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  • Remember Sinai?

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Immediately following the Ten Commandments, we read a series of instructions that seem a little out of place: You shall not make gods of silver alongside me, nor shall you make yourselves gods of gold. You need make for me only an earthen altar and bring your sacrifices there, and I...

  • Friedan: Universal Woman, Particular Jew

    By Blu Greenberg

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Friedan was, like most ordinary mortals, a mass of contradictions.

    She was loud and sometimes imperious, yet she could be charming, funny, gentle, kind and winsome. A public persona, at times her ego needed massaging, but she remained surprisingly unassuming and...

  • Letters

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    We stand guilty as charged -- and we are proud of it.

    David Klinghoffer correctly notes ("In Defense of Jack Abramoff," Jan. 27) that Orthodox writers -- left, right, and center -- expressed their embarrassment about Jack Abramoff's behavior. Jews are meant to be...

  • Holy Moly! Robertson Apologizes

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Rev. Pat Robertson has long preached as though God is on his side -- including when he recently cast the stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as God's punishment for "dividing" the Holy Land by pulling Israel out of Gaza.

    But last week, Robertson apparently...

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  • Abramoff Linked to Jewish Ventures

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Reading the indictment against Jack Abramoff, one might not know that he was prominent in Washington Jewish circles. But in coming months, his ties with Jewish and Israeli organizations may emerge as a prominent piece in the lobbyist's web of questionable activities.

    Last week,...

  • Foul Mouths

    By Rob Eshman

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This is my fourth presidential scandal. Watergate was my first, and it had the counterintuitive effect of making me less -- rather than more -- cynical about government. The dirty tricksters were found guilty and almost all of them imprisoned, and the president, who disguised if not...

  • Q & A With Bruce Feiler

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Where God Was Born: A Journey by Land to the Roots of Religion" by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow, $26.95).

    With daily reports of suicide bombings in Iraq, never-ending violence between Israelis and Palestinians and Iran's nuclear threat, it can be hard to imagine the Middle East as...

  • Letters

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Birds and Bees

    Three cheers for the gutsy parent who spoke up about the sexual ethics program at Alonim. ("Beyond the Birds and the Bees," July 17). I was a CIT at Alonim 45 years ago during the "golden days," when founding pioneer Dr. Shlomo Bardin was running the camp.

    We had...

  • Letters

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Young Philanthropists

    I read with interest Daniel Akst's excellent article on youth philanthropy in your July 22 issue, titled, "Getting Kids Into Charity Pays Off Big." The Jewish Journal provides a tremendous service to the community through its informative coverage of this...

  • Agents of Charity

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As I write this The Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Los Angeles' annual gala to be held on June 1, 2005 is a few days away. The honorees are CAA agent Rick Kurtzman; his brother, Fox business affairs executive Howard Kurtzman; and their brother-in-law, William Morris Agent David...

  • Why Scapegoat?

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    On March 31, The New York Times ran an astonishing page: a photo showing Christian, Jewish and Muslim clerics gathered in what the newspaper called "a rare show of unity." What brought these sometime enemies together? The headline told the story: "Religious Chiefs Decry Gay Pride...

  • Principal for a Day, Lesson for a Lifetime

    By Sarah Price Brown

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    This Wednesday dawns as another tough, typical grind for the principal of the Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (SOCES). There's the 7:15 a.m. arrival and the 10 p.m. departure. Then there's the picket line set up by half the teaching staff. And later, the little problem of...

  • Jewish Ethical Views Differ on Schiavo

    By Joanne Palmer

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As a federal court considers whether to reconnect Terri Schiavo's feeding tube, Jewish scholars are turning to halacha, or Jewish religious law, for guidance on the issue.

    Schiavo, the severely brain-damaged Florida woman whose parents and husband have been battling in state and...

  • New Allegations of Forged Hahn Support

    By Idan Ivri

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Several times over the course of this mayoral election season, acquaintances approached Yitzchok Bader, a Jewish studies teacher and volunteer for Hatzolah Los Angeles, and said they heard he endorsed Mayor James Hahn.

    The problem was, he hadn't.

    Bader's name was on an...

  • What’s Next for Shalhevet?

    By Julie G Fax

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sitting at the back of a large multipurpose room packed full of students and staff at Shalhevet's weekly town hall meeting, Jerry Friedman is kvelling at a level usually reserved for grandparents at a bar mitzvah.

