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  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • School Violence Goes Extreme

    By Talya Halkin

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A teacher's severed head drawn on a classroom blackboard, a student methodically emptying the shelves of the school library onto the floor, school phone lines that suddenly go dead -- these and other unsettling signs appear early on in Yaniv Berman's 2005 film "Even Kids Started...

  • Letters

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Kobe Jewish?

    The story regarding Kobe Bryant saying that he "wouldn't mind" being Jewish was pointless and inane. An off-the-cuff remark all of a sudden becomes a possibility in the minds some people. In addition, the story was filled with inaccuracies as to the number of Jewish...

  • ‘Voodoo’ Jew Finds Love, Truth in Haiti

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Madame Dread: A Tale of Love, Voodoo and Civil Strife in Haiti" by Kathie Klarreich (Nation Books).

    According to a Creole proverb, truth is like oil in water; it always comes to the surface. Kathie Klarreich's first book, a memoir of her years in Haiti, is a tale of truths --...

  • Sectarian Violence

    By Rob Eshman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Backstage at Monday night's debate between Ann Coulter and Al Franken, guests drank wine with their vitriol.

    Or vice versa.

    At a private dinner for major supporters of the University of Judaism's (UJ) Public Lecture Series, the guests of honor each rose to say a few words to the...

  • Camps Spotlight Double Standard

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Armed gunmen roamed freely in U.N. refugee camps. They stockpiled weapons, recruited refugees and launched cross-border attacks.

    In response, opposing forces attacked the camps, aiming for the gunmen -- but sometimes cutting down civilians in the process.

    The international...

  • Europe’s Jews Caught in Cartoon Furor

    By JTA Staff

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    European Jews have expressed a mixture of anger and frustration as the furor over a Muslim cartoon erupted into violence in Europe and the Middle East.

    As frequent targets of anti-Semitic cartoons -- many of them in the Arab press -- Jews on one hand sympathized with the Muslim...

  • Seeing Red

    By Jeffry V. Mallow

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    There's no escaping Middle East politics, even living in Denmark, as this writer does. This tolerant nation of 5.3 million, of whom 3 percent are Muslim, finds itself, to its amazement, the target of a boycott and attacks on its embassies, corporations, soldiers and citizens across...

  • Disputed Film Draws Muted Response

    By Marc Ballon

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Marvin Hier, suicide bombings are the modern-day plague. The founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center so condemns these acts of terror that he spoke to the late Pope John Paul II, Jordan's King Abdullah II and the chancellor of Austria to enlist their support in...

  • Amona Violence an Uncertain Harbinger

    By Leslie Susser

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Had Ariel Sharon been able to continue as Israeli prime minister, his main strategic goal would have been establishing a new long-term border between Israel and the West Bank.

    That remains the primary aim of his Kadima Party, but last week's violent clashes between settlers and...

  • Drawn to Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Early this week I started getting the letters. By midweek there were dozens of them, all strident, some using BIG CAPS to make their point.

    "Do you have the GUTS to reprint those cartoons?" many of them started off.

    Some substituted another part of the male anatomy for guts...

  • Where Streets Were Paved With Sorrow

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas" by Isabel Vincent (William Morrow, $25.95).

    Memory is a central concept in Judaism. When someone dies, we say that he or she lives on in how he or she is remembered by others....

  • South African Judge Inspires Redemption

    By Laureen Lazarovici

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When he turned 6 in 1941, Albie Sachs received a birthday card from his father, Solly, a union leader in South Africa. The card read: "Many happy returns, and may you grow up to be a soldier in the fight for liberation."

    It would be less a wish than a prophecy. The younger Sachs...

  • Violent Crime Rises in Israeli Society

    By Gil Sedan

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Suddenly, I receive a telephone call: My brother, Avinoam, is dead. 'Impossible,' I say to myself: 'Avinoam, my kid brother, murdered?'"

    It was a lovely April day when the young couple went down to the popular Nirvana beach in Haifa with their two dogs for a stroll and a cup of...

  • ‘Munich’: The Missing Conversation

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For me, the most telling moment in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" was the final scene, when the young, distraught Mossad team leader,

    Avner, takes a walk along the East River with his Israeli case officer, Ephraim, the man who supervised his mission. With the World Trade Center as a...

