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    Taste of Torah: Let my people go! A new look at an ...
    in Rabbi's Corner

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    January 23, 2015

    Written by Daniel Levine, third-year cognitive science major and gabbai of UCLA’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus Throughout the Exodus story, we are presented with multiple interactions between Moses and Pharaoh. On their surface, these meetings seem to comprise Moses asking Pharaoh for permission to allow the Jews to go to the desert in order…

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    Racism anywhere is racism everywhere
    in Opinion

    By Rivka (Rebecca) Cohen
    January 22, 2015

    In an eye-opening lecture at Hillel this week, Paul Von Blum spoke to students about his life of social activism and unshaken secular Jewish identity. A second-generation Holocaust survivor, he claims his experience in civil rights began before his birth in Berlin, where his family was taken by the Gestapo and moved directly to their…

  • The first Thought Lounge session the author (third from right) attended, hosted by the founder of Thought Lounge, Axel Cramer (far right). An atypically large session, but we made it work.

    Thought Lounge: resuscitating a tradition of dialo ...
    in Campus Life, Latest Articles, Opinion

    By Moshe Kahn
    January 20, 2015

    One of our richest cultural inheritances is the Talmud. Its roughly 6,200 pages consists of rabbinic folklore, customs, history, ethics, philosophy and law, oftentimes moving between these topics in the span of a sentence. Since I went to private Jewish day schools my entire life before coming to UCLA, I spent many hours poring over…

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    A “not so special relationship,” but a ...
    in Campus Life, Israel, Politics

    By Noah Wallace
    January 18, 2015

    As murmurs in Hebrew permeated the room and the predominantly sprightly, older crowd found their seats, it became quickly evident that this event would exude a vibrant energy. Hosted by the UCLA Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and entitled “Not So Special Relationship?: Israel-U.S. Relations During the Obama Administration,” the event promised an appealing forum…

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    Taste of Torah: You catch more flies with honey th ...
    in Latest Articles, Rabbi's Corner

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    January 16, 2015

    Written by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. Heralded as a leader and revered in history as a paradigmatic hero, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time in Moses’ life marked with desperation. In this week’s parashah, Moses, a newly appointed ambassador, returns to G-d defeated. His initial fears were realized…