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  • Freedom. Empathy. Pain.

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My fireplace mantle is stuffed &'9;with get-well cards. They come from people I know and many I've never met. One of them might have come from you. In the two months since I started writing about my lung cancer, the cards have been flowing in, plus an equal number or more of e-mails....

  • Reality-Based Schooling

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    One of the most engrossing reality-based television shows is the thrice-weekly KLCS public broadcasting program, "Conversation with Roy Romer." Unlike "Survivor" and "Temptation Island," where contestants wearing cruise and safari garb compete against each other and the weather,...

  • Back From The Dead

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I am determined to learn nothing from my cancer. Last month, I had lung surgery known as a thoracotomy. A cancerous tumor in my lower left lobe is gone. I'll have chemotherapy, and pretty soon I'll be bald. That's all I care to know about this completely hideous, unprovoked and...

  • The Clinton Years

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nostalgia for Bill Clinton? Don't say I didn't warn you. Even as George W. Bush takes office, the Jewish community is weeping sentimental tears for the almost lethally charismatic president who, in the words of The Forward, "had come to embody the hopes of Jewish liberals in America...

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  • Israel 101

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The October Violence is the short-hand designation for the deadly sniping, shooting and police action between Palestinians and Israelis, including the unprecedented call-to-arms of Israeli Arabs. If American Jews accept "October Violence" as the title (Palestinians call it "the...

  • After the Election

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For a few strained hours last week, I was afraid we'd be witnessing the Jewish version of Elian Gonzalez, Part II. Could Jewish blood pressure withstand the tension of the Palm Beach vote taken hostage?

    As hours of electoral anxiety passed into weeks, I worried that the world would...

  • Justice, Justice

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Is there a "Jewish stake" in the district attorney race between two-term incumbent Gil Garcetti and head Deputy District Attorney Steve Cooley? Maybe it comes to this: How far out of step is this community going to be?

    Steve Cooley has won the endorsement of every local newspaper,...

  • Swing States of Mind

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Finally good news has come for Al Gore.

    The Arab American Political Action Committee this month endorsed George W. Bush. Last week, 20 other Michigan-based Arab organizations followed suit, including the Arab-American and Chaldean Leadership Council.

    "Gore should take out billboards...

  • Staying Supple

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Leo Cohen wanted to see my PalmPilot.

    "How do you put in the data?" he asked.

    We were just completing our pre-fast family dinner, and I'd taken out my snazzy, whiz-bang electronic calendar to demonstrate it to Leo's son-in-law, Sam, an astronomer who gets his data from the...

  • Pass the Egg

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My parents were Elderhostel students this week at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles, and I shared Friday night services with them in the Conservative tradition of my youth.

    It was like coming home. The melodies, the longer version of prayers, the responsive readings in English,...

  • To the Graduates

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I can't remember a word spoken by Ira Goldstein, the Plainview (NY) High School valedictorian, Class of 1965, but I'm sure his graduation address was brilliant. Ira, who apparently was in the Philosophy Club with me for three now-forgotten years, was the most brilliant boy in a class...

  • Four Children

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    This Passover, more than any other Passover, I wish I had four children.

    Four is a magical Jewish number, as we read in the haggadah, which tells the story of our journey from slavery to freedom. There are Four Questions, of course, which provoke four types of kvelling (especially...

  • My Date with Humility

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Here we are, weeks away from the first night of Passover, and I am already suffering PMS, Pre-Matzah Syndrome. Cranky, sullen, bloated, sweaty and dull. What gives?

    The Passover seder is a spectacle made for children. The lamb bone, parsley and egg, the wine spilled on the paper...

  • State Races Get Hot

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As I made the rounds of endless cocktail parties and debates two weeks before March 7 primary day, I could see that the Jewish community has little reason to cheer term limits, just as it will not likely salute restrictions on campaign contributions, if that should ever come to pass....
  • The Jewish Future

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I have seen the Jewish future and, to my surprise, it still belongs to the Baby Boomers. By now I'd guess that Boomers would happily cede attention and civic responsibility to Gen Xers and Gen J but nothing doing. One in three Jews today are between ages 35-53, and the needs and...
  • The Meaning of Loehmann’s RIP

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Whatever the rest of America made of last week's news that Loehmann's discount department store is declaring bankruptcy, for American Jewish women, it is very, very sad.

