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  • My “Unusual” Struggle with Depression

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    7 hours ago

    I spent two years of my life in consuming depression.  My mind reaches for reasons, as if depression needs justification.

    The tipping point happened in my first year of medical school.  The Iranian revolution had sent me spinning through several countries and many more schools. ...

  • Netanyahu clinches deal to form new Israeli government

    9 hours ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clinched a deal to form a new government on Wednesday, just before a deadline was to expire, but the coalition will rule by only the slimmest of majorities in Israel's turbulent parliament.

    "Israel now has a government," Naftali Bennett, the head...

  • Lag B’Omer celebrations take place Wednesday evening throughout Los Angeles

    13 hours ago

    Pico Shul and JConnect invite you to celebrate their annual Lag B'Omer bonfire at Dockweiler State Beach on Thursday, May 7. Bring blankets, food and alcohol (no glass bottles) and join this group at 6:30 p.m. for a night of music and fun! Feel free to grab your guitars,...

  • Free press in Egypt under attack

    14 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    It’s dangerous to be a journalist in Egypt these days, according to several human rights groups. In a statement this week to mark World Freedom Day, Amnesty International said there are at least 18 journalists who have been...

  • Vatican set to recognize Palestinian saints

    14 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Two Palestinian women who lived in Bethlehem almost a century and a half ago have been honored with the highest accolade that the Catholic Church can bestow. Mariam Bawardy and Mary-Alphonsine Ghattas will be canonized as saints,...

  • Netanyahu’s concession to key party could push coalition over the top

    14 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly agreed to concessions that would bring in a key party and allow him to form a new government.

    The Israeli media reported Wednesday morning that Netanyahu had agreed to make Naftali Bennett, who heads Jewish Home, either the...

  • Netanyahu’s efforts to form Israeli government go down to wire

    14 hours ago

    Benjamin Netanyahu, locked in down-to-the-wire coalition talks, faces a midnight deadline to form a government or risk being denied a fourth term as Israel's prime minister.

    Nearly two months after a convincing election victory, Netanyahu is struggling to build a solid...

  • The US-Israel Relations exchange, part 2: How Jews compare with evangelicals in support for Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    19 hours ago

    Jonathan Rynhold is the director of the Argov Center for the Study of the Jewish People and the State of Israel in the Political Studies Department at Bar-Ilan University, where he is also a senior researcher at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies. Dr Rynhold's research...

  • At Death’s Door

    20 hours ago

    For me, what’s on tap after death is unknowable. Not only that, what will happen right before is just about equally mysterious. How can we predict the way each of us is actually going to feel when the time comes? When we are children, we cannot understand what it is like to be a...

  • A giant step for Orthodox women clergy

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    1 day ago

    At Shabbat morning services at B’nai David-Judea Congregation (BDJ) on May 2, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky took an extra-long pause before beginning his drash, the weekly address to the congregation. It was more than just the usual wait for the gathering to settle into silence; it was...

  • Tribute outshines controversy at UCLA Heschel conference

    By Jared Sichel

    1 day ago

    During the two weeks leading up to a major conference at UCLA to honor the late rabbi and civil rights leader Abraham Joshua Heschel, controversy swirled around one of the event’s two keynote speakers — Cornel West — an outspoken academic who severely criticized Israel during its...

  • Why give Muslims a Pass?

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    If a Christian fundamentalist holds a provocative conference attacking abortion and two violent liberal protesters show up and start shooting, do we accuse the preacher of being too provocative and igniting the violence?

    If a Muslim preacher gives a nasty public sermon calling...

  • Pamela Geller, You’re No Charlie Hebdo

    By Rob Eshman

    1 day ago

    What is my problem with Pamela Geller?

    It doesn’t seem fair, at first glance, that I would support Charlie Hebdo and attack Geller.

    Geller is the Long Island Jewish housewife-turned-anti-Muslim activist behind the Muhammad drawing contest in Texas that ended in violence this...

  • Al Jazeera America denies being anti-Semitic, sexist and anti-U.S.

    1 day ago

    Al Jazeera America denied allegations by a former employee who said that the news channel overlooked anti-Semitic, sexist and anti-American misconduct.

    “Al Jazeera America does not tolerate any discriminatory conduct and we take great pride in the diversity of our organization...

  • How Jews are trying to make things better after Baltimore

    1 day ago

    From roundtable discussions to protests and prayers to candid talk with law enforcement officials, American Jewish communities are joining in the debate about community policing in the wake of several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men while in police custody.


