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  • My New Hero Pope Francis: The Religion of Love

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 2, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    When I was a child our family used a certain brand of ketchup.   I would look  down on those who used another brand, thinking "how uncultured!"  It was not until years later that I found our ketchup to be in the lower range of the market.

    Many of us judge other religions the same...

  • An Evening with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute

    By Ilana Angel

    June 14, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is a very special place to me.  My years working there were the highlight of my professional career, but it was so much more.  It is where I went through a divorce, raised my son, became a phenomenal mother, landed on my feet, embraced my faith,...

  • Meet the filmmakers of the French megahit “The Intouchables” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2012 | 12:21 pm

    These are heady times for the French-Jewish filmmakers Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache.  Harvey Weinstein snatched up the rights to their French-language odd couple dramedy, “The Intouchables,” following The Weinstein Company’s penchant for purchasing Gallic fare such as the...

  • Mel Gibson Needs a Jewish Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    April 12, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    I am a writer, a Jew, a mother and a fan of Mel Gibson.  I may in fact be his only remaining Jewish fan, but to be clear, my adoration of him is as an actor not a human being.  I have written about him a few times and was planning to write about him again today, when I decided it...

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  • Right Now, Kids are Dying, Because They Are Gay

    By Ilana Angel

    September 23, 2011 | 9:42 pm

    Right now, while I write this, a child is in his or her room, crying because someone at school called them a faggot, or would not sit next to them on the bus, or they did not make a sports team, because they are gay.

    Right now, while I write this, a soldier is serving in Iraq,...

  • Jersey Shore vs. Chaz Bono – Who is Classy? Who is Trashy?

    By Ilana Angel

    September 18, 2011 | 3:48 pm

    Anyone who thinks Chaz Bono appearing on Dancing With the Stars is bad for America, should watch last week’s Jersey Shore, and then shut the hell up.  I love the kids from the shore as much as the next person, but they should be under attack, not Chaz.  Chaz Bono is a lovely man...

  • Cambodia’s killing fields revisited

    September 3, 2008 | 11:07 pm

    I can vividly remember the first time I visited the Museum of Tolerance, in seventh grade. Not personally knowing anyone who had survived the Holocaust, I had been shielded from the grisly details of World War II. Simon Wiesenthal's museum showed how horrible the Holocaust actually...
  • Multifaith clergy dialogue in the name of peace

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 21, 2008 | 4:16 pm

    When the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Museum of Tolerance recently assembled three of the world's great religious leaders for a multifaith dialogue, a rabbi, a priest, an archbishop and the president of the world's largest Muslim nation confronted the greatest current obstacle to world...
  • Jews must never use the term ‘shvartza’

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The other day I was speaking to an engaging young Chasidic student who impressed me with his erudition in Jewish and secular studies.

    I was engrossed in the conversation, gaining more and more respect for him, when he suddenly said, "Where I grew up, we lived in a tough...
  • Our place in this world

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The ancient rabbis were astute psychologists. They reflected on the inner life, not through theories, but through narratives, especially their analyses of and speculations on the narratives in the Torah.

    Let's take a look at a bit of rabbinic commentary on one brief, strange and...

  • Organize now against oppression in Burma

    By Dan Adler

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    We never hear much about Burma, officially known today as Myanmar, until it's too late. Take, for example, last fall. Crimson-robed monks marched peacefully in the streets of Rangoon, making the case for democratic reforms and human rights.

    The monks' nonviolent approach and...

  • Diversity lost

    By Gina Nahai

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Forgive me for going on about this. I keep promising myself I'll stop being outraged, turn off the radio and stop reading the papers. But if you'll permit me one more question here:
    Whatever happened to the Democrats being the party of tolerance and diversity?
    These days, it's...
  • Beit T’Shuvah, Jewish/Arab day schools, Charlton Heston

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Beit T'Shuvah

    I would like to thank you for printing "Rescuing Jewish Addicts -- A Day in the Life at Beit T'Shuvah" by Roberto Loiederman (April 25).

    The article is so well written, and it's so important that our community knows that an agency of our Federation is serving those...
  • Black and Jewish leaders work to rekindle friendships at interfaith seder

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Before the Passover feast began, a few dozen black Christians joined their Jewish dinnermates for a tour of the breathtaking original sanctuary of Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

    Rabbi Stephen Julius Stein explained the stories of the murals that circle the auditorium, stories that end in...

