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Election night: a look at a congressional legend

November 6, 2012
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From 7 a.m. today until 8 p.m. tonight, millions of Americans will engage in their ultimate civic duty and vote for the president of the United States and various other local politicians and initiatives. While it would be foolhardy to project the results of the presidential race prior to polling results, the local congressional race […]

New man on campus: Rabbi Avner Engel, JAM’s latest addition

November 4, 2012
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The pitter-patter of tiny feet thundering upon a polished wood floor — socks and little legs moving as fast as the laws of physics can carry them — sound in the sparsely-furnished room. Little trains chug soundlessly on the left cuff of the one-year-old’s jeans as he giggles across the room, running from his father […]

Posted in: Campus News, Feature

First Farsi Holocaust text connects Iranians to Jewish history

November 1, 2012
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On October 14, I was privileged to be a student delegate at 30 Years After’s 3rd Biennial Conference. 30 Years After is the civic and political voice of America’s Iranian Jews, the first and only organization of its kind. The group seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilize the Iranian Jewish community through civic action conferences, […]

Deflection of political criticism leads to unfriendly international neighborhoods

October 30, 2012
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Many of Israel’s ardent defenders would sooner point to injustices taking place in other Middle Eastern countries than entertain the idea of having a discussion about what the Jewish State is doing right and what it is doing wrong. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, the argument goes. In a region of […]

Posted in: Israel, Opinion, Politics

Israel and apartheid: a lesson in the risks of media bias

October 28, 2012
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For Israel, a country trapped under the brutally judgmental microscope of global scrutiny, public image is everything. A recent poll published on October 23, 2012 by Haaretz (a leading Israeli news source), and its accompanying piece by Israeli journalist Gideon Levy, is undoubtedly a leap in the wrong direction. The survey, reportedly conducted by the […]

Anti-Semitic graffiti “un-Kiwi?”

October 25, 2012
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Sprayed in black, the swastikas show up clearly against the pale gray tombstones in a historic Auckland, New Zealand cemetery, where vagrants drift and troublemakers lurk. The Hebrew words meaning May his/her soul be bound into the bond of life identify the graves as the resting places of Jews. Over twenty stone-pillared monuments were vandalized […]

Posted in: Jewish Society

Kosher Korner: Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 23, 2012
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Despite the sweltering LA weather, it is indeed fall.  What better way to usher in autumn than with a delicious pumpkin spice latte? Although many coffee shops offer tasty fall drinks, it’s often difficult to find kosher options and even more of a challenge to afford specialty drinks on a college budget. Fret not! With […]

Blurring democracy: the Orthodox vision of respecting women

October 21, 2012
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It was my first time at the Western Wall. It should have been a beautiful and emotional moment, one that allowed me to connect to the history of the Jewish people. And yet, something irked me. Perhaps it was the shoulder and knee coverings I was required to wear in the brutal heat. Perhaps I […]

Inked: a living Holocaust memorial

October 18, 2012
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In Zakhor, the famous commentary on Jewish history and memory, historian Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi writes, “Only in Israel and nowhere else is the injunction to remember felt as a religious imperative to an entire people.” Confluent with that statement is the fact that many of the Jewish people’s most haunting moments have been institutionalized, woven […]

Posted in: History, Opinion

Yiddishkayt’s Helix Project: a modern adventure into the forgotten Yiddish past

October 16, 2012
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Cobblestone paths and narrowly winding streets. Freshly painted yellow buildings and crumbling courtyards boarded up in disrepair. Vilnius, summer 2012, or as the Yiddish speaking Jewish population called it prior to World War II, Vilna, the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Ten people walked together, running their hands along forgotten walls and snapping close-up pictures of white […]

Ultra-Orthodox Jews, unemployment rates, and the Israeli economy

September 13, 2012
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As Americans and inevitable participants in this country’s financial infrastructure, we are all acutely aware of the unforgiving crisis engulfing the economy of the United States and spreading to the rest of the world. In the wake of the ailing economy, “unemployment” is a term that has slithered its way out of economics textbooks and […]

Posted in: Israel, Opinion, Politics

‘Outfitters’ of outrage: Urban Outfitters sells ‘Holocaust t-shirt’ and offends

September 13, 2012
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Popular retailer Urban Outfitters is known for catering to the so-called ‘hipster’ culture, and it does so by incorporating influences from past decades into their vintage, bohemian, and retro clothing lines. According to the company’s website, Urban Outfitters’ “established ability to…connect with [customers] on an emotional level is the reason for [its] success.” One particular […]

The Olive Tree Initiative’s ‘Month of Ideas’: conflict education through humor, food, and constant debate

September 13, 2012
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Throughout the month of May, the Olive Tree Initiative at UCLA planned a series of events aimed at educating the campus community and offering a forum for civil discourse and debate about international conflict resolution. These events attracted students of various backgrounds, as well as non-student community members. For many of the attendees, discussing controversial, […]

Posted in: Community, Education, UCLA

Answering the call: Jerusalem Online U as a supplementary education for college students and beyond

September 13, 2012
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"Israel Inside/Out" is one of the four courses JOU offers to college students.

The Problem: anti-Semitism on American university campuses In order to make life a little simpler and to make sense of a chaotic world, humans subconsciously overlook pressing problems, preventing themselves from seeing the harsh reality in front of them and focusing on a delusional form of safety instead. We can no longer ignore the growing […]

Reading Yeshayahu Leibowitz: a Jewish philosophy for the twenty-first century

September 13, 2012
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Questions about Judaism’s place within Israeli society have been around since before the existence of the Jewish state, but there have been few coherent answers put forward. One of the most outspoken voices on this issue, as well as others relating to Jewish identity in the State-of-Israel era, was the scientist, teacher, and philosopher Yeshayahu […]

Sikhs, Semites, and the Ignorance Problem

August 7, 2012
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VIDEO: Fox Host Asks About Anti-Semitism At Sikh Temple Following the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, Fox News host Gregg Jarrett asked a nephew of one of the victims, “Have there been any prior acts of violence against members of the temple? Any anti-Semitic acts?” Was this a side-effect of Fox News’ habitual […]

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Check out our Winter 2012 issue on Issuu!

June 10, 2012
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>>Ha’Am Winter 2012: Difficult Questions<<

Berman v. Sherman: Which Jew will take the 30th district?

June 5, 2012
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Here’s a link to our cheat sheet on the differences and similarities between Congressmen Brad Sherman and Howard Berman — two incumbent Jews vying for California’s 30th District (San Fernando Valley): >>Sherman vs. Berman<<

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