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Pesach—in your own words

By David Suissa

April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

A Jewish American soldier finds himself in the Iraqi desert on the first night of Passover and improvises a seder with another soldier by drawing a seder plate in the sand.

Meanwhile, a... read full article
  • The Magic of Mimouna

    By David Suissa

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Go back a few centuries and picture yourself on a small street in a Jewish neighborhood in Casablanca, Morocco, as the sun is starting to set.

    You've just finished the late afternoon prayers on the last day of Passover, and as you head home, you see Arab grocers setting up shop and...

  • Silencing Passover

    By David Suissa

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You'll have to forgive me this week if I get all wistful and spiritual on you, but there's something about Passover I need to get off my chest.

    I have a question for my readers. How many of you have been so moved by a Passover experience that something inside of you changed?

    I ask...

  • How to love a Jew you hate

    By David Suissa

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    What do you do when you can't stand another Jew? When their political views make you sick, or when you feel completely alienated from their lifestyle -- whether because they are too religious, or too secular, or simply too unfamiliar?

    For that matter, what do you do if another Jew...

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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...
  • 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...

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