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  • Is beauty a Jewish value?

    By David Suissa

    September 17, 2013 | 11:01 am

    When we talk about Jewish values, we usually refer to things like justice, compassion, generosity, humility, honesty, faith, wisdom and so on. We rarely talk about beauty.

    Beauty is vain and superficial, we’re so often told.

    And yet, the word “beautiful” is prominent on this...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2013 | 11:17 am

    Joan Rivers jokes about the holocaust and refuses to apologize

    On the Febuary 25th episode of the E! show: Fashion Police, Joan Rivers made a remark on Heidi Klum's dress, saying: : “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” The...

  • Suffering for Beauty

    By Ilana Angel

    June 29, 2012 | 9:08 am

    I get my eyebrows waxed with regularity.  By regularity of course I mean I never miss an appointment.  I have dragged myself to my waxing lady when I was sick, pregnant, happy, sad, rich or poor. To be clear, it hurts in a profound way, for every single second that it is happening,...

  • Alon Shalom:  A (hair) cut above

    May 2, 2012 | 11:35 am

    Walking into Israeli hair stylist Alon Shalom’s new salon on Melrose Avenue is like entering a luxurious lounge in Marrakech. From sumptuous archways to Moroccan-inspired tiles, it’s easy to forget this is West Hollywood.

    Shalom wants the salon to be an intimate experience that...

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  • Author, psychiatrist Judith Orloff on the power of emotional freedom

    By Orit Arfa

    October 17, 2011 | 3:12 pm

    Dr. Judith Orloff’s adolescence reads like a Jewish version of “Girl, Interrupted,” the 1999 film starring Wynona Ryder as teenage social misfit whose parents sent her to a psych ward. However, there is a happier ending in Orloff’s story.

    In the opening chapter of her New...

  • Fashion & Beauty: Highlighting the hottest local Israeli designers

    September 16, 2011 | 5:31 pm

    Some of the top names in fashion today are Jewish: Donna Karan, Anne Klein, Calvin Klein, Michael Kors. And that’s just the Ks on what is a long list of designers who have shaped the American fashion industry since its beginnings in the textile factories of New York, Boston,...

  • The skin under skinny jeans

    September 16, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    Those once-coveted outfits in your closet now elicit sighs of “I have nothing to wear” as last year’s trends take their inevitable plunge. While you’re hunting for the hottest fall fashions this month, remember also to invest in what will never go out of style: soft skin,...

  • ‘Beauty’ Is skin deep

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 21, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    On the afternoon I attended the Annenberg Space for Photography’s latest exhibition, “Beauty Culture,” I was standing in the dark watching a series of fashion images projected in the digital gallery, when I was distracted by a woman who entered the room. I did a double take, as...

  • The Male Gaze

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    March 21, 2011 | 12:18 pm

    Pretty girls get things for free.  You may not like this, you may think it’s a terrible superficial tragedy of our society that rewards people for something they don’t deserve.  You may think it’s a double standard because men aren’t rewarded based on appearance in the same...

  • What is art good for?

    By Gina Nahai

    December 3, 2008 | 5:49 pm

    Still, the question remains: What, in this world filled with strife and need and uncertainty, is the use of art?

    The planet's on the verge of destruction, entire nations are starving to oblivion, man's cruelty to man has reached new heights, and yet we persist -- writers and...

  • Beauty can arise from tragedy

    September 24, 2008 | 11:21 pm

    In mid-July, our 26-year-old son, Micah, lost a lifelong friend, whom he had gone all through school with at Adat Ari El and Milken. On that day, Micah went to a birthday party for his friends Arash Khorsandi and Daniel Levian, two Persian Jews in his intimate circle of about 20...
  • Miss Sister: a beauty pageant for nuns

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 25, 2008 | 8:23 pm

    The Rev. Antonio, Rungi, an Italian priest, announced yesterday plans for a beauty pageant for nuns, dubbed “Miss Sister 2008.” I can’t find that blog that Rungi runs and will hold the pageant from, but here is the AP’s story:

    “Nuns are a bit excluded, they are a bit marginalized in...

