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  • The legacy of 9/11 hero Danny Lewin

    October 9, 2013 | 3:40 pm

    At the center of the 9/11 attacks against the United States by Islamofascist terror, an unlikely hero played a largely unknown role. He sacrificed his life in an attempt to stop the hijacking of one of the planes that later crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. He...

  • Chanukah models of courage

    December 6, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    My 4-year-old son is obsessed with superheroes, dressing up at every opportunity as the superhero du jour to do battle with the bad guys lurking around the corner. (My 2-year-old daughter is just as enthusiastic, but at her age all she can really muster is a “meanie” face.)

    From...

  • Yoni Netanyahu: The heart and mind of a hero

    By Danielle Berrin

    June 13, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    The Talmud teaches that mourning does not begin until the first piles of dirt are thrown upon a grave. So it must follow, then, that a person’s death is the final act of their life. Certainly this was so for Yoni Netanyahu, a beloved Israeli military commander and the eldest son of...

  • Thank you Steve Jobs.  Rest in Peace.

    By Ilana Angel

    October 5, 2011 | 9:30 pm

    Mr. Jobs passed away at the young age of 56.  He was a visionary who changed the world in a profound way.  Though not that savvy when it comes to technology, I know about the things he created, and how they changed the world.  While I cannot share details of the global impact of his...

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  • Tahl Leibovitz is not only Interesting, but Completely Remarkable

    By Ilana Angel

    July 22, 2011 | 9:33 am

    If there were ever a movie that needed to be made, it’s the life story of Tahl Leibovitz.  My son suggested I write about Tahl when he came across him playing in a table tennis match on television.  I wrote a blog earlier in the week about Tahl Leibovitz which was based on a lot of...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Review

    Joan Schwartz (Video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    July 21, 2011 | 10:43 am

    ‘Captain America, The First Avenger’, directed by Joe Johnston (Wolfman) is the latest superhero to come out of the ‘Marvel’ stable.

    The year is 1941…Hitler and his merry band of Nazis are storming through Europe.

    One particular Nazi, Johann Schmidt aka Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) is...

  • Is Tahl Leibovitz The Greatest Jewish Athlete You’ve Never Heard Of?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 21, 2011 | 8:30 am

    My son called me last night from back east to ask if I had ever heard of Tahl Leibovitz.  I asked if he was someone I should check out on iTunes.  When he was done laughing, he let me know he had discovered Mr. Leibovitz while flipping through the channels and was so impressed, he...

  • Win or Lose, I Love Manny Pacquiao - UPDATED

    By Ilana Angel

    May 7, 2011 | 7:40 pm

    Manny is fighting tonight against Shane Mosley.  He will win.  I’m certain of it.  Shane is impressive certainly, and at 39 years old, bravo to him to giving it a shot, but Manny will win.  I’d be willing to put money on it.

    Actually, I did bet on it.  I bet my friend Mike...

  • Angels Among Us

    By Dikla Kadosh

    May 3, 2011 | 11:53 am

    Jared Sharon was driving on the 101 on a rainy March afternoon when he lost control of his car, flipped three times down the side of the freeway and landed upside down. He was bleeding profusely, but was conscious. He turned to God, praying for help.

    And help arrived, in the form...

  • TV ‘terrorist’ plays Jewish hero on stage

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 12, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    I was on my sofa in Jerusalem reading the opening credits of my favorite TV show, "24,' looking for Jewish names to figure out exactly how many Jews control Hollywood. Lo and behold, I see my friend's name: Steven Schub.

    I met Schub through a networking website that connects that...
  • ‘Forgotten Hero’ of the Shoah Peter Bergson gets his due times two

    By Tom Tugend

    July 30, 2008 | 10:58 pm

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, bowing to a high-profile petition campaign, agreed last week to include the story of the Peter Bergson Group in its permanent exhibit.

    By coincidence, and at the same time, the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles presented the West Coast...

  • A quiet hero

    By David Suissa

    July 9, 2008 | 9:58 pm

    On the day she perished in the bulldozer attack last week in Jerusalem, Elizabeth "Libby" Goren-Friedman was preparing for a very special night.

    For the past 10 years, Libby, a psychologist who worked with the blind during the day, had been volunteering as a counselor for young women...

  • Vidal Sassoon—hero of the Jewish people

    By Dennis Wilen

    April 14, 2008 | 10:05 pm

    I was backstage at the Philadelphia-based Mike Douglas show twice.

    The first time had to be like 1970 or so when I was the local stringer for Rolling Stone, and John and Yoko were co-hosting with Mike.  I met them backstage (with Phil Spector) and then watched the show in the...

