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  • The dark side of Chanukah

    December 23, 2008 | 5:36 pm

    Almost anyone who celebrates Chanukah today knows at least the rudimentary outline of its story. A righteous Judean clan in the 2nd century B.C.E. led an uprising against Greek-influenced Seleucid rulers who had desecrated the Temple and outlawed the traditional practices of Judaism....
  • Props to Tiffany Shlain, honorary Hollywood Jew (from San Francisco) for ‘The Tribe’ [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    September 8, 2008 | 4:41 am

    We’ve been waiting for this to come out online for free, and here it is.  Tiffany Shlain’s amazing ‘The Tribe’—narrated by Peter Coyote—explores the history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham up through today, and uses the Barbie doll (created by Southern California Jewish...

  • Joon

    By Rob Eshman

    September 3, 2008 | 10:45 pm

    For as long as I've worked in the Jewish community -- 14 years -- I've heard insults leveled at Iranian Jews.

    They're pushy, acquisitive, flashy, nouveau riche, cheap. They're grasping, insincere, clannish, suspicious, old-fashioned. "They've ruined Beverly Hills High." "They've...

  • ‘War on terror’ needs Muslims to be part of solution

    By Mona Eltahawy

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine for a moment a Muslim teenager somewhere in Europe, "with the Internet in his living room, the world in his mind and his heart torn apart by a million identities," as Swiss-born Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan described him.

    How do you prevent that young Muslim from being...

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  • Assimilating Roth’s PC Parable

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When veteran producer Tom Rosenberg read Philip Roth's 2000 novel, "The Human Stain," he immediately vowed to turn it into a movie. Roth, considered one of America's greatest living writers, was his literary hero; the novelist "not only chronicles what it is to be Jewish in America,...

  • Faith in Travel

    By Amy Klein

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Vail, Colo., might seem like Siberia compared to the more established Jewish community of Los Angeles, yet here in Lionshead (elevation: 10,350 feet) there's some 75 Jews gathered for Shabbat morning services.

    Under the burning morning sun, the clouds feel close enough to touch as we...

  • Homecoming From Hell

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One day during his junior year abroad in Vienna in 1978, Jon Marans told a professor of his intention to visit the concentration camp Dachau. Her response stunned him. "She said, 'Why do you want to go there for? It's just a bunch of dead Jews,'" recalled the Pulitzer-nominated...

  • The Ethnic Revolution

    By James D

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Contrary to the ever-hopeful predictions of the Republicans, Jewish voters proved remarkably resistant to change in this month's congressional voting.

    But that predictability -- Jews voted overwhelmingly Democratic, with a few regional exceptions -- belies a seismic shift in ethnic...

  • Letters

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just to clarify Tom Tugend's "Strain in the Relationship" (Aug.22):

    Hollywood's power brokers of Jewish ancestry met on Tisha B'Av atthe Hillcrest Country Club (over shrimp cocktails, perhaps?) todiscuss their "genuine quest for a 'new identity' in theirrelationship to Israel."

    Are we...