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  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    15 hours ago

    This one took me by surprise. Up until writing this post, I had no idea that the epilator I use was originally invented in Israel.


    To all of you who don’t know what an epilator is (mostly the men among you): An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Balak with Rabbi Barry Dolinger

    By Shmuel Rosner

    23 hours ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Barry Dolinger, leader of congregation Beth Sholom in Providence, Rhode Island. Rabbi Dolinger is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School in New York. He was ordained from Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Isaac...

  • Michael Oren responds to ‘Ally’ backlash at local event

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren’s dual loyalties — and his frustration with the growing separation between Israel and America — were evident in his remarks July 1 when he appeared at the Museum of Tolerance to discuss his recently released, controversial...

  • Israel OKs larger Egyptian force to fight jihadis

    2 days ago

    Israel has reportedly given Egypt the green light to use advanced military force against Islamic militants in the Sinai and has closed a southern Israeli highway as a precaution.

    Militants in the Sinai Peninsula affiliated with the Islamic State mounted coordinated attacks on...

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  • Hamas terror cell planning attack arrested in West Bank

    2 days ago

    Forty members of a Hamas terror cell said to be planning an attack in the West Bank were arrested.

    The arrests took place over the past several months, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said Wednesday in a statement. The Israel Defense Forces issued a similar statement.

    ...
  • Hebrew word of the week: Artsot ha-brit (The United States)

    2 days ago

    Students ask me: “What does artsot ha-brit, “the United States” have to do with brit, brit (milah), a “circumcision ceremony”? Then they add, jokingly: “Not everybody here is Jewish or circumcised.” 

    English often prefers adjectives as qualifiers, as with the United Nations, the...

  • Anti-Israel tweeting prof. hired by American University of Beirut

    2 days ago

    Steven Salaita, whose appointment as a professor at the University of Illinois was rescinded over his anti-Israel tweets, announced that he will teach in the fall.

    Salaita has been hired as the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, he said...

  • Professional tips on clearing clutter and getting organized

    By Jonathan Fong

    2 days ago

    There’s a post that’s going around Facebook right now about how creative people have messier workspaces. That certainly fits me. I would show you a picture of the desk I’m typing at right now, but it would ruin your image of me as the consummate style guru. (OK, that may not be...

  • Mexican TV anchor Zabludovsky, symbol of government spin, dies at 87

    2 days ago

    Influential Mexican journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky, seen for years by critics as an unofficial mouthpiece for the government, died on Thursday morning after suffering a stroke in hospital.

    Zabludovsky was from 1971 to 1998 host of "24 Hours" a nightly news show on the dominant...

  • Young Jewish life is alive and well in revamped Downtown L.A.

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    2 days ago

    Downtown Los Angeles isn’t known for its abundance of Jewish life and culture. But, for the Jews living there, meaning can be found in many places.

    Ram Bilgrai, 44, who was born in Israel and has been in the States for 23 years, lives and works downtown as a photographer. Before...

  • Home of Har Nof synagogue terrorist sealed

    2 days ago

    The home of one of the Palestinian terrorists who murdered four rabbis and a policeman in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue was sealed by the Israeli military.

    The eastern Jerusalem home of Uday Abu Jamal, 22, who was killed by police during the November 18, 2014 attack, was...

  • Poem: Echo Locating

    2 days ago

    If you are lucky

    you will find your echo,

    not the cartoon version,

    perched on a canyon’s edge

    with the empty yelling

    & cheeks like apples,

    but the space that extends you,

    fills the void

    & becomes you

    the way twigs return to a tree,

    nest-warm.


    First published in “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (2013).

    M.E. Silverman is poetry editor at Blue Lyra Review and review editor of Museum of Americana and author of the chapbook “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (ELJ Press, 2013).

  • Moving and shaking: Marriage equality rally, L.A. Press Club Awards, the Black Eyed Peas and more

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Los Angeles clergy, city officials, same-sex couples and other supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states during a June 26 rally in West Hollywood Park.

    “Marriage, that peculiar and particular joining of...

  • Paul Rudd ponders how he will be remembered with Walk of Fame star

    2 days ago

    As audiences gear up to see Paul Rudd become Marvel's smallest superhero in "Ant-Man," the actor candidly reminisced about the legacy he was leaving on Wednesday as he received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

    Rudd, 46, best known for films such as "This is 40" and...

