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  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Water and Women: The Sustenance of Life

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    I grew up the only boy in a family with three girls. Although this definitely didn't make me an expert on women, it did give me a firsthand knowledge of how women...

  • Commentary

    By Rabbi Baruch Cohon

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Challenging the Rabbi's 'Version'

    By Baruch C. Cohen, Esq.

    Several weeks ago, The Jewish Journal published a Torah Portion on Parasha Behaalotecha, authored by Rabbi Steven Leder of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and titled "Striking...

  • Letters

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    What if you discovered a modern-day genocide plot? What if you discovered that the perpetrators had killed over 1 million people on the way to their goal of the destruction of an entire race of 6 million people? Would you have the courage to act?

    ...

  • Defending the ZOA

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Naomi Wolf, author of "Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood"
    Sex will always be with us, but thoughtful, non-hysterical conversations about sexual issues are few and far between. With the publication of her newest book, "Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood"...
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  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    By Tom Tugend,Contributing Editor

    From 'Liberation to Palestine'

    Now on exhibit at the L.A. Holocaust Museum:Ruth Gruber's moving postwar photos of Jewish refugees

    By Ruth Stroud,Staff Writer

    The Rebbe's Reach

    By Robert Eshman,Managing Editor

     

    Reform: Changing...

  • Fatal Flaws

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Students of drama are well acquainted withAristotle's view about the "fatal flaw." Protagonists of tragedy, nomatter how exalted, are brought down by a tragic flaw from within:bad judgment or bad character.

    Centuries before Aristotle developed his theory,the Torah illustrated it,...

  • Letters

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding your June 5 cover story: If Jews are so special -- and I believe we are -- when are we going to find or create visual images of ourselves other than those from 18th century Eastern Europe that can inspire us today?

    As...

  • Masada Madness

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Kostner's children were found dead in the back of a borrowed Isuzu Trooper on June 26, 1994, killed by a combination of tranquilizers and suffocation. Both showed signs of struggle. Kostner was in the front seat, unconscious from an overdose of the...

  • A Future So Bright

    By Beverly Gray

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Jessica Shpall (Beverly Hills High School. Will attend UC San Diego.)

    "I went to Israel last summer, and I had a rebirth. I definitely want to start Hebrew in the fall."

    Erin...

  • Cover Story

    By Arthur Hertzberg

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Jews: The Essence and Character of aPeople"

    by Arthur Hertzberg and AronHirt-Manheimer (HarperSanFrancisco, $25)

    Can one speak of a "national character"? Whileacknowledging that the practice has a pernicious side, Rabbi ArthurHertzberg, in his provocative, if mislabeled, new...

  • A Woman’s Voice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The adult bat mitzvah ceremony has been arecognized part of American synagogue life for more than a decade,but until now it has been easy to dismiss as an "angry woman'sritual." The first wave of women to ascend the bimah took up theyad, the ritualhand-shaped Torah pointer, out of a...

  • Access Hollywood

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Access Hollywood

    Two entertainment lawyers use A-listconnections to advance Jewish causes

    Harvey Silbert: No "No's"

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor

    Left to right, Harvey Silbert, with Barbara andFrank Sinatra. Silbert says the late Sinatra, who helped fund abuilding at Hebrew...

  • You seem to be a nice guy, so what are you doing living in Austria?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "You seem to be a nice guy, so what are you doingliving in Austria?"

    It's a question that Paul Grosz, the president ofVienna's Jewish community, has come to expect from foreign visitors,and he responds indirectly and somewhat wearily.

    "It's not taboo for a Jew in London or New York...

  • Community

    By Ruth Stroud

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Before therewas "Ellen," Chastity Bono, Rock Hudson's death from AIDS, or AIDSitself, there was Beth Chayim Chadashim. The year was 1972, and mostlesbians and gay men were deep in the closet. For four gay Jews whoshowed up for a rap session at Metropolitan Community Church in...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Context is everything. Certainly, this must besaid concerning the curious opening of this week's Torah portion. Forthe portion opens with a command that has been issued many timesbefore: the command to observe the seventh day as a day of rest.There is no new information here. The...

