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  • Jews and the Death Penalty

    March 9, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Many people assume that Jewish law unequivocally advocates capital punishment, because of frequent references to capital crimes and capital punishment in the Torah. But while Jewish law supports the death penalty in theory, the Oral Law makes it difficult, and in most cases...
  • Fighting Hate Groups

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Gov. Gray Davis has proposed far-reaching legislation to combat hate groups, which, he said, pose a "very serious threat to public safety."

    His omnibus bill would strengthen existing laws by expanding the definition of a hate crime, automatically lengthening by three years prison...

  • SNew Weinberger Bombshell: Judge Asked for Pollard Memo

    By David Twersky

    October 7, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    Caspar Weinberger has dropped a bombshell that could dramatically affect the fate of Jonathan Pollard.

    In an interview in the September 1999 issue of the Middle East Forum, the former defense secretary says that his still-secret memo to Judge Aubrey Robinson was written at the request...

  • Our Gang

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A reputed gangster who calls himself "a simple Jew from Kiev" has emerged as the central suspect in an international bank-fraud probe that investigators term the biggest money-laundering case in history.

    The case involves an apparent scheme by Russian mobsters to launder billions of...

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  • ‘Lenny’ and Me

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    One evening in 1962, a fresh-faced Sheriff's deputy, Sherman Block, busted comic Lenny Bruce for obscenity. The comic's crime: Saying the word "schmuck."

    The scene was The Troubadour, on Santa Monica Boulevard, back in the days when it was chic to bust Lenny Bruce. Block's superior...

  • A Hate-Crime Conspiracy?

    By Tom Tugend

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Two brothers arrested as suspects in the killing of a gay couple have also been linked to arson attacks on three Sacramento-area synagogues, according to federal investigators.

    In addition, authorities are checking out possible connections between the alleged crimes and the white...

  • A Mortuary Comes to Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The story of Chevra Kadisha Mortuary and its significance to Los Angeles' observant community is an ongoing saga of crime, punishment and redemption surrounding an institution that deals with one of the most holy times in the Jewish life cycle. And, as in the grand cycle of life and...

  • Pass

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of the Littleton shooting tragedy, a nation of finger-pointers has rounded up the usual suspects: media violence, guns, video games, the Internet. But for Jonathan Kellerman, this laundry list -- inevitably brought out in the wake of such violence -- omits one major...
  • Terms of Endearment

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    With everything going on lately -- the royal demise, the presidential trial, Mike Tyson's latest bust -- you may have missed the big legal story out of Israel last week.

    That's a pity. Besides being a blockbuster news event, this story tells you a lot about Israel today. It also...

  • In a Class of Its Own

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    About 100 San Fernando Valley residents gathered at a community forum Sept. 2 to discuss a spate of recent and troubling anti-Semitic incidents.

    The meeting, held at Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills, demonstrated the kind of rapid response team that a scattered history of hate crimes...

  • Current Events

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On Aug. 9, the "Tel Aviv Serial Rapist," who has the city's women looking over their shoulders in fear, evidently tried to commit his 10th rape in the last six months, but police say he let his pleading victim go, and ran off. On the same day, Police Minister Avigdor Kahalani advised...
  • In Honor of Justice

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Despite his Italian surname, joked DistrictAttorney Gil Garcetti, "[My heritage] is Mexican-American and my wife is Jewish.So our kids ask, 'Well, what are we?'"

    Garcetti was praising our city's multiethnicpopulation as he spoke at last week's Anti-Defamation League SpringLuncheon,...

  • After the

    By Rob Eshman

    May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The most astonishing account in Hector Feliciano's always-astonishing new nonfiction book, "The Lost Museum" (Basic Books), follows Adolf Hitler on a visit to the Paris Opera House on June 28, 1940, the Führer's first, and only, visit to the city. The tour began at 5:30 a.m. The...

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