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  • Nachshon Ben Aminadav - A Hero For All Times

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 22, 2013 | 6:10 am

    Nothing in the Seder is as it appears. Each symbol, midrash, vignette, poem, and song evokes layers of meaning that help fashion the Jewish heart, mind and soul. The Seder carries such deep religious, cultural, moral, historical, and political significance that Passover is among...

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    May 6, 2008 | 4:18 pm

    I can't look," 11-year-old Lara Berman shouted as she abruptly ran out of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in tears during a family trip to Israel. Her mother darted after her.

    "I'm going to see myself in one of those pictures," the young girl said.

    That was 16 years ago, and Berman,...

  • Shoah survivors’ offspring carry their legacy within

    By Jane Ulman

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I can't look," 11-year-old Lara Berman shouted as she abruptly ran out of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in tears during a family trip to Israel. Her mother darted after her.

    "I'm going to see myself in one of those pictures," the young girl said.

    That was 16 years ago, and Berman,...

  • L.A.‘s German Jews celebrate club’s 75th year

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, one of his principal goals was to rid Germany of its Jews, to make the country Judenrein. German Jews, many of whom had considered themselves more German than Jewish, began to search for secure havens. From 1933 until the outbreak of World War...
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  • I am now the voice of my parents

    By Julie Kohner

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There was never a time in my life when I did not know about the Holocaust.

    As I was growing up, when my friends were visiting their grandparents, I didn't have grandparents. I asked my parents why and was told they had died a long time ago. When I continued asking, they said my...

  • Torah that moves

    By David Suissa

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jews debate everything. This is especially true for Jews who study biblical texts. Over the millennia, Jews have never stopped dissecting and debating the multiple layers of meanings of the written and oral Torah to arrive at deeper truths. The vision of a chevruta -- two Jews,...
  • My friend, Norman Mailer

    By Mashey Bernstein

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    No writer on the American literary scene could get people steamed up the way that Norman Mailer could. Nearly every special interest group, none more than feminists, had a gripe against him. Literary aficionados treated him as a sort of writer's Richard Burton, someone who squandered...
  • On Second Thought

    By Joshua Metzger

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This week, I will sit on my porch, gaze at the pergola and see in its place a bamboo mat. I will remind myself of the biblical commandment, "in a sukkah you shall sit seven days." And I will then, as I work my way through the interminable "three day yom tov" look up at the Southern...
  • VBS Reaches Out With Tunes and Tie-Dye

    By David Finnigan

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish tunes, Grateful Dead-style tie-dyed T-shirts and rows of singing, swaying, arm-in-arm Jews gave a summer camp feel to Valley Beth Shalom's (VBS) "25th Hour" event, which marked the end of the Valentine's Day Shabbat.

    Nearly 400 people came to the Conservative Encino...

  • Turkish Delight

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the first joint Turkish-Jewish gala in Los Angeles went ahead almost as planned.

    For security reasons there was a change of venue -- from the residence of the Turkish consul general to a Marina del Rey hotel -- but the organizers felt...

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