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  • The Dirty Little Secret of the Pluralism Debate

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Reuven Hammer is an American-born Conservativerabbi who has lived in Jerusalem since 1973, working as a writer andteacher -- Conservative rabbi is not much of a career option inIsrael -- and raising five kids along the way. Among variouspart-time jobs, he heads the bet din, or...

  • Jewish Survival

    By Joel Kotkin

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As a young man going to Hebrew school back East, Ioften felt that a diaspora Jew was like a neutral country in WorldWar II -- a sideline observer of the great consuming drama occuringback in the Middle East. With an insight perhaps made clearer byinexperience, it seemed to me that...

  • Up Front

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Laibel Wolf

    How do you like your kabbalah? For those delving into the mysticalsystem of Judaism, there are plenty of choices these days. We won'tname names, but the menu runs from intense and concentrated tohalf-baked. For those of you who take your kabbalah on the...

  • Building Your

    By Linda Feldman

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My years inSanta Cruz are measured by the Jewish calendar. Through a coincidenceof dates, I arrived in 1995 the night before erev Rosh Hashanah. Butit was no accident that I joined Temple Beth El by fax from LosAngeles. Murray Baumgarten -- a man whom I had never met but whosename...

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  • Common Ground

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My little Long Island town had two shuls: ourConservative synagogue close to home and the one we called the"other," across town. My parents never mentioned it by name. The shulwas Reform.

    The "other" shul, smaller than ours and locatedoff a main highway, symbolized everything...

  • Letters

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing in response to Rabbi David Eliezrie ("It's Time to Talk," Oct. 3). I don't think he is being true to the teaching of the Torah when he manipulates facts and figures to attack other rabbis who are not Orthodox and says his way is the only way. How many times throughout...
  • Taking Off the Mask

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Taking Off the Mask


    During the long hours of Yom Kippur prayers lastweekend, my friend Sheldon occupied himself by conducting a census ofthe people called to the bimah for ritual honors.

    "My tally is 7-2, women to men," he told me whenwe sat down to break the fast. This...

  • Letters

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Regarding "Forgiving and Pardoning Jonathan Pollard" (Oct. 3):Irving Greenberg puts forth far too many reasons to release Pollardand not one real reason to keep him incarcerated.

    I say that the traitor should be expelled from our countryand let him seek his sanctuary wherever he can...

  • Life’s a Mixed Bag

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Life's a Mixed Bag

    Who shall live? Who shall die? And what do weleave each other? Here are three whose lives touched mine, gone thisyear. Their names are part of my Yizkor prayers.

    Elizabeth Hobson was lying in her bed at NewYork's Lenox Hill Hospital when I saw her a few...

  • Knowledge for the Good Life

    By Linda Feldman

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One of mycousins called the other day to tell me that she wasn't interested ina cousins reunion. "Well, that's unanimous -- if I count silence as ano," I said. Even though our parents had a family circle that metmonthly, it looked as if their kinder rejected the idea to meet...

  • ‘If She Couldn’t Pay, She Couldn’t Pray’

    By Michael Barclay

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jew in his early 30s,I have had many different experiences of beauty and pain during theTen Days of Awe, ranging from the first time I started to reallyunderstand the implications of being on trial for my life, to thefirst Yizkor after my father's death. Yet last year, I...

  • And Now, For Something CompletelyDifferent

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Some years ago, when I was in my "Jew In theLotus" phase of spiritual development, I approached the rabbi duringthe break in the High Holiday services.

    "The problem with Jewish prayer," Isaid, filled with the chutzpah of one with nothing to lose, "is thatit's stiff and static....

  • To New Beginnings

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    According to my son, Disney's "The Lion King" isthe greatest film ever made. He saw it three times in the theater,and insisted on playing the soundtrack every morning on our way toschool. All the way to kindergarten, we sang the film's stirringtheme song, "The Circle of Life," until,...
  • Honey History

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Hello, honey. This is the time ofyear when honey shines our apples, sweetens our cakes, and slicks ourlips and tongues. Straightforward talisman of a sweet year to come,honey appears and reappears in the course of High Holiday meals.

    We will eat our honey tossed with rounds of...

  • Shul Searching

    By Rob Eshman

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Shul SearchingFor many Los Angeles Jews, looking for the 'right' synagogueat the High Holidays is a late-summer rite

    You would think that, in a city with 519,000 Jews and at least 175synagogues of all different strains, Judith--she requested her lastname not be used--would be able...

  • Yamim Noraim

    By Adam Gilad

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "Yamim Noraim" -- it's usually translated as "Daysof Awe." But you wouldn't be wrong to translate it as "Awful Days." Iface them with dread.

