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  • Iran negotiations: The critical importance of ‘Lausanne’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 hours ago

    Does today feel to you like a special day? Has the last month felt to you like a critical month? Did the last winter feel to you – in the words Ulysses S. Grant used to describe the winter of 1860-61 – like “one of great excitement”?

    There are critical decisions that are preceded...

  • Preparing for Pesach - Yesterday and Today

    By Revital Belz

    8 hours ago

    Our first year married we thought we could swing the Pesach cleaning ourselves in 2 days- boy, were we wrong!

    The second year, with a six-month-old-baby, we had just moved into a new apartment, which was basically clean already. A friend of my husband’s, who had helped us with...

  • Iran, powers explore nuclear compromises as Israel hopes for failure

    23 hours ago

    Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned they were unable to move on several sticking points.

    The news came as Israel said the details of a possible agreement emerging from talks...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    Do you enjoy your occasional opera and classical music? Do you enjoy it even better when it’s mixed with modern pop? If so, you must start listening to Israeli singer David D’Or – an Israeli singer, composer and songwriter, who has a vocal range of more than four octaves (which is...

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  • Italy’s top court acquits Amanda Knox of murder

    3 days ago

    Italy's top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge.

    The Court of Cassation threw out the second guilty verdict to have been passed on Knox, 27, and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the lethal stabbing.

    It had been widely expected that, even if the court overturned the previous convictions, it would order a retrial.

  • Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

    3 days ago

    A 32-year-old woman was arrested for alleged sex crimes at a bar mitzvah in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Lindsey Ann Radomski reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before engaging in oral sex with a 15-year-old boy, Azcentral.com reported.

    Radomski, who...

  • Jury rules gender not reason Silicon Valley executive not promoted

    3 days ago

    A California jury decided that gender was not the reason venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers did not promote former partner Ellen Pao, and that Pao was not substantially harmed because of Kleiner's decisions.

    The verdict was still being read in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday in a case that helped spark a broad discussion about sexism in Silicon Valley.

  • New restrictions on L.A. residential development

    By Aron Chilewich

    3 days ago

    Los Angeles City Council has approved temporary restrictions on the alteration or development of homes in areas where residents have expressed frustration with home builders demolishing existing houses and replacing them with much larger structures that neighbors believe are at...

  • Following grave desecration, Tunisian president vows to defend Jews

    3 days ago

     In the wake of the desecration of a Jewish sage’s grave, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi promised a European rabbinical body he would protect his country’s Jews.

    Essebsi, who won the country’s presidential election last year, made the pledge this week during a meeting with...

  • Holocaust survivors to restore Polish Torah scroll

    3 days ago

    Holocaust commemoration activists invited survivors in Britain to help restore a Holocaust Torah scroll.

    The Torah scroll project will be launched in London on March 29 at a ceremony hosted by Britain’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, the...

  • Ukrainian Jewish surgeon claims attackers shouted anti-Semitic epithets

    3 days ago

     A Jewish physician from Ukraine was severely beaten in what he said was an anti-Semitic assault.

    Oleksanr Dukhovskoi, a chief pediatric neurosurgeon in the east Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, told the television station 9 TV that he believed the assault Sunday was ordered by...

  • Islamic Movement of Israel leader gets 11-month sentence for incitement

    3 days ago

    An Israeli court sentenced a prominent Islamist leader to 11 months in prison for incitement to violence and racism.

    Thursday’s ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s court comes after Sheikh Ra’ad Saleh, the leader of the northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, appealed...

  • Israeli press talking out of its asteroid?

    3 days ago

    Many a joke has been made about the Jews’ penchant for worrying — surely you’ve heard about the “Start worrying, details to follow” telegram.

    Thus it’s not surprising that Israel appears to be the only country where several media outlets reported, wrongly, that a harmless...

  • Will haredi Orthodox Jews embrace pre-nups that protect women from becoming agunot?

    3 days ago

    Breaking up, as the classic song notes, is generally hard to do. But in the Orthodox community, divorce can be particularly trying, especially for women.

    That’s because intransigent husbands can hold up the process by refusing to give a get, or a religious writ of divorce. In...

  • Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews

    3 days ago

    A whopping 16,000 books have been written about President Abraham Lincoln. But a new book and an exhibit at the New York Historical Society tell a previously untold story about Lincoln: his relationships with Jews.

    Benjamin Shapell has been collecting documents relating to...

