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  • Profile: Josh Neuman

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 11, 2012 | 10:51 am

    It might raise an eyebrow or two that Josh Neuman, former editor and publisher of Heeb magazine — the irreverent, youth-oriented Jewish magazine that shut down its print operations in 2010 — is now in charge of editorial content at GOOD, a multiplatform media outlet dedicated to...

  • Everything is easier than doing good

    By Dennis Prager

    September 5, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    Some thoughts for Rosh Hashanah:

    If we took a vote on what trait we human beings most value, goodness would undoubtedly win. Certainly goodness is the trait that we most want everyone else to possess.

    But if we say we value goodness above everything else — and surely Judaism...

  • Kashrut and Mindfulness:  Savoring Fresh, Local Fare at La Seine

    September 27, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    This is a story about a dream afternoon I spent at La Seine, where chef Alex Reznik is cooking seasonal, farm-to-table, California-Asian … kosher food. The restaurant’s owner, Laurent Masliah, named La Seine for the river at the heart of his hometown, but I can’t help but think...

  • Words of Wisdom or something like it.

    By Julia Bendis

    March 21, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    - When people say that they are only 5 minutes away, they are really 20 minutes away.

    - If your Doctor’s appointment is at 3 p.m., show up at 3:15 to skip sitting in the waiting room.  It works like a charm!

    - When your kid is going on and on about something, and the story doesn’t...

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  • On-screen morality plays illuminate Holocaust choices

    By Tom Tugend

    December 3, 2008 | 9:00 pm

    World War II and the Holocaust ended more than 60 years ago, but the subject's fascination for filmmakers as the ultimate moral testing ground for participants on both sides only intensifies with the passage of time.

    Two interesting but flawed films opening this month illustrate the...

  • The seminar of a lifetime

    By Chelsea and Hayley Golub

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As we stepped off the bus into McPherson Park in the middle of Washington, D.C., many emotions flooded through our minds. We were scared, we were nervous, but mostly, we were excited. McPherson Park was only a couple of blocks away from the White House. There was much irony in this...
  • Shalom Auslander is my failure

    By Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A review of Shalom Auslander's new memoir caught my eye -- was this author the curly-haired boy who had been my ninth-grade student at Yeshiva University High

    School?

    Reading the review confirmed, first, that it was the same person, though now the curls had given way to a...

  • Originality trumps repetition in the holiday songs battle

    By George Robinson

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I will be frank. I'm tired of hearing the same holiday songs over and over. So the best Chanukah present I've received this year is a pile of Chanukah-themed CDs with lots of new holiday songs, many of them quite good. Here's what crossed my desk this December.

    The Klezmatics:...

  • What are you thinking about this Rosh Hashanah?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm actually thinking about changing my behavior with my brother -- he's 7 -- because I've been pretty mean to him. I can be a little more nice, even if he annoys me.... I learn a lot during the holidays. You learn about how to react, and what you should do and how you should be,...
  • ‘Sex and the City’ Workout

    By Julie M. Brown

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "You're joining a gym again?" I laughed. "If you could get back even half the money you've spent on gym memberships, you could go to Hawaii!"

    "This time it's different," my friend said. "I'm joining that new one right by the mall. It's so convenient, I can't not go! And I'll even...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 8
    The Hollywood Palladium’s got the beat tonight. Head there for ’80s retro fun wrapped up in a good cause. Bet Tzedek — The House of Justice presents its annual Justice Ball benefit with headliners The Go-Go’s.

    8:30 p.m. $75-$150. Hollywood Palladium, 6215...

  • The Aftermath

    By Caroline Cobrin

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Are you sure we won't scare him off?" my aunt asked when I called to formally ask whether my boyfriend could come to our crazy seder.

    That question echoed through my head as I introduced him to the gaggle of cousins and family members who greeted us at the door. Most of them had...

  • yeLAdim

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Thank You!

    The Navon family -- Rebecca, Ariella, Eitan, Elisha and Asaf -- gave us our pick for our new name: YeLAdim, which means children in Hebrew. The large L and A are in honor of where we live (good thing we aren't in New York or it wouldn't work). Thank you to all the kids who...

  • Big Sunday Gets Big Boost From City

    By Naomi Glauberman

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Big Sunday began in 1999 with 300 Jewish volunteers devoted to a day of good works. That was impressive in a city notorious for lack of civic involvement -- but that was just the beginning.

