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  • Making a Case for Victims of the Holocaust

    By Professor Burt Neuborne

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    What progress have American courts made in bringing legal closure to some of the appalling evils perpetrated by the Nazis during their reign of terror?

    First we have to understand what is actually going on. There are five sets of cases currently pending: The first was filed in 1996...

  • The Warrior and Witness

    By Eric Silver

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Ben-Zion Blustein, the teen-age lone survivor of a White Russian Jewish family, spent most of World War II on the run, hiding in the forest, fighting with the partisans against the German occupiers and their local collaborators.

    In July 1944, when the Russians liberated the area near...

  • Birth Pangs

    By Rabbi Janet Ross Marder

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, I got a sample of Pampers in the mail. It doesn't happen very often now, fortunately. For a while there, almost every day brought free diapers, coupons for baby food, baby lotion, baby photographs. I passed them on to my sister, who has a year-old son, and told myself...
  • When We Must Fight Back

    By Jane Ulman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Hit him back!" my husband Larry and I occasionally advise our sons.

    "Really? Can I?" each answer, incredulously.

    Yes. We do advocate that they fight back: When neither words nor whining, bribes nor threats, deter a brother, buddy or teammate's aggressive behavior. When passivity and...

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  • Holocaust Images in Color

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Between 1939 and 1944, when the Lodz ghetto was the largest and most notorious Nazi slave labor camp, a bourgeois Austrian named Walter Genewein, the ghetto's chief accountant, procured a Movex 12 camera that was confiscated from a Jewish prisoner. He used his position to secure a...
  • God Willing

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    My parents took a trip to Las Vegas, last month which meant they wouldn't be joining us for Passover.

    So I have four new questions for this year.

    "If you're not visiting now, when will you come to visit?" "Next year we'll come to you," said my father, adding the words, "God willing."...

  • The Kubrick Legacy

    By Ivor Davis

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The news of director Stanley Kubrick's death in England is a premature finis to an unprecedented career in film.

    To legions of fans and wannabe filmmakers, the 70-year-old filmmaker was a master. More than Welles, Hitchcock, Ford, Lean or Kurosawa, all of who received the Director's...

  • The Day the Music Stopped

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    On a warm summer day last year, Marc Alexander stood before a plaque on the old apartment building at 49 Smoke Street in Berlin, thinking of his grandfather.

    The plaque announced that here, in a garret flat in 1927, a drama student conducted auditions for what would become the sassy...

  • Glorifying DiMaggio, but Not His Times

    By Yehuda Lev

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    By the time you read these words, the death of Joe DiMaggio will be old news. I grew up in a New York City in which he was the greatest of our sports heroes, and I was blessed as a child with an Uncle Ike who took me to the bleachers in Yankee Stadium. My love for baseball and...

  • Bargaining with God

    By Tom Tugend

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Passover already ranks as the favorite Jewish family observance, but can anticipation of the holiday also extend life? Apparently so, says David Phillips, a sociology professor at UC San Diego.

    He believes that older people can, in effect, will themselves to postpone death in order to...

  • The Mitzvah of Tzedakah

    By Barry A. Fisher

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Last month, the major private Swiss banks signed an agreement to implement the $1.25 billion fund to pay to survivors of Nazi-era crimes or their heirs. So far, this is the only major settlement in the raft of cases -- some 28 to date, with more to be filed shortly -- that seek...
  • Old Friends

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I have just emerged from a four-day conversational jag with an old friend who was visiting me from New York. There is something intoxicating about such reunions -- a bit like a family gathering that suddenly and unexpectedly takes you back to an earlier and different life.

    My old...

  • Cinema Judaica

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In years past, the Sundance Film Festival -- a two-week marathon of industry schmoozing, skiing and screenings in Park City, Utah -- has served as the launching pad for Jewish independent cinema. The gematria-laced, sci-fi-tinged "Pi," the Simon Wiesenthal Center-produced Oscar...

  • Her Story of Resurrection and of Human Resiliency

    By Rabbi Jack Riemer

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "A Woman's Voice"

    by Marlene Adler Marks

    (On The Way Press, $l2.95)

    Every Friday afternoon, before Shabbat begins, I go for my Marlene Adler Marks fix. I turn on my computer to America Online; from there I go to Channels, then Lifestyle, then Spirituality, then Judaism, then Jewish...