  • Contest, contest at the mall, who’s the fairest of them all?

    By JewishJournal.com

    February 19, 2008 | 10:03 am

    This video follows Orit in Israel’s participation in the “Prettiest of Women” beauty pageant held on Valentine’s Day at the Israel Mall, Talpiot, in Jerusalem.

    There were 13 contestants total. Click to see how it all turned out . . .

  • Israeli photo application promises more beautiful you

    By Karin Kloosterman

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If the camera could lie, would you let it?

    Three Israeli computer scientists from Tel Aviv University have developed the ultimate enhancement tool for retouching digital images. Called the Beauty Function, their program scans an image of your face, studies it and produces a...

  • God Is Gray

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "This is heaven," I announced Sunday afternoon.

    Cruising the city (the absence of traffic in itself celestial), sunroof open, exposed shoulders browning. Wild poppies glistening, swaying in a soft breeze scented by orange blossoms; singing along to KOST 103.5 FM:

    I can see clearly...

  • Home Pampering Easy as 1, 2, Ahhhhh

    By Beth Gilbert

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    No one deserves a spa experience more than you do. Just picture it -- warm tubs scented with essential oils, invigorating body scrubs, refreshing botanical blend face masks smoothed on in soothing circular massaging motions and misty showers with luscious gels.

    Sound divine? You...

  • Get Enraptured With the Central Coast

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    California is beautiful. You can forget that sometimes, living in Los Angeles, fighting traffic, commuting past big-box retailers and strip malls and -- does it get any worse? -- Lincoln Boulevard.

    But drive a few hours and you will find Beauty herself, and you will once...

  • Lack of Jewish Life in Greece Just Myth

    By Beverly Gray

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When twilight descends on mountain villages and sun-kissed beaches, sociable Greeks make their way to tiny sidewalk cafes. They toast the end of the workday with anise-flavored ouzo, accompanied by plates of broiled octopus and green olives.

    Dinner in the taverna is a long,...

  • Jewish Life Blooms at Christian College

    By Julie G Fax

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    From different points along the ever-ascending road up this Malibu hillside, the beckoning ocean, the preternaturally landscaped lawn and the roughly rounded mountains peek through the three-story cross that has been punched out of a solid obelisk.

    The breathtaking beauty of...

  • Viva Vashti

    By Jane Ulman

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Vashti's the only one in the Purim story who should be congratulated," my son Danny, 12, says.

    You may recall that King Ahasuerus, who had been sumptuously drinking and feasting with his Shushan subjects for seven days, ordered his chamberlains to "bring Vashti the queen before the...

  • Europe’s Tragic Melody

    By Tom Tugend

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Gloomy Sunday" is the English title for the more aptly named German-Hungarian film "A Song of Love and Death," but under either label it is a movie of exceptional visual and dramatic beauty.

    Opening in the 1930s in Budapest, fabled in pre-war Europe for its handsome architecture...

  • Echoes of Esther

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Purim beauty pageant of 1956 is long forgotten in the shtetl that was Queens Village, N.Y. But for me it is the stuff of personal destiny.

    In those postwar years, women stayed home with their children, and men went from job to job before landing at their ultimate careers. The...

  • Redefining Beauty

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Four years ago, Camryn Manheim walked into David Kelley's office, feeling glum. She knew the executive producer didn't want her for his new ABC drama, "The Practice." After all, Hollywood typically ridiculed women who were 5-foot-10 and a size 22. Kelley practically yawned throughout...

  • Head Trip

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Jim Wayne has cut my hair for more than 20 years. He created first the wedge look and now the clipped curly style of my professional photos. He cut my hair after my husband's funeral and let my hair grow long when I began dating. He set my daughter's French twist for her bat mitzvah...

  • Dreaming C’s

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Either the apocalypse is coming, or I've been living in Los Angeles too long. Last night, I woke up from the most vivid dream, the kind that feels like it lasted all night, the kind of dream that feels like a journey through every emotion.

    I dreamt that I had gotten a breast...

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