    Someone taps him on the shoulder, and Friedman reluctantly excuses...

  • Making the Cut

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 20, 2005 | 7:01 pm

     

    When my aunt Arlene was 24 years old, she paid $500 to have her nose done. The year was 1957. Her father was against it, so she paid for it herself with money she earned at her first teaching job.

    "This was the '50s, mind you, and I think there was an underlying fear of elective...

  • Your Letters

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish Cool

    The torrents of ink on "Jewish hip," "Jewish cool" and "Jewish pop culture" obscures a simple truth: Only Jews who take seriously Judaism -- the religion -- can count on having Jewish grandchildren ("From Jew to Jewcy," July 23). This is because in an open society only...

  • Jewish Law Favors Stem Cell Research

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Even as Ron Reagan makes a case for stem cell research at the Democratic National Convention, Californians may take matters into their own hands. In November, the state ballot will include a 10-year bond issue, which would generate $3 billion for stem cell research. If it passes, the...

  • Justice or Character Assassination?

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Mayersohn feels betrayed by his own professional association that provided "a loaded gun" to an accuser, who wielded it to take aim at his reputation.

    Last month, what Mayersohn described as "a private torment" became a public embarrassment when a charge of sexual...

  • Are Sex Abuse Guidelines Working?

    By Joe Berkofsky

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A lengthy battle over how the Reform movement should handle a charge of sexual misconduct against a California rabbi is coming to a head.

    On June 20, the board of trustees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the movement's rabbinical arm, is expected to decide...

  • The Times Swerves Off the ‘High Road’

    By Tamar Sternthal

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As word of Los Angeles Times Editor John S. Carroll's address on journalistic ethics spread across the Internet, critics were riled by his assertion that the Times is committed to taking the "high road" in comparison to other media outlets nationwide, which are engaging in...

  • Dr. Laura Loses Her Religion

    By Lisa Keys

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Controversial syndicated radio-show host and public advocate of Orthodox Judaism Laura Schlessinger -- "Dr. Laura," as she is known to her 12 million daily listeners -- confessed on air this month that she will no longer practice Judaism.

    Although Schlessinger -- who very publicly...

  • When Bad Things Happen to Good Institutions

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When a University of Judaism (UJ) male administrator and a female student fell together from the second-story window of a Pico-Robertson apartment, hitting the concrete below and landing in the hospital, the story made the news and set community tongues wagging.

    At the time,...

  • Humanist Approach a Must in Medicine

    By Dr. Arnold P. Gold

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Medical practitioners today are faced with onerous economics and an increasingly depersonalized and technically complex health-care system. This reality presents serious challenges to practicing humanistic medicine. It is therefore especially important now to value and re-emphasize...

  • Bringing Caring and God to the Sick

    By Rabbi Simkha Y. Weintraub

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom...." (Psalm 90:12)

    Truth be told, there are no "soft issues" in medical ethics, unless by "soft" we mean the human issues, the matters of the spirit that so influence people's capacity to heal and even (as research...

  • Look to Leviticus

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Every good Hebrew school and day school principal is always seeking to improve and update the curriculum in their school, especially when it comes to the instruction of Bible. The questions that usually come up in Bible curriculum meetings are: where do we begin, what teaching...

  • Educator Sees Needfor Teaching Morals

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Something vital is missing from public and day school curriculums, says Dr. Hanan Alexander, a rabbi, educator and author of "Reclaiming Goodness: Education and the Spiritual Quest" (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001), which received the 2002 National Jewish Book Award in...

  • Man as Creator

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A woman who had taken fertility treatments became pregnant only to learn that she was carrying four embryos. Her doctors suggested multifetal pregnancy reduction, a process to eliminate some of the embryos so that the remaining ones would have a better chance of normal development....

  • Ethics and Ironies

    By Rabbi Avi Shafran

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    At least Ann Landers admitted when she was wrong.

    And while she may have used a pseudonym, Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer claimed only to offer one woman's point of view -- no more, no less.

    Times, alas, have changed, and along with them, The New York Times, whose Sunday Magazine's...

  • Ethics and Warfare

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion opens with a fascinating topic: the psyche of a soldier at war, and the ethical boundaries that even a soldier must observe.

    KiTetze la'milchama: "When you go out to war ... and you take captives and see among the captives a beautiful woman...."

    The Torah...

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