  • Judgment on ‘Munich’

    By Tom Tugend

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Munich" ranks as one of those movies that has been analyzed by so many and, so far, seen by so few. All the buzz and fuss isn't about the quality, pacing, acting, music and cinematography of the movie. After all, "A Steven Spielberg Film" carries the imprimatur of the Hollywood gold...

  • French Riots Not a Jewish Problem

    By Lauren Elkin

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Some media are calling it a "suburban intifada," but the rioting that is rocking France is not a Jewish problem, but a national one.

    That appears to be the consensus of French Jews, who are simultaneously alarmed at the widespread violence of mostly Muslim youths in suburbs around...

  • Q & A With Bruce Feiler

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion" by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow, $26.95).

    With daily reports of suicide bombings in Iraq, never-ending violence between Israelis and Palestinians and Iran's nuclear threat, it can be hard to imagine the Middle East as...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Reacts After Gaza Attacks

    Just weeks after Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, fighting with the Palestinians resumed with sound and fury -- and, some feared, the potential to evolve into a full-blown border war. Israeli forces answered Hamas rocket salvoes from Gaza with...

  • Pickles Mark Peaceful Restraint in Gaza

    By David Suissa

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When they write the story of the Jewish people at the turn of the millennium, I hope they won't forget the pickles.

    Much has been written about the Gaza disengagement. Whether you were left, right or center -- blue or orange -- this was a defining moment. Imagine this: A Jewish army...

  • She’s Armed and President

    By Idan Ivri

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jewish woman and Harvard-educated lawyer who practiced law in Los Angeles, Sandra Froman admits that, at least on paper, she doesn't seem a natural choice to lead the National Rifle Association (NRA). But the Second Amendment, she said, is all about empowerment.

    "I've never met...

  • ‘Yeah, But:’ 2 Words Lead to Dark Side

    By Hesham A. Hassaballa

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the wake of the terrorist attacks in London, I can't help but despair at the ever-spiraling violence in our world today. And it pains me even more deeply that a significant portion of that violence occurs at the hands of Muslims in the name of Islam.

    Of course, we have all...

  • The Battle Over Gaza in America

    By Marc Ballon

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It all started with a dream.

    One night in March, Jon Hambourger slipped into a deep sleep and envisioned a train rolling through history. The 47-year-old Los Angeles mortgage broker said he had a choice: jump on or risk irrelevance.

    The next morning, the Orthodox father of one told...

  • Battle on Future of Gaza Spreads to L.A.

    By Marc Ballon

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    The battle over the future of the Gaza Strip has come to Los Angeles.

    Two prominent settlers and an outspoken Israeli politician worked their way through Southern California last week, spreading the message that Israel should remain for good in the disputed territories. And Jewish...

  • Experts See New Violence Brewing

    By Leslie Susser

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Israelis and Palestinians may appear to be on the verge of a new peace process, but Israeli army generals and seasoned observers of the Palestinian scene predict a new round of fighting, perhaps as early as next fall, after Israel completes its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and...

  • Campus Fight Needs Practical Action

    By Hugh Taylor

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Like it or not, college campuses have become the American front in the war against Israel. The myriad academic publications espousing the destruction of Israel, as well as the hatred unleashed by the Palestinian Solidarity Movement's (PSM) recent conclave at Duke University, make...

  • Druse Riot Against Christian Neighbors

    By Gil Sedan

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Never before had the small church in the Galilee village of Mughar held so many important visitors as it did recently. Even the Vatican's representative in Israel, Monsignor Pietro Sambi, was there.

    But it was not a celebration that brought them together Sunday; on the contrary,...

  • Unsettling Prospects

    By Dina Kraft

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Talya Eluz walks into her cream-colored sunken living room and takes in the view of sloping sand dunes leading to the shimmering blue Mediterranean Sea and the electric fence that surrounds what she calls paradise.

    "Look at it -- it's like Malibu," Eluz says, holding her month-old...

  • Shouldering the Burden of Incest

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    When you go to the synagogue, you just might be sitting next to someone who sexually abused his daughter. You might be

    shaking his hand, admiring his charming demeanor, thinking how lucky his family is to have him. I should know. People sit next to my father all the time. Not only...

  • Rabin’s Daughter Seeks Aid for Center

    By Tom Tugend

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Nearly a decade after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, his daughter fears that Israeli society has not yet faced up to the underlying causes of the horrifying crime by a Jewish extremist.

    "We are still an intolerant people, afraid of diversity, unwilling to...

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