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  • Kirk Douglas’ Greatest Role

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Douglas in "Cast a Giant Shadow."

    After surviving a 1991 helicopter crash, Douglas,80, has taken a greater interest in Judaism.


    Kirk Douglas' Greatest Role

    The legendary actor rediscovers and redefines his Jewish side

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    When Kirk Douglas was in his...

  • Trial by Humor

    By Linda Feldman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A few Sundays ago, while a tropicalFlorida rainstorm raged outside, my second cousin Laura,granddaughter of my aunt Ruthie, married Geraldo Morales, in aceremony led by a pastor who quoted Jeremiah and mentioned Jesus onlyonce (we were all counting). The groom's family was dressed in...

  • A Brave Show of

    By Eric Silver

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "When's our luck going to run out?" my wife askedafter last week's triple suicide bombing on Jerusalem's Ben-Yehudashopping street. "They're getting nearer every time." It was one ofthose days when people phone around to count their friends.

    We live downtown. In March 1996, one of the...

  • Putting Dinner in the Dinner Date

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I remember coming home from my first date witha boy.

    There was my mother, waiting up in the buzzyfluorescent light of our kitchen. She was gripping a cup ofalready-cold tea, her elbows propped up on the table. She wouldprobably want to know everything -- if I liked him, if he liked...

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  • A Walk on the Troubled Side

    By Rabbi David Fox

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I confess. I have some prejudices. Example: I want my children to marry Jews. Beyond that, I am comfortable with other people. I try to avoid racial humor, even when there is a good punch line. I'm a clinical psychologist and a professor, and I serve a multicultural population....

  • Searching for Hannah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Yehiel Gubani read the shocking story in the Los Angeles Times last week, he thought of his mother's fervent wish before she died in December.

    "She kept saying, 'I want you to find your sister,'" says the Yemenite-Israeli émigré, 46, a plumbing contractor who lives in Los...

  • A Taste of Kosher L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Think kosher food, and you think blintzes, kishke, brisket, tsimmes, matzo balls, corned beef on rye.

    You don't immediately think of fajitas, smoked-salmon quiche, turkey burgers with onion rings, rosemary-grilled breast of chicken with braised leeks and forest mushrooms, or...

  • Happy Anniversary

    By Beverly Gray

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My 25th wedding anniversary iscoming up fast. Wish me luck.

    I'll need all the good fortune I can muster,thanks to one of the ways I've chosen to mark this momentousoccasion. Of course, Bernie and I will be celebrating conventionally,with a party for some of our oldest friends. But, in...

  • Dignity on Display

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Visitors to the museum discover the world of children who can'tsee, or can't hear, or have mental or other physicaldisabilities.


    How does it feel to be deaf? What does it mean tobe blind? What does a child in a wheelchair do at aplayground?

    Children and adults who visit the latest...

  • Languishing in Isolation

    By Eric Silver

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Imad Masalmeh dozes in the doorway of his fruit and vegetable store in Bethlehem's wholesale market. It is noon. On a normal August day, you would have to elbow your way through a crush of Palestinian mothers, prodding for ripeness, bargaining over price, lugging home plastic baskets...
  • Revitalizing Our Past and Future in Pico-Union

    By Joel Kotkin

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Among these earlier settlers were many Jewish families, who, notinterested in joining the growing ersatz shtetl up in Boyle Heights,built their graceful homes in the tony new district.

    "That area was for the more affluent families -- it wasn'tworking-class like Boyle Heights," says...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    Roller-Coaster Life

    Dear Deborah,

    I have had a strange, traumatic, roller-coaster life, but I havefinally settled down with a truly wonderful man. The problem I haveis that I cannot understand why I feel so empty and have no sexualdesire whatsoever for my prince.

    When I was small, my...

  • A Modern Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A Modern Grandfather

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    They don't make grandparents like they usedto.

    Time was when the doddering old dears couldn't imagine a greaterthrill than having the grandkids over and spoiling them rotten.

    Nowadays, a phone conversation is more likely to go like...

  • A Family Doctor

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. William H. Parker talks, women listen. As chair of theobstetrics and gynecology department at Santa Monica-UCLA MedicalCenter and a clinical professor at the UCLA School of Medicine, hisjob depends on being able to give clear, calm answers to the fraughtquestions of women's...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain anyJews? For years, the myth has been that it didn't, or, if there wereany, they were passing as something else.

