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  • Homage for the Holidays

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Don't call her the "Jewel" of Jewish preschool.

    Sure, Pearl B. sings to the accompaniment of her acoustic six-string. And she does lean professionally on her gem-like first name. But that is where any similarity to the chirpy pop star ends.

    "There are so many levels of Judaism -- from...

  • Secular and Sacred

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, an analysis appeared in the press about the Jewish elements in American popular music. Discussing musicians such as Gershwin and Berlin, the author noted that these composers included melodies from synagogue and Jewish folk music in their compositions.

    The interaction of...

  • Climbing Jacob’s Ladder

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    When I was 16, my family picked up and moved from Santa Monica, where I had been born and raised, to Sacramento. The move came on the heels of the best and most exciting year of my life. My first year of high school had been an amazing whirl of new and old friends, educational...

  • A Talk About Death

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Leon Wieseltier did not want to talk about death. I, of course, wanted to talk about nothing else.

    "It's over for me," the tall, lanky, white-haired professorial-looking author told me of his new book, "Kaddish." "I did it already."

    Well, not quite. "Kaddish" is a 588-page journal of...

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  • For the Sake of Fun

    By Beverly Gray

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Lisa Stern, a Hancock Park attorney and mother of three, has identified a syndrome afflicting women that she thinks is just as real as postpartum depression -- post-Yontiff exhaustion.

    As the Days of Awe come to a close, women who have spent a month entertaining are feeling the wrath...

  • Kosher Feng Shui

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Last Tuesday evening, we had dinner with Dick Morris. Can youthink of a more fitting person to dine with during these days ofatonement? Dick Morris: one-time adviser to the president of theUnited States. Widely credited with winning President Clinton'sre-election. Caught on a tabloid...

  • The Adoption Challenge

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Ellen Sloan met her husband-to-be, Will Hoffman, at an Ivy League cocktail party on Nov. 13, 1992. Sloan, then 36 and never married, attended the party because "I had heard it was a good place to meet smart guys," she says, with a laugh.

    She was a successful financial planner with an...

  • Nick’s Bris—A True Story

    By Margo Kaufman

    October 22, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    Nicholas was 7 months old when we adopted him in Siberia. Though he was born near Birobijan, the Jewish colony set up by Stalin, it only took one diaper change to see that he wasn't a member of the tribe. "We must to do something about this," I announced to my husband, Duke, who was...
  • The Healing Power of Judaism

    By Julie G Fax

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When Merryl Weber lights Shabbat candles Friday night, she also kindles the flames on several yahrzeit candles. One to remember her mother, one for her father. And one for her son, Adam.

    "I sit and meditate on the candles, and it brings the presence of the people I've loved and lost...

  • The Problem with Sainthood

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The canonization of Edith Stein, a Jewish intellectual who became a Carmelite nun and died in Auschwitz, hits a raw nerve. A Jew, a nun, a martyr, a saint: How to respond to each of these links in the chain?

    The Polish-born John Paul II, who has visited synagogues, recognized Israel...

  • Berlin Diary

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Berlin, one learns to mark the approach of the Jewish New Year by the annual reception given by the Central Council of Jews in Germany. This year, President Ignatz Bubis recounted blessings and disappointments of the outgoing year, 5758, while surrounded by journalists, invited...
  • Conservative Conversions

    October 8, 1998 | 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...

  • Keeping Score

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most of us do a pretty good job of keeping score. We know how to tally the insults, gossip, infidelities, meanness, foolishness and anger of the past year. We know where we went wrong. We know how to be honest and even tough on ourselves. Like the cartoonist Jules Feiffer's character...
  • Kenneth Bob

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Kenneth Bob, a software executive from Long Island,N.Y., is registered to vote in this month's World Zionist Congresselections, but he's having a hard time deciding how to cast hisballot.

    His vote, along with those mailed in by 149,370other registered voters, will determine the...

