It's a new year and a new book of the Bible. Last week we finished Genesis. This week we start Exodus. In it we will follow the Israelites' move from slavery to becoming a free nation. Have you decided to free yourself of anything this year? Are you letting go of watching too much...
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January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm
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At first glance, one might think Richard Elliott Friedman would be the last person to write a traditional Torah commentary. Friedman is, after all, one of the world's leading scholars in biblical criticism, and the man who brought the notion of the four authors of the Bible into...
November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm
While writing "Good Harbor," about the midlife friendship between two Jewish women, Anita Diamant says she suffered a bout of "second-novelitis."
Her 1997 debut novel, "The Red Tent" -- a sexy spin on the biblical story of Dinah -- had been a runaway best seller that's still on the...
November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm
October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm
So many people seem to be concerned with the question, "Who wrote the Bible?"
It reminds me of a story that a professor from the University of Judaism once told me. He was discussing a movie that he had recently seen, and he asked his students what they thought of this particular...
September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm
The buzz started in small waves when we boarded the plane to Denver. By the time we got on the chartered bus to Vail, it had escalated to a steady stream of handshakes, Jewish geography, smiles of recognition among the newest members of the Wexner Heritage Foundation.
May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm
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May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Honesty, morality and ethical behavior -- these are the calling cards of Leviticus, and they are the centerpieces of Jewish behavior and identity. Amongst the mitzvot enumerated in Leviticus 19 (known by some scholars as the "Holiness Code") are respect for parents, charity for the...
April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm
At every Passover seder, in each generation, Jews are reminded to see themselves as though they came out of Egypt in person.
I used to count paragraphs in the Maxwell House haggadah to figure out which parts of the story I would read and how long it would be until dinner. Asking the...
March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm
I have been taking on new mitzvot throughout the past years. I have begun wearing tzitzit regularly and have been working at becoming stricter concerning Shabbat. These activities have come from my understanding of the commandments in the Torah and how Jewish tradition...
March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
"King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel" by Jonathan Kirsch (Ballantine Books, $28)
In his "Reading the Book: Making the Bible a Timeless Text," Rabbi Burton Visotzky writes, "To the extent that the Bible reveals the words of God to a community, it is essential that...
December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm
Every marriage has painful moments. Even the most loving marriages do. This fact of life is confirmed by the opening of chapter 30.
There is only one marriage in the entirety of the Bible that is explicitly described as being based on romantic love. This is the marriage of Jacob...
November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm
It's a cautionary tale for parents, and one whose message will resonate with children: the new DreamWorks telling of the biblical tale of Joseph in the animated direct-to-video film "Joseph: King of Dreams."In a style similar to that of "The Prince of Egypt," which told the story of...
August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm
There are so many elements to keep track of for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, one's eyes could get blurry. Looking through your computer screen might help make things a bit clearer. To help guide you, we've compiled a list of Bar/Bat Mitzvah-related sites. For online access, visit...
February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm"Girls are my mortal enemy," announces my son Danny, 8. He won't be sending any Valentine's Day cards this year.
My husband Larry and I won't be sending any Valentines either. Or exchanging gifts. We never have.
For me, the problem is not the pagan and Christian roots of Valentine's...
November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmIf Jonathan Kirsch's purpose in writing "Moses: A Life," was to offer the reader a mightily researched, comprehensive chronicle of midrashic, scholarly, secular, Christian and even some Muslim commentaries about Moses and the events immediately surrounding his life as told in the...
September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pmIn Kansas, the state school board decides to remove evolution from its science curriculum.
In Cleveland, a federal judge throws parents and students into a state of turmoil when he blocks a state-funded school voucher program that lets students attend private or parochial schools at...
June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pmUnhappy with the draft of a speech he was to deliver at the Jewish state's 50th anniversary celebration and frustrated with five Jewish aides who were unable to discuss the first biblical references to Israel, Vice President Al Gore took a break for dinner while his staff scoured Air...
June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pmRecently, on a visit to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, I shared an elevator ride with a well-dressed man who was carrying a bulging portfolio under his arm. Wondering what he was doing in the hospital, I inquired about the nature of his visit. He replied that he was a lawyer visiting a...
January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm
When the pope came to Missouri this week, the St. Louis archdiocese made sure to include several dramatic gestures of Catholic-Jewish friendship in his schedule. They were the sort of breakthrough events John Paul II has prized through 20 years of papacy.
But it's wearing thin.
August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm
City of Angels
This invocation was delivered by Rabbi Bradley S. Artson, the new executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, at the Los Angeles City Council on August 4.
"Jacob's Vision,"18th century Italian engraving....
January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmIt was Ted Koppel who broke the news to all the world that our president does not consider oral sex to constitute adultery. That being the case, Koppel concluded, it was perfectly correct for Clinton to maintain to probing journalists that he had never had a sexual relationship with...
October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pmDid the first people to read the Bible know theywere reading "The Bible"? And if not, what was it they thought theywere reading?
The Bible has no title page. It has neither anauthor's introduction nor a preface -- nothing to tell us why it waswritten or how it is to be read. We call...
June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pmJoel Grishaver. The Bible is rich in stories of passion, plagues, miracles and betrayals, but what about good parenting?
"In truth, there is no good fathering in the Bible," said author and Jewish educator Joel Grishaver.
Grishaver, who was asked by the Skirball Cultural Center to...
May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pmRemember that great scene in "Inherit the Wind," when Clarence Darrow asks William Jennings Bryan if a book that details rape, incest, slaughter, nudity and sodomy should be banned? The fundamentalist Bryan answers, "Of course!" and Darrow, with a flourish, whips out a copy of the...
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