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  • Choosing Happiness

    By Misha Henckel

    March 30, 2010 | 11:44 pm

    As Americans we are quite ingrained with the notion of the pursuit of Happiness. It is part of our cultural DNA.  And why ever not? After all, it is enshrined in our Declaration of Independence as an unalienable right. And so, as good upstanding citizens, we spend most of our lives...

  • Which do you choose—blessings or curses?

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 17, 2008 | 10:18 pm

    As we journey through the month of Elul, it is customary to comment on the weekly Torah portions in light of the upcoming Days of Awe. Parshat Ki Tavo is read a few weeks before Rosh Hashanah, and its overriding theme is one that we encounter several times during the High Holy...
  • Shopping for back to shul

    By Derek Schlom

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It can be an exhausting process. And it can sometimes be exhilarating. Because of the hundreds of possibilities among Los Angeles' shuls, success in finding the perfect one for you and your family too often seems just one more visit away.

    Whether you are new to organized Jewish...

  • I’m ready to take the wheel

    By Derek Schlom

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I turned 16 on June 26. After so many years of impatiently waiting, and six months of misjudging left turns and getting away with some pretty serious traffic violations while my mother sat horrified in the passenger seat, I am finally eligible for my driver's license. Sayonara,...
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  • Ed Koch wants Prager out—will ask him to resign from Holocaust Memorial Council next week

    By James Besser

    December 11, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    (WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 12) The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council faces continuing questions over recent statements by one of its members, local commentator and writer Dennis Prager.

    But the panel, which oversees the Holocaust Museum on Washington's Mall, has no answers, since it had...

  • Prager won’t apologize after slamming Quran in Congress

    By Adam Wills

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Conservative pundit Dennis Prager has come under fire from Muslim and Jewish groups after he attacked an incoming Muslim congressman who plans to bring a Quran to the House swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 4.

    But Prager said he stands by statements made in his column published Nov. 28...

  • A night at the homeless shelter

    By Jackie Greenspan

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    545 San Pedro Street is an address I will never forget.

    It is the Union Rescue Mission downtown, inhabited by homeless individuals that reside in their designated corners on Skid Row. My school, Milken Community High School, offered a community service experience for 21 students,...

  • Loyalty to Jews or to humanity? There is no ‘either-or’

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The question is whispered and must be answered in a forthright manner: Darfur or Israel? Is your loyalty to your people or to humanity? Is your loyalty to Judaism or to mankind? Are you essentially a Jew or a human being?

    Be wary of the framing of the question, because it forces...

  • A ‘Nice’ Idea Blossoms Into a Group of ‘Niceaholics’

    By Rebecca Raphael

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Debbie Tenzer was having lunch with several girlfriends when the conversation got heated. "We all had such different views on where the country was headed. There was so much anger and so much scary news in the post-Sept. 11 world," she says, recalling the devastation from hurricanes...

  • The Right Choice

    By Rob Eshman

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "It's terrible," a friend of mine said this week. We ran into each other outside Peets, hot beverages in hand.

    "What is?" I asked.

    "What Israel is doing," she said.

    When you want to avoid a confrontation over Israel sometimes it's best to act like an Israeli. So I shrugged...

  • Top 10 Things to Do Before the Change

    By Jennifer Pirtle

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    No matter where you are in the menopause transition, it's never too late (or early) to get your health act together to ensure the next 40 or so years are as terrific as or better than the first were. Here are 10 things you can do right now.

    1. Choose the right health-care provider

    ...
  • Video Takes Bite Out of Kosher Slaughter

    By Gabriel Sanders

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the best-selling novel, "Everything Is Illuminated" (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and last year's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (Houghton Mifflin) released a video earlier this month in which he argues that the slaughtering practices employed by...

  • Abortion Doc’s Son Weighs Thorny Past

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City and the Conflict That Divided America" by Eyal Press (Henry Holt and Co, $25).

    Every father should be a hero to his child. But a child's hero and an adult's hero are often two different people, even when they inhabit the same body. Eyal...

  • Choice of Seminary Leader a Bold Move

    By  Dr. Michael Berenbaum

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The selection of professor Arnold Eisen as the new chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) represents a bold move of unpredictable consequences for its leadership.

    Eisen is a distinguished scholar of modern Jewish thought and an insightful student of the American Jewish...

  • Eco-Friendly Parties Mix Mitzvah, Simcha

    By Pearl Salkin

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three days after my son, Will, ascended the bimah as a bar mitzvah, I stopped by our shul to drop off some books and thank the principal of the Hebrew school and others who made his big day such a wonderful experience.

    When I got back in my car and drove past the piles of huge trash...

