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  • First Person - A Coming Out (of Egypt) Story

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen years ago this month, I planned to take the Passover message of liberation to heart. I was going to come out of the closet to my sister and my parents and, in doing so, free myself from the bondage of keeping this huge and personal part of me from them. I was going to...

  • PASSOVER: Don’t Be a Slave to Tradition

    By Joel Haber

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I was growing up, I never had to ask my mother what she would be serving at the seder. It was essentially the same menu every year: dishes like homemade chopped liver, chicken soup with matzah balls, turkey with gravy, mom's special "Shabbos potatoes" (first boiled then roasted...

  • Let My People Watch TV

    By Tom Tugend

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The story of the Exodus from Egypt makes for great cinema and stunning visual effects, as Cecil B. DeMille and Charlton Heston proved half a century ago.

    Now a new version of "The Ten Commandments," with its timeless themes of slavery and freedom, faith and doubt, adultery and...

  • Pupils Vote Yes on Democratic School

    By Dina Kraft

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Under a classroom's fluorescent lights, students and teachers scramble to find seats. An important "Parliament session" is under way as together, they hammer out a plan for allocating the school's activities budget.

    The scene is the Hadera Democratic School in Israel, where students...

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  • Moses and King

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This past week, we observed the birthday of a great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was able to move his people from seeing and believing his great vision to acting, responding and persevering in the face of violent opposition. In this way, King was like Moses in this week's...

  • Alito Protects Minority Rights

    By Jeffrey N. Wasserstein

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's axiomatic that Jews tend to view all news through the lens of "but is it good for the Jews?" It's therefore no surprise that this filter now is being brought to bear on my former boss and mentor, Judge Samuel Alito Jr., who has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Based...

  • Rosa Parks’ Message for Today

    By Leonard Fein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    There's been considerable coverage these last days of Rosa Parks, whose death a full half-century after the brief episode that rendered her an "icon" calls to mind a long-ago time. But there's been little evocation of the events and circumstances that earned Parks her iconic status,...

  • We Must Heal Divide Over Life Views

    By Rabbi Eliyahu Stern

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The first half of the 20th century saw Americans locked in a fierce ideological debate surrounding economic class and the distribution of wealth.

    In the second half of the century, the cultural wars addressed issues of race and gender.

    As we stand at the dawn of the 21st century, a...

  • Iranian Community Mourns Its ‘Anchor’

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    More than 2,000 mourners packed the Nessah Cultural Center in Beverly Hills this summer to bid farewell to Hacham Yedidia Shofet. During the funeral, the powerful sound of the shofar blended with the recorded voice of Shofet, who at his own request, led a prayer at his funeral. His...

  • Formula Could Combat Campus Racism

    By Judea Pearl

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the past three months, I have visited four "troubled" campuses -- Duke, York (Canada), Columbia and UC Irvine -- where tensions between Jewish and anti-Zionist students and professors have attracted national attention. In these visits, I have spoken to students, faculty and...

  • Moving Forward Passover

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    I was sitting at lunch with my best friend the other day discussing life. This is her tsuris at the moment: she is involved with a guy who loves her very much, accepts her unconditionally, is cute, bright, Jewish, healthy, loyal. But she knows that he is not the one. She is so...

  • 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...

  • Iran to L.A.—Hope, Hardship Mark Path

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Jahangir Javaheri lived a full life in Iran as a pharmaceutical retailer, complete with a nice car, large house and the esteem and satisfaction that came with being a leader within the nation's small but cohesive Jewish community. Yet he wanted something more for his family,...

  • After the Ashes

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On a rabbinic mission to Israel in 1998, Natan Sharansky, then Israel's minister of industry and trade, addressed our group.

    Sharansky recounted to us how he was invited to visit Russia a year after his election to the Knesset. It was the first time in history that a past prisoner...

  • High Court Hears Prison Religion Case

    By Matthew E. Berger

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

      

    The U.S. Supreme Court seems poised to side with American Jewish organizations advocating for religious minorities' rights in prison.

