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  • Cleveland kidnappings: We must be our brother’s keeper

    May 14, 2013 | 4:38 pm

    It is not our place to judge the neighbors of Ariel Castro. We don’t know enough about the particular circumstances of those who lived near this man who allegedly held three women hostage for a decade to be able to judge whether things could have been different had they been paying...

  • Dr. David Leo Lieber z"l: To know him was a privilege

    December 25, 2008 | 7:33 pm

    A big part of my adult life has involved trying to live up to what Dr. David Leo Lieber expected of me. Trying to emulate his wisdom, his learning, his kindness, knowing all the while that it would be impossible.

    It is told in the Book of Kings that the prophet Elijah announced to...

  • A self-proclaimed Zionist, Joe Biden is a friend of Israel

    September 11, 2008 | 12:05 am

    I returned from the Democratic National Convention in Denver with the announcement of Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) as the Democratic vice presidential nominee, the memorable acceptance speech by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican...
  • VIDEO: In 2006, Lieberman calls Obama ‘Baruch’ and himself Obama’s mentor

    September 4, 2008 | 3:26 am

    Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn)  on his hopes and dreams for Barack Obama, March 2006:

    “As far as I’m concerned [Barack Obama] is a ‘Baruch,’ which means a blessing. He is a blessing to the United States Senate, to America, and to our shared hopes for better, safer tomorrows for all...

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  • Creating a new community

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I moved from Miami to Los Angeles four months ago with a tenuous plan and a lofty dream, I packed my car with all the things I thought I would need to survive on my own: 600 thread-count Calvin Klein sheets (because a gal's gotta dream), a Proust novel (intellectual sustenance...
  • The Candy Man Can

    By Teresa Strasser

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you've ever tried to split a Big Hunk candy bar -- the kind made out of brittle white nougat and peanuts -- then you understand a typical breakup. It's usually not neat, like a Kit Kat, two for you, two for me, let's go our separate ways and we'll run into each other in three...

  • ‘Talk to You Soon’

    By Dara Lehon

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the record, not all men are creeps. Sure, some creep along to get things done, but most don't mean harm, and there are some really, truly terrific guys out there.

    And get this: Not all men (particularly those who dump you) are idiots. In fact, they know exactly what they're...

  • Scheduled Relaxation

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon I was standing in my shower scrubbing my tile. It suddenly occurred to me -- in the midst of Ajax and scouring pads -- that the man who was ruling my fantasies was on a plane coming back from a sure-it's-professional junket in Las Vegas.

    Something was wrong...

  • Obituaries

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Leonore Arvidson died April 26 at 80. She is survived by her daughter, Enid; son, Dean; grandson, Ben; sisters, Bea (Max) Perlberg and Char Goldberg; and brother, Stan Charnofsky. Mount Sinai

    HERMAN BRAGER died April 23 at 76. He is survived by his wife, Betty; son, Steven;...

  • Obituaries

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    MIRIAM MOLAY ALBIN died April 10 at 89. She is survived by her son, Dr. David; daughter, Judy (Dan) Platus; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Hillside

    Hanriet Shalom Barlava died March 31 at 80. She is survived by her son, Ezatollah; and brother, Jacques. Chevra Kadisha...

  • Obituaries

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ruth Adler died April 8 at 85. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle (Gevik) Bachoian; son, Frank (Karen); five grandchildren; and sister, Bella Cohen. Mount Sinai

    Elana Belinkoff died March 13 at 80. She is survived by her husband, Adar; daughters, Dalia (Ira), Alisa (Howard),...

  • Fit L.A. - The Birthday Party Crasher: Dr. Atkins

    By Judy Gruen

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Over the past few months, I have relished the apparent collapse of the low-carb industry. Low-carb specialty stores and magazines arrived with much fanfare but soon crumbled like a tired soufflé.

    Good riddance to them, I thought -- especially the magazine that tried to bilk me...

  • A Single Problem

    By Rob Eshman

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I have a perfect record in setting up my friends on dates: I have struck out every single time. I am 0 for 20, maybe worse. Only one relationship that I tried to initiate made it past the first date. That one lasted for four years and ended in tears, anguish and confusion. The only...

  • He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Dated

    By Amy Klein

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    You know how Harry Potter has a scar emblazoned on his forehead from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named? Dan has a big T for Trouble on his, marking him as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Dated.

    Let me start in the middle: I go to this party at an awful place in Santa Monica, in some dark and crowded and...

