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  • 50 by 50: Week 1

    By Ilana Angel

    19 hours ago

    This is my first video blog and I am excited but nervous. I hope you will watch and join me on what promises to be a challenging and fulfilling journey, as I take back control of my life. I will be posting a new 50 by 50 video every Thursday, and will be introducing you to some...

  • Australia: Brave New World Part 3

    By Ilana Angel

    19 hours ago

    After the most beautiful wedding, over four glorious days in Byron Bay, I headed to Brisbane for 24 hours. It really is quite silly to travel so far for such a short time, but it forced me to cram a lot of dreams into a short period. I arrived in Brisbane at 8:30 in the morning and...

  • Did Jewish visitors to Temple Mount spark current tensions?

    23 hours ago

    A leading Sephardic rabbi who advises the haredi Orthodox Shas party criticized Jews who have been visiting the Temple Mount, saying they “sparked all the current tumult.”

    Rabbi Shimon Baadani, a member of Shas’ Council of Torah Sages, said Thursday on a Shas radio program,...

  • NY Mets in the playoffs: Should they be thanking Bernie Madoff?

    23 hours ago

    Having endured a nine-year playoff drought, New York Mets fans are used to blaming Bernie Madoff for the team’s woes.

    Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, uncovered in 2008, cost the Mets’ owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, nearly $700 million and forced the team to restructure its...

  • What Syria’s refugees think about Israel might surprise you

    1 day ago

    Israel’s government is in cahoots with Syrian President Bashar Assad. America wants to keep the Syrian civil war going for as long as possible. Russia is outmaneuvering the United States on the global stage.

    Those are some of the viewpoints you’re likely to hear if you...

  • U.S. says it considers violent acts against Israel as terrorism

    1 day ago

    The United States considers violence in East Jerusalem to be acts of terrorism against Israel, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Friday.

    Spokesman John Kirby told reporters the United States "condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against both Israeli and...

  • One killed, one wounded in shooting near Texas Southern University

    1 day ago

    One person was fatally shot on Friday and another person was wounded in a shooting an apartment complex adjacent to the campus of Texas Southern University in Houston, and a suspect has been taken into custody, police said.

    The school, with about 9,700 students, was placed on...

  • Bill Cosby deposition in sexual abuse lawsuit expected Friday

    1 day ago

    Bill Cosby was expected to testify under oath on Friday in a lawsuit brought by a woman accusing the veteran comedian of sexual abuse, according to attorneys, but little was known about when or where the deposition would take place.

    Attorney Gloria Allred, representing accuser...

  • U.S. pulls plug on Syria rebel training effort; will focus on weapons supply

    1 day ago

    The United States will largely abandon its failed efforts to train moderate Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State, and instead provide arms and equipment directly to rebel leaders and their units on the battlefield, the Obama administration said on Friday.

    The U.S. announcement...

  • Six killed in Gaza as Israeli-Palestinian violence widens

    1 day ago

    Israeli troops shot dead six Palestinians in protests in Gaza and a knife-wielding Jewish man wounded four Arabs in southern Israel on Friday in a wave of violence that has fueled talk of a new uprising against Israel.

    The soldiers shot across the border into Gaza after the...

  • Carson calls ADL response to gun/Holocaust remarks ‘total foolishness’

    1 day ago

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Friday pushed back against Jewish criticism of comments he made on Thursday that Jews could’ve been saved from persecution by the Nazis in Europe were they allowed to carry armed-guns...

  • Jewish youth stabs 4 Arabs in southern Israel

    1 day ago

    An Israeli Jew stabbed four Arabs in an apparent revenge attack for Palestinian terrorism.

    The stabbing victims in the southern Israeli town of Dimona were brought in Friday morning for treatment at Soroka Medical Center in nearby Beersheba. Two of the victims sustained minor...

  • Gunman kills one, wounds three at Northern Arizona University

    1 day ago

    An 18-year-old student opened fire with a handgun on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff early on Friday, killing one person and wounding three others, before police took him into custody in the latest in a series of U.S. school shootings, authorities said.


  • Israel’s high tech aims to help the elderly

    1 day ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    More and more elderly people worldwide are joining the technology revolution, and technology is coming to meet them halfway. In Israel, one of the world’s high-tech capitals, companies are racing to develop new applications and...

