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  • U.S. Supreme Court toughens gun ban for domestic violence

    1 day ago

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday expanded the types of domestic violence convictions that can trigger the loss of gun ownership rights in a ruling issued amid fierce debate about reducing firearms violence in America.

    The justices, in a 6-2 ruling, rejected arguments that a...

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbinate agrees to mikvah immersion without attendant

    6 days ago

    The use of an attendant during mikvah immersion in Israel will be changed from mandatory to optional.

    Israel’s Chief Rabbinate and Ministry of Religious Services agreed on the change in a filing Wednesday with the Supreme Court. The state religious bodies were responding to a...

  • Israeli Supreme Court rules in favor of the Jewish people

    April 13, 2016 | 10:30 am

    For more than 65 years, the Jewish world has been wrestling with the existential question,“Who is a Jew?” Last week, the Jewish world took a major step toward answering that question.

    After a nine-year legal battle, Israel’s Supreme Court issued an unprecedented decision...

  • Merrick Garland’s Jewish family: Matzah, prayer shawls and Democratic Party politics

    By Jared Sichel

    March 16, 2016 | 3:05 pm

    Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the sudden death last month of Justice Antonin Scalia, is a renowned jurist on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., Circuit, a Harvard Law graduate and a Jew.


  • Charedi lawmaker in Israel compares Reform movement to mentally ill person

    February 24, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    A Charedi Orthodox lawmaker in Israel reportedly compared the Reform movement to a mentally ill person.

    [MORE: Knesset members react]

    Israel Eichler of the United Torah Judaism party made his remarks Tuesday in the lead-up to a Knesset debate the next day on the Supreme Court’s...

  • Jewish groups join call for swift Senate consideration of Obama Supremes nominee

    February 19, 2016 | 1:07 pm

    An array of Jewish groups joined a call on Senate leaders to consider whomever President Barack Obama nominates to replace Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

    Thirteen of the 31 groups signing the letter sent Friday to Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Chuck...

  • Obama urges Senate to act on court nominee despite Washington’s rancor

    February 16, 2016 | 3:34 pm

    President Barack Obama on Tuesday vowed to pick an indisputably qualified nominee to the Supreme Court and urged the Republican-led U.S. Senate to move forward on the nomination despite the rancor of Washington politics.

    Obama did not promise to nominate a moderate to fill the...

  • Key senator undecided on hearing for Obama high court pick

    February 16, 2016 | 2:19 pm

    The Republican head of the Senate panel that weighs U.S. Supreme Court nominations said on Tuesday he will wait until President Barack Obama names his pick to fill the vacancy left by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia's death before deciding whether to hold confirmation hearings....

  • Scalia’s death boosts legal chances for Obama’s climate plan

    February 16, 2016 | 10:49 am

    A vote to block the Obama administration's ambitious climate regulation was one of Antonin Scalia's last acts as a Supreme Court justice. His sudden death may have opened a new path to the rule's survival.

    Scalia died Saturday. Four days earlier, he voted with the other...

  • Here’s a look at Justice Scalia’s Jew-ish moments

    February 15, 2016 | 4:21 pm

    It’s a matter of dispute as to whether Antonin Scalia, who died Saturday, was the Supreme Court’s most conservative jurist. Some think Clarence Thomas deserves the title, while others say Samuel Alito may soon claim it.

    Scalia was, however, the conservative jurist likeliest to...

  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia, dead at 79

    February 13, 2016 | 3:02 pm

    Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential election.

    "On behalf of the court and...

  • U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on

    September 3, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.

    U.S. District Judge David...

  • Wrapped up in Rainbows, but consumed by hate.

    By Diana Emuna

    July 9, 2015 | 8:09 am

    When I started writing this blog, I gave the relationship with my relative.  It was too hard. It was suggested I make it more generic and I have done that.  I also apologize for the length of this blog, but I felt the details were important.

    Two weeks ago, the Supreme Court...

  • U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Israel and religious hypocrisy

    July 8, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    Last week, along with the enlightened world, we celebrated the dramatic ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court. The cause of same-sex marriage enjoys wide support in the Jewish community, and in Israel the majority of the Jewish population also supports it. Thirteen American-Jewish...

  • Will love win?

    By David Suissa

    July 1, 2015 | 2:50 pm

    “Love wins” was a popular reaction throughout social media last week to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage. I thought about that wonderful slogan as I attended two love-filled religious events — one connected to Islam and one to Christianity.

    The events made me...

