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  • Warring Tribes

    By Larry Derfner

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Theoriginal idea, born after the 1948 War of Independence, was that allJews in Israel would be equal. No poor, no "ethnics," no excessivelyreligious people unless they were too stubborn to change. The nearly2 million Jewish immigrants (at first chiefly from Middle Easterncountries,...

  • Up in Arms

    By Douglas Davis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    American Jewsare celebrating Israel's jubilee with great fanfare, but here in thehomeland, folks seem considerably less enthusiastic. You get thesense that Israel at 50 is like a bar mitzvah boy who doesn't want aparty -- not until he gets taller and his acne clears up. Not untilhe...

  • Harsh Realities on theGround

    By Eric Silver

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    My first story as a foreign correspondent postedto Israel was the Lod airport massacre of May 1972, in which threeJapanese revolutionaries mowed down 26 passengers in the arrivalsterminal on behalf of George Habash's Popular Front for theLiberation of Palestine. Quarter of a century...

  • Israel: The Arts

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This was thestory that had everything: a suffering, underdog people, outnumberedand surrounded by enemies, old and new, battling insuperable odds totriumph in a desert they had made bloom. It was "Rocky" before"Rocky," and Hollywood knew a good story when they saw it.

    The strains...

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  • Education Israel as a Core Requirement?

    By Beverly Gray

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    My daughter flew home for Thanksgiving with two college friends in tow. At the dinner table, the conversation revolved around computers and the antics of the Stanford Band. At some point in the course of that whirlwind four-day visit, Hilary informed me that, though she's been...
  • The Melting Pot

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    My Thanksgiving column a few weeks ago was aboutpumpkin pie, the sine qua non of non-Jewish desserts. In passing, Imentioned mincemeat, which I had never seen nor tasted but feltcertain was the Maginot line separating "us" from "them." Spam, lacedwith lard and pieces of raw tongue,...

  • Haute Kosher

    By Diane Arieff

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Chef Paul Prudhomme stepped up to the kosher challenge,creating an elegant couscous dish.


    Combine ancient laws of kashrut with the finest chefs from Europeand the United States. Mix well. Stir in a couple of Israelimashgiachs and a liberal splash of French artistic temperament.Season...

  • Invitation to a Showdown

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Readers' Quiz: Who was the unhappiest Jew in Indiana last week?Was it:

    A) Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who had to endurethe icy stares of 4,000 hostile delegates at the General Assembly ofthe Council of Jewish Federations, as he begged them to set asideinternal divisions...

  • The Thirteen Wants

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    What can American-style liberalJudaism offer Israel? After the battle over the proposed conversionbill is settled, that question will remain. We can puff up our chestsand demand equality with Orthodoxy over who is a Jew. But,inevitably, every political victory in the Knesset will...

  • Power, Politics And People

    By Susan Jacobs

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    New York publishing executive Steven Baum is a lifelong Conservative Jew who recently joined a Reform temple, and he's not happy about it. "There's hardly any Hebrew," he says. "They don't wear yarmulkes. It's just not the Judaism I grew up with."

    So why did he make the switch?...

  • And I Still See Their Faces: Images of Polish Jews

    By Diane Arieff

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Polish Jewry before the war is the subject of a powerfulphoto exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Photo from "And I Still See Their Faces: Images of PolishJews"

    Anyone who has ever gazed at a worn sepia-toned family photographwith a mixture of curiosity,...

  • Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story

    By Deborah Berger

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Those who grew up in the 1950s and '60s heard little about the Holocaust. Considered a subject too frightening for children, it was seldom discussed or taught. Even now, with almost a glut of literature, films, exhibits and college courses on the subject, it is still a difficult...

  • Unsolved Mysteries

    By Larry Derfner

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Over the High Holidays, somebody scrawled Nazi swastikas and the epithets "Cursed evildoers" and "Evildoers, you will die" on the front door of the Reform movement's Har-El Congregation synagogue in midtown Jerusalem.

    This was only the latest act of vandalism against Har-El, Israel's...

  • One People: Religious Christians and Jews?

    By Judy Gruen

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the mainstream secular Jewishorganizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the AmericanJewish Congress would like us to think so. But a recent gathering inWashington proved that a grass-roots movement is taking hold amongJews -- not only the Orthodox -- whose views are...
  • Fields: Support for Israel is ‘Conditional’

    By Tom Tugend

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In language rarely, if ever, heard in a mainstream American synagogue since the rebirth of Israeli statehood, a leading Reform rabbi told his congregation in a High Holy Days sermon that the year past "has been filled with heartbreak, frustration and anger. Everything we have done...

  • Shul Searching

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Shul SearchingFor many Los Angeles Jews, looking for the 'right' synagogueat the High Holidays is a late-summer rite

    You would think that, in a city with 519,000 Jews and at least 175synagogues of all different strains, Judith--she requested her lastname not be used--would be able...

  • Open Door Policy to China

    By Tom Tugend

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    By early next year, the first of some 100 Chinese researchers will arrive in Israel to spend up to two years at Bar-Ilan University, studying subjects ranging from the works of Sholem Aleichem to cutting-edge computer science.

    The Chinese academics will be among the cream of their...

  • An Open Heart

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    At a time when Orthodox and liberal Jews rarelyspeak to each other, let alone embrace, I'll tell you about mySaturday with Marvin.

    We met in New York last month at my cousin'swedding, a true case of opposite attraction: Marvin wore a neat blackbeard, a sharp green suit, and a...

  • Friendship Among

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    This is 1997 A.D. (anno Domini, or in the year ofthe Lord), according to Christians, who date the calendar from thebirth of Jesus.

    The Islamic calendar is dated from 622 A.D., fromthe hegira, the flight of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina.

    Jews celebrate the New Year, 5758, a date...

  • Arts Briefs

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron's Magic Village

    Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Stories for Children" is coming to thesilver screen Sept. 19 with the release of Albert Hanan Kaminski'scharming animated film, "Aaron's Magic Village."

    As the musical begins, narrator Fyvush Finkel informs us that theAlmighty was...

  • 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....

  • 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,...

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