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  • Climate change will be the number one issue in the 2034 midterm elections

    By Marty Kaplan

    5 hours ago

    On the day after the Sept. 23 UN Climate Change Summit in New York, sunset will bring the High Holidays to Jews around the world.   

    On that night, I wonder whether the words of the Unetanneh Tokef, the troubling prayer at the heart of the Days of Awe, will resonate with news...

  • My 1930s education at the movies

    9 hours ago

    I’d long wanted to see the two movies on the double bill at our neighborhood movie house, the Princess at 61st and Main streets in Los Angeles, that week in 1939. Brother Raul and friend Ernie wanted to see the films too, even though they had been made eight years earlier. Mother...

  • David Brooks’ Son Is In the Israeli Army: Does It Matter?

    By Rob Eshman

    9 hours ago

    One of the more interesting nuggets buried in a long, Hebrew-language interview with New York Times columnist David Brooks in the recent Ha'aretz magazine is the revelation, toward the very end, that Brooks's oldest son serves in the Israeli Defense Forces.

    "Brook's connection to...

  • Noteworthy books for the new year

    10 hours ago

    In my 20s, I studied French culture and became enamored of what the French call “la rentrée littéraire.” Along with their returns to work, school and politics that follow the summer lull, the French immerse themselves in a wave of new books for the season. Here in the United...

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  • An eye for synagogue photography: Louis Davidson

    11 hours ago

    If you want to track down Louis Davidson, try the local synagogue. 

    Of course, “local” in this case could mean anywhere from Hong Kong to Morocco, from the Ukraine to Hawaii — in any city other than Los Angeles or Tulsa, Okla., between which the retired...

  • Climate on Rosh Hashanah - the greatest threat to Israel

    11 hours ago

    As we approached Rosh Hashanah last week, we read the double Torah portion called Nitzavim-Vayelekh, which includes the verse, "Life and death I set before you, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, in order that you and your seed will live!" (Deut. 30:19) The next day, three...

  • Hollywood Costumes from the Golden Age to the present

    12 hours ago

    Chances are, even if you haven’t seen the movies, you can picture the costumes.

    Harrison Ford’s fedora and leather jacket in “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” John Belushi’s “college” sweatshirt in “National Lampoon’s Animal House.” Eddie Murphy’s fur coats and lavish gold jewelry in...

  • Jews and the birth of Film Noir

    12 hours ago

    The 1942 classic “Casablanca” follows a complicated love story between two star-crossed lovers, played by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. But it’s also about refugees fleeing their home country for safety. It’s an apt metaphor for the experience of Jews escaping Nazi Germany,...

  • Israel Supreme Court: Holot illegal, Africans jailed in desert must be freed within 90 days

    By Simone Wilson

    12 hours ago

    The Supreme Court of Israel ruled this evening to close a desert prison called Holot, a facility that Israeli lawmakers created last December to indefinitely hold African asylum seekers who had "infiltrated" the border.

    According to the whopping 216-page decision on the...

  • Spotlight on Jewish characters in fall films

    12 hours ago

    Few films with an expressly Jewish theme or Jewish characters are to be found this fall, but there will be some choice subjects onscreen.

    “Sleeping with the Fishes” follows the exploits of Alexis Fish (Gina Rodriguez), daughter of a Latina mother and a Jewish father. Alexis is at...

  • ISIS urges attacks on U.S., French citizens, taunts Obama

    13 hours ago

    ISIS urged its followers on Monday to attack citizens of the United States, France and other countries which have joined a coalition to destroy the ultra-radical group.

    ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani also taunted U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western "crusaders" in...

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    14 hours ago

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • Israel Factor, 2016 rankings: If we must have a Republican, then Christie, Bush, Romney

    By Shmuel Rosner

    19 hours ago

    Our Israel Factor ranking of the top 2016 candidates – we did not have time to include Sen. Bernie Sanders this time – has not changed much in recent months. Hillary Clinton is still the highest ranked candidate of the group. Her recent comments on Israel, distancing her from what...

  • Eric “The Actor” Dies at 39, Rest In Peace

    By Rob Eshman

    1 day ago

    TMZ and Yahoo News are reporting that Eric "The Actor" Lynch, a Howard Stern Show regular, is dead at 39.

    Sad, sad news for Howard Stern fans.  Sad news for anyone who likes great comedy and great radio.  TMZ says:

    Eric's longtime manager Johnny Fratto tells us Lynch was...

  • Preparing to Marry God: A Near-Death Experience.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 day ago

    Today is a good day to die!

