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  • Yichud—a romantic oasis

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jennifer Tralins' wedding on a private beach near Miami was picture perfect, from the warm sand under her bare feet to the sweet sounds of the flute as she walked down the aisle in an elegant beaded gown. But for the bride, the most memorable aspect of the ceremony was her yichud,...
  • Passover Calendar 2007

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    SEDERS

    March 25, Noon. $6-$15. Secular potluck. Sholem Community. Culver City Middle School. R.S.V.P. by March 23. www.sholem.org.

    March 28, 6:30 p.m. $10-$25. Women of Kol Tikvah. Temple Kol Tikvah. Woodland Hills. R.S.V.P., (818) 348-0670, ext. 219.

    April 2, 6:30 p.m. $15-$42....

  • A sweet gefilte fish like his Polish grandma used to make

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've bought meat from the same kosher butcher shop on Pico Boulevard in West Los Angeles for many years. But it wasn't until recently that I asked G&K Kosher Meat owner Herschel Berengut, 58, about the Passover dishes he prepares at his to-go deli next door, Charlie's. His eyes lit...
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  • New Pesach ‘traditions’ might be purr-fect for your family

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own" (Schocken Books, $22.95).

    When author Marge Piercy was a little girl, her grandmother set a special place at the Passover seder for Blackie, her grandmother's cat.

    He was a very dignified cat, Piercy recalled in an...

  • Bring the taste of France to your Passover table

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One might expect the chef-owner of a haute cuisine, award-winning French-American restaurant, where l'addition can easily top $300 per couple, to be an egotist. One would be wrong.

    Chef Josiah Citrin of Mélisse in Santa Monica, which earned the prestigious four-star rating from...

  • Unmasking Purim’s vital meaning

    By Rabbi Sharon Brous

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's a classic Jewish tale: Just when we feel comfortable and safe, nahafokh hu -- the whole world can turn upside down.

    Megillat Esther, read on Purim, reminds us that history is capricious and life is fragile; that willing or not, we must confront our powerlessness and...

  • The whole megillah: Ten reasons to love Purim

    By Jane Ulman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    So what is Purim about? This short guide explains the various holiday traditions and celebrations, as well as a few suggestions of unique and fun ways to partake in the festivities.

    1. Megillah Reading

    One of four mitzvot, or commandments, on Purim is listening to the reading of...

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