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  • 50 by 50: Week 1

    By Ilana Angel

    4 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...

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

    9 hours 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

    9 hours 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

    9 hours 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

    9 hours 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

    10 hours 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...

  • #myLAcommute I chill on metro

    10 hours 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

    11 hours 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

    11 hours 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

    11 hours 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

    12 hours 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

    12 hours 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

    12 hours 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

    12 hours 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...

  • Rabbi Jacob Pressman: New Year wishes

    12 hours ago

    Last Sunday morning, every seat was filled in Temple Beth Am’s main sanctuary for the funeral of Rabbi Jacob Pressman. Rabbi Pressman, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Am for 35 years, community leader and civil rights activist, died peacefully at his home on Oct. 1. Rabbi Pressman...

  • Make it happen: Stop the gun violence

    By Rob Eshman

    12 hours ago

    Jeb Bush, meet Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

    In the immediate aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting that left 10 people dead, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said something pretty dumb.

    “We’re in a difficult time in our country, and I don’t think more government...

  • Food: Deep Jewish roots in Tuscany

    13 hours ago

    “It’s a help-yourself kitchen,” Elana Horwich announced effusively as she kept an eye on simmering pots and pans atop burners on a roomy kitchen island stove. 

    On Oct. 1, Horwich, founder of the 5-year-old Meal and a Spiel quasi-roving cooking school, hosted an event cheekily...

  • Home: How to make a throw pillow from an old shirt

    By Jonathan Fong

    13 hours ago

    I have trouble donating old clothes to charitable thrift shops because I always want to up-cycle the pieces and use them in crafting and decorating projects. All those fun fabrics are just too good to give away. No wonder I have cabinets full of clothing castoffs waiting for a new...

  • Facebook to launch Israeli-made satellite to bring Internet access to Africa

    13 hours ago

    Facebook will launch an Israeli-made satellite to bring Internet access to sub-Saharan Africa.

    The AMOS-6 satellite is being built by Israel Aerospace Industries and will be operated by the Israeli company Spacecom, in partnership with Eutelsat Communications of France.

  • Sanders campaign apologizes for ejecting pro-Palestinian group from rally

    14 hours ago

    The presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has apologized for ejecting members of a pro-Palestinian student group from a rally in Boston.

    Members of the Boston Students for Justice in Palestine appeared Oct. 3 at a large rally for Sanders at the Boston...

  • Netanyahu: No quick fix for latest ‘wave of terror’

    14 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday there was no quick fix for a spate of Palestinian "lone-wolf" attacks that the Jewish state has faced in recent days.

    Four people, including an Israeli soldier, were stabbed and wounded near a military headquarters in Tel...

  • In defense of Jewish circumcision

    By Dennis Prager

    14 hours ago

    This past week, I was in Miami for the bris (or brit), the Jewish ritual circumcision, of my grandson. It’s a good time to offer a defense of the Jews’ most ancient ritual.

    According to various reports, there are Jews — and not only Jews who have forsaken their Jewish identity —...

  • Torah portion: Yom Kippur a coming home for the Jewish soul

    14 hours ago

    It happens every year. People come to services for Rosh Hashanah and remember how meaningful Judaism can be in their lives. They fast and pray fervently on Yom Kippur and come up to the rabbi to talk about their great revelation: They are Jews and are going to start coming to...

  • U.S. officials say Russian cruise missiles aimed at Syria crashed in Iran

    14 hours ago

    U.S. officials said four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from a warship in the Caspian Sea on Wednesday had crashed in Iran while Russia insisted they had reached their targets in Syria.

    The White House declined to comment on the report from the officials, who asked not to...

  • Two stabbed in suspected terror attack in northern Israel

    14 hours ago

    An Israeli soldier and a civilian were stabbed in a suspected terror attack in the northern Israeli city of Afula.

    Civilian bystanders restrained the assailant in the wake of the Thursday night attack and held him until police arrived, the Israel Police reported.

    The victims...

  • Letters to the editor: The Pope; Water crisis; The Laugh Factory and more

    14 hours ago

    Not a One-Man Show

    I think David Suissa perfectly summarizes some unique Jewish principles (“Why Jews Don’t Have a Pope,” Oct. 2). For us, mutuality, collective decision making, mutually complementing cooperation above and despite our inherent differences, arguments and diversity...

  • House Republicans in chaos as favorite McCarthy quits Speaker race

    14 hours ago

    Republicans in Congress were plunged into turmoil on Thursday when California Representative Kevin McCarthy, considered the favorite to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, surprisingly dropped out of the race, throwing the party's ability to govern into question.

    McCarthy, the...

  • Israel says Facebook, YouTube videos encouraging Palestinian attacks

    15 hours ago

    Israel said on Thursday it had asked Facebook and YouTube to remove videos it says have been encouraging Palestinian violence against Israelis in the past week.

    Four Israelis have been killed in Jerusalem and the West Bank in the past week, and two Palestinians have been shot...

  • Stabbing attacks reach Israel’s commercial capital

    15 hours ago

    Four people, including an Israeli soldier, were stabbed and wounded near a military headquarters in Tel Aviv on Thursday, police and ambulance sources said, as a rash of such Palestinian attacks spread to Israel's commercial capital.

    The assailant was shot and killed by another...

  • The Third Intifada?: Violence rises as a two-state solution fades

    By Shmuel Rosner

    15 hours ago

    Reading “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction,” an illuminating new book by Philip E. Tetlock and Dan Gardner, is a humbling experience. I read it over Sukkot and, in fact, it was the right book for a holiday during which one makes one’s home in a temporary shelter...

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