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  • Obama-Netanyahu: stop having these meetings

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 hours ago

    The Washington Post rightly called it "another awkward Obama-Netanyahu meeting". The ritual is a bit tired, but we keep finding ourselves surprised by the inability of the parties to keep their differences to themselves and refrain from airing the grievances. 5 very short comments:...

  • FOOD FOR THE SOUL

    By Revital Belz

    4 hours ago

    One of the great leaders of the Jewish Nation once movingly declared, “There is no nation like the Jewish People.” Throughout the ages, in times of joy and sorrow, rich or poor, free or enslaved, they remain faithful and loyal to G-d’s Mitzvot!

    When I was a teenager, our local...

  • Beheading My Pet Lamb and Chicken Kaparot.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    13 hours ago

    I was eight years old when my father brought home our first pet.  Babai, an endearing name for a lamb in Iran, was cute, white, fluffy- all that a child wanted.

    My father emptied the pool and placed Babai in it to roam.  Each day, before and after school, I would walk down the...

  • A night of anger and reflection

    By David Suissa

    16 hours ago

    How do you explain Israel’s resounding success? How do you explain how a tiny country surrounded by medieval violence has managed to create an extraordinary society of more than 100 different nationalities that is on the cutting edge of culture and modernity?

    How do you explain...

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  • Israel forced to rethink ‘unconstitutional’ African expulsion plan

    By Simone Wilson

    17 hours ago

    A historic 216-page ruling handed down on Sept. 22 by the Supreme Court of Israel marks a breakthrough for the young country’s muddled migrant and refugee law.

    In their decision, seven members of the nine-justice panel struck down a recent amendment to Israel’s decades-old...

  • East meets West for UC Grad at Asian Chabads

    17 hours ago

    Like many newly minted American college graduates, Liad Braude, a 22-year-old UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) alumnus, chose to travel instead of going straight into the workforce. However, unlike his peers who were buying round-the-world tickets, packing for European trips or strapping on...

  • Biggest takeaway from 2014 Israel Index is support for freedom

    17 hours ago

    The challenge of religious freedom and equality in Israel is central to Israel’s well-being and its partnership with the Jewish people. While hardly anyone among the American-Jewish leadership has denied the desirability of religious freedom, many have attempted to avoid the issue,...

  • Poem: Yom Kippur

    18 hours ago

    A tree beside the synagogue atones

    of all its leaves. Within the ram’s horn blows

    and sins come tumbling down to rest among

    old cigarettes and handkerchiefs. My sins

    are dried and brittle now as any leaves

    and barely keep me warm. I have atoned

    for them before, burned...

  • Moving and shaking: Tour de Summer Camps, Woman to Woman Conference and more

    By Ryan Torok

    18 hours ago

    The moon was still visible at 5 a.m. on Sept. 21 as cyclists registered at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ second annual Tour de Summer Camps.

    More than 450 cyclists participated in the event, including Jay Sanderson, Federation...

  • Hope and help for the homeless at LAFH

    19 hours ago

    Los Angeles Family Housing (LAFH) is the largest provider of homeless services in the San Fernando Valley. The organization got its start in the early 1980s with the conversion of an old North Hollywood motel to house homeless families. Today, LAFH encompasses 23 properties, from...

  • The danger of gossip

    19 hours ago

    It’s out of my mouth before I know I’ve said it. Only right afterward do I recognize the feeling of giving in to the urge to say something I shouldn’t, something that is mean, judgmental or just not mine to tell. When I hear my husband or a friend repeating what I shouldn’t have...

  • Playwright Jessica Goldberg’s ‘Better’: When misery begets art

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    19 hours ago

    Almost five years ago, playwright Jessica Goldberg traveled back to her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., to visit her 65-year-old father, who was in hospice, dying from brain cancer in the family’s home.  One day she bid him goodbye as she set off on what she thought would be a short...

  • What Roy Choi can teach the Jews

    By Rob Eshman

    19 hours ago

    I was sitting in Commissary, Roy Choi’s new restaurant on the pool deck of the Line Hotel in Koreatown, thinking about the secret of Choi’s success. 

    It was my fourth time in the restaurant in the hotel Choi helped resurrect out of the dry bones of an abandoned Radisson.   

    ...
  • “The Golem of Hollywood”: A grisly L.A. mystery

    19 hours ago

    They have a way of scaring you, of chasing sleep away, these psychological thrillers that send your heart thumping. Imagine, then, what you are in for when two masters of the genre decide to collaborate. The result is “The Golem of Hollywood,” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) by bestselling...

  • Flavors of Israel from Atalya’s Kitchen

    20 hours ago

    Is there such a thing as Israeli cuisine? Of course there is! Israeli cuisine is an extraordinarily rich mixture of foods from Jewish communities all over the world. 

