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  • Little Rock diary: Chickenshits and the midterms

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 hours ago

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    Taking off from the Bush airport in Houston and landing at the Clinton airport in Little Rock gives one some historical perspective with which to think about the upcoming American elections and their impact on US-Israel relations. Assuming – an easy assumption – that American...

  • What kind of Democrat will prevail?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    15 hours ago

    Much of the political world is transfixed by the national struggle between Democrats and Republicans. But for residents of Los Angeles County and voters in the county’s 3rd District, this year’s elections are not about which party will prevail, but rather about what kind of...

  • Carr vs. Lieu: The Democrat and Republican vying to claim Waxman’s legacy

    By Ryan Torok

    15 hours ago

    “Do you support boots-on-the-ground in Iraq?” 

    KPCC talk-show host Larry Mantle asked this question of Republican Elan Carr and Democrat Ted Lieu, opponents in the race to succeed longtime U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman in California’s 33rd Congressional District, a heavily Jewish region...

  • Congressional candidate Ted Lieu on fight against ISIS

    By Bill Boyarsky

    16 hours ago

    When I sat down with Democratic Congressional candidate Ted Lieu to talk about Iraq, the situation hadn’t improved since I discussed it a month before with Lieu’s opponent, Republican Elan Carr. The militant terrorist group known as ISIS continues to advance, while the Iraqi army...

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  • Poem: 55th High School Reunion

    16 hours ago

    Smoked fish, an omelet station. It was a bar mitzvah

    but only the grandparents were invited

    and the child may just have died. 

    We wore on our backs our graduation pictures

    for pats or slaps, for easy recognition.

    Programs and bags were shoved aside

    in the rush to claim...

  • Israeli far-right activist shot and wounded in Jerusalem

    16 hours ago

    An Israeli far-right activist was shot and wounded outside in Jerusalem on Wednesday outside a conference promoting a Jewish campaign to be permitted to pray at an Old City compound holy to both Jews and Muslims, Israeli media reported.

    Police confirmed only that a man on a...

  • Israel must export self-criticism

    By David Suissa

    17 hours ago

    It was unsettling to hear Israeli President Reuven Rivlin say last week, “The time has come to admit that Israel is a sick society, with an illness that demands treatment.”

    Rivlin was referring to the resurgence of animosity between Israeli Arabs and Jews in the wake of the Gaza...

  • The Shabbos Project at Nessah

    17 hours ago

    Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills drew more 1,000 people for a Shabbat of global proportions on Oct. 24 and 25, as it participated in The Shabbos Project, a worldwide movement initiated last year in South Africa.

    Locally, Friday night’s celebration was still going strong into the...

  • Playwright and successful TV writer and producer, Jerry Mayer, inspired by real life

    18 hours ago

    At age 83, Jerry Mayer — a highly successful television writer and producer for such hit shows as “M*A*S*H,” “All in the Family,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” — is still going strong. Since 1986, he has been writing plays, most of them comedies, which have...

  • The Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’ slander: Friends and allies shudder … despots and bullies rejoice

    19 hours ago

    A top, unnamed Obama administration official calls an important leader a “chickenshit.” Was this a hard-nosed warning aimed at Ayatollah Khamenei to pressure Iran to destroy those 23,000 centrifuges before next month’s nuclear negotiating deadline? Perhaps it was a signal to the...

  • Batsheva Dance Company celebrates 50th birthday

    20 hours ago

    Los Angeles may be known as one of the world’s entertainment capitals, but when it comes to dance, the city has lagged behind the likes of New York, San Francisco, Paris, Moscow — and even Tel Aviv.

    That’s slowly starting to change, thanks to Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance...

  • Foxman one on one: anti-Semitism, BDS and Mel Gibson

    By Rob Eshman

    20 hours ago

    Over the past 20 years, I’ve accused Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief Abraham H. Foxman of being an alarmist, an opportunist, even a hypocrite. 

    I mocked his outspoken campaign against Mel Gibson’s “The Passion,” saying it just helped boost the snuff film’s box office. I...

  • A future without Jews; If anti-Semitism won

    20 hours ago

    Just how frightening is it to be a British Jew these days? Although it’s comforting to know that the security guard who prohibited two Jewish boys from entering a sporting goods store in Hertfordshire, England, last month was fired, Jewish residents are starting to feel...

  • Harvey Fierstein, ‘Kinky Boots’ step out on national tour

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    20 hours ago

    Harvey Fierstein, the six-time Tony Award-winning actor, playwright and gay activist, laughed as he recalled how a reporter once shamelessly rifled through his New York-area apartment. “She went through the entire house and kept opening all the closets,” he said during a recent...

