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  • Hey Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In these portions, the borders of Israel are drawn in two different ways. Unfortunately, they conflict. Mattot indicates Israel's borders extend from the Nile River to the Euphrates River. But Maseh is much more moderate and reports Israel's borders are between Dan and Beersheva.


  • Happy Campers

    By Steve Getzug

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Norman and Lela Jacoby are talking about Camp Ramah again.

    They are playfully finishing each other's sentences, aiming for the right adjectives, the right phrasing to describe a place in Ojai that they say has meant so much to their family.

    Their words burst out like a riot of campers...

  • New Film Packs Heat

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Two memories prompted James D. Stern's debut feature film, "It's the Rage," a parable about gun violence starring Gary Sinise, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, Anna Paquin and David Schwimmer.The first involved a bullied 6-year-old who snapped and ran amuck with a butcher knife at Stern's...

  • Selective Memory

    By Stuart Schoffman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's not easy being 52, especially when you're a country. Israel and I are the same age, and I get the feeling it's harder on her than on me. The other night my high school classmates living in Israel got together for a 35th reunion. There were 116 graduates of our modern-Orthodox...

  • Farewell to a Friend

    By Eric Silver

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israel had good reason to remember King Hassan II of Morocco as "a friend and a statesman," and not just because of his tireless efforts to build bridges between the Jewish state and its Arab neighbors.

    Secret cooperation between the Moroccan and Israeli intelligence services began in...

  • Send in the Clowns

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Girl meets clown.

    Girl is fascinated by clown, who is a bona fide graduate of clown college and can walk on stilts. Girl also can't help but notice clown is tall and handsome and can stick a long nail all the way up his nose. Girl makes it obvious that she wouldn't be adverse to the...

  • Strangers No More

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Each Yom Kippur, a vestigial loneliness creeps over me. I achingly feel that my parents and family are back East; that my cousins live in Japan; that some of my dearest are dead. On this day, dispersion and alienation seeps in, and I cling to my community like fog to the shore. And...
  • Still Dead

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Jane and I met for dinner last week andhad a good laugh about death. California's political campaign seasonis just commencing, and we were discussing, in an offhand way, whatmy husband, an attorney, might have made of an upcoming ballotproposition were he still among us.


  • The Exodus

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Susie asked me to recommend a "goodhaggadah" for her seder. Tell me first about your guests, I said. Arethere many children? Grandparents? Republicans? Buddhists? Today,selecting a haggadah is a form of Rorschach test, a unique,personalized snapshot of you in the here and...

  • On Finding Friends

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    By Teresa Strasser, Contributing Writer
    "Don't you want to play with the other little girls?" my grandmother asked me one summer, while the two of us sat on a park bench near a pack of screaming children.

    I buried my head deeper into my book.

    "Just go up and introduce yourself," she...

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