    Loehmann's, the home of designer leftovers, moved from shopping mecca to Borscht Belt-style punch line in two...

  • A Class Act

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The political question of the week is, "What will David Tokofsky do now?" For four years, Tokofsky, the veteran teacher and former coach of Marshall High School's champion academic decathlon team, has played the role of maverick on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board. He...
  • On the Lone Prairie

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When I consider author Sara Davidson's now-so-public love affair with a cowboy who didn't know about Anne Frank, I can hear my mother saying, "Honey, you could do so much better."

    To which Davidson's response would surely be, "Show me how."

    Davidson's new fictionalized memoir,...

  • Just in Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Jeff, the guy from the party rental place, left this phone message two weeks ago:

    "Passover is March 31," he said, "and, say Marlene, you always call us the last minute. Do you think you might plan a bit ahead this time?"

    Jeff isn't even Jewish, but his calendar was right. I always...

  • Making the Cut

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Circumcision was Page One news in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday after a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics did all but call the ritual cutting medically meaningless. You didn't have to be a man to feel the cut.

    "Circumcision is not essential to a child's well-being at...

  • A Better Strategy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    History never precisely repeats itself. I was cleaning up after dinner the other evening when I heard my daughter, Samantha, now nearly 17, on the phone; she was talking with a guy named Vinnie.

    "Vinnie?" I said, as she hung up. "I think we should be focusing on Jewish guys now, don't...

  • I Wish It Were More

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I am a lousy gift-giver. I'm bad enough on birthdays, when gift-giving makes me so nervous that my gifts never arrive on time. But I'm absolutely awful in December, when I feel so pressured by Chanukah expectations that I buy gift after gift for three of the people on my list,...
  • The Liberal Revival

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    What a great week this has been for liberals. If it does nothing else, Election '98 makes it OK to use "L" word again. I love it -- it is so much more descriptive of hope and dream than the neutered word "moderate." Liberals have been abused on both the left (by multiculturalists)...
  • Death of a Patriarch

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Bradley was buried Monday, hailed as Los Angeles' longtime mayor, statesman, leader and friend. His is a grand biography; a son of Texas sharecroppers and the grandson of slaves, Bradley broke down ethnic and class barriers and forged a new multiracial political base that...
  • The Lewinsky/Lieberman Equation

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    One day we may look back at the 1998 High Holidays as a bizarre version of "Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead"; American history seen through the perspective of minor Jewish characters helping to determine the national fate. Monica Lewinsky! Sen. Joseph Lieberman! As the...
  • Strangers No More

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Each Yom Kippur, a vestigial loneliness creeps over me. I achingly feel that my parents and family are back East; that my cousins live in Japan; that some of my dearest are dead. On this day, dispersion and alienation seeps in, and I cling to my community like fog to the shore. And...
  • Circle of Friends

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I see that it's time for the media to replay the perennial horror story known as The Dying Jew. "The Vanishing Jew," by Alan Dershowitz, is a mea culpa over his son's intermarriage. Elliot Abrams, the former Reagan administration official, has written "Faith or Fear: How Jews...

  • A Vote at a Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The big political story that's emerged from last week's California primary is not the Davis-Lungren gubernatorial race nor the high-profile propositions. The big story is yet unfolding and takes us to a small corner of our town, in the east end of the San Fernando Valley. At this...

  • Force of Nature

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Where does a parent -- a Jewish mother -- begin a frank consideration of her daughter's sexuality? As the Zen master says, you have to start from where you are, and then let it flow.

    I am a single mom, and as a single mom, my sex life is pretty much on display. There's nothing I can...

  • Payback Time

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    You'll never find "The Cadillac," on any critic'slist of top 10 "Seinfeld" episodes, but I don't care. "The Cadillac,"episode 124 in the Seinfeld oeuvre, IMHO (in my humble opinion, forthose who don't use Internet shorthand), is the real thing, among theshow's most authentically...

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