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  • Can journalists really be objective?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 20, 2013 | 11:10 am

    Journalists are perceived as the most solid people for the presentation of neutral news, both to the public and to themselves. But as neutral as we wish to be, opinion is inevitable. It finds its way out there, even if you are writing a plain and simple news report.


    This is all...

  • WWMD? What would Maimonides do?

    By Roger Price

    January 4, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon, Maimonides, also known by the acronym Rambam, lived over eight hundred years ago (1138-1204 CE). He never saw the planet Earth as Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders did on December 24, 1968, when Anders took the now iconic Earthrise photograph while flying...

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 5 - Jew vs. Wild

    By Jay Firestone

    November 3, 2008 | 6:03 pm

    Volume V: Jew vs. Wild

    One of the main reasons I moved to Los Angeles was for the weather.  Unfortunately, it took me a few months before I really started taking advantage of the climate and outdoor activities, like hiking, fishing, swimming, sailing, sunbathing, people watching, breathing, etc.  And of course, the common stereotype exists that Jews and the wilderness are not a match made in heaven.  But I traveled deep into the wild (Santa Monica pier and the Hollywood Hills) to prove that in the battle between Jews and the wild…Jews win.

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 4 - The Hollywood Dream

    By Jay Firestone

    October 23, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    Volume IV: The Hollywood Dream

    This segment could arguably fit into Volume III, but given its significance to the L.A. community, it seemed worthy of special attention. Sure, Hollywood is filled with Jews, but what does it take to succeed as a Jew?  I talked to a professional in the business to find out.

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  • My VideoGuide to Los Angeles

    By Jay Firestone

    September 25, 2008 | 2:05 pm

    VideoJew’s VideoGuide to Los Angeles trailer


    The Fall Season: VideoJew’s VideoGuide to Los Angeles

    In the past year, under my online video persona, VideoJew, I’ve explored much of the Los Angeles Jewish community and shared it with the YouTube-viewing nation.

    You’ve seen me...

  • Let kids rule the land

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Kids get a bum rap. They can't vote, they can't drive, they can't call up and order things off the TV without a parent's permission and they have no say in the way their schools are run. But all is not lost. They can influence how their families handle the growing global warming...
  • The whole megillah: Ten reasons to love Purim

    By Jane Ulman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    So what is Purim about? This short guide explains the various holiday traditions and celebrations, as well as a few suggestions of unique and fun ways to partake in the festivities.

    1. Megillah Reading

    One of four mitzvot, or commandments, on Purim is listening to the reading of...

  • The Jewish Journal’s handy guide to Jewish Tehrangeles

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Los Angeles has one of the largest populations of Persian Americans in the United States, which is why some refer to the city as Tehrangeles. There are roughly 30,000 Persian Jews among the 300,000 or so Persian Americans living in the City of Angels, according to USC's Center for...
  • Book review: The Divorce Lawyers’ Guide

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Divorce attorneys. Are there two dirtier words in the English language? Thoughts of them conjure up images of circling human sharks, cold-blooded assassins and profiteers feasting on the misery of others. Turning to them for suggestions on how to stay married would seem about as...
  • Runaway Bride Redux

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's your wedding day. The rabbi pronounces you married. Your new husband steps on the glass -- and it flies across the room, hits a wall and doesn't even crack.

    Sound like a nightmare?

    It happened to author Eileen Rendahl -- and to Chloe Sachs, the heroine of Rendahl's latest...

  • Saul Kroll: Healing Hand at Cedars-Sinai

    By Tom Tugend

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Our rabbis speak of yetzer hara and yetzer hatov, man's dual inclination toward evil and toward good, and what you make of your life depends on which you follow," Saul Kroll observes.

    Kroll is a firm believer in yetzer hatov, and the 87-year-old Westside resident...

  • Joyce Rabinowitz: A Type Like No Other

    By Jane Ulman

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    Look at Joyce Rabinowitz's computer keyboard and you will see six blank keys in the middle row. They are actually the letters SDF and JKL, but the identifying marks have been worn off from use.

    In fact, those are only keys Rabinowitz uses, with the exception of the space...

  • David Karp: A Guide for Unity in Scouting

    By Marc Ballon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When attorney David Karp reminisces about his time in the Cub and Boy Scouts, the good memories come flooding back. He remembers taking long nature hikes, making close friends and fashioning a pinewood derby car from a block of wood, four nails and four wheels. The Scouts,...

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the High Holidays

    By Amy Klein

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Goodbye summer; hello High Holidays. While Rosh Hashanah falls later in the calendar than normal this year (Oct. 3-5), it's never too early to get ready for the Jewish New Year. Besides, preparations traditionally begin in the Hebrew month of Elul, which started Sept. 4.

    If you...

  • Like Some ‘Guilt’ With Your Chick Lit?

    By Susan Josephs

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt" edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson (Dutton, $24.95).

