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  • The Story Behind Us

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    On the fourth Thursday of each November, we gather around a table laden with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, and we tell a story:

    In 1620, our Pilgrim ancestors escaped the tyranny of the Old World and braved a treacherous journey to find freedom on the shores of this...

  • Challah-palooza

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Challah-palooza

    The usual braided bread gives way to domed crowns ofgolden dough, studded with raisins

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    I was the kind of kid who rushed out to buy round corn chips andorange Gatorade and square-pan pizzas. Any food with the bold word"NEW!" on...

  • Telethon Time

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Previous telethon guests include (from top): Ann Jillian, Mayim Bialik, William Windom, Charles Durning, Fyvush Finkel, Sid Caeser and Jan Murray. Top right, Murray, who will also co-host the show with Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin.

    Left to right: Jon Voight, Tony Danza, Charles Durning...

  • A Walk on the Troubled Side

    By Rabbi David Fox

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I confess. I have some prejudices. Example: I want my children to marry Jews. Beyond that, I am comfortable with other people. I try to avoid racial humor, even when there is a good punch line. I'm a clinical psychologist and a professor, and I serve a multicultural population....

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  • A Bridge Over Troubled Water

    By Diane Arieff

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As Israel nears its 50th birthday, events have shifted attentionaway from the stalled peace talks. What dominates the headlines nowis the warlike rhetoric among Jewish factions -- both within Israeland in the Diaspora -- as they clash over the issue of religiouspluralism.

    Gideon Patt...

  • L.A.‘s Own Zionist Conference

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As Zionism turns 100 and Israel approaches 50, a Sept. 14 conference re-examines our affection for the Jewish State.

    Photo from Jerusalem in 3000 Years, Konemann, 1995.

    To many American Jews in their 20s, 30s and 40s, Zionism, the ancient dream of a Jewish homeland that spawned a...

  • Letters

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just to clarify Tom Tugend's "Strain in the Relationship" (Aug.22):

    Hollywood's power brokers of Jewish ancestry met on Tisha B'Av atthe Hillcrest Country Club (over shrimp cocktails, perhaps?) todiscuss their "genuine quest for a 'new identity' in theirrelationship to Israel."

    Are we...

  • What’s Wrong With

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    First, please understand that it has nothing to dowith health. The laws of kashrut -- the food restrictions imposedupon Jews by the Bible and the Talmud -- were not intended to keep ushealthy. Trust me, one can eat very kosher but very unhealthily.Kashrut is a symbol system. The...

  • Pushing Each Other’s Buttons

    By Rabbi Abner Weiss

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Predictably, it happened again. Conservative and Reform Jews choseto demonstrate their right to worship at the Kotel in their way, menand women together. This time, however, the worshipers had officialclearance. But their permit did not help. Sadly, but alsopredictably, Orthodox Jews...

  • Who is Not a Jew?

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In the midst of an international crisis over Whois a Jew, with Israeli police stopping Conservative and Reform menand women from praying together at the Western Wall and a smallOrthodox group declaring that liberals are not practicing Judaism,it's good to know there is, apparently,...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left to right, Hebrew school pals Sam Graham, Matt Polinger,and Alex Shaw enjoy kosher hot dogs at Redondo Beach's Esplanade. Photo by Jefferson Graham If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain anyJews? For years, the myth has been that it didn't, or, if there wereany, they were passing as something else.

    But it turns out that there are more Jews in...

  • Wave of the Future

    By Ruth Stroud

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left to right, Hebrew school pals Sam Graham, Matt Polinger,and Alex Shaw enjoy kosher hot dogs at Redondo Beach's Esplanade. Photo by Jefferson Graham If there's an image of the South Bay, it's this sun-drenched visionof perpetual summer and youth. But does this picture contain...

  • Another Melee Erupts as Women Pray with Men at WesternWall

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The forcible eviction of the worshipers from Judaism's mostrevered site came as thousands gathered there to mark Tisha B'Av, afast day marking the traditional anniversary of the destruction of,first, Solomon's Temple and, then, Herod's Temple.

    The men and women were worshiping...

