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Monday, October 26, 2020

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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...

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...

How The First Verses of the Torah Came to be Written – A Conjecture

“How did things get this way?” is probably one of the first things that ancient human beings asked. Not most of them, for sure....

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....

Perspective Home Shalom Toolkit

Henry Good, Teen Consultant with Home Shalom What do we see and how do we see it? Perspective is an extremely important part of life,...

Joel Miller on His New Book ‘Memoir Of A Roadie,’ Judaism’s Role In His Career

Now into my late 30s, I have been writing articles and conducting interviews for over 20 years. In turn, whether I like or not,...

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...

FOX News Comes to Germany in Time for Elections

In February 2019, Germany’s independent Jewish monthly, Juedische Rundschau, published an open letter to then Ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, pleading with him to help concerned Germans...

Face Masks at Jewish Preschool? That’s it, That’s the Torah

This school year my son’s Jewish preschool is teaching the 3 and 4 year old students the entire Torah. Each morning from 9am-Noon they...

Israel and Azerbaijan: Setting the Facts Straight

For several weeks, I have been seeing articles published by the Armenian lobby that make a great attempt to diminish the deep and lasting...

A Moment in Time: Eye See!

Dear all, I saw a reflection of myself in my daughter the other day. It made me think deeply about what it must be like...

Israel Must Aim for Net-Zero Emissions

One of Israel's primary goals should be to quit fossil fuels and create an economy with zero emissions by 2050. That is the dominant...

I’ve Loved Her Since Before the Garden – A poem for Torah Portion B’reishit

a man shall leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. When I got married, we had an...

Hello Street Cleaning, Goodbye Mosquitos

Helpful storytime with Boaz. So, today after many many months, street cleaning in L.A. is restarting. So move your cars or get a ticket. But...

Karabakh: 30 Years of Occupation and Displacement

It has been 28 years since I was captured by the invaders, held captive and brutalized in the worst ways imaginable in a torture...

Facebook Redefines Line Between ‘Freedom of Speech’ and ‘Horror of Holocaust’

Eleven years ago, Brian Cuban, Dallas attorney, author, and brother to Mark Cuban, blasted Facebook publicly for “promoting and encouraging hatred,” following a conversation...

A Moment in Time: Spread Over Us Your Sukkah of Peace

Dear all, During the Festival of Sukkot, we build these temporary structures that symbolize our homes. The image of the Sukkah appears in our liturgy...

Kick ‘em in the where? – A poem for Torah Portion Vezot Habracha

May the Lord …strike the loins of those who rise up against him and his enemies, so that they will not recover. Once in the Chicago...

Resilience, Empathy And Bullying Prevention

Last year in the United States one in five students reported being bullied. Kids miss school because of bullying, but even when they are...

Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp Founder David Fishof on His Jewish Roots

Whether he is producing a tour, assembling an “All-Starr” band, or writing a best-selling book, there is one thing David Fishof is always doing,...

Home Shalom Monday Message #26

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

The Anti-Defamation League’s CEO Jonathan Greenblatt Wants to Take Us Back to Our Roots and ‘Remember Why We Are Here Today’

For years, Facebook’s algorithms have been criticized by privacy enthusiasts, regulators, businesses, and of course impacted users--and most recently, musicians who will soon be...

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...

Music for the Plants – Is it a Sustainable Way to Boost Crop Production?

Can music be utilized to increase agricultural yields and feed the world's ever-growing population? Israeli scientists weigh in on the matter.

Iconic Photographer Mark ‘Weissguy’ Weiss On His New Book ‘The Decade That Rocked’

Mark “Weissguy” Weiss got his start in photography as a teenager in the 1970s in Matawan, New Jersey. After getting his first camera in trade for...

Will Israel Buy Jordanian Green Electricity in the Future?

Following the stir caused by the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, an initiative to purchase renewable energy from Jordan has...

Musings from the Bunker #200

Friends, It’s hard to believe it’s been 200 days of Musings from the Bunker.  The world of 200 days ago certainly looked different than it...

Thank God For Animation

I'm going to write a ridiculous "I'm grateful" piece, but I actually mean it seriously. So I'm a TV person in addition to a movie...

I am a Winner! We Said Go Travel News Sept 2020

Sept News 2020 with We Said Go Travel: I was honored to win in the Southern California...

New Articles

Anti-Semitism in the United States: New Facts About (Mostly) Feelings

Last week, the American Jewish Committee released only half of its annual survey of American Jewish opinion. It was mostly about American politics, Trump...

Israeli Cabinet Ratifies UAE Deal, Submits Bahrain Agreement to Knesset

JNS — The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday ratified the peace agreement with the United Arab Emirates and also approved the submission of the peace...

Israel’s Elbit Systems Supplies Advanced Night Vision Tech to US Army

With its high-tech developments in operation around the world, including in use by 15 NATO members, Elbit’s newest systems provide automatic visual warnings about tall obstacles, and combines outer and inner data into a single seamless image seen by the pilots.

U.S. and Bahrain Agree to MOU Saying Anti-Zionism is Anti-Semitism

On October 23, the United States and Bahrain signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that included a statement about anti-Zionism being anti-Semitism. The MOU stated...

Israeli Arabs Remain Divided Over Normalization Deals with Gulf States

JNS — The Joint Arab List was alone in voting against the normalization deal with the United Arab Emirates in the Knesset, upsetting many...

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