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  • Day 1 at AIPAC: Trusting Congress, expecting little from White House, and anxious about Bibigate

    By Jared Sichel

    15 minutes ago

    The marching orders to the reported 16,000 attendees were clear on the first day of this year’s AIPAC policy conference: push legislators to pass a proposed bill that would give Congress the right to approve or reject any nuclear agreement signed between the Obama administration...

  • Never Forget: Iran is the Problem, not Boteach

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    2 hours ago

    In a Jewish world desperate for unity, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach succeeded in uniting a broad array of Jewish groups, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, secular and religious, right leaning, and left leaning, centrist and apolitical — to condemn his full-page ad attack against...

  • David Blatt getting a handle on life as NBA coach

    2 hours ago

    With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over the Washington Wizards.

    Things didn’t come quite as easy early this season for the rookie NBA...

  • Life and death at the heart of Boston bombing trial

    6 hours ago

    From the moment U.S. prosecutors stand up on Wednesday and begin their case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, their minds and those of their defense counterparts will be focused on just one thing: The death penalty.

    Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing...

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  • Machatzit HaShekel – Remembering the other half

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    6 hours ago

    Purim is a celebration with something for everyone – an exciting story with  the reading of the Megilla , mishloach manot , or the exchanging of delicacies to friends and neighbors, the festive Purim seudah (meal) with plenty of food and wine, costumes and laughter.  But there’s...

  • Israeli official sees U.S. Congress as ‘last brake’ to stop Iran deal

    6 hours ago

    The U.S. Congress could be "the last brake" for stopping a nuclear deal with Iran, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in the United States for a speech this week that has strained U.S.-Israeli relations.

    The official, who...

  • Kerry to defend Israel as Netanyahu readies critique of Iran talks

    6 hours ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry will defend Israel at a U.N. human rights body on Monday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares to criticize nuclear negotiations with Iran that the top diplomat is leading.

    Kerry landed in Geneva late on Sunday for up to three days of...

  • Spock's good mother

    By Marty Kaplan

    6 hours ago

    “Oh, by the way, Leonard,” I say into the phone, as breezily as I can feign, “what did you think about Diane’s belt?”

    Leonard Nimoy is on location in Cambridge, Mass., preparing to direct “The Good Mother” for Disney, starring Diane Keaton. I’m the executive on the movie, on the...

  • AIPAC emphasizes Iran talks at record-breaking conference

    7 hours ago

    AIPAC launched its largest-ever conference with a focus on the Iran nuclear talks.

    The legislative focus of the conference, which started Sunday with a record-breaking 16,000 activists in attendance, is two bills that seek increased congressional involvement in the nuclear talks...

  • Ex-Israeli military officials call on Netanyahu to cancel speech

    7 hours ago

    More than 180 Israeli former military and intelligence officials called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his speech to the U.S. Congress.

    An alliance calling itself Commanders for Israel’s Security made the announcement on Sunday, hours after Netanyahu left for...

  • Netanyahu arrives in U.S., signs of some easing of tensions over Iran speech

    10 hours ago

    The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.

    Policy differences over the negotiations with Iran remained firm,...

  • Obama: Honoring Iran, dissing Israel

    By David Suissa

    11 hours ago

    While all eyes will be on Bibigate this week, there's another drama brewing in Washington that's even more consequential. This is a new bill introduced on Friday that would give the U.S. Congress the power to approve or kill any nuclear deal President Obama makes with Iran.

    The...

  • #FilmFriendly view of the #Oscars From Row A on the Red Carpet with United Airlines

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    12 hours ago

    From Row A on the Red Carpet with United #FilmFriendly Bloggers 2015 the 87th Academy Awards #LosAngeles

    Video: From Row A on the Red Carpet

    Our day started at 10:30am with check-in at security. We had all had criminal background checks in order to be on the list. Maybelline...

  • Sunday Reads: Is Israel a bipartisan issue?, Nimoy’s Jewish roots, Egypt vs. Hamas

    By Shmuel Rosner

    17 hours ago

    US

    Jeff Ballabon makes an interesting case against the idea that support for Israel is a bipartisan issue:

    In 2012, Pew analyzed 15 issues to determine where the largest partisan gaps lie. Only 3 - Social Safety Net (41%), Environment (39%) and Labor Unions (37%) - were...

  • The Jewish Response to a Cheap Dress

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 day ago

    Did you see blue-and-black, or were you in the white-and-gold camp?  Was your family as polarized as mine?

