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  • Performing You

    By Emily Stern

    October 26, 2014 | 11:38 am

    For the love of creation,
    When you share what is happening to you,
    whine, say your truth. It’s a performance of the highest kind to see the glorious vessel we are as human beings. What is revealed is a human example beyond the one anyone has ever known. Ask for someone to listen to you

     

    while they know

     

    they are you.

     

    They listen to the performance

     

    you do of yourself

     

    for their illumination. 

  • There’s no app for humanity

    By David Suissa

    June 26, 2013 | 4:39 pm

    Every time I turn around, I hear about a new app that promises to make my life easier, get somewhere faster, find things quicker. This is the golden calf of the digital era: speed. We’re desperate for any clever gizmo that will make things go quicker — including our brains.

    But...

  • Humanity Among Carnage: The Boston Marathon

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 16, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    By Michael Welch

    Whenever I hear about a tragedy, I ask myself, “What would I do if I witnessed it firsthand?” This is not as selfish as it may seem; I just want to know whether or not I am one of the courageous, kind, and humane people that I always hear about. What is going...

  • Seeing Humanity Through Two Bags Of Moldy Cheese

    By Peter Himmelman

    July 10, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    The Ethics of Our Fathers, an ancient Jewish text, tells us there are four distinct types when it comes to anger:

    1. Slow to anger quick to pacify
    2. Quick to anger quick to pacify
    3. Slow to anger slow to pacify
    4. Quick to anger slow to pacify

    Can you see yourself? The...

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  • An Evening with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute

    By Ilana Angel

    June 14, 2012 | 4:43 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is a very special place to me.  My years working there were the highlight of my professional career, but it was so much more.  It is where I went through a divorce, raised my son, became a phenomenal mother, landed on my feet, embraced my faith,...

  • 78 Million Reasons to Love the People of Japan

    By Ilana Angel

    August 19, 2011 | 12:30 am

    In a world of chaos, it is hard to look at the recent news stories in London, Israel, or the Sudan, and not feel sadness for humanity.  Human beings are more alike than we are different, and that we are able to so easily hate and hurt each other weighs heavy on my heart.  My life is...

  • The Power of Love

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Why not just give up hope? I mean, really, do you think that we human beings can ever get it together enough to make the world as we dream? What makes you think that we have any chance of making a difference, let alone succeeding in the task of tikkun olam, of creating a fair and...
  • Yes on Measure H: a measure of humanity

    By Rob Eshman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that the only difference between your local Starbucks and your local homeless shelter is the shelter has a faster turnover?

    Every Starbucks I visit these days, from Koreatown to Santa Monica, has its own homeless population. Calling these men and women...
  • State of Humanity Forum: ‘Darfur silence is lethal’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In opening the inaugural State of Humanity Forum, held Oct. 17 at Valley Beth Shalom, Marcy Rainey, VBS chair of Jewish World Watch (JWW), spoke of the atrocities in Darfur, proclaiming: "Silence is lethal, and meekness is inexcusable."
     
    Despite the brutality of the genocide, in...
  • Loyalty to Jews or to humanity? There is no ‘either-or’

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The question is whispered and must be answered in a forthright manner: Darfur or Israel? Is your loyalty to your people or to humanity? Is your loyalty to Judaism or to mankind? Are you essentially a Jew or a human being?

    Be wary of the framing of the question, because it forces...

  • The Grit Behind the Glamour of L.A. Life

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Despite having a population of far more than 3 million and a cultural and economic diversity rivaled by very few places, Los Angeles is not quite viewed as a real city by much of the outside world. Ever since large-scale irrigation and the movie business put the city on the map in...

  • Unspeakable Acts, Incredible Pictures

    By David Finnigan

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A large, striped blue-and-white flag bearing the phrase, "Liberation!" greets visitors at the Museum of Tolerance exhibit, "Liberation! Revealing the Unspeakable," about the Allied soldiers and the starved, dying and dead Jews they discovered while liberating concentration camps.

    In...

  • Tsunami Leaves Us Awash in God Talk

    By Cathy Young

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Last December, as the world tried to grapple with the devastating scope of the tsunami that hit South Asia -- at last count, the death toll stood at nearly 300,000 -- the tragedy became fodder for fatuous religious discussions, focusing on an ancient question: How can a just, good,...