  • From fear to elation: My mother’s love wins

    June 29, 2015 | 5:31 pm

    The phone began ringing early this morning. Friends and family wanted to make sure that I had heard about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. I was elated. I picked up the phone to call my mom and realized that I could not reach her because she was on...

  • Faith leader celebrates Supreme Court gay marriage decision in West Hollywood

    By Ryan Torok

    June 27, 2015 | 8:24 am

    Los Angeles clergy and city officials, same-sex couples and heterosexual supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, on June 26, during a rally in West Hollywood Park.

    "Marriage, that peculiar and...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    June 26, 2015 | 12:24 pm

    The news Friday that the Supreme Court of the United States had issued a 5-4 ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide prompted both tears and enthusiasm from many in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same...

  • Franklin Graham wants Ginsburg and Kagan — and all the Supremes — to think as he does

    May 20, 2015 | 12:56 pm

    The Washington PostRaw Story and other outlets are reporting on preacher Franklin Graham’s appeal to followers to pray that the eyes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg “be opened to the truth of Scripture” when she considers the gay marriage case currently under consideration by the Supreme...

  • Israeli Justice Minister Shaked seeks change to Supreme Court power

    May 18, 2015 | 8:19 am

    Israel's new justice minister said on Sunday she would seek a new balance that would rein in the powers of the Supreme Court over parliament and the government, a policy critics fear would restrict judicial oversight.

    The appointment of Ayelet Shaked, of the far-right Jewish Home...

  • Striking Down Marriage Equality Bans Would Protect Religious Liberty

    April 30, 2015 | 4:47 pm

    Love. Commitment. Trust. These are the values that form the basis of a marriage. Yet, the equal right to civil marriage has been denied to loving, committed same-sex couples throughout our country’s history.  As the Supreme Court considers oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a...

  • Canadian Jewish leaders question, pan legalization of assisted suicide

    February 12, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    Jewish leaders in Canada reacted with caution and disappointment to a decision by the country’s Supreme Court legalizing assisted suicide.

    Canada’s high court struck down the country’s laws against physician-assisted suicide, meaning it will no longer be illegal for a doctor to...

  • Supreme Court agrees to decide gay marriage question

    January 16, 2015 | 12:53 pm

    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether states can ban gay marriage, delving into a contentious social issue in what will be one of the most anticipated rulings of the year.

    The court, in a brief order, said it would hear cases concerning marriage restrictions in...

  • CIA used Israel to justify torture

    December 10, 2014 | 2:22 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The newly-released report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s use of torture says that CIA lawyers used Israel as a justification for building a legal case for torture of Al-Qaeda suspects after the 9/11...

  • The I-word isn’t impeachment – it’s idiocracy

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 17, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Is he – finally – the one we’ve been waiting for?

    Just days after the midterm election, President Barack Obama made a big climate change deal with China, asked the F.C.C. to regulate Internet service providers as if they were public utilities and pledged to address the...

  • Suspected Paris synagogue bomber can be extradited from Canada

    November 13, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    Canada’s Supreme Court declined to hear the case of the prime suspect in a deadly 1980 synagogue bombing in Paris, paving the way for his extradition to France.

    The nation’s top court on Thursday did not give reasons for its refusal to hear the case of Hassan Diab, who was...

  • Letters to the editor: Nazis and Social Security, Abu Tor, campus racism and Kristallnacht

    November 12, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Star of David Big and Bright Deep in the Heart of Westwood

    As the director of UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies, I am writing in response to professor Judea Pearl’s article, “Should Campus Racism Be Discussed?” (Oct. 17). While I do not disagree with his desire to foster...

  • In Jerusalem passport case, justices consider congressional role in foreign policy

    November 5, 2014 | 11:35 am

    A lawyer for a boy born in Jerusalem whose parents want Israel listed as the birthplace on his U.S. passport tried mightily this week to make a Supreme Court hearing mainly about their wish, but the justices kept upping the ante.

    That might mean bad news not just for 12-year-old...

  • Orthodox, Reform groups differ on Supreme Court’s gay marriage call

    October 10, 2014 | 2:24 pm

    Reform and Orthodox Jewish groups had opposite takes on the Supreme Court decision not to hear gay marriage cases, effectively extending the right to a majority of the states.

    “The Supreme Court’s decision to leave in place lower court rulings that have the potential to bring...

  • 50 years later, we all need a new black narrative

    July 16, 2014 | 11:42 am

    The nation has now celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the March on Washington and the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 60th of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling. All of these events allowed opportunities to think in new ways about the nation’s long and tortured...

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