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  • Where to Eat in Koreatown, 5776 Edition

    By Rob Eshman

    15 hours ago

    A couple of years ago, I posted a list of restaurants in Koreatown for the many, many people who attend High Holiday services in the neighborhood.  This year, I’m updating it.

    Like the swallows to Capistrano, the Jews return to Koreatown each year to celebrate the High Holidays. ...

  • The unexpected power of vacation Shabbat

    17 hours ago

    Shabbat – the 7th day, a day of rest, a chance to refrain from all the usual business of the week. No work, no cell phone, no computer, no spending money. You know the deal. After a busy week, it feels great to give yourself permission to slow down. But what if it wasn’t a busy...

  • Dating 101: He Dumped Me

    By Ilana Angel

    17 hours ago

    I’ve been dating a man for a month. We have known each other for 15 years and happened to find each other single at the same time so we started dating. It has been nice to spend time with him. He is wise, kind, and funny. He makes me laugh and I value his opinion. He has met my...

  • Trump accuses talk-show radio host of ‘gotcha’ question on Middle East

    17 hours ago

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not take kindly in a radio interview on Thursday to being asked to identify the affiliations of various militant leaders in the Middle East, saying the host was asking "a gotcha question."

    Discussing Islamist extremism,...

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  • Key lawmaker opposes Iran nuclear deal in blow to Obama

    18 hours ago

    Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said on Friday he would vote against the nuclear agreement with Iran, lessening the chances that President Barack Obama can win enough votes to avoid having to use his veto power to protect the international agreement.

    "This is a close call, but after a...

  • Ask Google: Who runs Hollywood? Answer: The Jews

    20 hours ago

    Google says it is fixing a bug wherein users who type “Who runs Hollywood?” end up with the following search result: “the Jews.”

    Google search results are the product of complicated algorithms that sometimes return unwanted or offensive results. Many consider the notion that the...

  • Send California your anchor babies

    20 hours ago

    You better anchor me, baby.

    Because I find it impossible to write with restraint when politicians start using babies – babies using babies! – to prey on prejudice and misinform the public in the service of winning votes.

    That’s exactly what’s happening in the Republican...

  • Is the Nazi ‘gold train’ a hoax?

    20 hours ago

    The story that a Nazi-seized train containing Jewish gold has been found in a tunnel in Poland is a hoax, according to Poland’s central bank governor.

    On Wednesday, Marek Belka said nobody at the bank was taking the reports seriously.

    “I think nobody even thought to devote a...

  • Jewish lineman is center of attention at national champ Ohio State

    20 hours ago

    Ohio State may not be know who will be starting at quarterback as its season opener approaches, but the Buckeye who will be snapping is a sure thing: Jacoby Boren, the football squad’s Jewish center and newly named co-captain.

    Boren, a senior, was named one of six co-captains...

  • #myLAcommute The weather and the food keep bringing me back

    20 hours ago

    NICOLE KANG

    I’m originally from L.A., but I live in Chicago now. I moved there for school. I’m a political science major. I’ve been visiting for three weeks, just spending time with family and friends. I love L.A. and I hope to move back someday. The weather and the food keep bringing me back. It’s comfortable to live somewhere familiar—you take the bus everywhere and make plans on the fly. I miss that.

    Olympic Boulevard to Serrano Avenue

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • How much did Jeb Bush really do to rescue Ethiopian Jews?

    21 hours ago

    Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor running for the Republican presidential nomination, has been called out for exaggerating his role in the rescue of Ethiopian Jews in the 1980s.

    Bush takes credit on his campaign website for Operation Joshua, a U.S.-led transfer of Ethiopian...

  • White House: Sanctions relief depends on Iranian compliance with nuke deal

    21 hours ago

    The removal of sanctions depends on Iran’s compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, the White House said.

    “We’ve been crystal-clear about the fact that Iran will have to take a variety of serious steps to significantly roll back their...

  • Trump, after Republican pledge, breaks from pack on Iran deal, gay marriage

    21 hours ago

    Leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump showed again on Friday he will not easily be bound to party orthodoxy, breaking from many of his rival's policy stances on issues from the Iran nuclear deal to the gay marriage fight in Kentucky. 

    In an interview with MSNBC,...

  • Refugees a sign of unraveling world order

    22 hours ago

    As the known and secret parts of the Iran nuke deal spin into place like the uncertain number of Iranian centrifuges, President Barack Obama has succeeded in winning one-third-plus votes in the U.S. Senate to defeat attempts to overturn what he deems his legacy foreign policy...

