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

    17 hours ago

    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

    3 days ago

    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

    4 days ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Jewish groups stand by religious freedom law, but Supremes’ take divides them

    July 1, 2014 | 4:56 pm

    Two decades ago the Jewish community united in support of landmark religious freedom legislation. Now the Supreme Court’s application of that law has Jewish groups divided.

    Leading Jewish advocacy groups denounced the court’s 5-4 decision Monday in the Hobby Lobby case granting...

  • Private businesses need not cover contraception, Supreme Court rules

    June 30, 2014 | 8:22 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a privately held business may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees.

    Jewish groups had closely watched the case that Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, had brought...

  • Israel’s budgetary transfer farce must be stopped

    June 24, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    This headline should be read very slowly. Not because it's an especially long or complex phrase, but rather because it teaches us a whole lot about the huge problem that exists because of Israel’s lack of “separation of powers.”
     
    The problem is the basic procedure of...
  • UC and CSU campuses are more diverse than ever

    April 30, 2014 | 11:51 am

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Michigan voter initiative that banned the use of racial and ethnic preferences in admissions to public higher education (Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action). The Michigan initiative was patterned after...

  • Supreme Court’s rejection of U.S. campaign funding limits opens door for big-money donors

    April 3, 2014 | 10:40 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a key pillar of federal campaign finance law by allowing donors to give money to as many political candidates, parties and committees as they wish.

    In the latest in a series of decisions by the high court that have given big-money...

  • Victims’ reps seek to block Palestinian prisoner release

    December 30, 2013 | 10:35 am

    A group representing Israeli victims of terrorism filed a petition to block the release of Palestinian prisoners.

    Twenty-six prisoners expected to be set free early Tuesday as part of the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were transferred to Ofer Prison in preparation for...

  • Knesset passes migrant detention amendment

    December 10, 2013 | 11:50 am

    Israel’s Knesset passed legislation that will allow the state to detain illegal migrants without trial for one year.

    The legislation, an amendment to the Anti-Infiltration Law, passed its final readings in the Israeli parliament late Monday night by a vote of 30-15 following a...

  • Katsav again appeals rape conviction to Israeli Supreme Court

    October 14, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav has appealed again to Israel’s Supreme Court for a retrial on his convictions of rape, sexual assault and harassment.

    His new defense team filed the appeal on Monday, claiming there was a “distortion of judgment” in the original ruling.

    A...

  • Tel Aviv eyeing way to let businesses open on Sabbath

    September 4, 2013 | 10:16 am

    The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality is working to change a city by-law that bans businesses from opening on the Jewish Sabbath.

    City officials told the Israeli Supreme Court late Tuesday night that the municipality would not fine businesses that until now have opened consistently on...

  • Circumcise your heart: Parashat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    July 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    A friend who works for the federal government wrote recently to say that because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), she was able to add her wife to the family’s insurance plan. “I never thought I would get emotional while on the phone with an...

  • Fight bigotry at ballot box

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    July 17, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The Trayvon Martin case has once again reminded us that racial divisiveness isn’t going away any time soon in America. The verdict is being debated all over. There are protests in numerous cities. But the Martin verdict and the ensuing protests will nevertheless not have as...

  • Israel’s AG: Eliyahu’s candidacy for chief rabbi legally indefensible

    July 16, 2013 | 10:46 am

    Israel’s attorney general said the candidacy of Shmuel Eliyahu for Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel raised legal difficulties and could not be defended by his office.

    While Yehuda Weinstein cannot officially bar Eliyahu from running for chief rabbi, the attorney general said...

  • Divining the supremes on race

    By  David A. Lehrer

    July 2, 2013 | 11:16 am

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the long-anticipated case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The thrust of the majority’s logic suggests that the advocates of race-conscious affirmative action will have a tough row to hoe from here on out.

    The...

  • Thoughts on the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings

    By Mark Paredes

    July 2, 2013 | 12:34 am

    "By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their...

  • Rabbi: Only messiah can straighten out gay ruling

    June 28, 2013 | 10:04 am

    A few stragglers took a bit longer to formulate their responses to the landmark Supreme Court decision this week on gay marriage.

    The National Council of Young Israel wasn’t quite as eloquent as the Orthodox Union, nor as elegiac as Agudath Israel of America, but the essential...

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