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  • Happiness is a moral obligation

    By Dennis Prager

    May 15, 2012 | 9:48 pm

    Readers who think I am preoccupied with political issues may find it interesting to learn that I lecture on the subject of happiness more than any other single topic. And, every Friday for the past 12 years, I have devoted an hour of my radio show to this subject.

    I do so because I...

  • ‘Teenism’ gives young adults an undeserved rep

    By Justin Morris

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Teenagers. The word strikes fear into the hearts of most parents and adults. I bet you get shivers down your spine as you're reading this. Though most teenagers are perceived as reckless, raucous, recalcitrant, rowdy and riotous, the truth is that for the most part, teenagers...
  • Don’t hold your breath on plans for baby

    By Julie M. Brown

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nothing is more exciting than finding out that you're having a baby. The moment I found out I was expecting, I began making grand plans. I read the books, spoke to pregnant friends and questioned all the new mommies I knew. Then I made some big decisions.

    Disposable diapers were...

  • Alter Kayakers make waves in Newport Bay

    By Barry Zwick

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Every Thursday morning, 11 supremely fit old men come thundering into Newport Bay, rounding up all the good rental kayaks on the Balboa Peninsula and singing at the top of their lungs.

    Most are major fundraisers for Heritage Pointe, Orange County's Home for the Jewish Aging, and...

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  • Chanukah holds important lesson for all faiths

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah is popularized by a rabbinic myth -- one that embodies a story told of a container of oil lasting seven days beyond its expected usage.

    The story appears only in the Talmud, not the Bible or even the Apocrypha literature.

    In fact, the primary lesson of Chanukah has...

  • Films: The trials and tribulations of fathers and sons

    By George Robinson

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For so many Jewish men, it always comes back to fathers and sons, despite what Philip Roth might think. Look at the films of Daniel Burman, the rising young star of the New Argentine Cinema. "Waiting for the Messiah," "Lost Embrace" and his latest, "Family Law," which all revolve...
  • Partners in Creation

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Roger Gottlieb makes the case in his book, "A Greener Faith," that we are in need of an ecotheology -- to view the Earth in a more divine and holy way. He writes that we have so separated ourselves from nature we don't actually feel our interconnectedness with it; rather, we value...
  • Skateboard Creator Builds Business on Performance

    By Amy Klein

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Don Tashman doesn't look like a skater boy, not with his scraggly, brown hair and three-day-old unshaven stubble that's yet to materialize into a beard.

    This religious boy from Beverlywood doesn't even look like a surfer boy -- which he is, as these things usually go hand in hand,...

  • 10 Ideas For Creating Meaningful Volunteer Assignments

    By Susan J. Ellis

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Any organization's program and operational decisions should stem from the philosophy, beliefs and vision that are its reasons for being in the first place. These basic values, however, are often assumed, yet rarely articulated.



    It is a worthwhile exercise to identify the values...

  • Conservatives Focus on Intermarrieds

    By Sue Fishkoff

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Stephen Lachter didn't know what to expect when a friend dragged him to a men's club meeting at his Conservative synagogue five years ago.

    "My father was in a men's club, and to me, it was guys sitting around playing pinochle and volunteer ushering," he admitted.

    Instead, Lachter was...

  • Shlub to Hero: Film Sketches Gehry Life

    By Morris Newman

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "He starts out with that," says Barry Diller, alluding to a squiggle-like drawing in the new documentary, "Sketches of Frank Gehry," and "he ends up with this," pointing to a model of the InterActive Corp. (IAC) Building, currently under construction in Manhattan. Although made...

  • First Person - In This Moment

    By Esther Pasternak

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Look where you want to go and you will go there," my ski instructor explained. As a college English major, I was always on the lookout for a good metaphor. I didn't ski much after that, but I used my instructor's metaphor constantly throughout college.

    When I graduated from UCLA...

  • Singles - Operation: Picky

    By Amy Klein

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Did I mention I have ESP?

    I know what people think. I know what people think when I tell my latest dating story.

    I know because some of my "friends" -- or people who call themselves such just for the occasion to chastise me -- say, with rising frustration in their quietly expelled...

  • Sondheim Knows How to Book ‘Em

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some people begin collecting because they've coveted certain objects for as long as they can remember. Others collect as an investment. And, of course, there are poseurs who hire prestige dealers to buy them trendy art because they want to be viewed as taste mavens.

    Harry Sondheim, a...

  • Europe’s Jews Caught in Cartoon Furor

    By JTA Staff

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    European Jews have expressed a mixture of anger and frustration as the furor over a Muslim cartoon erupted into violence in Europe and the Middle East.