  • Amid Chinese influx, Brandeis considers its Jewish identity

    1 day ago

    When Jeff Wang was applying to U.S. colleges more than two years ago from his home near Shanghai, Brandeis University was a top choice.

    Like many Chinese students now at Brandeis, he had discovered the university on Chinese Internet forums that touted the school’s academic...

  • Popular Israeli singer wishes death to Obama in new song

    1 day ago

    The popular Israeli singer Amir Benayoun released a song that wishes for the death of President Barack Obama, whom he refers to as a “treacherous creature.”

    Benayoun, who previously has been accused of racism and incitement, posted the song Monday on Facebook. He deleted it after...

  • Florida prisons ordered to serve kosher meals

    2 days ago

    Inmates in Florida’s prisons who request kosher meals must receive them, a federal judge in Miami ruled.

    U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz issued the order late last week after the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Corrections on behalf of 13...

  • Officer cleared in November killing of Arab-Israeli

    2 days ago

    The policeman who killed an Arab-Israeli man during an arrest in November was cleared of all charges.

    Israel’s Justice Ministry said Monday that the investigation of the policeman responsible for the death of Kheir Hamdan, 22, was closed for “lack of guilt,” the French news...

  • Lauryn Hill cancels Israel performance three days before concert

    2 days ago

    American R&B singer Lauryn Hill canceled a performance in Israel three days ahead of the scheduled concert.

    Hill, who was scheduled to perform in Rishon LeZion on Thursday, said in a statement posted late Monday on her Facebook page that she canceled because she was unable to...

  • Temple Mount activist may return to site, with conditions

    2 days ago

     A Jerusalem court lifted a restraining order barring activist Yehuda Glick from visiting the Temple Mount.

    Judge Miriam Kaslasi of the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday ruled that Glick could visit the holy site once a month. However, he cannot hold a smartphone or camera...

  • Back in power, Haredi parties aim to roll back religious reforms

    2 days ago

    Israel’s last governing coalition — divided on war, peace and economics — did agree on one thing: Israel’s religious policies needed to change.

    Now it appears that the incoming coalition will be organized around the opposite principle: Those changes must end.

    A coalition...

  • Iran’s allies, not atoms, preoccupy Israeli generals

    2 days ago

    While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thunders against a looming Iranian nuclear deal, his defense chiefs see a more pressing menace from Tehran's guerrilla allies.

    Chief among these is Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia that fought Israeli forces to a stand-still in their...

  • Hamas imposed taxes create new hardships for Palestinians in Gaza

    2 days ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    The Islamist Hamas, which controls the densely populated Gaza Strip, has added another burden to the lives of residents of Gaza with the introduction of new import taxes on items considered non-essential. The announcement has...

  • Netanyahu struggling to form coalition before deadline

    2 days ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scrambling to form a majority coalition before a Thursday deadline after his Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced he is resigning his post immediately and his party will not be...

  • Islamic State takes responsibility for Texas cartoon exhibit attack

    2 days ago

    The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility on Tuesday for an attack on a Texas exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad in which the two gunmen were killed.

    The Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State claimed responsibility on its official online radio station,...

  • Lauryn Hill Cave in to BDS Pressure and Canceled Her Concert in Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Only three days before Lauryn Hill was set to perform in Israel, the American soul a singer has canceled her concert. In a statement posted on her Facebook page, the "Killing Me Softly" singer wrote:

    Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,

    When deciding to play the region, my...

  • Netanyahu’s disastrous 61-member coalition

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    Israel’s Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, is an erratic and unpredictable politician. Yesterday he dropped a bomb by declaring that he will not be joining the fourth Netanyahu government. Netanyahu, Lieberman said, is guilty of flip-flopping. That is a laughable accusation from...

  • Shredding the past

    By Zev Hurwitz

    2 days ago

    It’s always great to hear the following words on the first day of a job:

    “Don’t get too comfortable. You won’t be here for long.”

    Of course, my supervisor meant that in a jokey fashion when I was receiving my orientation— we’re moving offices later this month. But the...

  • Hollywood: Your Home Away from Home Part 1

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 days ago

    Part One: A night out in Hollywood is many people's dream come true! I recommend dinner at the Bowery, a show at Pantages and a night at the Redbury, "Your Home Away From Home!" VIDEOA Night out in Los Angeles the Bowery and Pantages Theater  From the Bowery: "The Bowery brings...

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