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  • The dream of a beautiful bat mitzvah—but whose dream would it fulfill?

    September 11, 2008 | 4:20 am

    For my daughter to have a bat mitzvah would be a dream come true -- but for whom, for her or for me? Throughout my life, people have told me that I am only half Jewish, as my father is Jewish and mother is Japanese Buddhist, although Reform Jews now recognize children of Jewish...
  • Combining fact and fiction confuses peace event

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On June 5, the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War, two years after standing side-by-side with friends in Gush Katif in an attempt to ward off the evacuation of Gaza, I attended an Israeli-Palestinian peace event marking "40 years of war and occupation" at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque.
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  • D-A-T-E is just a four-letter word

    By Lori Gottlieb

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I'm not sure why this never made any of the 2006 year-end lists, but it seems that -- at least for singles -- the most confusing question of the year wasn't "How do you pronounce 'al-Zarqawi?'" but the more mundane "How was your date?" To be specific, the confusing part would always...
  • There is God in this place

    By Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob departed. Unlike his grandfather Abraham, who went forth, lech lecha, in response to God's command, Jacob departs, vayetze, from everything he knows to escape his angry brother and find a wife in Haran. He leaves a comfortable, established life to find himself in the chaos and...
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  • To Tell the Truth

    By Caroline Cobrin

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Harry Potter's Mirror of Erised, tucked into a secret room in the dark corridors of Hogwarts, allows the person who looks into it to see what they most desire to be. There seems to be a similar notion in the world of online dating.

    A computer becomes a tool to create a "new and...

  • Is the ‘Wicked Man’ Just Misunderstood?

    By Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last month I took my family to see the Broadway musical, "Wicked," a recasting of the "Wizard of Oz," where all the supposedly good people turn out to be self-centered and the Wicked Witch is revealed to be a sensitive iconoclast battling a malicious smear campaign. "Fractured Fairy...

  • Safire Says Book of Job Political

    By Rick Richman

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Book of Job is commonly -- and mistakenly -- seen as a story of the "patience of Job." And sometimes people have trouble locating its place in the Bible.

    Asked by reporters last January to name his favorite book in the New Testament, Howard Dean answered, "The Book of Job." He...

  • Limits Needed to Set Path for Youths

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, three students at Milken Community Jewish High School in Los Angeles were expelled for making a sexually explicit video of themselves that was eventually seen by members of the student community. Many parents and teachers in the Jewish community have expressed...

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