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  • The Other Side of the South

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When director Warner Shook saw Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" in 1997, he immediately recognized the story.

    Shook ("The Kentucky Cycle") was familiar with genteel Southern anti-Semitism and its repercussions -- but from the non-Jewish side. "I grew up a privileged WASP,"...

  • Remembering Dad During Days of Awe

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This Rosh Hashanah brings to a close the year in which my father died. For this reason, and many others, I am grateful that the Jewish New Year is marked not by parties, but by days and weeks preceding and following of self-evaluation, quiet contemplation and prayers for blessings in...

  • Hot Property

    By Lilla Zuckerman

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    My ex-boyfriend and I had been engaging in some very dangerous activities lately. At first it started out as a rekindled friendship.

    And then it grew into dinner dates, late nights and long talks. Then we crossed the "just friends" boundaries and got intimate. But the most dangerous...

  • Kosher Feng Shui

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jayme Barrett wants you to close your bathroom door and keep the toilet seat down.

    That is the feng shui (pronounced fung shway) way of assuring that the positive energy that comes from clearing out your clutter and creating love, wealth and fame will stay in the appropriate places...

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  • It’s All About You

    By J.D. Smith

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It should be pointed out that once upon a time I wrote a little book titled "Life Sentence." It is the definitive treatise on the state of human relations between men and women, vis-à-vis engagement and marriage from the male perspective. Some people think it was anti-marriage,...

  • Sacred Spaces

    By Rabbi Mimi Weisel

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The second part of this week's double portion, Chukat-Balak, is rather humorous, and even curious. In the second part of the portion, Balak, king of Moab, hires Balaam who is considered to be the world's greatest wizard, to curse the Israelites. Yet, when this great sorcerer attempts...

  • Dylan Is the Key to ‘Masked’ L.A.

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Masked and Anonymous" is a new movie starring Bob Dylan that premiered at Sundance. Director Larry Charles has described his film as an "apocalyptic spaghetti noir western." No surprise: The reviews were not kind.

    Nonetheless, "Masked and Anonymous" is a great title. It seems the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Keepin' it Real Estate

    Becker General Contractors' Sandy Becker was happy to be at what is known in the real estate and construction business as a "sunriser" -- an early morning get-together. With a 4-month-old baby at home, Becker has, in recent weeks, been out of the loop...

  • All Who Are in Need

    By Mark I. Rosen

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Passover is a holiday of remembrance, a time to recall and retell the story of the deliverance of the Jewish people from generations of Egyptian bondage. But there is also a different kind of remembering that takes place each Passover, in which memory is personal, not scripted....

  • Jews in Venezuela: A Vanishing Community?

    By Julie Drucker

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    These are sad days for the Jewish community in Venezuela as many begin to question whether this country, once so hospitable to Jewish life, can still be called home.

    As the country faces nearly its sixth week of a devastating strike calling for early elections or the resignation of...

  • Planning Ahead Can Save on Health Care

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Eva, 74 and a widow, was a healthy and independent woman until she went shopping one day last December and was mugged. She was attacked with a screwdriver and thrown to ground, breaking her shoulder in four places.

    "I ended up on the sidewalk, totally helpless," said Eva, who lives...

  • Up a Tree Looking for a Home

    By David Klinghoffer

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    My family and I are eager to move to Los Angeles from Seattle, but I've got a problem: We are Orthodox and we like trees.

    Lately, I have been trying to figure out why it is that religious Jewish neighborhoods have to be so much grayer, less green and appealing than other Jewish...

  • Koala Makes Aliyah

    By Henry Benjamin

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ben-Gurion Airport welcomed a new Israeli, and a rather furry one at that.

    Didgee, a koala, made aliyah from Melbourne, Australia, but he won't be the only Aussie in his new home. Cindy and Mindy, two cute koala girls who made aliyah from the Melbourne Zoo in February, already...