  • A Face in the Internet Crowd

    By Jane Ulman

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As soon as incoming freshman Chana Ickowitz received her UC Berkeley e-mail address, she registered on the online directory facebook.com. There, on her personal profile, she described herself as someone with moderate political views who likes sushi, rainy days, Urban Outfitters and...

  • ‘Love With Noodles’ Rife With Canoodles

    By Dan Pine

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Love With Noodles" by Harry I. Freund (Carroll & Graff, $25).

    Consider the curious case of Dan Gelder: 60 years old, Jewish, paunchy, bad back. Yet it seems every bejeweled Park Avenue matron is after the investment counselor for love, for money or maybe for just a quick roll in...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hey Kids! The Help Goes On

    Los Angeles Jewish schools continue with their efforts to help the hurricane victims. The students from Temple Emanuel donated money, wrote letters, drew pictures and collected shoes for the victims.

    This Sukkot, which begins at sundown, Monday, Oct. 17,...

  • Pope’s Jewish Legacy

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    Though a staunch conservative on most Catholic issues, Pope John Paul II made bettering Jewish-Catholic relations a centerpiece of his policy and took revolutionary strides toward this goal during his more than 26-year reign. The pope repeatedly condemned anti-Semitism,...

  • He’s my ...

    By Teresa Strasser

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The term "boyfriend" is like the knee joint on someone who is morbidly obese. It is being asked to do way more than it was designed

    to do. It is buckling under the pressure. Where it once could do the job, it is now carrying too much weight.

    Example: My grandma had a companion...

  • Friend of the Devils

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Nicole Berger's empathy for demons began early in life."I'm always fascinated by the falling of a soul or the sensitive tender side of an evil character," she said. "When I saw 'The Exorcist,' I thought, 'Why is this demon so screwed up?'"

    That kind of empathy helps to explain the...

  • Flee to Be Me

    By Howard Nemetz

    November 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    What is a friend? When I was a kid, the requirements were none too stringent. Is he in my class? Can I ride my bicycle to his house? Do his parents have any insane "not too much candy before dinner" rules?

    As I got older, other factors became more important. Do we root for the same...

  • Grampa’s Advice: Pass on ‘First-Tell’

    By Saul Turteltaub

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It took me six years of being a grandfather to accept the fact that my grandchildren may not be more brilliant or athletic than everyone else's.

    Here's how I realized it. There's this thing between grandparents I like to call "first-tell." Say you meet your friend, another...

  • Obituaries

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ronald Abelson died July 23 at 75. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; daughter, Kerry Zymelman; and two grandchildren. Sholom Chapels .

    George Alexander died July 20 at 74. He is survived by his sons, Gerald, Robert and Lance; seven grandchildren; and sister, Frances. Groman

    ...
  • Twinning Makes for Double Mitzvah

    By Howard Blas

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A surplus of 13-year-olds and a shortage of Shabbat mornings often means sharing the bar or bat mitzvah experience with a partner. While "sharing" customs vary from synagogue to synagogue, the b'nai mitzvah typically co-lead many of the prayers, divide the Torah and haftarah readings...

  • Competitive Coupling

    By Lori Gottlieb

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When I was offered a job to write on "Significant Others," a new sitcom about marriage, I'm not sure who laughed harder -- my mother or I? As a single woman with accounts on three online dating services, what did I know about marriage?

    Even my agent admitted that I got the gig...

  • Not Another Teen Movie

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Seventy-four percent of all evangelicals feel the mass media are hostile to their moral and spiritual values. -- Religion and Ethics Newsweekly/U.S. News and World Report Poll, April 2004.

    With its satiric take on the zeal of the Christian youth movement, and more broadly, religious...

  • Where You Stand

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We are standing before God and God is standing before us -- especially during this particular time, when certain fundamental liberties are being denied individuals and when justice is being withheld from specific groups -- all in the name of "homeland security." This week's Torah...

  • For the Kids

    By Abbi Gilad

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We Are All Kings

    We are told in parshat Shelach to wear tzitzit, a fringed garment. This is so central to Jewish identity, that the white-and-blue tallit became the model for the Israeli flag. Wearing fringes on the edge of your garment was, in ancient times, a sign that you came...

  • Another Oil Miracle

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a time to recall the miracle that occurred more than 2,000 years ago, and celebrate the discovery of the small amount of oil that burned for eight days, the amount of time needed to prepare pure oil from the local olive trees to rekindle the...

  • Circle of Friends

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Growing up in Orange County, Rebecca Rona did not have a single Jewish friend. While her family practiced Judaism, her parents also encouraged a deep appreciation for other cultures. Her mother was a foreign language teacher, and her whole family was intrigued with languages. Rona...

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