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Friday, October 30, 2020

U.K. Labour Party Suspends Jeremy Corbyn Over Anti-Semitism Report

The United Kingdom’s Labour Party suspended former party leader Jeremy Corbyn on October 29 following the release of the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report stating that the...

Tisha B'Av

Trump’s Jewish Outreach Point Man Makes His Pitch

Boris Epshteyn, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump and co-chair of Jewish Voices for Trump, shared the Trump campaign’s pitch to the Jewish...

Amal and George Clooney Honored at Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance 2020 Gala

The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance honored Amal and George Clooney with the 2020 Humanitarian Award at its virtual gala on Oct. 28.  Hosted...

Why I Get Out the Vote for My Patients

My family and my career would not be affected much by the outcome of an election. What gets me out and knocking on doors are the healthcare needs of my own patients and millions like them across the country.

Digital Platform Blends Technology and Spirituality for Easy Online Services

In 2011, Rabbi Daniel Medwin had an idea to digitize prayerbooks and project them onto a screen using a PowerPoint slideshow format. He never...

Pandemic Times
COVID19

If your side wins, don’t crow. If your side loses, don’t cry. Whatever you do, hate quietly. Our country is going through a divisive and traumatic period, but we’ve seen worse and we will muddle through.

Top Stories

Adherents to Faith-Based Diplomacy See Political Boost for Israel

The Media Line: Josh Reinstein is the author of Titus, Trump and the Triumph of Israel, a new book just out on the power of...

60 Years of Voting, 60 Years of the American Way

This year marks the 17th presidential election in which my vote will be counted. The first was the year of Kennedy versus Nixon — 1960. It was a big year for me. I became a wife. I began my career as an educator. I turned 21. And I voted.

The Certainty of My Vote for Joe Biden

The American people are in a strange place this fall, days before election day. We are living through five crises simultaneously. A health crisis. An...

Columnists

I Did Something Really Weird Last Night: I Went Out

This is one way the quarantine year of 2020 has changed us: The most normal thing can feel like a big deal.

The Fragility of Art During COVID-19

I'm sure most my singer colleagues will agree: to sing for a live audience is hushed and sacred in the best of times. In COVID...

What Happened When a High School Offered a Conservative Video

As far as HuffPost and the rest of the American left are concerned, no non-left-wing idea should be allowed to enter an American school. Not even for five minutes.

One Debate Line that Biden Would Like to Have Back

In politics, you don’t win a debate by actually winning a debate. Rather, you win a debate by producing a moment, some type of face-to-face encounter or memorable declaration that will be repeated in news coverage and in digital media.

A Children’s Jewish Book that Addresses Parental Conversion

Midrash Tanhuma (Lech Lecha 6:32) states, “Dearer to God than all of the Israelites who stood at Mount Sinai is the convert. Had the...

Israel

A Glimpse Into a Second Trump Term

While we have a demonstrative four year record on Israel, the Palestinians, and the wider Middle East that will not shift course, there are a few elements of a second Trump term that will be different than the first, with the groundwork now beginning to be laid.

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The Simple Mindset Change That Would Transform the Israel-Diaspora Relationship

American and Israeli Jews have a sharp difference of opinion about President Trump, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and what it means to be Jewish....

Dueling Definitions: Philo-Semitism vs. Anti-Semitism

As Arab nations from the Persian Gulf to Sudan begin to collaborate with the Jewish people to replace hate with hope and mutual respect, some occupants in academic ivory towers have no intention of legitimizing the Jewish state or demanding accountability from students or faculty who abuse Jewish students and other Zionists.

Prop 14: “Don’t Stand Idly By”

At the very heart of our Biblical tradition is this commandment from the Book of Leviticus: “You shall not stand idly by the blood...

Biden Illuminates FDR’s Relationship with Nazis

Regardless of the outcome of next week’s election, former Vice President Joe Biden will have the distinction of being the first American presidential candidate...