  • Divisions between Orthodox and Conservative Jews in the US

    September 17, 1998 | 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...
  • Knowledge is Power

    By Beverly Gray

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most Jews bring to the High Holidays indelible memories of their childhood. But those who have chosen to become Jewish as adults have their own special feelings about the holiday period. Such is the case with many graduates of the University of Judaism's Introduction to Judaism...
  • Letters

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Rob Eshman caught the mood of frustration and concern that was evident at Jerry Bubis' home at a recent meeting of our local Peace Now leadership. This concern is born of the destructive strategies and tactics of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. With the change in election laws it...
  • Trading Places

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In a unique effort to redefine the future relations between Israeli and Diaspora Jews, 14 Israeli 10th-graders arrived last week to participate in what may be the first student-exchange program between Israeli schools and a non-Orthodox Los Angeles Jewish day school.

    But the Milken...

  • Please Forgive My Bad Review

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Stan Taubman, I did you wrong. All you did was write a little self-help book called "Ending the Struggle Against Yourself." Unfortunately, you ran into me, and that was your undoing.

    If it makes you feel any better, I've been racked with guilt ever since my review of your book ran...

  • Putting the Joy in Judaism

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago, two of my colleagues took their families on vacation to Mammoth Lake. While there, the families spent Shabbat with one another, eating their meals together, singing zmirot (Shabbat songs) and enjoying each other's company.

    After lunch, the two rabbis, dressed in their...

  • A Breath of Fresh Air

    By Tom Tugend

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Around this time of the year, Rabbi Shlomo Schwartz, wearing his "Grateful Yid" T-shirt and baseball cap, offers an alternative to the legions of Los Angeles Jews, who wonder whether to spring anywhere from $100 to $400 for a High Holy Days synagogue admission.

    Schwartzie, as he is...

  • The High Cost of High Holidays

    By Julie G Fax

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    For 25 years after his bar mitzvah, Bob Feldman didn't attend High Holiday services, and he felt little compunction -- "about 20 percent guilt and the rest...nothing at all."

    So when some friends suggested he attend Rosh Hashanah services at the Westin LAX Hotel a few years ago, he...

  • The Pope and Repentance

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I begin by expressing my admiration and respect for Monsignor Vadakin whom I have known for close to three decades. I have reason to know of his integrity and moral courage, his deep respect for Judaism and his love for the Jewish people.

    It is not with anyone that I would broach...

  • Back To School

    By Jane Ulman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Praise of Day Schools

    They offer a solid education, and might be the last line of defense when it comes to marrying within the Jewish faith

    By Jane Ulman

    The first Jewish day...

  • Back To School

    By Beverly Gray

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Freshman Orientation: A Primer for Jewish Life on Campus

    By Beverly Gray, Education Editor

    As Labor Day fast approaches, colleges around the country are welcoming the class of 2002. Some of...

  • Rosh Hashanah 5759

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    New Ways to Celebrate

    Back in the 1970s, Michael and Susan Strassfeld's "The Jewish Catalog" pioneered a kind of People's Guide to Judaism that felt comfortable and familiar to the Boomer generation. Last year, Rabbi Susan Silverman and her husband,...

  • Back To School

    By Alexis Sherman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Rapping with Their Rabbis

    Students turn to spiritual leaders for matters personal and religious

    By Alexis Sherman, Contributing Writer

    Even as Adam Weintraub embarks on his...

  • L.A. 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Taking the First Step

    More than 40 rabbis, from Orthodox to Reform, look for ways to increase respect among Jews

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Religion Editor

    One of them calls himself a hardliner. Another says he doesn't believe in pluralism. Still another...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Why Be Jewish?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    There is a story that haunts me this time of year.

    Franz Rosensweig. Photo from "My Jewish World"

    It is the story of a young Jew who lived in...

  • Community Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Supporting the Republican

    Some Orthodox Jews are throwing their support behind gubernatorial candidate Dan Lungren

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    State Attorney General Dan Lungren, the Republican candidate for governor, tested the waters of Jewish community...

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