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December 19, 2013

The North Korea Dennis Rodman will never see

North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un had a problem. Seems he’s been taking a lot of heat lately for having Jang Song Thaek, his uncle and mentor, arrested, publicly humiliated in front of the country’s ruling elite, called out as a traitor, put on trial and executed- all with the lightening speed of an NBA All-Star fast-break.

Jews and Muslims, their common threads

The encounter between Jews and Muslims, which began during the lifetime of Mohammed, has never been without tensions and conflicts, perhaps never more so than today. “A History of Jewish-Muslim Relations: From the Origins to the Present Day” (Princeton University Press, $75), edited by Abdelwahab Meddeb and Benjamin Stora, is an ambitious and highly successful effort at what the publishers call “the ‘biography’ of a living and complex relationship.”

Venice Beach shul the focus of TV reality series

The film crew captured members of the Pacific Jewish Center (PJC) — known as The Shul on the Beach — praying during Friday night services. Except it wasn’t Friday night.

10 Secrets to a Happy 2014

Every marker of time can teach a lesson and serve as a reminder of life’s fragile and transitory nature. The poignancy of that message can be particularly felt as we welcome in yet another new year. So, ponder this: Think of the calendar and the rapid passing of days as a rallying call to live life more fully.

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