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  • Kabbalah boom prompts meeting of mystical minds

    By Brigid Brett

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In Maui, at a New Age gift shop, a woman in a sarong pays for a candle in the shape of the Buddha, a bundle of sage used in Native American ceremonies and a copy of "Becoming Like God: Kabbalah and Our Ultimate Destiny," by Michael Berg. At a Baltimore bookstore, a young man...
  • Learning With the Learned; Virtual Hartman Institute; Jewish Law Course Offers CLE Credit

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Learning With the Learned

    Five of Los Angeles' learned rabbis and teachers will share their wisdom in "Master Class," an advanced Judaic continuing education class open to all at the University of Judaism (UJ), beginning Nov. 9. Each thematic section will meet for three sessions on...
  • New ‘Encyclopedia Judaica’ goes from Aachen to Zyrardow

    By Peter Ephross

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The editors of the new edition of the "Encyclopaedia Judaica" confronted a whole new world.

    In the more than 30 years since the first edition was published, Jewish life has been revitalized in the former communist world, Las Vegas and Atlanta

    Volumes of Work

    Key facts about the...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 23rd

    How to make the holiday meaningful for the kids? Pick up a children's book recommended by the Ratner Media and Technology Center at the Jewish Educational Center of Cleveland. Sylvia Epstein's "How the Rosh Hashanah Challah Became Round" and Barbara Diamond...
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  • P. F. Sloan:  does he still believe we’re on the ‘Eve of Destruction’?

    By Steven Rosen

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Eve of Destruction," the famous folk-rock protest hit from 1965, isn't usually regarded as a specifically Jewish song. Or even a religious one, for that matter.
     
    It's a litany of anguished complaints about the problems of the temporal world of the time -- civil rights marchers...
  • Psalm-Thing to Sing About in New Album

    By Karla S. Blume

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever thought about what makes a good song? The Virginia-born Miri Hunter Haruach, who lives in Los Angeles, is a folk singer, playwright, student of Judaism and proud purveyor of a doctorate in women's studies, and she believes that to make a good song, you need a little...

  • Unraveling the Red String

    By Amy Klein

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's just before midnight, and the Pico-Robertson neighborhood is bustling. Teenagers are hanging out on corners near the pharmacy and suited men and high-heeled women are walking from synagogue to synagogue to attend the lecture of their choice.

    It's the first night of Shavuot, the...

  • Make Days Count

    By Rabbi Toba August

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I was in my early 30s I joined a havurah, a group of professionals seeking a deeper Jewish involvement. And during this time of year, just after Passover, we didn't know what to do with the counting of the Omer. How could we make it relevant and purposeful?

    We studied the...

  • Spectator - What It Looks Like From Here

    By Gaby Friedman

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Biting off more than most of us can chew, husband and wife authors Joel R. Primack and Nancy Ellen Abrams have taken on the enormously ambitious task of tackling that age-old question: How did the world get here, and does our existence really matter? Primack is a professor of physics...

  • ‘Pretty’ Prime Minister?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ehud Olmert reportedly came up with the title for the Hollywood hit "Pretty Woman." Israel´s prime minister-elect was a Knesset lawmaker when he helped his friend, film producer Arnon Milchan, choose golden oldie "Pretty Woman" as the title song for the 1990 romantic comedy, Yediot...

  • Roseanne Shares Secrets and Jibes

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Roseanne Barr says she has two secret ambitions. One is to celebrate the bat mitzvah she never had as a youngster growing up in Salt Lake City.

    The other is to become prime minister of Israel, a sort of Golda Meir II.

    "My family won't listen to me, but otherwise I know every...

  • A Woman’s Touch

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The stereotypical Jewish woman is strong, supportive, receptive and respected. Growing up, she is showered with love,

    pampered by objects and experiences of beauty and quality. She keeps a welcoming home. She attends to detail, wants what she wants and is unapologetically "high...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Mystic Was 104, 106 or 112

    To many Jews, he was the celebrity of the century, a mystic with mystique.

    No one knows exactly the age of Rabbi Yitzhak Kadouri, who died of pneumonia late last month. The official statements of the Israeli religious party Shas, for which he served...

  • Spectator - Musical Mystery of Letters

    By Robert David Jaffee

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    While Madonna and other celebrities have made it fashionable in recent years to pursue Kabbalah, guitarist and composer Adam Del Monte has the musical sophistication and spiritual depth to explore Jewish mysticism beyond the trendy or superficial. In his new piece, "Kabbalistic...

  • Madonna and the Elusive Isaac

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Madonna and scandal have been virtually synonymous from the start of the pop star's career more than 20 years ago. There were songs about being like virgins touched for the very first time and girls getting pregnant and telling their fathers that they wanted to keep the babies. There...

