Jewish Journal

  • Livni asks Arab moderates for help with peace process

    By Leslie Susser

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni flew to the Qatari capital of Doha in the Persian Gulf this week with an ambitious goal: changing moderate Arab attitudes toward Israel.

    Livni hoped to convince the Persian Gulf states and other Arab moderates that they and Israel should be on the...

  • Israelis build new traditions at L.A. seders

    By Ayala Or-el

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Nitzan and Shaul Barakan

    Nitzan and Shaul Barakan had to come all the way from Israel to the United States to learn words like "afikoman" and "seder plate."

    The couple, both born and raised on Kibbutz Kinneret, didn't have a clue that there is a haggadah that looks nothing like the...

  • Had Gadya —according to S.Y. Agnon

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Both the composition and inclusion of "Had Gadya" into the Passover haggadah are shrouded in mystery.

    This popular Aramaic song, chanted at the end of the seder purportedly to keep the children awake, is dated no earlier than the 15th century. Composed of 10 stanzas, "Had Gadya"...

  • An old story finds new life in LGBT haggadah

    By Nick Street

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Asher Gellis talks about his life with a modest but clear-eyed sense of wonder that fits his role as a young community activist who is just beginning to hit his stride. Next week, JQ International, an organization that has helped to nurture his development as a leader, will host a...
  • Calendar Girls picks and clicks for April 19-25

    By Dikla Kadosh

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    One of the most widely observed Jewish customs is the Passover seder. Another wonderful tradition is to celebrate the second night's seder with your community. There are so many opportunities, we simply cannot fit them all in this Calendar. The...

  • Obama tackles the ‘pastor’ question in meeting with Philadelphia Jews

    By Lisa Hostein

    April 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    PHILADELPHIA -- It's the question that just won't go away for presidential hopeful Barack Obama.

    No matter how many times he addresses it or gives major speeches about it, the 'pastor question' pursues him in the Jewish community -- and beyond.

    And it's the one that still has many...
  • Couple stands under the chuppah—60 years on

    By Jane Ulman

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "What is this chuppah? We didn't order it."

    Maria Shvarts, 80, spotting the wedding canopy standing on the dance floor at West Hollywood's Cafe Troyka, asked the restaurant staff to remove it. She and her husband Boris, 84, were hosting a 60th anniversary party. Guests were arriving,...

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