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April 14, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
JERUSALEM - The crowd that gathered at the recent grand opening of Cinema City hadn't come for the movies. They were there in droves to protest a government regulation that keeps the 19-screen cineplex closed each week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. "Jerusalem, wake up!" the protesters chanted as security guards blocked them from entering the lobby. "Nonreligious people are equal too!" The demonstration was the latest skirmish in Jerusalem's long-running "Sabbath wars," which for decades have pitted the city's secular Jewish population against its ultra-Orthodox community over whether shops, theaters and other public spaces can remain open on the Jewish day of rest.
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April 14, 2014 | Kate Linthicum
JERUSALEM - The crowd that gathered at the recent grand opening of Cinema City hadn't come for the movies. They were there in droves to protest a government regulation that keeps the 19-screen cineplex closed each week from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. "Jerusalem, wake up!" the protesters chanted as security guards blocked them from entering the lobby. "Nonreligious people are equal too!" The demonstration was the latest skirmish in Jerusalem's long-running "Sabbath wars," which for decades have pitted the city's secular Jewish population against its ultra-Orthodox community over whether shops, theaters and other public spaces can remain open on the Jewish day of rest.
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July 10, 1993 | Associated Press
Arsonists set fire to a mosque just before Sabbath services Friday, but no serious injuries were reported. Dutch police have no suspects.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
If you listened very closely on Tuesday night during Black Sabbath's return to the city, you could hear the Big Bang of heavy metal echoing through the sweat-drenched Los Angeles Sports Arena.  It was buried in the slow, menacing guitar lines of guitarist Tony Iommi, and propelled by Geezer Butler's cavernous bass lines. And it was in the unholy yowl of Ozzy Osbourne, 64, shuffling along the stage like a retired vampire in search of a blood nurse, who long ago moved beyond a parody of himself to become a virtual trademark in black.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
June 13, 2012
Re "Israelis split on Sabbath shopping," June 10 The traditional Jewish holy day of rest, Shabbat, is facing competition from secular shops, movie theaters, restaurants, pubs and clubs around Israel seeking Saturday business. On average, about 40% of their weekly sales currently come from hundreds of thousands of Sabbath customers. And the economic growth is ubiquitous. Reminiscent of the days of "blue laws" in America, when shopping on Sundays was taboo, many Israelis are now questioning why Saturdays should be different than any other day. Dan Anzel Los Angeles Interesting article about observing the Sabbath in Israel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1986
Again in history the Jewish community has witnessed a devastating manifestation of anti-Semitism with the recent massacre of innocent Jews at Sabbath prayer in Turkey. We, the children of Holocaust Survivors, refuse to silently overlook this horrendous act of violence. We applaud the Turkish government for its rapid condemnation and await similar condemnations from other Muslim states. ESTELLE MARCO President Second Generation Organization of Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1998
Re "3 N. Ireland Boys Latest Victims in Deadly Hate," July 13: Was anyone else angered (actually saddened) by the comment that the so-called Orangemen delayed their parade from Sunday to Monday to "preserve the sanctity of the Sabbath"? I seriously doubt the Orangemen understand the meaning of the Sabbath. Their leader's response to the horrific death of the three innocent children seems to confirm their lack of understanding. BILL WALTERS Huntington Beach Let us hope the death of the wee Quinn lads will bring the Irish dissidents to their senses.
NEWS
April 1, 1993
A Los Angeles nonprofit organization, the Tomchei Shabbos Fund, is seeking donations to feed needy Jewish families at Passover. Tomchei Shabbos--Hebrew for supporters of the Sabbath--provides groceries for Sabbath meals to more than 120 local families weekly and is seeking contributions to provide additional supplies for the upcoming holiday.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Some religious copycats, apparently recalling self-named "Captain Midnight's" one-time satellite piracy, foisted their particular message in a similar manner. Officials of the Playboy Channel Tuesday said a printed message reading "Repent your sins . . . Keep the Sabbath holy" appeared for 10 to 15 seconds on cable subscribers' TV screens in Oklahoma and Texas Sunday night.
