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  • Orthodoxy Has Chance to Reshape Role

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A window has opened to the Orthodox community. We are being invited to help reshape the social dynamics of the American

    Jewish community. With courage and vision, we need to act on this opportunity by understanding the important changes that have occurred over the last decades and...

  • Snip Judgment

    By Calev Ben-David

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    If you were circumcised as an adult and have experienced sexual relations both before and afterward, then Emily Bazelon wants to know about it. Why that concerns me -- and may concern you -- takes a little explaining.

    Bazelon, a writer for the online magazine Slate, commented in her...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Life Is Beautiful

    "Beautiful Music," produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Moriah Films division, was winner of the best documentary award at the Hollywood Film Festival for director Richard Trank. It tells the story of a blind, autistic Arab girl whose astonishing musical...

  • How to Keep Your Love Alive

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I'm smiling a lot these days because I've recently fallen in love. Starting over at 56 years young, it's unlikely that I'll experience a golden anniversary, but I'd really, truly like to enjoy and adore one special person for the rest of my hopefully long, healthy life.

    With the...

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  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    QUEENS OF SHEBA

    Boutiques lined the halls leading to the dining room at the Four Seasons recently, where a crowd shopped before the Women of Achievement Awards event at the Friends of Sheba luncheon. This year's awards honored two distinguished community leaders: Dr. Ellen Klapper...

  • Burning Bush Meets Burning Man

    By Julie Woldow

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a tent on an ashen desert plain, seven Jews take refuge against the beating sun. One, a middle-age man with a thick Israeli accent, chants Haftorah as the wind kicks up white dust devils around the group. Next to him, a sun-kissed, raven-haired miss in bikini bottoms and halter...

  • Spectator - Lessing’s Shots of Liberty

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Erich Lessing received his first camera when he exited the synagogue from his bar mitzvah in Vienna in 1936.

    "There was no idea of taking up photography as a profession," said Lessing, 82, from his house in Austria. "In a good Jewish family in Vienna you would only be a lawyer or a...

  • Hope for At-Risk Youth at Yemin Orde

    By Larry Derfner

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the notorious ways that overwrought Israeli parents get unruly kids into line is by threatening to send them to a pnimia -- a boarding school. For Israelis, "boarding school" carries the associations that "reform school" once did for Americans: juvenile delinquents, family...

  • Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    PETA Apologizes for Shoah Comparison

    The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has apologized for its eyebrow-raising, 2-year-old "Holocaust on Your Plate" campaign, with PETA's leader stating, "it was never our goal to humiliate the victims" of the...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Count the Days

    On Friday, May 27, we will celebrate Lag B'Omer. We remember the students of Rabbi Akiva who used to hide from the Romans in the forest and secretly studied Torah. If Roman soldiers came along, they would whip out their bows and arrows and act as if they were hunting....

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Is 57!

    Normally Israel's birthday is celebrated on the 5th of Iyar, but since it falls on Shabbat this year, the celebration day was moved to the 3rd of Iyar (Thursday, May 12).

    In Los Angeles, our Israel Festival is on May 15 at Woodley Park in Van Nuys.

     

    Israel Is...

    I...

  • Abraham’s ‘Children’ Connect at Seder

    By David Finnigan

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rare is the Passover seder that includes an Islamic call to prayer. But in the middle of this interfaith celebration, Muslim guests excused themselves momentarily from the third-floor banquet hall of Wilshire Boulevard Temple to pray in the hallway outside.

    Jews in attendance...

  • New ‘Design’ Adds Flair to the Holidays

    By Julie G Fax

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    “Kosher By Design Entertains” by Susie Fishbein (Mesorah Publications, $34.99).

    It’s probably already too late. Dishes from Susie Fishbein’s new “Kosher By Design Entertains” are probably gracing Shabbat tables and brunches all over the country. Recipes from her first two books,...

  • Let Your Tasteless Chicken Go

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    For many years, my daughter and I were lucky to be invited out for Passover. Besides joining a big group of people, and sampling a variety of Passover foods, I relished the added benefit of not having to plan, shop and cook for the daunting seder (first and second night) meals....
  • Let My Students Go

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    To celebrate Passover, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy preschoolers spent time in ancient Egypt.

    Teachers and students transformed hallway bulletin boards into a colorful representation of the story of Passover. The journey begins with the pyramids, and then students pass through a...

  • Prices Too Low to Be Kosher

    By Stanley David

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Illyse Zesch likes to start her Passover shopping early. So it isn't surprising that, two weeks before the holiday, she made a trip with her fiancé -- Rabbi Steve Conn of Santa Clarita's Temple Beth Shalom -- to the Kosher Club on Pico near La Brea, the largest kosher market in...

