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  • L.A. Lone Soldiers honored by IDF

    By Simone Wilson

    May 6, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    “I look upon your glowing faces and your shining eyes, and I'm as excited as you are,” Israeli President Shimon Peres told 120 members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on May 6, as they stood at attention on his back lawn.

    “I'm excited and I'm proud of you,” the president said...

  • Obama wishes Israel happy ‘Yom Ha’atzmaut’

    May 6, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    President Obama wished Israel a happy independence day in a statement that reiterated his commitment to the two-state solution.

    “We will continue to work with Israel to support a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict,” Obama wrote in a statement published on the White...

  • For Yom Haatzmaut, Israel literally takes the cake

    May 5, 2014 | 4:30 pm

    My family’s tradition of baking birthday cakes for Yom Haatzmaut started innocently enough.

    On our first Israeli Independence Day as Israelis, in 2001, my husband and I wanted the kids to really appreciate the concept of the birth of the State of Israel. They were young, and we...

  • Should we fear BDS?

    April 30, 2014 | 10:40 am

    The movement to promote Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), is both old and new, simple and complex, effective and a failure, a danger and an opportunity. 

    While various Arab-led initiatives to boycott Israel go back decades, BDS was born 13 years ago, in the summer of 2001....

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  • Triple threat: ‘Greatest generation’ zionist is veteran of three wars

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 30, 2014 | 10:24 am

    When Moshe Brodetzky left City College of New York (CCNY) to enter the military as World War II was raging, he ended up in Officer Candidate School (OCS), where he made no secret of his Jewishness.

    “We had to practice calling out to guys at an adjoining hill,” Brodetzky recalled....

  • L.A. set to celebrate Israel, Jewish community

    April 18, 2013 | 11:12 am

    This year’s Celebrate Israel Independence Day festival will feature plenty of stars when it takes place on April 21, but only one has plans to actually spend time in outer space.

    It’s not quite the Apollo 11 spacecraft — which took Neil Armstrong to his lunar landing — but the...

  • Mazel Tov, Israel; Shalom, Mayor Villaraigosa

    By Ryan Torok

    April 18, 2013 | 11:00 am

    Photographs of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa play on a large screen. In one photograph, he’s with Israeli President Shimon Peres. In others, he is visiting the Western Wall, walking at a kibbutz and greeting Israeli soldiers.

    Meanwhile, Villaraigosa, in the flesh, is...

  • A Sephardic S.Y. Agnon

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 18, 2013 | 10:50 am

    In current discourses on modern Israeli literature, the names Oz, Yehoshua and Grossman typically dominate the discussion. But how often do we hear the name Haim Sabato? Who is Sabato, and why is his writing often compared to Nobel Prize-winning Israeli author S.Y. Agnon?

    When I...

  • Rereading Leon Uris’ ‘Exodus’ a disquieting experience

    April 18, 2013 | 10:38 am

    In preparation for Israel’s 65th birthday, I recently reread Leon Uris’ novel “Exodus” — and found it disturbing and unsettling in many ways.

    I first read the book in 1970, around the time of my first visit to Israel, and fell in love both with the book and the country. I was...

  • This week in power: Marathom bombing, French rabbi, Class assignment, Independence Day

    By Danny Groner

    April 18, 2013 | 3:15 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Boston bombings
    After Monday's bombings in Boston, everyone is looking for hope and answers. For some, that's come in the heroism that followed. "This is what first responders do....

  • Israel observes Memorial Day with siren, ceremonies

    April 15, 2013 | 7:40 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a national memorial ceremony for Israel's fallen soldiers that no one will succeed in destroying Israel.

    "Since the birth of the State of Israel, many have tried to destroy it. They will never succeed. The IDF is stronger than...

  • A novel meeting of Israeli, Socal culinary worlds

    April 10, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Given the similarities between their respective climates and diverse populations, the food cultures of Israel and Southern California would seem to have much in common. Chefs Assaf Granit and Uri Navon of Jerusalem’s lauded Machneyuda restaurant are about to find out firsthand...

  • Happily, the Independence Day battle is far from over

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 13, 2012 | 9:58 am

    Note to readers: a shorter and earlier version of this article appeared in the ‎International Herald Tribune / New York Times. It can be read independently, but will ‎be even more interesting to those following our Great Independence Day Debate series ‎of letters.

    The...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 7

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 11, 2012 | 4:00 pm

    This the seventh letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel. Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    The letter comes from Udi Lion, a graduate of Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem and the director of special...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 6

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 8, 2012 | 8:32 am

    This the sixth letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel. Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    The letter comes from Yossi Tsuria, an expert in software security, advisory board ‎member at Citala Ltd and former...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 5

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 4, 2012 | 11:23 am

    This the fifth letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel.  Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    The fifth letter is by Rabbi Yehuda Brandes, head of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and Leadership, and...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 4

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2012 | 1:22 pm

    This the fourth letter in a debate on changing the date of Independence Day in Israel.  Readers who are not yet familiar with the debate can read more about it here.