    But it turns out that there are more Jews in...

  • Make the Time Count

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Child rearing, it turns out, is a relativelyshort-term project. The truth is that we don't have them for verylong. Eighteen years, that's all. Eighteen years, from birth untilthey move away to Stanford. If your child is 5, you've got 13 yearsleft. If your child is 8, you've got 10...
  • ‘What’s the Meaning of Life ?’

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Love answering children's questions. I'll visit a classroom and face an eager chorus of "DidGod create dinosaurs?" and "Where do people go when they die?" Then,at the end, there's always one wise guy, who smirks and asks, "What'sthe meaning of life?" I love that kid. I admire his...

  • LettersPublic vs. Day Schools

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It was with dismay and embarrassment that I read
    your cover story "Beyond Their Means" (July 18). As a
    committed Jew, I am appalled at the attitude of the
    people quoted in the article who seem to think that their
    children have the "right" to a Jewish day school
    education. It astounds...
  • The Good Son

    By Linda Feldman

    July 31, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    My birthday used to be celebrated as if it were a national holiday. From the backyard pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey days to the touch football games on the beach at Easthampton, July 16 was a date inscribed in infamy.

    My children forgot my birthday at their own peril. So they never did....

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Family events do not necessarily create closeness. Painting "Tompkins Square Park" by Morris Shulman, from "The Jews in America," 1994

    One Big, Happy...

    Dear Deborah,

    I have always had the fantasy of having a big family. I complained bitterly to my parents about being a single child,...

  • LettersDefending Dad

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A copy of the Jewish Journal of March 21 has just come to my possession with an article entitled "An Unfashionable Opinion" by Sally Ogle Davis. This is based on the film "Shine" and an interview with Gillian and David Helfgott.

    Davis describes David's father's depiction in the film...

  • Letters

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Responses to Sexuality

    I was disappointed by your June 27 issue, which overall equates non-marital sex with maturity, and warns parents not to be judgmental about their children's behavior. In light of evidence showing that people who are sexually active prior to marriage have more...

  • From Sexuality to Sensuality

    By Linda Feldman

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    There we were, my family, 11 anarchists cruising down to Ensenada for four days on the Viking Serenade, celebrating my mother's 85th birthday. I roomed with the birthday girl in one of those cabins where you have to yell, "Watch out!" when you exit the lavatory.

    When we returned, I...

  • On Exhibit: Diplomats and Émigrés

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hiroki Sugihara (foreground) is among the five Simon Wiesenthal Center honorees in the new exhibit, "Visas for Life: The Righteous Diplomats." Members of a small and select club were remembered and honored on Monday with the opening of the exhibit "Visas for Life: The Righteous...
  • LettersBilingual Blues

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I have just read the article "Bilingual Blues," by Joel Kotkin in the June 20 issue, and agree with him in supporting the initiative "English for Children," provided the assimilationist ideology of the "one nation" concept is deleted from the measure.

    I am a credentialed elementary...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Illustration from "Painting with Passion," 1994. Photo-illustration by Carvin Knowles

    Losing My Religion

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, and we have amicably worked everything out -- finances, custody, etc. What has become acrimonious and ugly are our...

  • A House Divided

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My grandparents were Orthodox Jews. They arrived on these shores shortly before the onset of the first world war and had four children, two sons and two daughters. Two of the children were artist-intellectuals, somewhat on the bohemian side (a musician and an artist) and quite...
  • Up Front Books that Cook

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    You can write a decent Jewish cookbook by collecting the recipes of decent Jewish cooks, or you can write a truly fine Jewish cookbook by compiling the recipes of fine cooks who happen to be Jewish. Make sense? It will when you consider two of the newest entries to the Jewish cooking...
  • Daring To Be Different

    By Diane Arieff

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As any parent will tell you, shepherding girls over the treacherous bridge of adolescence is no easy task. Making sure that there is a Jewish dimension to the journey adds other challenges. There are no easy answers. But a conversation with Tamar Frankiel seems a good place to begin....

  • The Good Lieutenant

    By Tom Tugend

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "When I started this work two years ago, I was like a young child," says Cheli. "Now, many times I feel like an old woman."

    Cheli is a lieutenant in the Israeli army's Nachal Brigade, and when one of the young soldiers in her unit is killed, she goes to his parents, tells them how...

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