    When I look at the cultures that have influenced me, I realize their foods have similarities to Israeli cuisine....

  • Can moderation join abstinence as an addiction therapy?

    By Jared Sichel

    20 hours ago

    In 2001, as 25-year-old Adi Jaffe lay on the pavement in the intersection of Beverly Drive and Olympic Boulevard following a devastating motorcycle crash, his broken tibia and fibula were not his biggest problem. Rather, that would be the amount of cocaine he was carrying (and...

  • Netanyahu to Obama: Iran must not get nuclear arms

    20 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does not allow Tehran to stand at the "threshhold" of being able to develop nuclear weapons.

    ...
  • Hugo Ballin: The Jewish muralist of Los Angeles

    20 hours ago

    If you’ve ever attended services in the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple, chances are you’ve been awestruck by the elaborate mural that wraps around the Magnin Sanctuary. Beginning with Genesis and ending in 1929, when the mural was commissioned, it tells the epic story of the...

  • Miri Chais’ multimedia installation “Re:Mind” is first U.S. solo show

    By Tom Teicholz

    20 hours ago

    “Re:Mind,” a multimedia installation at USC’s Fisher Museum of Art, is the first solo show in the United States for Miri Chais, an Israeli-born artist who now lives in Los Angeles. For the show, Chais created and installed a room full of paintings and sculptures, as well as objects...

  • Mahmoud Abbas: Winning abroad but losing at home

    20 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Palestinians say that when it comes to diplomacy abroad, nobody can challenge the 80-year-old Mahmoud Abbas. But when it comes to tending to matters in the Palestinian territories, he doesn’t do so well.

    In his speech on Sept....

  • When Jews are bigoted against Conservative Christians

    By Dennis Prager

    20 hours ago

    Over the last 20 years, I have probably spent as much time with Evangelical Christians as with fellow Jews — in private settings, speaking at churches, on listener cruises, in my home and in their homes.

    I have come to admire and in many cases love these people. 

    Unfortunately,...

  • Coming to terms with ‘need’ this Yom Kippur

    By Gina Nahai

    20 hours ago

    It’s not that I’m greedy and want too much, there’s just a whole lot out there that I need, for myself and my family and even for the dog, Gus, that my kids brought home last year because they needed a dog, so they rescued him from the animal shelter in Van Nuys, for $650, and when...

  • Calendar: October 4-10

    By Laura Donney

    21 hours ago

    SAT | OCT 4

    “BETTER”

    Who says Los Angeles isn’t a theater town? When Annie returns to her Midwest childhood home to escape her less-than-blissful married life and visit her dying father, drama unfolds. With family and old friends around, secrets are revealed, wine is consumed,...

  • Letters to the editor: Young Americans in Israel, embracing our elders and shmita

    21 hours ago

    Young Yisra’el?

    I recently read Rob Eshman’s article about the younger generation and their views of Israel in light of the summer’s violent events (“Young Americans and Israel,” Sept. 5). I applaud the Journal’s courage in presenting the fact that there is a range of views...

  • Obituaries: October 1st 2014

    21 hours ago

    Cary Gordon Brooks died Aug. 31 at 71. Survived by wife Rena; son James (Amber); daughters Kelly (Oscar), Alicia, Suzie (Peter); 4 grandchildren; brother Roger; 2 nieces. Groman Eden

    Grace R. Brothers died Aug. 30 at 88. Survived by daughter Carolyn; brother Clarence Ablow. Mount...

  • Ghosts in the classroom: A Yom Kippur message

    21 hours ago

    There are ghosts in our classrooms.  Listen closely, and you can hear the generational echoes reverberating. 

    The grandfather of a second grader struggling with math was a renowned professor at MIT. The child who dances at the Kotel on his eighth grade class trip remembers his...

  • Soul Play

    Rabbi Avivah W. Erlick, BCC

    1 day ago

    --- Parashat Yom Kippur: Leviticus 16:1-34, Numbers 29:7-11

     For many of us, death is “the unthinkable.” Yom Kippur is supposed to help us with this problem. It asks us once a year to spend a day without food, water and other elements of life, and to dress in one of the garments...

  • The Heschel Exchange, Part 1: A great Jewish thinker and a victim of his own eloquence

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Rabbi Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. Before that, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and Halakha at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of...

  • 5775: Old conflicts, new hopes in the new year

    By Arthur Cohn

    1 day ago

    Israel turned 66 years old in 5774, the year that just passed. Some 8.2 million people live in Israel, of which 24,000 immigrated in the past year. Some 178,000 babies were born, and 42,000 people died. Jews make up 75 percent of the population; Arabs make up 20.7 percent. When...

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