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  • Woman’s cathartic memoir focuses on Hobson’s Choice—mom or dad

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Devyani Saltzman sat frozen over her math homework as her parents screamed at each other one evening at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992. Her mother, the Indian-born filmmaker Deepa Mehta, had come to Cannes to premiere her first feature, "Sam & Me," about the unlikely relationship...
  • Bittersweet symphonies: the Pearls struggle to find life after Daniel’s death

    By Tom Tugend

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eight days after Yom Kippur, Judea and Ruth Pearl will commemorate what would have been the 43rd birthday of their son, Daniel. As on every Oct. 10 for the last five years, it will be a day of intensely personal reflection and remembrance by the couple and their daughters, Tamara and...
  • Obituaries

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Joanna Black died May 2 at 17. She is survived by her mother, Suzanne; sisters, Danielle and Rebecca; and many friends.
     
  • Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

    By Rachel Silverman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low conversion rates among intermarried Jewish families continue to plague those working to reverse the demographic downtrends in American Jewry.

    Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee....

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  • Comforting Mothers Without Mothers

    By Adeena Sussman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My childhood skidded to a stop on a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of my 15th year, with my mother's first mammogram results," writes Hope Edelman in her moving new book, "Motherless Mothers: How Mother Loss Shapes the Parents We Become" (Harper Collins). For Edelman, her mother's...

  • Invitation to a Ritual

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My hair is starting to go. I sent out a notice to the friends who have banded together to support me since I received my cancer diagnosis:

    To: All recipients
    From: anejenzmom@aol.com
    Subject: Upfsherin

    Peter, who has been cutting my hair since 1981, will be coming over at 7 p.m....

  • 9/11 Museum Head Uses Shoah Lessons

    By Matthew E. Berger

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Alice Greenwald vividly recalls touring the Auschwitz concentration camp with a Holocaust survivor and watching how the woman shared her story with her children and grandchildren.

    It was as if she was trying to instruct her heirs as to the kind of people she wanted them to become,...

  • Not Supposed to Be This Way

    By Caroline Cobrin

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I really loved your story," Tante Mina said to me in a nearly inaudible gasp.

    She looked at me and it gave me hope, for her eyes still held that sparkle, that fight, that desire to live. As I walked out of the critical care unit of the hospital to let the next family member into...

  • Suit Filed Over Police Shooting of Israeli

    By Jim Crogan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nearly 20 months after Assaf Deri, an Israeli national, was shot and killed by Burbank police in a North Hollywood alley, his parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit in L.A. Federal Court against Burbank and Los Angeles, both cities' police departments, and officers involved in...

  • Wendy Chronicles—A Personal Memoir

    By Caroline Aaron

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Wendy Wasserstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, died on Jan. 30 in New York of lymphoma. She was 55. This essay was written by her close friend, actress Caroline Aaron.

    I first discovered Wendy Wasserstein at the 92nd St. Y. Known as the off-Broadway playwright of...

  • Austria Makes Reparations for Nazi Past

    By Tom Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The expulsion and extermination of 182,000 Austrian Jews during the Nazi era is a wound that will never heal completely, but two important decisions during recent weeks at least point to a symbolic closure for the dwindling number of survivors and the Austrian government.

    In a...

  • First Person - A Love Story

    By Rabbi Mark S. Diamond

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This is the story of my friend Valerie, whom I first met just last year. Valerie sent me an e-mail introducing herself as Shira, a Jew-by-Choice who worked as a flight attendant. She wondered if I was the same Rabbi Mark her fiancé Glenn knew from his synagogue's high school youth...

  • A Big Impression

    By Wildman Weiner

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I'm too old to have heroes. But for those who live their lives with courage, I can make an exception. Like the Impressionists, for instance, whose lives of self-sacrifice I was trying to share with my class of older adults.

    "OK, everyone," I say, "whoever's not here, raise your...

  • The Lost Words

    By Esther Hecht

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Yitgadal v'yitkadash shmei." Three words into Kaddish, the mourner's prayer, Yoni stumbled on an unfamiliar vowel. Then, again and again, as he continued reciting the traditional prayer at his mother's funeral in Jerusalem, he twisted and mangled the words. He frowned in...

  • After the Miscarriage

    By Andrea Lesch Weiss

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    When my doctor informed me, in the seventh week of my first pregnancy, that I had miscarried, he accompanied the news with what he surely thought was a comforting idea.

    He told me that God wanted perfect children, and this was His way of making it happen.

    It was the first of several...

  • Culling Your ‘Stuff’ Can Be Painful Task

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    My Aunt Naomi is overwhelmed.

