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  • Amelia Saltsman returns traditional cuisine to its local, sustainable and biblical roots

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 hours ago

    As Amelia Saltsman recalls the intense, candied flavor of her pan-roasted tzimmes, she closes her eyes, rolls back her head and moans, “Oh, Loooord.”

    “I don’t know where I got that expression,” the cookbook author and chef adds, a little embarrassed by her outburst. Food, it...

  • In a pickle: Meditation on Yonah Schimmel

    By Rob Eshman

    10 minutes ago

    I can’t help but think that the fact that I am mired squarely in middle age has a lot to do with my return to pickles. In college, I started making sourdough bread, which, like pickles, is a product of natural fermentation. By junior year, my hobby became a job — I turned out 20...

  • Recipes from Amelia Saltsman: Falling for the flavors of Autumn

    1 hour ago

    For a profile on Amelia Saltsman, visit our Hollywood Jew blog.


    In late autumn, new-crop olives abound. They are often fresh-cured with their buttery flavor and meaty texture intact, making them a perfect partner to a marinade of warm olive...

  • Art, man and God

    2 hours ago

    I wonder what our prayers sound like to God during these Days of Awe. As the earth spins on its axis and Jews across the globe gather together to worship, I imagine that God hears our longings as a symphony - each soul a note, singular, exceptional, and essential to the whole....
  • ‘Stir’: How a food blogger cooked her way back to wellness

    2 hours ago

    In 2008, when 28-year-old Jessica Fechtor fell off a treadmill after an aneurysm in her brain ruptured, writing a food memoir was the last thing on her mind — literally. At the time, she had just begun a doctoral program in Yiddish studies at Harvard University, but in the...

  • IKAR announces its move to Shalhevet

    By Ryan Torok

    3 hours ago

    Egalitarian spiritual community IKAR announced on Aug. 26 that it is relocating to Shalhevet High School’s new building near Olympic Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, following its 11 years operating out of the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC). 

    “We are thrilled to announce...

  • Netanyahu says U.S. public and Israel see eye-to-eye on Iran nuclear issue

    3 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted on Thursday most Americans agreed with Israel over dangers posed by Iran, even as he lost a battle to persuade the U.S. Congress to reject Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers including Washington.

    In remarks at a Jewish New...

  • Iran’s Khamenei backs parliamentary vote on nuclear deal with powers

    3 hours ago

    Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he favored a parliamentary vote on its nuclear deal reached with world powers and called for sanctions against Tehran to be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported.

    President Hassan Rouhani, a pragmatist whose 2013...

  • Gaming the dating game

    By Jared Sichel

    3 hours ago

    When journalist Jon Birger worked in the newsrooms at Fortune and Money, he noticed that most of the guys either had wives or long-term girlfriends, whereas most of the women were single and “had dating histories that made so little sense to me,” as he put it in a recent interview...

  • World’s largest ‘Slip n’ Slide’ to be built in Jordan

    4 hours ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The desert kingdom of Jordan might seem like an unlikely location for the world’s largest water slide. Breaking the record for the longest “Slip n’ Slide”, the long sheet of thin plastic that becomes slippery when wet, is designed as...

  • Renee Firestone: From Auschwitz to LACMA

    By Julie Bien

    4 hours ago

    Former fashion designer Renee Firestone will never forget how devastated she was when she walked into her Washington Boulevard shop one morning in 1961, just three days before her first fashion show in Los Angeles.

    The night before, she recalled, “We had just finished the line. I...

  • Israel to continue to fight against Iran Deal

    5 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    It is now clear that the Iranian nuclear deal will pass Congress. President Obama now has the 34 votes to override any Congressional objections, and is well on the way to being able to prevent any vote at all, if he can achieve...

  • Was the battle against the deal a failure? (and six other comments)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    10 hours ago


    President Obama got his veto power. He can now make the Iran agreement pass. And that was no big surprise. It will also not be a huge surprise if he gets the 41 Senators with which to prevent a vote – by filibustering the Iran debate. After all was said and done, the Iran vote...

  • Kerry: U.S. will use ‘all tools’ to confront Iranian destabilization

    19 hours ago

    The Obama administration will oppose Iran’s bids to destabilize the region “with every national security tool available,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, defending the Iran nuclear deal.

    “Have no doubt, the United States will oppose Iran’s destabilizing policies with...

  • On Rosh Hashana: Does the Time to Ask for Forgiveness Expire?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    19 hours ago

    I’m going away next week and won’t be back at my day job until after Rosh Hashana, so I decided to wish my co-workers a happy New Year now.  When I gave one of them New Year’s greetings, he stopped and looked up, counting in his head. “Let’s see,” he said, “almost two weeks to...

