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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... read full article

  • The Upgrade Generation

    By David Suissa

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I often think about the kind of life my grandfather led. In his small Jewish neighborhood of Marrakesh, the days resembled each other -- you worked, you prayed, you learned, you spent time with family and neighbors. The days and weeks followed the same Jewish pattern, year in and...
  • ‘They killed us like termites’

    By David Suissa

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When the girl was two years old, she became so sick with pneumonia that the doctors told her mother there was nothing more they could do, to just take her home.

    Her father, a rabbi, arranged a minyan of 10 men to say special blessings. She lived.

    At one point in her young life, she...

  • There goes the Hood

    By David Suissa

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If, on the Friday afternoon of Simchat Torah, you happened to be on Pico Boulevard, a couple of blocks west of Doheny Boulevard, and you were looking for Nathan's Famous hot dogs or Label's Table deli, you probably would have noticed about 50 Jews of all ages and ethnic backgrounds...
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  • Daze of Awe

    By David Suissa

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After two days of talking marketing with Jewish organizations, I've come to appreciate that marketing is not a very Jewish idea. Think about it. Marketing is all spin and presentation. What did we, the Jews, do at our first great marketing opportunity?

    The year was 70 C.E. The center...

  • Am I Blind?

    By David Suissa

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Does the American Jewish community take a "myopic" view of Israel? A local Jewish leader, known for his progressive views, believes that it does.

    In a recent article in this paper, Daniel Sokatch began by telling the story of a Jewish activist friend who came across a demonstration...

  • Conservatives’ New Dish

    By David Suissa

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I read a remarkable quote a few days ago from a prominent member of the Conservative movement: "We've been searching for an identity for a hundred years now."

    A hundred years?

    In the business world, products can fail in a year or two if they don't have an identity. But in religion,...

  • Selma’s Sermon

    By David Suissa

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This is a big time of the year for sermons. Last year at this time, I wrote a column called "Words of Awe," comparing the different styles of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform sermons. I even previewed some of the sermons we could expect to hear here in the hood -- and I...

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