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  • Only a Cockeyed Cynic

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 10, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    I can point to the moment it happened. The very moment this lifelong optimist became a cynic — albeit (one still hopes) only a "cockeyed" one.

    It happened while listening to BBC news on the radio a few minutes past 8:00 am on November 18. Their headline story focused on our...

  • I am NOT impressed!—a rant against ‘The Man’

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 24, 2015 | 11:04 am

    I'm generally thought of a "nice" person. At least I've been told so often enough. I'm naturally kind, sympathetic, conscientious about things I promise and like to make people laugh (or at least crack a smile). I treat most everyone I meet — be they the Queen of England (well I...

  • We MUST Abandon the Lies and Advocate for Truth!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 26, 2014 | 11:51 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz,

    I am concerned! Each week I write about Redemption, each day I move one grain of sand closer to the redemption of others and myself, yet it seems as if the world wants to stay stuck! We have become a world that wants to live in Self-Deception! The UN is...

  • Truth, Transparency, and the Senate

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 12, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I am sitting in my office this morning, I am thinking about the Senate Report on CIA torture tactics in light of the principle of Truth and Transparency.

    Question: What is too much information when it can harm others?

    My Response: This is a difficult...

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  • Standing Up For Truth

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 5, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)


    This statement haunts my very being. I was a person who helped Evil triumph through the action of being evil and cloaking it in “being nice” until I wasn’t. In...

  • Hearing My Truth

    By Beit T'shuvah

    November 12, 2014 | 10:21 am

    By Tricia Nykin

    As I sit here and ponder the words that I choose to share today, I am reminded of an ongoing theme in my life; do I give you truth or a story that slightly veers off that path, but may be more appealing?

    This past Saturday I organized the screening of a film at...

  • Here I Am. Where Are You?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 17, 2014 | 11:17 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As my first blog of the new year, 5775, I want to talk about hiding. For me, this is the original sin in the Bible. Whenever we feel less than, whenever we feel wrong, we hide. God is calling out to us every hour of every day the same word God called out to...

  • The Need to Be Right

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 21, 2013 | 10:59 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    The role of learning is paramount to our existence, I believe. Paraphrasing Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “a life without learning is not worth living.” On the "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC, we are asked, what did we learn today. Yet, there are some of us who...

  • Harmony in the Universe

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 18, 2013 | 3:05 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    I woke up this morning thinking about creation.  There were several aspects to this thought.  One is the formation and creation of light and darkness.  The other is this idea of harmony.  I'll start with the second and move to the first.  What is so amazing,...

  • Media Framing- how to notice and handle it correctly?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 13, 2013 | 10:45 am

    We've seen it during Operation Pillar of Defense, but media framing is everywhere and at all times. As a part of the Media War, it is very important that we will be able to notice media framing, and handle it correctly. Here are a few tips...

    The part the media have in our lives...

  • Why there is no Palestinian resistance

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 19, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Earlier today, someone posted the following on Israelife's Facebook page:"The IDF is an evil organization. Netanyahu and all the Zionist scum are evil murderers. By deception, they wage war. Do not be deceived!" In order to prove the accuracy of his statements, this person attached...

  • Lying for the cause

    By Dennis Prager

    August 22, 2012 | 5:27 pm

    There are many admirable values. The list includes, of course, goodness, integrity and compassion.

    But there is one value without which civilization cannot survive, and without which evil is inevitable: truth.

    I cannot think of a 20th-century evil not predicated on lies. It was...

  • Important Dating Rule: Don’t Ask Trick Questions

    By Ilana Angel

    April 24, 2012 | 10:47 pm

    I understand that people lie.  It happens millions of times, every single day, by millions of people.  Lies can hurt, but do they hurt more or less than the truth?  There is a very clear line between a telling a lie and deceiving someone, so I wonder if I would ever choose a lie over...

  • Opinion: A time for truth

    January 18, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    It is time for another Durban Conference.

    No, I’m not asking for a repeat of the U.N.-sponsored festival of Jew-hatred that took place in South Africa in 2001.

    The last thing we need is to have Israel demonized by Islamists and their allies in the West.

    We do not need another...

  • Opinion: In praise of falsehood

    By Gina Nahai

    August 31, 2011 | 10:51 am

    What is it with people telling the truth all the time? I don’t mean under oath, or even in response to a question that has been posed to them; I mean when they just come out of the blue and dish out a nice, hefty portion of truth because they love you too much to lie to you.

    For...

