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It’s high noon for the high holidays.
Fearing jihadists will attack synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a group of badass rabbis has developed a program to turn your average shul-goer into a lean, mean fighting machine.
The group, which calls itself the International Security Coalition of Clergy, was founded by Rabbi Gary Moscowitz, who boasts a black belt in karate, teaches martial arts and was an NYPD cop for nine years.
Read the full story at NYPost.com.
September 4, 2009 | 4:16 pm
Don’t you dare fall asleep during these rabbis’ sermons…
August 4, 2009 | 5:59 pm
Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Weisz, the Brooklyn-based grand rabbi of the Spinka sect, along with four local associates, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy charges in downtown federal district court Monday.
As part of the plea agreement, Weisz, 61, admitted he worked with others in a...
July 23, 2009 | 5:25 pm
Does it matter that so many of the men arrested today in New Jersey and New York on charges that include money laundering and organ trafficking are Jewish? And not just Jewish but rabbis and community leaders?
Of course it matters to Jews. This is big news from New York to LA,...
March 18, 2009 | 6:02 pm
An observant Jew was once brought before the judge on counts of tax fraud. Seeing the kippah-wearing Jew before him, the judge innocently asked, “Mr. Schwartz, you are clearly a God-fearing man. How do you explain your immoral behavior?”
Not missing a beat, Mr. Schwartz pointed...
October 16, 2008 | 1:28 amSeeking to accentuate Jewish traditions that place a premium on ethical integrity, Los Angeles Orthodox rabbis are encouraging local businesses to sign up for a new seal of certification that ensures employers are treating workers fairly and humanely.
The move comes in response to...
October 16, 2008 | 12:28 amPresidential Politics
In response to the Oct. 10 Letters on Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin:
I noticed the advertisement on Obama with the questionable people he is photographed associating with. I read the weekly news and view television debates, and I...
September 18, 2008 | 12:56 amBarack Obama told a conference call of rabbis this morning that he supports government funding for after-school and mentoring programs in faith-based schools.
Speaking to 900 rabbis on a pre-Rosh Hashanah call, Obama said he opposes "vouchers" for private schools, but would continue...
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April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pmA new group of Orthodox day school principals and pulpit rabbis on Los Angeles' Westside began meeting a few months ago to work through issues that overlap the classroom and the synagogue.
Since December, a group of 10 rabbis has discussed issues ranging from bar and bat mitzvah...
March 7, 2008 | 11:14 am
In 1998, Rabbi Daniel Gordis kissed a shiny life in Los Angeles goodbye. He took his wife and two children on a one-way El-Al flight to Israel and has become a fixture there ever since.
The founding dean of American Jewish University’s (then, University of Judaism) Ziegler...
June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pmMoses buries him.
Literally - he opens up the earth, and Korah and his followers are swallowed alive.
The rabbis of the Midrash were more graceful. They only buried him literarily and morally - projecting upon him every evil motive and base intention.
For the rabbis, Korah...
July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Rabbi Deborah Bravo of Temple B'nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, N.J., went through plenty of placement interviews after her 1998 ordination as a Reform rabbi. Everywhere, she got the same question: not about her attitude toward homosexuality, not whether she wore a kippah and tallit,...
March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm
It's not often that the keynote speakers at a conference speak openly about the possibility that the meeting will fail.
But speakers at the second World Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, held last week in Seville, Spain, made it clear that if this year's event didn't lead to...
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It's nice to see Judaism make a comeback in the former Soviet Union, but this is ridiculous. Ukraine now has three dueling chief rabbis amid a hopelessly divided Jewish community -- creating a spiritual bottleneck that also is filled with political intrigue.
Who do they think they...
September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Israel: No Hamas in Elections
Top Israeli leaders confirmed that they do not want Hamas to take part in Palestinian elections. It's up to the Palestinians to "decide if they would like to have real elections," Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told journalists in New York on Monday,...
September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm
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There's been a Jewish community in Muskogee, Okla., since 1867, when furrier Joseph Sonderheim opened his import-export business.
In 1916 the first synagogue was dedicated, Congregation Beth Ahaba, a lay-led Reform congregation that served a tight-knit Jewish community of merchants...
August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Bernard Goldberg's response to Rob Eshman's critique turns out to be a fine example of why some conservative voices make intelligent discussion so difficult ("My Work Is Not to Blame for Jew-Haters," Aug. 5).
Goldberg starts out with, "Usually I only respond to...
March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm
For most parents, preparing a child for a bar or bat mitzvah is just another of many coming-of-age stresses. But for parents whose children have special needs, the stress can be almost unbearable. Yet arranging b'nai mitzvah ceremonies for such children are not impossible, with a...
November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm
A group of prominent rabbis has called upon Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate Jews from Gaza. If the Gaza disengagement plan goes through the Knesset, many soldiers will face a bewildering dilemma, as they must choose between the orders of their commanding officers and...
September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm
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Humanistic High Holidays
Three secular humanist groups -- Adat Chaverim, Society for Humanistic Judaism and The Sholem Community -- will hold High Holidays services in the Los Angeles area.
Adat Chaverim, whose "celebrations" have been led by a madrich, or trained lay leader, since...
July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm