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  • Israel ups threshold for Knesset seats despite opposition boycott

    March 11, 2014 | 11:10 am

    Israel approved a change to electoral law on Tuesday that raises the percentage of votes needed for seats in parliament, an amendment that critics said targets Arab and ultra-Orthodox Jewish minorities.

    The opposition in the Knesset, or parliament, boycotted the 67-0 vote which...

  • Fringe Lev Tahor sect must surrender children, Canadian court rules

    March 6, 2014 | 2:12 pm

    A Canadian court ordered the fringe haredi Orthodox Lev Tahor sect to turn over as many as 13 of its children to authorities after some of its members appeared to have fled the country.

    Police officers and children’s aid workers visited Lev Tahor homes Wednesday night in...

  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks spends a weekend in L.A. envisioning the Jewish future

    By Jared Sichel

    February 26, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Swiping his finger to the left, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s now-former chief rabbi, and arguably the world’s most prominent religious Jewish leader, was looking for a text he felt might show how Orthodox Jews can spread a Jewish message to the Western world.

    He wasn’t...

  • Florida: It’s not just for old Jews anymore

    February 11, 2014 | 11:47 am

    At the Urban Rustic Cafe in a strip mall in this city located between Miami to the south and the Palm Beach retirement communities to the north, the line for a table stretches out the door and into the parking lot.

    Inside the kosher establishment, the volume is loud. An elderly...

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  • Rabbi David Ellenson: Bringing heart and old-school soul to academia

    February 6, 2014 | 11:57 am

    An Orthodox upbringing, no fundraising experience, and, by all accounts, a tendency to virtually inhabit the lives of 19th century Jewish philosophers, Rabbi David Ellenson was not who you might have expected to become president of a major institution of Jewish higher learning like...

  • Orthodox community gathers in Pico Robertson in wake of three tragic deaths

    By Jared Sichel

    January 30, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    Mourning a recent spate of tragic deaths in the Pico-Robertson community, hundreds came together on Jan. 30, for an evening of tefilah at Young Israel of Century City (YICC).

    Filling every seat and much of the standing room at the synagogue on West Pico Boulevard, adults and...

  • Syria’s Assyrian Christians find refuge with Turkish neighbors

    January 27, 2014 | 10:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Miydat's Assyrian Orthodox community is still encumbered with festive cookies and candied nuts from their Christmas festivities. In every home, tables groan with remnants from the recent celebrations, which for many of Midyat's...

  • New kosher oversight board established

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 22, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    A group of local Orthodox rabbis has begun regularly inspecting the businesses in Los Angeles certified as kosher by the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC). The new volunteer board, the Kashrut Vaad of LA (KVLA), consists of five local Orthodox rabbis not affiliated with the...

  • The hard-hat earthquake prep

    By Jared Sichel

    January 15, 2014 | 4:16 pm

    It was an odd sight inside the Shoff family’s home in Santa Monica — a television.

    Growing up in an Orthodox home, Elchanan Shoff’s parents didn’t own a television. But in the weeks following the Northridge earthquake, they set up a small black-and-white television to follow...

  • Ariel Sharon, a bio of a life beyond all expectations

    January 11, 2014 | 9:02 am

    Perhaps the most irrational act esteemed journalist David Landau has ever attempted in his literary career is trying to write a clear-eyed evenhanded biography of Ariel Sharon in “Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon” (Knopf: $37.50).  Sharon’s larger-than-life almost mythic persona...

  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

  • The Limmud way: My journey to the future of Judaism

    By David Suissa

    January 8, 2014 | 11:16 am

    Two distinct visions of Judaism played in my head at the 33rd annual Limmud Conference in England, which I attended during Christmas week. The first vision was alive and kicking at the conference itself, where, under cold and gray skies, 2,600 Jews gathered on a university campus...

  • Are Jewish neighborhoods a good thing?

    By Dennis Prager

    December 18, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    I would like to offer a view on Jewish neighborhoods that is so contrary to accepted wisdom that I can only ask that people read this column with as open a mind as possible.

    On balance, after a lifetime of thought, I don’t think that Jewish neighborhoods are always a good thing...

  • Pew’s construct of “Jews of no religion” is imprecise and misleading

    December 12, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Of the many interesting aspects of the recently released survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center (the “Pew Portrait”), perhaps none is more troubling than the distorted bisection  of American Jews into two primary sub-groups, one labeled “Jews by religion” and the...

  • The challenge of defining Charedim

    December 5, 2013 | 10:53 am

    The Iranian nuclear issue and Palestinian peace talks may be dominating the news about Israel nowadays, but if discussions within the Jewish state focused on any social challenge this year, it was the question of how to integrate the Charedi Orthodox population into Israel’s...