    What started as Mitzvah Day for congregants of Temple Israel of Hollywood gradually spread...

  • There’s the Rub—in Tel Aviv

    By Howard Blume

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Tierra couldn't be more Los Angeles. But for this nouveau combination of mostly organic restaurant, massage parlor and oxygen bar, you'll have to go to Tel Aviv, where this combo venue clearly out-Hollywoods Hollywood.

    The only thing missing -- so far -- is a Hollywood-style patron,...

  • 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...

  • First Person - A Love Story

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This is the story of my friend Valerie, whom I first met just last year. Valerie sent me an e-mail introducing herself as Shira, a Jew-by-Choice who worked as a flight attendant. She wondered if I was the same Rabbi Mark her fiancé Glenn knew from his synagogue's high school youth...

  • Karen Gilman: What Makes Her Run?

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To try to figure out all the volunteer projects social worker Karen Gilman is involved in -- and where she finds the time to do them all -- is to sift through a complex maze of stories of individuals who need help, or organizations that need help, or a volunteer staff that...

  • Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen: Kindness Starts at Home

    By Julie G Fax

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When the doorbell rings at the Cohens' Pico-Robertson home -- or more accurately when the door edges open, since it's almost never locked -- the littlest of Yaelle and Nouriel Cohen's six kids grab their shoes. If it's someone dropping off donated food or clothing, they...

  • Moshe Salem: Giving a Voice to Israelis

    By Amy Klein

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    There's a worn American flag hanging in the second-story window of Moshe Salem's stately Valley Village home.

    Which is strange if you think about it, since much of Salem's existence is centered around Israel. He's Israeli, his wife is Israeli, as are their four kids. Most...

  • 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...

  • Angels in America

    By Rob Eshman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Angels are everywhere in America these days, and a lot of them are tacky. When I was growing up you saw them once a year, adorning Christmas trees. Since then they've swarmed across the thin border that divides religious imagery from kitsch. Gift shops stock angel T-shirts, angel...

  • Juvenile Offenders Taste Teshuvah

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The slightly built, 13-year-old Latino boy sitting in the Starbucks near downtown Los Angeles didn't know much about teshuvah, the Jewish notion of repentance.

    But it lies at the heart of L.A.'s Jewish Community Justice Project, and it kept this scared kid with the tremulous smile...

  • First Person - A Mother of Wisdom

    By Jack Goldfarb

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Calcutta's kaleidoscope of teeming streets, sprawling markets and chaotic taxis has always mesmerized me.

    At times, it seems as though all 10 million denizens of this eastern Indian metropolis are roaming the city at once, surging in tidal waves, an urban sea of humanity. It was...

  • Remembering Tibor

    By Gloria Baran

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Shavuot approaches, I can't help but remember the afternoon of the first day of Shavuot two years ago when my neighborsand I stood outside our homes and wondered whether terrorists had struck again, as the sound of sirens permeated the air and an army of helicopters circled the...

  • So Uncool, It’s Cool

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    I favor the type of acrylic French tip nails that are considered fashionable only by midlevel porn stars. I still wear Uggs. Pink is my favorite color. I've seen the movie "G.I Jane" twice, and not for camp value. I thought it was good.

    Today, I embrace my uncool preferences.

    I...

  • Kabbalist Theory of Everything

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Derech Hashem -- The Way of God" by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Feldheim, 1997).

    Quietly studying a page of the Talmud on a crowded plane, the great Orthodox teacher and thinker Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was interrupted by a passenger in the next seat.

    "Pardon me. What is that...

  • Web Links Your Wallet to Gifts From Israel

    By Lauren Korduner

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    With Chanukah fast approaching, you might want to look to the east for the best gifts. Presents from the Holy Land have resonance for both the recipient and for Israel, whose economy could use a little boost from American consumers. Since most people can't just run to Jerusalem for...

  • Create a Bridal Look That’s Made for You

    By Donna Gordon Blankinship

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The ornately beaded gown spent decades wrapped in a sheet from the time grandma was a bride until her granddaughter walked down the aisle.

    Both brides were beautiful and the dress was a focal point each time, thanks to the loving restoration work by dressmaker Camila Sigelmann, who...

  • Make Resolutions That Will Stick

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We have spoken slander; we have acted presumptuously; we have practiced deceit."

    Each year we beat our chest and resolve to change. And each year, we make promises to ourselves: I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to stop gossiping. I'm going to learn to play the piano.

    Yet long...

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