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  • White House reassures Jews as it readies Baghdad offer to Iran

    May 22, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The differences between the U.S. and Israeli positions on Iran’s nuclear program are about to become very clear, and the Obama administration is reassuring the Jewish community that the divide is not so vast.

    Administration officials in a meeting Monday with Jewish communal...

  • Barak: Iran unlikely to give in to pressure

    April 26, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said chances that Iran will give in to pressure to stop its suspected nuclear program are low, and that the dangers of a nuclear Iran outweigh the dangers of action to stop it.

    Barak told an audience at Air Force House in Herzliya on Thursday,...

  • Obama calls for keeping pressure on Iran

    November 3, 2011 | 10:38 am

    President Obama called for keeping up international pressure on Iran amid news reports that Israel may be preparing for war with the Islamic Republic.

    The president’s comments, made Thursday at a joint news conference in France with President Nicolas Sarkozy, were delivered...

  • Will the Democrats cave on telecom immunity?

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    June 19, 2008 | 2:45 pm

    It looks like Congressional Democrats are going to cave in to the Bush administration, this time on telecom immunity for illegal surveillance of Americans.  Maybe public opposition will stop the roll over.  Maybe this is a drama that will end better than it is going right now.  But...

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  • Genocide 2.0

    By Rob Eshman

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    People who take their Holocaust seriously have to take other people's holocausts seriously.

    You can run tacky, self-aggrandizing advertisements in the Los Angeles Times for your Holocaust memorial ceremonies -- ads that feature the faces of donors and dignitaries, as if we're...

  • Like ‘sands through the hourglass’ . . .

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    February 16, 2008 | 10:04 pm


    Welcome to the Jewlyweds blog. Having navigated through Tales of a Jewish Bride-to-Be, there is a whole new world that needs a map, a compass and a bottle of Arrowhead. Luckily, this time I get to chart a new path with my husband.

    As we start this journey, I have to confess...

  • The (almost) hardest-working man in classical music

    By David Mermelstein

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With such legendary workaholic conductors as James Levine and Valery Gergiev going strong, Jeffrey Kahane can't quite be termed the hardest-working man in classical music. But as he begins his 11th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and his third as...
  • Teens can learn from Shoah survivors

    By Jonathan Kuperberg

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Kids these days all have tsuris; everyone has stress. A computer breaking down, not having cell phone service, getting grounded, and not getting a new car for a 16th birthday are all things that upset teenagers and stress them out. Yet, these are probably the worst of their problems....
  • Choose Grrl Power over beauty pageants, grrlz

    By Rabbi Rona Shapiro

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As children we loved to put on my mother's old nightgowns, makeup and heels and pretend we were Queen Esther. Somewhere around adolescence this became a little more uncomfortable.

    Why was Vashti banished for refusing to dance -- according to some, wearing only her crown -- for the...

  • At Party Time: Candy is dandy—charity is sweeter

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I was struggling to secure a tiny satin kippah with a granny-sized bobby pin when it hit me like a ton of Pampers: One day (assuming we both survive the main event at the bris), this 8-day-old baby will be standing on the bar mitzvah bimah wearing a really big satin kippah!...
  • New approaches in Iraq could <I>help</I> Israel

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Israel and its American supporters, the Iraq War has scrambled the Middle East in ways that are difficult to navigate.

    Once people hoped that the Iraq War would make Israel safer. The neocons, who cooked up the invasion and sold it to a president desperate for historic glory...

  • A way to peace: carrot-and-stick approach might break impasse

    By Gidi Grinstein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We seem to be at an impasse. Israel is in dire need of a new political architecture regarding the Palestinians. While it remains of existential importance to end Israel's control over the Palestinian population, there now seems to be no viable way to do so. It looks as if there is...
  • Converts’ Hardships Expose Truth

    By Laura Birnbaum

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My father didn't survive the Holocaust to have his grandson marry a shiksa."

    Alison, my classmate from the University of Pennsylvania who is currently in the process of converting to Judaism, gasped at the harshness of the words delivered stoically by her boyfriend's mother.

    He...

  • Gay Marriage Ban Could Alienate Jews

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's a familiar calculus in the relationship between the Jewish community and the Bush administration: a social issue that divides the country 50-50 has the Jewish community split 75-25 against where President Bush stands.

    On Monday, Bush strongly endorsed the federal marriage...

  • Tehran Jews Talk of Future in Iran

    By Lev Krichevsky

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A 15-member women's amateur folk dance group composed of Jews from Iran performed in Russia this month and, perhaps most notably, they insisted that there is a Jewish future in Iran.

