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  • Jews Forced to Flee Arabs Want Redress

    By Daniella Peled

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jews who fled Arab countries following the creation of the State of Israel are preparing to launch a new campaign for restitution.

    Meeting in London at a forum organized by the World Organization for Jews From Arab Countries and Justice for Jews From Arab Countries, Jewish...

  • Will Warmer View of Israel at U.N. Last?

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As he sat in a holding area just off the U.N. General Assembly's historic meeting hall -- the same General Assembly that condemns Israel about 20 times each year -- Ariel Sharon discovered that he had far more friends at the United Nations than he might have known.

    In the minutes...

  • Books - ‘Love’ Tries to Solve Mystery of the Heart

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The History of Love" By Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton, $23.95).

    "The History of Love" is the name of a book within Nicole Krauss's remarkable new novel of the same name, "The History of Love" (Norton). The inner novel has had a life of its own, written in Yiddish in Poland and thought...

  • Formula Could Combat Campus Racism

    By Judea Pearl

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the past three months, I have visited four "troubled" campuses -- Duke, York (Canada), Columbia and UC Irvine -- where tensions between Jewish and anti-Zionist students and professors have attracted national attention. In these visits, I have spoken to students, faculty and...

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  • Why Scapegoat?

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    On March 31, The New York Times ran an astonishing page: a photo showing Christian, Jewish and Muslim clerics gathered in what the newspaper called "a rare show of unity." What brought these sometime enemies together? The headline told the story: "Religious Chiefs Decry Gay Pride...

  • Purim Saga

    By Rob Eshman

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    How fitting that the heartbreaking saga of Terri Schiavo is coming to a head during Purim. Granted, the connection to a holiday known for merrymaking is not obvious. On its face, Purim celebrates the rescue of Persian Jewry from certain destruction in the time of King Ahasuerus....

  • High Court Hears Prison Religion Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

      

    The U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to side with American Jewish organizations advocating for religious minorities' rights in prison.

    While it's impossible to determine how the high court justices will rule later this year, Jewish organizational officials who listened to oral...

  • The Agunah: A Modern-Day Nightmare

    By Alexandra Leichter

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A couple of years ago I received two back-to-back phone calls in my office: The first, from a 21-year-old ultra-Orthodox woman who had escaped her physically abusive 6-month long marriage, only to find herself trapped two years later because her husband refuses to give her a Jewish...

  • Bias Colors UC Santa Cruz Department

    By Leila Beckwith

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On Oct. 21, 2004, the women's studies department at UC Santa Cruz sponsored a talk by Hedy Epstein about "The Question of Israel/Palestine," in which she compared Israel to a Nazi state and excused suicide bombings. Epstein's "credentials" for speaking on the topic included her...

  • Letters to the Editor

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Jewish-Black Ties

    The outrageous assertion that blacks and Jews have "passed through a period of hostility and animosity" and come together for "issues ranging from civil rights legislation to Israel" is absurd ("Jewish-Black Ties Loosen Over Years," Jan. 14).

    If it takes "a...

  • 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...

  • Bracelet Bandwagon

    By Emily Pauker

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Don't wear your heart on your sleeve -- wear it on your wrist. And with the new Shalom bracelet, you can. The Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles is distributing 25,000 of the blue elastic bands adorned with a white dove and the word "Shalom" throughout the community.

    It carries a...

  • The Kindest Cut

    By Rob Eshman

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Last week for Chanukah I wrote about latkes, this week, the brisket.

    Butchered cows have provoked quite a controversy over the past two weeks. That's because the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), released an undercover video taken at the...

  • Tensions Rise Over U.N. Hamas Support

    By Michael J. Jordan

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A month after a U.N. official suggested that some Hamas members are on his payroll, the issue is still reverberating in Washington, D.C.

    So far some two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter calling on Secretary of State Colin Powell "to suspend...

  • When We Elected Lindbergh

    By Michael Tolkin

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, $26).

    Reading "The Plot Against America," I thought of two other demented visions of the country, Mad Magazine, and Philip K. Dick's "The Man in the High Castle," a speculative history like Roth's, about America after the...