  • Ghosts, Spirits and My Kids’ Wild Imagination…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 23, 2011 | 11:51 am

    Ever since my Grandmother passed away twelve years ago, I have been feeling like I am never alone.  Even if the house is completely silent and free from all and any rambunctious/annoying children, I always feel like there is someone else in there with me.  Being pretty superstitious,...

  • With the over-abundance of Synagogues in O.C., I had to pick this one!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 4, 2011 | 11:40 am

    For months, my family and I have been looking for the perfect Congregation to join.  Its not easy when you have many needs.  I wanted a place where the Rabbi is young and energetic, and has the patience to work with children.  A Rabbi who stays current on all that is happening in the...

  • What is art good for?

    By Gina Nahai

    December 3, 2008 | 5:49 pm

    Still, the question remains: What, in this world filled with strife and need and uncertainty, is the use of art?

    The planet's on the verge of destruction, entire nations are starving to oblivion, man's cruelty to man has reached new heights, and yet we persist -- writers and...

  • I love you, Grandma, so I tell you lies

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    I never lie. I never, ever lie. Except I lie to my grandmother. I lie to her all the time. The things I tell her are almost exclusively lies.

    In one moment, this almost universal wrong became a right. And somewhere deep in the Valley at an elder care facility, in a room painted a hue...
  • ‘Teenism’ gives young adults an undeserved rep

    By Justin Morris

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Teenagers. The word strikes fear into the hearts of most parents and adults. I bet you get shivers down your spine as you're reading this. Though most teenagers are perceived as reckless, raucous, recalcitrant, rowdy and riotous, the truth is that for the most part, teenagers...
  • I’ve never had real heroes

    By Gina Nahai

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If you grew up as I did, on more than one continent and surrounded by people of different faiths, you know what I mean when I say I've never had real heroes: For every truth in one place, I've encountered doubt in another; for every icon in one culture, I've met iconoclasts in...
  • We should speak out for HR 106

    By Steven M. Goldberg

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Notably absent from the disagreement over whether Jewish organizations should support HR 106, the congressional resolution recognizing the genocide of almost 2 million Armenians in the early 20th century, is any debate about the truthfulness of the resolution. Virtually every...
  • Truth and Consequences

    By David A. Harris

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    From 2000 to 2002, I led a graduate seminar titled, "Post-Holocaust Ethical and Political Issues," at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. Among the topics covered was the politics of memory.

    One of the case studies we explored was the controversy...

  • Israel fights 24/7 infowar against Iran in cyberspace

    By Karmel Melamed

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In response to the Iranian government's recent media war against Israel on satellite television and the Internet, Israel's Foreign Ministry last month launched its own offensive -- a Persian-language pro-Israel Web site. Although the site's first aim is to teach Persian-language...
  • To Hear or Not to Hear

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If your life could change in a moment, what would you want it to be?

    Most of us quickly consider what we'd want from the world or from another person: more love, more money, more respect, more health, more learning, more time.

    Now, instead of changing factors outside of your life,...

  • Clergy abuse—the cover and the story; Anti-Semitic road rage—do the right thing?

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Cover Choice

    It is appalling to me that you should depict this dreadful image on your cover ("Don't Kid Yourself," Jan. 12)

    I understand your exploring the topic in an article, but to put this image and headline on the cover of The Jewish Journal when you describe plenty of...

  • Swimming in the Holocaust

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I attended a screening of "Swimming in Auschwitz," a still unreleased documentary directed by Jon Kean about the experience in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp of six women -- Eva Beckmann, Rena Drexler, Renee Firestone, Erika Jacobi, Lili Majzner and Linda Sherman -- all of...
  • And nothing but the truth

    By Marilyn Anderson

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Internet dating -- everyone does it, and everyone complains about it. Why? The guys think the girls lie, and the girls think the guys lie. And the truth is: everybody lies.

    Well, almost everybody -- not me, of course.

    It's a familiar problem that both genders complain about: the...

  • Deal or No Deal

    By Debra L. Eckerling

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some women would argue that your expectations should go down the longer you are single. I say a deal breaker is a deal breaker, and the fact that you have turned 28 for several years in a row doesn't mean you should dismiss core things you want in a guy.

    Let's start with the...

  • Let's confront, I mean, let's <I>talk</I>

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Men will do anything -- and I mean anything, from changing their phones, emails and even primary residences, to joining the army during wartime -- rather than confront a woman. By "confront," I mean, "talk directly to." They just don't like it.  
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