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  • Obituaries: Week of May 22–28

    3 days ago

    David Allan Ball died April 29 at 74. Survived by wife Marlene; daughters Donna (William) Martensen, Denise Razavi; stepson Kevin (Maria) Berensohn; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother Joseph (Cathy). Mount Sinai

    Bernice Bergman died May 4 at 93. Survived by son Sandy...

  • The Holocaust film that is upending the genre – and other Jewish notes from Cannes

    3 days ago

    Given the long and storied history of the Holocaust film genre, it’s unusual for a new movie on the subject to be lauded as innovative.

    But the new film “Son of Saul,” the first by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, is being called just that. It’s also become the most widely talked...

  • The authenticity of anonymity, the absurdity of fame

    3 days ago

    It starts with that moon. That haunting, mystical full moon that rises over erev Passover, the brightest of the year. The same moon that accompanied our ancestors as they committed the most courageous, terrifying, faithful act of our history. This was their light. It is our light.

    ...
  • From a Romanian village to Jewish Los Angeles

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 days ago

    The journey to Judaism was a long one for Kinga Dobos. She grew up in a poor village in Romania and struggled to fit in as a teenager in Hungary. She worked for years as an au pair in Great Britain and the United States, and it was the Jewish families that took her into their homes...

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  • She followed her heart to her true faith

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    3 days ago

    I’m sitting in a plush rocking chair underneath a large painting of Jesus in my grandma’s living room. My grandma is across from me, smiling, her hands linked. Danny Lobell, my fiancé, is next to me.

    “So, what’s your background?” she asks Danny.

    “I’m Scottish and Jewish,” he...

  • Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion

    3 days ago

    A Swiss court has ordered Israel to pay $1.1 billion to Iran over a shah-era oil debt.

    The debt harkens back to a 1968 agreement in which the government-controlled National Iranian Oil Company shipped oil through Israeli ports and sold crude oil to Israel. Under the agreement,...

  • Blintzes and beyond for Shavuot

    By Judy Zeidler

    3 days ago

    The holiday of Shavuot marks the receiving of the Ten Commandments by Moses, but it’s also a kind of Jewish Thanksgiving, when farm bounty and grains — “first fruits” — were brought to the temple. These often included wheat, barley, grapes, figs and dates.

    In modern times,...

  • Joe Lieberman: Next U.S. president will bring warmer relations with Israel

    3 days ago

    Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, in an interview with JTA, surmised that the next U.S. administration would be friendlier with Israel than the current one. He also expressed concern over America’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, saying they are “going in a bad direction,” and...

  • Obama: Disagreeing with Israel is necessary to defend it

    3 days ago

    Open disagreement with Israel on some of its policies is a necessary component of the U.S. defense of Israel in the international community, President Barack Obama said.

    Obama, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg posted Thursday on The Atlantic’s website, singled out Israeli...

  • On Shavuot, reopening the book

    3 days ago

    On Shavuot, which this year falls on May 23, we celebrate the day that we received the Torah on Mount Sinai more than 3,300 years ago. Think about that. Every year, we celebrate receiving the exact same book, or, more precisely, re-receiving the exact same Torah. But if I possess...

  • Ancient Jerusalem aqueduct discovered during sewer work

    3 days ago

    A section of Jerusalem’s lower aqueduct, which brought water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was uncovered during sewer work.

    The aqueduct, which was excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, was found in the Umm Tuba neighborhood, near Har Homa. It begins near...

  • UC President Janet Napolitano wants UC to regard some anti-Israel views as anti-Semitic

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    On the final day of a meeting in San Francisco among the University of California’s Board of Regents, UC President Janet Napolitano said in a radio interview with 90.9 WBUR in Boston that her “personal view” is that the UC should adopt the State Department’s definition of...

  • In California and Washington, a push to define and redefine anti-Semitism

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    In recent months new reports and allegations of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic activity on University of California campuses appear to have died down — at least by comparison to the flurry of coverage from early 2014 to early this year.

    But that doesn’t mean American activists on...

  • Medication Nation

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 days ago

    You'd think we'd know better by now—or at least learn from our mistakes. But while first world problems concerning recreational drug use may have changed over time (both in purpose and side effects), the practice continues, and is likely more widespread than ever. Back in the...

  • Bar Mitzvah in Baku

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    3 days ago

    I recently traveled to Azerbaijan to speak at the 6th International Conference on Multiculturalism at Baku Slavic University. Azerbaijan is a developing country in the Caucuses on the Caspian Sea, rich in oil and agricultural resources, and committed to building a secular Muslim...

