| Oct 13, 2013
Re "The two-stage option," Opinion, Oct. 11
Dani Dayan's two-stage solution relies on Jordan's cooperation with Israel to keep the Palestinians under control. However, the Jordanian government has repeatedly rejected this option since it withdrew from...
| Oct 10, 2013
Maale Gamla, Israel — Was the Yom Kippur War, which began 40 years ago this month, inevitable? Documents newly released from the Israeli state archives and their integration with American archival material suggest that it wasn't. The records show...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 11:10 AM
CAIRO — Clashes between Egyptian security forces and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood flared Friday near Cairo’s Tahrir Square and several other locales, reviving bitter animosities that have simmered in the seven weeks since the army...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 7:53 PM
I have an unfamiliar refrigerator in my familiar kitchen. It's sleek, shiny and smudge-proof.
So why am I missing my old one, a clunky, black, last-century model, its drawers and shelves held together with duct tape and Super Glue?
The ice maker hadn'...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 1:59 PM
The Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot -- in which chickens are ritualistically twirled in the air and slaughtered as a way of transferring a person's sins onto the dead animal -- is still practiced in some corners of Los Angeles.
Readers have noticed --...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 8:21 PM
The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday issued notices of violation to two Orthodox Jewish groups that were slaughtering chickens in the Pico-Robertson area as part of an ancient atonement ritual.
The action was taken after animal...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 1:18 PM
The California Department of Food and Agriculture said Friday that it has ordered the shutdown of two Pico-Robertson operations that were participating in a traditional Orthodox Jewish ritual that involves the slaughtering of chickens.
"I told them what...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 12:05 PM
For many years, some orthodox Jews have performed ritual chicken sacrifice in the days leading up to Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement.
The practice, known variously as kaparot, kapparot or kaparos, was originally meant to jolt practitioners...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 3:50 PM
In a parking lot behind a Pico Boulevard building, inside a makeshift tent of metal poles and tarps, a man in a white coat and black skullcap grabs a white-feathered hen under the wings and performs an ancient ritual.
He circles the chicken in the air...
| Jun 7, 2013
| 5:00 AM
A United Nations mission that has patrolled a zone of separation between Israel and Syria for four decades is at risk of becoming the latest casualty in the grinding bloodbath between Syrian President Bashar Assad's military and the rebels fighting to...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 10:50 AM
The etrog citron (Citrus medica) is a fruit with thousands of years of human use, much like the related Buddha’s hand fruit. Both are famous for their pleasing, room-filling aroma, but only the etrog is an integral ingredient in Sukkot celebrations...