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    Taste of Torah: stand up and be counted
    in Rabbi's Corner

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    May 22, 2015

    Written by Rebbetzin Elisa Gurevitch, Chabad at UCLA The holiday of Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah, is always preceded by the Torah portion of Bamidbar (the first chapters of Numbers) — “In the desert.” The reason for this is manifold. Just as the desert is a barren, ownerless place, so too the…

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    Israel-Germany relations: based on interests or on ...
    in Opinion, Politics

    By Sepehr Hakakian
    May 21, 2015

    “Every German deserves to die … their hands are covered with Jewish blood … Therefore, there is neither absolution nor forgiveness, and no normal relations will ever be possible between us.” These were not the rantings of a madman. This quote is an excerpt from a speech given by opposition member of the Knesset Menachem…

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    Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 and anti-Semitism
    in Israel, Opinion

    By Ella Ishaaya
    May 19, 2015

    Despite its increasing presence and impact on college campuses, anti-Semitism’s definition has become inexplicably blurred and political. The Senate Concurrent Resolution 35 was proposed this March urging University of California campuses to condemn anti-Semitism and racism. Responses have varied; however, most backlash has come from those who have disputed the definition of anti-Semitism rather than…

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    All in the same: a walk through four quarters in & ...
    in Israel, Lifestyle, Opinion

    By Rivka (Rebecca) Cohen
    May 18, 2015

    My Mother’s Day was spent visiting the mother of all lands, Eretz Israel. After a short drive to the California Science Center in downtown, my family and I were graced with a long line for the sold out screening of Jerusalem 3D. I walked in assuming the line was for suckers who didn’t get their…

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    Uncomfortable questions left unanswered: Ethiopian ...
    in Israel, Opinion

    By Soof Hacohen
    May 17, 2015

    A line of policemen armed with shields and stun grenades position themselves across a mob of angry protesters. The protesters wield signs reading “Stop police brutality” and “Black is not a crime.” Their hearts are filled with anger, frustration, and questions without answers. Their color, a constant reminder of their unjust struggle, blends with the…