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  • Here I Am. Where Are You?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 week ago

    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...

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  • 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.  
  • Finding Deeper Truths in Fiction—the Best About Israel

    By Alana Newhouse

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In recent weeks, many of us "Diaspora Jews" kept ourselves neck-deep in news from the Middle East: jumping out of bed to check the front page, keeping the television on all night, refreshing Web sites for the latest headlines. Of course, our routine paled in comparison to many...

  • Gunter Grass Admits to SS Past

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Gunter Grass Admits to SS Past

    Nobel Prize-winning author Gunter Grass' admission that he was an SS member has drawn both rage and defenses of the writer.

    While some say the revelation devalues his life's work, others are showing more understanding for the pressures faced by the...

  • Mr. President, Thank You for Standing by Israel

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Dear President Bush:

    I never preach or write about politics. I think it is inappropriate for the rabbi of a large congregation to do so.

    Firstly, I am a rabbi not a political scientist. I do not presume to know more about matters of state than my congregants. I know they can read...

  • Gibson’s Defenders Aren’t Hearing Him Right

    By Michael Tolkin

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson's defenders don't understand the essence of Jew hatred, that it's a projected fantasy, and that the Jews Gibson hates are not real Jews or real people, they're all the Jews he doesn't know; the Jews he likes are exceptions to a fantastic image of the world around which...

  • We’d All Rather Be in Venice

    By Ellen Switkes

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "What a bunch of shleppers," my father remarks, his head doing a 180-degree pan as he takes in the view. "Not one of them has anything unique to say. Such conformists. Just looking at them makes me nauseous."

    I turn to look, so that I, too, can take in the same view. Yes, we're at...

  • Hush Falls Over Jewish Hollywood Post-‘Mad Mel’

    By Tom Tugend

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mel Gibson Hollywood's top guns have been quick to answer a vicious anti-Semitic slur, attributed to actor-director Mel Gibson -- by staying mostly mute.

    Gibson, the director of the controversial "The Passion of the Christ," was pulled over in the early hours of July 28 while speeding along...

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