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  • Bridging two cultures within one community

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    A recent discussion at Sinai Temple called “Inside the Persian Jewish Community” examined the community’s internal as well as external forces, as talk turned to the stereotypes and tensions that sometimes develop with local Ashkenazi Jews. 

    “Persians feel so judged by the...

  • Peanut Allergy:  Eat Peanuts Early Like Israelis?

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 days ago

    Deadly peanut allergies are on the rise, not just in the United States but around the world.

    Israeli children have lower rates of peanut allergy when compared to Jewish children of similar ancestry in the United Kingdom.  Israelis consider the popular peanut-flavored Bamba their...

  • Shaming the murderers

    By David Suissa

    4 days ago

    A religious Muslim who murders an innocent person in the name of the Quran desecrates his own religion. I wish that idea had been the theme of last week’s White House Conference on Violent Extremism. 

    Instead, President Barack Obama went out of his way to take religion out of...

  • Amnesty Int’l: Israel and Hamas committed war crimes

    4 days ago

    Amnesty International accused Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes during last summer’s war in Gaza.

    The human rights organization in its 415-page annual report released Wednesday reiterated its claims from December that Israel’s assault on Gaza “was marked by callous...

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  • Israel Electric cuts Palestinian power again

    4 days ago

    Two West Bank cities had their electricity cut for the second time in a week because of unpaid bills.

    The state-owned Israel Electric Corp. cut power for an hour to Nablus and Jenin on Wednesday to protest what it says is $482 million in debt. The company also briefly cut power...

  • Opening the floodgates of Israel bashing

    4 days ago

    Commentary magazine called it “flood libel.” HonestReporting.com described it as “dam busted.” And Camera headlined it “Dam Lies.”

    Agence France Presse’s report earlier this week falsely alleging that Israel intentionally opened a large dam in the South in order to unleash floods...

  • At Streit’s 90-year-old Lower East Side factory, ‘the men’ turn out their last matzah batch

    4 days ago

    Seated in his Lower East Side office, in front of a large portrait of company patriarch Aron Streit, Alan Adler avoids becoming too nostalgic.

    “It’s like I tell my family members: none of you own a car from 1935, why do you think a matzah factory from 1935 is what we should be...

  • ‘Anonymous Soldiers’ looks at terrorism from another troubling angle

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    4 days ago

    “Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947” by Bruce Hoffman (Knopf) offers an uncomfortable but crucial message: Terrorism works. And the book is all the more disturbing because the examples Hoffman considers are the Irgun and Lehi (perhaps better known as the “Stern...

  • Poem: Josephs, In a Time of No Peace

    4 days ago

    A gnarl of streets
    and Purim boys — my sons with striped towels
    for their many-colored coats — roam them
    until a rock, a boom, debris.

    Then a rain of flesh on a door in a city

    Because my father’s father’s
    father stole a goat, the child of that goatless
    father’s father’s...

  • ‘Downton Abbey’ and the Jews

    4 days ago

    Much more than a highbrow soap opera about a family of British aristocrats and their servants, “Downton Abbey” has been deeply rooted in the history and social issues of the early 20th century. Themes of class divides, changing morals and tradition versus progress have provided the...

  • A sneak peek inside the Broad museum

    By Avishay Artsy

    4 days ago

    A throng of art-world insiders, media and members of the public swirled around the top-floor gallery of The Broad for a sneak peak at Los Angeles’ newest art museum ... before the art was installed. At the center of the storm, the new museum’s benefactor and namesake, Eli Broad,...

  • Turn your floral bouquet into homemade potpourri

    By Jonathan Fong

    4 days ago

    Who doesn’t love receiving a bouquet of fresh flowers, whether it’s for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or just because? The sweet smells always brighten your day and add a burst of joyful color to your home. It’s too bad, then, that arrangements typically wilt in about a...

  • Auschwitz’s volunteer prisoner

    By Avishay Artsy

    4 days ago

    The long-lost story of Capt. Witold Pilecki and his heroic actions during World War II is finally coming to light. Pilecki, a Polish army officer, volunteered to enter Auschwitz as a prisoner to gather information about life inside the concentration camp. He wrote the first...

  • Torching of West Bank mosque called nationalistic attack

    4 days ago

    A West Bank mosque was set on fire and nationalist slogans were painted on its walls.

    The attack in the Jaba village, near Bethlehem, occurred early Wednesday morning. A mosque window was broken and a burning object was thrown inside. The interior walls and furniture were...

  • A Jewish state grows in Basel

    By Elyse Glickman

    4 days ago

    Basel, Switzerland, could be thought of as the cradle of modern Zionism. It was here that the First Zionist Congress was held in 1897, and the city remains a pilgrimage site for many American and Israeli Jews.

    One of the most powerful and attractive locations that still draws...

