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  • 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...

  • Meet the Islamic Movement, Netanyahu’s newest public enemy

    October 19, 2015 | 3:58 pm

    In assigning blame for the recent wave of violence in Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has turned to the usual suspects – Hamas and the Palestinian Authority.

    But he has also accused a lesser-known group that operates within Israel’s borders: the Islamic Movement, a...

  • Make it happen: Stop the gun violence

    By Rob Eshman

    October 8, 2015 | 12:49 pm

    Jeb Bush, meet Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

    In the immediate aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shooting that left 10 people dead, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said something pretty dumb.

    “We’re in a difficult time in our country, and I don’t think more government...

  • Cock-and-bull candidates

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 28, 2015 | 2:27 pm

    Did you make it through Sunday’s lunar eclipse OK?

    When the moon turned blood red, I bet you didn’t shake spears at it, or beat your dogs to make them bark, as the Incas did to scare away the jaguar that had swallowed the moon. I also bet you didn’t shoot off cannons, or bang...

  • AJC shows U.S. Jews split on Iran deal, back Clinton more than other candidates

    September 11, 2015 | 10:21 am

    An American Jewish Committee poll found U.S. Jews virtually split on the Iran nuclear deal and showed Hillary Rodham Clinton well ahead of the pack among preferred presidential candidates.

    The annual AJC poll published Friday showed 50.6 percent of respondents approved of the...

  • What monkeys can teach us about politics

    September 2, 2015 | 12:12 pm

    Whenever I find myself in a contentious academic meeting or I see clips of Congress trying to pass (or kill) a bill, I am reminded of capuchin monkeys.

    Don’t get me wrong –I respect my colleagues, and don’t consider politicians to be sub-human. It’s just that the monkeys I have...

  • Let California pick the next president

    August 13, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    *This week's Connecting California column by Joe Mathews incorrectly identified Salinas as the Central Coast's most populous municipality. Oxnard, with a population of 203,000, is the most populous city in the six Central Coast counties.

    At the risk of sounding like Donald Trump,...

  • Kerry says Hiroshima anniversary shows importance of Iran deal

    August 10, 2015 | 9:55 am

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday the 70th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima underscored the importance of a deal reached on Iran's nuclear program last month.

    Ceremonies were held in Hiroshima on Thursday to mark the...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • Liberals Need to Stop Feeling Shame When Supporting Israel

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    July 24, 2015 | 12:33 pm

    All my life, I have been liberal and I have been Jewish.  These identities are badges I have worn proudly and which have long bolstered one another.  Except on one subject: Israel.  So for a long time, I just stayed away from the landmine that discussing Israel can be.  I wore...

  • Only a Cockeyed Cynic

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 10, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    I can point to the moment it happened. The very moment this lifelong optimist became a cynic — albeit (one still hopes) only a "cockeyed" one.

    It happened while listening to BBC news on the radio a few minutes past 8:00 am on November 18. Their headline story focused on our...

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 6, 2015 | 11:45 am

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • The quantum theory of presidential politics

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 6, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Future events decide what happens in the past.

    That’s not science fiction. It’s science. Quantum physics, to be precise.

    “Quantum physics is a weird world,” begins a Digital Journal article reporting on a recent experiment by Australian scientists confirming the weirdness of...

  • Turkey confirms ‘secret’ talks with Israel

    June 24, 2015 | 2:06 pm

    Turkey confirmed it is negotiating with Israel on a deal to improve relations between the two countries, which have been tense since 2010, when Israel raided the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish boat seeking to break the Gaza blockade.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...

  • Saving the World—one painting (or sculpture) at a time

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 14, 2015 | 5:43 am

    Once I would have been called an "art groupie." From creating art as a kid to following in the footsteps of my favorite masters--both in technique and training--I allowed art to rule my life. At least for a time, before the hard knocks of reality took hold.

    But I never totally...

  • British filmmakers call on theater chain to cancel Israeli film fest

    June 9, 2015 | 11:36 am

     A group of British filmmakers and actors called on a British movie theater chain to cancel an Israeli film festival.

