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  • 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...

  • A Kabbalistic Material Girl

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    LMadonna doesn't like to explain her music videos, but in her newest one, "Die Another Day" (the title track for the soon-to-be-released James Bond movie), while wearing a dirty, white tank top she sneeringly sings to the camera, "Analyze this, Analyze this." So we will.

    The video...

  • Against the Stream

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's 10 a.m. on Shabbat at The Kabbalah Centre on Robertson Boulevard and the crowds are starting to converge in anticipation of the Torah reading.

    Hundreds are milling about. People are dressed in all white outfits, the place is filling up. There's a casual, relaxed atmosphere in...

  • My Mystical Road Back to Judaism

    By Jamie Kiffel

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I entered the tea-scented room, took a yoga mat and joined a circle of 20-somethings seated on the hardwood floor. At the head of the small space, an enormous, black poster splashed with cosmic rays and multicolored planetoids were propped against the wall, titled, "The Tree of...

  • Kabbalah for the Masses

    By Pinchas Giller

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In recent years, there have been a number of modest volumes that are aimed at presenting a representative selection of readings from the mystical classic, the Zohar. In such works as Gershom Scholem's "Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah" (Schocken, 1995)...

  • Running With the Wolf

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    It used to be said that kabbalah should only be studied by the very old or very learned, otherwise it could inspire madness. In his book "Practical Kabbalah: A Guide to Jewish Wisdom in Everyday Life," Rabbi Laibl Wolf attempts both to dispel the mythology surrounding this ancient,...

  • Roseanne Pitches Kabbalah Centre

    By Mike Levy

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Despite its location on Robertson Boulevard near Pico, the Kabbalah Centre is miles away from any traditional concept of Judaism. That hardly mattered to the 150 or so young, hip Angelenos who crowded into the center March 21. Eager to learn more about this blend of self-help...

  • Proof Is in the Pudding

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "The Kabbalah Center teaches what life is all about. That's why people come to us. People want to understand not what, but why? Why about everything in life: Why is there chaos, why do I have ups and downs, why am I here?"

    As Rabbi Avraham Kelman delivered his introductory lecture to...

  • Beyond the Hype

    By Julie G Fax

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sitting at Rosh Hashanah services tonight and tomorrow, imagine that the liturgy's abstract ideas about the birth of the world, the fate of our souls, God's relationship to the universe - that all of these ideas were so real to you, you could actually see them and touch them and feel...

  • An Otherworldly Gathering

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On a warm early summer afternoon in Meron, a hilltop village in the Galilee in northern Israel, the sun dangles like a big white bulb. A fanning breeze from the valley pulls up dust, and thedust and the bright light make you squint, as if trying to see something in the distance.But...

  • Kabbalah: Scary Jewish Stories

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At one point in the play, "Kabbalah: Scary Jewish Stories," a yeshivabocher and a severed talking head careen across the Abyss. The Baal Shem Tov battles a werewolf. And a hapless youth accidentally marries a re-animated corpse, which nonchalantly re-adjusts an eye-socket while...
  • Letters

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Thank you very much for your articles about the state of Beth OlamCemetery. Nobody was aware that it was in danger of being padlocked,abandoned, and subsequently available for vandalism and scavengers.To those many of us who have close relatives interred there and havepaid for graves...
  • Madonna, Motherhood and Judaism

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Madonna:

    Is it possible that I saw you at Sinai? The Jewish mysticaltradition, which you have been exploring, teaches that the souls ofall Jews for all generations -- including converts to Judaism --stood at Mount Sinai when our covenant with God was affirmed. Couldthe Jewish...

  • Jacob’s Vision

    By Tom Tugend

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm


    One of Rabbi David Aaron's favorite biblical analogies derivesfrom the story of Jacob's dream, in which the patriarch saw a ladderstretching from earth to the heavens.

    The narrative can also be interpreted to mean that Jacob himselfwas the ladder, with his feet on the ground and his...

  • Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Why is it that when Jews seek spiritual wisdom, they'll go almost anywhere except their own traditions? Look into any cult, any radical new therapy, any metaphysical society or meditating community, and you'll find Jews far beyond our proportion in the population. And should they...
  • L.A.'s Kabbalah Learning Center seems to attract many searching Jews, but criticism of it is widespread

    By Rob Eshman

    February 14, 1997 | 6:39 pm

    Mike Gold* had a successful small business, a nice home, a wife and two kids when he began to wonder about his soul. Questions about life’s meaning, about God and spirituality and his Jewish heritage would not go away. “I started studying Judaism by myself, and I realized,” he said,...

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