Americans are known for changing jobs, homes, even states of residence and careers with almost careless aplomb. As they get older, studies show they are more than likely to change their religion or political party affiliation. Still, only a major accident, illness or brush with...
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“I can’t understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.” ― Philip Larkin
There is an art to healthy giving & well-intentioned sharing. The Kabbalah teaches about how the...
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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...
April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm
Oh, deep in my heartThose 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?
I do believe
That we shall overcome, someday!
From what great wellspring did this...
April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pmReligious 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...
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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....
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....
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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...
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...
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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.
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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...
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,...
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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...
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...
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,...
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:...