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June 14, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
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.
January 3, 1988
No longer are the Poles Zubin Mehta's Nazi sympathizers ("Zubin Mehta--Making Time for Making Music," by John Henken, Nov. 29), now they are Leo Bach's anti-Semites. Printing Bach's letter was as unfair and biased to the Poles as it would have been to print a letter written by a Pole blaming the Jews for their pre-war exploitation of the Poles, their communist sympathies and the Katyn Forest massacre of Lavrenti Beria. There are many reasons why these two proud peoples are in conflict.
April 2, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - The elderly woman had stopped by the Jewish Community Center in the Canarsie area of Brooklyn and was shuffling away, leaning heavily on her walker, when a young man punched her in the head as he walked past, knocking her to the ground. When she returned to the center for help, the staff called for an ambulance, vigilant that this might have been another example of the "knockout game," a social media trend that had young people punching out random individuals on the street last year.
December 12, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Now here's something you don't see every day: A circle of African men chanting Hebrew prayers while wearing tallitot (prayer shawls) and yarmulkes (skull caps) along with their dashikis - not to mention scenes of African women lighting Sabbath candles and diligently preparing a kosher meal using such native crops as yam and cassava. But for the estimated 3,000 Igbo people of Nigeria who practice Judaism, these are common sightings, all part of a unique way of life portrayed with joy and grace in the captivating documentary "Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria.
November 23, 2012 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
El Iluminado A Graphic Novel Ilan Stavans and Steve Sheinkin Basic Books: 208 pp, $24.99 Halfway into the graphic novel "El Iluminado," a Spanish literature professor in an Indiana Jones hat wanders into a café in Santa Fe, N.M., and receives a pearl of wisdom from a gray-haired woman. "A Jewish soul is a Jewish soul," the woman says. "When you have it, you know. " The professor is a real person: Ilan Stavans, a Latino literary maven known for his insightful criticism, his authoritative anthologies and his quirky translation of "Don Quixote" into the mother tongue of millions of Americans, Spanglish.
January 25, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
You may have thought that the entitlement culture among the high-tech elite was getting out of hand before, but it will be a long time before anything tops the ghastly outburst from venture capitalist Thomas Perkins  appearing in Friday's Wall Street Journal. In a letter to the editor, Perkins, the billionaire co-founder of the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, writes: "I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its 'one percent,' namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the 'rich.'" He complains about negative coverage about the rich in his hometown newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, and continues: "I perceive a rising tide of hatred of the successful one percent.
March 2, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday to protest emerging legislation that could end their sweeping exemption from military service. The country's capital was paralyzed as access to Jerusalem was blocked. Government offices, schools and courthouses closed early, and public transportation was halted to accommodate the mass prayer called by rabbinical leaders. Under heavy police protection, black hats bobbed as the crowd of demonstrators swayed in prayer or danced to express their opposition to a military draft that many decried as a “war against religion.” In an unusual move, religious women were encouraged to attend the protest, standing separately from the men. For decades, Israel's ultra-Orthodox have been effectively exempt from military service.
February 4, 1992
Your article rekindled many memories and hopes. On arrival in California as a UCLA student, I lived with a Jewish family. I also became cordial with their friends. The fact that they did not eat pork and many other endearing facets of their Jewish culture were in harmony with the Muslim values I knew in India. Since then I have lectured to many Jewish audiences, and worked with Jews in films, TV, radio. The notion that all Jews are in conflict with all Arabs and most Muslims is erroneous, sad and mischievous.
January 23, 1988
I was rather surprised that The Times published such a scurrilous note as Lawrence A. Levey's rebuke for your having accepted the Jews for Jesus ad (Letters, Jan. 8). What an intemperate heaping up of wild charges against that organization! One can dismiss his diatribe as an outburst of emotional resentment that many Jews today are drawn to Jesus of Nazareth as "bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh." On one point, however, I must challenge his deliberate distortion of the obvious.
October 11, 1991
In response to "In Defense of a Nation Falsely Singled Out," by Aleksandras Shtromas, Commentary, Sept. 24: Shtromas tries to minimize the role of Lithuanians as Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust. He also makes the extraordinary statement that there was no violence against Jews in Lithuania for 600 years. This statement contravenes historical fact. My late grandmother left Lithuania at the turn of the century because of the violence, as did many members of her family and friends.
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