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  • Second Time’s the Charm: in praise of second marriages

    By Mindy Leaf

    2 days ago

    My husband and I used to be the only couple at our pub's, mostly male, weekly gatherings. But lately a new female acquaintance (who'd been coming more often, as I have, since we'd connected several months ago) noted there were a lot more women in the group. This had nothing to do...

  • Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

    2 days ago

    Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation.

    On Thursday, the ADL announced that Gaga had received its Making a Difference award for “work championing positive social change.”

    “The Foundation shares ADL’s...

  • Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

    2 days ago

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Barack Obama has a message for American Jews: I don’t shy away from disagreeing with Israel publicly, because I care about Israel and our shared values.

    The president marked Jewish American Heritage Month with a speech Friday at Washington’s oldest...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    This weekend. I would like to present you with the new SMS- based therapy, which is about to help many.


    So long couch, hello cellphone. Instead of undergoing psychotherapy, some people find it easier and more discreet to text-message their therapist. Enter Talkspace, a provider...

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  • On Shavuot, remembering the day I almost dropped the Torah

    2 days ago

    On Shavuot, we are reminded that the Torah is a tree of life to which we are to hold fast. But what happens when that hold slips from your grasp?

    It’s a question I found myself asking six weeks before Shavuot, late in the Torah service on the last day of Passover.

    Returning...

  • Rabbinical bias against Ethiopians to be punished, religion minister says

    2 days ago

    Israel’s newly-appointed religious services minister said he would void the marriage authority of municipal rabbinates if they are found to be discriminating against Ethiopian Jews.

    David Azoulay of the Orthodox Shas party spoke Thursday with Army Radio, following the station’s...

  • Obama: Defending Jews means criticizing Israel

    2 days ago

    Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience.

    “The rights I insist upon and fight for for all people in the United States compels me to look out for the...

  • For Shavuot, try this easy strawberry rhubarb trifle

    2 days ago

    Forget fancy pastries, cakes or tarts: Trifles are the best dessert you can make for entertaining. They are delicious and look beautiful and impressive, but are actually one of the easiest desserts you can make.

    The first time I made a trifle was actually after a baking mistake....

  • How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

    2 days ago

    This is how you launch a Hasidic shtetl in 21st-century America.

    Step 1. Find a place within reasonable distance of Brooklyn where the land is cheap and underdeveloped.

    Step 2. Buy as much property as you can in your target area – if possible, without tipping off locals that...

  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

    2 days ago

    A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.

    Friday is the final day of a...

  • FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California

    2 days ago

    The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday.

    NBC, which cited anonymous law enforcement officials, said the two men were unarmed and...

  • Patrick Modiano: In Search of a Father

    2 days ago

    Patrick Modiano: In Search of a Father
    By Elaine Margolin

    Nobel Prize winning author Patrick Modiano is always looking for his dead father.  I am looking for mine.  Perhaps this is what draws me to him.  Both Modiano and I don’t want to find our fathers to tell them we love them...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Shavuot with Rabbi Joshua Lief

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Joshua Lief, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, Florida. Rabbi Lief attended Princeton University, where he swam on the varsity squad, competed on the debate team, and graduated with a degree in History. After Princeton, Rabbi...

  • Moving and Shaking: Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, David Myers and Richard Sandler

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    A red carpet ceremony and a screening of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” kicked off the 10th annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) on April 30 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. 

    The opening gala, which drew approximately 700 people, was just the beginning of a week...

  • Israeli think tank ponders bilateral relations

    3 days ago

    After President Barack Obama’s March 19 statement that he was going to “reassess” policy options following the pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bar Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) began...

  • My dad was in the Army

    3 days ago

    My dad was like no other. 

    He was an accomplished CPA. That in itself might not seem so unusual, but how many accountants do you know who are also adept at wilderness survival? He could identify all of the animal tracks and scat. He knew the differences between poison ivy and...

