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  • Self-Love: What Are Your Top Ten Rules?

    By Maya Paley

    August 15, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    A colleague at NCJW/LA recently sent me the “10 Rules for Brilliant Women” list written by Tara Sophia Mohr. Mohr writes that she knows “many brilliant women who don’t believe in the brilliance of their own ideas—and as a result, don’t share them boldly.” In response to...

  • Cambodia’s killing fields revisited

    September 3, 2008 | 11:07 pm

    I can vividly remember the first time I visited the Museum of Tolerance, in seventh grade. Not personally knowing anyone who had survived the Holocaust, I had been shielded from the grisly details of World War II. Simon Wiesenthal's museum showed how horrible the Holocaust actually...
  • Books: A compassionate journey of deafness in Africa

    By Celia Soudry

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "The Unheard: A Memoir of Deafness and Africa" by Josh Swiller (Holt, $14).


    While traveling through small, desolate villages in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, Josh Swiller shared his shack with the natives, letting them sleep on his couch and read his coveted Sports Illustrated...

  • The Power of Love

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Why not just give up hope? I mean, really, do you think that we human beings can ever get it together enough to make the world as we dream? What makes you think that we have any chance of making a difference, let alone succeeding in the task of tikkun olam, of creating a fair and...
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  • Seeking Holiness

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, deep in my heart
    I do believe
    That we shall overcome, someday!

    Those lyrics, known for inspiring so many movements for justice and righteousness, are at the core of what I am thinking about these days. Is it truly possible to overcome?

    From what great wellspring did this...
  • Religious Fire

    By Rabbi Joel Rembaum

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Religious zeal is on the rise around the world. It can be a wonderful blessing, and it can be a horrible curse. It all depends on how humans with free will manage it.

    When God allows a Divine Flame to be ignited within the soul of an individual or within the collective soul of a...
  • To comfort me, first comfort yourself

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    People have been generous. During the past two decades I have assisted in creating caring communities that extend themselves to people in their midst at profound turning points. These times of need include both times of tragedy and times of great joy. Baby namings, weddings,...
  • Drive Sends Love, ‘Gratitude’ to Troops

    By Laura Birnbaum

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As Carolyn Blashek knows only too well, good things come in small packages. The founder and motivating force behind Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to American troops overseas, Blashek serves as an inspiring testimony to one woman's dedication...

  • Disengagement Dashes, Spurs Dreams

    By Amos Oz

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The evacuation of Gaza Strip settlements is not just a struggle over the question of the future of the territories. At the very core, the pullout was the first big battle on the question of religion and state.

    They [religious settlers opposed to the withdrawal] have their own dream....

  • Perfectly Imperfect

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish kids all get A's. It's a fact. They're all well above average. Jewish kids always star in the show, play first violin in the orchestra, win the debate championship. This week the last of the college acceptance letters went out. They all got into Stanford, Berkeley and Brown....

  • ‘We Will Remember Your Story’

    By Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Following is an excerpt from remarks Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger delivered last year as part of a benefit dinner for March of the Living at the Beverly Hilton. Organizers at the event presented the governor with an award for his support.

    I am so honored to receive this award, an...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A Growing Hunger

    Responding to the needs of the hungry, Temple Beth El of San Pedro welcomed Dr. H. Eric Schockman, president of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger and chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, to a recent Shabbat service. He spoke about MAZON's 20-year history...

  • Jennifer Chadorchi: The Hunger to Help

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    At 6:30 p.m. on a chilly Wednesday night in December, more than 30 young Jewish professionals gathered on the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street in West Hollywood to feed homeless people waiting in line for a hot meal.

    There on behalf of the Greater West...

  • Connecting the Dots

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Despite the High Holidays arriving late this year, many Jews are still scrambling to prepare. The practical and spiritual work is demanding: cooking, traveling, repenting, forgiving -- it all takes time and energy.

    In anticipation of the Day of Judgment, Jews judge themselves this...

  • Listen Well

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A number of years ago we spent a family weekend in Palm Springs. I asked my kids what they wanted to do. First mistake: Never ask your kids what they want to do on vacation. It's guaranteed to be something you can't do.

    My daughters answered, "Let's go ice skating."

    I looked at...

  • Shouldering the Burden of Incest

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When you go to the synagogue, you just might be sitting next to someone who sexually abused his daughter. You might be

    shaking his hand, admiring his charming demeanor, thinking how lucky his family is to have him. I should know. People sit next to my father all the time. Not only...

  • You Are What You Eat

    By Howard Nemetz

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    I am a vegetarian. I know there was a big controversy brewing over kosher meat, but I'm not sure what the Jewish position

    on vegetarianism is. I suppose as long as the vegetables are pulled from the ground in a quick and humane manner, no one can object too strenuously to it. I...

  • The Kindest Cut

    By Rob Eshman

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Last week for Chanukah I wrote about latkes, this week, the brisket.

    Butchered cows have provoked quite a controversy over the past two weeks. That's because the animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), released an undercover video taken at the...

  • Barbaric Acts Kill Palestinian Sympathy

    By Larry Derfner

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I know there are many Palestinians out there who are sickened and ashamed by what happened in Gaza to the remains of the six dead Israeli soldiers.

    I don't hold them responsible; I don't associate them with those acts just because they are Palestinians or Arabs, not in any way.

    In...

  • No Compassion?

    By Arthur J. Magida

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The day my mother was transferred from a nursing home to a hospice, I raced from Baltimore to northeastern Pennsylvania. This 80-mph excursion into death -- my mother's death -- might rescue me from whatever boredom and tedium had enveloped me, but it would also plunge me into a...

  • Give and Take

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Max and Irving went fishing on an overcast afternoon. About two hours into their expedition, a fierce storm developed.

    Their small rowboat tossed, turned and finally flipped over in the lake. Max, a strong swimmer, called to save Irving. Inexplicably, Irving did not respond to any...

  • Who’s to Blame for Terror?

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Like many hothead progressives around the world, I preach antiracism, teach multiculturalism and recognize the United States to be a politically and culturally imperialistic society.

    Proper revolutionary that I am, I have no problem with guerrilla warfare against oppressive regimes,...

  • Your Letters

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    I have concerns about Arnold Schwarzenegger other than the fact his father was a Nazi ("Arnold's Challenge" Aug. 29). I believe he is more conservative than he proclaims. After all, he was praised by Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich and is making the rounds on...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    RUTH, A TRUE FRIEND

    On Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth. Even though Ruth's husband died, she decides not to desert her mother-in-law, Naomi, who has lost her husband and two sons. Ruth leaves her home in Moab to accompany Naomi back to Israel. She cares for Naomi and goes to...

  • Why Keep Kosher?

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The end of this week's Torah portion supplies the major biblical reasons for kashrut: "For I am God....

    You shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am holy.... For I am God who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God.... To distinguish between the ritually impure...

  • A Jewish World Without Denominations

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A new president of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) was inaugurated in a moving ceremony held Oct. 13 in the ornate Plum Street Temple in downtown Cincinnati. Rabbi David Ellenson, a native of Newport News, Va., and a long-time resident of Los Angeles,...

  • Prager’s Tactics Are Lacking

    By Michael Tolkin

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Dennis Prager uses half of what I said to the L.A. Times and gives the impression that I am one of those awful leftists who are "either morally confused, immoral or lack courage." Here is the complete quote, which shows that I was describing a dilemma, not my political position:...

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