  • A Flashlight Through History

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Lately, my eldest son has become intrigued by God's omnipresence. Lying in bed before going to sleep, he asks: "You mean God is under the bed? In the closet?"

    Who am I to tell him no?

    God, it seems, has replaced monsters, an idea I hope is a comforting one since God's omnipresence...

  • Add Inclusiveness to Your Seder Table

    By Rabbi Julie Greenberg

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Imagine going to celebrate a hypothetical holiday with Martian relatives on their planet. You don't know the language, you don't know the customs, you don't know the purpose of the holiday. You might cope by seeing yourself as an anthropologist, witnessing the strange rites of the...

  • Winning the Great Sponge Cake Battle

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    It’s that time again. With Pesach here, it’s time for my annual wrestling match with my nemesis, the dreaded sponge cake.

    Aunt Estelle was famous for her mile-high sponge cakes. Years ago she sent me her recipe, outlining every step in exquisite detail. Yet every time I try it,...
  • Make Your Seder an Affair to Remember

    By Felisa Billet

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Many Passover hostesses feel enslaved by the amount of effort that goes into making an elegant seder table. On the holiday of freedom, the only thing to which you should be enslaved is your creativity. By using your imagination and listening to the tried-and-true advice of the...
  • Tell Me a Story

    By Ellie Kahn

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    When I was growing up, my family's Passover gatherings were a joyful blend of holiday traditions, over-eating, stand-up comedy and most important of all -- storytelling by our "tribal elders."

    For example, I was always moved by one of my Grandma Lena's stories from the Great...

  • Don’t Get Plagued by Tricky Desserts

    By Pamela Reiss

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Many a great cook has been sent over the edge trying to produce some beautiful Passover baking. Any other time of the year their kitchens produce perfect pies, crunchy cookies and lovely cakes — but the Passover arrives and the kitchen becomes the enemy: cakes flop and the cookies...
  • Time to Leave Your Mitzrayim

    By Rabbi Mervin B. Tomsky

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    We learn in the haggadah, "B'chol dor v'dor, chayav adam lirot et atzmo k'ilu hu yatzah mi'mitzrayim" -- "In every generation it is one's duty to regard himself as though he personally had come out of Egypt."

    In effect, I had a rather personal and literal fulfillment of that...

  • For Iranians, Purim Is the Real Thing

    By Karmel Melamed

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Historians may question whether events in the Book of Esther, which are celebrated at Purim, happened as described in the traditional tale. But to Persian Jews, the holiday resonates deeply.

    Part of it is that the story unfolds in ancient Persia -- now modern Iran -- so the events...

  • Holiday Frivolity for Young at Heart

    By Jane Ulman

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Offering the chance to parade in costume as Queen Esther or King Ahasuerus, shake groggers at the mention of Haman's name and feast on hamantaschen, Purim is the perfect holiday -- for our kids' grandparents and great-grandparents.

    At every age, we must be connected to life's fun...

  • A Minor Holiday’s Major Following

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It's not a religious holiday per se, it appears nowhere in the Torah, God's name isn't even mentioned and it's considered one of Judaism's minor festivals. Yet over the years, celebrating the holiday of Purim has become a major event on the Jewish calendar. Why?

    It's easy to...

  • Make Menu Shine With Splash of Wine

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Purim is always a special celebration for the children -- they dress up in costumes, sing and dance. The grown-ups have their rewards, too, because it is the only holiday when everyone is encouraged to drink a generous amount of wine.

    This year, the theme of our dinner is foods...

  • Talmud Celebration Evokes Joy, Tears

    By Michael Thal

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Disney Concert Hall was the site of one of the largest Torah celebration in modern history in Los Angeles. On Tuesday, March 2, 3,000 Jews celebrated the Daf Hayomi Siyum, the culmination of the study of the entire Talmud.

    The 11th Siyum Hashas spanned the globe, stretching...

  • Creative Calm Over Shower Stress

    By Beverly Levitt

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Are you the designated bridal shower giver this season? Don't let the happy occasion of your daughter, your best friend's daughter or even your fourth cousin-once-removed's daughter give you the jitters. This is a time to be joyful. A time to be extravagant. A time to spend, to...

  • New Chuppah Honors Terror Victim

    By Carin Davis

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On the eve of her wedding, 20-year-old Naava Applebaum and her father, Dr. David Applebaum, the director of emergency medicine at Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center, sat at Jerusalem's Café Hillel. The two were celebrating her upcoming nuptials with a father-daughter talk....

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