  • An Eye for Modernism

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On March 5, 1936, Julius Shulman was awestruck when he saw the Hollywood Hills home designed by legendary California Modernist architect Richard Neutra.

    A free-spirited 26-year-old photographer, who was unsettled on a career, Shulman casually snapped six shots of the mansion with his...

  • Museum Man

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every day for several decades, Irving Belfer has gone into the kitchen of his Burbank home. In what he has dubbed "The Factory," Belfer, with no tools -- save for pocket knives and Elmer's glue -- toils away using plywood pieces. After a few months, sometimes up to a year later, he...

  • Talk to Me

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I owe my life's work to Ann Landers. And, of course, her sister, Dear Abby. Dr. Rose Franzblau. And Dr. Joyce Brothers.

    It happened this way.

    In our New York home, my parents subscribed to three daily newspapers. Mom and Dad are enthralled by the tabloids. Even today, they read...

  • The Most Dangerous Game

    By Rabbi Yakov Vann

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Today I received a phone call from an 18-year-old named Steven. Steven and I were scheduled to meet at Starbucks in a few days, prior to his leaving for U.S. military service. He called to let me know that he could not keep our appointment as the Marine Corps insisted that he report...

  • Armageddon

    By Rob Eshman

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Early Tuesday morning, my wife and I stared dumbly at the television, mumbling words like hijacked, explosion, collapse. My daughter, 5, looked up from her cereal, confused and frustrated. What language are you speaking? she asked. They were words almost unspoken in American living...

  • Doorposts of My House

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    On the day I came home following lung surgery, I saw God in my front doorway. I have lived in the same two-bedroom, mission-style house in Malibu for 26 years, seeing God mostly in the Passover guise of Elijah. When you're healthy, you assume God is with you all the time and don't...

  • Be Your Own Interior Designer

    By Naomi Zimmerman

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The most important thing to remember in decorating your home is editing. (The same is true of organizing schedules and handbags). Decorating is not about acquisitions but rather about fine-tuning what we have, ruthlessly. Clutter is just that, and a nuisance to tidy and dust....

  • Where the Heart Is

    By Teresa Strasser

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    They say you can never go home again.

    Well, you can. Only you might find yourself staying at a Travelodge, driving a rented Ford Contour and staking out your childhood home like some noir private eye just trying to catch a glimpse of the Johnny-come-latelys that are now living in...

  • East Ventura Bound

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you're looking to move into a new home in Los Angeles, good luck. Last month, the median sale price for an L.A. home jumped 10 percent to $213,000, setting an all-time record for L.A. County.

    But if you're looking to move into a new home in Oak Park, say your prayers. Finding a...

  • Purim All Year

    By Mark Schiff

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A year after my father's unexpected death from a kidney transplant, I returned home.

    Six months earlier, my mother had sold our house, the one I had lived in my entire life. The synagogue was the same. The family was the same. Their friends were the same.

    Only one thing was different....

  • Moving On Up, Reluctantly

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For the last two years, I've dreamed of a simple thing: I've just wanted to be able to say, "I'm in the other room."

    After a lengthy stay in a grim studio apartment, I can finally say that. I've moved to a one-bedroom place in a far better neighborhood, complete with a garden...

  • Community

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    While many note the westward journey of Jews intoareas such as Calabasas, West Hills and Agoura, few realize there's asmall renaissance going on in the East Valley.

    As real estate prices rise in the West SanFernando and Conejo...

  • Knowledge for the Good Life

    By Linda Feldman

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One of mycousins called the other day to tell me that she wasn't interested ina cousins reunion. "Well, that's unanimous -- if I count silence as ano," I said. Even though our parents had a family circle that metmonthly, it looked as if their kinder rejected the idea to meet...

  • Stepping Stones

    By Eric Silver

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is preparing a package of gestures designed to revive the Mideast peace negotiations that have been frozen since work began on a contentious Jewish housing project at Har Homa in East Jerusalem two months ago.

    The measures are expected to include firm steps toward building...

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