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    Taste of Torah: Letting the land lull
    in Israel, Latest Articles, Rabbi's Corner

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    May 27, 2016

    By Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Co-Director of the Jewish Leaning Initiative on Campus at UCLA This week’s Torah portion, Behar, introduces us to a most fascinating commandment: Shemitah, the Sabbatical year. The mitzvah of Shemitah mandates that Jews in Israel cease and desist of all labor to fields for the entire seventh year. This structure essentially mirrors the weekly Shabbat experience, expanding it to an entire year for farmers. While those…

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    Henna around the world
    in Campus Life, Feature, Jewish Society, Latest Articles

    By Alexandra Marvizi
    May 26, 2016

    This past Tuesday afternoon, the JIMENA (Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa) Organization hosted a henna event at UCLA Law School. Over food and henna drawing, attendees discussed the practice and meaning behind henna from numerous parts of the world.

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    House of Cards: the Israel episode
    in Israel, Latest Articles, Politics

    By Samuel Bressler
    May 25, 2016

    Israeli politics can best be described as a volatile and tumultuous show. Recent events have provided yet more evidence of this phenomenon and have cemented president Benjamin Netanyahu’s reputation as Israel’s Frank Underwood. The current saga began several months ago, when diplomatic feelers were exchanged between Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog of the Zionist…

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    The view from Mitzrayim
    in Feature, Jewish Society, Latest Articles

    By Jackson Mercer
    May 25, 2016

    The view from Mitzrayim (Egypt) was prettier than I had imagined as the sun set and as the ferry leaving from Larkspur Landing passed us on its way to San Francisco. A little over a mile away, the houses on the hill glimmered in the dwindling sunlight, overlooking the stillness of the San Francisco Bay….

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    The first annual Jewish graduation
    in Campus Life, Jewish Society, Latest Articles

    By Rebecca Zaghi
    May 23, 2016

    This past March, Aaron Ebriani, a Bruin graduating this June, informed me that this year’s departmental commencement ceremonies fall on either Saturday (June 10th) or Sunday (June 11th). As fellow a Shabbat-observant Jew, he asked me to sign his petition to have a ceremony which observant Jews would be able to attend. But as a …