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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a beautiful initiative called Budo for Peace (BFP.) It is a registered Israeli educational NPO which uses traditional martial arts to connect and bring together children and youth from diverse social, economic and cultural backgrounds.

    ...

  • The Coyne wars reach Einstein

    By Roger Price

    3 weeks ago

    Q: What do Jonathan Sacks, Ross Douthat and Albert Einstein have in common?

    A:  Let’s see. The first is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth, the second is a New York Times based columnist who writes frequently about religion, and...

  • Why evil committed in the name of God is worse

    By Dennis Prager

    March 19, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    If I could ask one question of a religious person — of any faith — it would be, “What is the worst sin in your religion?”

    The answer to this question can often tell you more than that of any other question about that person’s religion, or at least about that person’s own...

  • Matisyahu on music, religion and life in L.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    Less than 24 hours after performing with the Moshav Band at the Jewlicious Festival in Long Beach late on March 1, musical artist Matisyahu (aka Matthew Miller) was sitting in the bleachers of the frigid L.A. Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City, watching two of his sons, Laivy...

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  • Q&A with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

    By Jared Sichel

    February 26, 2014 | 4:18 pm

    Jewish Journal: What are you able to do differently now that you are no longer Chief Rabbi?

    Rabbi Sacks: My first passion has always been teaching and rabbi means, “my teacher,” and although I did a fair amount of teaching as Chief Rabbi I didn’t have the chance to really focus...

  • Celebs, hotels, humanitarism, a billion dollar deal and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 24, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Viber? Sold!

    Japanese Internet services company, Rakuten, has acquired the Israeli app Viber for $900 million. The Israeli-founded video and voice communications app allows users to make free phone and video calls within its network, and has over 200 million users all over the...

  • Praying with presidents

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 13, 2014 | 10:52 am

    U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have had rough public relationships with religious leaders. 

    Even before his inauguration, pro-life Christian leaders decried Clinton’s alleged “anti-Christian agenda”; during Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, televangelist the...

  • A Coming Out Tale: Getting Over My Embarrassment and Calling Myself Religious

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    February 12, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    I have always been cagey when detailing information about myself that might classify me as religious.  Not that I was ever embarrassed or cryptic about telling people I was Jewish.  Telling people I was Jewish when people asked what my Christmas plans were, or just offering up the...

  • Vegan lifestyle, Superhero in Hollywood, Ultra- Orthodox Capoeira and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 4, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    A bite of the Big Apple

    The flight is long and tiring, the jet-lag is sometimes unbearable, but if you ask Israelis, no place beats the Big Apple! According to a new survey, New York is Israelis' favorite travel destination.  The second place went to Thailand. Despite requiring a...

  • Soul Cycle

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 29, 2014 | 11:45 am

    White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes. I call them “Athletes”, although I could have as easily called them “Rock Stars” or “Warriors” or “Leaders” because the walls as I enter...

  • Conference explores potential for day schools

    By Ryan Torok

    January 23, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    Last weekend’s Ravsak/Pardes Jewish Day School Leadership Conference, “Moving the Needle: Galvanizing Change in Our Day Schools,” focused on ways to transform day schools at a time when external factors such as the economy and demography have negatively affected enrollment. 

    ...
  • Best of 2013, BDS fail, reform rabbinate, good news for dog owners and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 6, 2014 | 12:33 pm

    The new discovery that will help detect Breast Cancer “gene”

    Another breakthrough in the fight against cancer: Researchers at Hadassah Medical Center in Israel have developed a blood test that reveals it is possible to predict the presence of harmful BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in...

  • Are Jewish neighborhoods a good thing?

    By Dennis Prager

    December 18, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    I would like to offer a view on Jewish neighborhoods that is so contrary to accepted wisdom that I can only ask that people read this column with as open a mind as possible.

    On balance, after a lifetime of thought, I don’t think that Jewish neighborhoods are always a good thing...

  • Ruling returns kosher meals to Florida inmates

    December 17, 2013 | 10:32 am

    A federal judge ordered the Florida prisons service to provide kosher meals to all prisoners with a “sincere religious basis.”

    Judge Patricia Seitz of the U.S. District Court in Miami in a ruling issued earlier this month required the order be implemented by July 1, the Miami...

  • Agunah crowd shouldn’t target families

    December 16, 2013 | 10:47 am

    The preeminent sacred cow to many Jews is compassion for agunot (“chained” women whose husbands withhold a Jewish bill of divorce, or “Get”). But enough already: the Internet crowd attacking Avrohom Meir Weiss in his divorce from Gital Dodelson is becoming as heartless and...

  • Pew’s construct of “Jews of no religion” is imprecise and misleading

    Roger Price

    December 12, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Of the many interesting aspects of the recently released survey of Jewish Americans by the Pew Research Center (the “Pew Portrait”), perhaps none is more troubling than the distorted bisection  of American Jews into two primary sub-groups, one labeled “Jews by religion” and the...