  • Of Worms and Greatness

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    A teacher wanted to demonstrate the evils of liquor to his fifth-grade class. He conducted an experiment with a glass of water, a glass of whiskey and two worms. The teacher put the first worm in the glass of water. The worm wiggled about, happy as can be. Then he put the second...

  • Intrusion Alarm

    By Arthur J. Magida

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Kobe Bryant. OJ Simpson. Robert Blake. Scott Peterson. Michael Jackson.

    The list goes on -- a roll call of the disgraced.

    Rapists and murderers and molesters, oh my! What hath California wrought. (I can safely say this because I'm writing from the smug and secure East Coast.)

    And...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We Love to Laugh



    Jews have always used humor to get themselves through difficult times. And you better believe that Jews have had difficult times! Maybe our humor is what has kept us alive as a people for more than 5,500 years. Certainly, our humor has been used to teach the world a great deal about humanity.



    Jammin' Jokes



    Some of our very own Jewish comedians have this to say: Q: What do you get when you squeeze a synagogue?

    A: Fresh Jews!

    Sent in by Raquel Rosen, 12, Beverly Hills

  • Religions Hold Mix of Justice and Mercy

    By Reuven Firestone

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Religion did not begin with compassion. The gods of the ancient Near East were not exactly epitomes of goodness.

    In the flood story of the Gilgamesh Epic, the gods destroyed humanity not because they were reacting to unbridled violence and sin, as in the biblical (and...

  • Every American Deserves Health Care

    By Zev Yaroslavsky

    June 26, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Following is an abridged version of the address given by Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky at the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences commencement ceremony on June 13.

    First, let me congratulate each of you and your families on this milestone in your lives.

    I...

  • Take It to the Church

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The church is not a place that one typically associates with Chanukah. But that will change on Dec. 6 when members of Los Angeles' Jewish and African American communities come together at the West Angeles Cathedral. The Crenshaw District institution -- with a new $60 million...

  • 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...

  • 9/11/02

    By Rob Eshman

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Now a year has passed. We have bombed. We have infiltrated. We have analyzed and rallied and written.

    And through it all we have avoided one sad truth: the terrorists have already won. They haven't won the war, but they have won a crucial battle.

    My first memory of terror goes back...

  • Parshot Nitzvim/Vayelech

    By Abby Gilad

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In these parshot, Moses wraps up all he has to say to the Israelites. When he is done speaking, he will take leave of them and die. He says: "Please remember all I have instructed you to do, so that you will lead happy and fulfilled lives."

    As Labor Day approaches (Sept. 2), we think...

  • Ethics and Warfare

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion opens with a fascinating topic: the psyche of a soldier at war, and the ethical boundaries that even a soldier must observe.

    KiTetze la'milchama: "When you go out to war ... and you take captives and see among the captives a beautiful woman...."

    The Torah...

  • God’s Covenant

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    From the Torah's beginning until its end, God is portrayed as being personally involved in the welfare of humanity. Deism is not a Jewish notion. God is not an "unmoved mover," the proverbial clockmaker who after assembling and winding his ware, steps back watching it tick down,...

  • A Swift, Immediate Reaction

    By Avi Davis

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Watching the second tower of the World Trade Center crumble into dust on Tuesday, I was able to imagine the horror of the survivors of the Titanic as they witnessed their vessel sink into the Atlantic Ocean. A symbol of human progress and ingenuity, a monument to economic strength...

  • Israel Under Siege

    By Henry A. Waxman

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On the news it's easy to find sickening evidence of the terrorist war being waged against Israel; harder to find, but no less real, are other insidious assaults that are growing in number and venom. This week, the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, which convened in...

  • Righteous Rescuers Honored

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Though certainly one of the most bitter memories of history, the Holocaust was also a time of true heroism and great humanity. On Sun., May 6, Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley dedicated a grove of trees to the non-Jewish heroes who risked their lives to save Jewish lives during...

  • Building Better Relationships

    By Julie G Fax

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In the weeks immediately following the North Valley JCC shooting, one of the most incendiary articles to come out was headlined, "Where Were the Rabbis?"

    The column in New York's The Jewish Week quoted an anonymous JCC executive from L.A. saying things like, "We felt the hand of...

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