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  • Who Wrote the Torah?

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If two Jews equal three opinions, what do you get when you mix five rabbis of various denominations to answer a topic as important as the origins of the Torah?

    Answer: A rather heated discussion, to say the least.

    Five Los Angeles rabbis dove into the topic "Who Wrote the Torah?" at...

  • Your Letters

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    David Lehrer

    As a former colleague of David Lehrer, I am shocked and saddened by his firing by Abe Foxman ("Lehrer to Leave," Dec. 28). Lehrer's dedication to the protection of the Jewish community was always tantamount, and he was ever the consummate professional.

    However, I am...

  • A Portion of Parshat Shmot

    By Abby Gilad

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • Critic Turns Commentator

    By Julie G Fax

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    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...

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  • Diamant Finds a Harbor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    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...

  • What Is the Holiday Miracle?

    By Jane Ulman

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nes Gadol Hayah Sham.

    We all agree that the letters on the sides of the dreidel stand for "A Great Miracle Happened There." (In Israel, of course, the letters stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Po -- "A Great Miracle Happened Here.")

    But -- and this is why there's a book titled "Two Jews,...

  • Who Wrote the Bible?

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    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...

  • A Peak Event

    By Julie G Fax

    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.

    It continued...

  • Exodus: A Sephardic Response

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As a Sephardic Jew representing a heritage of tolerance, intellectual honesty and tradition, my perspective on the recent "Exodus controversy" -- which is not rooted in anger, name-calling or popular "marketplace theologies" which have characterized certain responses in this city --...

  • Exercising the Mind

    By Ani Dumas

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As we enter the new millennium, fitness professionals are becoming more aware of the movement toward spiritual forms of exercise. Programs like Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and body work are common in fitness clubs and community centers. To keep up with today's stressful...

  • Fair Weight

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    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...

  • Out of Egypt

    By Andrea Gappell

    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...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Rabbi,

    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...

  • The Real King David

    By Dennis Gura

    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...

  • Marital Strife

    By Yosef Kanefsky

    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...

  • Sibling Rivalry

    By Ronnie Friedland

    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...

  • Sites of Passage

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    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...

  • All You Need Is Love—and Friendship and Respect and…

    By Jane Ulman

    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...

  • Moses: A Life

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    If 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...
  • Creationism and the Bible 101

    By Daniel Kurtzman

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In 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...

  • Gore’s Gamble

    By Matthew Dorf

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Unhappy 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...
  • Family Feud

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, 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...
  • Papal Tiger

    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.

    There...

  • Up Front City of Angels

    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....

  • ‘I Am Not an Adulterer’

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It 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...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Did 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...

  • Families, Then and Now

    By Diane Arieff

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Joel 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...

  • Taking on the Bible

    By Rob Eshman

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Remember 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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