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  • Obama administration: Still a ‘big no’ on supporting settlement building

    13 minutes ago

    The Obama administration is standing by its “big no” when it comes to supporting any new settlement building in Israel, a spokesman said.

    “I can be very clear that we’re not changing – again, we’re not changing – the decades-old U.S. policy regarding settlements,” Mark Toner, a...

  • Interview with GOP presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham

    32 minutes ago

    Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham is not garnering much support in national polls as he seeks to stand out in the crowded field of candidates vying for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

    Over the weekend, Graham campaigned in New Hampshire with his Senate...

  • #myLAcommute I can make you a wedding dress

    33 minutes ago


    I work as a seamstress in downtown L.A. My mom, who brought me here from Mexico when I was 15, taught me how to sew. I know how to make everything. I can make you a wedding dress or a pair of pants. I sew shirts all day long. Today, I cut my hand with the...

  • How to avoid the Thanksgiving food coma?

    By Elana Horwich

    46 minutes ago

    Eating less is NOT the answer this chef will give you!

    Try these three tips, and they will totally change your holiday experience.

    1. My secret weapon: Digestive Enzymes. They support your belly’s digestion so you will feel less full and bloated, and will have more energy after...
  • Jeb Bush: Move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in signal to Iran

    2 hours ago

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Tuesday that the U.S. should move the Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a signal to Iran in the face of their continued threats.

    During a campaign stop in Greenville, South Carolina, Bush said that his second act on day one...

  • US State Dept. issues worldwide travel alert in wake of terror attacks

    3 hours ago

    The U.S. State Department issued a worldwide travel alert for U.S. citizens in the wake of recent terror attacks, including in Paris and Mali.

    Blanket alerts such as the one issued earlier this week are rare for the State Department. There have been six worldwide travel alerts in...

  • Obama tells Americans homeland is safe as millions set off on Thanksgiving travel

    3 hours ago

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans they are safe on Wednesday as millions of people embarked on their annual Thanksgiving travels, with security at airports, New York City's parade festivities and other venues expected to be heightened amid jitters after the Paris...

  • Israeli intelligence helped Germany thwart planned terror attack

    3 hours ago

    Israeli intelligence officials helped Germany thwart a planned terror attack days after the Paris attacks, a German news magazine reported.

    On Wednesday, Stern reported that Israel picked up intelligence about a plot to attack sites, including the HDI Arena in Hanover, where a...

  • Chanukah books: Curl up with a good read

    4 hours ago

    It’s time for a top-10 list of a few of the best recently published Jewish books for this Chanukah season. All make wonderful gifts and span different age and interest levels.


    “Oskar and the Eight Blessings” by Tanya and Richard Simon. Illustrated by Mark Siegel....

  • What Obama did and didn’t say about Ezra Schwartz

    4 hours ago

    How the Obama administration has handled last week’s murder in the West Bank of Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old from Sharon, Massachusetts, on his gap year in Israel, has raised painful questions among Jewish Americans upset by his senseless death.

    “Obama Silent on Killing of...

  • After cancer, Thanksgiving will never be the same

    4 hours ago

    In fiction, the scenario would seem implausible: While attempting to console my husband as his little sister drew her final breaths, I noticed an unfamiliar number flash across my screen. I let it go to voicemail. The number flashed again. It was my physician, who informed me when...

  • Israeli soldier seriously wounded in Hebron-area stabbing attack

    4 hours ago

    An Israeli soldier was seriously wounded in a stabbing attack near Hebron in the West Bank.

    The Palestinian assailant, who according to reports pulled up to a traffic junction and exited from his car brandishing a knife, was shot by Israeli forces and seriously wounded following...

  • Iran to back Palestinians ‘in any way we can’: Khamenei

    5 hours ago

    Iran's supreme leader said on Wednesday that Iran would support the Palestinian uprising against Israel "in any way we can", and rejected U.S. accusations that a recent wave of Palestinian knife and car-ramming attacks amounted to "terrorism".

    Khamenei was speaking a day after...

  • Surviving crew member of Russian jet says no warning from Turkey

    5 hours ago

    The surviving crew member of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey said on Wednesday the plane received no warnings from the Turkish Air Force and did not fly over Turkish air space, Russian news agencies reported.

    Turkey shot down the Russian plane near the Syrian border on...

  • The Religious Brains exchange, part 2: ‘All God-talk is metaphorical, inexact and incomplete’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    9 hours ago

    Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger is the leader of the Beth-El Congregation in Fort Worth, Texas, an adjunct faculty member at Brite Divinity School and has served as the Jewish co-chair of the Texas Conference of Churches' Jewish-Christian Forum. Rabbi Mecklenburger was ordained at the...