  • Valley High

    By Julie G Fax

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When Chabad decides to open a new center, itdoesn't bother with demographic studies, focus groups or testmarketing.

    In the words of Rabbi Mordechai Einbender,associate director of Chabad of the Valley, "We just make a pot ofchulent and hope people come."

    Usually, they come.

    They've...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was my third funeral of the week, and I wastired of death. I thought this one would be easier than the others,since it was an elderly woman who suffered terribly and truly wantedto die. Her name was Sarah; her only relatives left were her nephew,Harry, and his son, Joel.

    So I...

  • How Jewish Fragmentation Alters Ties withCatholics

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith understanding will take a big leapforward this spring.

    On May 18, a group of 30 Jewish, Moslem andChristian scholars will gather at Auschwitz for a three-dayconference on religion and violence. Participants will include theOrthodox chief rabbi of Haifa, the Moslem primate...

  • 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...

  • Israel’s Chief Rabbi Visits YULA

    By Tom Tugend

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Photo by Peter Halmagyi Israel Meir Lau, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, humorously ridiculed the concept of a joint institute with Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis to prepare candidates for conversion in Israel, while appealing to the non-Orthodox branches of Judaism to...
  • Letters

    March 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I found your article "Weathering the Crisis"(March 13) little more than loshonhora (gossip). I have been in a fewmedical institutions in my 20 years as a registered nurse, but nonesuch as the City of Hope, until seven years ago when I was diagnosedwith acute leukemia and required a...

  • 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...

  • A Liberal Feminist Meets ModernOrthodoxy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The second International Conference onOrthodoxy and Feminism was held at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel overPresidents Day weekend. For liberal women like me, such conferencesare a thrill even from a distance. Two thousand women attended,double the number at the pioneering event a year...

  • Multiple

    By Shlomit Levy

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Ella Lewenz, pictured with one of her children,is the subject of her granddaughter's documentary.
    Filmmaker Myles Berkowitz made the comedy "20 Dates" on a budget of$60,000.

    Park City, Utah --

    Jewish filmmakers descended on this snowy townlast month for their annual 11-day-long holiday...

  • Coming of Age

    By Julie G Fax

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, Whittier Havurah membersMort Meskin, Ellen Meskin, Howard Schwartz, Lenore Leshin and ShelOsman.

    Long obscured by its tongue-twister name andmisunderstood ideology, Reconstructionism is coming on strong. Infact, it just might be the fastest-growing Jewishdenomination.

    ...

  • God Takes the Field

    By Larry Derfner

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There's nothing more peculiarly, confoundinglyIsraeli than soccer on Shabbat. But it may be coming to an end. It'sa sign of the times.

    For 70 years, big-league soccer games in Israel --or, before 1948, in Palestine -- have been played on Shabbat. Whilethe game is beloved by all...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Deeply ingrained ideas die hard. This week'sparasha,however, helps to ring the death knell for one such idea. Many of ushave been trained to believe that the Torah's commandments can bebroken down into two basic categories. These re: the mitzvot we do for God and themitzvot we do for...
  • Los Angeles, 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.

    But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...

  • Power, Politics And People

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli lawmaker Alex Lubotsky was having a bad day on Jan. 29. Hehad come to Jerusalem's Ramada hotel to address a visiting group ofOrthodox Jews from America, to plead for their support of thecompromise conversion plan authored by Finance Minister YaakovNeeman.

    He didn't have much...

  • Singles: The Debate

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Wedding Goblet by Max Kohler the Younger, Breslau, 1752. SilverGilt. Photo from "Jewish Art,"1995.

    She Says

    On Jewish Men

    By Anonymous

    I would like to offer a new spin on intermarriage. Some of us arechoosing to marry non-Jews, not to escape our Jewishness but becauseit is our last...

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