Here we go again: the Yom Kippur confessional is upon us, our annual alphabetical recitation of our sins and transgressions, from ashamnu to ti'tanu, from avarice to xenophobia and zealotry. The list never changes; the question it poses, somewhat tediously, is whether we have...
October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm
September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm
In the movie, "Oh God! Book II," a little girl searches for God (alias the late George Burns). She looks for the Divine in every house of worship in her city. When she is about to give up hope, God appears.
She asks God, "Where have you been, God? I need you. I looked in every...
July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm
I recently increased my odds of renting a quality flick at my local Blockbuster by skipping over the new releases section and checking out a classic: the 1990 Barry Levinson film "Avalon."
An epic story of a Russian Jewish family in Baltimore that abandons its past to assimilate...
January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm
There is a famous picture taken in Selma, Ala., in 1965 at the site of a historic civil rights march for voter registration.
Abraham Joshua Heschel is marching in line with Martin Luther King Jr. and a number of other key civil rights demonstrators. At the end of the demonstration,...
November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm
On the evening before Thanksgiving, my synagogue, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, always gets together with a neighboring church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist, for an interfaith service. What is remarkable about this joint venture, and other pre-Thanksgiving services...
October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm
In 1999, I journeyed down to San Diego to view an exhibit on "World War II Through Russian Eyes" at Balboa Park's Municipal Gymnasium and Exhibit Hall. Part of the exhibit included actual clothing items that Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin wore when they inspected their troops. Each...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
I love to ask students of all ages a spiritual and revealing question: "When have you felt the presence of God in your lives?" I love to ask this question because the answers students give often inspire. Let me share some typical answers.
I feel God's presence when I show kindness,...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
The subject of evil is something that has entered my mind often this past year. Since Sept. 11, and also from the ongoing news
coverage from Israel, I have had many questions and have engaged in frequent discussions about this subject.
Rabbi Harold Schulweis is a theologian and...
August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm
In 1978, when I first applied to college, I didn't know what I wanted to study as an undergraduate. I left the space blank on the college application form where I was supposed to indicate an intended major. Someone in the admissions office, based on my grade point average and my...