    I can't help it.  I am a Jewish doctor.  What seems to be a trivial, yet highly popular discussion on social media about the true colors of this $70 dress, keeps me up at...

  • What San Gabriel’s Padres taught William Mulholland 

    2 days ago

    On a hot August day in 1816, waves of heat shimmered off of the dusty plazas and red tile roofs of the San Gabriel Mission community. The surrounding valley and foothills were brown and dry, and the nearby arroyos hadn’t run with water since March. But the town was a verdant oasis,...

  • Waging Today’s Battles

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    2 days ago

    We read in the Mishna about Moshe and the Jewish people’s battle with Amalek, which we will recall this Shabbat, Parsha Zachor, the Shabbat preceding Purim.

    “And so it was, when Moshe raised his hand, Israel prevailed…” (Exodus 17:11). Did the hands of Moshe make or break the...

  • House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms

    2 days ago

    The House of Representatives on Friday failed to approve a stopgap funding bill for the U.S. domestic security agency in an embarrassing setback for Republican House Speaker John Boehner, increasing the threat of a partial agency shutdown at midnight.

    With just hours left before...

  • Reflecting on my trip to Birmingham with The Temple

    2 days ago

    “You’ll be the first in our family to set foot in Alabama,” my mom half-joked over the phone from L.A., when I told her where I was going. “Well, I was the first one to set foot in Tennessee,” I quipped back.

    Before moving to Nashville two years ago to pursue my music career,...

  • LAUSD board race a study in polarization

    By Aron Chilewich

    2 days ago

    Though none of the candidates may want to admit it, the race to represent District 5 on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education is characteristic of the broader polarized climate of public education politics: the incumbent, Bennett Kayser, is an...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Meet ZRRO- the new Israeli Startup about to take over the world, and the next big thing you didn’t even know you need.


    ZRRO is a standalone Android-based console that connects to any TV to make it smart. ZRRO comes with an amazing hover and touch controller powered by ZRRO's...

  • Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week

    2 days ago

    Negotiations on an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program have advanced substantially, but difficult issues remain and a senior U.S. official said he did not expect a deal in the coming week.

    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join in talks next week between U.S. Secretary...

  • Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow

    2 days ago

    Boris Nemtsov, a Russian opposition politician and former deputy prime minister, has been shot dead in central Moscow, the Interior Ministry said early on Saturday.

    Nemtsov, 55, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been due to take part on Sunday in the first big...

  • My interview with Leonard Nimoy

    By Susan Freudenheim

    2 days ago

    Some 10 or 12 years ago, I got an unusual request from my rabbi, John Rosove at Temple Israel of Hollywood. One of my fellow congregants was, along with his wife, sponsoring a major classical music concert series at the synagogue, and would I be willing to interview this person for...

  • ‘Kosher Soul’ plays on stereotypes — amusing some, angering others

    2 days ago

    In the first episode of “Kosher Soul,” O’Neal McKnight, a Southern-raised African-American man about to marry a white Jewish woman from Seattle, has an epiphany about his upcoming marriage — it’s like a black-and-white cookie.

    “It’s all about the whole cookie,” he explains to his...

  • Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism

    2 days ago

    Jorma Kaukonen, who played guitar in classic rock bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, has just released his first solo album since 2009.

    While Kaukonen’s guitar skills are legendary, few people know that he bought his first electric guitar by cashing Israel Bonds he received...

  • Italian lawmakers urge recognition of Palestinian state

    2 days ago

     Italian lawmakers backed a non-binding resolution urging the government to recognize Palestine as a state.

    Italy’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 300 to 45 to pass the motion presented by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, the news site repubblica.it reported on...

  • Dieudonne and Ahmadinejad trade mutual admiration

    2 days ago

     Iranian ex-president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Dieudonne M’bala M’bala a “great artist” during a meeting in Tehran with the French comic who is a repeat inciter of hate against Jews.

    Dieudonne visited the Islamic Republic last week, the news site fararu.com reported, and ...

  • Madonna hacker indicted in Tel Aviv

    2 days ago

    A Tel Aviv man was indicted for hacking American pop star Madonna’s computer and selling unreleased songs.

    Adi Lederman, 39, was charged on Tuesday in Tel Aviv Magistrate Court with illegal wiretapping, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement and obstruction of justice.

    An...

  • Calif. Jewish cemetery accused of mishandling remains is sued a second time

    2 days ago

    A Jewish cemetery accused of disturbing dead people’s remains is being sued for the second time.

    Several dozen relatives of people buried at Eden Memorial Park Cemetery in Mission Hills, Calif., filed a complaint Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging mass disturbances of...

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