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Jewish Journal

Elliot Fein

  • Start the Sin Cycle

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Giving Meaning to Life

    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...

  • Family Values and July Fourth

    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...

  • King and Heschel Remembered

    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,...

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  • A Thanksgiving to Fill the Spiritby

    November 21, 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...

  • A Thanksgiving to Fill the Spirit

    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...

  • For What It’s Worth

    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...

  • Finding God

    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,...

  • Understanding and Responding to Evil

    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...

  • Creating a Sacred Space

    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...

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