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  • The clout of Judge Stanley Mosk

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 7, 2013 | 4:03 am

    A new biography of California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk opens with an apt quote from the late and much-loved Jewish Journal columnist Marlene Adler Marks: “Mosk,” Marks wrote in these pages in 1997, “is California history with a heartbeat.”

    Mosk entered public service...

  • First Person - God Laughs?

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    This column first ran on July 26, 2002, and is one of a series that the beloved former managing editor of The Journal wrote about her life and her battle with cancer. She died on Sept. 5, 2002. She was 54.

    My girlfriend "E" was the first to declare what others had been observing for...

  • Your Letters

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Perspective

    My thanks to The Jewish Journal for opening its pages to a Palestinian American journalist living in Los Angeles to present a Palestinian perspective on why they initiated an intifada two years ago ("Intifada Fruits: A Palestinian Perspective," Oct. 4). At...

  • Oh So Sorry

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I'm sorry I haven't eaten more hot dogs.

    Saturday is Selichot, the time when the whole Jewish world sings with Connie

    Francis, "I'm sorry," and vows to do better next time. Many of us are focused on the wrongs we've done to others, or even to God.

    This year, however, as I...

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  • Minority Report

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Would I really care to know the future? Facing lung cancer, I am periodically asked, "How long do you have?" I respond, "How about you? How long do you have?"

    No one of us knows the number of our days, or anything else for sure. A fortuneteller in New York read my Tarot cards.

    ...

  • Talk to Me

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I owe my life's work to Ann Landers. And, of course, her sister, Dear Abby. Dr. Rose Franzblau. And Dr. Joyce Brothers.

    It happened this way.

    In our New York home, my parents subscribed to three daily newspapers. Mom and Dad are enthralled by the tabloids. Even today, they read...

  • In the Soup

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My parents visited a year ago while I recuperated from lung cancer surgery and they developed a division of labor.

    My father would do odd jobs around the house. My mother would feed me.

    This was a good plan in theory, but in reality, it had loopholes. My father's tasks were...

  • Travel Machismo

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli-Palestinian violence makes daily life in the Jewish state a living (as opposed to a virtual) nightmare, American Jews are raising the ante on expressions of loyalty. A rabbi recently told me he wants every Jew to travel to Israel this year. A lay leader puts his name on...

  • Honoring Marlene

    By Rob Eshman

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Marlene Adler Marks' first column for this paper appeared in March 1987. It was titled "The Unwanted Visitor." It was about a rabbi who showed up to comfort Marlene as she waited in the hospital for her husband, Burton, to come out of surgery. "It hadn't been comforting to me,"...

  • Men in Black

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The 74th Annual Academy Awards program will be remembered, at least by me, for women's gowns with faux see-through gauze fronts and men's suit jackets down to the knees.

    Sunday night. For my town, Malibu, Oscar night is a kind of Yom Kippur. Roads are deserted; the local restaurants...

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I was the oldest child at the Passover table during two decades of social turmoil, and so invariably I was the one to whom questions were directed.

    "Why does your generation think it can have everything its way?" my relatives began after the afikomen was eaten. They wanted my opinion...

  • Riordan’s Primary

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Say what you will about Richard Riordan's abortive primary strategy, and the way he naively stepped into Gov. Gray Davis' trap, but Riordan certainly understood one of his key customers: the Jewish electorate. Too bad we'll never see the Davis/Riordan face-off that would have told us...

  • A Map Is a Mirror

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    No one said redistricting is fun. But this once-a-decade political ritual does provide a mirror to how much leverage a community has, or lacks.

    In the case of the proposed map for the Los Angeles City Council, this time the mirror says what many in our community are still reluctant...

  • On My Mind

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The hardest part about writing about brain radiation is writing the words "brain radiation." I assure you that I'm OK. It's my fingers that are typing these words on my computer. It's my thoughts that are deciding which of the Yip Harburg lyrics from the Scarecrow's song, "If I Only...

  • Judaism From the Bottom Up

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most exciting experiments in Jewish transformation is taking place right here in Los Angeles.

    Beit T'Shuvah is one of the nation's only homes for rehabilitation and return that integrates the 12 steps and Judaism. To hear Rabbi Mark Borovitz's interpretation of the Torah...

