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  • 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...

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  • 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

    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...

  • The Pew survey: What’s missing from the conversation

    October 11, 2013 | 10:48 am

    The ink is barely dry on the latest Pew report on declining Jewish affiliation and concerned community leaders are quickly weighing in on what to do to attract the unaffiliated back under the tent.  Notwithstanding all the good ideas, something, from my experience, is missing from...

  • Pew study finds a vibrant Jewish community

    October 10, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    Over the past week, I have seen a flurry of writing about Pew Research Center’s study on American Jews. Several scholars and communal leaders have taken an alarmist stance toward the findings, calling the increasing rate of intermarriage “devastating” and describing non-Orthodox...

  • Rabbis arrested in kidnapping, beating of recalcitrant husbands

    October 10, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Two Orthodox rabbis and two others were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and beating men in order to force them to grant their wives religious Jewish divorces.

    The men were arrested Wednesday night in a monthlong sting operation in which a female FBI agent posed as an Orthodox...

  • How to inspire a Jewish future in America

    October 8, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Last week, the Pew Research Center released the first national demographic study of Jewish Americans in more than a decade. Like all such studies, there are disagreements at the edges about the accuracy of some of the results, but the study’s most significant findings have been...

  • Female Israeli soldier called to Torah at military synagogue

    October 4, 2013 | 10:44 am

    An Orthodox female Israeli soldier was called up to the Torah during holiday services on a military base in what was being called a first.

    At Simchat Torah services last week at a base in Haifa, the soldier received an aliyah from the gabbai, a civilian employee of the military,...

  • Making an Orthodox sense of an unorthodox census

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    October 4, 2013 | 10:23 am

    The Pew survey, reported last week in major news outlets, inadvertently mischaracterizes Orthodox demographic trends quite dramatically and necessarily undercounts us significantly, for the same reason that other random-digit-dialing and surveying techniques do.  I previously have...

  • Western Wall rabbi to Charedi girls: Avoid plaza for Women of the Wall service

    October 3, 2013 | 9:45 am

    The Western Wall rabbi requested that Charedi Orthodox girls not fill the plaza for the next Women of the Wall service.

    Aiming to reduce tension at the plaza, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz made the request on Thursday, one day before the monthly Rosh Chodesh service by the group.

    ...
  • Caredim in church? The wackiest result from the Pew ‘Jewish Americans’ survey

    October 1, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    The new Pew Research Center’s new study “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” offers a treasure trove of survey data on American Jewry. It’s a particularly valuable service since the Jewish Federations of North America opted not do a repeat of the decennial National Jewish Population...

  • Wedding: Bridge to reconciliation

    September 18, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    I got married June 30 at the Chabad Residential Treatment Center. 

    Yes, you read that correctly. I didn’t get married at the Four Seasons but at a drug and alcohol rehab facility on the corner of Olympic and Hauser boulevards. It was the most un-orthodox Orthodox Jewish wedding a...

  • Married, but not in Israel

    September 18, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Located in the eastern Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus feels very familiar to Israelis, due to its warm climate, arid stretches of mountainous land filled with olive trees and beautiful beaches.

    Not a bad place for a wedding, right?

    Every year, according to Israel’s Central...

  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

  • Could a robust ‘anti-intermarriage’ campaign work?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 17, 2013 | 7:25 am

    And you shall teach, coax and command your Jewish children to marry within the faith…and openly and vocally disapprove when they don’t.

    That, in a nutshell, is the new strategy Jack Wertheimer proposes to Jewish leaders as the way to stem the tide of Jewish intermarriage, which...

  • La Brea ‘Eastbound & Down’ billboard removed after Orthodox pressure

    By Jared Sichel

    September 13, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    For the second time in two months, the Orthodox Jewish community in Los Angeles has successfully pressured a major billboard company to take down what some considered offensive advertising.

    The latest, a billboard located at the corner of Beverly Boulevard and Detroit Street in...

  • Funding a Jewish future

    September 12, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    When Allen Alevy was 12 years old, he was called to the Torah for the first time. Although he hadn’t yet had a bar mitzvah, his maternal grandfather’s Orthodox synagogue was one man shy of a minyan

    Alevy, who attended morning services regularly, recalls feeling so honored that...

  • Sunday’s protestors sought kaporot concessions

    September 9, 2013 | 5:25 pm

    With chants of “Shonda,” and “Shame,” a group of around 75 protestors demonstrated on Sept. 8 in front of two sites on Pico Blvd where kaporot ceremonies were taking place.

    Kaporot, which means “Atonement,” is a 1,000 year old custom observed by some Orthodox Jews between Rosh...

  • LINK East serves a growing Pico-Robertson

    By Jared Sichel

    August 28, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    The eastward expansion of Pico-Robertson’s Orthodox community hit a new milestone recently with the Aug. 24 opening of LINK East, a satellite branch of LINK, the Los Angeles Intercommunity Kollel.

    A kollel is a place where rabbinic scholars study among themselves and teach people...

  • Women of the Wall call alternative site a ‘wall of misfits’

    August 27, 2013 | 10:45 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    About a dozen women sit underneath a large Israeli flag at Judaism’s holiest site, the Western Wall. They’ve been here close to 24 hours, and are getting tired. They are members of Women of the Wall (WOW), a 25-year-old group of...

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