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  • Exercise your right to read—without censorship

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The last week of September is Banned Books Week. Ever read a book from the "Harry Potter" series or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"? Then you've read a banned book -- a book taken off of shelves in a classroom or library at one time because people complained about it....
  • Six self-help books seek to help you get sealed in the Book of Life

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 21, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    In these days of asking tough questions, taking stock, revisiting memories and trying to do better in 5767, books are essential tools. Several new works from different disciplines and traditions, some of which don't mention the words Days of Awe, lend new meaning to the holidays -- on caring for orphans, baking bread, deepening celebrations, understanding forgiveness, practicing kindness, exploring traditional liturgy and rituals.
  • 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...

  • Yom Kippur: Day of Reality for Refugees

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we ask: Who shall live and who shall die? This year, I will observe Yom Kippur -- the holiest day of the Jewish year -- with refugees from Darfur in camps in Chad.

    These survivors have sought sanctuary hundreds of miles from home, in a harsh and...

  • Teshuvah for Tots Sets Right Tone

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    The concept of repentance is hard enough for grown-ups to get, so how do educators make the central themes of the High Holidays real for children?

    While projects like tempera-painted honey dishes and party-whistle shofars are de rigueur, preschool and elementary school teachers take...

  • A Critical Question

    By Rabbi David Woznica

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the most important questions we need to ask ourselves, particularly as we approach Yom Kippur, is: How will we be remembered?

    An incident in the life of Alfred Nobel illustrates how he was unexpectedly forced to face that important question. It is reported that when Nobel's...

  • A 5765 Resolution

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, the late psychologist and author Julius Segal wrote an article of exceptional depth, wisdom and practicality for Parents Magazine. His message was simple: For children to thrive, they must have the respect, acceptance and patience of parents who cherish them.

    Each of these...

  • A 5765 Resolution

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, the late psychologist and author Julius Segal wrote an article of exceptional depth, wisdom and practicality for Parents Magazine. His message was simple: For children to thrive, they must have the respect, acceptance and patience of parents who cherish them.

    Each of these...

  • Guilty of Being Too Guilty

    By Lori Gottlieb

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur reminds me of the time I spent in couples counseling with a serious boyfriend. My boyfriend believed he could be cruel or invasive or dishonest, but as long as he copped to his "sins" once a week, he'd be absolved (especially if he used bogus touchy-feely phrases like "I'm...

  • Students Seek Forgiveness, Too

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Adults aren't the only ones planning to ask God for forgiveness during the High Holidays. As the Day of Atonement approaches, youngsters around Los Angeles are already contemplating the mistakes they've made over the past year. Here is what eight young Angelenos plan to repent for...

  • Got Closure?

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm 18. I'm flipping through my yearbook, reading over the cursive messages of my friends: "Stay sweet" and "Great sitting next to you in French" and "Have a great summer."

    On the next page, there are a few more notes advising me not to change, to remember that night at the beach...

  • Teachable Moment

    By Jane Ulman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that we are created with yetzer hatov (good inclination) or yetzer harah (bad inclination). And, like Harry Potter and the evil Lord Voldemort, they're engaged in a never-ending battle. And have been since birth.

    Indeed, with apologies to John...

  • Blessings Over Curses

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion presents the blessings and curses that follow from observance or defiance of the law. Some people understand this as a rigid system of reward and punishment. Keep the covenant, and all will be well; violate it, and you will suffer.

    The blessings and curses...

  • ‘Camera’ Exposes Director’s Past

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    While growing up on his Encino cul-de-sac in the 1980s, Darren Stein made films with his father's video camera, bossily directing the other Jewish kids like a baby Roger Corman. The sets were backyards; production was every afternoon save for Hebrew school hours at Leo Baeck and...

  • Louie, Louie ... Oh No

    By Stacie Chaiken

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In my family there were no stories, and there was certainly no forgiveness.

    Grandpa Irving, my dad's dad, would never talk about the past, about his father, the Russian Jewish patriarch who brought the family over from the Old Country. Whatever this guy -- my dad said his name...

  • Kristallnacht,  Six Decades Later

    By Edith Basch

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In April of last year, I received the following letter from the city of Graz, Austria, where I was born.

    "On November 9th, 2000, the newly erected synagogue in Graz will be returned to the Jewish community. The return of the synagogue is a visual appeal for forgiveness for the...

  • Familial Forgiveness

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The syllabus for my USC general education class includes both Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and chapters 37-50 of Genesis -- the Joseph story or "novella." These two narratives share themes that commend themselves: forgiveness and reconciliation. Both Prospero and Joseph were set upon...

  • Peace, It’s Wonderful

    By Ivor Davis

    June 8, 2000 | 8:00 pm


    Hebrew for forgiveness, Selichot services are a time of preparation for the New Year, generally held after the conclusion of Shabbat prior to Rosh Hashanah.

    Sat./September 23

    Kehillat Israel: 10 p.m. "Becoming and Believing" Selichot service 16019 Sunset Blvd., Pacific...

  • Please Forgive My Bad Review

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Stan Taubman, I did you wrong. All you did was write a little self-help book called "Ending the Struggle Against Yourself." Unfortunately, you ran into me, and that was your undoing.

    If it makes you feel any better, I've been racked with guilt ever since my review of your book ran...

  • Unmasking Purim’s Heroes—and Ourselves

    By Rahel Musleah

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Who needs Halloween or Mardi Gras? On Purim, themasquerade of characters is lively and intriguing: Spangled Vashtis,bearded Mordechais, snarling Hamans, bejeweled Esthers, silk-robedAhasueruses.

    The secret of Purim, however, is to see beyond themasks. Purim's noise and noshing is...

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