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  • In Times of Sorrow

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ceramic bas relief by Albert Greenberg


    "I am sure," said Sinai Temple's Rabbi DavidWolpe in his Rosh Hashanah sermon, "that in almost every pulpit inAmerica from whatever denomination rabbis are speaking about theterrible strife we are enduring -- Jew against Jew, as well as Jewagainst Arab -- in the Land of Israel." ...

  • The Dirty Little Secret of the Pluralism Debate

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Reuven Hammer is an American-born Conservativerabbi who has lived in Jerusalem since 1973, working as a writer andteacher -- Conservative rabbi is not much of a career option inIsrael -- and raising five kids along the way. Among variouspart-time jobs, he heads the bet din, or...

  • Up Front

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Laibel Wolf

    How do you like your kabbalah? For those delving into the mysticalsystem of Judaism, there are plenty of choices these days. We won'tname names, but the menu runs from intense and concentrated tohalf-baked. For those of you who take your kabbalah on the...

  • Building Your

    By Linda Feldman

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My years inSanta Cruz are measured by the Jewish calendar. Through a coincidenceof dates, I arrived in 1995 the night before erev Rosh Hashanah. Butit was no accident that I joined Temple Beth El by fax from LosAngeles. Murray Baumgarten -- a man whom I had never met but whosename...

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  • Common Ground

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My little Long Island town had two shuls: ourConservative synagogue close to home and the one we called the"other," across town. My parents never mentioned it by name. The shulwas Reform.

    The "other" shul, smaller than ours and locatedoff a main highway, symbolized everything...

  • Psychology at the U.J.

    By Beverly Gray

    October 23, 1997 | 7:59 pm

    The campus of the University of Judaism where Lutzker'sclasses are taught

    Sometimes we all need a good nudge before we do the right thing.Nearly 10 years ago, when the University of Judaism approached Dr.John Lutzker to head its fledgling psychology department, he broachedthe...

  • Accepting Judaism as a Privilege

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One Sunday morning, many years ago, as parentscame to pick up their kids from the Hebrew school where I taught, Ioverheard a conversation. "How was class?" A father asked his son.The child began to whine. "I hate Hebrew school," he said. "It'sboring and stupid, the teachers are mean,...
  • Letters

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing in response to Rabbi David Eliezrie ("It's Time to Talk," Oct. 3). I don't think he is being true to the teaching of the Torah when he manipulates facts and figures to attack other rabbis who are not Orthodox and says his way is the only way. How many times throughout...
  • Taking Off the Mask

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Taking Off the Mask


    During the long hours of Yom Kippur prayers lastweekend, my friend Sheldon occupied himself by conducting a census ofthe people called to the bimah for ritual honors.

    "My tally is 7-2, women to men," he told me whenwe sat down to break the fast. This...

  • Holidays

    By Norman Salsitz

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "But then a man with a red beard held aTorah out and called 'Zaleski, I give this honor to Zaleski.'"Photo from "The Jews In America," 1995.

    By 1965, I was a well-established suburbanite living inSpringfield, whose Jewish community included both a Reform andConservative congregation....

  • Letters

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding "Forgiving and Pardoning Jonathan Pollard" (Oct. 3):Irving Greenberg puts forth far too many reasons to release Pollardand not one real reason to keep him incarcerated.

    I say that the traitor should be expelled from our countryand let him seek his sanctuary wherever he can...

  • Life’s a Mixed Bag

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Life's a Mixed Bag

    Who shall live? Who shall die? And what do weleave each other? Here are three whose lives touched mine, gone thisyear. Their names are part of my Yizkor prayers.

    Elizabeth Hobson was lying in her bed at NewYork's Lenox Hill Hospital when I saw her a few...

  • 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...

  • Knowledge for the Good Life

    By Linda Feldman

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One of mycousins called the other day to tell me that she wasn't interested ina cousins reunion. "Well, that's unanimous -- if I count silence as ano," I said. Even though our parents had a family circle that metmonthly, it looked as if their kinder rejected the idea to meet...

