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Jewish Journal

Denise Berger

  • Literary Look at the ‘Jewish Experience’

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This Shavuot, as we read about Ruth's decision to convert, we should examine our own religious connection: To what extent do we (and would we) internalize the essence of the Torah?

    In fact this question touches upon the much larger issue of what it means to be a Jew. "The Jewish...

  • Solace in SoCal

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Sergio Edelsztein said he would not have come from Israel to a cultural exchange in New York. "Los Angeles is so much more open, and it's still about regular people -- not so much of an establishment," said the director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv.

    Edelsztein was...

  • Beyond Miracles and Maccabees

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    My mother was surprised when I said I was reviewing Chanukah books for kids. "Is there a lot out there?" she asked.

    I don't remember ever coming across a Chanukah book growing up. Now there are titles geared for all ages and interests -- historical accounts, folk tales, activities,...

  • Reading Into the Holidays

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago, Aish HaTorah Rabbi Yaacov Deyo (of SpeedDating fame) presented me with a book before Rosh Hashana. With this simple, gracious gesture he changed forever the way I relate to what can be the most daunting time on the Jewish calendar.

    Passover seders, Purim carnivals...

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