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  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    3 hours ago

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    3 hours ago

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

  • Where is Obama on Hamas?

    By David Suissa

    3 hours ago

    I can understand why President Barack Obama would be reluctant to blindly support Israel at times when Israel’s neighbors have major grievances against the Jewish state. It serves no one’s interest for America to appear overly biased toward Israel. Better to appear fair and...

  • Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

    By Julie Bien

    4 hours ago

    When Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the principal of Ramaz, an Orthodox day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, first heard about last week’s attack in the neighborhood on a Jewish couple by a mob bearing Palestinian flags, he had an instinctual response. Maybe the male students at his...

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  • For Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, there is no joy in debut

    4 hours ago

    It was a scenario straight out of “Casey at the Bat”: a screaming crowd, ninth inning, two outs, two men on base, the home team down by two runs, the slugger striding to the plate with a chance to win the game.

    The slugger on Monday night in Dodger Stadium was Joc Pederson, a...

  • Blockers and tacklers: Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

    4 hours ago

    Blocking brothers, a college star seeking success in the pros, a fullback who hasn’t had a carry in four seasons and a couple of ace special teamers are among the Jewish players on NFL rosters as the league kicks off this week.

    A punter may join the group after sitting out the...

  • In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

    4 hours ago

    Does the prospect of President Obama’s lame-duck period, coupled with the multiple foreign crises he is facing, diminish his quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace?

    Little on the immediate diplomatic horizon signals an intensive U.S. interest in advancing the peace process.

    There...

  • Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

    4 hours ago

    In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left.

    He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met...

  • Whether you fire him or not, condemn Salaita’s words

    5 hours ago

    For the past month or so, the academic world in this country has been abuzz with impassioned debate about Professor Steven Salaita, whose proposed appointment as a tenured professor in American Indian studies at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana was rejected by...

  • Murdered journalist Steven Sotloff was a hero – and my friend

    By Danielle Berrin

    6 hours ago

    I paused the video in panic when I saw his face: I know that face, I thought. It’s older and rounder than I remember, sallow from fear, but I know that face. What the f--- is it doing in a terrorist propaganda video in which an American journalist is being gruesomely beheaded? For...

  • Lissitsky’s Intersectionality

    By Milad Doroudian

    6 hours ago

    Can geometry and colour be the only elements that can make up art? The truth is that aesthetics are a truly difficult thing to understand, especially when they are directed towards the fostering of pure artistic feeling. Suprematism, as we have come to know it was first introduced...

  • Hollywood accounting

    6 hours ago

    We’re making major motion pictures, baby!

    And TV shows too! That’s right, my fellow California taxpayers. You and I are now major investors in film and television productions. Our agent—or I should say our 120 agents in the state legislature—cut a five-year deal last week putting...

  • The secret signal

    6 hours ago

    Listen. There is a secret signal. It's sort of like a password, a code. And only we know it -- we who sound the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Or at least some of us who sound the shofar know it. Others may know how to sound the shofar, how to blow their breath through the horn and make...

  • ISIS is much worse than Hamas

    6 hours ago

    Last Friday, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach began an advertising campaign to defend the State of Israel by arguing that Hamas and ISIS are equally vile. According to his press release, "The ad equates ISIS and its execution of American journalist James Foley and Hamas' actions in Gaza." 

    ...
  • Olmert retrial in Talansky Affair begins

    7 hours ago

    Ehud Olmert went on trial for the second time in the the bribery case that led the Israeli prime minister to resign in 2008.

    Olmert’s retrial in what became known as the Talansky Affair began with a hearing Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court.

    Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the...

  • Iran dramatically shifts Iraq policy to confront Islamic State

    8 hours ago

    As pressure built up for Nouri al Maliki to step down from the prime minister post in Iraq last month, Iran, his most ardent supporter stayed surprisingly silent as top Iranian officials worked to get him out.

    Similarly, when the United States, regularly denounced as the Great...

  • Obama administration calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

    8 hours ago

    The Obama administration formally called on Israel to reverse its appropriation of West Bank land for settlement building, saying it was counterproductive to peace efforts.