  • Astonished in the Swirl of Existence

    9 hours ago

    [Editor's Note: This seemed a good entry for the Thanksgiving holiday (in the U.S., it is November 26th this year). We at Kavod v'Nichum wish all, whether you celebrate the event this week, at another time, or not at all, a time of blessings; love, plenty, prosperity, health, and...

  • Real Housewives of Atlanta Week 3 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    15 hours ago

    Typos are generously sponosored by vodka.

    I love this show, but we are only three weeks in and even though I love Kim Fields, I’m bored. Maybe because I’m a Nene fan and her not being here is a drag, or maybe simply because the women are a bore, but either way it isn't...

  • Real Housewives of Cheshire Season 1 Week 1 & 2 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    17 hours ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    My UK readers have been asking me to blog this show forever and it is finally on TV in America! I watched one episode last year over Facetime with a friend and I instantly fell in love with this group of women. They’re a mess, which...

  • Chanukah gift guide 2015

    17 hours ago

    Marmol Radziner Architects, one of the city’s leading architecture firms in both new construction and historic restorations, also creates furniture, home accessories and jewelry. Marmol Radziner’s Menorah ($140) channels a streamlined, modern sensibility into this ritual object...

  • A plea for Syrian refugees: ‘never again’

    18 hours ago

    Having spent a career helping women and civil society activists in the most challenging places on Earth, we thought we had seen the worst man could do. Helping society rebound in the killing fields in Cambodia; documenting Saddam’s genocide in northern Iraq; helping resolve...

  • The refugee dilemma: Fighting to defend the defenseless

    By Danielle Berrin

    18 hours ago

    On Nov. 19, less than a week after the deadly series of terrorist attacks in Paris, Mark Hetfield, president and CEO of HIAS, the 134-year-old refugee resettlement organization, was summoned to the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., to testify before Congress. The...

  • Partition, pragmatism and missed opportunities between Israel and the Palestinians

    19 hours ago

    Two scholars examine, from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


    The Palestinian national movement has long been...

  • Partition and the triumph of Zionist pragmatism

    19 hours ago

    Two scholars examine, from the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives, the historic United Nations vote on the partition of Palestine on Nov. 29, 1947, which ultimately led to the creation of  the Jewish State of Israel.


    In a famous diary entry after the First Zionist Congress...

  • November 29: The Jewish Thanksgiving Day

    By Judea Pearl

    19 hours ago

    For several years now, I have been campaigning to declare Nov. 29 as the Jewish Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks to Lady History and to the many heroic players who stood behind the historic United Nations vote on Nov. 29, 1947, an event that has changed so dramatically the...

  • What’s a dollar a month worth?

    By David Suissa

    19 hours ago

    People love the Jewish Journal. They love picking it up, at a shul or deli or cafe or market, and flipping through the stories of the Jewish world. There’s nothing quite like it in Los Angeles — a gathering place where all the voices of our community can be heard.

    I can’t tell...

  • Best arguments for and against taking in Syrian refugees

    21 hours ago

    To take in or not to take in, that is the question. And in this gilded age of Facebook and social media, everyone seems to have an answer. There are also a lot of articles about why the Syrian refugees are like the Jews of WWII and an equal number of articles about why the Syrian...

  • Moving and shaking: Temple Ner Simcha commemorates Paris victims; OUR HOUSE gala and more

    By Ryan Torok

    22 hours ago

    Trans-denominational synagogue Temple Ner Simcha in Agoura Hills held a ceremony Nov. 16 to commemorate the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks, which took place three days prior.

    Temple Ner Simcha Rabbi Michael Barclay (center) leads a prayer service to honor the victims of...

  • Paleo Pecan Crust Sunshine Pumpkin Pie

    By Elana Horwich

    22 hours ago

    Because it tastes like the sunshine.

    Your guests do not want to look at their watches waiting for the right moment to make a polite exit so they can go home and sleep away the culinary burden of the night. Lighten up the load. Add sunshine.

    A little labor intensive to use fresh...

  • How to make a birch branch menorah

    By Jonathan Fong

    22 hours ago

    While the lighting of the Chanukah candles has been a tradition for centuries, menorahs themselves are constantly being reinvented. Do an online search for “menorahs” and you’ll find literally hundreds of styles, from traditional to novelty. (One that’s getting a lot of attention...

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