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The Israel Film Festival gives locals a glimpse of Israel’s soul
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September 17, 2008 | 11:26 pmLast month, in my column titled, "Al-Jazeera and the Glorification of Barbarity", I described Al-Jazeera's royal celebration of the birthday of Samir
August 21, 2008 | 12:07 amNot long ago, a guy I know, a good guy who to all outward appearances seems happy and successful, replied to a birthday e-mail I sent him at work -- "go home and blow out some candles" -- with this:
"I'm 40-f---ing-8, give me a break. They tell me that's close to 50, but I refuse...
July 16, 2008 | 10:41 pmWhenever Israel has a watershed anniversary, I'm a sucker for commemorative albums and coins. Like Israel, I was born in 1948. Our lives are intertwined.
Israel is my Rorschach. I see myself refracted in our shared growth and maturity. I believe that the existence of Israel makes...
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The wedding invitation convinced me that modern moms and dads have officially lost their gumballs regarding children's birthday parties. "Master Jacob Estroff" read the ivory parchment envelope; it took a moment to register that the addressee was in fact Jakey, my 5-year-old. The...
August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pmAt precisely 8 a.m. one day last year, I was awakened by a phone call. When I picked up the receiver, I heard a man's voice say "Happy Birthday from Berlin."
Since I knew no one there who could possibly know my birthday, I took it to be a practical joke. But it wasn't. The caller...
April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm
(April 21-May 20)
Notable Jewish Taurus:
During this birthday period, it makes sense to expect things to be all about you. Sadly, friends and family aren’t so sensitive to your needs....
March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm
It's not every day that I am E-vited to a birthday party promising to feature live ammunition. Excitedly, I E-sponded with a resounding "yes."
Paula was throwing a Wild West-themed shindig for her husband Bill's birthday. It was a "BYOF" (Bring Your Own Firearm) affair.
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July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm
In a few weeks I'll turn 33 and, sadly, I realize I'm long past being anything "for my age." I'm no longer cute for my age, talented for my age, a good reader for my age. All qualifications and special considerations have long passed. There's nothing I can get away with now because,...
February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Five hunks of Hebrew National salami lie side by side in a glass display case at Ben's Kosher Delicatessen in midtown Manhattan. When compared with the crispy corn dogs and enormous latkes, they don't look like much. But the takeout counter guy is relieved he has any salami to sell...
February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm
With Valentine's Day comes melodrama, though if you're lucky it's just in the form of Neurotic Young Urbanites' new show, "Golden Prospects: A Los Angeles Melodrama," which promises opium, pornography, prostitution, disfigurement, blindness, and a live on-stage pianist....
December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm
It took 50 years, but this New Year's Day a childhood dream and mother's fantasy is about to come true.
I was born on Jan. 1, 1953. Dwight D. Eisenhower prepared to assume the presidency, American troops remained in Korea and newspapers heralded mine as Los Angeles County's first...
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I have been asked by the Hillel Foundation at Dartmouth College to meet with them on the occasion of Israel's 54th birthday. There aren't too many of us still around who were there at its birth, and they would like to hear, from the perspective of a participant, what made it possible...
August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm
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The 60th birthday of Bob Dylan (né Robert Zimmerman) has created a bull market in baby-boomer nostalgia and soul-searching. In his 20's, Dylan defined a generation. Perhaps even more significantly, he invested pop music with social meaning, giving future generations a powerful tool...
April 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm
April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm"Ima, how old am I today?"
My oldest son's sixth birthday is coming soon. Recently, he has developed a near obsession with calculating exactly how old he is on a daily basis, practically down to the hour. Of course he is hardly unique. From our earliest years, we humans feel the...
January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pmThe month of January marks three important birthdays.
On Jan. 3, my oldest son, Zack, turned 16.
Exactly 16 years and 90 minutes after his birth, he received his driver's license. During the time I spent waiting at the Department of Motor Vehicles, only slightly shorter and less...
November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm
More than 100 guests sat in a sea of round banquet tables in a Studio City hotel, munching on fancy appetizers presented by waiters. A band warmed up. Kids crowded entertainment stations waiting for artists to personalize clothing and paint their faces.
I had been invited to a...
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pmThey must put something in the water at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Not only did the school recently take first place nationally in the fiercely competitive Academic Decathlon; another team from ECR won the first annual Jewish Quiz Bowl, on April 26, at the Westside...
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pmWhen you're still "flying solo" and your 35thbirthday comes a-knocking, suddenly, the pitifully comic titlescrowding the self-help shelves of your bookstore seem less like jokebooks and more like required reading.
I should know. Just days away, that landmarkbirthday is feeling more...
July 31, 1997 | 7:59 pm
My birthday used to be celebrated as if it were a national holiday. From the backyard pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey days to the touch football games on the beach at Easthampton, July 16 was a date inscribed in infamy.
My children forgot my birthday at their own peril. So they never did....