    I have enlightened my holy days in big revivaltents in Woodstock, wondering if I liked the glib convenience of thecall for "at-one-ment." I...

  • Princesses Don’t Always Live Happily Ever After

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo by Julia Feldman

    When the news about Princess Diana broke, I wasthinking about how I should spend Saturday night: Go see a movieabout a man who exploits a deaf woman just to prove he can? Or a filmabout Queen Victoria, who grieves for her dead husband and befriendsa commoner,...

  • The Champion of Spiritual Maturity

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Who is your spiritual hero? Asked this at a recent conference, Irecalled a story from the Talmud.

    The Rabbis of the first century considered the status of an oveninvented by an entrepreneur named Achnai. Rabbi Eliezer, thepatrician elder statesman of the academy, declared the oven...

  • An Uncomfortable Line

    By Eric Silver

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The door of Irving Moskowitz's home near the Montefiore windmill in Yemin Moshe, Jerusalem's first Jewish neighborhood built outside the ancient walls a century ago, was barred and bolted. The shutters were sealed. A gossipy neighbor said the owners were seldom there, two or three...
  • Collins’ “Survivor” and Rudner’s Laugh Stop

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Collins' "Survivor"


    After 76 years, Harold Collins is finally getting theretrospective he deserves. The product of a passionate andwell-trained artist, Collins' sculpture, paintings, murals andbronzes are on display through Oct. 8 at the Long Beach JewishCommunity Center. The...

  • An Open Heart

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    At a time when Orthodox and liberal Jews rarelyspeak to each other, let alone embrace, I'll tell you about mySaturday with Marvin.

    We met in New York last month at my cousin'swedding, a true case of opposite attraction: Marvin wore a neat blackbeard, a sharp green suit, and a...

  • Repentance and Recovery

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Orthodox, Conservative and Reform rabbis attended a summerbrunch and took away "T'shuvah" greeting cards featuring artwork byRaphael Abecassis. Left to right, Joshua Bittan, Rabbi Zvi Block,Rabbi Haim Louk, Rabbi Alan Freehling, Rabbi Paul Dubin, Rabbi JoelRembaum, Rabbi Marvin...

  • Friendship Among

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    This is 1997 A.D. (anno Domini, or in the year ofthe Lord), according to Christians, who date the calendar from thebirth of Jesus.

    The Islamic calendar is dated from 622 A.D., fromthe hegira, the flight of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina.

    Jews celebrate the New Year, 5758, a date...

  • Dear Deborah

    By Deborah Berger

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Untitled, by Rose Mandel, 1947. Photofrom Catalogue of Pacific Dreams (Armand Hammer Museum 1995)

    Middle-Aged Marriage

    Dear Deborah,

    Why is it so much more difficult to recover fromour middle-age marital difficulties than it was when we were in our20s? We used to be able to...

  • Honoring Community Mitzvahs

    By Ruth Stroud

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Top, left to right, Ilana Weinberg, Larry Weinberg, MarkBorovitz and Barbi Weinberg. Above right, Pauline Ledeen. Above left,Audrey Irmas.

    September is awards season in Los Angeles. Evenbefore the Emmys were handed out last weekend, the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los...

  • Yale vs. the Orthodox

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel Wohlgelernter

    Last week, Yale freshman Rachel Wohlgelernter of Los Angeles stoodwith her fiancé before a justice of the peace in Manhattan andwas civilly married.

    She wore her everyday clothes.

    When the bride and groom were pronounced man and wife, they didnot embrace or kiss...

  • On Valor, Violinists and Vacations

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "A Hole in the Heart of the World" (Viking, $24.95) by JonathanKaufman

    The "hole" in the intriguing book title "A Hole in the Heart ofthe World" refers to the destruction of Central and Eastern EuropeanJewry under the two totalitarian scourges of this century: first, ofcourse, the...

  • My Bronx Tale

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It's been 20 years since I last saw my cousin Mel. If weever had a personal conversation, I don't recall it. We keep in touchvia our parents, rumor substituting for facts in our extended familylife. Mel's father, Ben, died a few years ago; I never even sent himcondolences.

    A few...

  • Letters

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Jane Lazarre's article "Raising Black Sons: AJewish Mother's Meditation," (Sept. 5) struck a deep chord in me. I,too, am raising black-Jewish children: a son, Boaz, and a daughter,Chana.

    As a black-Jewish parent, I often worry howseverely they will be affected when they first feel...

  • The Story Behind Us

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    On the fourth Thursday of each November, we gather around a table laden with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, and we tell a story:

    In 1620, our Pilgrim ancestors escaped the tyranny of the Old World and braved a treacherous journey to find freedom on the shores of this...

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