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  • WEB EXCLUSIVE:  Q&A with Moshe Arens

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Following a career as Israel's ambassador to the United States in the 1980s and as Israeli defense minister in three separate governments, Moshe Arens left politics to serve as the chairman of the board of governors at the "College of Judea and Samaria," located in the West Bank city...

  • Abortion Doc’s Son Weighs Thorny Past

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Absolute Convictions: My Father, a City and the Conflict That Divided America" by Eyal Press (Henry Holt and Co, $25).

    Every father should be a hero to his child. But a child's hero and an adult's hero are often two different people, even when they inhabit the same body. Eyal...

  • 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...

  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A. teachers...

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  • Competing Moments of Truth on Schools

    By Howard Blume

    April 9, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    On Tuesday April 18, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to lay the groundwork for the most defining initiative of his term in office: his attempt to take control of Los Angeles' schools. But the day before he does, opponents of his plan will beat him to the microphone. The L.A....

  • What Do Gen-Y Jews Want? Everything

    By Sue Fishkoff

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Brandeis University just released a new study of Jewish college students. It found that they're proud to be Jewish, largely unaffiliated, attracted to Jewish culture more than religion, like diversity and don't feel strong ties to Israel or Jewish federations.

    Reboot, a nonprofit...

  • Settlers See Grim Future

    By Dina Kraft

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Devorah Meitlis walks up a wind-swept hill leading to the small clubhouse-turned-polling station in this West Bank settlement, hoping her home here will still exist by the time of Israel's next election.

    Tuesday's vote, seen as a referendum on Israel's future presence in the West...

  • Oy, Baby!

    By Amy Klein

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The New York Times Magazine doesn't want single women my age to enjoy their weekends.

    A few months ago it was Maureen Dowd with "What's a Modern Girl to Do?" on how men don't like smart, independent women, and now this: "Wanted: A Few Good Sperm," a March 19 cover story about older...

  • The New Face of the Israeli Right

    By Dina Kraft

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Avigdor Lieberman, a stern-mannered immigrant from Moldova, has become the new face of the Israeli right.

    Lieberman's party, Yisrael Beiteinu, became the fourth-largest party in Israeli politics Tuesday, winning seats in the next Knesset from a strong base of Russian-speaking...

  • Palestinians Unimpressed With Kadima Win

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The day after an historic election that realigned Israel's political landscape, little has changed at the Kalandia Checkpoint on the outskirts of Ramallah.

    Palestinians still file past well-armed Israeli soldiers, bulldozers still work on closing gaps in the 20-foot high concrete...

  • Wandering Jew - Inspiration for the Faithful

    By Daniel T. Gryczman

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the end of World War II, my grandparents had survived Hitler's failed final solution and left Europe for the Middle East where my grandfather joined the newly established Israel Defense Forces, on the front lines, defending the State of Israel in its infancy. In the wake of the...

  • L.A. Boosts Newborn Screenings in Israel

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Before leaving the hospital, all newborn babies in California get pricked in the heel to collect a few drops of their blood. The blood is then screened for more than 30 genetic disorders that, although rare, can cause physical problems, mental retardation and sometimes death.

    In...

  • An Ugly Day in the Neighborhood

    By Julie G Fax

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Warren Lent is sure he knows why he was treated with such contempt and hostility that day last June. It was the kippah he wore on his head.

    He had come to vote in neighborhood council elections at a jam-packed fire station in Hancock Park. Amid the tension and confusion, an angry...

  • To the Promised Land

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Indalo Tegudabaso wore a wide smile on his face as he sat in the departures hall of Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

    Dressed in a crisp yellow shirt and seated beside his wife and infant son, Indalo had waited many years for this moment, the beginning of a new life far...

  • The Path for Growth

    By Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Almost 10 years ago to the day, I was interviewing at Adat Ari El for the position of assistant rabbi. The parsha on which I had to speak was Terumah. I wondered if there was any chance I would get the job.

    Let me explain.

    Some Torah portions lend themselves very easily to sermons....

  • The Ones Left Behind

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The bus bounces its way along the road from Axum to Shire, generating a huge cloud of dust as it barrels through the brown, rocky highlands of Tigray.

    Bombed-out tanks that were brought to a standstill 20 years ago by Tigrean rebels fighting Ethiopia's communist government still...

