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  • Nazi Hunter Wiesenthal Dies at 96

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal, a Holocaust-survivor-turned-Nazi hunter who always spoke of justice, not vengeance, is dead at 96.

    Wiesenthal died in his sleep at his home in Vienna, his office announced Tuesday. Working with a small staff from his cramped three-room office, Wiesenthal sifted...

  • Rehnquist’s Legacy: Church-State Rulings

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Chief Justice William Rehnquist was often the sole dissenter on the separation of church and state after he joined the United States Supreme Court in the early 1970s, arguing that while religion did not deserve extra protection, it merited federal funding.

    But now, after leading...

  • The Downer in Me

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    People always tell me that I am a downer, constantly talking about the world's problems here, genocide there; conflict here, poverty there.

    Nobody ever wants to talk to me at a party!

    However, I also have a deep spiritual side, one that is open to the beauty and wonder of a...

  • Losing Faith

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement plan from Gaza and the northern Shomron communities has not yet begun, and yet, Israelis witness daily TV scenes of right-wing teenagers, mothers with children and yeshiva boys donning orange hats and T-shirts and struggling with young soldiers and policemen as they...

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  • The Circuit

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Boxer Praises FOUNDATION

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) recently recognized Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in Washington, D.C., by bestowing on it the Boxer Excellence in Education Award.

    "I am pleased to present my Excellence in Education Award to...

  • Through Her Lens

    By Marc Ballon

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A tradition holds that as Abraham walked the land of Israel, he called out the name of every Jew who would one day follow in his steps upon the earth. And so it goes that many Jews would feel the deepest spiritual connection to the place the great patriarch was walking when he...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • FBI Delay Raises AIPAC Case Issues

    By Edwin Black

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The FBI's investigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) did not go into high gear until more than a year after the Pentagon's top Iran analyst allegedly passed foreign policy strategy information to two AIPAC officials.

    The investigation only intensified in...

  • ‘Heaven’s’ Mysterious Spirits

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin has done his part to keep the Jewish people, well, literate, by publishing such erudite tomes as "Biblical Literacy" (William Morrow, 1997) and "Jewish Literacy" (William Morrow, 1991). But it seems he also wants to keep us amused on airplanes, which is why he...

  • Bill Cracks Down on Killers of Americans

    By Matthew E. Berger

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A Jewish community initiative to bring to justice those who kill Americans overseas has become law.

    Provisions of a bill spearheaded by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), dubbed the Koby Mandell Act, were incorporated into the omnibus spending bill President Bush signed...

  • Freeing Barghouti Could Benefit Israel

    By Ehud Eiran

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Once again, Israel is facing one of those moral dilemmas that are so much a part of life in the Middle East. This time, the question at hand is whether Jerusalem should release a convicted terrorist, Marwan Barghouti.

    The convict, a former head of the Palestinian grass-roots...

  • Who Should Own Nazi-Looted Art?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a significant move by the U.S. government, FBI agents have seized a Picasso painting claimed as Nazi-looted art by a descendant of the original German Jewish owners.

    Agents from the Los Angeles bureau confiscated the painting, valued at $10 million, at the Chicago home of the...

  • 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...

  • Your Letters

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Hawaiian Gardens

    We are surprised that The Journal allowed letter-writer Rabbi Julian White to characterize our organization as "nasty 'stopmoskowitz.com' antagonists" in his recent letter about Irving Moskowitz's casino license (Letters, Sept. 3). We are actually stopmoskowitz.org,...

  • Argentina BombingAcquittal Stirs Furor

    By Florencia Arbiser

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On July 18, 1994, Paola Czyzewski was at the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires when terrorists bombed it, killing the 21-year-old law student and 84 other people.

    Ten years later, the Czyzewski family -- like most of the victims' relatives -- did not go to an Argentine...

  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being a...

  • Evangelicals Back Israel at RNC

    By Ron Kampeas

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Well, umm, it's interesting," Air America radio talk show star Al Franken opined on the future of the growing coalition between Jews and evangelical Christians who support Israel.

    We're at the Republican National Convention, walking across the overhead bridge linking Madison Square...

  • Dialogue of Truth

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For many, perhaps most, American Jews today, the words that open this week's Torah portion stand at the center of the their understanding of Judaism. "You shall judge the people with righteous judgment" we are taught; "Justice, justice, you shall pursue." If one pursues how these...

  • 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...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Justice Beat

    More than 3,000 young professionals gathered on Saturday, July 10, for the eighth annual Justice Ball. The fundraising event has earned a reputation as one of the "it" events of the summer among Jews and non-Jews alike. Hip singles, summer law interns, and...

  • Sharon Defuses Settlement Crisis

    By Leslie Susser

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For a day or two in early August, Israel and the United States seemed to be heading for a showdown neither side wanted.

    Quick action by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon managed to avert a looming crisis over Israeli building in the West Bank, but the tension could resume as...

  • 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.

    ...

  • 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...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Judge Voids Krugel Plea Agreement

    Earl Krugel, a former leader of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), might face a longer than anticipated prison sentence, after a federal judge voided a previous plea agreement.

    Krugel, 61, pleaded guilty last year to conspiring with the late Irv...

  • Court Clears Way for Suit Over Nazi Loot

    By Tom Tugend

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Iam thrilled that there is justice in this world," said a jubilant Maria Altmann, after celebrating her victory with a family dinner outing.

    "This is more than just a Jewish case and it's more than I had hoped for," added the 88-year old Cheviot Hills resident.

    The "case" referred...

  • Neighbors Renew Etz Chaim Fight

    By Julie G Fax

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Despite continuing legal challenges, members of Etz Chaim this month prayed for the first few Shabbats in their new home, a house converted for use as a shul on the corner of Highland Avenue and Third Street in Hancock Park.

    For the last eight years the house has been at the center...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A Hollywood Humanitarian

    The paparazzi lined the halls of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 31 hoping for a glimpse of some of the A-List guests arriving to watch producer and Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth receive the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations...

  • Your Letters

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    From a Soldier

    About a month ago, my aunt purchased a subscription of The Jewish Journal for me as a gift while I am in basic training at Ft. Sill, Okla. The Jewish Journal has allowed me to keep up-to-date on world events especially those important to the Jewish community. The...

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