For Mikulanis, the pope's March 12 confession was a personal milestone. As ecumenical...
March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pmA day after Pope John Paul II offered his unprecedented apology for historic Catholic sins, Father Dennis Mikulanis was sitting in his parish rectory in San Diego, CA, feeling just a bit miffed.
March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pmPope John Paul II will act this month on two prominent themes that have colored his papacy: seeking forgiveness for past Catholic errors, including the treatment of Jews, and his intense personal dream of making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
But his actions on these issues are coming...
March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pmEarlier this week GOP presidential hopefuls John McCain and George Bush were speaking simultaneously on opposite coasts with seemingly opposite messages as they sought to drum up votes for the March 7 Super Tuesday primaries. Each is hoping to score a knock-out blow in the 13-state...
November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmI'm not surprised that Southern Baptists are praying for the conversion of the Jews. I'm praying for Southern Baptists. I pray that they see how hypocritical and offensive it is for them to say they love Jews and in the same breath trash our religion.
Judaism is trashed when a...
October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pmFor me, the October dilemma consists of finding Halloween candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters that I will not eat, no matter how desperate or distraught I become.
For my children, the challenge is creating peer and parent-approved costumes that will also work for Purim.
But for many...
October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pmCould there be a more fitting way to open an evening of Catholic-Jewish dialogue than by singing a gospel rendition of "The Storm Is Passing Over"? For the better part of two millennia, the Catholic Church and its Protestant offshoots have hammered away at Jews and their religion...
August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm
The sound of a guitar playing and children singing drifts out past the hotel pool. "Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh," they sing, "Holy, holy, holy unto me."
They are singing about Jesus.
I am at the Warner Center Marriot in Woodland Hills, where 1,200 Jews and non-Jews have gathered for the...
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.
January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm
The Rev. Jerry Falwell may be good friends with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but he also believes that an apocalyptic whirlwind is about to descend on the world -- and that the ultimate villain in these events will be a Jew.
Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority, chancellor...
January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm"He who publicly shames his neighbor is as though he shed blood."
-- Talmud Baba Mezia 58b
Americans have been discussing the moral issues of the Starr Report in terms of Christian values. From the perspective of Judaism, however, the terms of the discussion change. Unfortunately,...
September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Congregants at Valley Beth Shalom heard an unusual plea for forgiveness at their Sept. 12 Selichot services. Monsignor Royale M. Vadakin, pastor of St. Anastasia Church in Los Angeles, spoke of efforts on the part of the Vatican...
August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm
"We boarded a big bird with steel wings. Mother cried and father was silent. He knew that everything was about to change. Goodbye to you Africa; everything erased in one day."
-- from "Memories of Africa," on the CD "Shlomo Gronich and...
March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Interfaith understanding will take a big leapforward this spring.
On May 18, a group of 30 Jewish, Moslem andChristian scholars will gather at Auschwitz for a three-dayconference on religion and violence. Participants will include theOrthodox chief rabbi of Haifa, the Moslem primate...
December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Toward the Millennium
The 2000 Year Old Man is alive, well and still doesn't touchfried food
By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor
Before Carl Reiner invented the "Dick Van Dyke Show" and thetemperamental, toupee-clad Alan Brady, before Mel Brooks was aYiddish-spouting Indian chief...