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  • God Goes Hollywood in Exodus: Gods and Kings

    2 hours ago

    Spoiler alert: Morgan Freeman does not play God in Exodus: Gods and Kings.  And this is only one of the many courageous risks that director Ridley Scott took in bringing the story of Moses to life in the just released movie. Instead of trying to depict the literal text of the Bible...

  • Can a cybersecurity center bloom in Israel’s Negev?

    By Simone Wilson

    2 hours ago

    On the far east edge of sprawling Beersheva, a determined weed of a city within Israel’s southern desert expanse, a new school of Zionists — defense techies — are building a live-work hub with an increasingly relevant focus: cybersecurity.

    “Ten years ago, if you were to convince...

  • Finding the silver lining in another BDS loss

    By Jared Sichel

    2 hours ago

    Although pro-Israel groups roundly condemned the most recent passage of an Israel divestment resolution in California — this time by UAW 2865, a union that represents 13,000 University of California graduate students — the actual results may depict a student body that tends less...

  • Man sentenced on sex offender charge

    By Jared Sichel

    2 hours ago

    Levi Moscowitz, a 24-year-old man from Chicago now living in Los Angeles, pleaded no contest in late October to charges of arranging to meet a child this past February with the intention of committing sexual acts. 

    Court documents, which are available by public records request,...

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  • Biden at Chanukah candle-lighting: Jewish heritage is American heritage

    3 hours ago

    Jewish notions of religious freedom so informed the American ethos that it “is fair to say that Jewish heritage is American heritage,” Vice President Joe Biden said at a menorah-lighting in front of the White House.

    Biden, attending the Dec. 16 event organized by American Friends...

  • Poll: Most Israelis see a crisis in U.S.-Israel ties

    3 hours ago

    The majority of Israelis believe there is a crisis in U.S.-Israel ties and that the Netanyahu government has harmed the relationship, according to a new poll.

    A poll commissioned by J Street, the liberal U.S. Jewish Middle East policy group, and released on Dec. 15, found that...

  • Joint U.S.-Israel missile defense system fails interception test

    3 hours ago

    Israel’s Arrow 3 interceptor missile defense system failed its first live interception test.

    A senior Israeli Defense Ministry official told the Associated Press that a Dec. 16 exercise to test the advanced system developed with the United States was unsuccessful.

    In the...

  • North American immigration to Israel rose 7 percent in 2014

    3 hours ago

    Immigration to Israel from North America rose 7 percent in 2014 over the previous year to 3,762 olim from the United States and Canada, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh.

    The immigrants came on 17 special aliyah flights from North America, sponsored by facilitated by Nefesh B’Nefesh...

  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    4 hours ago

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Dying we live [1995]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    5 hours ago

    When last I spoke to my teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, he asked if he could borrow my kittel. He was not at home in New York but here in California and it was before the High Holidays. "You know,” he explained "the kittel is part of the tachrichim -- the shrouds in which the dead...

  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    5 hours ago

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • Hide and seek: The serious game Of T’shuvah

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    5 hours ago

    It is told of the Rhiziner Rebbe, that once when he came home from his shtiebel, he found outside his home a little boy crying. "Why are you crying, my son?" 

    "Because I was playing hide and seek," the boy answered. 

    "Why the tears, then?" 

    "Because I was hiding. But no...

  • Conversation with the angel of death [1991]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    5 hours ago

    The letter from Lillian came between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    "I am writing to you as both my friend and my rabbi, driven by the deep sadness and sense of disconnectedness that has gripped me since this morning's Rosh Hashanah service.

    Until this morning. I know the...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, ‘Rabbi of Rabbis’ and world-renowned Jewish leader, dies at 89

    By Tom Tugend

    5 hours ago

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Schulweis led the Conservative Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino for nearly 45 years, introducing significant...

  • Chanuka Dish #1:  The Lattke

    By Deena Greenberg

    8 hours ago

    The lattke is the first dish that I am presenting in my Take Back December campaign, my small but sincere attempt to take a part of December back for Chanuka from another holiday that shall remain nameless. (Although I did name it in my post from yesterday.) The lattke, a...