  • Reinventing Jewish rituals

    1 day ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    In ancient times, every seven years the King would gather everyone in the country for a special ceremony called “Hakhel” or “Assembly” to read the Book of Deuteronomy. At Jerusalem’s Western Wall this year, tens of thousands...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat B’reisheet with Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Our guest today is Rabbi Jon-Jay Tilsen, leader of the Beth El Kesser Israel congregation in New Haven, Connecticut. Rabbi Tilsen has been the spiritual leader of Beth El Kesser Israel since 1993. He is a graduate of Columbia College in New York, where he studied Political Science...

  • #myLAcommute The best way to intimidate someone is to be confident

    2 days ago


    I’m on my way now to play poker. I play five days a week. In 2009, I decided I didn’t want to work for banks or corporate America anymore. I decided to pursue a different kind of gambling. When I win, I celebrate by paying bills. When I lose, I take a break. It...

  • White House calls for fully restored status quo on Temple Mount

    2 days ago

    The Obama administration condemned escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians and called for a full return to the status quo at the Temple Mount.

    “The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against Israeli and Palestinian civilians,” White...

  • The terror attacks in Israel: A timeline of the escalating violence

    2 days ago

    The past week has seen a wave of Palestinian attacks on Israelis and Israeli military operations, again prompting fears of a third intifada. Here’s a timeline of the lead-up to the unrest and the attacks themselves.

    Sept. 9: Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon outlaws the...

  • A Gehry biography with in-depth detail, but lacking in passion

    2 days ago

    I generally approach a new biography by attempting to shut out competing noise.  I focus on the biographer and his subject; in this case, Paul Goldberger’s masterful but frustrating new work, “Building Art: The Life and Work Of Frank Gehry” (Knopf).  But this time I didn’t start...

  • 5 Ways to Keep the Spiritual Momentum of the High Holidays

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    2 days ago

    The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish holy days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity, and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year? Here are five suggestions for maintaining the momentum of the High...

  • Ben Carson, the nutty neurosurgeon

    By Marty Kaplan

    2 days ago

    What does it say about higher education that you can graduate from Yale and still believe that the devil made Darwin do it?  What does it say about medicine, that you can both be a gifted neurosurgeon and also declare, “I never saw a body with bullet holes that was more devastating...

  • #myLAcommute I chill on metro

    2 days ago


    I have a car, but I have a rule: I don’t drive during the day. I take Metro. It really is a relief, especially because of where I work and where I live. I’d be in deadbolt traffic, but instead I chill on Metro.

    I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota, I moved to L.A. for...

  • Ben Carson blames gun control for the Holocaust

    2 days ago

    Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson blamed gun control for the extent of the Holocaust.

    In an interview Thursday on CNN, Carson said fewer people would have been killed by the Nazis had more citizens been armed.

    “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish...

  • Ansel Adams’ Manzanar photographs come to Skirball

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 days ago

    Soon after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor during World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066: The forced evacuation of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast — two-thirds of them American citizens — to 10 incarceration camps...

  • Clinton: Middle East peace almost impossible

    2 days ago

    This post originally appeared at Jewish Insider.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday poured cold water on those eager to see the Israeli-Palestinian peace process renewed in the near future.

    Appearing at a campaign event in Mount Vernon, Iowa,...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Ge’eh

    2 days ago

    Like any modern language, Hebrew has to have words that reflect modern-life attitudes and concepts. The English gay, which meant “lighthearted” in previous times, has come to mean “male homosexual.” Many universities have a department for gay studies, usually now known as LGBT...

  • Poem: A Word Before the Last, About Loss

    2 days ago

    “For I will go into the grave unto my son mourning”
    Genesis 37:35

    Precisely because you are alive
    there is no comfort in this world.
    Because wherever you are not
    I search, and where I hear your step
    you have not been or left a mark.
    So the roads are trampled by one,

  • Kerry told Lavrov concerned Russia’s targets in Syria not Islamic State

    2 days ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry had a 30-minute telephone call with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on Thursday to express concern that Russia's targets in Syria were not related to Islamic State.

    "The Secretary repeated our concerns about the preponderance...

  • Netanyahu pins wave of attacks on incitement by Hamas, PA

    2 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed incitement by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and others for the recent wave of attacks on Israelis.

    At a news conference Thursday night broadcast nationally, Netanyahu said the past two days of terror attacks throughout the country were...

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