  • Bibi’s Bakery is his newest production

    2 days ago

    Since moving to Southern California in 1999 to become a writer and performer, Dan Messinger has acquired some L.A.-specific wisdom. “Being a producer, I would argue, prepares you for almost anything,” he said. 

    The affable, bearded and bespectacled owner of the kosher Bibi’s...

  • Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

    2 days ago

    Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday.

    The Compact of States and...

  • In Paris, planned Jewish center touted as proof community is staying

    2 days ago

    Elsewhere in the world, unveiling plans for a new Jewish cultural center might merit little more than a cocktail reception. But in this city, where Jews have been the target of rising anti-Semitic violence, the event was significantly more elaborate, with French-Jewish leaders...

  • Not a Fan—a declaration of independence

    By Mindy Leaf

    2 days ago

    Superhero summer has blasted down among us once again. The past weekend saw some 43,000 Florida Supercon attendees at the Miami Beach Convention Center (established in 2006, it's the largest comic-con-like convention in South Florida). Next week's San Diego Comic-con (the original,...

  • New flooring leads to discovery of ancient bath in Jerusalem village

    2 days ago

    A Jerusalem family has found a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath under their house while renovating the living room floor, Israel's Antiquities Authority said on Wednesday.

    Pottery vessels inside the rock-hewn bath helped archaeologists date the discovery to the 1st century. The...

  • $1 coffee chain taps into Israeli anger over high cost of living

    2 days ago

    With a $1 cup of coffee, Avi Katz is starting to do something Israelis have been demanding for years and politicians have failed to achieve – lower the cost of living.

    In 2011, hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest against the high cost of essentials...

  • Orthodox groups brace for consequences of same-sex marriage ruling

    2 days ago

    The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays.

    Bob Jones University, the private Protestant college in South Carolina, lost...

  • Israel signs $111 million deal to upgrade Argentinean tanks

    2 days ago

    Argentina’s army signed a $111 million contract with Israel to upgrade 74 tanks made in Argentina.

    The deal to upgrade the Argentinian Medium Tanks, or TAM, was signed in Buenos Aires by the Argentina’s Minister of Defense Agustin Rossi and Mishel Ben-Baruch, director of the...

  • Olmert appeals conviction, sentence in Talansky Affair

    2 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appealed his conviction and prison sentence for accepting cash-filled envelopes from an American-Jewish businessman in the so-called Talansky Affair.

    Olmert asked Israel’s Supreme Court to delay the start of his eight-month prison term...

  • Alan Gross never debriefed after release from Cuba

    2 days ago

    Alan Gross, the Jewish-American government contractor who was jailed in Cuba for five years as a spy, was never debriefed after his release from prison and return to the United States, according to a new report.

    No U.S. government official has debriefed Gross since his release...

  • Interacting with a ‘virtual’ holocaust survivor

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 days ago

    Those dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust are facing a difficult deadline. Seventy years after the end of World War II, most of the Holocaust survivors still alive were children or teenagers during the war, and soon even they won’t be able to share their experiences...

  • Documentary traces the decline and fall of Amy Winehouse

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 days ago

    “If I really thought I was famous, I would go and top myself,” the soulful British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse says in a media interview in Asif Kapadia’s acclaimed new documentary, “Amy,” which opens in theaters on July 3.

    Her words proved eerily prophetic. In 2011, just...

  • California adds new funding for nonprofit security

    By Aron Chilewich

    2 days ago

    California’s budget, signed into law this week by Gov. Jerry Brown, includes roughly $2 million to help fund security at nonprofit organizations that are at risk of violent attack. 

    This new state grant program arrives at a time when many Jewish institutions are experiencing a...

  • Michael Oren wanted Obama to credit Israeli rescuers in Haiti — before they arrived

    2 days ago

    UPDATE: This version of a blog post JTA sent yesterday updates with an interview with Amos Radian, who at the time was the Israeli ambassador to the Dominican Republic with responsibility for Haiti. Radian, now retired, arrived in Haiti overland with a security guard on Wednesday,...

  • An ‘island of spirituality’ in L.A.’s Fashion District

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 days ago

    In an unexceptional strip of concrete warehouses, tucked amid the apparel stores and wholesale suit shops of downtown Los Angeles, a group of Jewish men meets several times a day — to pray.

    For 40-year-old Oded Somech, an Israeli textile importer, a midday daven is a welcome...

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