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  • 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...

  • Cover Story

    By James D

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The expulsion of Jews from the IberianPeninsula 500 years ago brought a tragic end to a Jewish presencethat had thrived for centuries in Sepharad, the Hebrew word for Spain. It also set in motion the dispersion of Sephardicculture.

    Strictly speaking, Sephardic Jewry includes...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Kiss and Tell

    Dear Deborah

    What would you say about my wife, who says she loves me but almost always turns her head when I try to kiss her on the lips?



  • Letters

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Send your own letter to the Jewish Journal!

    Send a comment or email to Letters (ab871@lafn.org)

    Please mention that you are responding via the web page. Thank You!


    Crossing the Line

    Marlene Adler Marks' column on the aftermath...

  • Letters

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Send your own letterto the Jewish Journal!

    Send a comment or email to Letters (ab871@lafn.org)

    Please mention that you are responding via the web page.

    Thank You!

    Learning Exchange

    Thank you for your kind article on behalf of the Jewish Learning Exchange ("...

  • Up Front

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    New York

    Two current photo exhibits focus on New York City, with all its ethnic variety, architectural styles and startling contrasts of wealth and poverty.


  • Cover Story

    By Ruth Mason

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "We boarded a big bird with steel wings. Mother cried and father was silent. He knew that everything was about to change. Goodbye to you Africa; everything erased in one day."

    -- from "Memories of Africa," on the CD "Shlomo Gronich and...

  • Nation

    By James D

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Surge of Gay Bashing Worries Jews

    By James D. Besser, ...

  • Yom Kippur During Hurricane Georges

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Milton Grishman, president of Congregation Beth Israel in Biloxi, Miss., was practicing the chanting of the Book of Jonah, in preparation for Yom Kippur, when Hurricane Georges hit.

    "I was reading about the mighty tempest that came up from the sea," Grishman said. "And then here it...

  • Unlimited Learning

    By Beverly Gray

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It's 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and a group of well-dressed men and women have gathered in the swank board room of a Beverly Hills talent agency. On the long marble conference table in front of them are stacks of academic books. After a few...

  • Reaching New Haights

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teresa Strasser is a twentysomething contributing writer for The Jewish Journal.

    Reaching New Haights

    The Synergy School was fine for me for a while.

    We called our teachers "Rusty" and "Kathy," learned...

  • Adult B’nai Mitzvah Gaining in Popularity

    By Beverly Gray

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Back in the fall, Joyce Snyder toured Israel,steeping herself in the spirit of Torah.

    But this, she felt, was not enough.

    Six months later, she was standing in front of hercongregation, publicly chanting the words of the Torah.

    It was all part of a journey that for her heldgreat...

  • The Valley

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I have an acquaintance named Greg Goldstein. Gregis the kind of person I look at and think, "Where were the guys likehim when I was 25?" He is good looking, smart, active, takes greatvacations and runs a successful business in the West Valley. Foryears he rented a house in Calabasas,...

  • Letters

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    After reading Sally Ogle Davis' review of my father's work, "In the Presence of Mine Enemies"("Submitted for Your Approval," Apr. 18), I must take exception to her presumption that my father "abandoned his Judaism." I am curious as to when Davis had the opportunity to sit and talk...
  • Travel

    By Tom Tugend

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A traditional market in Beijing shows some new American influence. Photo by Tom Tugend











  • 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"...
  • 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?


  • 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."


  • 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...

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