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  • 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...

  • Passover Show Honors Oppressed

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "The boy never spoke to anyone about why he didn't want to go home after school....

    Slowly his anger became his new best friend.

    He started to beat up on girls, kill chickens, steal bikes and clothes.

    He would sneak into people's homes just to destroy them." --Daniel Cacho


  • The Network of Terror

    By Micah D. Halpern

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The catastrophic simultaneous terror bombings that rocked Madrid and sent the United States, Israel and other freedom-loving and freedom-seeking countries reeling symbolized more than a small victory of evil over righteousness.

    It was the worse-case scenario for countries at the...

  • My Culture War

    By Rob Eshman

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Freedom of the press is, strictly speaking, the freedom to own a press. Within wonderfully broad limits, The New York Times can say anything it wants, but you can't say anything you want in The New York Times.

    Radio entertainer Howard Stern, as successful and wealthy as he is,...

  • Cherish and Respect

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Ten Commandments are one of the most fascinating documents in the history of mankind. Hundreds of books and thousands of articles and commentaries were written around them. They decorate, in different forms and media, almost every synagogue and public Jewish facility, and...

  • Thanksgiving’s Sukkot Roots

    By Linda Morel

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you know that Thanksgiving is really a Jewish holiday? Although Thanksgiving is not on the Jewish calendar, historians believe that Sukkot may have inspired America's favorite farewell to fall, often nicknamed "Turkey Day."

    "The pilgrims based their customs on the Bible," said...

  • Why I Fast

    By Nathan Gutman

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To me, the Yom Kippur fast always had a special meaning -- and the Yom Kippur of 1944 was particularly special. I fasted on that Yom Kippur, too. I was then prisoner No. 86619 in the slave labor camp of St. Valentin, far in the mountains of Austria.

    On Yom Kippur eve I put the...

  • Israel’s Year of Strength

    By Yuval Rotem

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There are many ways to reflect on the year past and the year to come.

    This year, Israel is celebrating its 56th year of independence. Today's Israel -- a stronghold of democracy, freedom and Judaism -- is the ultimate proof of the triumph of the Jewish people. Israel is the...

  • After the Cease-Fire What Comes Next?

    By Leslie Susser

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As Israel and the Palestinians begin a long-awaited truce, both sides are holding their breath -- and wondering what the United States will do next to advance the "road map" peace plan.

    The late June cease-fire by the three main Palestinian terror groups, declared as the intifada...

  • Every American Deserves Health Care

    By Zev Yaroslavsky

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Following is an abridged version of the address given by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky at the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences commencement ceremony on June 13.

    First, let me congratulate each of you and your families on this milestone in your lives.


  • Kitaj the ‘Diasporist’

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Six years have passed since painter R.B. Kitaj moved from London to Los Angeles, following a hail of criticism and counterattacks (more on that later). Recently, I visited the artist at his home and studio on the occasion of "Los Angeles Pictures," a breathtaking exhibit at Venice's...

  • Explosion of Love in Encino Defeats Hatred

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The response to the attacks in early May against four houses for worship in Encino -- two synagogues, a Baha'i Community Center and a Protestant Church -- shows that the way Americans handle what seemed to be an explosion of hatred defeats that hatred and reinforces our sense of...

  • Home of the Free

    By Joseph Hanania

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The first floor of the building in downtown Paris was shielded by black-tinted glass. It wasn't the clandestine offices of some secret government agency or a gay bar. Rather, it was the synagogue in which my nephew was to be bar mitvahed, with anyone entering the building searched by...

  • The ‘Bogey’ Man

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even though he promises to be a kinder, gentler version of himself, his raspy growl is -- and will be -- unmistakably unchanged.

    After a 19-month hiatus, in-your-face consumer advocate Mike "Bogey" Boguslawski is returning to the tube to do a softer version of his KCBS News segment,...

  • Rockin’ Against Slavery

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rather than speaking out against slavery, local students are rocking out to show their support. "When our club heard that 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. for slavery each year, we felt we had to do something," said Rena Stern, the co-president of the Teen...

  • L.A. GOAL Opens ‘Doors’ at Skirball

    By Ellie Kahn

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sherrie has cerebral palsy, which causes her hands to tremble. So when she was hired to work as an artist for L.A. GOAL in Culver City, she was concerned.

    "I can't paint a straight line, because my hands shake," Sherrie told Susan Wilder, L.A. GOAL's art director.

    "Well, then...

  • Silence on Tolerance Issue Stirs Concern

    By James D. Besser

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders were uncharacteristically silent last week as Islamic groups raged against a Department of Defense decision to allow a notorious Islam basher to deliver a Good Friday sermon at the Pentagon.

    Part of that silence was an accident of timing: the controversy erupted at...

  • The Modern Exodus Should Not Be Forgotten

    By Joseph Abdel Wahed

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As an Egyptian Jewish refugee, I celebrated Passover with special meaning. Passover is a time to commemorate the Jews' liberation from slavery in Egypt in 1300 B.C.E. and return to freedom in Israel.

    At my family seders in Cairo in the 1940s, we felt as if we represented the...

  • We Must Share Our Blessings With the Poor

    By Rabbi Alan Henkin

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As we began our seders this week, one of our first acts was yachatz. We held high a matzah and recited, "Ha Lachma Anya" (behold, the matzah, the bread of poverty, which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt.)

    The very flatness and blandness of the matzah remind us of the empty and...

  • War and Passover

    By Rob Eshman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Of course this Passover will be different from all other Passovers. This Passover is being broadcast on Fox News.

    The retelling of the Exodus resonates with the real images of a real war. The Israelite liberation echoes in the words of President Bush, who now casts the war almost...

  • Biblical Parallel to Iraq War Offers Hope

    By David Klinghoffer

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As I got to work clearing the house of leaven and preparing for seders, I couldn't help noticing that the war in Iraq has coincided with the weeks leading up to Passover.

    The coincidence is eerily appropriate. Jewish tradition teaches that Passover has its origins in an ancient...

  • Songs of Power

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On a December day in 1993, an anxious Lee Hirsch sat on a 747 bound for riot-torn South Africa with $600 and a small video camera.

    The 20-year-old filmmaker didn't know a soul in Johannesburg, but he had two telephone numbers and a mission: To make a documentary about the protest...

  • War necessary and just under Jewish Law

    By Rabbi Irving Greenberg

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One cannot answer the question of whether going to war with Iraq is morally justified without first establishing what state we are in now.

    The truth, which many American Jews find too bitter to swallow, is that we are in a state of total war already. We face an implacable enemy who...

  • Inspiration Burns in Flames of Menorah

    By Rahel Musleah

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Every Chanukah, I am struck by the beauty of my chanukiyah as the flames glow steadily against the darkness around them. It helps that the chanukiyah uses wicks dipped in olive oil, which nourishes them for hours, instead of candles that burn down in half an hour. I usually admire...

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