    In sharp contrast to the upcoming New Year celebration of 2015, where people party as if they will live forever, and dance to music focused around the “booty,” the Jewish New Year is a simulated near death experience, it’s focus the soul. 

    We...

  • Israel establishing national cyber defense authority

    1 day ago

    Israel will launch a national cyber defense authority to defend civilians against cyber threats.

    The authority, which was announced at the regular weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, will act alongside the National Cyber Bureau, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

    ...
  • Israel, Palestinians to pick up cease-fire talks in Cairo

    1 day ago

    Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will resume this week in Cairo.

    The talks on Tuesday will be held through Egyptian negotiators who will shuttle between the two sides, according to reports.

    The negotiation of truce terms was part of the Aug....

  • Sunday Reads: Leonard Cohen’s 80th, The settlements’ party, Iran still dangerous

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    US

    Eric Edelman, Ray Takeyh and Denis Ross remind us that Iran is still America’s biggest challenge in the Middle East –

    The United States and Iran stand at opposite ends of the spectrum of Middle East politics. The Islamic republic’s ideological compulsions and sheer...

  • Part of White House evacuated; Obama not present, witnesses say

    3 days ago

    White House staff and reporters were evacuated on Friday night by the Secret Service because an intruder was spotted running on the grounds of the complex shortly after President Barack Obama had left the building, witnesses said.

    Obama had just left aboard the Marine One...

  • Bennett and Weston: The politics of scapegoating

    3 days ago

    John Bennett, a Republican Representative in the Oklahoma State Legislature,  urged people recently on his Facebook page to “be wary of the individuals who claim to be Muslim-American” because, presumably, they pose a threat to us all. Leaders of several civil rights organizations...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    You have SNL, we got Eretz Nehederet (“a wonderful country”) – a satirical television series, which makes fun of everything and everyone. The show, debuted on November 7, 2003, features satirical references to the main affairs of the week through parodies of the people involved, as...

  • This lightweight is heavily into Sumo

    3 days ago

    At 5-foot-3 and 135 pounds, Michael Greenberg will be the lightest sumo competitor at the 14th annual US Sumo Open on Sept. 20 — by a lot. But according to the young Jew from Long Beach, his svelte frame is one of his biggest assets.
     
    “I think a lot of people are going to...
  • Charles Bronfman: The most wonderful gift I’ve ever received

    3 days ago

    Ten years ago, my children Ellen and Stephen, and their spouses Andrew Hauptman and Claudine Blondin Bronfman, gave me the most unbelievable gift.

    They founded and endowed The Charles Bronfman Prize, which annually recognizes a humanitarian under the age of 50 who is changing the...

  • To be read at the NYC Rally protesting “The Death of Klinghoffer”

    By Judea Pearl

    3 days ago

    Friends and Fellow protesters: 

    In joining you today to protest the New York Metropolitan Opera production of this opera, I echo the silenced voice of my son, Daniel Pearl, and the silenced voices of other victims of terror, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and including...

  • Am Yisrael Chai: The Story Behind The Bergen-Belsen Recording

    By Milad Doroudian

    3 days ago

    Am Yisrael Chai!”, shouted Reverend L.H. Hardman who had finished conducting the first pre-Shabbat sermon that many of the Bergen-Belsen camp survivors had not seen for 6 years. Although weakened by hunger, disease, and the death of their loved ones, on the 20th of April, 1945 many...

  • Our Jewish obligation to make an impact on climate change

    3 days ago

    When the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit convenes this Tuesday in New York City, the international community will have an opportunity to build a more sustainable and just future by making a meaningful impact in the global effort to address climate change. Advocates and...

  • The new year brings viewers new T.V. shows

    3 days ago

    It’s September, which means back to school, Rosh Hashanah and a brand-new TV season. This year, members of the tribe populate the landscape both on camera and behind the scenes, from Bebe Neuwirth as the secretary of state’s chief of staff in CBS’ “Madam Secretary,” to Jeffrey...

  • Committed to Being Perfectly Imperfect

    By Beit T'shuvah

    4 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here, in Bridgeport, Ct., getting ready for a weekend as a Scholar In Residence, I am in awe of where my life is today. I laugh at and pinch myself every day, realizing how awesome and crazy my life is. I get to hang out with smart, deep people; I...

  • Ecospirituality

    By Emily Stern

    4 days ago

    Scientists, ecologists, devotees, and spiritual healers are together at a summit, saying we need each other. The scientists want to know, "Is there a need for us in the spiritual world?" “Yes of course!  We don’t know what to do to be shepherds of this earth, and most of us know...

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