    As frequent targets of anti-Semitic cartoons -- many of them in the Arab press -- Jews on one hand sympathized with the Muslim...

  • Letters

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodoxy's Role

    I was disappointed but not surprised with Rabbi Tzvi Hersch Weinreb's and the Orthodox Union's flat rejection of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky's suggestion that the Orthodox community move beyond "traditional parameters" in its discourse with other denominations (Letters,...

  • Punk Princesses:  Jews With Attitude

    By George Robinson

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    There were always Jews in punk, even before there was punk.

    "It really begins with Lenny Bruce," says Steven Beeber, whose new book "The Heebie Jeebies at CBGBs: A Secret History of Jewish Punk," will be published next year by A Capella Books. "Bruce sort of epitomizes the attitude,...

  • After the Ashes

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On a rabbinic mission to Israel in 1998, Natan Sharansky, then Israel's minister of industry and trade, addressed our group.

    Sharansky recounted to us how he was invited to visit Russia a year after his election to the Knesset. It was the first time in history that a past prisoner...

  • Our Future Lies Rooted in Ourselves

    By Nona Farahnik

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The last time my name appeared in The Jewish Journal, I had just been dubbed the "Milken Idol" for winning a public-speaking contest with what

    The Journal termed a "stirring pro-Israel speech" that called for "Zionist solidarity."

    In that speech, I said that "there are no more...

  • Q&A With Jamie Court

    By Marc Ballon

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Consumer advocate Jamie Court has seen the enemy, and it is big, powerful and growing. Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, worries that multinationals are systematically whittling away our privacy, freedoms and safety. Unless society...
  • Jewish + Humor = ‘Jumor’

    By Stefanee Freedman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Groucho Marx once said that there's no such thing as an old joke if you've never heard it before. And maybe two young Jewish filmmakers heard that maxim and decided they'd find fresh material for their 45-minute documentary, "Jumor: A Journey Through Jewish Humor." Laguna Beach...

  • The Mickey Rule

    By Sam Shmikler

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My brother Mickey works with teens and adults as a mental health counselor. Mickey began his counseling career while he was a teenager. Like many talented people who begin their careers with a significant bang, he gave me advice on teenage dating that was so profound, so...

  • Frum Frenzy

    By Anna Schneider-Mayerson

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Visitors trolling for casual sex on Craigslist.org last week were left scratching their heads over an unfamiliar reference that has surfaced in a flurry of recent postings.

    "I keep seeing this term 'Frum.' Can somebody please clue me into what the hell that is?" wrote Jeff, a...

  • Do Not Abandon the Jews of France

    By Rabbi Lawrence Goldmark

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As the old song goes: "I love Paris in the springtime. I love Paris in the fall." But for many Jews, Paris, and all of France, is not at the top of their visitor's hit parade, because of the anti-Semitic activities that have plagued that country in recent times.

    Currently, there...

  • Commitment’s Price

    By Judy Gruen

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    These days, many women complain about the epidemic of males who run in terror from the thought of a committed relationship.

    But there are plenty of guys out there who are eager to commit. I know, since I just found one.

    Like many people searching for love, I found Ken through an...

  • Community Briefs

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shefa Fund Assists South L.A.

    The Philadelphia-based Jewish charity Shefa Fund has started its first major West Coast philanthropic work this spring with the "Los Angeles TZEDEC Initiative," which supports low-income loans for homeowners in poor neighborhoods. The Jewish charity...

  • Hostility to Jews Permeates New Iraq

    By Nir Rosen

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Last August, when Imam Mahdi al Jumeili of the small Hudheifa Mosque in Baghdad's Shurti neighborhood met three American officers to resolve a dispute over soldiers entering the grounds of his mosque, his first question was: "Are any of you Jews?"

    When he was satisfied that none...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Nuturing Nature

    Last week, we learned not to cut down the fruit trees of our enemies in times of war because, as the Torah says, the trees are "not our enemy."

    In this week's parshah, Ki Tetze, the Torah continues its compassionate attitude toward nature's creatures: Do not pull a...

  • It’s Not Our Right to Challenge Israel

    By Avi Davis

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I grew up in Australia in the 1960s and well remember, as a child, sitting by the radio or television anxiously awaiting developments during the Six-Day War.

    I vividly recall scouring the paper for details of troop movements during the 1973 Yom Kippur War and remember being unable...

  • From L.A. to Tel Aviv—

    By David Margolis

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An Israeli girl and a Los Angeles girl celebrate their bat mitzvahs together in Tel Aviv. Two Holocaust survivors from the same European town rediscover each other during an intercontinental videoconference call. Financial experts from Los Angeles assist their Tel Aviv counterparts...

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