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Jewish Journal

Marisa N. Pickar

  • Cherishing Passover

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, Passover seders in my family were rushed affairs more about the meal than the meaning of the holiday. Hungry children and adults quickly read through the haggadah.

    Surreptitious bites of matzah were silently swallowed. And all the while the aromas from the kitchen tickled...

  • Why Be Jewish?

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Los Angeles Times recently ran a story, "A Clouded View of U.S. Jews" (Oct. 9, 2002), which related the results of conflicting polls taken to determine Jewish population numbers in America. One study claimed numbers dipped slightly to 5.2 million, while a second poll claimed the...

  • Menorah Lights Our Way

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For three years, I lived in an apartment in Jerusalem next to a bus stop. The rhythm of my life quickly adapted to the bus schedule. Just by looking out my bedroom window, I knew exactly when to leave the house in order to catch the bus.

    When I returned to California, I assumed my...

  • Menorah Lights Our Way

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For three years, I lived in an apartment in Jerusalem next to a bus stop. The rhythm of my life quickly adapted to the bus schedule. Just by looking out my bedroom window, I knew exactly when to leave the house in order to catch the bus.

    When I returned to California, I assumed my...

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  • Jew in a Gentile World

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I found a job! After spending three years in Jerusalem, I am now gainfully employed in Orange County. I'm also in deep culture shock.

    Before moving to Israel I had lived in Los Angeles, where Jews abounded at each of my jobs. I rarely interacted with non-Jews in Israel, much less...

  • Keeping Kosher in an Unkosher World

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Sitting on a plane traveling from Israel, via Canada, to Los Angeles, I couldn't help but over hear the conversations

    floating on the air around me. I had been living in Jerusalem the past three years and was returning home to Southern California. My friends in Israel warned me I...

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