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People of the Book

By Judy Gruen

March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

At the 613 Mitzvah Store, Harris Lowenthal, left, seeks Alan Kaszirer's recommendation for a book that will "bend my brain."

Just try to sidle your way to the counter at the 613 Mitzvah Store on Pico Boulevard to pay for your purchases. You'll have to be patient and agile, since the 1,300-square-foot store is... read full article

  • Books: Beyond Mortality

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    February 15, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    "Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose"
    By Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz
    Jewish Lights Publishing, $21.95



    For those who struggle with the concept of God, the primary issue is God's existence. Once established, one's belief in...

  • Reading for Chanukah

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From demons to pious flying rabbis, from magic frying pans to runaway latkes, from hayfork menorahs (in Chelm, where else?) to a multilingual meditation on peace, you can find something for everybody in books available this holiday season. Enjoy.



    Good Stories



    "For Hope:...

  • What’s Cooking

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Eventually, I promise you, the 2000 presidential election will end and the 2001 Los Angeles mayoral race will begin. Already, six contenders can't wait for the April 10 primary. But will this great city get the crusade it deserves -- the first truly multicultural campaign of the...

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  • A Thousand Recipes (But Who’s Counting?)

    By Florence Fabricant

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's not a stretch to call Woodland Hills-based author Faye Levy's 625-page "1,000 Jewish Recipes" a culinary bible. It may be the only Jewish cookbook you'll ever need.

    It begins with recipes for the Jewish holidays, starting, oddly enough, with Passover instead of Rosh Hashana....

  • People of the Book Festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish books are hot these days.

    Jonathan Fass should know; he's directing the People of the Book - Jewish Book Festival, a program of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles, which turns four years old this week. The emergence of the festival is part and parcel of the...

  • The Fires This Time

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 21, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    If a book that confronts death head-on can be uplifting, Kate Wenner has done it in an auspicious first novel, "Setting Fires" (Scribner). The two fires referred to in the title offer unseen sparks, that, amid the danger of consuming flames, light the way to meaning for the main...

  • Mother Ruth

    By Tom Tugend

    July 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm glad you caught me now," says Ruth Gruber, talking by phone from her Manhattan apartment. "Tomorrow at 7 a.m. I'm leaving for Toronto, where CBS is doing a four-hour miniseries based on my book 'Haven.'

    "Then Random House is sending me on a 20-city tour to publicize the...

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