  • Meet the Jewish singer whose music you already know from McDonald’s, MTV ads

    22 hours ago

    You may have never heard of singer-songwriter Cathy Heller, but chances are you’ve heard her music.

    At the moment, McDonald’s is featuring her songs in two commercials — one for frappes, the other for the $2.50 double cheeseburger-and-fries combo. They are the latest in a string...

  • After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks

    22 hours ago

    Arab countries will join the Middle East Quartet in New York at the end of September to seek ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a new European diplomatic initiative.

    Encouraged by Europe's role in securing...

  • The shirkers in our midst

    23 hours ago

    Puppet masters. Shirkers.  Schemers. You know who Auntie is talking about—those dear souls who manage to get so very much done simply by being clever, controlling manipulators. We all know a few. Most of the time they are quite good at sitting back and letting someone else do their...

  • Palestinian who rescued American yeshiva boys: I’m no hero

    23 hours ago

    A Palestinian man who sheltered five American Jews from fire bomb attacks in Hebron said he only did “what needed to be done.”

    Faiz Abu Hamdiah, who on Thursday took the five yeshiva students into his home to prevent their lynching, recalled the incident Friday in an interview ...

  • SodaStream CEO: BDS movement should have supported West Bank factory, set to close

    23 hours ago

    SodaStream’s chief executive called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement anti-Semitic and maintained that his company gave West Bank Palestinian workers good pay and benefits.

    In an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, two weeks before the West Bank factory...

  • U.N. set to approve Palestinian bid to fly flag at U.N. headquarters

    23 hours ago

    The Palestinian Authority’s draft resolution for raising its flag at the U.N. headquarters will easily pass a vote by the U.N. General Assembly, diplomats said.

    Israel and the United States oppose the Palestinian Authority’s bid to have its flag at the United Nations headquarters...

  • Biden: Iran deal opponents seek regime change

    23 hours ago

    Vice President Joe Biden said opponents of the Iran nuclear deal were seeking regime change, which could only be achieved through a messy war.

    “The only thing that would satisfy deal opponents,” including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “is a change in regime,” Biden...

  • Cory Booker among three more senators to back Iran deal

    1 day ago

    Three more U.S. senators have thrown their support behind the Iran deal, bringing President Barack Obama to within four votes of blocking a congressional vote of disapproval on the nuclear agreement.

    The three additional senators were Cory Booker of New Jersey, Mark Warner of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ki Tavo with Rabbi Paul Lewin

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Paul Lewin of the North Shore Synagogue in Sydney, Australia. Rabbi Lewin was born in South Africa. He studied at the famous Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel for 10 years. His qualifications include a BA in Psychology and Education from UNISA as well as a...

  • Australia, Qantas Koala Class & Justin Bieber

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    As I approach my 50th birthday I am examining my life and making a conscious decision to take more risks than I ever have before. By more risks of course I mean taking just one risk would be more than usual for me. I like to think of myself as brave when it comes to raising my son,...

  • U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on

    2 days ago

    A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

    U.S. District Judge David...

  • #myLAcommute My car made me so angry I sold it

    2 days ago

    CAMERON RITH

    I love taking the bus. There is always a great conversation to be had, and such a variety of people. When I’m on the bus I people watch. I nap. I draw weird cartoons of creatures that live inside my head. I think they are other versions of myself.

    I sold my car...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Haddarat nashim

    2 days ago

    People ask me whether there is any connection between haddarat nashim (a very common concept in Israel in recent years, mostly among the Orthodox), and the biblical ve-hadarta pne zaqen, “show respect to the elderly” (Leviticus 19:32), implying that secluding women is out of...

  • Hillary Clinton email trove shows concern with Netanyahu’s psyche

    2 days ago

    As U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton spent plenty of time in daunting foreign territory.

    No, I’m not talking about Myanmar here. I’m speaking of the mind of Benjamin Netanyahu.

    A batch of emails released this week as part of the trove related to the controversy...

  • Some Jews have divined the real cause of Jimmy Carter’s cancer

    2 days ago

    Former President Jimmy Carter, 90, recently announced he has cancer that has spread to his brain.

    For some Jews (and evangelical Christians), the cause apparently is obvious. No, it’s not his genetic makeup, or the spread of a mass from his liver to his brain. It’s divine...

  • A year of learning Torah through food

    2 days ago

    It’s the end of summer 2014. Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and with it the finale of the seven-year shmita cycle, a time when agricultural land lies fallow in Israel, perennials are harvested, and debts are forgiven. A year ago, I asked myself, could I give myself a shmita-inspired...

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