    Now 78, she was widowed three years ago. She lost her husband, but inherited his piles of files, cancelled checks and warranties for current and formerly owned equipment.

    Aunt Naomi also has her own collections -- beloved tchotchkes that are scattered...

  • Letters

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Misunderstanding

    I would like to clarify a misunderstanding in a recent press release from the Orthodox Union that was reported in The Journal, "Mourning For Gaza, New Orleans" (Sept. 30). The OU organized a nationwide ta'anit dibbur, or period of silence, over this past Shabbat....

  • Prices Too Low to Be Kosher

    By Stanley David

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Illyse Zesch likes to start her Passover shopping early. So it isn't surprising that, two weeks before the holiday, she made a trip with her fiancé -- Rabbi Steve Conn of Santa Clarita's Temple Beth Shalom -- to the Kosher Club on Pico near La Brea, the largest kosher market in...

  • Exploring Judaism’s Healing Potential

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Rabbi Donald Goor, senior rabbi of Temple Judea in the West Valley, has identified a deficiency within the Jewish community: There's not enough emphasis on care of the soul.

    "In my rabbinate, I see so many people who walk around wounded. They function very well in life, but they...

  • Who Should Own Nazi-Looted Art?

    By Tom Tugend

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a significant move by the U.S. government, FBI agents have seized a Picasso painting claimed as Nazi-looted art by a descendant of the original German Jewish owners.

    Agents from the Los Angeles bureau confiscated the painting, valued at $10 million, at the Chicago home of the...

  • L.A. Resident Loses Family in Bus Bombing

    By Julie G Fax

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Aviel Atash was the entire world for his mother, Rachel. A developmentally delayed woman who married at the age of 39, Rachel never thought she would have children, and Aviel was like a dream, said her brother, Los Angeles resident Yoram Partush.

    But that dream exploded last week...

  • Israel Buries Beersheba Bombing Victims

    By Dina Kraft

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Avital Etash stares out from the front pages of Israel's newspapers, a 4-year-old boy in a striped shirt and dark blue kippah, his dark eyes wide and curious.

    Etash was the youngest of 16 people killed in Tuesday's double suicide bombing in Beersheba. His mother lies in the...

  • Is Gaza Becoming the Next Lebanon?

    By Dan Baron

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It was a loss that brought back the darkest days of Israel's war on Palestinian terrorism and the Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon -- and the next day it got even worse.

    Six elite soldiers of the Givati Brigade, on their way home from a mission to destroy arms factories in...

  • Pro-Life, Pro Choice, Pro-Healing

    By Lamelle Ryman

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I was a teenage pro-choice fanatic.

    My car's license plate read CHOICE 8. Apparently, I shared my enthusiasm with at least seven other people in Illinois. But life's wisdom comes slowly. Once, when a neighbor three times my age told me she agreed that abortion should be legal, I...

  • Permission to Grieve

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago, one of my colleagues had the awesome task of officiating at the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed by a car while riding her bicycle. My friend gathered the children from that small Jewish community and gently invited them to speak their true feelings.

    "I'm mad at my mom...

  • A Child’s Murder, a Mother’s Strength

    By Wendy Mogel

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Blessing of a Broken Heart" by Sherri Mandell (Toby Press, 2003).

    When a crime takes place in my neighborhood, I play a mental trick. Of course that (naive) person was mugged. She was walking alone after dark. Naturally that (careless) family was burglarized -- they left their...

  • Exit Strategy

    By Mark Miller

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After 10 extremely passionate months together, Amanda decided to end our relationship. She thought it through very carefully and took the steps she felt were necessary to break things off. There was just one small step she overlooked -- telling me.

    So here's how I found out: Coming...

  • U.S. Spending Ignores Domestic Deficits

    By Leonard Fein

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Write the word "fiscal" and know that a hefty proportion of your readers will find something else to read. So, let's talk about money instead.

    Specifically, about the money the states don't have.

    The only thing you need to know by way of background is that almost all states are...

  • A Just War May Be Great Risk to Israel

    By Rabbi Joel Rembaum

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There are very few people I know who have an unambiguous perspective on this war. I think we are quite unanimous in our belief that Saddam Hussein is a bad guy who should go -- for the sake of his own people and all the people in the Middle East.

    As a stand-alone goal, the removal...

  • Love in the Afterlife

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Neil Simon has always laced his plays with aspects of his own life and, at age 75, he takes on mortality -- specifically the mortality of a creative writer -- in "Rose and Walsh."

    In the world premiere of his 33rd play, now at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Simon examines death,...

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