In recent years, in certain circles, it has become fashionable to assert that the Bible is fiction, or that at least key segments of it are fictional. The assertion emanates from two camps. In one of these camps are those who have been described as new or militant atheists. Looking...
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Purim is an extraordinary festival in the Jewish calendar. It can be distinguished from all the other festivals by the character that it was granted in later generations, but mainly by its most primary source - Megillat Esther itself.
The different nature of the Purim customs...
October 10, 2011 | 1:49 pm
A Libyan Jewish exile attempting to restore Tripoli’s main synagogue will leave the country following angry protests.
David Gerbi, who arrived in Libya from Italy this summer when Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi was ousted in a rebellion, agreed Sunday to return to Rome on a military...
December 31, 2008 | 3:33 pmOvernight, they lost their homes, their jobs, their life savings. At nine in the morning, they were well off; by noon, they were impecunious.
All the hard work and planning, the expensive education, the sacrifices, all the good fortune, the street smarts and common sense and old...
November 6, 2008 | 11:05 pmWe're sitting around my parents' dining room in Century City for Shabbat dinner, and the conversation veers toward our childhoods in Iran.
My cousin, who's a few years older than I (though you'd never guess it by looking at her, because she has that remarkable ability to forgive the...
October 10, 2008 | 11:41 pm
“A BBC film sheds startling new light on the underage sex case against the director,” writes David Gritten in the Telegraph:
In any list of globally famous public figures for whom it’s hard to summon sympathy, Roman Polanski would rank high. The brilliantly talented film director, who...
September 4, 2008 | 2:40 am
September 3, 2008 | 10:27 pmI don't know what will become of the legacy of Iranian Jews outside of Iran, how history will judge us in the context of the opportunities we had and the extent to which we helped make the world a better place with what we were given.
I don't know what our kids will think of us 30...
November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm
"Any time you have a community that is erased, it's a tragedy not only for the community but for humanity."
The opening line from the documentary "The Last Jews of Libya" begins a nostalgic visit to an ill-fated community of 25,000 people living between the...
October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm
March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pmIt has taken Nicaragua's new leftist President Daniel Ortega less than two months in office to alienate the country's tiny Jewish community.
They are distrustful of Ortega and his Sandinista movement, after his first term in office from 1979 to 1990 sent the community into exile....
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"The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage," edited by Loolwa Khazzoom (Seal Press, $16.95)
On the last night before her family would flee Libya in 1967, Gina Bublil Waldman recalls that she had to choose between taking her...
April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm
September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm
As recall fever is sweeping the state, a number of cars in the Pico-Robertson and Fairfax neighborhoods are sporting bumper stickers that say "Recall Golus." Who is Golus exactly, you ask? Is it Gray Davis' middle name? The name of the 136th candidate on the ballot?
March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm
"Welcome to Heavenly Heights" by Risa Miller (St. Martin's Press, $23.95).
Many writers have imagined the Jewish immigrant experience, setting their novels and short stories on the Lower East Side and places like that, where newcomers can forge their way to become Americans. Risa...
February 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm
April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pmExiled from Paradise, Adam and Eve lived together east of Eden, struggling to raise children, to scratch a living out of the hard earth, to stay alive.
Finally, in their old age, with children grown, Adam and Eve decided to see the world. They journeyed from one corner of the earth...
October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pmIn 1961, a saddened and disheartened 23-year-old Algerian school teacher and musician named Gaston Ghenassia was merely one of the thousands of refugees on a ship bound for France, leaving his homeland in the aftermath of the Algerian Revolution. Little did he know at the time how...
June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pmIn an ironic twist that Bertolt Brecht would have appreciated, his legendary Berliner Ensemble will make its American debut at UCLA July 7 to 11, and then lower the curtain permanently.
Brecht founded the ensemble in East Berlin in 1949 to direct and present the playwright's own...