  • ‘If She Couldn’t Pay, She Couldn’t Pray’

    By Michael Barclay

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jew in his early 30s,I have had many different experiences of beauty and pain during theTen Days of Awe, ranging from the first time I started to reallyunderstand the implications of being on trial for my life, to thefirst Yizkor after my father's death. Yet last year, I...

  • And Now, For Something CompletelyDifferent

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Some years ago, when I was in my "Jew In theLotus" phase of spiritual development, I approached the rabbi duringthe break in the High Holiday services.

    "The problem with Jewish prayer," Isaid, filled with the chutzpah of one with nothing to lose, "is thatit's stiff and static....

  • 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 that...

  • Honoring Community Mitzvahs

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Top, left to right, Ilana Weinberg, Larry Weinberg, MarkBorovitz and Barbi Weinberg. Above right, Pauline Ledeen. Above left,Audrey Irmas.

    September is awards season in Los Angeles. Evenbefore the Emmys were handed out last weekend, the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los...

  • Zionism 101

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Avrum Burg (left, chairman of the Jewish Agency, spoke at theconference.

    Photos by Peter Halmagyi


    Organizers of last weekend's "Celebration of Israel" conference inSanta Monica had cause to be elated after a day of talking aboutZionism. More than 400 people, drawn primarily from...

  • Letters

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Jane Lazarre's article "Raising Black Sons: AJewish Mother's Meditation," (Sept. 5) struck a deep chord in me. I,too, am raising black-Jewish children: a son, Boaz, and a daughter,Chana.

    As a black-Jewish parent, I often worry howseverely they will be affected when they first feel...

  • Kirk Douglas’ Greatest Role

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Douglas in "Cast a Giant Shadow."

    After surviving a 1991 helicopter crash, Douglas,80, has taken a greater interest in Judaism.


    Kirk Douglas' Greatest Role

    The legendary actor rediscovers and redefines his Jewish side

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    When Kirk Douglas was in his...

  • A Perfect Union

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Complete with a ketubah signing, champagne, speeches and a few tears, the installation of Rabbi Michael Beals at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester seemed more like a wedding. More than 300 people attended the Sept. 7 event. Among the speakers were Rabbi Elliot Dorff, rector of...
  • Food

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Just one floor beneath the legendary Polo Lounge atthe Beverly Hills Hotel, there's a large room that, for much of theweek, remains locked. The chef has the key. So does the cateringmanager. But if they ever want to so much as crack open the door,they can't do so alone. First, they...

  • A Taste of Kosher L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Think kosher food, and you think blintzes, kishke, brisket, tsimmes, matzo balls, corned beef on rye.

    You don't immediately think of fajitas, smoked-salmon quiche, turkey burgers with onion rings, rosemary-grilled breast of chicken with braised leeks and forest mushrooms, or...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The first question asked of the human being in theTorah is God's question of Adam: "Where are you?"

    Pay attention to the Torah's questions. Read themas if they were italicized, written in red or underlined. For thequestions capture the essence of the Torah's lesson. "Am I...

  • Igniting Israel’s Powder Keg

    By Larry Derfner

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Reform movement's kindergarten in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion was torched by arsonists on the eve of Monday's opening of the school year. No one was injured, but the kindergarten's walls were blackened with soot, windows were broken, and equipment and toys were...
  • Letters

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It is very concerning that The Jewish Journal has been reluctant to recognize why there is an uproar about the play "Mendel and Moses" ("The Play's Not the Thing," Aug. 1).

    A number of months ago, I received a call from a Jewish cast member in the production who told me she had left...

  • Happy Anniversary

    By Beverly Gray

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My 25th wedding anniversary iscoming up fast. Wish me luck.

    I'll need all the good fortune I can muster,thanks to one of the ways I've chosen to mark this momentousoccasion. Of course, Bernie and I will be celebrating conventionally,with a party for some of our oldest friends. But, in...

  • The World is More Than a Wedding

    By Linda Feldman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "The Invention of Life," by René Magritte, 1926.

    When my kids were still preschoolers,young enough to be influenced by my every word, I used to have thisspiel about marrying out of Judaism. It went something like this:"It's an insult to the 6 million who died only because they...

  • 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...

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