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  • Taking stock of ourselves and Israel

    August 20, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    On this Rosh Hashanah eve, we savor the hope that the New Year will bring the blessing of peace to Israel.   We recall President Obama’s historic speech in Jerusalem, where he spoke to our hearts, as Jews and as Americans, about the necessity of achieving Israeli-Palestinian...

  • Childhood abuse victims name alleged abuser

    By Jared Sichel

    August 14, 2013 | 2:32 pm

    Sitting with his back hunched, his wife by his side and a kippah on his head, a 23-year-old bearded Orthodox man nervously told a gathering of parents at a private residence near Pico-Robertson that a young man named Mendel Tevel had sexually abused him when he was 14. Tevel now...

  • Orthodoxy and ethics

    By Dennis Prager

    August 14, 2013 | 10:56 am

    One of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis of our time, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, related the following story in the July 12-18 issue of the International Jerusalem Post:

    “Let me tell you a true incident which for me is a metaphor of our times. A young man...

  • A Sunday call on same-sex marriage

    By Gina Nahai

    August 7, 2013 | 11:15 am

    I was talking with a young woman last Sunday afternoon. She had called me because she read the column I wrote here last month, about Sinai Temple’s decision to perform same-sex weddings. She said she’s gay and came out to her family a year ago. They’re Iranian Jews who care a great...

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  • Women of the Wall’s collateral damage

    August 1, 2013 | 11:43 am

    Until recently, Women of the Wall (WoW) was but a distant blip on my radar. All that was changed as I came across a BBC interview, in which a prominent WoW member painted Israel as a misogynist country oppressing women. I felt I could not remain silent.

    Religious freedom and...

  • Charedi men attack after woman refuses to move to back of bus

    July 31, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Haredi Orthodox assailants in Beit Shemesh smashed the windows of a bus after a woman refused to sit apart from men.

    The trouble began Wednesday afternoon when a haredi man demanded that a female passenger move to the back of the crowded public bus in Beit Shemesh, a sprawling...

  • Israeli defense chief Ya’alon defers Charedi draft orders

    July 30, 2013 | 3:34 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon deferred the draft orders for hundreds of Charedi Orthodox yeshiva students.

    The students had been scheduled to be inducted into the Israel Defense Forces in August through December following the cancellation of the Tal Law, which had...

  • In Orthodox Community, Offensive Billboard Taken Down

    July 22, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    A Jewish group convinced Van Wagner Communications to remove a suggestive billboard showing a mostly naked woman that was an advertisement for XO energy drink. The ad had been displayed on the 2000 block of South La Cienega Boulevard, a neighborhood frequented by many observant...

  • Charedi soldier attacked by haredim in Mea Shearim

    July 9, 2013 | 2:21 pm

    A Charedi Orthodox soldier was attacked by dozens of haredi rioters in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Mea Shearim.

    The soldier, a resident of central Israel who was visiting the haredi Orthodox enclave to visit relatives, hid in a nearby building where he changed into civilian...

  • Egypt receives Arab billions, names prime minister

    July 9, 2013 | 10:45 am

    Egypt named an interim prime minister on Tuesday and rich Gulf states poured in $8 billion in aid, as the biggest Arab nation sought ways out of a crisis a day after troops killed dozens of Islamists.

    Interim head of state Adli Mansour announced a faster-than-expected timetable...

  • Far from Kotel, Women of the Wall pray with police protection

    July 8, 2013 | 11:37 am

    Women of the Wall conducted its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall plaza with an occasional disturbance from protesters, but the worshipers were kept far from the wall itself.

    The women, who came to the holy site Monday morning to mark the beginning of the Hebrew month of...

  • Feeds and reads: Jewish responses to same-sex marriage decisions

    June 26, 2013 | 10:18 am

    Much of the Jewish world is celebrating today’s Supreme Court ruling on two same-sex marriage cases.

    But two Jewish groups aren’t joining the party. We devoted a separate post to the brief response of the haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel. The Orthodox Union weighed in with this...

  • Liberal Jewish groups unleash on doomed abortion bill

    June 20, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Liberal Jewish groups fired a verbal barrage against a restrictive abortion bill passed by the Republican-dominated U.S. House of Representatives, calling it “egregious,” “outrageous,” “an affront,” and “deeply disappointing.”

    Such strong language is unusual in any case for...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    June 13, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Marilyn Ziering and Placido Domingo meet at Temple Beth Am’s gala honoring the Zierings. Photo by Steve Cohn Photography

    Temple Beth Am honored the Ziering family for its generosity to the Los Angeles Jewish community, Israel, the arts and numerous philanthropic...

  • Lights out (and sirens off) for Hatzolah?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 12, 2013 | 5:09 pm

    In March 2011, Hatzolah of Los Angeles, the Orthodox Jewish volunteer emergency response corps, celebrated its 10th anniversary in this city. The celebratory dinner offered a chance for the group to thank some of its supporters, and the hundreds who attended — including elected...

