Purim: did the party really end?
in Latest Articles, Opinion, Politics
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…READ MORE
Aliyah throughout the ages
in Israel, Jewish Society, Latest Articles
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…READ MORE
Kosher newspapers? Sticks and stones and words
in Jewish Society, Latest Articles, Opinion
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…READ MORE
International Jews of UCLA
in Feature, Latest Articles
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…READ MORE
Is it time to move to Israel already? And other qu ...
in Feature, Jewish Society, Latest Articles
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…READ MORE