  • The View from

    By Larry Derfner

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    On Salah a-Din Street, the main street on the Arab side of thecapital, the spirit was very different. People kept their heads down,aware that they were being watched, aware that the Jews weren't toofond of them these days. But if they were expected to feel remorsefulabout Mahane...
  • Yom Ha Shoah

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In truth, though, many other Orthodox Jews -- including most ofAgudath Israel's constituency -- do not consider Yom HaShoah to bethe appropriate time for focusing on the destruction of JewishEurope. Although that stance is similarly seen by others asschismatic, a good-faith effort to...
  • Tisha B’Av Times 4

    By Rob Eshman

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av, the day of mourning in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples, is notable for at least two reasons. For one, it may be the only holiday that Hallmark hasn't designed a card for. And it seems to be the one holiday that most Jews have heard of, but few seem to...
  • On What It Means To Be Armenian in America

    By Tom Tugend

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    About a decade ago, I was interviewing Professor Richard Hovannisian, the eminent UCLA authority on modern Armenian history.

    He lamented the state of the Armenian Diaspora in Los Angeles, with its infighting and confrontations between church leaders, and its American-born generations...

  • A Sephardic Celebration

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Sephardic, Ashkenazic, Mizrachic, or just out for a good time -- whatever their background, Jews poured into the Skirball Cultural Center last Sunday for the first annual Sephardic Arts Festival. The event was a success beyond its organizers' wildest dreams. Attendance, estimated at...

  • Straight Talk About Blacks and Jews

    By Diane Arieff

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Issac Bitton meets Peter Noel, the man who saved his life during the Crown Heights riots.
    Among Jews, the subject of black-Jewish relations inevitably brings to the surface two impassioned, if not unrelated sentiments: a liberal nostalgia for the integrated social activism of days...
  • News of Our Own

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I see that it's time for the media to replay the perennial horror story known as The Dying Jew. "The Vanishing Jew," by Alan Dershowitz, is a mea culpa over his son's intermarriage. Elliot Abrams, the former Reagan administration official, has written "Faith or Fear: How Jews Can...

  • On Rubber Bullets, Love and Satire

    By Diane Arieff

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "Rubber Bullets: Power and Conscience in Modern Israel," by Yaron Ezrahi (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997, $25.00)

    In this masterfully written, illuminating book, the rubber-coated steel bullets the IDF used to quell the intifada embody the dilemmas of power and conscience in the...

  • Will the Real Orthodox Please Stand Up?

    By Rabbi Avi Shafran

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The fracas this past Shavuot at the Western Wall, in which a group of Conservative worshippers became the target of epithets and projectiles cast by a group of out-of-control Orthodox Jews, prompted a number of non-Orthodox leaders to hurl some words of their own.

    Rabbi Arthur Waskow,...

  • Israel’s Tug of the Tides

    By Rabbi Harvey J. Fields

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo from "The Jews in America," Collins Publishers, 1989.Out along the glistening white, sandy beach in Herzliya, one feels a sense of serenity. The expected is unfolding. The tides gently form the shining blue waters of the Mediterranean into white foaming waves that crash upon...
  • A House Divided

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My grandparents were Orthodox Jews. They arrived on these shores shortly before the onset of the first world war and had four children, two sons and two daughters. Two of the children were artist-intellectuals, somewhat on the bohemian side (a musician and an artist) and quite...
  • A French Twist

    By Tom Tugend

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    La Libre Parole an illustrations from "The Accused, the Dreyfus Trilogy" 1996

    A French Twist

    'The Accused' addresses the Dreyfus Affair,

    and the anti-Semitism of 1890s France,

    from various, odd angles

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Few, other than historians of the period, will...

  • The Birds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Baruch Finkelstein has an unhappy revelation for his fellow Modern Orthodox Jews: Your teen-agers are dating, fooling around, perhaps having sex. They are no different from non-Orthodox Jewish teens.

    "The Orthodox community has been ignoring this," says Finkelstein, 38, who...

  • Compromise

    By Eric Silver

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Binyamin Netanyahu's crises never come singly. One, of prime interest to American Jewry, was put on hold this week. Another, which hogged the headlines for Israelis, ended with blood on the saddle.

    Leaders of American Reform and Conservative movements reached an agreement, in...

  • The Family Man

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The restaurant billboard advertised its Father's Day brunch in letters too large to miss.

    "If I had a father, we could take him out to eat," my daughter, Samantha, said, as we drove by.

    Samantha's voice held no accusation; she was entirely matter of fact. But I took it personally...

  • 10 Ways to Welcome Converts

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Maller has written dozens of articles on conversion during his 30 years at Temple Akiba, Culver City. In "God, Sex and Kabbalah" (Samuel Weiser), he notes that many converts to Judaism were found to have Jewish ancestors. -- Ari L. Noonan



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