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A couple of days ago, I received a political flier from Troy Edgar, who is running for the state Assembly. On the back of the flyer were endorsements from Republicans. The first name cited was that of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. In his 22-plus years in...
David and Zev Brooks discovered some recent truth in a line from the 1989 big-screen baseball classic "Field of Dreams": "If you build it, he will come." This past Tuesday, the American film distribution company Magnolia Home Entertainment released the...
I had the great pleasure of being a good friend of Noble Waite during the 35 years I lived in Huntington Beach ("Noble Waite dies at age 87," June 14). Many times, I sought his advice on issues involving the city. I served as a city councilman from 1968...
Even though I wasn't born or raised here, there's a reason I feel at home in America. America's principles align with Islam's teachings. In fact, America's principles are not just based on Judeo-Christian values, but Judeo-Christian-Islamic values. After...
Tags: Arts, Religion and Belief, Islam, Crime, Law and Justice, Family
The Umami wait is over. After much speculation as to where the first Umami Burger would open in Orange County, Umami opened at The CAMP in Costa Mesa. The hot Los Angeles-based gourmet burger concept will roll out two more locations in the coming...
Tags: Music Industry, Onions, Easter, Music, Passover
Music runs through my blood like the Nile River runs through Egypt. And if you know anything about Middle Easterners, Egyptians especially, you know we love our music. My mom, Shadia, loves the songs and music of Egypt's oldest legends — Oum...
The Palestinian-Israeli conflict was one of the first crises I knew about growing up. And if you're Middle Eastern, Muslim or Jewish, the conflict is probably one of those things you can't escape. I would love to be able to tell you exactly what I...
Tags: Religion and Belief, Islam, Facebook
By now, you know that I'm a Muslim who mingles with Jews. But the other day, I took it a step further and attended a Passover Seder at my friend Jazy's home. Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover. Seder means order. The feast...
Tags: Religion and Belief, Israel, Passover, Islam, Passover Seder
Think of it as "The Bad News Bears" set to Klezmer music. Somewhat like the 1976 comedy film about the national pastime, which starred Walter Matthau as Coach Morris Buttermaker, "The Yankles" is about a washed-up ex-professional ballplayer who makes a...
When you move from one country to another, culture shock is inevitable, especially when you go from one different system and culture to another. But there were only two things about America's culture that shocked me. I had been in high school for just a...
I was never the girl who fantasized about Prince Charming charging in on his camel and sweeping me off my feet. When I was growing up in Egypt, education was emphasized above all else. My mom, Shadia, who never graduated from high school, always read the...
Tags: Religion and Belief, Islam, Family, Weddings, Weddings
It's the season to feel fluish. Help may come from something Jewish. Long called Jewish penicillin, chicken soup's power to heal has mainly been viewed as folklore but recent scientific studies have proven that it has genuine health benefits, so much so...
Tags: Onions, Health, Health Organizations, Religion and Belief, Salt
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