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  • WATCH: Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality paints disabled space around parked car, tow it

    by Marcy Oster, JTA

    February 12, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    Hila Ben Baruch was painted into a corner and came out swinging.

    Ben Baruch recently parked her car in a legal space near her central Tel Aviv apartment but returned to find the spot repainted for use by the handicapped -- and her vehicle towed.

    She threatened to sue the city...

  • Aaron Swartz: martyr or mascot?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 30, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Anyone just tuning in to the sensation created by Aaron Swartz’s death might easily think he’s the Internet’s Joan of Arc.

    Last month, the 26-year-old prodigy programmer, activist and blogger hanged himself in his Brooklyn apartment. He was a “wizardly” figure, according to The...

  • Jon Stewart on Ehud Barak, World War III and the lower Manhattan

    January 29, 2013 | 10:22 am

    Veteran World War III chasers have pinned their hopes for global annihilation on Israel and Iran, but don't count out North Korea.

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  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Bash LeAnn Rimes

    By Ilana Angel

    January 29, 2013 | 9:00 am

    I am blogging this week having just returned from Brandi Glanville’s book launch.  Oh. My. God. This woman is hilarious. If you have ever had your heart broken, sent a drunk text, felt you would never be able to love again, or had your husband cheat with a bunch of whores including...

  • Donald Trump endorses Netanyahu in video

    January 16, 2013 | 11:00 am

    American billionaire Donald Trump endorsed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a video released on YouTube.

    “My name is Donald Trump and I’m a big fan of Israel,” Trump says at the start of the 36-second video.

    “You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin...

  • Life in the Lopez Beatles [VIDEO]

    January 9, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Newspaper-reading Angelenos may recognize the byline Robert Lloyd. 

    What they may not know is that the Los Angeles Times television critic once was more concerned with singing about a “Bitchen Party” than with covering the Golden Globes, which take place this year on Jan. 13.

    ...
  • David Arquette and Rabbi Cunin light 800lb menorah ice sculpture at L.A. Live [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 11, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    This past Sunday, David Arquette helped Chabad Rabbi Cunin light an 800lb menorah ice sculpture at L.A. Live. See photos here and the video below.

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 7, 2012 | 12:38 pm

    This upcoming week is Hnukkah, aka: the most wonderful time of the Jewish year. The next eight days will be full fun, family-time, extremely oily food and lots and lots of holiday spirit. I know some of you see more Chistmas than Hanukkah when walking down the street, so to make...

  • Nice Jewish Guys Calendar 2013 [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    December 4, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    It's official.  You can finally toss out last year's free Jewish wall calendar (I'm sure the Seidenstein Brothers Funeral Parks and Mortuary will understand).  

    Introducing the Nice Jewish Guys Calendar 2013, the latest in an ongoing series by Adam Cohen.  In what looks like...

  • How Technion students light the menorah [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 29, 2012 | 10:01 am

    Technion students Eyal Cohen, Tomer Wassermann, Matan Orian and Dvir Dukhan tackle the challenge of lighting the menorah in classic Rube Goldberg fashion using helium balloons, dominos, nitroglycerine, a robot and a number of other gadgets. How do you plan on lighting the menorah this year?

  • Review: ‘Skyfall’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    November 6, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    'Skyfall' directed by the super talented Sam Mendes gives us a very different James Bond. Yes, he's still the charismatic, super macho male that loves sex, hot women, hot cars, gambling and kicking butt. But this time around, he's also vulnerable, slightly worn out and much more...

  • Henry Jaglom discusses ‘Just 45 Minutes from Broadway’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Q:  What was the impetus for the story?

    A:  I’ve always been fascinated by theater people, and by the fact of my being Jewish, and those two things together led me to explore something that I’d never had any personal experience with, which is the Yiddish theater.

    Not only do I...

  • Kipah-wearing teen wows ‘America’s Got Talent’ semis [VIDEO]

    August 29, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Edon Pinchot, a kipah-wearing Jewish day school student, won cheers from the live audience and the judges in the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent.”

    Pinchot, 14, of Skokie, Ill., performed One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” on the popular NBC reality show and...

  • Drunk and high ‘skateboard rabbi’ is the next contestant on ‘The Price is Right’ [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 23, 2012 | 5:47 pm

    It’s gotta be a high when you’re chosen as a “Price is Right” contestant, but for comedian Josh Androsky, it’s a whole different high.

    Androsky recently became a reddit sensation when his appearance on CBS’s “The Price is Right” hit youtube. The “skateboard rabbi” was unexpectedly...

  • Review: “Premium Rush”

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    August 22, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    Sometimes a film is 100 per cent entertainment…That is definitely the case with “Premium Rush” written and directed by David Koepp (writer of “Spiderman” & “Mission Impossible” etc).

