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  • The Iran deal is done: What history should teach us

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 hour ago

    Thirty four Senators – 32 Democrats, plus two Independents who caucus with the Democrats – have come out in favor of the Iran deal, enough Senators to sustain a presidential veto, so approval of the deal with Iran and five American partners is a foregone conclusion. The question to...

  • After the Iran vote, now what?

    By Rob Eshman

    2 hours ago

    Is it over?

    On Wednesday morning, during a KPCC radio talk show about the Iran deal, the host, Patt Morrison, asked me whether, now that President Barack Obama has the 34 votes he needs to support the Iran nuclear agreement, the rancor and vitriol within the Jewish community that...

  • A playwright examines writer who fought Soviet system

    2 hours ago

    The persecution of Ukrainian-Jewish writer Isaac Babel under Stalin’s purges of the late 1930s — also known as the “Great Terror” — is the subject of a new play, “Isaac Babel and the Black Sea,” by Tim McNeil, who also directs. The show is a workshop production of the Stella Adler...

  • Today a Child Washed up Ashore.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 hours ago

    Not a bird, nor fish, nor seaweed.

    Today a child washed up ashore.
    His sin?  Birth into a cruel world.
    Shunned by shameless shenanigans.
    Not even a basket to house this baby Moses.
    Landless- worse than homeless.

    I see him flying into the open arms of waves,
    Away from...

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  • Fresh takes on classic entrees and dessert for the High Holy Days

    By Judy Zeidler

    3 hours ago

    Celebrated close together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the High Holy Days, but each offers its own special food customs.   

    Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Sept. 13, celebrates the Jewish New Year. It is a joyous occasion enlivened with a variety of delicious...

  • Poem: To Scare the Devil

    3 hours ago

    The reason the Jews blow the shofar

    on Rosh Hashanah is to scare away

    the devil, Father said. He doesn’t come back

    until after Yom Kippur, which gives

    the Jews a chance to cast away their sins.

    If the devil was around during Yom Kippur,

    he would catch our sins, and...

  • I am not my ideology

    By David Suissa

    4 hours ago

    I hate the Iran deal
    but I am not that hate.
    I fear the evil that wants to hurt my people
    but I am not that fear.
    I ridicule those who just don’t get it
    but I am not that ridicule.

    I am not hate or fear or ridicule.

    I am my mother’s moufletas melting with butter and honey...

  • Honey isn’t vegan: Cruelty-free Rosh Hashanah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    4 hours ago

    When Madeline Karpel was growing up in Westwood in the 1950s, her Russian immigrant grandmother spent days preparing the family’s erev Rosh Hashanah dinner: chopped liver, matzah ball soup, brisket and, of course, apples to be dipped in honey. 

    “It was always served in the dining...

  • France drops investigation into Arafat’s death

    4 hours ago

    French investigating magistrates have decided to drop an inquiry into the death in France of former Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat, whose widow alleged he was poisoned, the prosecutors office said on Wednesday.

    A lawyer for his widow Suha Arafat, who has argued that...

  • Senate Democrats line up behind Iran nuclear deal

    4 hours ago

    Another senator declared support on Wednesday for the U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran, providing a crucial 34th vote to protect it from being killed by Republicans in Congress.

    Democrat Barbara Mikulski provided the pivotal commitment to defending the deal negotiated by the...

  • Author Leah Lax: A lesbian girl in an Orthodox world

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    4 hours ago

    In 1975, Leah Lax — 19 and relatively new to Orthodoxy — walked with trepidation into the office of her Orthodox rabbi at the University of Texas at Austin. 

    “[He] had a gruff style and a dismissive manner with women,” Lax writes in her new memoir, “Uncovered: How I Left Hasidic...

  • White House encouraged by latest U.S. Senate support for Iran deal

    4 hours ago

    The White House welcomed the growing support in the U.S. Senate for the Iran nuclear agreement and will keep working with lawmakers to secure as much backing as possible on Sept. 2.

    "We are encouraged by the latest tally," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest. "When the stakes are this high, every vote is important."

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday secured the 34th Senate vote needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving the nuclear deal with Iran, ensuring the accord will not fail in the U.S. Congress.

  • Custody battle over rare Iraqi-Jewish historical documents

    By  Tom Tugend

    4 hours ago

    On May 6, 2003, 16 American soldiers of a special unit searching for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction entered the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters in Baghdad.

    While the soldiers found no nuclear or chemical arms, they did discover 2,700 books and...

  • What monkeys can teach us about politics

    6 hours ago

    Whenever I find myself in a contentious academic meeting or I see clips of Congress trying to pass (or kill) a bill, I am reminded of capuchin monkeys.

    Don’t get me wrong –I respect my colleagues, and don’t consider politicians to be sub-human. It’s just that the monkeys I have...

  • In defense of Natalie Portman

    6 hours ago

    Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman is taking a pretty good beating in the Jewish community for her remarks on the Holocaust during a recent interview with a British newspaper, The Independent, to promote her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”  Her sin? She...

