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Yehuda Lev

  • Keeping the peace

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    My wife Rosie, a professor of history, can be a formidable woman, especially when advancing upon some miscreant, tire iron in hand. That was the scene one midnight some years ago when she came across a man beating his wife in the middle of a Sunland street. Slamming on the brakes,...
  • My second childhood

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It took eight decades, but at last I know what is meant by "second childhood."

    In my first childhood, my social life consisted of dating attractive young women. This second time around my calendar is just as full but my partners are all doctors.

    The world looks different to me now...
  • B’nai Mitzvah: War, politics, bonds enliven a basement rite-of-passage

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This is a report on a bar mitzvah, although you may not recognize it as such.

    Among the elements common to today's celebrations, it did not include: a bird molded from chopped chicken liver, a "theme" (no Darth Vader masks or Titanic imagery) or a waterfall of liquid chocolate for...
  • Publishing Perils

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Say what you will about journalism as a profession, you are never unemployed. Instead, you are "between assignments," a condition I found myself in during the early 1980s at the same time that The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was preparing to launch its new Jewish...

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  • Father of the Bride: No Job, Just Smile

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I told some friends that I was going to accompany my younger daughter while she tried on wedding dresses. Their reactions were as follows:

    From the women: "How very sweet"; "How lovely to bond with your daughter"; "I'm sure you'll enjoy it."

    From the men: "Bring your...

  • Buck Stops at Prisoner Torture

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Why am I not surprised at the news of the mistreatment of Iraqis in an American version of Saddam Hussein's prisons, crimes, which in fact, occurred in the very same Baghdad prison that was notorious as a torture center in pre-occupation Iraq?

    Take a group of American men and women...

  • Defining Family

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few months ago, in these pages, I described a brief visit to Los Angeles to attend the wedding of my daughter, Dafna, 42, and

    her fiancé, Scott, 36 ("Father of the Bride," July 11). It was a first marriage for both and celebrated without benefit of clergy -- Scott being Christian...

  • Father of the Bride

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Other than paying his share of the bills, the father of the bride has two principal responsibilities when his daughter marries.

    The first is to stay out of the way of the womenfolk in the family while they make certain that the dress colors match (but not too exactly), the proper...

  • My Generation

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In 1944, when I was 17 and a freshman at Cornell University, I introduced my mother to my new college girlfriend.

    When the young lady left, my mother asked me how we met.

    "We were sitting at the same table in the cafeteria and started to talk."

    Her eyes opened wide. "You what?...

  • Brotherly Love

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, in the early afternoon, I visit my younger brother at his nursing home, a mile from my home in Providence, R.I.

    I bring him grapes and a banana because he can eat only soft foods, and I also bring him the first section of the previous day's...

  • ‘Mother’ of the Month

    July 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In an American Jewish community in which plaques, scrolls and other forms of recognition are freely distributed, I can lay claim to only one signal honor. Many years ago, when my youngest child was still a toddler, the marquee of the Valley Cities Jewish Community Center in Van Nuys...

  • Birth of a Jewish Nation

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I have been asked by the Hillel Foundation at Dartmouth College to meet with them on the occasion of Israel's 54th birthday. There aren't too many of us still around who were there at its birth, and they would like to hear, from the perspective of a participant, what made it possible...

  • ‘Elderhostile’ Nightmare

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I have a recurring nightmare, one which I am

    certain is shared by many Elderhostel instructors. In this darkest of dreams, I am teaching the final class of a one-week session when suddenly one of my 50 or so students rises out of his seat and announces, in stentorian tones, that he...

  • Her Side of the Mountain

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Think Grimm. Not grim, but Grimm, as in fairy tales. You'll need a young heroine, a hero, an apparently unreachable goal, numerous obstacles and a friendly supporting cast.

    Once upon a time (about a year ago), David and Ianthe Low, together with their newborn son Asher, flew from...

  • Letter to an Expecting Parent

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Tony Blair

    10 Downing Street

    London, England

    Dear Mr. Prime Minister;

    By now you have certainly received thousands of congratulatory messages celebrating the good news that you and your wife, Cherie, are expecting a baby next summer.

    I imagine that most have come from...

  • Hanging In

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Thirty or so members of Generation X and I are taking a course at Brandeis University titled Politics and the Media.

    It is sobering to realize that while my classmates regard Ronald Reagan as a name from the distant past, I was born when the president was Calvin Coolidge. It is...

  • Separate And Unequal

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the Museum of the City of Jerusalem, in David's Citadel, which purports to present the history of Israel's capital, the word "Arab" does not appear. A few hundred yards away in the Museum of Islam, on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, which purports to tell the history of Islam's third...
  • My Brother’s Keeper

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My brother, who at 70 is younger than me by two years, has a world-class collection of the mysteries of Agatha Christie and a complete set of the novels of Anthony Trollope. They are being joined, gradually, by the Greek historians and Galsworthy's Forsythe Saga.

    These volumes,...

  • Glorifying DiMaggio, but Not His Times

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    By the time you read these words, the death of Joe DiMaggio will be old news. I grew up in a New York City in which he was the greatest of our sports heroes, and I was blessed as a child with an Uncle Ike who took me to the bleachers in Yankee Stadium. My love for baseball and...

  • From Violins to Violence

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My mother, whose family came from Lithuania, used to claim of my father's family, which migrated from Galicia, that in the Old Country they had earned their living as horse thieves.

    Which, if true, makes it all the more surprising that one descendant of such scurrilous ancestors is...

  • The Truth About the Media and Jews

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Jonathan Tobin edits a Jewish newspaper inConnecticut, and his editorial opinions occasionally appear in TheJewish Journal. One such effort, "Distinguishing Fact from FictionIsn't Getting Easier," was published on Jan. 23. Herewith some factto counter Tobin's fiction.

    Tobin begins by...

  • Since the Partition

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 29, 1947: A joyous day in Israel. Photo from"Jerusalem in 3000 Years," Konemann, 1995.


    Fifty years ago this week, on Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly ofthe United Nations voted to partition British-held Palestine into aJewish state, an Arab state, and a corpus separatum,...

  • End of Conversation

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I visited Los Angeles recently and learned thattwo of those dialogues, in which I had been active, had expiredwithout ceremony. The Cousin's Club, which survived eight years oftension, argument and even, on occasion, genuine dialogue, was nomore. And the Arab-Jewish Speakers Bureau,...

  • Mastering the Skills of President

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It has taken me 49 years of Israel-watching to find the answer to a question that puzzles us all, and I am pleased to inform you that the search has ended.

    It was a headline in late April that provided the information we have all sought, one that read "Four Presidents Join in...