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  • N.Y. shul’s rabbis ‘regret’ email praising U.N. Palestine vote

    December 6, 2012 | 11:32 am

    Rabbis at B'nai Jeshurun are expressing "regret" over an email sent out by the prominent New York synagogue praising the United Nations vote to elevate Palestinians to non-member state status.

    The rabbis of the Manhattan synagogue sent a note Thursday to congregants saying that...

  • The children’s game our leaders play at our expense

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Last week, the U.N. General Assembly voted to ratify the Palestinian Authority's resolution to change its U.N. observer status from "entity" to "non-member state.” In my opinion, this decision did nothing except take the peace process backward another step. This resolution’s move...

  • Evacuate Migron on time, state says

    August 20, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    The West Bank outpost of Migron must be evacuated on time, Israel’s State Prosecutor’s office told the Supreme Court.

    The eviction had been postponed from Aug. 1 to Aug. 21 to avoid the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and possible “price tag” reprisal attacks by settlers that could...

  • State terrorism report praises Israel, counts settler attacks as terror

    August 1, 2012 | 10:11 am

    The U.S. State Department’s annual report on terrorism said Hamas and Hezbollah continued to destabilize the Middle East, described Israel as a “resolute” partner in counterterrorism and listed as “terrorist incidents” extremist settler attacks on Palestinians.

    “Both Hamas and...

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  • Reconsideration of state aid to Jewish schools is welcome

    April 19, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    For decades, the American Jewish community has debated the advisability, constitutionality and necessity of government aid to Jewish (and other faiths’) parochial schools. But with the United States still experiencing tough economic challenges, the American Jewish community finds...

  • ADL again slams Santorum on church-state issue

    February 27, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League once again reprimanded Rick Santorum for his advocacy of a church role in governing.

    Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator vying for the GOP presidential nod, told ABC over the weekend that a landmark 1960 speech outlining church-state separations by...

  • The 17th century hero behind the separation of church and state

    February 27, 2012 | 10:15 am

    From the vantage point of 2012, the state of Rhode Island is an afterthought, except perhaps for those who reside within its borders. It is small geographically and seems to lack influence in just about any realm imaginable.

    Yet during the seventeenth century, Rhode Island became a...

  • Q & A: Can Palestine become a U.N. member state?

    September 7, 2011 | 12:51 pm

    The Palestinians have vowed to upgrade their U.N. status, either by seeking full United Nations membership for a Palestinian state in the Gaza Strip and West Bank or recognition as a “non-member state.”

    If the Palestinians ignore opposition from the United States and Israel and...

  • Netanyahu: Israel could support Palestinian state before September under right conditions

    May 5, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Israel could support a Palestinian state before September under the right conditions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on Thursday.

    Addressing a Palestinian plan to bring the issue of an independent Palestinian state...

  • Visiting scholars examine Jewish identity of Jewish state

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    April 20, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    Eight religious and social leaders from Israel will visit Los Angeles synagogues May 6-7 to engage in conversation about the state of religious Zionism. The Shabbaton, hosted by Religious Zionists of Los Angeles in honor of Israel’s 63rd year of independence, will have speakers in...

  • State budget crisis calls for action

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 23, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    If there was ever a time for Jewish parents to fight for Los Angeles public schools, this is it.

    Legislators can’t agree on Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to have a special election to extend taxes scheduled to expire this year. “If we don’t get these tax extensions, it’s a dire...

  • My Interview with the Department of Homeland Security!

    By Julia Bendis

    February 1, 2011 | 10:45 am

    Years ago, I had applied for a position with the Department of Homeland Security.  Why would I apply for a position with the Homeland Security?  Who knows…  Remember my post about my ADD, and pins in my ass?  Well, that’s why.  This was right after 9/11, and they just formed this new...

  • Schwarzenegger making play dates with Medvedev

    By Julia Bendis

    January 14, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    Reading the newspaper the other day, I couldn’t help but notice an article about the Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Apparently, the two have become quite fond of each other, and as recently as last week even Tweeted about it.

    Here are my issues with...

  • The Joys of Car Dealerships!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 10, 2011 | 12:57 pm

    Being at a car dealership this weekend, to finally get the recalled part on my car fixed, reminded me how much I truly enjoy car dealerships.  Not only do I NOT mind haggling with the salesmen on a price, I look forward to it.  After all, I am my father’s daughter.  That same father...

  • Argentina joins Brazil in recognizing Palestinian state

    December 7, 2010 | 10:39 am

    Argentina has recognized a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders, according to a note sent from President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner to Mahmoud Abbas.