  • U.S., Israeli LGBT community leaders convene

    December 4, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    In a first-ever seminar organized by Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), leaders of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities from the United States and Israel met recently to explore possible collaborations and...

  • Israeli couples say ‘I don’t’ to Orthodox Jewish weddings

    November 20, 2013 | 9:01 am

    For most Israelis in the Jewish state, there is one legal way to get married - God's way.

    Israeli law empowers only Orthodox rabbis to officiate at Jewish weddings, but popular opposition is growing to this restriction and to what some Israelis see as an Orthodox stranglehold on...

  • JFK's assassination on Sabbath eve: November 22, 1963

    November 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    The twenty-second of November, 1963 was, as traditional Jews say, a "short Friday." At Rambam Torah Institute, the Orthodox day school on West Pico Boulevard at which I was a ninth-grade student, the day's teaching schedule had been compressed accordingly. Around 11:20 a.m., as a...

  • No faith, no Jewish future

    By Dennis Prager

    November 6, 2013 | 1:27 pm

    In my last column, I suggested a number of reasons for the rise of Orthodox Judaism and the decline in membership among non-Orthodox denominations. 

    In this column, I would like to discuss one important reason that often goes unnoted.

    That reason is faith — not only faith in...

  • Bill changing Israeli adoption law moves to full Knesset

    November 4, 2013 | 10:03 am

    A bill that would allow non-Orthodox Israeli parents to adopt non-Jewish children was sent to the Knesset.

    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved the bill on Sunday. The measure, which would amend the adoption law, must undergo a preliminary reading in the Knesset and...

  • Edith Jacobs

    By Jane Ulman

    October 30, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    “You are being relocated to a labor camp,” the Hungarian gendarmes, or police, announced to the Jews of Sopron, Hungary, who had spent the previous two weeks confined to a windowless tobacco factory. Edith Jacobs (née Rosenberger), her parents, three sisters and the other Jews were...

  • White House, amid heating tensions with Israel, to brief Jewish leaders on Iran

    October 29, 2013 | 10:56 am

    Amid an escalation of signals that the Obama and Netanyahu governments are parting ways on Iran strategy, the White House called in American Jewish leaders for a briefing on short notice.

    A small coterie of Jewish organizational leaders will meet Tuesday afternoon with top staff...

  • Knesset approves marriage registration reform law

    October 28, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    The Knesset approved the so-called Tzohar Law, which would allow couples to choose the city in which to register their marriage.

    The law passed its second and third readings Monday evening, over the objections of the country’s two chief rabbis, by a vote of 57 to 14, with one...

  • Intermarriage Math

    By Steve Greenberg

    October 25, 2013 | 1:16 pm

  • Moving and Shaking: Milken Jewish Educator Awards and USCJ conference

    By Ryan Torok

    October 24, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    Osnat Bernstein of Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School was one of four recipients of this year's Jewish Educator Award. Courtesy of the Milken Family Foundation.

    Four educators at area Jewish schools were awarded $15,000 Milken Jewish Educator Awards by the Milken Family...

  • Why Orthodoxy is growing

    By Dennis Prager

    October 23, 2013 | 11:58 am

    As almost every Jew knows by now, according to major reports on American Jewry — such as the most recent and most highly regarded Pew report — Orthodoxy is growing, while Conservative and Reform Judaism are shrinking. 

    Before presenting my explanations, I think it important to...

  • Open Judaism

    By David Suissa

    October 16, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    There’s a nasty food fight going on right now in the Orthodox world between the stringent groups and the more open ones.

    This latest brouhaha was ignited when the “open Orthodox” Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT) yeshiva invited non-Orthodox rabbis and scholars to a roundtable...

  • Will Deutsch: Drawing on Jewish culture

    By Avishay Artsy

    October 16, 2013 | 11:51 am

    What’s considered “Jewish art” often includes a Marc Chagall print. Maybe some abstract metal sculptures resembling a menorah or Star of David. Or a painting of Orthodox Jewish men dancing with a Torah or playing klezmer music.

    This is the art that Will Deutsch grew up around,...

  • Outmoded divorce law a real shandah

    October 16, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The FBI arrested two prominent Orthodox Jewish rabbis and two of their associates overnight Oct. 9 in New York. Allegedly, these rabbis arranged back-alley beatings for men who refuse to divorce their wives. Understanding their alleged crimes requires a short background in Jewish...

  • How Converting to Orthodox Judaism is Like Being Transgender

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 16, 2013 | 1:00 am

    I’ll start by saying I’m not converting to Orthodox Judaism, and I’m not transgender. So this whole blog post is written from an outsider’s perspective, and as a result, it may contain inaccuracies. I apologize to anyone who feels I have given an inaccurate picture of either the...

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