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  • For Jon Stewart, 9/11 ‘commemoration’ more about 9/13

    September 13, 2011 | 11:47 am

    While perusing my Facebook wall this summer, I got word that a bunch of tickets to a taping of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” was available for the taking. Fingers be nimble, I snapped them up.

    It wasn’t just any taping but the one for Sept. 12, the...

  • MICHAEL JACKSON: Memories of my Childhood

    June 26, 2009 | 2:43 pm

    This column originally appeared in OLAM Magazine, a journal of Jewish spirituality.  Reprinted here with permission of the editor, David Suissa. To read David Suissa’s reflection on meeting Jackson, click here.

    When I look back on my childhood, it is not an idyllic landscape of...

  • Finding the sacred in the mundane

    By Amy Klein

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    My grandparents were not big readers. Their English was slightly accented but fluent -- they both left Poland in their early teens and came to America in the 1920s. But like many Orthodox Jews of their generation, when they had "leisure" time (although I'm not sure they knew the...
  • Stories and essays and pictures illuminate holiday

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "There are many lights in light," according to a line in the Talmud. Hillel's words refer to the blessing over the Havdalah candle, but can be applied no less to Chanukah.

    The most exquisite of new books for the season is not about Chanukah, but about light. An oversize volume, Sam...

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  • People of the Book Essay Contest

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As part of the American Jewish University's Celebration of Jewish Books Festival, students in first through 12th grade submitted essays answering the question: "Jews are the people of the book. What does that mean to you today?" The editorial staff of The Jewish Journal selected...
  • Smarty Pants

    By Abby Gilad

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Albert Einstein was a very smart man -- probably one of smartest people of all time. In 1905, when he was 26, he had a "miracle year," in which he proved the existence and sizes of molecules, explained light as both particles and waves and created the Special Theory of Relativity....

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Hey Arnold !

    There are a lot of new things in our lives. First, we started a New Year. Then, we got a new governor. And now, we start reading the Torah over again (this week's portion: Bereshit). What do you think of the new governor? If you were governor of California, what would...

  • American Identity

    By Howard Kaplan

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "A Jew in America: My Life and a People's Struggle for Identity" by Arthur Hertzberg (HarperSanFrancisco, $29.95).



    Pride in American Jewish life, from the ivory towers to the country club greens, has centered on "Making It," as longtime Commentary Editor-in-Chief Norman Podhoretz...

  • Symbol of All Hopes

    By Stuart Schoffman

    February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    About 20 years ago the Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua wrote an essay called "Exile as a Neurotic Solution," in which he endeavored to explain why so many Diaspora Jews, for many centuries and in our own day, have avoided coming to live in the Land of Israel.

    In 537 B.C.E., wrote...

  • A Magical Season

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    A typical seventh-grade essay might be about a soccer game, a trip to the mall or a favorite pet. But Mathew Rudes isn't a typical 12-year-old, and the essay he wrote for his first-period English class at Porter Middle School in Granada Hills earlier this year wasn't typical either....
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