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The evergreen interfaith dilemma

By Julie Wiener

December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

Illustration from "The Book of Jewish Holidays" (Behrman House)

Rabbi Mark Levin planned to attend a bris this holiday season just a few feet away from a Christmas tree. The Reform rabbi didn't know about the decorated evergreen until the baby's mother,... read full article

  • Choosing to See the Forest

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Christmas season dilemma arises for so many Jews in our city that it sadly deserves attention and comment. When I was a boy, growing up in a parochial Jewish Brooklyn neighborhood, I certainly harbored no yearning for a Christmas tree at home. I was thrilled with my little...

  • A Modest Proposal

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's that happy, happy time of year when store windows call out "Happy Chanukah" in a blizzard of white, blue, silver, and gold right next to the "Merry Christmas" and "Season's Greetings" banners, when menorahs are strung across boulevards after every third Santa-in-his-sleigh. And...

  • Election Blues

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There's a dull witticism abroad: If in fact the election was stolen, the thief should be indicted for a misdemeanor rather than a felony. That follows from the value of that which was stolen -- i.e., the government.

    Alas, that's not true. Yes, the Congress is divided nearly down...

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  • Looking Ahead to Bush II

    By James D. Besser

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The results of the strangest-ever presidential election are still not official, but Texas Gov. George W. Bush is accelerating his transition efforts.

    And despite the morass of legal challenges to the bungled vote in Florida, a growing number of Democrats believe the GOP nominee...

  • Give Bush a Chance

    By Arnold Steinberg

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    "Once again, sons and daughters of slavery and Holocaust survivors are bound together with a shared agenda, bound by their hopes and their fears about national public policy."
    -- Jesse Jackson at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, November 12

    "Now, we blacks and Jews find...

  • The Gospel According to Agape

    By Julie G Fax

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rachelle Benveniste looked for God, but she did not feel God in the synagogue. She looked for the communal support she needed as a divorced woman, but after a year at synagogue she still felt anonymous and invisible.

    She looked for a personal relationship with a spiritual mentor,...

  • A Day in Church

    By Julie G Fax

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It's 8:20 a.m. on a bright Sunday, and people are streaming from hard-to-find parking spots into a converted office building in a Culver City industrial park. This is the unassuming venue of Agape International Center of Truth, spiritual home to some 10,000 Angelenos. Outside the...

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