  • I’ve never had real heroes

    By Gina Nahai

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    If you grew up as I did, on more than one continent and surrounded by people of different faiths, you know what I mean when I say I've never had real heroes: For every truth in one place, I've encountered doubt in another; for every icon in one culture, I've met iconoclasts in...
  • Righteous Heroes

    By Tom Tugend

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Many years ago, I reported on a conference at Princeton bringing a handful of Righteous Gentiles, who had risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Nazi era, together with a few dozen Holocaust scholars.

    In essence, the scholars were trying to figure out what made the rescuers...
  • The tragic irony of a hero in Virginia

    By Samantha Simons

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Irony. In a book or a movie, it's the writer's way of giving the observer a slap in the face. People attempt to expect the unexpected, but when it actually happens no one is prepared.

    When irony happens in real life it is usually so imaginative, not even the greatest of writers...
  • Liviu Librescu z’‘l

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Heroes and Villains

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Brian Wilson penned the Beach Boys song "Heroes and Villains" during a turbulent, paranoia-filled time in his life, according to his biographers. Wilson had people whom he trusted in the business, and others whom he felt were out to get him.

    We all instinctively identify and label...

  • In the ring, at the front, boxer Barney Ross packed a punch

    By Robert David Jaffee

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Barney Ross" by Douglas Century (Schocken and Nextbook, $19.95).
     
    To many sports fans, Shawn Green remains the only recognizable Jewish professional athlete. Green follows a relatively short but impressive line of Jewish baseball stars, one every generation so it seems, kind of...
  • Circuit

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the Children

    Emunah of America held a West Coast fundraiser recently to raise money for the residential homes and after-school programs to help Israel's needy children . One of those children, Dvora, attended the elegant buffet dinner and silent art auction at the Bel Age...

  • My Jewish King Kong

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's a sunny winter day and a friend and I fear for our lives as my husband, Ron Magid, screeches our oversized Chrysler east down Sunset Boulevard. We're speeding toward the ArcLight Cinemas and a press screening of Peter Jackson's "King Kong."

    The usually amiable Ron swears at...

  • War Hero’s Medal Wait Finally Ends

    By Tom Tugend

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Next Friday, as Tibor Rubin enters the White House, generals will stand at rigid attention. The president of the United States also will rise and then drape the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for gallantry in combat, around the neck of the 76-year-old Holocaust survivor...

  • African Shoah Lives in ‘Hotel Rwanda’

    By David Finnigan

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When British actress Sophie Okonedo portrayed the wife of a hotel manager who saved more than 1,200 people during Rwanda's 1994 genocide, she worked with 10,000 extras -- including Rwandan refugees living in Johannesburg. Some agreed to be in "Hotel Rwanda's" harrowing scene...

  • Herzl’s Heirs

    By Rob Eshman

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago I wrote a novel.

    I don't remember how many years ago, but I began it on a typewriter, so you do the math.

    I was in my early 20s and living in Israel, and it's barely an exaggeration to say I was touched by everything I saw and moved by everyone I met.

    This was the plot of...

  • Different Heroes

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Od lo avda tikvataynu."

    A poster of Moshe Dayan hung in my childhood bedroom. Growing up in the light of the Six-Day War, I adored this new Jewish hero -- tough, cocky, a Jew without fear. A generation later, we venerated Yitzchak Rabin -- the warrior peacemaker, the realistic...

  • A Hero for Seder

    By Si Frumkin

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I don't remember how long ago it was that Michael visited Los Angeles. Fifteen years? Twenty? I do remember that I was driving him around the city when he said, "Could you stop the car for a moment? I would like to photograph this."

    I was puzzled. "Photograph what?" I asked.

    There...

  • Our Eternal Light

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In every generation, there is one special individual whose life and deeds are a living, shining reflection of the Torah's commandment to "bring clear illuminating olive oil to keep the lamp constantly burning." This generation's ner tamid (eternal light) is Col. Ilan Ramon, z"l. My...

  • We Soared With Ilan

    By Yuval Rotem

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yuval Rotem, Israeli consul general for the Western United States, delivered these remarks at a Feb. 1 dinner for Pressman Academy, honoring him and his wife, Miri, at the Airport Westin Hotel.



    A verse in the Bible reads, "I am ready to stop, and my pain is continually before me."...

  • Light From Sorrow

    By Irene Brown

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As an aerospace writer, I have watched 87 crews slip the bonds of Earth's gravity and rocket away into space.

    The tension is tangible each time the laws of physics are put to the test. On Saturday, out of the blue, we all learned a cruel lesson about the speed, heat and friction...

  • Moments of Silence

    By Rob Eshman

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There were a lot of moments of silence this week.

    There was the one early Saturday morning when you first heard the news of the space shuttle Columbia's disappearance. Whoever told you, whomever you told, there was that instant of disbelief, that moment when words failed you.

    As...

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