  • U.S. charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State

    4 days ago

    Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said.

    One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at...

  • Likud’s ‘Us or Them’ TV ads raise ire

    4 days ago

    The Likud Party has replaced a TV spot featuring Islamic State terrorists on a mission to take over Jerusalem with a second commercial warning that Israeli-Arab politicians will anchor any government that might replace Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Both Likud television commercials...

  • German Jewish magazine to hide publication’s name in deliveries

    4 days ago

    A monthly Jewish magazine in Germany said it will deliver copies to subscribers in blank envelopes as a response to recent anti-Semitic attacks across Europe.

    Judisches Berlin, or Jewish Berlin, is taking the measure to hide the publication’s name.

    “We decided to do so despite...

  • Arab envoys decline Dermer’s push to attend Netanyahu’s Congress speech

    4 days ago

    Israel’s ambassador to the United States could not convince his counterparts from at least two Arab countries to attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

    Ron Dermer sent emails to the ambassadors of Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates encouraging them to be...

  • Operation Passover: Israeli Rabbi smuggles matzah to Syria’s Jews

    By Simone Wilson

    4 days ago

    By the morning of Feb. 19, Rabbi Abraham Haim had collected more than 300 pounds of Jerusalem-made matzah for delivery to Syria. Boxes of the traditional Jewish crackers were stacked up to the ceiling of his cramped apartment in Bnei Brak, a religious suburb of Tel Aviv.

    A few...

  • NYC officials, rabbis reach tentative deal on circumcision rite

    4 days ago

    A mohel who performs the controversial circumcision rite metzitzah b’peh would no longer have to obtain a signed consent in New York under a tentative agreement.

    A coalition of rabbinic leaders and the city reportedly reached agreement on the rite, it was reported late Tuesday....

  • Why not support President Obama?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    4 days ago

    Why should I, a liberal in the bluest of cities in California, the bluest of states — where President Barack Obama now has a 57 percent approval rating — be subject to the whims of the pro-Republican prime minister of Israel? 

    And why should I or anyone else listen to Prime...

  • Still keen on President Obama?

    By Dennis Prager

    4 days ago

    On Feb. 23, in a dialogue/debate in Miami Beach with Alan Dershowitz, I asked the liberal Harvard Law School professor if he still thinks it was a good thing that Barack Obama was re-elected president in 2012.

    Before revealing his answer, I would like to ask readers who voted for...

  • Is this really the Torah God gave Moses at Sinai? (Part 1)

    By Roger Price

    4 days ago

    The Torah is the foundational text of the Jewish People. Initially, it asserts a pre-history and a purpose of the ancient Judahite kingdom to which contemporary Jews trace their emotional and often actual genetic origin, setting forth the kingdom’s legends and lore, its poetry and...

  • Torah portion: Blessings in disguise

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    4 days ago

    My mother, z”l, measured her great success in the women’s clothing business by the number of women who liked the clothes she chose for them. When I was young, my mother shared with me her “secret of success”: People have to feel comfortable in their clothes; they have to feel like...

  • Calendar: February 28 - March 6

    By Laura Donney

    4 days ago

    SAT | FEB 28

    YALE STROM & HOT PSTROMI

    There’s no better way to celebrate the end of the shortest month than with some heartwarming klez-tastic tunes. The band, which got its start more than 30 years ago, uses violin, bass, flute, accordion, vocals and more to bring that Eastern...

  • Letters to the editor: Hollywood, Selma and European Jews

    4 days ago

    The Future of European Jewry

    Couldn’t agree more (“Why Jews Must Stay in Europe,” Feb. 20). While Israel is and always will be a home to Jews from all around the world, clearing out of Europe is not the answer. 

    Noga Gur Arieh via jewishjournal.com

    Of course each side, so to...

  • Obituaries: Week of February 27, 2015

    4 days ago

    Gerald Berke died Jan. 24 at 83. Survived by wife Judith; 5 grandchildren; sister Nancy Zepp. Mount Sinai

    David Joseph Berns died Jan. 27 at 98. Survived by wife Eva; daughters Alexis, Jacqueline; son Ira (Carol); 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Nettie Corwin died Jan. 27 at 97....

  • Are there any miracles in the Books of Esther and Ruth?

    5 days ago

    While the Books of Ruth and Esther each focus on a heroine, they depict very different pictures of Jewish life. The Book of Ruth is a vignette of the Land of Israel a few hundred years after the Exodus. The Book of Esther is a broad canvas depicting the Jewish people in exile and a...

  • Bibi’s hamantashen

    5 days ago

    Finally, there is a hamantashen that goes well with cocktails.

    Owner Dan Messinger of Bibi’s Bakery and Cafe in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood has devised a savory recipe for the Purim pastry.

    The traditional Purim treat is usually made with a sweet cookie crust and an even...

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