    Kirchner on Monday sent the note to Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, announcing that her government recognizes...

  • Netanyahu OK with a demilitarized Palestinian state

    June 14, 2009 | 3:52 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would agree to a demilitarized Palestinian state.

    in a major foreign policy address Sunday at Bar-Ilan University, Netanyahu also said the Palestinians to have a state must recognize Israel as a Jewish state.“It is impossible to...

  • Awakening schmawakening, Darfur’s hope is grass-roots action

    August 21, 2008 | 12:55 am

    The Great Awakening

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    Am I the only reader who finds your celebration of the Rev. Rick Warren's interviews with our presumptive presidential candidates very chilling ("The Great Awakening," Aug. 15)?

    The first nationally televised meeting of these candidates in a religious setting...

  • With seven rabbis and counting, Dem parley reaches out to the faithful

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 20, 2008 | 5:08 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Jewish voters and organizations often are among the first to object when Republicans and Christian conservatives inject religion into politics.

    But this year, especially at their convention next week, the Democrats are jumping into the religion game—and looking to...

  • Meet Harry Schwartzbart—defender of the First Amendment

    By Jane Ulman

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Harry Schwartzbart proselytizes as hard as any Christian clergyman in this country.

    He makes about 2,000 phone calls a year. He speaks two or three times a month at various houses of worship within a 100-mile radius of his Chatsworth home. And he books lunch or dinner engagements...

  • JewsOnFirst.org Continues Fight Against Aggressive Christian Activities

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Several months ago, activist Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak learned of a Jewish family allegedly forced to flee its Delaware town after protesting aggressive Christian activities in the public schools.

    The Los Angeles rabbi is co-founder of JewsOnFirst.org, perhaps the only Web site...

  • Abbas-Hamas Showdown Looms

    By Leslie Susser

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three and a half months after fundamentalists swept to power in the Palestinian elections, the Islamicist Hamas and the secular Fatah are on the brink of a major showdown that could have far-reaching implications for Israel and the government's plans for a unilateral withdrawal from...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Expatriates' Vote

    It's long been more socially acceptable for Jews to immigrate to Israel than to emigrate out of it. Some Israelis feel that they're abandoning the project of the Jewish state, not doing their part, not facing the same risks as those they leave behind.

    So it's...

  • The Jewish Seat

    By Rob Eshman

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Seven American Jews have served on the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

    Make that eight -- if you include Sandra Day O'Connor.

    O'Connor, who announced her retirement from the bench last week, isn't Jewish (you read it here first). But her legal opinions have had a...

  • O’Connor Played Key Church-State Role

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The modern-day legal guidelines on how religion fits into the American public square have largely been the creation of one woman: Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

    The U.S. Supreme Court has been fiercely divided for a quarter-century, with four justices opposing religious...

  • Israel Feeling Strains of Democracy

    By Leonard Fein

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When it suits us, we refer to Israel as "the only democracy in the Middle East." When it suits us, we refer to Israel as "the Jewish state" or "the state of the Jewish people." And now and then, we describe Israel as "a Jewish democratic state."

    But that last does not quite roll so...

  • Peace Possibility

    By Leslie Susser

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    After Mahmoud Abbas' convincing victory this week in the election for Palestinian Authority president and the establishment of a new, moderate government in Israel, both Israel and the Palestinians now seem to have pragmatic leaders capable of making peace.

    There is quiet optimism...

  • Has the State Got a Proposition for You!

    By Idan Ivri

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The wind grows colder, the days shorter and a 165-page, gray book of propositions arrives in everybody's mailbox. Welcome to the election season -- for Californians.

    In national politics, California has been mostly ignored by both presidential candidates as a foregone conclusion....

  • Vote Yes on 57, 58: They Will Ease Crisis

    By Bruce L. Bialosky

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It certainly is an unusual situation, but we Republicans are encouraging you to vote to increase the debt of the state of California, and we are doing it with a straight face.

    As you know, Proposition 57 is asking Californians to commit to a bond issue of $15 billion. This commitment...

  • Bill Tackles Life Insurance Blacklist

    By Joe Berkofsky

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    New York state legislators are trying to prevent insurance companies from blacklisting travelers to Israel so that they cannot obtain life insurance coverage.

    Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York Assembly, and Assemblyman Peter Grannis unveiled a bill Jan. 15 that would bar state...

  • Accord Allure

    By Rob Eshman

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What I think about the Geneva accord is what generations of Jews have thought about getting a doctor's second opinion: it couldn't hurt.

    I was surprised at how many people this week asked me whether I thought the accord was good for Israel. Surprised, mainly, that they would think an...

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