    “We are deeply concerned about the declaration of a large area as ‘state land’ to be used for expanded...

  • Palestinian driver killed attempting to run West Bank checkpoint

    8 hours ago

    A Palestinian driver was killed as he tried to run over Israeli soldiers at a West Bank checkpoint.

    Another Palestinian in the minivan and an Israeli civilian also were injured in the Tuesday afternoon incident.

    The driver was seriously wounded when an Israeli soldier opened...

  • Comedian Joan Rivers still on life support, Melissa Rivers says

    8 hours ago

    Comedian Joan Rivers remained on life support on Tuesday after being hospitalized in serious condition due to cardiac arrest, her daughter Melissa said.

    Rivers, 81, was hospitalized in New York last week after she stopped breathing during a vocal cord procedure at a Manhattan...

  • Israel raises alarm over Islamist militants on its frontiers

    8 hours ago

    Israel's frontier with Syria, where militants have kidnapped 45 U.N. peacekeepers, has become a magnet for Islamist activity and Israel itself is now a target, the defense minister and security analysts said on Tuesday.

    The Nusra Front, an al-Qaida-linked group fighting Syrian...

  • Lady Gaga pre-Tel Aviv concert ‘Shalom’ video irks some Arab fans

    8 hours ago

    Lady Gaga apparently riled some Arab fans with a short video in advance of her Tel Aviv performance featuring a “Shalom” greeting.

    “Shalom, Israel,” the American pop star says in the 10-second video. “I’m so excited to perform my new tour in Tel Aviv.”

    The performer’s manager ...

  • ISIS beheads U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who was Jewish

    9 hours ago

    The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, raising the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its insurgents in Iraq.

    A masked figure in the video seen by Reuters also issued a...

  • Fiji says Syrian rebels want compensation, removal from terror list

    9 hours ago

    Islamist fighters who seized dozens of Fijian soldiers serving as U.N. peacekeepers on the Golan Heights last week are demanding that their group be removed from a global terrorism list and that compensation be paid for members killed in fighting, the head of Fiji's army said on...

  • Hamas popularity surges as Palestinian rivalry flares

    9 hours ago

    Militant group Hamas would sweep Palestinian elections if they were held today after its support soared during seven weeks of war with Israel in Gaza, an opinion poll published on Tuesday found.

    The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research said the poll showed Islamists...

  • Shabbat at the Ford

    By tessc

    9 hours ago

    On Friday, August 29, Cantor Craig Taubman hosted his fourth annual Shabbat at the Ford, which took place at the historic Ford Amphitheater. The open-air venue was the perfect setting for such an event. “It’s the summer for gosh sakes,” remarked Taubman, and it sure felt like it,...

  • End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

    10 hours ago

    A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of...

  • #MinaMoments: Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    11 hours ago

    I was excited to be invited to Bourbon Steakhouse in Glendale which opened only five months ago. Chef Michael Mina and his collection of fine restaurants have won so many awards; I could not wait to see what it would be like. I enjoyed starting the evening with the special...

  • Back to Beit Shemesh, where non-haredis are fighting another battle of retreat

    By Shmuel Rosner

    16 hours ago

    The city of Beit Shemesh has become a symbol of tensions between Israel's Haredi communities and its non-Haredi (secular but also Zionist-religious) communities. Three years ago, the city received headlines because of an ugly incident in which radical Haredis harassed young school...

  • This is What Fulfilling a Mitzvah Looks Like

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    1 day ago

    EBook Review: Assisted Loving: How I Stopped My Homo-Centric Life to Take Care of My Elderly Father by Debra Elise Miller


    Assisted Living will stay with you for a much longer time than it will take to read.  The book is just what the title promises: a sharply observed,...

  • Summing up the past two months - between happiness and frustration.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 day ago

    How can I sum up this crazy summer?


    In the past eight weeks I have been through an emotional roller coaster. I’ve been up and down, high and low, frustrated and hopeful, but most of all – surprised, because of so many things…


    What started as yet another July, where my...

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