The most elaborate, comprehensive and effective system for the prevention of animal cruelty was not invented by the FDA or even PETA; it was devised by the Book of Leviticus. This may seem a strange idea. Without question, it swims rather roughly against that trusty river of...
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I once wrote a novel about an Iranian Jewish woman who grows wings and flies away from her husband’s home. She escapes because she’s in love with another man, and she believes it’s better to abandon her family than to stay and shame them by having an illicit affair. A few...
August 21, 2008 | 12:13 amThis week's Torah portion describes the bountiful blessings promised to our people by God, if (ekev) we obey the laws of Torah.
- God will love you, multiply you, "bless the issue of your womb and the produce of your soil..." (Deuteronomy 7:13, 8:1).
- God will bless you above all...
July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pmFollowing a string of conservative rulings in the closing weeks of this year's Supreme Court session, some Jewish officials are suggesting that they may be forced to abandon their decades-long strategy of relying on the courts to protect liberal gains on a host of issues.
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Last January, I breathed a sigh of relief. The new domestic partnership law went into effect in the state of California, giving senior citizen and same-gender couples a range of state rights nearly equal to the rights given married couples in California.
In so doing, California...
September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Living in the Radom ghetto in central Poland, Saul Friedman applied for work in 1942, and for the next two years cleaned a building and labored in a peat bog for the German army.
He earned no money, but received something much more valuable extra food rations. When the ghetto was...
June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm
It came from Redlands like a fever: one of the most divisive religious battles to hit Los Angeles in years.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), fresh from successfully challenging the Redlands city seal a month earlier, set its sights on removing a Christian cross from the...
September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Worried about getting a parking ticket while you're praying for your soul? Don't fret. You can take as long as you want in synagogue this Rosh Hashanah, because Los Angeles' normally overzealous traffic cops will be off your back.
City Councilman Jack Weiss has used his diplomatic...
September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Last Rosh Hashana began with the most terrible noise. Terror, trauma, tragedy and evil triumphant filled the air. In addition, Israel and Jews worldwide were subjected to the vilest outburst of anti-Semitism since the 1940s.
After experiencing such violent explosions, where can we...