    When Ruth Andrew Ellenson achieved the writer's milestone of selling her first book, her father responded in classic Jewish parental fashion.

    "He was thrilled and said, 'Honey, that's...

  • Shavuot - Ruth’s Tale Provides Contemporary Guide

    By David Brandes

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Second Chances: Transforming the Bitterness of Hope and the Story of Ruth," by Rabbi Levi Meier (Urim Publications, $19.95)

    Rabbi Levi Meier is fond of saying that we are all on a journey, whether or not we know it. Of course, he is referring to life itself, and in his latest book,...

  • A Traveler’s Guide to Tel Aviv Nightlife

    By  Orit Arfa

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    If the Cinderella story had been set in Tel Aviv, her raggedy slipper would have turned into a magical glass pump at the witching hour, instead of the other way around.
    New York may be the city that never sleeps, but life in Tel Aviv begins at midnight. There are dozens of...

  • Rogov’s Puts Israel on Oenological Map

    By Todd Pitock

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    At a seder last year, the host put out a few bottles of Israeli wine.

    "Oh, kosher wine," one of the host's relatives observed with flared nostrils and a raised brow, "Yum."

    The topic of Israeli wines -- not all kosher wines are Israeli, not all Israeli wines are kosher -- can...

  • Perfect Gadgets for Jetsetter, Homebody

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it comes Chanukah, you've got eight nights to get your gift giving right. Our Gift Guide points you toward a cornucopia of categories for every evening of the Festival of Lights. From low- to high-ticket pricing, we've got your loved ones covered, including frequent fliers,...

  • How-Tos by Jews

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There's something very American about a book that claims to be a "guide to life." There's also something very Jewish about it. From Ben Franklin to Henry David Thoreau, the goal of self-improvement has enjoyed a distinguished history in our country -- and currently enjoys extensive...

  • Give Your Sukkah a Shot of Style

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    After the high of the High Holidays, twice-a-year Jews hang up their kippot for another 354 days, or so, and in the process miss out on the lesser-known treat of Sukkot. While not a "High" holiday anymore, Sukkot used to be one of the big three back in the time of the First Temple....

  • B’nai Mitzvah Planning Guide

    By Joan G Friedman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    At Birth

    When the child is born, start saving! It's not a bad idea to start two savings accounts; one for college and one for the bar or bat mitzvah.

    One to three years ahead

    • Set the date.

    • Set a budget.

    • Reserve the synagogue.

    • Reserve the hall for additional receptions.

    • ...

  • Freewheeling Around D.C.

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Stephen Marks and his wife, Janna, acquired Bike the Sites in December 2002, they didn't realize how their two-wheeled tours of Washington, D.C., would translate to a Jewish audience.

    "We put together some talking points to generate discussion and thought from a Jewish...

  • A Desert High in Palm Springs

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While nearby flatlands warm under perfect 60-degree winter weather, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway transports visitors to a pristine snow-covered forest. In just 10 minutes, this aerial tram carries passengers nearly 6,000 feet. The beautiful 14,000 acres of Mount San Jacinto State...

  • Personal Liberation

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    How does one prepare for freedom?

    One Jewish answer is found in the reading of the four special portions read along with the regular Torah portions in the weeks before Passover. This coming Shabbat, for example, not only do we read Torah portion Tetzaveh, but we also read three...

  • Navigating Aid

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    By the time she reached the third grade, Aliza Sokolow's teachers could plainly see that she was a bright, articulate child. But something was interfering with her learning. It took seven more years -- until her sophomore year in high school -- before Sokolow was finally diagnosed...

  • Eleven Things to Know Before You Go

    By Rabbi Daniel Kohn

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Congratulations! You have been invited to the bar/bat mitzvah of a friend or family member. Now what? What are you supposed to do there? How do you act? Whether you are Jewish or not, the following is a brief guide to help you feel more comfortable at the worship service and enjoy...

  • Balance With ‘One Foot’

    By Rachel Brand

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Has a question or statement about Israel ever caught you so off guard and tongue-tied that you wished you could just reach into your back pocket to pull out an answer? Well, now you can.

    Dr. Mitchell G. Bard, author and executive director of the American-Israel Cooperative...

  • BJE Selects ‘Leaf’ for Reading Initiative

    By Journal Staff

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Assimilation. How Jewish children should best be educated. Oppression against Jews and the Jewish State. Whether faith can provide meaningful answers.

    Those topics lead to unexpected plot turns in "As a Driven Leaf," a historical novel selected by Orange County's Bureau of Jewish...

  • Assembly Yiddish

    By Tom Tugend

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the benefit of the 90 percent of Assembly-members who are not Jewish, and for other Yiddish-challenged lawmakers, Assembly Speaker Robert Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) has published a 36-page booklet, appropriately titled "Yiddish for Assemblymembers."

    It contains a selection of words...

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