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  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Why is this night different from all other nights?

    On all other occasions, Judaism compels us to penetrate our façades to discover who we really are. On Purim, we don masks and costumes and pretend to be who we're not. Year-round, we seek a clear appreciation of life and a true...

  • Taster’s Choice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Here is how three generations of my family haveobserved the holiday of Purim, as seen through variations on therecipe for hamantaschen.

    Strong and Sturdy I asked my father's cousin Ritahow the family celebrated Purim when she was young.

    "Celebrate?" she said. "We weren't a...

  • Singles

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It's Friday night, and you're at the table for another week's end.A Shabbat dinner like any other -- wine, challah and blessingspartaken amid some gregarious company. Oh, and the predominantlanguage spoken here is Russian.

    That's right -- Russian. You have just gotten a taste of a...

  • The Results Are In

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Rumors of the imminent demise of theJewish population of Los Angeles are a little premature. For yearswe've been hearing that the rate of intermarriage in Los Angeles islikely among the worst in the nation -- probably more than 50percent, perhaps as high as 70 percent in some areas.

    ...

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  • Marco Polo Redux

    By Rob Eshman

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Travelers Meiand John Krich

    The affinity of Jews to Chinese food reaches its apotheosis inJohn Krich's "Won Ton Lust: Adventures in Search of the World's BestChinese Restaurant" (Kodansha, $24). It's no outrageous stereotype tostate that, as a people, American Jews seem to need a good...

  • PhotographyImages from the Territory of Belief

    By Diane Arieff

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Top, "Encampent in the Wilderness of Paran, Sinai," circa 1875.Above, "Moses' Well, Jebel Musa," 1868-69. Below "Arab Man inProfile," from the 1850s. Photos from "Revealing the Holy Land,"1997.

     

    In the company of his friend, fellow world traveler andphotographer Maxime du Camp, French...

  • Broadway, Los Angeles Isn’t

    By Tom Tugend

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    ArtisticDirector Gordon Davidson

    Speaking at the Skirball Center recently, Gilbert Cates of theGeffen Theater in Westwood told an anecdote to illustrate,indirectly, why Los Angeles theaters don't draw audiences as dothose, say, in his native New York.

    Seems this elderly lady was about...

  • Letters

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Thank you very much for your articles about the state of Beth OlamCemetery. Nobody was aware that it was in danger of being padlocked,abandoned, and subsequently available for vandalism and scavengers.To those many of us who have close relatives interred there and havepaid for graves...
  • Community

    By Shlomit Levy

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    More than 40 Jews planted a sapling at the Sepulveda DamRecreation Area as part of the third annual COEJL Jewish EnvironmentLeadership Training Institute. Photo by Shlomit Levy

    Connecting Judaism to the Environment

    Last weekend's COEJL conference brings

    together 100 activists

    By Shlomit...

  • The Prophet

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Abraham Joshua Heschel said that he prayed for one thing: the giftof wonder. He prayed for astonishment, for the capacity to besurprised. As he wrote, "I try not to be stale. I try to remainyoung. I have one talent, and that is the capacity to be tremendouslysurprised at life and...

  • Getting Stoned

    By David Margolis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I got stoned onmy way to Jerusalem yesterday. I am neither reporting use of acontrolled substance while driving nor quoting a T-shirt maxim butrather identifying a minor episode in the Jews' Hundred Years Warwith the Arabs of Palestine.

    There were three of us in the car at 8...

  • ‘We Were There’

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As the American Jewish community celebrates the50th anniversary of Israel's independence, those of us who went overto fight as volunteers in the fledgling country's armed forces canlook back with special pride and remembrance.

    We were privileged to take part not only in amomentous...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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