  • The Monty Hall solution

    By Rob Eshman

    June 12, 2013 | 12:08 pm

    I’ve spent many hours with Monty Hall over the past two months. It’s work related, so I’ve gotten to know him in a way I never did when I was a kid. Back then, I’d come home from school and watch him on “Let’s Make a Deal.” 

    Monty created the popular game show with Stefan Hatos...

  • Small Charedi protest, no Torah allowed at Women of the Wall service

    June 9, 2013 | 6:10 am

    Hundreds of protesting Charedi Orthodox youth did not prevent or significantly disturb the Women of the Wall’s monthly service at the Western Wall.

    The women were not, however, able to read from a Torah scroll during the service as planned.

    Sunday’s service, which – according...

  • Memoirs of Chasidic masters’ liberated Scion

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 6, 2013 | 2:42 pm

    A decade ago, distinguished Orthodox filmmaker Menachem Daum produced and directed the documentary “A Life Apart: Hasidism in America,” a restrained and loving effort to introduce the seemingly strange and alien world of Chasidism to outsiders. Several years later, he produced...

  • Kosher oversight welcomed

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 6, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC), a local nonprofit consortium of Orthodox rabbis, has brought in two national kosher organizations to review the restaurants in Los Angeles under its supervision.

    The out-of-town rabbis visited three local RCC-certified restaurants last...

  • Charedim called on to protest Women of the Wall Torah reading

    June 6, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Women of the Wall said it will read from a Torah scroll at its upcoming service at the Western Wall.

    Meanwhile, several leading Charedi Orthodox rabbis called on Charedi men to gather Sunday for a mass prayer opposite the group’s service that included an admonition against...

  • Respect, inclusion and tolerance at the Wall

    June 6, 2013 | 8:30 am

    “There are no villains in this story.”  Those were the calming words of Natan Sharansky, renowned human rights champion and Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The story was of in-fighting that has erupted among Jews at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. ...

  • Q&A with Natan Sharansky

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 4, 2013 | 3:55 pm

    The Russian-born Israeli Natan Sharansky, 65, a former member of the Knesset and now chair of the Jewish Agency, visited Los Angeles last week, hosted jointly by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills. A refusenik who spent years...

  • North American federations back Sharansky’s Kotel compromise

    June 3, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    The Jewish Federations of North America’s board of trustees passed a resolution supporting Natan Sharansky’s proposed compromise on egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.

    Monday’s resolution, according to a JFNA statement, says the compromise “develops a pathway whereby the...

  • Schwartz Bakery leaves RCC for Kehilla

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 29, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Schwartz Bakery, a kosher bakery and caterer with six retail locations across Los Angeles, has dropped the Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) as its kosher certifier. The 59-year-old family-owned business announced the news on May 20, posting on its Facebook page a photograph...

  • Q&A with Israeli MK Stav Shaffir

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 23, 2013 | 4:56 pm

    On March 12, Stav Shaffir, a first-time Knesset Member from the Labor Party, joined Women of the Wall in prayer at the Western Wall. Despite threats from several Orthodox groups and attempted arrests by police, the group prayed. 

    Shaffir, 27, also led the national struggle for...

  • Israel’s mikvahs open to non-Orthodox conversions, official clarifies

    May 23, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Clarifying existing policy, the office of Israel’s deputy religious services minister said Israel’s state-sponsored mikvahs are open for use for Conservative and Reform conversions.

    Wednesday’s announcement, said a spokesperson for Eli Ben Dahan, does not change existing policy....

  • Choosing between love and obligation

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    "Fill the Void,” which won Israel’s equivalent of the Academy Award last year, is a love story unlike any Hollywood fare and it is set in a Jewish community unfamiliar to most Jews.

    The movie is by and about a Charedi, or ultra-Orthodox, enclave in the center of Tel Aviv,...

  • Stone-walling

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 22, 2013 | 11:50 am

    In the last two years, the Western Wall in Jerusalem — also known as the Kotel — has become a place of controversy as much as of worship. It’s the site of a battle that has long been waged by a group called Women of the Wall, who are demanding they be able to pray in the women’s...

  • Knesset, American style

    May 15, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The Israeli parliament, or Knesset, is quiet on Sundays. The plenum does not meet, and the carpeted hallways are silent. But at the end of one corridor, in Room 2021, there’s a lot of foot traffic in and out of Rabbi Dov...

  • Conversion 101

    May 8, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Conversion to Judaism is not easy. It requires a change in beliefs, actions and lifestyle. It involves extensive study, practice, a leap of faith, a shift in perception and some sacrifice. However, for those who feel it’s the right decision, it can be an exciting and rewarding...

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