marlton School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and others. 

    “The Clippers lost the game that night [to the Denver Nuggets, 106-102], but Marlton students...

  • Holocaust survivor Evi Blaikie denounces Trump over Nazi reference

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    5 days ago

    Evi Blaikie, 78, does not use Twitter, but when she was made aware of President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet comparing U.S. intelligence officials to Nazi Germany she was astounded.

    “I was angry, I was really angry,” Blaikie, the founder of Hungarian Hidden Children of the...

  • Open letter: Rabbi Hier, please do not go to the inauguration

    By David N. Myers

    5 days ago

    January 12, 2017

    Rabbi Marvin Hier
    President, Founder, and Dean
    Simon Wiesenthal Center
    Los Angeles, CA

    Dear Rabbi Hier,

    I write to you out of respect for the work you’ve done in fighting intolerance, bigotry, and specifically anti-Semitism in Los Angeles and in this...

  • Netanyahu will not attend Trump inauguration

    5 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, quashing earlier reports that he had been invited to attend.

    Netanyahu was not invited to the inauguration in Washington, D.C., and leaders of foreign countries do not...

  • Greediness and political mayhem. Reading list

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago



    Not wanting to burden you with too much to read – here’s a short guide to some of my other writings.


    Today at the New York Times: I am going to annoy some people by making the case against what I think are too much investigations of Israeli leaders:



  • Dancing on Jewish Graves in Vilna

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    5 days ago

    Vilna was one of the most illustrious Jewish communities of pre-Holocaust Europe and a European Union financed project is about to pour millions of tons of concrete on its Old Jewish Cemetery.

    Invading Germans and their Lithuania collaborators murdered 206,800 Jews — including...

  • L.A.’s chief architect: Deborah Weintraub

    By Avishay Artsy

    5 days ago

    In a dusty, vacant lot across from Los Angeles City Hall last June, as a row of city officials announced the selection of the team to develop a new park there at the corner of West First Street and North Broadway, City Councilman Jose Huizar called Deborah Weintraub to the podium.

  • ‘The Genius of Judaism’: An excerpt

    5 days ago

    I remember a preface I wrote thirty years ago … for a book of photographs devoted to the men in black of Mea Shearim.

    In that text, now lost, I expressed my wonder and amazement at these tenuous beings, suspended between heaven and earth and so different from the standardized,...

  • Bernard-Henri Lévy: A calling to see — and write about — the truth

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    5 days ago

    The peripatetic philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy was en route from Iraq to his home in Paris when the Journal caught up with him by phone during a stopover in Morocco and spoke about a wide range of topics, from the election of Donald Trump to the successes of Zionism.

    The author...

  • Bernard-Henri Lévy bares his Jewish soul

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    5 days ago

    Philosophers only rarely achieve the celebrity of a rock star or a sports hero, but Bernard-Henri Lévy, who has been described as “France’s greatest philosopher,” is an exception. His tireless and courageous advocacy of human rights, both in print and as a documentary filmmaker,...

  • Kosher cuisine on the go with the accent on Mexico

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    5 days ago

    In the Fairfax area recently, married chefs Matthew Sieger and Rikki Garcia-Sieger were whipping up scratch-made glatt kosher Mexican vittles on their new food truck, Holy Frijoles!

    At lightning speed, Sieger loaded shredded pastrami into a corn tortilla and spooned on pickled...

  • 25 things you have permission to throw away

    By Jonathan Fong

    6 days ago

    The new year is an ideal time to get rid of clutter and start fresh. But for a lot of us, parting ways with our “stuff” can be difficult. It seems that one of the Laws of the Universe is that as soon as you throw out something, you will need it two weeks later. Still, getting rid...

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