April 18, 2009 |
Gregory Cochran has always been drawn to puzzles. This one had been gnawing at him for several years: Why are European Jews prone to so many deadly genetic diseases? Tay-Sachs disease. Canavan disease. More than a dozen more. It offended Cochran's sense of logic. Natural selection, the self-taught genetics buff knew, should flush dangerous DNA from the gene pool. Perhaps the mutations causing these diseases had some other, beneficial purpose. But what?
October 4, 2013
Re "Jewish secularism rising," Oct. 1 Jews are not merely a religion; Jews are a people. As a people, they have diverse backgrounds, and one can be Jewish without membership in a synagogue. However, synagogue membership helps bind one to the Jewish people. A problem for many Jews is the word "religious. " One can be a member of a synagogue and not be religious at all. Judaism's major problem today is presented in this article: what to do about women and men who marry non-Jews.
March 5, 2011
In his latest book, "Jesus of Nazareth, Part II," Pope Benedict XVI says that the Jews, as a people, did not kill Jesus. This is ? fortunately ? not a new pronouncement from the Roman Catholic Church. For more than four decades, it has been officially condemning anti-Semitism and rejecting any interpretation of the New Testament that held all Jews, then or now, responsible for the death of Jesus. Since Vatican II's landmark 1965 declaration on Catholicism and non-Christian religions addressed this issue, church officials have sought to forge better relations with Jews by reinterpreting spiritual texts, expressing deep sorrow over the Holocaust and calling on Christians who by their actions or inactions were complicit in the events of the Holocaust to repent.
November 19, 2010
'Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story' Unrated Running time: 1 hour, 29 minutes Playing: Laemmle's Music Hall, Beverly Hills, and Town Center 5, Encino
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June 14, 2013 |
Construction on the 405 Freeway has left the Los Angeles Community Eruv out of operation during the Sabbath that begins at sundown Friday. In Jewish culture, an eruv is a ritual enclosure surrounding a neighborhood. It can be a fence, a wall, a piece of string -- or a freeway. And it must be unbroken. It allows observant Jews to perform certain actions on the Sabbath -- carry a tray of food or push a baby stroller, for example -- that Jewish law prohibits in public on that day. In effect, it creates an entire zone that is considered communal.
November 26, 2012
Seventy years after Norway helped send hundreds of Jews to Auschwitz, the nation's police have apologized for their role in rounding up and deporting people to Nazi concentration camps. The sober words from the Norwegian national police commissioner mark the first such apology from Norwegian police. After being invaded and occupied by Germany, Norway deported 772 Jews on ships leaving Oslo during the war. Only 32 of the people survived. The vast majority were expelled from Norway on Nov. 26, 1942, when 532 Jewish people were loaded onto the Donau.