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  • After cancer, Thanksgiving will never be the same

    3 days ago

    In fiction, the scenario would seem implausible: While attempting to console my husband as his little sister drew her final breaths, I noticed an unfamiliar number flash across my screen. I let it go to voicemail. The number flashed again. It was my physician, who informed me when...

  • The once great Los Angeles Times

    By Bill Boyarsky

    4 days ago

    Talented, experienced journalists are now leaving the Los Angeles Times, and we alums feel depressed about the toll their departures will take on their lives and on Southern California.

    Kevin Roderick reported on his LA Observed website (to which I am a contributor) that more...

  • Conservative Judaism seeks its true name

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    4 days ago

    This article originally appeared on Huffington Post.

    I grew up as a Conservative Jew, my father a Conservative Rabbi. The appellation "conservative" was not a perfect fit for the Judaism I learned as a child. Conserving ancient traditions was essential, to be sure, but the...

  • To be a Jew means ‘I love you’

    4 days ago

    On Thursday last week, a suicide bomber murdered forty three human beings in Beirut and injured two hundred and forty. On Friday last week, a suicide bomber murdered nineteen human beings in Bagdad and injured thirty three. In Paris, seven men murdered one hundred twenty three...

  • Jacob in ISIL, or, The prayers of the refugees should be our prayers

    By David Seidenberg

    4 days ago

    As we read in last Shabbat's Torah portion, Jacob left Canaan for Paddan-Aram, not knowing whether he would return, asking for divine help. He negotiated with God — if you protect me and return me safely, only then will you be my God, only then will I worship you. (Gen. 28:20-21)

  • Why no Facebook filter in solidarity with Israeli victims?

    1 week ago

    “Show your support for the people of Paris by temporarily updating your profile picture with this new template we created,” read the Facebook-sponsored text promoted not 24 hours after last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The social media giant invited users to overlay their...

  • Meet Ezra Schwartz

    By Peter Himmelman

    1 week ago

    Meet Ezra Schwartz.

    He’s eighteen and spending his gap year in Israel, just like my own children did. At least he was until yesterday. Now he’s dead.

    Ezra was murdered by fanatics, on the spree of unrelenting bloodlust that’s happening right now in the Jewish State. I am...

  • Jihadism is not nihilism

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 week ago

    In the partisan battle over describing the Islamic State, Democrats have fastened on a philosophical term from 19th century European intellectual history. They’re being too clever by half.

    “Extremist nihilism” is what Barack Obama has called ISIS’s ideology. In the second...

  • Welcome the refugees

    1 week ago

    In the 1940s, politicians and the State Department saw the war ravaging Europe and said only Christians could enter this country as refugees, and only a select few at that. No Jews welcome here. A favorite argument for turning away Jews fleeing Europe was that they somehow had been...

  • Reform movement should take a page from Chabad playbook

    1 week ago

    Charles Bronfman and the other kings, queens, princes, dukes, duchesses, lords and ladies of the American-Jewish community need to wake up to the impressive accomplishments of the passionate, strategic and creative serfs and vassals of Chabad, who serve the Jewish people globally...

  • Two Jews walk into Israel

    1 week ago

    On Dec. 19 and 20, Jerry Seinfeld and I will be performing stand-up comedy at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv. I have not been this excited about doing a gig in years. Jerry and I had talked about going to Israel to perform and, God willing, it’s now happening.

    Jerry and I...

  • Did you see “The Lion King?”: A Thanksgiving story

    1 week ago

    I give thanks for "The Lion King." This month, the theatrical production celebrates eighteen years on Broadway. I first fell in love with the show when I somehow scored tickets to the press preview the night before it opened in New York City, November 13, 1997. Like everyone else...

  • John Kerry must resign

    1 week ago

    A gaffe is “when a politician tells the truth,” as per Michael Kinsley’s apt definition. Yesterday’s gaffe by Secretary of State John Kerry claiming that the Charlie Hebdo attacks had “a legitimacy” – he quickly corrected himself to say “a rationale” - reveals such gross...

  • Is Islam to blame for the Paris attacks?

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 week ago

    Right after the Paris attacks, still reeling from the cruelty of it all, I emailed a friend.

    “Why Paris?” 

    “The terrorists will always focus on liberal democracies where they can operate freely, exploiting the very freedom and liberty that they want to annihilate,” he wrote...

  • Terror is terror

    1 week ago

    The international outrage over the barbaric terrorist attacks in Paris is absolutely on target. But the absence of an outcry over the weeks of attacks against Jews in Israel — stabbings, shootings and car rammings are among the most common tactics — is equally outrageous.