  • The Iran deal is done: What history should teach us

    By Michael Berenbaum

    21 hours ago

    Thirty four Senators – 32 Democrats, plus two Independents who caucus with the Democrats – have come out in favor of the Iran deal, enough Senators to sustain a presidential veto, so approval of the deal with Iran and five American partners is a foregone conclusion. The question to...

  • After the Iran vote, now what?

    By Rob Eshman

    22 hours ago

    Is it over?

    On Wednesday morning, during a KPCC radio talk show about the Iran deal, the host, Patt Morrison, asked me whether, now that President Barack Obama has the 34 votes he needs to support the Iran nuclear agreement, the rancor and vitriol within the Jewish community that...

  • A playwright examines writer who fought Soviet system

    22 hours ago

    The persecution of Ukrainian-Jewish writer Isaac Babel under Stalin’s purges of the late 1930s — also known as the “Great Terror” — is the subject of a new play, “Isaac Babel and the Black Sea,” by Tim McNeil, who also directs. The show is a workshop production of the Stella Adler...

  • Today a Child Washed up Ashore.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    22 hours ago

    Not a bird, nor fish, nor seaweed.

    Today a child washed up ashore.
    His sin?  Birth into a cruel world.
    Shunned by shameless shenanigans.
    Not even a basket to house this baby Moses.
    Landless- worse than homeless.

    I see him flying into the open arms of waves,
    Away from...

  • Fresh takes on classic entrees and dessert for the High Holy Days

    By Judy Zeidler

    23 hours ago

    Celebrated close together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the High Holy Days, but each offers its own special food customs.   

    Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Sept. 13, celebrates the Jewish New Year. It is a joyous occasion enlivened with a variety of delicious...

  • Poem: To Scare the Devil

    23 hours ago

    The reason the Jews blow the shofar

    on Rosh Hashanah is to scare away

    the devil, Father said. He doesn’t come back

    until after Yom Kippur, which gives

    the Jews a chance to cast away their sins.

    If the devil was around during Yom Kippur,

    he would catch our sins, and...

  • I am not my ideology

    By David Suissa

    23 hours ago

    I hate the Iran deal
    but I am not that hate.
    I fear the evil that wants to hurt my people
    but I am not that fear.
    I ridicule those who just don’t get it
    but I am not that ridicule.

    I am not hate or fear or ridicule.

    I am my mother’s moufletas melting with butter and honey...

  • Honey isn’t vegan: Cruelty-free Rosh Hashanah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    23 hours ago

    When Madeline Karpel was growing up in Westwood in the 1950s, her Russian immigrant grandmother spent days preparing the family’s erev Rosh Hashanah dinner: chopped liver, matzah ball soup, brisket and, of course, apples to be dipped in honey. 

    “It was always served in the dining...

  • France drops investigation into Arafat’s death

    1 day ago

    French investigating magistrates have decided to drop an inquiry into the death in France of former Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow alleged he was poisoned, the prosecutors office said on Wednesday.

    A lawyer for his widow Suha Arafat, who has argued that...

  • Senate Democrats line up behind Iran nuclear deal

    1 day ago

    Another senator declared support on Wednesday for the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran, providing a crucial 34th vote to protect it from being killed by Republicans in Congress.

    Democrat Barbara Mikulski provided the pivotal commitment to defending the deal negotiated by the...

  • Author Leah Lax: A lesbian girl in an Orthodox world

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 day ago

    In 1975, Leah Lax — 19 and relatively new to Orthodoxy — walked with trepidation into the office of her Orthodox rabbi at the University of Texas at Austin. 

    “[He] had a gruff style and a dismissive manner with women,” Lax writes in her new memoir, “Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic...

  • White House encouraged by latest U.S. Senate support for Iran deal

    1 day ago

    The White House welcomed the growing support in the U.S. Senate for the Iran nuclear agreement and will keep working with lawmakers to secure as much backing as possible on Sept. 2.

    "We are encouraged by the latest tally," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "When the stakes are this high, every vote is important."

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday secured the 34th Senate vote needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving the nuclear deal with Iran, ensuring the accord will not fail in the U.S. Congress.

  • Custody battle over rare Iraqi-Jewish historical documents

    By  Tom Tugend

    1 day ago

    On May 6, 2003, 16 American soldiers of a special unit searching for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction entered the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters in Baghdad.

    While the soldiers found no nuclear or chemical arms, they did discover 2,700 books and...

  • What monkeys can teach us about politics

    1 day ago

    Whenever I find myself in a contentious academic meeting or I see clips of Congress trying to pass (or kill) a bill, I am reminded of capuchin monkeys.

    Don’t get me wrong –I respect my colleagues, and don’t consider politicians to be sub-human. It’s just that the monkeys I have...

  • In defense of Natalie Portman

    1 day ago

    Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is taking a pretty good beating in the Jewish community for her remarks on the Holocaust during a recent interview with a British newspaper, The Independent, to promote her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”  Her sin? She...

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