    The trip was a rare group visit abroad by Iranian Jews, who live in an Islamic community whose...

  • Throw a Party With a Purpose

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'll call your bet and raise you two," the sequin-clad woman said.

    "Go for it," I said, only to see my winnings swept up moments later by a poker-faced dealer.

    "You may have won this round," I told my chip-hauling opponent. "But just wait until after the Motzi!"

    Having one son...

  • Rabbi’s Focus on Family a Little Fuzzy

    By Irine Schweitzer

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The first episode of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's "Shalom in the House," which aired April 10 on the TLC network, was a fast-paced account of five days the rabbi spent with a family in Philadelphia. Beatrice Romero, a single mother raising three teenage daughters and a 7-year-old son,...

  • Another Tendler Steps Down

    By Amy Klein

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The longtime principal of one of Los Angeles' largest Jewish high schools is leaving to start a new school. Rabbi Sholom Tendler resigned last week as Hebrew principal of Yeshiva of Los Angeles (YULA) and as rabbi of Young Israel of North Beverly Hills. He said he plans to open a new...

  • Palestinians Unimpressed With Kadima Win

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The day after an historic election that realigned Israel's political landscape, little has changed at the Kalandia Checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah.

    Palestinians still file past well-armed Israeli soldiers, bulldozers still work on closing gaps in the 20-foot high concrete...

  • Hamas Rises as Kadima Declines

    By Leslie Susser

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After a visit to Moscow, Hamas leaders claim "the wall" of diplomatic isolation Israel is trying to build around the newly empowered organization is collapsing.

    But Israeli government officials say they are still confident that the international community will cut off funds to a...

  • A Bitter Pill for Europe to Swallow

    By Dinah Spritzer

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Danish employee of the European Union in Brussels confides that she is so fearful of Muslim anger over the now-infamous cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper that she is afraid to go home.

    Unnerved Danish members of the European Parliament refuse to comment on...

  • Fit L.A. - The Birthday Party Crasher: Dr. Atkins

    By Judy Gruen

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Over the past few months, I have relished the apparent collapse of the low-carb industry. Low-carb specialty stores and magazines arrived with much fanfare but soon crumbled like a tired soufflé.

    Good riddance to them, I thought -- especially the magazine that tried to bilk me...

  • Sharon Feels Heat From Home, Abroad

    By Dan Baron

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The diplomatic reprieve that followed Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip appears to be over, with Ariel Sharon feeling political pressure both at home and from abroad.

    The surprise ouster last week of the prime minister's coalition partner, Labor Party chief, Shimon Peres, has...

  • 78 and 79: A Matter of Life and Death

    By Idan Ivri

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Like many California voters this week, Rabbi Hershy Ten, president of the Bikur Cholim Jewish Healthcare Foundation, is grappling with how to vote on the Nov. 8 ballot. Either Proposition 78 or Proposition 79 could directly affect his L.A.-based foundation's efforts to provide...

  • Tax Cuts Bring Shameful Silence

    By James D. Besser

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Listen, we're broke. Let's face it," said Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) last week, according to the Washington Post. Boehner, the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, spoke as congressional Republicans haggled over big spending cuts for critical health and...

  • Tribe

    By Molly Keene

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Cheating: The dreaded problem that faces every school across America -- and not just the obvious sneak-a-peak-at-your-neighbor's-quiz cheating. With thousands of essays, articles and book summaries at their fingertips, American students have discovered the Internet, expanding the...

  • Israel Foresees Pullout Headaches

    By Leslie Susser

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the face of it, nothing illustrates Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's political odyssey from settlement builder to settlement dismantler better than a recently published report on West Bank outposts.

    The report details how government ministers and officials broke the law and...

  • Kosher Slaughtering Proves Humane

    By Rabbi Menachem Genack

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Many people expressed concern about the standards for humane treatment of animals at a kosher slaughterhouse after viewing a well-publicized video of kosher slaughter at the AgriProcessors plant in Iowa, which was released by the animal rights organization PETA.

    Any...

  • A Numbers Game

    By Dan Jacobs

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A few months ago, I scribbled out a Web site, bought a camera, hired a director, raised $42,000 and embarked on a journey across

    the United States.

    "I'm looking for true love," I told my father, "even if she's husking corn in Iowa."

    In three weeks on the road, I dated a radio...

  • A Student’s Plea

    By Seth Lutske

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Often I find myself staring at walls or lying on my bed staring at the ceiling, blank-minded. But I am not one who has the luxury to

    be blank-minded. There is too much to do -- not by will, but by force. There is work to be done -- two lessons of math homework, 26 pages of AP...

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