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  • Pesach without wine

    March 21, 2013 | 3:23 am

    How can we have Passover without wine? This is a question that is asked of me each year as Passover approaches. I always answer that the blessing is over the fruit of the vine and grape juice is perfectly acceptable. I then ask a different set of questions.

    Passover is the...

  • Sober seders spreading

    March 21, 2013 | 2:24 am

    It’s rare that an Orthodox rabbi chooses to omit an important Jewish ritual in his holiday celebrations.

    But in the spring of 2000, Rabbi Yosef Lipsker cleared his living room of furniture, set up three large dining tables and invited dozens of people to a special seder that...

  • The Nimoys: A father and son, with space between them

    September 24, 2008 | 10:26 pm

    When Adam Nimoy was growing up, he felt alienated from his famous father.

    Leonard Nimoy's work as the Vulcan Mr. Spock on "Star Trek" and his numerous other film and TV projects on both sides of the camera provided a comfortable West Coast lifestyle for his baby boom family.

    But the...

  • Drug abuse debate: Legalization, medication or therapy?

    By Roberto Loiederman

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    On a wall at Beit T'Shuvah's sanctuary there are plaques with the names of those connected with Beit T'Shuvah who have passed away. One of those names is that of Josh Lowenthal, a former resident who died on June 11, 1995.

    The Jewish Journal recently ran a story about "One-Way...

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  • Richard Lewis, comedian from heaven

    By Jay Firestone

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The husband from hell. The uncle from hell. The comedian from hell. Richard Lewis is fully aware he has problems. And by the end of his set, his stand-up audiences know he has problems.

    Known as comedy's "Prince of Pain," he is a comedian who feeds off his own neuroses and is doing...

  • Orthodox Alcohol, Drug Abuse Rising

    By Chanan Tigay

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Peter Gould had his last drink on Purim night seven years ago -- or, more accurately, his last drinks.

    "I drank more alcohol in a day than a human body can handle," he said, relaxing on a puffy couch in Baltimore in jeans, sneakers and a black knit kipah.

    At the time, Gould --...

  • Parental Dishonor

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My Torah portion is the retelling and explanation of the Ten Commandments by Moses. A teacher of mine encouraged me to pick a commandment mentioned in my portion, and write about what it means to me. Five words instantly flew into my head: "Honor thy father and mother."

    You see, at...

  • Just Say No, Even on Purim

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    One is obligated to become intoxicated on Purim until one cannot distinguish between "cursed is Haman" and "blessed is Mordechai" (Talmud, Megillah 7b).

    Purim is like the Jewish topsy-turvy day.

    Unlike many Jewish holidays, which are marked by serious and meaningful customs like...

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