  • PASSOVER: Don’t Be a Slave to Tradition

    By Joel Haber

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I was growing up, I never had to ask my mother what she would be serving at the seder. It was essentially the same menu every year: dishes like homemade chopped liver, chicken soup with matzah balls, turkey with gravy, mom's special "Shabbos potatoes" (first boiled then roasted...

  • PASSOVER: 10 Contemporary Plagues

    By The Editors

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Passover haggadah, we read of the 10 Plagues that God sent to convince Pharoah to let the Hebrew slaves go free. The plagues -- bloody, violent, magical -- are a dramatic highpoint of the narrative. Mindful of the pain these plagues brought even to innocent Egyptians, Jews...

  • Band Gives Klezmer Extreme Makeover

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like so many other aspects of modern life, klezmer, that centuries-old Yiddish art form, is undergoing a makeover, fusing Jewish folk songs with Caribbean, Spanish and African influences. Yet Extreme Klezmer Makeover, a quartet that will be performing on March 31 at Club Tropical, a...

  • Oy, Baby!

    By Amy Klein

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The New York Times Magazine doesn't want single women my age to enjoy their weekends.

    A few months ago it was Maureen Dowd with "What's a Modern Girl to Do?" on how men don't like smart, independent women, and now this: "Wanted: A Few Good Sperm," a March 19 cover story about older...

  • Then Came the Boyfriend

    By Caroline Cobrin

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With Passover around the corner, singletons everywhere are faced with a tough choice. Do you bring the person you're dating to the family seder? Or do you simply wish him or her a "chag sameach" and go off to your separate family celebrations. At the beginning of relationships we all...

  • A School or a Shul?

    By Julie G Fax

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Administrators at Yeshivat Yavneh knew that the "No Trespassing" signs wouldn't go over well with neighbors, especially the ones who used to run their dogs on the plush green stretch that fronts the Third Street main entrance to the Orthodox day school.

    But about two years ago they...

  • A Surprise Might Attract More To Shuls

    By David Suissa

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In many synagogues across the country today, the $64,000 question is the same: How can we get more people to come more often?

    Unlike the old days of quaint ghettos and neighborhoods, Judaism has become a choice. Synagogues today compete against Starbucks and other distractions, as...

  • Our Faux Democracy

    By Jill Stewart

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The average California voter doesn't know what "redistricting" is. Many voters don't even know what a "voting district" is. The aversion among California voters to such wonky issues goes a long way to explaining why Proposition 77, a long-overdue reform, is struggling.

    Most...

  • We Must Heal Divide Over Life Views

    By Rabbi Eliyahu Stern

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The first half of the 20th century saw Americans locked in a fierce ideological debate surrounding economic class and the distribution of wealth.

    In the second half of the century, the cultural wars addressed issues of race and gender.

    As we stand at the dawn of the 21st century, a...

  • Service Reaches Out to Jews by Choice

    By David Finnigan

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It fit somehow that this recent Saturday service for converts to Judaism took place in a synagogue library. Because this gathering, at Temple Beth Am near Beverly Hills, was both an exercise in worship and in teaching. Maybe it even fit that this was a children's library, because...

  • She’s Armed and President

    By Idan Ivri

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jewish woman and Harvard-educated lawyer who practiced law in Los Angeles, Sandra Froman admits that, at least on paper, she doesn't seem a natural choice to lead the National Rifle Association (NRA). But the Second Amendment, she said, is all about empowerment.

    "I've never met...

  • A Swiss Family Bind—No Hotel Heirs

    By Adam Wills

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    In Switzerland, resorts like St. Moritz and Arosa are second only to chocolate and cheese fondue in popularity. But these two disparate destinations, more easily accessible by train than car, both offer something rarely found in other Swiss mountain retreats -- kosher hotels.

    The...

  • How to Choose an Elementary School

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "No one likes to do it," said parent Andrea Daniels, who compares it to dating. "It's like buying a house," said Bea Prentice, director of the Early Childhood Center at Adat Shalom synagogue in West Los Angeles. "There are so many options to think about."

    One could also...

  • Freeing Barghouti Could Benefit Israel

    By Ehud Eiran

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Once again, Israel is facing one of those moral dilemmas that are so much a part of life in the Middle East. This time, the question at hand is whether Jerusalem should release a convicted terrorist, Marwan Barghouti.

    The convict, a former head of the Palestinian grass-roots...

  • Wilshire: Boulevard of Sanctuaries

    By Kevin Roderick

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Wilshire Boulevard's stature as the grand concourse of Los Angeles is due in part to its many architecturally distinct synagogues and churches. Those located in the Wilshire Center district, between LaFayette Park and about Western Avenue, are some of the most notable and serve some...

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