  • Heroes to Heroes helps U.S. soldiers heal their psychic wounds

    3 days ago

    With his two kids out of the house, retired Army Sgt. Harrison Manyoma planned to commit suicide on Aug. 10, 2012. But a Jewish mother from New Jersey derailed his plans. 

    Judy Schaffer started Heroes to Heroes after meeting wounded war veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center...

  • A German Jew who served the U.S. at Utah Beach

    3 days ago

    “Col. James Van Fleet took me aside and said, ‘Bodlander, since you speak both French and German, I want you on my boat when we go ashore. And, incidentally, I will be the first person to step onto land; you’ll be the second,’ ” Walter Bodlander said in a recent interview.

    ...
  • URJ and NFTY sued over sand fly bites on Israel youth trip

    By Jared Sichel

    3 days ago

    Parents of four Jewish high school students in Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit on May 4 alleging that the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and its youth movement, the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), did not adequately warn and protect their children from infected...

  • 10 tips for summer outdoor entertaining

    By Jonathan Fong

    3 days ago

    This Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer party season. And although Southern California enjoys warm weather year-round, the longer days can make summer parties even more enjoyable. But if the thought of planning a gathering stresses you out, here are some tips to help you...

  • Moving and Shaking: Celebrate Israel Festival

    3 days ago

    Finished projects in the festival’s arts and crafts area. Photo by Siara Groch

    Israeli Scouts parade with American and Israeli flags during the May 17 Celebrate Israel Festival, organized by the Israeli-American Council. Photo courtesy of IAC

    Miri Shepher, chair of the...

  • Arms open wide to embrace everything Israel

    3 days ago

    The smell of schnitzel was in the air. The sounds of Israeli music and Hebrew were, too. But love … that remained firmly earthbound at the Celebrate Israel Festival, held May 17 at Rancho Park.

    That’s where a giant, 12-foot-tall replica of the Ahava (“love” in Hebrew) sculpture...

  • Navigating grief’s wilderness: Parashat Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    3 days ago

    “You must make yourself like a wilderness in order to receive the Torah” (Bamidbar Rabbah 19:26).

    This week’s parsha, Bamidbar, begins the Book of the Wilderness, more commonly known as the Book of Numbers. We return to the narrative of the journey from Egypt to the Promised...

  • Car accident puts inventor on his life’s path

    By Ayala Or-el

    3 days ago

    Josh (Yehoshua) Shachar’s resume is impressive: more than 160 patents on innovations he has helped develop, founder of more than 10 high-tech companies and author of countless research papers. A typical day for him could mean working on multimillion-dollar aircraft and missiles for...

  • Talmudic temptation

    3 days ago

    From a glass-enclosed cabinet in her Westchester home office, historical novelist Maggie Anton removed a small clay pot. Indicating the Hebrew characters inscribed on the pot in the same Aramaic text as in the Talmud, she noted the rough outline of a demonic form inside the...

  • A message to centrist American Jews: Time to speak out

    3 days ago

    We’ve just celebrated Israel’s 67th Independence Day —– a remarkable achievement that makes us proud. But more and more American Jews worry that the sharpening divisions in our community are hampering our efforts to help Israel achieve long-term security and peace.

    And...

  • The trauma of privilege

    3 days ago

    I have been in the center of the swirl of awareness about the unintended consequences of affluence and privilege on our children. I meet these youngsters and their families when crisis penetrates the denial system and they arrive at Beit T’Shuvah, the recovery community I founded...

  • Calendar May 23–29

    By Laura Donney

    3 days ago

    SAT | MAY 23

    NEIL DIAMOND

    Sweet Caroline, we’re in for a treat! An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an honoree at the Kennedy Center and a Grammy winner, Neil Diamond has been warming our hearts for decades. You know you love “Song...

  • Letters to the Editor: Israeli-Americans, Hussein Aboubakr Mansour and Pamela Geller

    3 days ago

    How Jewish Are They?

    There is one question not addressed in the article (“The Israeli-Americans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where They’re Headed, Why They Matter, May 15): How Jewish are they? I didn’t read anything (perhaps I read too fast) about celebrating Jewish holidays,...

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