    While it's impossible to determine how the high court justices will rule later this year, Jewish organizational officials who listened to oral...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Forefathers of freedom

    "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." – Abraham Lincoln

    What did Moses and Abraham Lincoln have in common? The answer is: They both helped to abolish slavery. Lincoln set in motion the idea of a...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fight for Freedom

    In last week's Torah Portion, the Israelites sat back and watched as God brought seven plagues upon the Egyptians. This week, in Parshat Bo, we read of the last three plagues. All of a sudden, the Israelites are told that they must help God in the last plague...

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    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Tuesday after Labor Day found many kids returning to school from summer vacation. While those at Beverly High showed up in summer tan-revealing tanks and short shorts, at Milken Community High School, neither tank top, nor short shorts, nor T-shirt could be seen.

    Milken has...

  • Dream Achievement

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Songbird" by Walter Zacharius (Atria Books, $24).

    In writing his first novel, "Songbird," Walter Zacharius has come to realize that being an author is far more difficult than being a publisher. The 80-year-old founder, chairman and CEO of Kensington Publishing has just published a...

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    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Tuesday after Labor Day found many kids returning to school from summer vacation. While those at Beverly High showed up in summer tan-revealing tanks and short shorts, at Milken Community High School, neither tank top, nor short shorts, nor T-shirt could be seen.

    Milken has...

  • Milken Dress Code

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Tuesday after Labor Day found many kids returning to school from summer vacation. While those at Beverly High showed up in summer tan-revealing tanks and short shorts, at Milken Community High School, neither tank top, nor short shorts, nor T-shirt could be seen.

    Milken has...

  • Q&A With Jamie Court

    By Marc Ballon

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Consumer advocate Jamie Court has seen the enemy, and it is big, powerful and growing. Court, president of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights in Santa Monica, worries that multinationals are systematically whittling away our privacy, freedoms and safety. Unless society...
  • AIPAC Gives Bush Standing Ovations

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush knew what he was doing when he took his case for staying the course in Iraq to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). No audience appreciates the president more for sticking to his guns in the Middle East than the pro-Israel lobby in Washington.

    Bush...

  • Failure to Elect Kerry Will Hurt Israel

    By Daphna E. Ziman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am a sabra, a native Israeli. I am also an American. I grew up with the Israeli and American flags crisscrossing my wall. They symbolized freedom to me.

    Throughout my life I've loved Israel, always appreciating the American Jewish community's commitment to my homeland. My husband...

  • Shavuot: A Link to God

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Why is the festival of Shavuot called 'The time of the giving of our Torah' and not the time of the receiving of our Torah? Because the giving of the Torah happened at one specified time, but the receiving of the Torah happens at every time and in every generation. -- Rabbi Meir...

  • Falsely Imprisoned Man Files Claims

    By Adam Wills

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It took a Long Beach Superior Court judge two minutes to free Thomas Lee Goldstein on April 2, releasing him after almost a quarter century behind bars for a crime he didn't commit. The white-haired former Marine from Kansas mourned a lifetime of missed opportunities.

    "I was 31 years...

  • Russian Singer’s Star Shines Again

    By Lea Silverman

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The waitress at Canter's Deli looks vaguely annoyed as Aida Vedischeva makes herself at home in a back booth, spreading her memorabilia across the table. The Russian singer is coiffed in the platinum blonde Marilyn-style hairdo of decades ago, and her green eyes are brought out by...

  • Iraq Situation: It’s Vietnam Deja Vu

    By Gordon Livingston

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Determination is a virtue. Remember how determined we were in Vietnam?

    No bunch of barefoot peasants was going to force the United States of America to cut and run. No sir. Through eight long years and 58,000 dead soldiers we demonstrated our refusal to be cowed.

    We were in...

  • Israel Needs Hope for Survival

    By Ambassador Yuval Rotem

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 60 years ago, out of the ashes of the Holocaust, thousands of Jews came with not much more than the shirts on their backs to a land recognizable only as a collective and distant memory. There they found other Jews who had been there for several years, working to forge a new...

  • Redemption!

    By David Finnigan

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    On an alcohol-free St. Patrick's Day in the tranquil, grassy courtyard of a Westside recovery house for Jewish drug addicts, a former addict displayed his battle scars from 17 years of relentless freebasing, mainlining, snorting, bingeing, shooting up and coming down. The ex-addict's...

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