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  • Where Were the Rabbis?

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Counselors and staff of the Jewish Community Centers in Los Angeles were overwhelmed by the kindness and support of local clergy in the aftermath of the Aug. 10 shooting, which left five wounded. But they were surprised and disappointed by the fact that it was almost exclusively...
  • Ten Days of Atonement

    By Jamie Pachino

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A year after my father's unexpected death from a kidney transplant, I returned home.

    Six months earlier, my mother had sold our house, the one I had lived in my entire life. The synagogue was the same. The family was the same. Their friends were the same.

    Only one thing was different....

  • Orthodox Community Protests Police Shooting

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of strictly Orthodox Jews took to the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., this week to protest the fatal shooting by police officers of an emotionally disturbed member of the community.

    The shooting victim, Gary Busch, 31, was felled by a hail of bullets Aug. 30 after he attacked a...

  • Furrow Enters Innocent Plea

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A judge entered an innocent plea for Buford O. Furrow Jr. at the white supremacist's arraignment in federal court Monday.

    Furrow has allegedly confessed to killing U.S. postal worker Joseph Ileto and to a shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, in which five...

  • Furrow, Security and Hate

    By Tom Tugend

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Buford O. Furrow Jr. will be tried first in federal court on charges of murdering a U.S. postal carrier. The state trial of the confessed gunman for the alleged shooting spree at the North Valley Jewish Community Center will be delayed until after the federal case is concluded.


  • Farewell to a Friend

    By Eric Silver

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel had good reason to remember King Hassan II of Morocco as "a friend and a statesman," and not just because of his tireless efforts to build bridges between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors.

    Secret cooperation between the Moroccan and Israeli intelligence services began in...

  • First Impressions

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Samantha and I got home at midnight from the amazing Diana Krall concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I felt the rare, luxurious mother-daughter-school's out companionship that vindicates the wear-and-tear of parenting. The great jazzy rough-and-tumble, piano-and-smoke Krall performance...

  • The Differences Between Men and Women

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    All of us have observed an event or participated in a conversation only to come away with a perception of what happened that's completely different from the interpretations of others.

    I imagine Moses' final speech to the Jewish people was such an experience, especially between men and...

  • 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...

  • Number Our Days ... Slowly

    By Adam Gilad

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    I used to play this math game in my head when I was a kid. I'd sit on the little grassy hillside overlooking the jungle gym and kickball games during recess and speculate about the year in which I would die.

    "Born in '61," I'd hum to myself, "and if I died when I'm 30 ..."--which...

  • Missionary Passions

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Five years after his death, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson seems to be influencing more people than he ever did in life. But not in ways he might have expected.

    It's ironic, perhaps. Pundits were sure that Schneerson's demise in June 1994 would lead to the disintegration of the...

  • Israel’s Answer to Littleton

    By Larry Derfner

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There was a time when news of the high school massacre in Littleton, Colo., would have struck Israelis as incomprehensible, evidence of some strange, alien disease floating around America, to which Israel was certainly immune.

    Not anymore. If anything, Israelis are waiting for a...

  • Family Feud

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, on a visit to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, I shared an elevator ride with a well-dressed man who was carrying a bulging portfolio under his arm. Wondering what he was doing in the hospital, I inquired about the nature of his visit. He replied that he was a lawyer visiting a...
  • Discovering Zion

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    State Sen. Richard Alarcon, along with state Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa and 16 other guests of the Anti-Defamation League, spent the week of April 24-30 touring Israel. The trip ran simultaneously with that of Children of the Dream, an ADL project to foster mutual respect...
  • Norway to Pay Shoah Victims

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Norway has begun accepting applications for the approximately $60 million fund it created in March for Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Applicants will be eligible for as much as $25,500. Further information is available from: The Ministry of Justice, Civil Department, P.O. Box 8005...

  • The Golem in Our Midst

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The great rabbi of 16th-century Prague, Rabbi Yehuda Loew, received word of a coming blood libel, an attack on his community. So he prayed for divine help. In a dream, he saw 10 Hebrew words in alphabetical order: "Create a Golem of Clay, Destroy Those Tearing Israel's Heart."


  • The Columbine Connection

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Before I get to the Jewish connection in the Littleton, Colo., murders, a statement of empathy.

    In the early hours after the killings at Columbine High School, a terrifying vulnerability swept over me and virtually all the parents of adolescents in my group. As soon as the kids went...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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