The classic Los Angeles Theater at Broadway and Sixth Street is not much to look at from the outside—situated alongside a host of busy retail shops, its sidewalk is lined with street vendors selling toys and trinkets. But upon entering the theater’s French Baroque-style lobby, with...
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"From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible," by Eric H. Cline (National Geographic, $26).
Consider with me the following curious intellectual position: Religions make spiritual claims, such as "God cares for me," and insist, quite rightly, that science cannot pronounce...
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Sixty years after the end of World War II, Vienna has reclaimed its roots as a city of culture. Not the culture of stoic monuments to faded glory or landmarks illuminated by historical plaques, but in a living, breathing, heart-still-pumping way. Grand-yet-graceful music, art and...
October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm
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It has been sad indeed to see the slow death of all things Jewish along our Fairfax stretch over the last few years ("Fairfax Shops Feel the Squeeze," Oct. 21).
Before we are relegated to yet another historical reference on the Canter's mural, let's hope the...
July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Robert Berger is a third-generation Angeleno who dares to do the unthinkable in Los Angeles.
He actually gets out of his car and studies old buildings.
Berger, an architectural photographer with Berger/Conser Architectural Photography, is interested in historic Los Angeles....
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"Jewish Food: The World at Table" by Matthew Goodman (HarperCollins, $29.95)
When the El-Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia was bombed by Al Qaeda in 2002, the fragile remnant of a once thriving Jewish community was even further shattered.
"The Tunisian Jewish community is one of the...
March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm
There was weeping and gnashing of teeth when Zucky's Deli in Santa Monica, mecca of pastrami sandwich and borscht lovers far and wide, abruptly closed its doors on Feb. 16, 1993.
"We were like family," one tearful waitress recalled in an old Los Angeles Times story. "We had...
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I chose not to attend Tarbut's trial of King David. Billed as "the people against King David," it promised to be a trial that was "3,000 years in the making."
I considered going when I read of the legal minds involved in the trial. Justice Sheila Sonenshine is an outstanding jurist;...
August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Is the Torah an ancient set of laws or a divinely coded document that, if read correctly, provides clues to all major historical events? That's the question the History Channel documentary "The Bible Code: Predicting Armageddon" wants to answer.
While many might think of the codes...
June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Assuming a father already possesses his children's love, honor and respect, what more could he wish for? How about the power of persuasion? Sure, the little critters might love us, but how can we get them to obey us?
In this quest, fathers of the English-speaking world will find a...
May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm
In Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's "Nathan the Wise," now at the Lillian Theater, a bloody war ravages the Middle East. Jerusalem is the flashpoint.
But the setting isn't modern-day Israel; it's the Third Crusade in 1192.
If Lessing's 18th-century German classic feels contemporary, it is...
May 23, 2002 | 8:00 pm
"Before [the crisis], our approach to teaching Israel was just positive and idealistic. It was all about kibbutzim and how Israel is so beautiful and we all want to go there," said Ellen Goldberg, the principal of Temple Isaiah Religious School. "We want [the children] to love...
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