  • Stakes Loom Big in Future of High Court

    By James D. Besser

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) gets it and so does the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism. Both groups have made careful scrutiny of the Bush administration's judicial nominations a top priority in the past year.

    Groups on the religious right get it, as...

  • Patriot Paranoia?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    By chance, Bet Tzedek Legal Services sponsored a program on the American Patriot Act just about the

    same time readers were beginning to get their copies of Philip Roth's "The Plot Against America."

    It was a perfect combination. The Patriot Act, hurriedly passed by Congress and...

  • Q & A With Wilda Spalding

    By Sarah Price Brown

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Open Wilda Spalding's "little black book," and you'll discover a code of ethics -- written in part by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted by the United Nations in 1948: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Spalding, who will be at the University of Judaism on Oct. 26, has been a...

  • Patriot Act: Does Security Trump Rights?

    By Marc Ballon

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    American Jews have long been among the staunchest supporters of civil and immigrant rights. Jews stood at the forefront of the civil rights movement and continue to account for a disproportionate share of American Civil Liberties Union members.

    Given their traditional liberalism,...

  • Opportunities Open

    By Dina Kraft

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A recent day brought welcome news for a small group of young Bedouin women who weekly gathered in a tin shed in a corner of their windswept desert village of Kasr Alssr, Israel, to study.

    "Funding has come through, so you will now be able to study for your high school matriculation...

  • Opportunities Open

    By Dina Kraft

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A recent day brought welcome news for a small group of young Bedouin women who weekly gathered in a tin shed in a corner of their windswept desert village of Kasr Alssr, Israel, to study.

    "Funding has come through, so you will now be able to study for your high school matriculation...

  • Q&A With Jamie Court

    By Marc Ballon

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Consumer advocate Jamie Court has seen the enemy, and it is big, powerful and growing. Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, worries that multinationals are systematically whittling away our privacy, freedoms and safety. Unless society...
  • Love-Bombing of Jews Hitting Mark

    By Rachel Donadio

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania could hardly contain his delight as he addressed a packed ballroom at the Plaza Hotel while he was in New York for the Republican National Convention.

    "Just know I love you!" the GOP senator, a Catholic, shouted to the largely Jewish crowd...

  • Unforgiven

    By Rob Eshman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The best line in the 1992 movie, "Unforgiven," is when Gene Hackman is looking up into Clint Eastwood's shotgun and moans, "I don't deserve this ... to die like this," and Eastwood snarls back, "Deserve's got nothin' to do with it."

    That exchange is the only way to make sense of what...

  • Sudan—Why We Can’t Give Up on the U.N.

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Over 30,000 people have been brutally murdered in the Darfur region of Sudan. At least 120,000 are living in tent camps, now being hammered by rains that turn the dust to mud. Diseases that thrive in the soggy ground continue, along with malnutrition, to drive the body count higher.

    ...

  • Three Rabbis to Pursue Diverse Sabbaticals

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Three of Orange County's senior rabbis have decided to take a sabbatical. While the three have decided on their own to take a respite from the 24/7 demands of being a rabbi, their congregations are taking a different approach to temporarily replacing an absent spiritual leader.

    The...

  • Jew Jokes Not a Joke

    By David Finnigan

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish teenager in Ventura County has filed a federal lawsuit against the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD), alleging that his high school coach and teammates repeatedly made anti-Semitic remarks to him and that school officials were indifferent to his complaints.

    In...

  • Justice or Character Assassination?

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Mayersohn feels betrayed by his own professional association that provided "a loaded gun" to an accuser, who wielded it to take aim at his reputation.

    Last month, what Mayersohn described as "a private torment" became a public embarrassment when a charge of sexual...

  • The New Black

    By Rob Eshman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's a sad fact of modern Jewish life that more of us believe Hitler will come back before the Messiah comes at all.

    Our texts and greatest prophets hold out a future of messianic promise. But real life has taught us to drive with one or both eyes in the rearview mirror. I'd like to...

  • How to Be Religious in Prison

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    California state prison inmate Raymond Morrison was forced to wear paper clothes, had his personal property taken from him, spent months in "the hole" (a.k.a. administrative segregation), was denied telephone calls and family visits, all because of his adherence to a halachic tenet....

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