  • Dating 101: Faith, Religion & God

    By Ilana Angel

    3 days ago

    I went on 3 dates with the same man last week. We had 2 great dates with fantastic conversation, witty banter, intellectual and sexual chemistry. He is 55, handsome, tall, funny, and decent. At least he seemed decent until we got to our 3rd date and decided to discuss religion....

  • Golan Heights resident indicted for spying for Syria

    3 days ago

    A resident of the Golan Heights was indicted for spying on Israel for Syria.

    Suleiman Sidqi from the predominantly Druze town of Majdl Shams is accused of spying for the Syrian government, aiding an enemy entity, having contact with a foreign agent and supporting a terrorist...

  • Palestinian gets 2 life sentences in fatal stabbing of Jewish woman

    3 days ago

    A Palestinian from Hebron was sentenced to two life terms in prison for murdering a Jewish woman in the West Bank.

    Maher al-Hashlamoun, 30, was sentenced on Thursday in a military court in the stabbing death of Dalia Lemkos, 26. Al-Hashlamoun also was also ordered to pay more...

  • Israeli crash victim’s family blames airline for letting allegedly suicidal co-pilot fly

    3 days ago

    The family of the Israeli feared killed in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 accused the airline of failing to monitor its staff.

    French and German officials are investigating why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz on Tuesday flew the Airbus 320 into the French Alps, killing all 150...

  • Torn-up sick notes show crash pilot should have been grounded

    3 days ago

    German authorities found torn-up sick notes showing that the pilot who crashed a plane into the French Alps was suffering from an illness that should have grounded him on the day of the tragedy, which he apparently hid from the airline.

    French prosecutors believe Andreas Lubitz,...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Tzav with Rabbi Joshua Rose

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Our guest today is Rabbi Joshua Rose, Rabbi of the Shaarie Torah Synagogue in Portland, Oregon. Rabbi Rose grew up in Portland and is the son of Rabbi Emanuel Rose, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Israel, and Lorraine Rose. He attended Occidental College, where he obtained his B.A....

  • Protecting a Life is Always a Priority

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    4 days ago

    The Torah commands us protect our lives, and those of others. Based on the verse, "Guard yourself and guard your soul very much" (Deut. 4:9). According to Jewish law, it is a duty to take all due precautions and avoid anything that may endanger life. “Anyone who violates such...

  • Tragic Loss in Brooklyn Sounds Alarm Across the Jewish World

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    4 days ago

    During a time when we are preparing our homes and communities to celebrate the joyous festivities of Passover, a painful tragedy has muted our joy.

    This past Friday night, a malfunctioning electric hot plate set off a fire that killed seven children in Brooklyn. The world lost...

  • Is this really the Torah God gave Moses at Sinai? (Part 2)

    By Roger Price

    4 days ago

    The idea that 3300 years ago, at Sinai, God gave Moses a Torah identical to the Torah we have today is a powerful concept, one that still resonates. But is it probable, even plausible?

    Previously, to explore this idea, we have taken the text of the Torah as we have it today and...

  • Tzav: Sharing with others

    4 days ago

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    This week’s parsha, Tzav, includes more details about sacrifices, including the Korban Todah (Thanksgiving offering). Again, I wrestled this week about what the sacrifices mean to me and how to translate the parsha into a recipe...

  • Restarting the U.S.-Israel relationship depends on Palestinians too

    4 days ago

    As someone who was critical of several steps by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during the campaign leading up to his reelection, particularly his decision to address Congress and his statement seeming to reject a Palestinian state, I am even more troubled by statements...

  • Moving and shaking: Combating hate, Friendship Circle and more

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) honored three individuals and two law enforcement groups at its annual Helene & Joseph Sherwood Prize for Combating Hate luncheon and award ceremony March 10 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Selected for individual honors for their efforts to...

  • LGBT Persian Jews live in changing times

    By Ryan Torok

    4 days ago

    Although attitudes are becoming increasingly accepting toward homosexuality in the Jewish community, prejudices remain in the typically more conservative Persian community. To help bridge the gap, JQ International — a nonprofit, Los Angeles-based organization dedicated to...

  • Iranian Americans celebrate Nowruz at California State Assembly

    By Karmel Melamed

    4 days ago

    More than 50 Iranian-American community leaders, businessmen and artists of various faiths from across California gathered March 16 at the State Assembly in Sacramento to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year. 

    The festivities were part of an Assembly resolution that was passed...

  • A camp with a big heart

    4 days ago

    For the past seven summers, Hilary Kip’s twin boys have attended Camp Chesed, a Reseda-based program for kids with special needs now headed into its 20th year. There’s a very simple reason Kip sends them year after year.

    Every day, she said, “They leave happy, and they return...

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