One late afternoon in October 1978, Hertzel Illulian, a Chabad student from Brooklyn, was silently praying mincha outside the Intercontinental Hotel in Tehran. He took three steps back after reciting the Amidah, the service's central prayer, and found himself surrounded by a wall of...
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Here in Tinseltown it can be difficult to find people who help without expecting a moment in the limelight; a "15 minutes" of philanthropic adoration. Good deeds are supposed to be their own reward, and this new Lifecycles feature will profile those unsung senior tzadikim whose...
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"Fourth bar mitzvah. This must be easy for you," my friend Maureen says.
"I'm a loon," I answer.
"But you've already done this three times."
It doesn't matter, because I still have to make sure that Danny learns his eight aliyot and his haftarah, writes his d'var...
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David Grossman, 18, wanted to make the Holocaust more personal. Eliya Shachar, 18, wished to understand her grandmother's pain. And Max Kappel, 17, wanted to find a tangible place to comprehend the Shoah.
They were among 51 teenagers from Los Angeles who took part in last week's...
March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm
More than 30 years after Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine and Sally Priesand was ordained a rabbi, more than 25 years after Judith Resnick became an astronaut and more than 10 years after Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Jewish...
January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm
After spending the summer at Lishma, an intensive yeshiva-style program for young adults at Camp Ramah in Ojai, sisters Olga and Anna Dramchuk expected to be teaching Torah to fellow university students at Hillel in Novosibirsk, Siberia. Instead, they're back in Los Angeles in...
January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Years ago, Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom would run up and down the Hebrew school carpool line handing out cassette tapes of his and Rabbi Harold Schulweis' sermons.
"If you're not going to come inside, at least listen to this," he'd tell parents.
September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm
The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.
"That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."
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"Why are you having a bar or bat mitzvah?" Larry Kligman, dean of students at Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School in Northridge, asks the school's 65 seventh-graders.
The students are attending a one-day retreat, an event the school...
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The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that we are created with yetzer hatov (good inclination) or yetzer harah (bad inclination).
And, like Harry Potter and the evil Lord Voldemort, they're engaged in a never-ending battle. And have been since birth.
Indeed, with apologies to John...
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"Why go to war?" Dr. Aryeh Cohen, chair of rabbinic studies at the University of Judaism, asks a group of teenagers at Milken Community High School.
"To further your political agendas."
"To help your allies."
"To prove you're right."
"To defend yourself."
With a United...
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Judaism commands us to be kind to animals.
Thus I don't eat them and I don't keep them as pets. But this Thanksgiving, I've gone a step further. I've rescued one.
"Oh great, you adopted some foul fowl," my husband, Larry, says.
"Not any old fowl," I answer, "but Pumpkin, a 40-pound...