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Tag: Jewish People
September 24, 2013 | 9:01 am
October 30, 2012 | 10:44 am
I'm taking a break from the American political campaign for a couple of days – I know, taking a break now is a little strange, but life doesn't always work exactly the way it should – to discuss important matters to the Jewish people.
The Jewish People Policy Institute is having...
November 19, 2011 | 4:23 pm
I wrote an article this week about random people telling me they love Jews. It bothers me when people tell me they love all Jewish people. I certainly don’t love all Jewish people. Nobody can love an entire group of anything, whether it is people, places or things, and it’s...
October 18, 2011 | 12:19 pm
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April 2, 2010 | 10:55 am
To love Judaism is to know how much the Sabbath matters. But neither knowledge nor love is quite enough to move many Jews, perhaps most Jews, to observance, or even to the level of observance they feel, deep in their hearts, commanded to achieve.
This state of cognitive dissonance prevails even in Israel, where the non-enforcement of the many Sabbath laws on the books has the effect of deepening the divide, every Saturday, between observant Jews and everyone else.
Read the full article at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1160647.html
September 8, 2008 | 4:41 am
We’ve been waiting for this to come out online for free, and here it is. Tiffany Shlain’s amazing ‘The Tribe’—narrated by Peter Coyote—explores the history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham up through today, and uses the Barbie doll (created by Southern California Jewish...
September 8, 2008 | 4:31 am
What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film mixes old school narration with a new school visual style. The Tribe weaves together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take...
July 25, 2008 | 4:11 pm
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January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Hey, Jewish filmmakers! If you've done everything you can to try to get to Park City this week for the Sundance Festival, or its increasingly popular avant-garde cousin, the Slamdance Festival, but haven't made the cut, next year try the SchmoozeDance Festival. Created five years...
December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Imagine yourself forgotten, without anyone to protect you. Ruling powers are oppressing you and killing your children. The purported
"reason" is economic, but a deep hatred based on mere difference underlies this attempted genocide. Helpless, you cry out. Who, in heaven and on...
January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm
The great violinist, Itzhak Perlman, suffered from polio as a child and ever since has been in a wheelchair. On one occasion, while performing a violin concerto, one of the strings broke. It occurred in the very first movement with an audible ping. Everyone waited to see what he...
January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm
January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm
It would be hard to exaggerate how fateful, how historic is the drama about to begin at the settlement outposts. Here's where things stand:
Within a few months, we will pretty well know if Israel's 36-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza will be on its way out or here to stay....
October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm
This week, The Journal contacted various rabbis throughout the Southland and asked them to share with us excerpts from their High Holiday sermons.
A Time to Rest and Reflect by Rabbi Debra Orenstein Congregation Makom Ohr Shalom
Many Jews understand Shabbat as a series of...
June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Alex Fullman has always loved to swim. He started when he was 2 years old and began swimming competitively at 6. So when representatives of American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI) visited his sixth-grade class at Heschel Day School to encourage students to consider making a...
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....
April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm
As a child, Passover seders in my family were rushed affairs more about the meal than the meaning of the holiday. Hungry children and adults quickly read through the haggadah.
Surreptitious bites of matzah were silently swallowed. And all the while the aromas from the kitchen tickled...
November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm
This, too, shall pass.
And when the current government crisis in Israel, the showdown with Iraq and the conflict with the Palestinians are history, professor Avishay Braverman wonders, whither Israel?
His answer: the Negev.
"All our focus is on what I call the theater of the...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
As we enter the year 5763, the mood of the Jewish people is justifiably dark indeed.
It has been a year of increasing violence in the Middle East, growing anti-Semitism in Europe, hostility toward Israel, and a general air of crisis and ominous headlines -- a shared misery of...
July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Inspirational speeches are sometimes improved by leaving out the words.
Deuteronomy records, for the most part, Moses' farewell address to his people. He begins by rehashing the events of the last 40 years, a story laden with some nasty national failings. Seeing that his audience at...
November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm
"The Modern Jewish Canon: A Journey Through Language and Culture" by Ruth R. Wisse (The Free Press, $28).
The Hebrew Bible is a canon of 24 books, written in the same language, collected by a people living in a single nation, compiled at a time of belief in an all-powerful Authority...
April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm
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