  • Nothing’s Fishy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Welcome home, Marlene. It's about time you joined my family," my father said.

    He was greeting the news that well into the age of wisdom, I've finally begun eating sardines.

    Dad eats sardines the way I once ate rugelah or eggplant parmigiana -- with gusto. It's a way of life for him....

  • Red String

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I wear a piece of red string around my right wrist, a talisman for healing.

    Since receiving a diagnosis of lung cancer a year ago, my life has continued in a relatively "normal" vein, recognizable to secular Jewish Westerners like myself. I meet with the best oncologists and take...

  • Entering the New World

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Brave New World, here we come.

    A Worcester, Mass., biotech company reported this week that it had created a human embryo directly from human cells. A cell implanted with adult DNA split into six cells, then died, stopping far short of the 150-plus needed to create viable stem cells,...

  • End the Silence

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Only three weeks ago it was possible to speak in optimistic terms about a united front against terrorism. History seemed to be blowing at our back, pushing the forces of civilization onward and upward to victory against the scourge of modern times. Writing in this space in early...

  • Take 12 Steps

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It would be hard to exaggerate the significance of The Jewish Federation's Addiction Conference held Monday at the Skirball Cultural Center. But to compare, think back to the Shechinah Conference held 20 years ago at Hebrew Union College, which helped consolidate and shape Jewish...

  • “We” Judaism

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    NOW THAT THE HIGH HOLY days are over, we can begin to appreciate how the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington may alter American Jewish life.

    Like the rest of America we are stunned. Grieving. Angry. Afraid.

    The enormity of loss cast a dark spiritual shadow across the holiest...

  • Terror, Grief and Awe

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In past Yom Kippurs I've been known to bring a stack of books with me to synagogue, works both historic and intellectual, to focus on when neither prayer nor imagination can fill the time. Not this year.

    The terror, grief and awe of Sept. 11 will preoccupy my thoughts for many long...

  • Fuzz

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A day before I left for a vacation cruise to Alaska, I looked in the mirror and spied, atop my clean, bald head -- Hair! There wasn't much of it, standing less than one-sixteenth of an inch tall. But when I ran my hand over my crown, I felt the delicious tickle of stubble.

    "It's...

  • And Many More

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There's nothing like completing chemotherapy to spice up a birthday party. Last weekend, 40 of my dearest friends performed a commemorative Havdalah ceremony to mark a really great CT scan and year 53. My "re-birthday" celebration was just the ticket, restorative not only for me but...

  • Beyond Stem Cells

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Were you queasy last week, when U.S. senators quoted the Bible in their effort to stop potentially life-saving stem cell research?

    Did you feel discomfort on Monday when Pope John Paul II told President Bush he condemned the study of human embryos because the practice would "devalue...

  • The Strongest Link

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    No matter how well things go in chemotherapy, the truth is, cancer always makes new demands on you. You can't afford to be a k'nocker, pretending you know what you're doing or what you're ready for. It's not as if you are in charge.

    On the morning of my final course of treatment, I...

  • New Directions

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Who's the big winner in Tuesday's Los Angeles mayoral election? My bet is real estate developer Steve Soboroff. James Kenneth Hahn may be an old-line Democrat, but he benefited mightily from the silence maintained by the wealthy Republican businessman, who had come in third in the...

  • The Comfort Zone

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 31, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Those of us with a sense of Los Angeles history approach the June 5 election with trepidation. No one wants a repeat of the first Sam Yorty/Tom Bradley race in 1969, with its bitter overlay of race-baiting. That's one reason why throughout most of the campaign the candidates have...

  • A Jewish ‘Sopranos’?

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 24, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In my house last Sunday evening Tony Soprano easily defeated Anne Frank as "must-see TV." Yes, even in the home of committed Jews, the rancid affairs of a New Jersey Mafia family beat out the young girl of the Holocaust. The question is, why?

    All season long my friends and I, Jewish...

  • Jewish Big Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A month after Passover, the winds have not yet died down from the "Wolpe Hurricane."

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Westwood caused a stir when he asserted, in earshot of a Los Angeles Times reporter, that the Exodus story can still inspire us even if, as some archaeologists...

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