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June 20, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
It's full of doomy imagery and gloomy guitars, but Black Sabbath's latest album has hardly scared off listeners: "13" debuted this week atop the Billboard 200 album chart with sales of 155,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The record is the hugely influential heavy-metal band's first No. 1 in a career that stretches back to 1969, when frontman Ozzy Osbourne formed Black Sabbath in Birmingham, England, with guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward.
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June 15, 2013 | By Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times
For decades, the question from fans and journalists was constant and predictable: Would the heavy metal originators of Black Sabbath ever make another album? Not that they hadn't tried. In 2001, singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward convened in England to work on new music. And nothing came of it. For years afterward, Osbourne openly fretted in interviews about tampering with the band's legacy. This week, Black Sabbath finally delivered "13," the band's first album with Osbourne in 35 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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April 25, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Here's some Ozzy Osbourne news that has nothing to do with the singer's marital troubles : Black Sabbath is headed out on a full North American tour. The legendary English heavy-metal band -- or three-fourths of it, anyway -- announced Thursday that it will launch a 20-city swing through North America on July 25 in Houston. The tour is scheduled to stop Aug. 28 at Irvine's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater before wrapping at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Sept. 3. The shows are to begin not long after the scheduled June 11 release of "13," Black Sabbath's first album with Osbourne since "Never Say Die!"
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The Iron Men are back. Following a tumultuous year in which guitarist Tony Iommi was treated for lymphoma and drummer Bill Ward quit due to a contract dispute, Black Sabbath announced Saturday that it's set to release a new studio album in June. Titled "13," it will be the legendary English heavy-metal band's first disc with frontman Ozzy Osbourne since "Never Say Die!" in 1978. Osbourne, Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler -- who along with Ward formed Black Sabbath in Birmingham in 1969 -- recorded the set primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin, best known for his collaborations with Johnny Cash, Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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July 28, 2012 | By Steve Hochman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Two dozen near-forgotten veterans of Colombia'smusical golden age gathered earlier this year in a Medellín studio - the same place they made those old hits of the '60s and '70s. But this time around they were joined by younger artists and, co-directing the whole thing, a hipster English producer. Amid the mix of old and new sounds were gaitas and champetas drawing on styles from Colombia's Pacific and Atlantic coastal regions, beat-boxing by the youngest participant (percussionist Chongo, 25)
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September 20, 1998 | DIANE WEDNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As television executive Gary Levine entered Ohr HaTorah Congregation's sanctuary in West Los Angeles on a foggy Saturday morning, he adjusted the white prayer shawl wrapped loosely around his shoulders and placed his yarmulke on his head. Facing the 300 assembled worshipers, the Tarzana resident opened his music folder, and his rich bass-baritone enveloped the auditorium. The congregation began swaying as it joined him in celebrating the Sabbath.
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November 1, 2003 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
Soul-seeking prompted by the fearsome Southern California firestorms will be on display this weekend at mosques, synagogues and churches. The faithful will turn to God for solace and divine intervention and to their clerics for answers to troubling questions like "Where was God when our homes burned?"
OPINION
June 13, 2012
Re "Israelis split on Sabbath shopping," June 10 The traditional Jewish holy day of rest, Shabbat, is facing competition from secular shops, movie theaters, restaurants, pubs and clubs around Israel seeking Saturday business. On average, about 40% of their weekly sales currently come from hundreds of thousands of Sabbath customers. And the economic growth is ubiquitous. Reminiscent of the days of "blue laws" in America, when shopping on Sundays was taboo, many Israelis are now questioning why Saturdays should be different than any other day. Dan Anzel Los Angeles Interesting article about observing the Sabbath in Israel.
WORLD
June 10, 2012 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
TEL AVIV - It's a bright Saturday morning and shopkeepers at the trendy Tel Aviv Port shopping mall are bracing for the thousands of Israeli families about to descend upon the city's busiest outdoor retail promenade. But among the first visitors many Saturdays is a city inspector, who goes store to store issuing $200 citations to business owners for violating Tel Aviv's ordinance against conducting commerce on the Jewish Sabbath. Small-shop owners fire off cellphone text messages to warn one another that the inspector is making the rounds; then they chase out customers and shut their doors until he passes.
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