  • Feminism isn’t kosher

    2 weeks ago

    Fierce debates this month over women clergy represent the most fractious internecine conflict in the Orthodox Jewish community in a generation. After the progressive movement known as Open Orthodoxy ordained its first women, denunciations by centrist and right-of-center Orthodox...

  • Questions for the European Left

    2 weeks ago

    Why don't we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris, Barcelona?

    Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship?

    Why aren't there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection?

    Why aren't...

  • Europe, ISIS and us: Now what?

    2 weeks ago

    Simon Wiesenthal Center officials sat across from French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace some 18 months ago, sometime between the Toulouse Day School and the Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher massacres. His words were devastating: “I can confirm that 1,000 French...

  • The Left has failed us

    2 weeks ago

    If anything, Friday  night’s attacks confirm how correct George W. Bush was in taking the fight to Al Qaeda and winning. He assembled the largest contingent of nations in world history —over 40 (significantly, France didn’t join)— 23 democrats, including Hillary Clinton and future...

  • Outside the tent or in—what would Matriarch Rebecca have said?

    2 weeks ago

    This past week I have been reflecting on something important. Is there a red line that propels someone beyond the pale and out of the tent if they cross it? It is a fundamental question for all of us, and particularly for a rabbi, whose job as a representative of Judaism is to...

  • For whom the polls toll

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 weeks ago

    The horserace polls dominating today’s political news are worse than misleading – they’re bad for democracy. They’re as corrosive of America’s self-image as the news industry’s obsession with murder and disaster, a black hole wildly unwarranted by actual crime and catastrophe....

  • Rabin: A hero’s life’s work

    October 29, 2015 | 10:40 am

    If a hero's life's work is subsequently rendered largely irrelevant, is he or she still a hero?

    20 long years since the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, Israelis have accepted the thesis of their leadership that peace is a far-flung, undesirable goal.  Though the state of Israel, the...

  • Detaining peace

    October 28, 2015 | 11:56 am

    The news that my friend Mohannad was arrested last week hit me hard. We’d worked together over the summer, planning a three-day summer camp for Israeli and Palestinian children in Gush Etzion. He was the perfect choice to be the Palestinian coordinator of the camp: At 26, he was...

  • Obama could learn from Bill Clinton how to be a true friend of Israel

    October 28, 2015 | 9:53 am

    By now it should be obvious how absurd it is to call President Barack Obama Israel’s “best friend” ever, as Thomas Friedman of The New York Times has claimed.

    A Blame Israel Firster, Obama won’t use his moral authority to try stopping the instigators of this latest spate of...

  • How “all kids” is the current LAUSD?

    October 26, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    In decrying the recently leaked memo outlining a plan to create more high-quality public charter schools in our city, LAUSD School Board President Steve Zimmer said: “This is not an all-kids plan or an all-kids strategy…it’s very explicitly a some-kids strategy, a strategy that...

  • The enemy of my enemy is my candidate

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 26, 2015 | 11:08 am

    “End this notion that the enemy is the other party. End this notion that it is naïve to think we can speak well of the other party. What is naïve is to think it is remotely possible to govern this country unless we can.”

    The speaker was Joe Biden. Along with other Jimmy Carter...

  • Response to David Suissa’s claim about terror

    October 26, 2015 | 10:03 am

    I wish David Suissa had reached out to me before he tried guessing at the motives behind the statement UC Irvine Hillel students released on the violence in Israel.  Though he says the statement put him to sleep, it was but one small, non-contextualized piece of a larger success...

  • Nine more Jewish symbols UNESCO should claim for other religions

    October 20, 2015 | 12:44 pm

    On Monday, news broke that UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency, is to vote on a Palestinian-backed proposal declaring the Western Wall a Muslim site.

    The last remnant of the long-destroyed Jewish Temple, the Western Wall is hands-down Judaism’s holiest site and arguably...

  • Vicious cycle of terrorism is madness

    October 16, 2015 | 12:53 pm

    As I sit in my home in Jerusalem, venturing out only when necessary, shivering with each ping of the cellphone that alerts me to some new horror, I wonder how this place survives and how we come out of it on the other side of despair. I don’t have answers, I have questions.


  • The speech Bibi should have made at the U.N.

    October 16, 2015 | 11:43 am

    Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen.

    Today I will not invoke Iran, the Syrian crisis, ISIS’s murderous expansion -- to name but a few of the major concerns for Israel and the Middle East. Instead, I will speak about an issue that has...

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