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  • Five doubting dudes and the holy relics of Mount Mortality

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 16, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    “Protestant,” I lied, not for the first time, when the Holy Mount Athos Pilgrims Bureau officer asked me my religion.

    In January, when my friend Sandy, who was born Greek Orthodox, applied to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow five of us to set foot on the Mount Athos...

  • Dating 101 - The Non-Date

    By Ilana Angel

    July 7, 2013 | 9:56 pm

    After years of comments on my blog, and months of texting, I finally met the man we will call, the “Vegetarian”.   The Vegetarian has been reading my blog on and off for years, comments often, and has not been shy about sharing his take on them.  He shares not only his opinions,...

  • My Beautiful Heart

    By Ilana Angel

    June 30, 2013 | 9:15 pm

    I had a medical situation this weekend and spent most of my time in the hospital. It was scary, and at the same time humbling.  As I lay there alone, not wanting to alarm my son or family, I watched as they did an ultrasound of my heart.  It was the first time I have ever actually...

  • Handy Man

    By Elliot Steingart

    April 12, 2013 | 11:23 am

    I made a new friend. His name is Jose Luis. I knew he was my friend as soon as he said "Hello, my friend."

    Jose Luis helped me move my bed, kitchen table and love seat into my new apartment down the hall from where I used to live. He also mounted my TV. My girlfriend led the...

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  • Friendship, Faith, Forgiveness & the Future

    By Ilana Angel

    April 11, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    I saw an old friend this morning and it renewed my faith in both myself, and my hopes for the future.  We have not spoken in a while and it made me sad. We had a difference of opinion on what friendship is, and it caused us to not speak. I had to search deep to find the strength to...

  • “How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who’s Sick” – Book Recommendation

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 27, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Letty Cottin Pogrebin has written an indispensable guide when a member of one’s family or a dear friend becomes ill or suffers a tragic death, what to do, say and not say, how to respond and be the friend the stricken most needs.

    Letty is a founding editor of Ms Magazine, an...

  • The Rules of Girlfriend Friendship

    By Ilana Angel

    March 20, 2013 | 8:08 am

    Everyone has their own set of rules when it comes to friendship, myself included.  Those rules can get complicated when you are in love with your best friend, but that is another blog for another day.  When it comes to a girlfriend, I have a very specific stance.  If trust is lost,...

  • Madonna and Moore lean on Kabbalah

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 23, 2011 | 9:54 am

    Madonna has been on the phone daily, consoling Demi Moore with “spiritual guidance” following the announcement of Moore’s upcoming divorce, Perez Hilton (PH) reports.

    PH says according to a “friend”, Madge is giving Moore messages of strength and encouragement, telling...

  • Facebook Shmacebook!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 18, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    People like me should Not be on Facebook!  When you go to Facebook site to sign up, there should be a giant disclaimer that says: “For tough skin people only!  People that are overly sensitive, wear their heart and feelings on their sleeves, and drama queens should NOT sign up!”...

  • What Really Matters

    By Misha Henckel

    October 20, 2009 | 2:19 am

    Misha Henckel is a Los Angeles-based personal and executive life coach. Her executive clients are generally leaders of entertainment and media companies who are focused on re-inventing themselves and re-envisioning their organizations. She is founder of Life Mastery Circles, a...

  • Beauty can arise from tragedy

    September 24, 2008 | 11:21 pm

    In mid-July, our 26-year-old son, Micah, lost a lifelong friend, whom he had gone all through school with at Adat Ari El and Milken. On that day, Micah went to a birthday party for his friends Arash Khorsandi and Daniel Levian, two Persian Jews in his intimate circle of about 20...
  • Status symbol

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Status used to be about social hierarchy -- whether you made a good living or were born into the right family or had achieved prominence in your community. But these days, if you say the word "status" to Generation Single-and-Facebooking, you may be understood very differently.

    For...

  • Experience at international camp broadens perspective

    By Sivan Ron

    March 7, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    As I look at a picture from the summer of 2007, I wish with all of my heart that I could go back and relive it. This picture contains a group of campers, each with a big smile on his or her face, glowing with happiness to be surrounded by their new best friends.

    From a distance,...

  • Lessons of gratitude

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the course of a lifetime, we encounter any number of friends.

    Some are friends by happenstance -- friends who happen to attend school with us, happen to work where we do or reside near us. When we graduate from school, change careers or relocate, most such friends slowly...

