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  • Searching for the soul

    By Gary Wexler

    October 22, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    On a recent Friday night, during one of her rare articulate moments, I asked my 88-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s if she could feel her soul.

    “Yes, I certainly can,” she answered slowly, searching for her words, as she struggled to express the reflection of the feelings inside.

    ...
  • Financial mistakes can haunt estate executors

    By Julian Block

    October 16, 2008 | 7:19 pm

    Two chores that most people will gladly put off are writing a will and keeping it up to date to reflect changed circumstances. However, when you do get around to writing and revising your will, consider carefully when you select or replace an executor—the legal term for the person...

  • Over 65 group could decide who wins this year’s presidential election

    By Stanley Mieses

    October 15, 2008 | 7:23 pm

    Many millions of dollars are being spent in both current presidential campaigns emphasizing personal qualities over clarifying the candidates’ stands on the issues. Now seniors take their politics seriously: While the 65-and-older demographic comprises only 12 percent of the nation’s...

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  • Rabbis on anti-gay marriage Prop 8: Yes, no, maybe

    By Tom Tugend

    October 10, 2008 | 12:16 am

    "Prop. 8 is presently the most crucial battle of the culture war here." -- Penny Harrington, legislative director, Concerned Women for America in California

    The arguments and epithets surrounding state Prop. 8 are rising in volume and intensity as the Nov. 4 election draws near, so...

  • They also serve:  Rabbis’ spouses prove as diverse as roles they fill

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:15 am

    Just before the High Holy Days last year, I was sitting in synagogue when I was struck by the star power of its rabbi. When he spoke, everyone listened, transfixed, as if the words he offered were revelations -- inspiring, challenging and healing all at the same time.

    At the end of...

  • The Rabbis Schuldenfrei: ‘It’s about sharing’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:10 am

    The Rabbis Schuldenfrei arrived for lunch on their day off.

    It was a sunny afternoon in late February, and the young couple out-glowed the sunshine of Manhattan Beach. They strolled closely together, holding hands and laughing, acting as if they shared a secret the rest of us might...

  • Bruce Ellman: ‘Her work is so meaningful’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:06 am

    "Any public figure has to deal with being exposed in all parts of their life," Bruce Ellman said, to explain why he felt nervous talking about his marriage to Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh, who is beginning her 13th year as associate rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood, a...

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