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  • Books: Reimagining the future of the Jewish People

    By Amy Klein

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After the destruction of the Second Temple two millennia ago, a group of scholars came together to discuss the nature of Judaism in a post-Temple world.

    Their discussions, which make up the Talmud, set forth a path for the future of Judaism to come.

    "Now, once again, a group of...

  • ‘Heritage’ guide reflects European Jewish revival

    By Dinah Spritzer

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When she set out to write the first comprehensive Jewish travel guidebook on the countries of the former Eastern bloc, Ruth Ellen Gruber might as well have been documenting the secret life of a New Guinea tribe of cannibals.

    Seventeen years ago, not much was known among mainstream...
  • Jewish threads wind way through Temecula’s history

    By Harold Brackman

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Temecula's wineries and casino have come to represent the high life in the high desert. Since its first modern vineyards were planted nearly 40 years ago, more than two dozen wineries have found hospitality in Temecula's rolling hills and granite soil.

    The area's ocean breezes draw...
  • ‘Living Lens’ celebrates 110 years of The Forward in pictures

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The New York Post may be the oldest continuously operating daily publication in the United States, but The Forward, which began publication in 1897 during the waves of Jewish immigration from Eastern Europe, was the first paper in this country to have a national readership. In its...
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  • Make a festive meal fit for your Maccabees

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chanukah has always been a festive holiday -- a time when our family exchanges gifts, lights candles and enjoys traditional foods fried in oil. Since the holiday is mostly focused around children, this menu is designed with them in mind.

    It's important during Chanukah to teach...

  • Why we celebrate Chanukah—according to YOU!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Why We Celebrate Chanukah ... According to ______________________ (YOUR NAME)

    Around 200 B.C.E. Jews lived in the Land of Israel, which was ______________ (verb) by the king of Syria. In 175 B.C.E. Antiochus IV Epiphanes became ______________ ( noun). At first, everything was...

  • Broke but hopeful, one survivor says it’s ‘better than Auschwitz’

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, Walter Essinger did not attend any community vigils or synagogue commemoration services. Instead, the 73-year-old survivor spent that day, April 26, being interrogated by Ventura County detectives. He was then arrested, handcuffed and...
  • Jerusalem’s Own Garden of Eden

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Atop a small hill in a corner of Jerusalem, tropical plants take root. Nearly black orchids stand amid carnivorous plants and other leafy creatures dating to ancient times. While the intense Israel sun bakes the outdoors, this treasured vegetation grows protected in a beautifully...

  • Single Woman of Valor

    By Carin Davis

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    I am a woman of valor.

    But nobody is singing my weekly praises. Oh no, that's saved for the same lucky women who get the

    Pottery Barn registry, the rock on their hand and a man in their bed.

    According to Jewish tradition, every Shabbat, a husband sings "Eshet Chayil" -- "A...

  • Cracking a Controversial ‘Code’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Rachel Bovitz sat down a few months ago to read the novel, "The Da Vinci Code," she was curious about the buzz surrounding the controversial best-seller. But what she wasn't prepared for was how profoundly disturbing she would find the book.

    "The book was a fun read; it...

  • The Escapist

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's Sunday and I'm rushing over to my local comic book store, Hi De Ho, in Santa Monica to buy issue No. 1 of "The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist."

    If the name is familiar, it's not because you used to collect "The Escapist" in your youth, as many people have told Mike...

  • Catharsis Found in Haggadah Artwork

    By Gaby Wenig

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    While Israeli artist Avner Moriah was creating "Haggadat Moriah" (Moriah Haggadah), his wife, Andy, was undergoing chemotherapy treatments for leukemia.

    "I sat next to her when the chemicals were dripping in," said the 50-year-old artist, in Los Angeles this week for an exhibit...

  • Behind Kitchen Door No. 1

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Monty Hall spent 27 years making outrageous deals with anxious contestants on his TV game show, "Let's Make a Deal." But the sweetest deal he ever made with his mishpachah was for a plate of pickled herring if they'd join him for Passover seder.

    Such a deal! The odds are all in...

  • 100 Lessons

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    While studying for rabbinic ordination at Yeshiva University in the late '70s, I was at the main study hall dedication where the late Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik spoke, honoring the great philanthropist, Joseph Gruss, who underwrote the project.

    On that occasion, Rabbi Soloveitchik...

  • In 2003, We Are STRONG

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Item 1: I received a call the other day from a journalist employed by a respected Jewish magazine working on a story titled, "Is a Second Holocaust Brewing?"

    Item 2: Arthur Cohn, a well-respected and talented filmmaker repeated in The Jewish Journal and The Forward the canard first...

  • Serious Play

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    We call it the Festival of Lights, but Chanukah starts in a very dark place.

    It begins with two stories, each very serious. One tells of a severely outnumbered band of Jews who fought a powerful enemy for religious freedom. And there's the other, even more painful tale of Jew vs....

  • Deep Fry Diversity

    By Matthew Goodman

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The historical foundations of Chanukah are well documented, in the Apocrypha's First and Second Books of the Maccabees and "The Jewish War" and "Jewish Antiquities," written by the Jewish historian, Josephus, in the first century of the common era. As these sources relate, in the...

  • Preserving History

    By Bram Eisenthal

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Some five miles outside of Amsterdam, there is a site where a miracle took place during the Holocaust.

    Here, in this tiny town with quaint, pretty houses and narrow streets, the Nazis allowed Jewish history to survive. At a time when they were desecrating Jewish burial places all...

  • Arthur Finkelstein’s Problem, and Ours

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You've got to feel sorry for Arthur Finkelstein. The legendary Republican campaign consultant, slayer of liberals from North Carolina to New York, seems to have met his match this year, in Israel of all places. And all he wanted to do, he said in a recently published interview, was...
  • A Different Take

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A Different Take

    on History

    Many modern forms of anti-Semitism, not least the Dreyfus Affair, can be seen as a reaction to the emancipation of the Jews in Western and Central Europe following the French Revolution, according to Dr. Michael Berenbaum.

    Berenbaum, a prominent figure in the...

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