We Can’t Allow Zoom to Take Over Judaism: Why Leaders Must Think Out of the Digital Box

Rabbis and local leaders need to create multiple opportunities for people to meet safely and to stay connected to the very idea of human connection. As we continue riding our digital runaway train, we are getting further and further away from the real stuff of life that no Zoom call can ever replace.

JJ Podcast Network

Pandemic Times Episode 100: Who’s Better for Israel, Trump or Biden?

New David Suissa Podcast Every Tuesday and Friday. A conversation with political editor Shmuel Rosner on the upcoming U.S election, a new survey on anti-Semitism...

Good Grief! It’s Our Bagelversary!

 It's our first Bagelversary! The Bagels have been podcasting for a year now (check out last year's Halloween episode for our humble beginnings and...

Rabbi Reuven Wolf: Who Is The Jewish Messiah and When Is He Coming?

Rabbi Reuven Wolf of Maayon Yisroel Chassidic Center, takes us deep into Jewish mysticism as Sal and his rabbi explore some tough questions: Why...

Chuck Freilich: The future of the US Israel connection

Shmuel Rosner and Chuck Freilich discuss what moves the future president should make regarding America's relationship with Israel and more... Professor Chuck Freilich, a former...

Black Flags And Pink Bandanas

Two months ago, against the backdrop of a global pandemic, a subsequent economic crisis and a prime minister accused of corruption, thousands of Israelis...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Lech Lecha with Dvir Cahana

Dvir Cahana is a rabbi in training at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and began performing Jewish hip hop with his high school group, Les Miz-R-Achim,...

JJ Bloggers

Neighbors – a poem for Torah portion Lech Lecha

Please let there be no quarrel between me and between you… Please part from me; if left, I will go right, and if ...

Armenia’s deadly attacks on Azerbaijani civilians must stop

It is difficult to put into words how I am feeling today, a day that follows several weeks of indiscriminate shelling of bullets and...

Birthday Wishes We Said Go Travel News Oct 2020

Oct News 2020 with We Said Go Travel: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, I have been in Los Angeles...

Home Shalom Monday Message #28

Home Shalom promotes healthy relationships and facilitates the creation of judgement free, safe spaces in the Jewish community. Home Shalom is a program of...

PLEASE VOTE NOW 2020

Make your voice count and be heard. VOTE NOW in the USA Presidential Election. It is...

A Moment in Time: The Ten Qualities I Expect in my President

Dear all, Earlier this week, Ron and I sat down to cast our votes in the upcoming election. While we poured over the many propositions...

Glaciers, Cats and Covid (Oh, My) – a poem for Torah Portion Noach

Everything that had the breath of the spirit of life in its nostrils, of all that were on the dry land, died. I like a Torah...

Culture
Culture

Oscar Isaac to Play Jewish Superhero

Oscar Isaac, who portrayed an Israeli Mossad agent in “Operation Finale” in 2018, will star in the Disney+ series “Moon Knight” as a Jewish superhero, based on a Marvel...

Award-winning Documentary ‘The Last Sermon’ Set for Digital Release (with VIDEO)

THE MEDIA LINE — The award-winning documentary film The Last Sermon is set to premiere on digital platforms on December 15, Gravitas Ventures, a...

Jon Stewart to Return to TV in Apple TV+ Series

Emmy-winning writer producer, director and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart will return to television with a new one-hour, multi-season current affairs series for Apple...

Adam Sandler Goes to Space in Netflix Film

Adam Sandler, now starring in “Hubie Halloween” for Netflix, is going to space in his next movie for the streamer. He’ll play an troubled...

L.A. Stories

Armenian protest in Los Angeles equates Israel to Nazi Germany

This week, Armenian Youth Federation - a youth wing of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation - staged a protest against Israel in front of the...

Traffic Lights – It’s A Dirty Job, But Somebody’s Gotta Do It

Good news for people living in my neighborhood! The traffic light on Crescent Heights and Olympic has always been a bit of a Shabbat nightmare....

Los Angeles Teens Changing the World: Tikkun Olam

Last year, I was honored to participate as a mentor in The Julie Beren Platt Teen Innovation Grants which are part of...

