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....
Trial begins for main suspect in revenge murder of Palestinian teen
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Israel extends Gaza humanitarian ceasefire for another 24 hours
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Israel agrees to extend Gaza truce by four hours
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Israel agrees to 12-hour Gaza cease-fire
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Tag: Marlene Adler Marks
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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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm
April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pmThis 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...
March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pmHere 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...
February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pmAs 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....
December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pmI 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...
May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pmWhatever 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...
April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pmThe 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...
April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pmWhen 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,...
March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pmJeff, 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...
March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pmCircumcision 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...
January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pmHistory 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...
December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pmI 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,...
November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pmWhat 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)...
October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pmTom 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...
October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pmOne 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...
September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pmEach 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...
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...
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...
June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pmWhere 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...
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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