  • Univ. of California alumni call for steps to curb campus anti-Semitism

    3 days ago

    More than 500 alumni of the University of California called on the system’s president and Board of Regents to address the “rising tide of anti-Jewish bigotry at the UC.”

    The alumni wrote in the open letter published Wednesday in the Daily Bruin, the student newspaper of the...

  • JQ International opens its WeHo doors

    By Tess Cutler

    3 days ago

    It was 9 p.m. on a Thursday and Asher Gellis, founder of the out-and-proud nonprofit JQ International, was sitting on a barstool at Revolver, a West Hollywood hot spot, as scantily clad performers shimmied on tabletops. 

    Earlier that evening, his blooming organization had hosted...

  • Osama bin Laden’s reading list included book by Holocaust denier

    3 days ago

    Osama bin Laden had books by conspiracy theorists and one by a Holocaust denier in his Pakistan compound raided by Navy SEALs four years ago.

    They were among the details on hundreds of letters, books, magazine articles, reports and other materials found in the al-Qaeda founder’s...

  • Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election.

    Speaking as he met with European Union foreign policy chief...

  • Bamidbar: Centering in the Wilderness

    3 days ago

    This article originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    Bamidbar is both the name of the fourth book of the Torah (referred to in English as Book of Numbers) and this week’s portion. After receiving the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai, Bamidbar/Numbers tells the Israelites journey...

  • White House assures Israel on nuclear conference

    3 days ago

    The United States will ensure that any text coming out of a conference reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meets Israel’s interests, the White House said.

    Suggestions to the contrary are “offensive,” the White House said in an email sent to JTA on Thursday.

    Israeli...

  • Lieberman calls two-state supporters ‘autistic’

    3 days ago

    Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s former foreign minister, called supporters of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict “autistic.”

    Lieberman, who heads the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party, made his remarks Thursday in an interview with Israel Radio.

    “Anyone who...

  • Islamic State says in full control of Syria’s Palmyra after westward advance

    3 days ago

    Islamic State fighters tightened their grip on the historic city of Palmyra in Syria, days after capturing a provincial capital in neighboring Iraq, suggesting the growing momentum of the group which a monitor says now holds half of Syrian territory.

    The twin successes pile...

  • Around-the-clock cleanup effort under way on oil-fouled California beach

    3 days ago

    Santa Barbara-- Cleanup teams labored on Thursday for a third day to remove patches of crude petroleum that stained a California beach and fouled offshore waters from a pipeline rupture that may rank as the biggest oil spill to hit the Santa Barbara coastline in more than four...

  • Reality Competition Shows:  When We All Become Critics.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    Troy was a couple of years older.  He was married with one child when we started medical school together.  We had similar interests-  less beer and sports, more art, music and philosophy.

    I experienced many firsts with him- from classic movies, to great operas, from staying up...

  • 3 short notes from NY: Iran, US-Israel, Israel-Diaspora

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    I spent the week in the US, discussing the “triangle” – The US, Israel, and the Jews – at a JPPI brainstorming conference and in several other meetings. Here are a couple of quick thoughts on things that were discussed and their implications:

    Iran: accept or fight to the (bitter)...

  • Houthis launch assault on critical media in Yemen

    3 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    An atmosphere of intimidation is silencing Yemen’s journalists. At least 100 media outlets have closed out of fear that they will be targeted by Houthi fighters who are waging a campaign to mute criticism of the Shi’ite Islamist...

  • Fond farewell to leader and teacher at Stephen Wise Temple

    By Aron Chilewich

    3 days ago

    Two senior rabbis representing 51 years of leadership at Stephen Wise Temple joined for Kabbalat Shabbat services on May 14, along with the congregation’s incoming senior rabbi, to celebrate retirement and a transition. The trio represents the entire history of the synagogue.

    For...

  • The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies, Judea Pearl and Cornel West

    By Dennis Prager

    3 days ago

    Last month, the Jewish Journal published a plea from Judea Pearl, Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science and Statistics at UCLA and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Daniel Pearl was the writer for the Wall Street Journal who was murdered by Islamists in Pakistan. Judea...

  • Hebrew word of the week: avaTiyyiaH

    3 days ago

    One of the most popular summer fruits in modern Israel, watermelon appears only once in the Bible, as the favorite fruit of the slaves in Egypt, which they missed a lot in the Sinai Desert, where their throat “was dried away,” (Numbers 11:5-6).

    The famous French medieval...

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