  • Ex-JDL member urges faith without fanaticism

    By Amy Klein

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Brad Hirschfield was a member of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), the militant organization bent on fighting anti-Semitism. He spent time with JDL leader Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose Israeli political party was banned for racism and who was assassinated in 1990. By the time Hirschfield...
  • Latino pastors celebrate Sukkot and Israel in Westwood

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Wandering through a sukkah at Sinai Temple, Jesus Alfredo Alfonso, a Pentecostal Christian, wore a navy tie embroidered with the Star of David, a menorah and the words "Amigos de Israel."

    "Every day," Alfonso said, "me and my congregation pray three times for you. For Israel."...

  • ‘A Mighty Heart’ needs moral clarity

    By Judea Pearl

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I used to believe that the world essentially divided into two types of people: those who were broadly tolerant and those who felt threatened by differences. If only the forces of tolerance could win out over the forces of intolerance, I reasoned, the world might finally know some...
  • Who was Moses? Oh wait, I think I know that one…

    By Alexis Gewertz

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Stephen Prothero, author of the new book "Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know-And Doesn't" and chair of the religion department at Boston University showed up on "The Daily Show" recently, hawking the fact that his book contains a quiz to test the reader's...
  • When Ashkenazi and Persian worlds collide—community healing begins at shul

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In March of 2001 I delivered the sermon abbreviated and reprinted here. Having been the rabbi at Sinai Temple for four years, it seemed time to straightforwardly address the tensions between the Persian and Ashkenazi communities.

    Since that time, by dint of committees, school...

  • The Schwartzes and me

    By Joan Hyler

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz gave his wife, Olivia, a surprise party for her 60th birthday in Mar Vista Park a few weeks ago, it was filled with the usual assortment of Schwartz family members and their devoted entourage.

    Present were their 12 children, 24 grandchildren, friends...

  • Despite past sparks, Al-Marayati wants Jewish dialogue

    By Marc Ballon

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Saturday morning, and Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of Los Angeles-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), is playing basketball with a group of friends. He pounces on loose balls, wrestles away rebounds and knows just when to feed a teammate a perfectly...
  • ‘Yippee’—Paul Mazursky documents Chasids gone wild

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In all his 76 years, filmmaker Paul Mazursky had never seen anything like the 25,000 Chasidim singing, swaying, blowing shofars and dancing around a lake.

    "It's like the old days at the Apollo in Harlem, with the crowd going wild," the irreverent Mazursky said. "Can you dig it?"...

  • Need for good schools should unite Jews and Latinos

    By Bill Boyarsky

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    We're in the middle of one of America's greatest ethnic transformations, the winning of political, cultural and economic power in Los Angeles by men and women whose roots are in Mexico and other countries south of the border. But many of us whose ancestors immigrated here decades ago...
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council distances itself from Prager

    By James Besser

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leaders of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, ensnared in a raging controversy over one of its members, this week moved to distance themselves from the cause of the furor.

    Conservative commentator Dennis Prager, a member of the Council that oversees the Holocaust Museum on...

  • I’m… dreaming… of a white… Chri—ummm, holidays

    By Larry Miller

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Excerpted from "Spoiled Rotten America, Outrages of Everyday Life," by Larry Miller (Regan, 2006). Reprinted with permission.

    First of all, I'm a Jew. (Now there's a grabby start, eh? Probably cut into sales of my book in France, but what the heck.) The thing is, there are certain...

  • Chanukah holds important lesson for all faiths

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah is popularized by a rabbinic myth -- one that embodies a story told of a container of oil lasting seven days beyond its expected usage.

    The story appears only in the Talmud, not the Bible or even the Apocrypha literature.

    In fact, the primary lesson of Chanukah has...

  • U.S. Jewish Population Rising; California and Israel Join in Tourism Pact

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Jewish Population Rising?

    The new American Jewish Yearbook reports that there are 6.4 million Jews in the United States. That's significantly more than the 5.2 million figure provided by the 2000-2001 National Jewish Population Study.

    The yearly survey, published by the...

  • Debate on ‘minorities’ law worries Turkey’s Jews

    By Yigal Schleifer

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish and Christian leaders were optimistic when the Turkish Parliament began debating a bill regulating minority foundations and organizations.

    The draft version -- part of a reform effort driven by Turkey's bid for European Union membership -- contained provisions making it...

  • Sex and God

    By Rob Eshman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Libido. Can't live with it, can't live without it.

    Of the three major monotheistic traditions, Judaism has arguably done the most admirable job of micromanaging our lust. Our tradition teaches us that while the sex drive can wreck us, it can also, if channeled correctly, lead to...

  • Fate of Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance rests with Israeli high court

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Fate of Jerusalem Museum of Tolerance Rests With Israeli High Court

    Israel's highest judicial and executive authorities both have weighed in on the protracted dispute surrounding construction of a $200 million Center of Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance in the heart of...

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