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Torah that moves

By David Suissa

December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

Jews debate everything. This is especially true for Jews who study biblical texts. Over the millennia, Jews have never stopped dissecting and debating the multiple layers of meanings of... read full article
  • J’accuse

    By David Suissa

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Philippe Karsenty is not sure exactly when he snapped. He does recall a certain morning in Paris when one of the employees in his software firm walked into his office, and, instead of talking business, brought up something rather unexpected: "What did you do yesterday in Gaza? When...
  • Wandering minyan

    By David Suissa

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish Federation is always asking us for gifts. Especially at this time of year, they are the masters of the "ask." To add punch to their fundraising, they run heart-warming ads about how much they care for all members of the Jewish community.

    This year, with new lay leadership...

  • Funny and frum

    By David Suissa

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent evening at a private home in Beverlywood, a group of Orthodox Jews listened to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa talk about issues like terrorism, crime prevention, anti-Semitism, a vision for the city for the next century, fixing LAX and so on. People asked...
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  • Changing the playing field

    By David Suissa

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    What do Jews do when they seriously disagree with one another? Sometimes they hold their noses, other times they do worse -- they disconnect. Over the past few weeks I've seen a nice sampling of Jewish disagreements, and it's made me think about the value of occasionally changing the...
  • Be like God

    By David Suissa

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I've always been fascinated by how words -- even great, powerful words -- can evaporate. We talk about the power of words and ideas to change people's lives, but in reality we so easily forget them and move on with our lives.

    I can't tell you how many times I'll hear a...

  • Loving our passion

    By David Suissa

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's been a rather tense couple of weeks since my good friend and neighbor Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky spoke his mind on the sensitive subject of Jerusalem. His Op-Ed on Oct. 26 caused a firestorm to erupt in the Jewish world, and now, everywhere I go, people are still charged up about it....
  • Tikkun for which olam?

    By David Suissa

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to be popular in the Jewish world today, just say tikkun olam. Everywhere you go it seems that Jews of all stripes are jumping on this universal bandwagon.

    It's not just the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, secular, progressive and humanistic groups. Many...

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