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  • Letters

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It appears that The Jewish Journal, in its haste to publish an article about "doings" at the University of Judaism, was prepared to forgo a great deal of accuracy. Most of the information reported in "UJ Layoffs" (May 2) was incorrect, including the actual number of layoffs (fewer...
  • Singles

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

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

    A Few Words About My Mail

    I must admit, I have a soft spot for the man I'll call "Pizza Guy."

    He writes me almost weekly to report his trials...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    "Love's Captive," collage by Jess(Collins). From "Pacific Dreams," 1995.

    Relationship Gridlock

    Dear Deborah,

    I'm a divorced 39-year-old businesswoman with twoyoung daughters. "Paul" and I have been dating for two years andliving together for a year and a half. I am very attracted to...

  • Changing Lives, Making Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Illustration from "Painting with Passion," 1994. Photo-illustration by Carvin Knowles

    Losing My Religion

    Dear Deborah,

    My husband and I have decided to get a divorce, and we have amicably worked everything out -- finances, custody, etc. What has become acrimonious and ugly are our...

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  • Letters

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    We were pleased to read Beverly Gray's column entitled "Congregation of Learners" (May 16). The column on the Experiment in Congregational Education, sponsored by the Hebrew Union College Rhea Hirsch School of Education, pointed to the important work in enhancing congregational...
  • Letters

    April 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I found your article "Weathering the Crisis"(March 13) little more than loshonhora (gossip). I have been in a fewmedical institutions in my 20 years as a registered nurse, but nonesuch as the City of Hope, until seven years ago when I was diagnosedwith acute leukemia and required a...

  • Letters

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I am writing to correct a small, but significant,error in your article "Taking a Stand," written by Ruth Stroud (Mar.27), which referred to a recent meeting of the Jewish CommunityRelations Committee executive committee wherein the subject ofProposition 227, the so-called "English...

  • Letters

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks is dead wrong. Monica Lewinskyis not the"every daughter" she proposes ("The Daughter," Jan. 30). Monica'sfamily, mercifully is nothing like our own. The "undigested horrorsof the 20th century" have nothing to do with it.

    Wretched excess, greed, and insatiable...

  • Letters

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Congratulations. Ilana Polyak's hit piece onMonica Lewinsky ("False Values and Prep School Blues," Feb. 6) outdidanything that might be expected in the gutter press. Any responsibleeditor who read "I never knew Monica Lewinsky" would have killed thearticle right there. What was the...

  • Letters

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks is dead wrong. Monica Lewinskyis not the"every daughter" she proposes ("The Daughter," Jan. 30). Monica'sfamily, mercifully is nothing like our own. The "undigested horrorsof the 20th century" have nothing to do with it.

    Wretched excess, greed, and insatiable...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Cooking Up Regrets

    Dear Deborah,

    My sweet, 87-year-old mother has become anincreasingly horrible cook. The food she prepares often is made fromstale ingredients, and because of her poor eyesight and memory, shemisses ingredients in recipes. For example, she forgot to add sugarto a...

  • Letters

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I applaud your call for actively increasing Jewishliteracy ("What's Your Jewish I.Q.?" Jan. 9). We are the mosteducated Jewish community of all time -- in everything but Judaism.We are doctors and lawyers, professors of history and French, but forall too many of us, what little...

  • Letters

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks claimed in her column topresent a "Jewish" view of the movie "Titanic"("A Jewish Seat in theAisle," Jan. 9). Most of her thoughts about guilt and responsibilityof survivors, the coming tragedies of the 20th century, and so on,are really not specifically Jewish at...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    I am trapped in an emotionally and financiallyabusive marriage. My mother died when I was 4 years old, and myfather married a woman with a daughter around my age. My stepmothertreated her daughter like a princess, buying her the best clothes andgiving her the best...

  • Letters

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    After reading with some distress your book review on Meyer Levin'sseemingly wasted years in an attempt to show a more honest andthorough version of the life of Anne Frank ("One Man's Obsession,"Nov. 28), I was very pleased to see excerpts of the new Broadwayversion of her life on...

  • A Letter to Sarah

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Dearest Sarah,

    The boy is alive. Shaken -- we both are. Butalive. I've sent him home to you in Kiryat Arba. I'll remain here inBeersheba. I need some time alone to think things through.

    From the beginning, this has been someadventure. "Leave home!" I was commanded. "Leave behind all...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Ruth Bernhard's "Dead Sparrow, "1946. Photo from Pacific Dreamscatalogue

    Warring Parents

    Dear Deborah,

    I am 16 years old. My parents haven't spoken toeach other in over a year, although they do not talk about divorce.The problem is that they make me and my little sister pass...

  • Letters

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I offer my appreciation of your fair-minded coverage of two recentcelebrations of Jewish conservatism: Toward Tradition's nationalconvention in Washington D.C. and National Jewish Coalition's eventin San Diego (Oct. 17). It stimulated an interesting response from adistinguished...

  • Letters

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I was very moved reading Joel Kotkin ("Jewish Survival," Oct. 24).At last the words are out of the bag: we do need a strong Diaspora.

    In my Zionist youth movement days, the talk was that the Jewishpeople needed to be normal. We were encouraged to become farmers andcraftspeople. There...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Detail from "Family," 1917, woodcut by Emile Nolde. From"German Expressionist Woodcuts," 1994.

    A Mother's Cruelty

    Dear Deborah,

    As Yom Kippur approaches, I am thinking about my mother in thenursing home and feeling guilt, dread and anger. At this point, herdementia is advancing, and...

  • Letters

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Strained Relationship

    I want to correct several points regarding anarticle which concerned a meeting in which I was involved, relatingto this community's upcoming celebration of Israel's 50th birthday("Strains in the Relationship," Aug. 22).

    First, we are planning a year-long series...

  • Letters

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    We enjoyed your interesting cover story ("Wave of the Future," Aug. 15), but take exception to Rabbi Mark Hyman's comment: "This is the first generation residing in this neighborhood. No one's grandparents lived here."

    As young children we moved to Hermosa Beach following World War II...

  • Letters

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    After reading your interesting July 18 story "Beyond Their Means?" we are writing to share an exciting, quality and low-cost alternative to pricey Jewish day schools: Jewish homeschooling.

    We are two Jewish families that have chosen homeschooling for the past two years. We each...

  • Dating Sober

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Dear Deborah,

    I am a 32-year-old alcoholic who has been sober for eight years. Ihad been drinking and smoking marijuana every day since I was 15years old. After years of AA and therapy, I have finally begun toadjust to sobriety. I have held a job for six years and have risen...

  • Checking My Mailbox

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    ou read me! You really read me!

    When I perused the stack of letters in response to my recent column on the difficulty of finding friends in a new city, I not only felt less like a huge loser, but I was reminded what it means to have a community. When I question why being Jewish is...

  • Letters

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    On March 18 and 19, I took a trip with my school to Los Angeles' Simon Weisenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance. After we got back, we found a swastika and a Christian Identity sign, both signs of racist, white supremacist groups, spray-painted on our shot put ring. This is a way...
  • Letters Clarifying Remarks

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am very grateful for Ari Noonan's coverage of the inter-denominational town meeting that took place at UCLA Hillel last month ("Setting a Conciliatory Tone," June 20). I feel a need, however, to fill out Mr. Noonan's description of my remarks that evening.

    As the article makes...

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