  • ‘We Made Him a Symbol’

    By James D

    February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Even the weather suggested mourning; at the Jordanian Embassy in northwest Washington, a cold drizzle turned the adjacent construction sites into mud holes, and a large portrait of King Hussein, who died on Sunday, was streaked with rain. Still, a steady procession of mourners...

  • A Royal Concern

    By Eric Silver

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At the height of the Yom Kippur War, when Israel was rushing all available combat troops to the Syrian and Egyptian fronts, an Israeli official was asked who was defending the eastern border. "King Hussein," he replied, "as usual."

    The ailing monarch has not always been the truest of...

  • ‘Last Days’ of Innocence

    By Tom Tugend

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "There was no magic to our survival. It was sheer, pure, unadulterated luck, for men and women infinitely more worthy perished," Congressman Tom Lantos said at an advance screening of "The Last Days." "Life is unfair, and there is no more dramatic example than the lottery of death we...

  • What’s It All About?

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's past midnight, and I can't sleep. I call a friend back in San Francisco, a scientist I know who is really good at thinking.

    "Hi, it's Teresa. I was just wondering, What's it all about?"

    "It's about two hours after my bedtime. What's what all about?"

    "What's life all about? What is...

  • Inside Out

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When I first started out as a journalist, fresh from graduate school, I thought of my profession as that of the perennial outsider, a stranger who would pack up and leave the next day. "Objectivity" was my watchword. I had a friend who did not take a cup of coffee at a press...

  • Is Cloning Good?

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Looking for a scenario that's chock full of ethical problems? Imagine this: Alexander Schwartz, a Nobel Prize-winning mathematician, is severely ill and depressed and has asked his doctor to terminate his life. Schwartz's wife wants to genetically alter an embryo the couple implanted...

  • The Ghosts of ‘Riga’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    While writing an aria based on a speech by Joseph Goebbels, for his 1991 opera, "The Ghosts of Versailles," William M. Hoffman was visited by ghosts of his murdered family.

    "I started to wonder what I would be doing if I were at that moment in Auschwitz," says the award-winning...

  • Parents As Pillars

    By Rabbi Janet Ross Marder

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    My daughter has always been the squeamish type. Once, when she was about 4 years old, we were talking about the exodus from Egypt -- the dark night of watching, when God told the Israelites to slaughter lambs and smear the blood on the doorposts of their houses so that the Holy One...

  • Rebel with Another Cause

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Think Jean-Claude van Itallie, and you think, "icon of the 1960s."

    He is a legendary figure in the downtown New York theater scene and the author of "American Hurrah," considered to be a watershed political play of the Vietnam War era.

    Of late, the 62-year-old playwright has also...

  • Lessons in Civic Responsibility

    By Beverly Gray

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Five years ago, a school group from Oakland laughed and jeered throughout a screening of "Schindler's List." This fiasco convinced Steven Spielberg that many students needed careful preparation before viewing his film. So the director asked Facing History and Ourselves to develop...

  • Community Briefs

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Full Circle

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    "Phantom," "Les Mis," and now... "Masada: The Musical."

    "Masada" is based on the mass suicide of 967 Jews who preferred death to enslavement by the Romans who had held their desert mountaintop fortress under siege.

    Creator Shuki Levy isn't your typical Broadway composer. He's a former...

  • Seeking Moral Restitution

    By James D

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This week's Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets was intended to zero in on the rapidly growing list of stolen Jewish property and the governments that have balked at returning it. But growing unease among Jewish leaders over the relentless focus on property and not "moral...

  • A Talk About Death

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Leon Wieseltier did not want to talk about death. I, of course, wanted to talk about nothing else.

    "It's over for me," the tall, lanky, white-haired professorial-looking author told me of his new book, "Kaddish." "I did it already."

    Well, not quite. "Kaddish" is a 588-page journal of...

  • Out of the Shadow

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Life is strange. Death makes better material.

    Look at the best-seller list. Leon Wieseltier's "Kaddish" and Naomi Levy's "To Begin Again" are selling thousands. "Tuesdays with Morrie," No. 1 for more than a year, is now a classic: Nice Jewish professor teaches student about dying.

    I...

  • A Life is a Terrible Thing to Waste

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Every textbook of religion will tell you that death is the great catalyst of spirituality. Religion, it is argued, comes to answer the problem of death. But, if that is so, where is the tractate of Talmud that deals with death? Talmud Shabbat details the laws of Sabbath, Ketubot...
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