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    Letter to the Editor
    in Opinion

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    December 13, 2014

    Dear Ha’Am, I appreciate your including my email in your news paper. I hope you will be gracious enough to print my response to staff writer Max Tessa’s commentary on that email (sic). The words ’villified’ , ‘alienated’ , ‘undermined’ an ‘affront’ are charged. words, they don’t reflect the ‘grace’ the author talks about. What…

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    Taste of Torah: Basking in the glow
    in Rabbi's Corner

    By Ha'Am Contributor
    December 12, 2014

    Written by Sharona Kaplan, Rebbetzin for Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus. What’s more emblematic of Chanukah than relaxing near a burning menorah and munching on latkes or doughnuts? The iconic menorah and the traditional oily foods reflect the ancient origins of the holiday. In response to the Talmudic question “What is Chanukah?” (explicated by Rashi…

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    Hanukkah: the Jewish Christmas?
    in Feature, Jewish Society

    By Daniel Peikes
    December 11, 2014

    It’s that time of year again. When most of America is making eggnog and selecting the perfect Christmas tree, Jews are lighting candles in their windows, eating fried food, and giving gifts. One has to wonder if the Maccabees were here now, whether they would grab a dreidel and join the festivities, or shake their…

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    Activists are out of line #FromFergusonToPalestine
    in Opinion

    By Moshe Kahn
    December 9, 2014

    The past month has been challenging for both our UCLA community and our nation at large. On our campus, tensions flared between the pro-Israel and anti-Israel communities as the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel surfaced at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Concurrently, the tragic death of multiple Black men at the…

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    A lack of communication in the fight against BDS
    in Campus Life, Opinion

    By Max Nath
    December 7, 2014

    The global movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction the world’s only Jewish state ignites a pervasive controversy throughout not only campus life at UCLA, but the Jewish community as well. In previous years, the Jewish strategy was to take a confrontational stance against resolutions affiliated with BDS, spending a taxing 4,000 hours to combat…