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    Purim: did the party really end?
    in Latest Articles, Opinion, Politics

    By Alexandra Marvizi
    March 13, 2015

    It is no secret that Persians like a great party with food, wine, dancing and music! King Ahasuerus of 4th century Persia, was no different, throwing a 180-day-long drunken festival in celebration of his vastly growing Persian Empire in its capital, Shushan. Iran under the Pahlavi Dynasty, beginning in 1925, mirrored the comfortable and liberal…

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    Aliyah throughout the ages
    in Israel, Jewish Society, Latest Articles

    By Rachel Moreh
    March 13, 2015

    Imagine you are living in a land where you must tuck away your kippah or Magen David necklace in public in fear of putting your life in danger, simply because of who you are. This has been an unfortunate reality of the Jewish narrative. Despite establishing successful lives for themselves in foreign nations, many Jews…

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    Kosher newspapers? Sticks and stones and words
    in Jewish Society, Latest Articles, Opinion

    By Briana Begelfer
    March 13, 2015

    Unlike the spoken word, which is formidable in its own right, the written word is powerfully enduring and persistent. In general, people’s perception is that the written word — having been meticulously chosen — is usually well thought-out and therefore more authoritative. Thus, the written word, with all its alter egos — books, newspapers, magazines…

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    International Jews of UCLA
    in Feature, Latest Articles

    By Jasmin Boodaie
    March 13, 2015

    UCLA’s prestige, location, and admiration for diversity within its student body has made it a highly attractive university for potential attendees around the world. In fact, international students constitute 12.6 percent of UCLA’s undergraduate program. Elinor Samuel: The Tea-Loving Hippophile from London, England “I was told to pack everything I would want with me on…

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    Is it time to move to Israel already? And other qu ...
    in Feature, Jewish Society, Latest Articles

    By Tessa Nath
    March 13, 2015

    The Impetus: What happened? As most of the world is abundantly aware, on Jan. 7, two radical Muslim terrorists charged the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 journalists whom they held responsible for depicting the prophet Mohammed. The following day, a policewoman was gunned down by the same attackers. And on…