    Letter 4 is by Rabbi Dr. Michael Avraham, a lecturer at Bar-Ilan University and former teacher at the Yerucham Hesder...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letters 2 and 3‎

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 31, 2012 | 7:47 am

    Two weeks ago, a ministerial committee in Israel approved a legislative proposal that ‎‎would anchor Israel’s Independence Day to a certain day of the week (Thursday), ‎instead of it ‎being celebrated on the anniversary of the country’s independence - the ‎fifth day of...

  • The great Independence Day debate: Letter 1

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 29, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Two weeks ago, a ministerial committee in Israel approved a legislative proposal that ‎would anchor Israel’s Independence Day to a certain day of the week (Thursday), instead of it ‎being celebrated on the anniversary of the country’s independence - the fifth day of ‎the...

  • Peres sends warning on Israeli Independence Day

    April 26, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres offered a warning to Israel’s enemies on the occasion of Israeli Independence Day.

    “To those who are now threatening Israel I say, don’t repeat the mistakes of your predecessors,” Peres said Thursday in a speech at an annual ceremony bestowing honors...

  • April 26, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 26, 2012 | 6:15 am

    Yes, Israel will still be around in another 64 years, but we need to change our ways

    Israeli Nobel winner Daniel ‎Schechtman talks to David Horowitz of the Times of Israel about how he sees education as key to a successful future for the Jewish ‎state.‎

    Salaries are low and...

  • Guess who’s bringing the Israel Festival back?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 25, 2012 | 5:12 pm

    One adult ticket to this Sunday’s newly relaunched Celebrate Israel Festival in Rancho Park (purchased online in advance): $15.

    Transforming the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center for the Israel-themed blowout party, the biggest of its kind in the United States: $800,000 and...

  • April 25, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 25, 2012 | 3:18 am

    An eyewitness account of the 1948 battle for Jerusalem

    Matti Friedman of the Times of Israel presents a glimpse into the journal of British ‎clergyman Hugh Jones, who remained in Jerusalem as the fight for control of the city ‎waged around him.  ‎

    Report of a two-hour cease...

  • Egypt’s new politics make Israel ties a target

    April 24, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    To mark the day Egypt regained control of the Sinai peninsula from Israel, a group of protesters pledged they would this week cover a memorial to Israelis killed in the war with an Egyptian flag bearing the words: “Sinai - the invaders’ graveyard.”

    The gesture will be one of the...

  • As Milken School prepares for independence, four administrators plan to depart

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 4, 2012 | 2:15 pm

    One year after the plan was first announced, the boards of Milken Community High School and Stephen S. Wise Temple have finalized the terms of the agreement that will sever the ties between the 750-student middle and high school and the large Reform synagogue that established it more...

  • 24 Hours in Tel Aviv

    September 20, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    It is the 3rd of April around 10 P.M. and the city of Tel Aviv is more alive than ever. People are walking the streets, laughing and talking. Then suddenly a siren sounds, and the city freezes. It is Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of...

  • Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise in Jerusalem, West Bank as Nakba Day nears

    May 13, 2011 | 8:00 am

    Israel Defense Force soldiers and Palestinians clashed on Friday throughout the West Bank, days before planned demonstrations to commemorate the Nakba.

    Mild clashes between the IDF and Palestinians erupted in Jerusalem on Friday morning, in Silwan, Isawiya and in the Old City....

  • L.A. Consulate’s Yom HaAtzmaut program: Entertainment, pols, supporters

    By Tom Tugend

    May 11, 2011 | 5:35 pm

    Twelve national and international television crews, plus another dozen photographers and print reporters jostled for positions Tuesday evening May 10 to cover the Israel Independence Day celebration hosted by the country’s Consul General Jacob Dayan in Los Angeles.

    Dayan and his...

  • Chabad rabbis denounce one of their own for lighting torch at Israel Independence Day ceremony

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 10, 2011 | 1:30 pm

    A group of Chabad rabbis in Israel this week signed a letter denouncing one of their own for lighting a torch in the State of Israel’s official Yom Ha’atzmaut celebration.

    While Chabad has a strong presence in Israel, the movement has complicated relationship with modern political...

  • Obama on Israel Independence Day: "legitimate aspirations" will lead to peace

    May 10, 2011 | 10:34 am

    The achievement of the Palestinians “legitimate aspirations” will make the Middle East more peaceful and prosperous, President Obama said in his message for Israel’s Independence Day.

    “This is a period of profound change in the Middle East and North Africa, as people across the...

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