  • What Israeli election polls tell us this week

    By Shmuel Rosner

    8 hours ago

    We have a new feature for you. Until Israel's Election Day, we will share with you data from Nehemia Gershuni's wonderful data site, in which Israeli numbers, polls, compilations, and projections are king. Gershuni kindly agreed that we use some of his data to bolster our own...

  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    By David Suissa

    16 hours ago

    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when...

  • Punishing Bennett won’t bring peace

    By David Suissa

    19 hours ago

    People do crazy things when they get desperate and run out of ideas. That’s the first thought that came to mind after I read that a group of pro-Israel academics have decided that the best way to help the comatose Israeli-Palestinian peace process is to stop people like Naftali...

  • In U.S. relations with Israel, context is key

    19 hours ago

    The strain in United States-Israel ties is a live issue in the Israel election campaign — and rightfully so. But if you glance at U.S. and Israeli media during the last couple of months, you’d think the relations have never been worse. Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic,...

  • A Moses named Christian and a Pharaoh named Turturro

    19 hours ago

    Generally speaking, Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings” is more biblically respectful than Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah,” which saw Russell Crowe performing a well-paid infomercial for Al Gore’s environmentalism. 

    Yet “Exodus” has been swarmed by critics accusing it of unchecked...

  • Six points on Alan Gross, ‘normalization’ of U.S.-Cuba relations and the American spy flying under the radar

    By Jared Sichel

    20 hours ago

    The news this morning about the massive thaw in diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana was so sudden and flooring that we really won't know for months or years to come what the impact will be—most importantly, what the impact will be for the millions of Cubans who have...

  • Moving and shaking: StandWithUs, Chanukah in Los Angeles and Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

    By Ryan Torok

    20 hours ago

    Stephen Wise Temple has named Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback as its next senior rabbi.

    The senior rabbi-elect, who is currently the head of Wise School, the synagogue’s day school for kindergarten through sixth grade and early childhood center, succeeds Rabbi Eli Herscher, according to a...

  • Join globetrotter Bruce Feiler on a journey through Jerusalem

    By  Tom Tugend

    21 hours ago

    Every religion has its pilgrimage, and PBS’ “Sacred Journeys” provides a lively visual guide to six of the best-known destinations for the devout.

    On Dec. 23, series host Bruce Feiler visits Jerusalem, and while the date might indicate a link to Christmas, the focus is on Sukkot,...

  • A Jewish artist whose work is at heart of Our Lady Cathedral

    21 hours ago

    When Simon Toparovsky makes the rounds at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral downtown, he gets the rock-star treatment — handshakes and embraces from complete strangers who approach him to engage in conversation, pose for a photograph and tell him his artistic creations are amazing,...

  • U.S. to announce that North Korea behind Sony hack

    21 hours ago

    U.S. investigators have determined that NorthKorea was behind a cyber attack on Sony Corp's computers, U.S. government sources said on Wednesday.

    One of the sources described the attack as "state-sponsored" and several sources said that North Korea was the government involved.

    ...
  • Despite artistic and political license, ‘Exodus’ connects to contemporary Jews

    21 hours ago

    If you are going to see “Exodus: Gods and Kings” because it depicts an iconic cultural narrative that you want to better understand, I would caution against relying on director Ridley Scott’s version.  

    This epic adventure does offer an unparalleled work of digital art that...

  • ‘Interview’ writer: If they want to bomb somebody for free speech, I’d like to be at ground zero

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    21 hours ago

    On Dec. 17, eight days after my interview with screenwriter Dan Sterling of “The Interview” – the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy about goofy journalists who land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and then are tasked by the CIA to assassinate him – Sony...

  • Norman Lear: ‘That’s Not the American Way’

    21 hours ago

    Following is an excerpt from Norman Lear’s autobiography, “Even This I Get to Experience”:

    The biggest next after my decade in network television was socio-political. It had begun brewing in me years earlier with the proliferation of fundamentalist TV ministries that perverted...

  • On campus sexual assault, Jewish groups have taken lead

    22 hours ago

    Jewish campus groups were ready for the painful national dialogue that took place in the wake of murky rape allegations at the University of Virginia.

    That’s because organizations such as Hillel and historically Jewish Greek houses, such as Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), Zeta Beta Tau...

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