  • Fraud Arrest at Kabbalah Centre

    By Tom Tugend

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Tel Aviv police have arrested the director of the Israel Kabbalah Centre, following complaints that he had fraudulently exploited a dying cancer patient and her husband.

    According to Israel media reports, the director, Shaul Youdkevitch, extracted more than $60,000 from Leah Zonis...

  • Kabbalah and the Modern Shrink

    By Gaby Friedman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Connecting to God, Ancient Kabbalah and Modern Psychology" by Rabbi Abner Weiss (Bell Tower Books, $24).

    It was Rabbi Abner Weiss, in psychologist mode, who "Jerry" went to see after his wife, "Sandy," found him in bed with another woman. Although Jerry and Sandy seemed like the...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Saturday, September 10

    Party at tonight's sixth annual Barbie and Ken Toy Drive and you'll give the kids a reason to smile, too. Cover per person is one new unwrapped toy or combination of toys with a minimum $25 value, for which you get music, open bar and food till the wee...

  • Letters

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Two Families

    Kol hakavod to The Journal for its comprehensive coverage of the wide range of perspectives on the Israeli-Palestinian impasse, from those of Jon Hambourger to those of Craig and Cynthia Corrie and Khaled and Samah Nasrallah ("Two Families' Dreams Were Not Demolished,"...

  • TV Probes Kaballah

    By Tom Tugend

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Is the celebrity-studded Kabbalah Centre bringing the benefits of age-old Jewish mysticism and learning to the masses, or is it a multimillion-dollar family enterprise scamming the gullible?

    That basic question, raised with growing frequency and ever-larger headlines in recent years,...

  • Got Sababa?

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    More fashion for a cause? You betcha. After all, why "Livestrong" when you could "Get Sababa?"

    Lance Armstrong's yellow "Livestrong" bracelets to benefit his cancer foundation are already passé. But hoping to start a fashion craze of her own, 27-year-old Traci Szymanski has...

  • Holy Knots

    By Esther Hecht

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Red string. A whole ball of it. That was what a dear relative in Los Angeles asked me to bring her from Israel when I come to visit.

    But not just any red string. It has to be the kind that vendors hawk at the Western Wall. That is, it has to be the stuff from which you make a...

  • Kabbalist Theory of Everything

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Derech Hashem -- The Way of God" by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Feldheim, 1997).

    Quietly studying a page of the Talmud on a crowded plane, the great Orthodox teacher and thinker Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was interrupted by a passenger in the next seat.

    "Pardon me. What is that...

  • False Promises in Berg’s ‘Becoming’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Becoming Like God" by Rabbi Michael Berg (Kabbalah Publishing, $21.95).

    I have never been to the Kabbalah Centre, never studied with one of their teachers, and cannot comment on their practices. My sole direct exposure was to watch a videotape produced by the center, "The Power...

  • You Go, (Material) Girl!

    By Joan Hyler

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending some time with high-level members of the Knesset. Much was on the agenda: security,

    elections, the wall, the settlements and Madonna's proposed trip to Israel. These leaders were abuzz with the possibility that she would be coming to...

  • Our Madonna

    By Rob Eshman

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Madonna's just-completed visit to Israel has been called a lot of things: scandalous, threatening, inspiring, encouraging, cheap.

    But what it mustn't be called is shocking.

    If Madonna really wanted to shock us, she wouldn't have flown to the Holy Land with 2,000 other followers of...

  • Your Letters

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Hardliner

    Look no further, you've found a Republican who drives a Prius, as well as a Democrat ("The Hardliner," Aug. 6). In fact, there are four Priuses in our family with two more hybrids on order for 2005. We are making a statement, and more to the point, it is an apolitical...

  • Into the Mystic

    By David Klinghoffer

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Marcus Weston is a thin, good-looking Londoner who in his casual attire and unobtrusive kippah could pass for typical Pico-Robertson Modern Orthodox guy. On this cool Tuesday night in December, he offers his audience a reassuring smile.

    "Kabbalah is very easy," he says, "I keep...

  • Dude, Where’s My Kabbalah?

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's official. The Kabbalah Centre has usurped the Church of Scientology's status as Hollywood's hottest creed of choice. These days, it seems like every celeb looking to add meaning to his or her glittering but empty life of fame and fortune is joining the red-string-wearing,...

  • Kabbalah Fashion Statement

    By Mica Rosenberg

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    David Shamouelian believes he has tapped into what he thinks is a sure-fire marketing tool: 4,000 years of Jewish mysticism.

    "How do you explain this? You walk into the store and want to buy a blouse for yourself, but you end up buying a dress. Why? Because there is internal energy...

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