  • Will Europe Back Hamas Sans Conditions?

    By Dan Baron

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Cracks are showing in the international demands on Hamas to recognize Israel and renounce terrorism before it takes over the Palestinian Authority.

    Ignoring the preconditions, Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to host leaders of the radical Islamic group in Moscow,...

  • Singles - Imperfect One and Only

    By Annie Korzen

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sometimes, just for fun, I look at the singles ads. I play a game of wondering which one I would respond to. The answer is a resounding zero. That's because they all sound too perfect, which makes me think they're lying.

    When a man describes himself as "Looking for someone who can...

  • My Jewish Intermarriage

    By Wendy Jaffe

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    What did you and your spouse discuss after it was clear that you would have a chuppah and ketubah in your future? Probably something that turned out not to matter like, "How many kids do you want?" or "What is your dream vacation?" or "If we have twins, do you think we should dress...

  • Hillel Students Help Rebuild Gulf Coast

    By Larry Luxner

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Southern Mississippi's Jewish population suddenly mushroomed -- as 135 members of the campus organization Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life fan out through the area, repairing roofs of houses severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

    The Hillel students, who wore distinctive...

  • Program Tries to Sell Youth on Negev

    By Dina Kraft

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Endless stretches of sand and sky surround the teenagers as they tumble off buses in the Negev Desert.

    "It's really pretty here. It's very different from the Ukraine," said Larisa Protasova, 17, as she posed for a photo on the edge of a sand dune. A recent immigrant to Israel, it was...

  • Negev + Galilee = Israel’s Future

    By Batsheva Pomerantz

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "The Negev and the Galilee comprise 70 percent of the area of the State of Israel with 30 percent of its populace, but they guarantee 100 percent of the future of the state," said Ron Pelmer, the director of Or National Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that helps to develop...

  • Clear Ideological Focus Marks Olmert

    By Leslie Susser

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Olmert, who took over as acting Israeli prime minister following Ariel Sharon's debilitating stroke, is a career politician with a clear ideological focus. If he becomes prime minister in his own right, Olmert can be expected to carry on peacemaking efforts with the Palestinians...

  • Brandeis-Bardin’s Changing Face

    By Jane Ulman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Drive into The Brandeis-Bardin Institute, up the pepper tree-lined main thoroughfare and through the gates leading to 3,000 acres of rolling hills in the Santa Susana Mountains. Enter a setting so magnificent that it's easy to believe, as Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley...

  • Bye Bye Diaspora, Hello ‘New Jews’

    By J. Shawn Landres

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "New Jews: The End of the Jewish Diaspora" by Caryn Aviv and David Shneer (New York University Press, 2005).

    Earlier this month, I participated in a consultation on "Jewish community in an era of looser connections." Despite the presence of various paradigm-shifting luminaries,...

  • Wake Up and Smell the Fish

    By David Finnigan

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For UCLA geography professor Jared Diamond, the fall of a great civilization can come down to fish.

    "Fish prices have tripled; fish form a significant part of our diet," Diamond told The Journal. "At the rate we're going, most of the world's major fisheries will be gone within a...

  • Will Violence Again Flare Up in 2006?

    By Dan Baron

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Will the Palestinians start the new year with a renewal of violence?

    That has been the question asked by many nervous Israelis in the final weeks of 2005, as the "truce" declared by Palestinian terrorist groups early last year came to an end.

    True, there was never a complete...

  • Our first annual big list o’ mensches

    By Photographs by Kevin Scanlon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To its detractors, Los Angeles seems very much like a modern-day Sodom or Gomorrah -- besotting civilization with a trash culture of celebrity murder trials, reality TV and movies that trade on violence and superficiality. Even to Angelenos, the city can be trying and...

  • Written in the Jewish Stars

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    We're not saying we believe any of this, mind you, but, yes, Jews, too, like to peek at horoscopes. But up until now, something's been missing -- that Jewish touch. Sure, you could count on Bubbe and Zayde to dispense career advice and to forecast general doom, but that hardly...

  • Zagat for Dating

    By Amy Klein

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Where do you want to meet?" I ask my blind date on the phone for our last-minute get-together. I find it's best to set up these things in haste, on the fly, soon after a phone call, so expectations are kept to the barest minimum. (And yet, somehow, no matter how low hopes seem to...

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