    This film is one big roller coaster ride…one that you’ll want to keep riding, right up to the end.

    ...
  • Review: “Sparkle”

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    August 16, 2012 | 6:42 pm

    No matter how hard you try not too, ‘Sparkle’ directed by Salim Akil, based on the 1970’s film of the same name, will always remind you of Miss Whitney Houston’s premature and very sad death. Whitney died just three months after filming this picture.

    “Sparkle” takes place in...

  • ‘Faith’ video launch - Jewish George Michael spoof

    By Marcus J Freed

    August 2, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    It’s Tu B’Av, the festival of love. A time for Faith… enjoy!

    www.marcusjfreed.com

  • Review: “The Watch”

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 26, 2012 | 6:04 pm

    This so called comedy, is about four guys, who have come together to ‘watch over’ their suburban neighborhood of Glenview Ohio.

    In this serene safe haven lives Evan Troutwig (Ben Stiller) a dull, civic minded man who loves his wife Abby (Rosemarie Dewitt), his neighborhood and his...

  • Review: ‘Ruby Sparks’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 23, 2012 | 11:03 pm

    Ruby Sparks’ directed by the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ team of Jonthan Dayton and Valerie Faris was written by Zoe Kazan (Eli’s granddaughter) who also stars in it with her real life boyfriend, Paul Dano.

    This is the story of a novelist, Calvin (Paul Dano) who had a mega bestsellar...

  • On Nature, Beauty, and Gratitude—Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav and the Psalms

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 20, 2012 | 7:48 am

    Below is an inspirational 11-minute TED talk and presentation by Louie Schwartzberg, photographer and film-maker, that is well worth watching:

    Rebbe Nachman of Bratzlav, one of Judaism’s greatest tzadikim, put it this way:

    “How wonderful it would be if we were worthy of...

  • Review: “The Dark Knight Rises”

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    July 18, 2012 | 8:24 pm

    Okay, the bottom line…‘The Dark Knight Rises’ directed by the uber talented Christopher Nolan, is not only the very best comic book hero movie ever made, but in my opinion, it’s worthy of an Oscar nod. That’s how good it is.

    The film, which was written by Nolan and his brother,...

  • Rise of the Jewish Justin Biebers [VIDEO]

    by JTA

    July 10, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    This has been the week of the Jewish Justin Biebers.

    At first it was Edon Pinchot, the 14-year-old, yarmulke-wearing Chicagoan on “America’s Got Talent” whose impressive vocal abilities earned him a spot in the reality show’s semifinals (not THAT impressive when it turns out that 48...

  • Review: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 27, 2012 | 7:04 pm

    ‘The Amazing Spider-Man, shot in 3D and directed by Mark Webb (500 Days Of Summer) is an edgy, emotional, action-packed, at times, boring movie.  Yes I did use the ‘b’ word.

    In this version, which is definitely in my opinion, an improvement over all the preceding ‘Spider-Man films,...

  • Review: ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 21, 2012 | 9:51 pm

    Most of the time, when you see a film, after you’ve read the book, you feel let down. The movie usually pales in comparison to the novel.

    I am happy to report this isn’t the case with ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ .

    The film, shot in 3D and directed by Timur Bekmambetov (I’ve...

  • Review: ‘Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 19, 2012 | 12:07 am

    First, the perks about knowing that planet Earth will no longer exist in 21 days…

    At the office, every day is now casual Friday…You can have mindless sex without worrying about disease or incest and…when asked, ‘What are you doing the rest of your life’, you can respond in one...

  • Clean-shaven Matisyahu releases teaser for new song ‘Sunshine’ [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 15, 2012 | 10:36 am

    The “new” Matisyahu released a preview of his upcoming music video for the new song Sunshine this morning. Sporting [what appears to be] frosted tips, multiple scarves, skinny jeans and no kippah (headcovering), the new baby-faced Matisyahu looks like a love-child between an L.A. hipster and a youth group advisor. 

    But image isn’t everything.  Unchanged is his voice and musical style, which still reminds us why we love him today. What do you think of the new appearance?

  • ‘That’s My Boy’ Review

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    June 14, 2012 | 12:28 am

    First the good news:  ‘That’s My Boy’ directed by Sean Anders, has one of the funniest opening scenes of any Adam Sandler film I’ve seen in a really long time.

    The year is 1984…13 year old Donnie Berger, (an excellent Justin Weaver) rises to fame after a hot affair with his...

  • Edan Pinchot on America’s Got Talent [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    June 6, 2012 | 11:05 am

    Young Jewish singer and pianist Edan Pinchot gives a stellar performance on America’s Got Talent.

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