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  • What is Holiness?

    By Salvador Litvak

    February 9, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    [Remarks delivered Shabbat morning in the Library Minyan, Los Angeles, Feb. 8, 2014 – 8 Adar I, 5774]

    Good Shabbos!

    What is holiness? What does it mean to be holy? I have wrestled with this question ever since I found my way back to Judaism 16 years ago.

    This week’s Torah...

  • The path to Israeli-Palestinian peace runs through sewage

    July 29, 2013 | 10:23 am

    Palestinians and Israelis are poisoning each other — no, not just through the normal streams of invective and incitement that characterize the local blame game. The toxic exchanges are much more literal — through noxious reciprocal flows of excrement that provide a definitive — and...

  • Vatican steps up condemnation of Libya violence

    September 14, 2012 | 9:39 am

    The Vatican significantly sharpened its condemnation of the violent attack in Libya that killed the U.S. Ambassador to Libya and three other U.S. State Department personnel.

    The comments came as Pope Benedict XVI began a two-day visit to Lebanon on Friday.

    “The very serious...

  • Anti-Muslim filmmaker not “Israeli Jew”

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2012 | 11:25 am

    An anti-Muslim film, which has triggered riots in Muslim countries and the death of four American diplomats, was apparently the work of a Christian Coptic in California, rather than an “Israeli Jew,” as first reported.
     
    Nakoula Basseley Nakoula identified himself to the...
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  • Egypt security forces, protesters clash outside U.S. Embassy

    September 12, 2012 | 5:03 pm

    Security forces fired teargas to disperse stone-throwing demonstrators near the U.S. embassy in Cairo late on Wednesday, some 24 hours after protesters scaled the walls and tore down the flag over a film insulting the Prophet Mohammad.

    State news agency MENA said some of those...

  • Director of anti-Muslim movie that sparked attacks on U.S. facilities not Israeli

    September 12, 2012 | 2:58 pm

    The director of an anti-Islam film that helped sparked attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities is not Israeli as he claimed, a consultant to the film said.

    The Atlantic blogger Jeffrey Goldberg reported that a Steve Klein, a consultant to the controversial film, “Innocence of...

  • Maker of anti-Islam film goes into hiding, the Associated Press reports

    September 12, 2012 | 10:24 am

    The California-based Israeli whose film attacking Islam's prophet Mohammad triggered a deadly attack on U.S. diplomats in Libya has reportedly gone into hiding, the Associated Press reported.

    Writer and director Sam Bacile spoke by phone with the AP from a secret location on...

  • Man arrested in Kuwait for blaspheming Prophet Muhammad on Twitter

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 28, 2012 | 9:33 pm

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:

    Kuwaiti authorities arrested a man late on Tuesday for insulting the Prophet Mohammad via his Twitter account, the Interior Ministry said, in a rare case of alleged blasphemy in the Gulf Arab state using social media.

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    The man, whose...

  • Peres the prophet

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 13, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    This story has been updated with a correction.

    When Shimon Peres appeared at the Beverly Hilton on March 8 before an audience of more than 1,000 Israel supporters, the Israeli president received two standing ovations — before he even uttered a single word.

    Peres had just...

  • Leon Uris, macho man

    February 3, 2011 | 12:41 pm

    Jews take pride in calling themselves “the people of the book,” and while there’s something a little vainglorious about the phrase—all peoples have books, don’t they?—its appeal is easy to understand. For millennia, in the absence of land and power, Jews found a kind of...

  • The voice of wisdom

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 3, 2008 | 11:29 am

    Just like that, she was gone.

    With no forewarning, Parashat Chukat tells us "Miriam died there and was buried there" (Numbers 20:1). "She died with a Divine kiss," the Talmud says, and with that one kiss, the sole female voice in the Israelite camp was gone.

    Who was Miriam? She is...

  • Loyalty to Jews or to humanity? There is no ‘either-or’

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The question is whispered and must be answered in a forthright manner: Darfur or Israel? Is your loyalty to your people or to humanity? Is your loyalty to Judaism or to mankind? Are you essentially a Jew or a human being?

    Be wary of the framing of the question, because it forces a...

  • The Book of Jonah: when doves call

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's time for Jonah again. I cherish this prophet, whose Hebrew name, "Yonah" means "dove," the bird of peace. I consider him a member of the family.

    Shortly after the deaths of my mother and sister in 1971, the rabbi of New Orleans' synagogue, Shir Chadash, gave my dad, Mike Brener...

  • What Is Greatness?

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As I sit in the heartland of Israel, surrounded by simple and beautiful people, I am constantly amazed at the kindness, the goodness and the utter simplicity of the average Israeli Jew. It is hard to pinpoint why their lives seem to be so greatly enriched even as they struggle to eke...