  • My friend, Norman Mailer

    By Mashey Bernstein

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    No writer on the American literary scene could get people steamed up the way that Norman Mailer could. Nearly every special interest group, none more than feminists, had a gripe against him. Literary aficionados treated him as a sort of writer's Richard Burton, someone who squandered...
  • Stop ostracizing the intermarried

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This column would not have been written had its subject not first described himself and his predicament in this week's New York Times magazine.

    Noah Feldman was a brilliant Orthodox Jewish Rhodes scholar who arrived in Oxford in my fourth year as rabbi there in 1992. We quickly hit...

  • What makes a ‘real’ Jew?

    By Rebecca Suchov

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After being alive for 16 years, I would think it would be easy to classify myself into a certain category, and that by now I would know what, who and why I am what I am. But as I grow older, it has become more complicated for me to label myself -- secular, religious, Jewish American...
  • I heart Hollywood endings

    By Esther W. Hersh

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I met "Mr. Nice Guy" more than three years ago, and I cherish our special connection -- he's affectionate, understanding, a good listener, open-minded, practical ...

    I could go on and on. I felt fortunate that we found each other, and he indicated the same. We both want the best...

  • Remembering Shiri

    By Frederick Scarf

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I never thought my life would change during my freshmen year. I was in study hall when this tiny, skinny girl came in, pushed in a wheelchair. She hopped out of the chair and sat at the desk right next to mine.

    "Hi, my name is Fred; what's your name?" I introduced myself with a...

  • Book Review: Tools to fight terror: big dreams, good friends

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," by Jeff Goldberg (Knopf, $25).
     
    The full title of Jeffrey Goldberg's new book, "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," immediately conjures up notions of a Pinteresque power struggle between two...
  • Building Homes, Building Hope

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The prophet Isaiah asks: "What is the house which you would build for Me, and what is the place of My rest?" (Isaiah 66:1). In the days following the Easter and Passover holidays, 41 Angelenos traveled to the Gulf Coast to translate their faith into action. We were rabbis and...

  • A Circle of Friends

    By Mitch Jadidi

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For several weeks, I had been visiting Nathan, a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with autism. We had been brought together through the Conejo Valley Friendship Circle, an organization that extends warmth to families in the community that have children with special needs.

    Nathan was unable...

  • Israeli Superstars Rock the Diaspora

    By Amy Klein

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Lo Ozev At Hair Avur Af Echad Anachnu Shnayim Tamid, Beneynu

    ("I won't leave the city/not for anyone/we are two, always/between us, one God.")

    -- Shlomo Artzi and Shalom Chanoch, "Live at Caesaria"

    Don't believe everything you hear. Two of Israel's greatest rockers -- Shlomo Artzi...

  • Director Pays Price in Making ‘Capote’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Truman Capote, the legendary writer and subject of the eponymous Sony Pictures Classics release that has been nominated for five Academy Awards, spent six years writing "In Cold Blood," the book that would cement his literary legacy while also leading to his spiritual downfall.

    If...

  • The Hebrascope: Signs of the Jewdiac

    By Jew Girl

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    (February 19-March 20)

    Notable Jewish Pisces:


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  • A.M.E., Rhythm and Jews

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and as I wander toward the entrance of Temple Emanuel, a Reform synagogue in Beverly Hills, an usher approaches and asks brightly, "Are you with the choir?"

    I'm African American, but I'm not with the choir, at least not with the choir of Temple Bryant A.M.E....

  • Teens Find Peace On and Off Stage

    By Sima Borkovski

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "We don't care about politics; we just like each other," says Shira Ben Yaakov, a cheerful brunette who is an eighth-grade student at Tel Aviv's A.D. Gordon Junior High School.

    Ben Yaakov is referring to Israeli-Arab friends she has met through the Peace Child Israel drama group,...

  • My Friend, Shelley Winters

    By Aaron Shohet Kemp

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The movie house was dark. A beautiful blonde actress smiled at me from the screen in the small Duluth, Minn., theater.

    "She's Jewish," my grandma Goldie whispered as we watched "Knickerbocker Holiday."

    That was my introduction to Shelley Winters, a "Jewish movie star." The very...

  • Youth Groups Are Worth the Fight

    By Lisa Greengard

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Here is a dreaded conversation familiar to most parents of Jewish teens:

    Them: "Hi, this is your synagogue youth adviser calling to make sure you received the flyer about our upcoming youth group event. Will your child be joining us?"

    You: "Thank you for your phone call. I talked...

  • 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...

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