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  • This is What Fulfilling a Mitzvah Looks Like

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 1, 2014 | 5:40 pm

    EBook Review: Assisted Loving: How I Stopped My Homo-Centric Life to Take Care of My Elderly Father by Debra Elise Miller

    Assisted Living will stay with you for a much longer time than it will take to read.  The book is just what the title promises: a sharply observed,...

  • Letters to the Editor: Prager on murder, Spiritual care, Christmas Mitzvah, Seeking former students

    January 2, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Prager on Murder

    It is quite something to read Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion dean Joshua Holo’s caricature Dennis Prager as reckless, heedless, gratuitously hostile and a provocateur “painting in broad strokes of facile caricature” (Letters, Dec. 21), when...

  • Suddenly Sukkah

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 3, 2012 | 7:00 am

    Saturday afternoon my husband and I went to a friend’s house for a birthday party. While we were there, one of the family mentioned they were going to an amusement park the next day, and asked if we wanted to come along.

    “I can’t,” I said, “I’m going to help build a sukkah...

  • Death in the Hood

    By David Suissa

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Laura Gitlin-Petlak was 48 when she died on Feb. 12 at her home in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood.

    The next day, a few blocks from her house, a couple hundred people jammed the premises of Aish L.A., an Orthodox synagogue and outreach center, for her memorial service.

    A neighbor...

  • David Mamet has one question—for the wicked son

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    David Mamet has written a book, "The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self-Hatred and the Jews" (Shocken/Nextbook), that is by turns bold, courageous, and outrageous -- it is a book that calls Diaspora Jews to the table and asks: "In or Out?" "The underlying premise of the book," Mamet...
  • Mixed Message

    By Julie Wiener

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The "report card" for non-Orthodox American Jewish teens should feature either an A or a D, depending on which of two new studies you read.

    With teen outreach a growing concern in the American Jewish community, a number of communities and agencies, including the Reform movement,...

  • To Go or Not to Go?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The controversy over the issue of visiting Israel this summer has come to affect four American Jews to whom I am particularly close: my wife and two children, and myself.

    My wife's brother lives on a kibbutz in the Negev, where he moved some 20 years ago. His middle daughter is...