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  • The accidental chaplain

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 6, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    Amid icy rain in September 2003, actor Stephen Macht and his wife, Suzanne, were driving on the I-70 in rural east Kansas when their Chevy Tahoe hit a patch of black ice and swerved 180 degrees to face the headlights of an 18-wheeler. 

    To their horror, the tractor-trailer slammed...

  • Orthodox woman to head ‘transdenominational’ rabbinical school

    January 16, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    An Orthodox woman was named the president of a "transdenominational" rabbinical school in Southern California.

    Tamar Frankiel, who holds a doctorate in the history of religions, will helm the Academy for Jewish Religion at Claremont Lincoln University, it was announced this week....

  • Orthodox woman, a first

    January 16, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    In a groundbreaking appointment, the Academy for Jewish Religion, California (AJR,CA), has selected Tamar Frankiel as its new president, making her the first Orthodox woman to lead an American rabbinical school.

    Frankiel, 66, is a professor of comparative religion and an expert...

  • Humility vs. humiliation

    By Ryan Torok

    December 6, 2012 | 11:51 am

    For much of his life, Rabbi Elijah Schochet disliked the idiom “God willing,” an expression used by people trying to convey that their lives are subject to God’s discretion.

    After Schochet was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a series of treatments at Cedars-Sinai Medical...

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