  • A story of love and disappointment ,and the life of artist Camille Pissaro

    6 hours ago

    Alice Hoffman’s sentences possess a musical cadence that demand to be read aloud like poetry, which I often did with great pleasure as I read “The Marriage of Opposites” (Simon and Schuster). 

    The story of Rachel Pomié Petit Pizzarro and her son, the renowned Impressionist...

  • Author, psychologist delves inside ‘The Israeli Mind’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    6 hours ago

    Alon Gratch practices psychology in New York but was born and raised in Jerusalem, which puts him in a unique position to tell us how Israelis see the world. Indeed, as he writes in “The Israeli Mind: How the Israeli National Character Shapes Our World” (St. Martin’s Press), “I...

  • Home: 10 Common decorating mistakes and how to fix them

    By Jonathan Fong

    6 hours ago

    Decorating your home is a very personal thing — we all have different tastes. There are some common design mistakes, however, that many of us make. The good news is that even if you’re guilty of one or more of these faux pas, they’re easy to fix.

    Pushing all the furniture against...

  • High Holy Days: Dreams as sweet as honey

    7 hours ago

    With nothing but shrubbery and fractures of light, the fierce Mojave Desert may seem to lack the abundance needed to sustain a hive of bees, yet it still manages to produce some of the best honey in California. 

    Like the insects themselves, this desert’s sunbeams are hard to...

  • Pomegranates: Deep-seeded connections

    7 hours ago

    When we think about special foods to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey always seem to top the menu. But where among the new year’s daily specials do we place that seedy, sweet red ball of antioxidants — the pomegranate?

    Although experience tells us that the fruit’s...

  • Torah portion: The secret to happiness

    7 hours ago

    We all want to be happy. Yet, happiness is elusive, and even defining happiness is a challenge. 

    Throughout our history, we have turned to the Torah for wisdom and guidance. Does the Torah have anything to say about happiness? A line in this week’s Torah portion may provide the...

  • #myLAcommute I’m more relaxed now that I don’t drive as often

    7 hours ago

    LINDSEY CASTILLO

    I’m not from here and I’m having a terrible time with traffic. It gets on my nerves. My roommates even tell me that I’m more relaxed now that I don’t drive as often.

    I’m from Oakland, California. I moved here two years ago. Taking Metro helps me get to know the city and the communities much better. When you’re in the car, you’re more isolated.

    Western Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Calendar: September 4-10, 2015

    By Amanda Epstein

    8 hours ago

    SAT | SEPT 5

    “WHEN STARS ALIGN”

    The Civil War forever changed American society; this play explores the pivotal events of our nation’s history while also introducing a love story. Told through the eyes of Thaddeus, born from the rape of a young slave girl, the show mixes...

  • Letters to the editor: Prager v. progressives; Kishkas vs. Sechel; Bernie and Noam

    8 hours ago

    In Conversation: Prager and a Progressive

    I have to start by saying I am a secular, progressive, left-wing Jew and, for the most part, disagree with the views expressed in Dennis Prager’s column (“Why Many American Jews Support the Iran Deal,” Aug. 28). 

    I also support the Iran...

  • Jack Matloff, Cardiac Surgeon, 82

    By Tom Tugend

    8 hours ago

    Pioneer heart surgeon Dr. Jack Matloff died Aug. 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was 82.

    Born in New Haven, Conn., the son of a milkman, Matloff “created cardiac surgery at Cedars-Sinai and belonged to the first generation of those who truly...

  • Preparing to invade Sana’a, Hadi’s forces amass hundreds of armored vehicles

    8 hours ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Dozens of families are fleeing Sana’a in response to a military buildup in preparation for the expected invasion of Yemen’s capital, a battle which could prove pivotal in the country’s ongoing civil war. Forces loyal to exiled...

  • Obituaries: Week of September 4th, 2015

    8 hours ago

    Janis Ballin died Aug. 8 at 78. Survived by husband Jules Rothman; sons Daniel (Joey), Matthew (Pamela), Joel (Anna). Mount Sinai

    Maurice Bash died Aug. 5 at 83. Survived by son Solomon (Shari); daughter Lisa; 4 grandchildren; brother Sydney. Mount Sinai

    Sylvia Bassit died Aug....

  • Bionic limbs for wounded Syrian children

    8 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    It is more dangerous to be a child in Syria than anywhere else in the world, according to the United Nations, which says that at least 5.5 million Syrian children have been affected by the conflict.

    At least 12,000 children...

  • Senator Mikulski gives Obama key vote to protect Iran nuclear deal

    8 hours ago

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski said she will support the Iran nuclear deal, effectively ensuring that the agreement will survive attempts in Congress to overturn it.

    Mikulski, D-Md., who issued her statement Wednesday morning, becomes the 34th senator to back the agreement reached in...

  • Pallywood’s World of Lies

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    8 hours ago

    This phenomenon is not new, but it seems like even nowadays, nine years after the documentary which officially exposed it was released, many people have still never heard of Pallywood.

    Pallywood, a portmanteau of "Palestinian" and "Hollywood", is a coinage that has been used...

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