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  • Judaism’s greatest lesson: Behavior matters most

    By Dennis Prager

    February 13, 2013 | 8:29 am

    If I were asked to identify the greatest Jewish teaching, the most important lesson to be learned from all of Judaism, I would argue that, aside from ethical monotheism, it is that behavior matters more than anything else, and certainly more than feelings.

    As the Talmud tells us,...

  • Boys and their animal instincts

    By Julia Bendis

    September 5, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    What is it about children that makes them want to jump all over people, me in particular?  I am sitting on the couch, minding my own business when out of nowhere my six-year-old son decides to pounce on me.  Not only pounce like a cheetah, or a lion or pick your own animal but start...

  • Is Matchmaking a Mitzvah and how many are supposed to accomplish in our lifetime?

    By Julia Bendis

    February 28, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Attending a wedding the other week of a couple that I introduced, made me think of the many Mitzvot that we are supposed to perform in our lifetime.  Having been somewhat of a Matchmaker since I was in high school, I had never really thought about it as a Mitzvah, or a good deed. ...

  • Madoff’s Redemption

    By David Suissa

    December 24, 2008 | 2:47 am

    If you're an active member of the Jewish community -- and perhaps even if you're not -- there's almost no way to properly digest the Bernie Madoff scandal. It's like a quadruple shot of cheap vodka that you drink quickly on an empty stomach. You feel disgusted and drunk at the same...
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  • Let's confront, I mean, let's <I>talk</I>

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Men will do anything -- and I mean anything, from changing their phones, emails and even primary residences, to joining the army during wartime -- rather than confront a woman. By "confront," I mean, "talk directly to." They just don't like it.  
  • Orthodox youth not immune to high-risk lifestyles

    By Julie G Fax

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, Joel Bess gathered his group of 15 teenage boys and took them to the funeral of a 21-year-old who had died of an overdose. Like the teenagers, the youth who died was Orthodox and didn't fit the yeshiva mold and wound up on a path of high-risk behavior. After the...
  • Never Been Mugged

    By Helen Schary Motro

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This piece was excerpted from the writer's "Maneuvering Between the Headlines: An American Lives Through the Intifada" (Other Press, 2005).

    Over time I have learned to drive to a few locations in Jerusalem, but I am never sure when I start out if I indeed will reach my destination...

  • Sportsmanship Starts With Parents

    By Julie M. Brown

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago, when my son was beginning his foray into competitive tennis, I entered him in a local, somewhat low-key tournament intended to introduce new players to tennis competition. I thought it would be fun. But as I watched my son's match, the activity one court over distracted...

  • Thanks, but No Thanks

    By Mark Miller

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As far as I know, there are no such things as federal laws pertaining to dating. Oh, sure, there was that book "The Rules," a few years back, but those weren't federal laws; those were simply man-made, or rather, woman-made rules or suggestions. As to why there are no federal laws...

  • Bird’s-Eye View

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    One day, Rabbi Shimon Ben Elazar was riding his donkey along the coastal road. He was enjoying the beautiful scenery and reviewing in his mind the wonderful study session he had with his rabbi at Migdal Eder, when he encountered a man who was extremely ugly.

    "How ugly you are,"...

  • Elder Rage: What I Know Now

    By Jacqueline Marcell

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For 11 years. I begged my obstinate elderly father to allow a caregiver to help him with my ailing mother, but he adamantly insisted on taking care of her himself. Every caregiver I hired to help him said, "Jacqueline, I just can't work with your father -- his temper is impossible to...

  • 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...

  • Israeli Tourists ‘Ugly’ No More

    By Larry Derfner

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Leafing through travel books on Turkey at Tel Aviv's L'Metayel (For the Traveler), veteran sojourner Ronen Lazar suggests how to curb the phenomenon of the "ugly Israeli" -- the obnoxious Israeli tourist.

    "There should be a law forbidding Israelis from going overseas for at least...

  • End the Preoccupation

    By Michael Brooks

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israel advocacy on campus has become a front-burner enterprise for the American Jewish community. Attacks by anti-Israel campus activists, including a fair number of Jewish students and faculty, demoralize and often intimidate most Jewish students who are ill-equipped to counter...

  • Limits Needed to Set Path for Youths

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, three students at Milken Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles were expelled for making a sexually explicit video of themselves that was eventually seen by members of the student community. Many parents and teachers in the Jewish community have expressed...

  • Teachable Moment

    By Jane Ulman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that we are created with yetzer hatov (good inclination) or yetzer harah (bad inclination). And, like Harry Potter and the evil Lord Voldemort, they're engaged in a never-ending battle. And have been since birth.

    Indeed, with apologies to John...

  • He’s No Robert Redford

    By Adam Wills

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    An Irish multimillionaire pining for a London teacher offered her husband $1 million to divorce her in a real-life "Indecent Proposal" that has scandalized London's Orthodox Jewish community, according to a May 4 report in London's Sunday Times.

    Brian Maccaba made the offer to Alan...

  • Ethics and Ironies

    By Rabbi Avi Shafran

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    At least Ann Landers admitted when she was wrong.

    And while she may have used a pseudonym, Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer claimed only to offer one woman's point of view -- no more, no less.

    Times, alas, have changed, and along with them, The New York Times, whose Sunday Magazine's...

  • What’s In a Name?

    By Rob Eshman

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I check surnames. It's a reflex, and I can't help it. If you're like most Jews I know, you do it too. You can't help but wonder, for instance, if some of the people at the center of the latest financial scandals are Jewish or not. We kvell at Shawn Green and cringe at Andrew Fastow,...

  • AMBER: The U.S. Moral Alert

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At least once a week, we hear reports of missing children. Some are found alive and others, tragically, dead.

    Some become names on the missing list and remain a mystery.

    The heartbreak is great, and families never truly recover from the trauma. For years, we have been aware of this...

  • Hate Israel, Not Jews

    By Michael J. Jordan

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It was on full display last year at the global anti-racism conference in Durban, South Africa, but the "demonization" of Israel has reached a fever pitch during the past month with the surging death toll in the Middle East, say Jewish observers.

    Even as Holocaust Remembrance Day is...

  • The Years of Persecution

    By Tom Tugend

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As the decades pass, why does the Holocaust retain, and even expand, its grip on the consciousness of the world and of its scholars, writers and filmmakers?

    Argues Professor Saul Friedländer of UCLA, it is not because the extermination of 6 million Jews marked a major turning point in...

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