    The 39 members of the film industry, including British directors Aki Kaurismäki, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, made their call to the theaters to refuse to host the...

  • In Tel Aviv, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales likes Israel but stays neutral

    May 18, 2015 | 12:48 pm

    In 2003, two years after the website was founded, the editors of Wikipedia faced a dilemma: How should they refer to the part-fence, part-wall Israel was building along the West Bank border?

    The article’s first iteration — published amid the bloody second intifada, or Palestinian...

  • The Washington Dread and Denial Association

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 27, 2015 | 10:41 am

    “Don’t do it!”

    Stories, whether torn from history or made from whole cloth, can make us want to shout that. Don’t open that door at the top of the stairs. Don’t get on that boat. Don’t believe that president, general, journalist, preacher, cop. 

    This packs a punch in a short...

  • Obama: Differences with Israel’s Netanyahu not personal

    March 25, 2015 | 10:52 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are not personal but are based on fundamental policy differences over Middle East peace.

    Obama said it was hard to envision a path...

  • Cartoon: Republican Slogans

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 18, 2015 | 2:36 pm

  • The Rational Emotions exchange, part 1: Waffling on the fight against terrorism

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 11, 2015 | 4:02 am

     Eyal Winter, is the Silverzweig Professor of Economics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Professor of Economics The University of Leicester. His research interests include microeconomics, finance, game theory and behavioral economics.

    This exchange focuses on Winter's...

  • Admitting Our Faults Out Loud

    By Beit T'shuvah

    January 23, 2015 | 11:12 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am thinking about life, as usual. The difference is I am not obsessed with my life, rather, I am thinking about the lives of others and the world. I was reading David Brooks in the New York Times this week and he was talking about how we either find...

  • What “Charlie” knows

    By Diana Emuna

    January 11, 2015 | 6:43 am

    Stephane Charbonnier of Charlie Hebdot was unafraid. Charlie Hebdot published cartoons that made fun of Christians, Jews and Muslims.  Charbonnier said  he would rather “die on his feet than live on his knees.”  He and his colleagues knew the risks.  They were threatened and their...

  • Terrorism isn’t madness

    December 29, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    Each time a terrorist act occurs in the world, the specter of madness looms on the horizon.

    On Oct. 22, 2014, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau fatally wounded a soldier on Parliament Hill in Ottawa before being shot by the police. A Muslim convert and a drug addict, he didn’t have any...

  • We MUST Abandon the Lies and Advocate for Truth!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 26, 2014 | 11:51 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz,

    I am concerned! Each week I write about Redemption, each day I move one grain of sand closer to the redemption of others and myself, yet it seems as if the world wants to stay stuck! We have become a world that wants to live in Self-Deception! The UN is...

  • Enough Is Enough: Fighting For The Soul of Our Country

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 28, 2014 | 9:49 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I ponder the events of the past two weeks, I am scared for the future of our country and our world. Not scared that we will no longer exist, rather, that all we will do is exist! This fear comes from Ferguson, Har Nof, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Damascus,...

  • Israeli ambassador to the UN said “J’accuse” to the global community

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 25, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, slammed members of the UN for their hypocrisy and double standards regarding Israel. At the United Nation's annual commemoration of their vote on the partition of the British Mandate 67 years ago, as part of the international day of...

  • Foxman one on one: anti-Semitism, BDS and Mel Gibson

    By Rob Eshman

    October 29, 2014 | 11:49 am

    Over the past 20 years, I’ve accused Anti-Defamation League (ADL) chief Abraham H. Foxman of being an alarmist, an opportunist, even a hypocrite. 

    I mocked his outspoken campaign against Mel Gibson’s “The Passion,” saying it just helped boost the snuff film’s box office. I...

  • Fashion and Feminism: Oscar de la Renta

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 22, 2014 | 6:38 pm

    Brigham Young correctly observed, "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation." Oscar de la Renta proved that a business that empowers women is poised for success.

    Fashion has always been attacked by those who simplify and categorize too...

  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 17, 2014 | 8:54 am

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

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