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  • ‘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.


  • 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...
  • Director Under ‘Siege’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ed Zwick, the director of "Glory" and "Courage Under Fire," is finding himself under siege.

    Critics are charging that his new film, "The Siege," in which the government incarcerates Arab Americans after Middle Eastern terrorists detonate bombs in New York City, dangerously stereotypes...

  • A New Lease on Life

    By  Orit Arfa

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    About two-and-a-half years ago Michael Goldberg's life was on the line. A diabetic since he was a teen-ager, his kidneys began to fail him at 36. The only hope for Michael's survival was a kidney and pancreas transplant. Due to a shortage of organ donors throughout the country,...
  • Notes From Friday Night

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Here's a list of nicknames that friends have given various men in my life: Dead Dad Guy, Dead Sister Guy, Institutionalized Mother Man, Dead Dad Guy II, The Gambler and the ever-popular Mack Truck Collision Victim.

    Well, everybody has a type.

    Leave it to me. I'll go to a party and find...

  • Accidental Death in Utah

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Orel in Hebrew means God's light. Orel Gigi was only 4 1/2 years old when she died in a car accident on Aug. 2, but to her parents and all who knew her, she was like her name -- a ray of divine light. "Her smile and outstretched arm towards anybody was magic, and a heart could not...
  • Arafat’s Dictatorship

    By Larry Derfner

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Charges that Yasser Arafat and the Palestinian Authority are running a corrupt, brutal police state are no longer being voiced only by the Israeli right wing; they are now coming from Palestinian nationalists who, before the Oslo Accord, fought the Israeli occupation.

    Bassem Eid, who,...

  • 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...
  • The Passin of Tom Bradley

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Bradley was buried Monday, hailed as Los Angeles' longtime mayor, statesman, leader and friend. His is a grand biography; a son of Texas sharecroppers and the grandson of slaves, Bradley broke down ethnic and class barriers and forged a new multiracial political base that...
  • Masada Madness

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Kostner's children were found dead in the back of a borrowed Isuzu Trooper on June 26, 1994, killed by a combination of tranquilizers and suffocation. Both showed signs of struggle. Kostner was in the front seat, unconscious from an overdose of the...

  • Power, Politics And People

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Along with news of its editor's death, the YiddishForward of May 15 carried front-page reports about India's nucleartests, the U.S.-Israeli diplomatic crisis, the naming of a specialprosecutor to probe the secretary of labor, and Israel's new militarychief of staff.

    It was vintage...

  • Life and Death with Morrie

    By Avi Lidgi

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Mitch Albom,highly decorated sportswriter for the Detroit Free Press, has probedevery subject from Dennis Rodman to Latrell Sprewell. Yet hisbest-selling book, "Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man,and Life's Great Lessons," finds him tackling an even more demandingsubject:...
  • Community Briefs

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    They must put something in the water at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Not only did the school recently take first place nationally in the fiercely competitive Academic Decathlon; another team from ECR won the first annual Jewish Quiz Bowl, on April 26, at the Westside...
  • Still Dead

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Jane and I met for dinner last week andhad a good laugh about death. California's political campaign seasonis just commencing, and we were discussing, in an offhand way, whatmy husband, an attorney, might have made of an upcoming ballotproposition were he still among us.


  • Multiple

    By Shlomit Levy

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • Notes from the Village

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In my mind, Icall him Mr. Droopy Pants, my elderly neighbor who shuffles down thehall every morning to steal my paper, his orange toupee askew. I lethim steal my paper because I know it is one of his few pleasures,along with listening to the baseball games that I hear blaringthrough...

  • Harsh Realities on theGround

    By Eric Silver

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My first story as a foreign correspondent postedto Israel was the Lod airport massacre of May 1972, in which threeJapanese revolutionaries mowed down 26 passengers in the arrivalsterminal on behalf of George Habash's Popular Front for theLiberation of Palestine. Quarter of a century...

  • Rabbi Is Held Up at Westchester Synagogue

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, as he worked on his computer in hisoffice at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester, Rabbi MichaelBeals saw a man he didn't recognize walking through the synagogueparking lot. The rabbi waved, thinking the man might be a homelessperson en route to the...

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