  • How I plan to die

    20 hours ago

    One Sunday last November, 86-year-old Joy Johnson laced her running shoes and ran the New York marathon for the 25th year in a row.  At mile 20, she tripped and fell, but quickly got up and finished the race. After celebratory hugs from her family and a quick interview with Al...

  • Why is criticism of Islam forbidden?

    By Dennis Prager

    21 hours ago

    There is apparently no amount of mass murder, no number of innocents tortured or women raped, no amount of female degradation, no number of people enslaved, no number of Christians expelled from or murdered in the Middle East, no amount of Nazi-like Jew-hatred in its societies, no...

  • Kavod and the importance of feeling important

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    21 hours ago

    Much has been said and written about Abraham’s 10 trials, which began with God asking him to leave his homeland and culminating with God asking him to place Isaac upon an altar on Mount Moriah. Much less discussed are Sarah’s trials — trials that, I’d argue, are even deeper and...

  • Netanyahu fumes at ‘chickenshit’ slur

    22 hours ago

    An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.

    The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic...

  • Calendar November 1-7

    By Laura Donney

    22 hours ago

    SAT | NOV 1/SUN | NOV 2

    “DAY OF THE DEAD”

    Oh, how quickly love becomes — something else. Years ago, in the cornfields of Mexico, a young man and woman fell into a passionate romance. Now old and living in Los Angeles on Olvera Street, the man is tricked into temptation for...

  • My brother, the soldier

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    22 hours ago

    To my dear brother:

    I remember the four months between your high school graduation and your recruitment day. You played as many PlayStation games as possible, and rented all the movies you could see. You wanted to live each moment of freedom to its fullest, before you had to hand...

  • Ripples In The Pond: Turning Chaos Into Light

    By Beit T'shuvah

    22 hours ago

    By Andy Besser

    For the first 36 years of my life I was pretty much running amok.  Without a plan for life, I was self-will run wild, doing as I pleased and as I wanted without much real regard for the impact I was having on the world around me, especially on my friends and...

  • Letters to the editor: Molly Forrest, economics in Palestine and good-looking Jews

    22 hours ago

    Golden Years Shine at the Home

    My mother was one of the fortunate people who became a resident at the Joyce Eisenberg facility (“Molly Forrest Plans the Future,” Oct. 24). They provided her with outstanding care and attention, for which I will be forever grateful.

    Rosita...

  • Obituaries

    22 hours ago

    Sonia Abrams died Sept. 24 at 95. Survived by daughter Barbara (Charles) Kimelman; sister Helen (Maury) Goosenberg; 2 grandsons. Groman Eden

    Andrew Bajor died Sept. 28 at 82. Survived by wife Barbara; daughters Lydia (Jeff) Smith, Renee; stepsons Marc Tushnet, Joel Tushnet;...

  • Things Are Not Always As They Appear

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    23 hours ago

    As we approach Halloween, the non-Jewish (as opposed to Purim) holiday of masks and costumes, perhaps now is a good time to reflect on the truism that things are not always as they first appear to be.

    I was reminded of this last week, at lunchtime. As I approached the local...

  • The David and Goliath exchange, part 1: On Israel’s popularity before 1967

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Joshua Muravchik is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies and formerly a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He has published more than three hundred articles on politics and...

  • There I Was, Dead

    Rick Light

    1 day ago

    There I was, lying on the table pretending to be dead.  Six intensely focused people were huddled around me reciting specific liturgy from Scripture and dressing me in burial shrouds.  I tried to just be “dead weight” – loose, relaxed, and present.  As I followed their progress, I...

  • Discover Ocean Prime Beverly Hills

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    1 day ago

    Enjoying Ocean Prime Beverly Hills: Seafood, Steaks & Cocktails

     

    @OceanPrime_CMR corner of Wilshire, Dayton, Camden new in #BeverlyHills

    A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on

    VIDEO: Ocean Prime Beverly...

  • The Father of Adventure Travel: Richard Bangs

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 days ago

    Richard Bangs is a judge for the We Said Go Travel Gratitude Writing Contest. Share your story in our sixth international contest. Enter now until Thanksgiving. This story about him is from Outside Magazine. Sponsored by Tudor.

    The Father of Adventure Travel: Richard Bangs

    ...
  • Bet Tzedek names Jessie Kornberg new CEO

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    About two years ago, Jessie Kornberg was litigating a trial for the law firm Bird Marella, and when it ended, all the attorneys were waiting to speak candidly with jurors about what they thought the lawyers did well and what they didn’t do well. Eight months pregnant, Kornberg...

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