  • Encounters with the past: Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

    December 4, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    Why is this book club different from all other book clubs? I know this phrase is out of season, but the strange confluence of holidays this year permits some flexibility. As my Torah study cohorts and I again engage with the page-turner of all page-turners, the Joseph story, I am...

  • Bibi’s gift to Pope Francis: A book on when the church persecuted the Jews

    December 2, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    Sounds like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a lovely meeting with Pope Francis.

    They talked for about a half-hour, focused on peace talks and touched on Iran. Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, encouraged Francis to visit Israel. And Netanyahu gave the pope a book with the...

  • Netanyahu-pope meeting at Vatican explores Middle East, papal trip to Israel

    December 2, 2013 | 10:44 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Pope Francis in their first face-to-face meeting talked about the Middle East and plans for a papal trip to Israel, among other issues.

    Also at Monday’s closed-door, 25-minute audience at the Vatican, Netanyahu presented the pope with...

  • Blind Spot: Parashat Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1-40:23)

    November 20, 2013 | 4:16 pm

    “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of Hosts; the entire earth is filled with his glory” (Isaiah 6:30). 

    If Isaiah is correct, with every step we take, with every breath we draw, we cannot help but encounter God’s glory. And yet who among us is constantly aware of this fact, this daily...

  • George W. Bush and Jews for Jesus

    By Dennis Prager

    November 20, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    Former President George W. Bush spoke for the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI) this past week, and this has led to a good deal of writing on Jews for Jesus and the ex-president’s address.

    Some observations:

    • Like nearly every other Jew, I was saddened by the news. The...

  • On Israeli religious reforms, Naftali Bennett still figuring out road map

    November 19, 2013 | 9:54 am

    Naftali Bennett doesn’t like to waste time.

    In the eight months since he took over three Israeli ministries — religious services, economy, and Diaspora and Jerusalem affairs — Bennett has pushed through legislation to give Israeli couples more freedom in choosing which rabbi...

  • Jewish learning goes global

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 13, 2013 | 2:47 pm

    A global conference of Jewish learning, including music and art performances, will take place online over a 24-hour period on Nov. 17. The Global Day of Jewish Learning will broadcast “24x24” — 24 classes from 24 speakers around the globe — free of charge and live using Google...

  • Why Bush shouldn’t talk to the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute

    By Rob Eshman

    November 12, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    A media firestorm kicked up last week after Mother Jones broke the story that President George W. Bush was to be the keynote speaker at the annual fundraiser of the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute on Nov. 14. 

    I blogged about the news as soon as I heard about it, and I’ve now...

  • No faith, no Jewish future

    By Dennis Prager

    November 6, 2013 | 1:27 pm

    In my last column, I suggested a number of reasons for the rise of Orthodox Judaism and the decline in membership among non-Orthodox denominations. 

    In this column, I would like to discuss one important reason that often goes unnoted.

    That reason is faith — not only faith in...

  • EVENT: Hot & Holy — A provocative discussion on sex and spirituality

    November 4, 2013 | 10:06 am

    A provocative discussion on sex and spirituality. Whether you are single, married, have a great sex life, or want one — join the conversation as we talk about what sex means to a relationship and how it is reflected in our faith.

    Moderated by Ilana Angel, panelists are Rabbi Ed...

  • Walking on the wild side and returning to the sacred side: Or becoming a rabbi because of Lou Reed

    October 29, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Word of Lou Reed walking beyond the wild side, never to return, reached me as I was leaving campus, having just finished teaching a class on Modern Jewish Philosophy. As I recovered my copy of Take No Prisoners on my i-Phone and flicking to his 1978 strung-out rendition of “Sweet...

  • Goy until proven Jewish

    October 23, 2013 | 1:10 pm

    “Who is a Jew?” is a uniquely Jewish question. It is a question that epitomizes the Jewish people and culture. It is a philosophical question that embodies the history of Jewish debate. It is a question of belonging that symbolizes Jews as a minority. It seems like a theoretical...

  • Letters to the Editor: Judaism in Poland, Jewish values and cleaning up Mount Zion

    October 23, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Judaism in Poland

    I want to thank and congratulate you for again getting it right (“It’s Warsaw, Jake,” Oct. 18). It’s amazing what happens when power and authority are motivators. Since the Twarda has dealt with only the Orthodox community under Rabbi Michael Schudrich for...

  • Netanyahu will not meet pope during Rome visit

    October 21, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not meet with Pope Francis during a visit to Rome, as the Israeli leader’s office had announced.

    The Vatican reportedly never was asked to schedule a meeting for this week, and due to complex and conservative Vatican protocol cannot...

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