Hollywood

Lawsuit Filed Over ‘Borat’ Sequel Synagogue Scene Dismissed

Sacha Baron Cohen’s hilarious “Borat Subsequent Movie Film” is a smash hit for Amazon, but not everyone is laughing, including unsuspecting civilians who were...

Jewish Celebrities and ‘Saturday Night Seder” Get Out the Young Vote for Biden

Jewish celebrities and cast members from “Saturday Night Seder” are teaming up Oct. 26 with Young Jewish Americans for Biden to make sure everyone votes by Nov. 3.

Sacha Baron Cohen Exposes Anti-Semitism, Skewers Trump in ‘Borat Subsequent Movie Film’

Fourteen years since first punking unsuspecting Americans and exposing their prejudices in “Borat,” Sacha Baron Cohen returns to the role of Kazakh journalist Borat...

Table For Five

Table for Five: Lech Lecha

Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist I will not take so much as a thread or a sandal strap from what is yours, so...

Table for Five: Noach

Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And I will establish My covenant with you, and you shall enter the ark, with your sons, your...

Table for Five: Bereshit

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist When God began to create heaven and earth — the earth being astonishingly empty,...

A Bisl Torah

Those Shtiebel Moments

A dear congregant gifted me a beautiful memoir about her father growing up in Poland during the Shoah. Prior to the onset of the...

Taco Tuesday

Our family members went around the table to discuss their favorite Jewish holidays. I love Sukkot. Our older children gave solid explanations for Hanukkah...

Is the Roof Falling In?

My husband, Rabbi Erez Sherman, and I developed a new routine upon entering and sitting in our sukkah. We look around, sideways and, eventually,...

Poetry
Poetry

Poem: Lech Lecha

Consider the very first Jew – Abraham. Not even his name when the whole thing started. Had a reputation. The kind of kid   who would destroy the family business. out of principle. Married...

Voting is Holy: A Reflection and a Prayer

A Reflection: Life's paradox and promise: continuity across time, minute modifications day by day, as living things reinvent themselves in a flow that shifts caterpillars into butterflies tadpoles into leaping frogs....

Poem: Noach

It’s not a good sign when already in chapter two everything gets destroyed. It’s the same way with my son and the instructions-less Lego sets. He builds and builds and...

Poem: Bereshit

In the beginning God made everything.  According to scientists, the beginning took billions of years.    I’ve taken to counting my ribs.  I want there to be one less...

My Papa’s Imprint On Me

His head hovered above a massive bowl of milk eddies and lingering crumbs. I observed him as he watched spirals of pink, orange, and brown collide...

Jews In The World

The Jewish Scientists Who Found the Keys to Our Body’s Defenses

Jewish scientists were monumental in understanding the body.

Meet the Jewish Parents of Superman and Wonder Woman

Jewish scientists were monumental in understanding the universe.

Sephardic Spice Girls

Rice Is Nice With Everything

Someone once said that rice is the food equivalent of khaki pants—it goes with anything. Anthropologists are divided over whether the popular Asian rice we...

The Shepherd’s Pie Tradition

Every Friday morning, my phone would ring. “Boker Tov!” my grandmother would greet me. “You’re coming for dinner?” “Of course,” I would reply. “You’re making Shepherd’s Pie?”...

The Robust and Zesty Soup You Will Fall In Love With

Recently, when Rachel and I did a Zoom cooking demonstration for the young women of the Jewish Federation’s Emerging Philanthropists group, I was really...

Comforts of Home

Make Vintage Botanical Cards with Old Dictionary Pages

At least once a month, I realize it’s someone’s birthday and that I have totally forgotten about it. Instead of rushing to the store...

Decorate Your Sukkah With Paper Bag Stars

These bold, beautiful Sukkot decorations made out of paper lunch bags measure 20 inches across, so they make quite an impact.

Break the Fast with Jonah and the Whale Placemats

After reading the story of Jonah on Yom Kippur, what better way to break the fast than with a meal featuring these Jonah and the Whale placemats? 

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