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The Error of “Safety Through Solidarity”

The notion of “safety through solidarity” asserts that Jews can mitigate any potential animosity directed toward them in a community by simply engaging more positively with this community.

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Rabbis of LA | Repairing the World With Paul Kipnes

When Rabbi Paul Kipnes was a teenager, he met rabbis who inspired him and started him on his spiritual journey.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is planning to retire this year, according to multiple news reports.

History Lessons: America’s New Antisemitism Begins with Cultural Erasure of American Jews

As a Muslim woman committed to combating radical Islam, also known as Islamism, I research contemporary antisemitism, particularly Islamist antisemitism.

An Interview With My Iranian Mother

Last week, my mother celebrated her birthday, motivating me to interview her and to dedicate this column to the woman with whom I continue to share ties that bind, and yes, sometimes gag.

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The anti-Zionist motivated verbal harassment of Jewish and pro-Israel students is generally treated as free speech and ignored or downplayed by school administrators, while similarly harassing speech directed at other minority groups is addressed promptly and vigorously, with the harassers duly disciplined.
A slew of flyers that seem to be accusing Jews of being tied to the anti-vaccine movement were found at multiple schools in Santa Monica on January 13.

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Rabbi Karen Fox, One of the First Woman Rabbis

In 1978, Rabbi Karen Fox became the fifth woman rabbi in the United States.

UC Regents Members Call UCLA Asian American Studies Dept. Statement Accusing Israel of “Yellow-Washing” “Inappropriate”

University of California (UC) Board of Regents members Jonathan Sures and Sherry Lansing called the UCLA Asian-American Studies (AAS) Department’s May 2021 statement accusing...

RFK Jr. Apologizes for Anne Frank Reference During Anti-Vaxx Mandate Rally

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. issued an apology after making a reference to Anne Frank during a January 23 rally in Washington, D.C. against COVID-19 vaccine mandates, The Hill reported.

We Need an Eleventh Commandment – Do Not Fear: A Rabbi’s Sermon

The events in Colleyville were sobering, but not surprising.  

Rosner’s Domain: Fear, Connection, Distance

Those who are not connected to the community also do not see the need for it.

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Why I Love Cops More Than Ever

By compelling spineless leaders across the country to diminish our law enforcement, would-be revolutionaries got a lot more than they bargained for.

The Hostage Crisis and My Conversation with God

If worrying were an Olympic event, Jews would always carry home the gold like Kenyans almost always win the Boston Marathon.

The Fight Over Roe

The United States commemorated the 49th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s seminal Roe v. Wade decision last weekend.

Grateful for Gratitude

I used to complain constantly. When I’d wake up in the morning after a bad night of sleep and stub my toe on the way to the bathroom, I’d think “here we go,” and decide that everything else that day was going to go wrong as well. 

Five Lessons from Colleyville

I, for one, am treating the hostage attack in Colleyville as if Jews had been killed, because they easily could have, and as a reminder to not brush off this moment of time in American Jewish history.

Spinning Thread vs. Spinning Tales: Agnon’s Spin on Desecrating Shabbat

Every Friday afternoon before Shabbat, S.Y. Agnon would prepare a sign to hang on his front door.

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Netanyahu Says He Won’t Agree to Plea Deal Barring Him from Public Office

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in a January 24 video that he has not agreed to a plea deal that would bar him from public office for seven years.

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My Kosher Tailgate Ritual

There’s not much that can make me schlep on the 405 South on Sunday afternoons amidst the traffic pileup from the weekly invasion of local beaches.

The Tuskegee Airmen and the Bombing of Auschwitz

What is not widely known is that the history of the Tuskegee pilots is connected to the controversy over the Roosevelt administration’s refusal to bomb Auschwitz. 

“It Is Burning”: A Reminder of our Past and Present

The sad truth is that antisemitism has reared its ugly head in the United States and around the world in recent decades and not only has it happened more often, but also it has become normalized, ignored, forgiven.

The Farmer’s Market Still Delivers

The Farmer’s Market, now surrounded by the razzle-dazzle Grove shopping center, has been a source of solace for me since I moved to LA in the early eighties.

From Santa Monica to Colleyville

The devil went down to Texas last weekend, but on the way, he stopped in Santa Monica. 

JJ Podcast Network

Do Jew Haters Deserve to See Us Afraid?

 Listen to the full episode on any of your favorite podcast platforms! Does it help the fight against antisemitism to show the haters your fears?...

Mindy and Mandy Moved Us While Oscars Snoozed Us

After briefly breaking down the Oscars, the Bagels compare it to the Jewish community after COVID (of course) and wonder if the trailers for "In The...

Rabbi Doctor Daniel Friedman: Talmud For Regular Folks

Author and speaker Daniel Friedman shares transformative wisdom from our Sages, as well as surprising research from his doctoral thesis on American Christian attitudes...

Leah and Menachem Gottesman: Not At Risk

Shmuel Rosner chats with Leah and Menachem Gottesman about their book: "Not at Risk: Education as a Work of Heart." Follow Shmuel Rosner on Twitter.

This Isn’t About Kamala, It’s About America

I was sad to hear about Kamala Harris and the student incident. Not because I’m worried about the support for Israel, but because I’m worried about the state of America.

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Writer Ann Goldstein on “Always Remember Your Name”

The renowned Jewish translator of “Always Remember Your Name,” Ann Goldstein, was introduced to the sisters’ story at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

A Jewish Family and a Sikh Family Swap Homes in New Show

A new NBC show about families of different backgrounds switching homes, “Home Sweet Home,” may sound like reality television, but the Peacock network describes it as a “social experiment.” 

Jewish Women’s Repertory Company Creates Songs from Home

When a worldwide lockdown takes you away from something you love, what do you do? Simple. You find a way to do it anyway.

Martin Kove, from Brooklyn to the Wild West and “Cobra Kai”

Don’t tell actor Martin Kove that he plays the villain in the Netflix series, “Cobra Kai.”

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