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  • A night for the soul

    By David Suissa

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever heard words of Torah that made you really uncomfortable? Where you almost started to squirm, not because you were bored, but because you were rattled?

    This happened recently when I had a "Torah in the Hood" salon at my place for about 20 Jewish singles.

    The class was...

  • Jacob’s Ladders

    By Savid Suissa

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Every neighborhood has its gathering places.

    In my neighborhood, you'll find one if you head west on Pico Boulevard from Robertson Boulevard, past the ethnic aromas of the "center" hood and into the kosher Ice Blended Mochas of the "west" hood, where, right next to an Office Depot,...

  • You have the right to shut up

    By David Suissa

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear about the local court in Israel that sentenced a newspaper editor and a reporter to a year in jail for criticizing the prime minister? Or how about the 100 men who were arrested at a private party in Tel Aviv because they were "dancing and behaving like women"? Or the...
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  • Death in the Hood

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Laura Gitlin-Petlak was 48 when she died on Feb. 12 at her home in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

    The next day, a few blocks from her house, a couple hundred people jammed the premises of Aish L.A., an Orthodox synagogue and outreach center, for her memorial service.

    A neighbor...

  • So many singles, so few tables

    By David Suissa

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This is not a sob story. There is no hunger or homelessness, there are no kids with cancer.

    Rather, it's the story of single Jews in Los Angeles who, once in a while, would love to gather around a family Shabbat table. They're not desperate for company. Many don't have family here,...

  • Missing in action—Tu B’shevat

    By David Suissa

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodox Jews are known to be deeply attached to religious rituals. Their days are filled with them. In addition to the three daily prayers, some observant Jews make it a point to recite at least 100 blessings a day.

    When actual holidays arrive, this attachment only deepens. Take a...

  • Angels in the hood

    By David Suissa

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    We've all seen these great organizations that help the needy and the hungry. We've been to their annual galas in Beverly Hills hotels, and we've applauded their celebrity endorsers and prominent honorees.

    In the Jewish Orthodox world, we're familiar with of organizations like...

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