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  • Ask Moses and You Shall Receive

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to the Rabbi Chaim Cunin, director of AskMoses.com, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson anticipated the Internet and the role it would play in our everyday lives as far back as the late 1970s. But it was not until 1998, when Chabad Lubavitch supporter Yuri...

  • What Next for the Mideast Quagmire?

    By Matthew E. Berger

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One year after a Camp David summit produced the greatest hope yet that a far-reaching peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians was attainable, it now appears that peace is as elusive as ever.

    Both the Israelis and the Bush administration are at a loss for what to do next...

  • Extremist Danger

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While leading a tour of Israel for a group of college kids in the summer of 1995, I read a newspaper headline that described a newly issued halachic ruling by 15 rabbis -- with former Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira at their helm: "The evacuation of West Bank IDF military bases poses a...

  • Community Briefs

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Golden Rules

    Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg returned last week to the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC), where he trained as a teenager, to teach young competitive swimmers what it takes to make the gold.

    Krayzelburg, along with former coach Stuart Blumkin and senior...

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  • Hebrew Secret

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The discussion was con-fidential when Roger Richman, attorney for Hebrew University of Jerusalem, met with Bonnie Curtis, Steven Spielberg's producer on "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence." Spielberg needed the university's help on his top-secret film, about a robot child who longs to...

  • An Insult to Our Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A German corporation that used slave labor to produce some of the weapons that killed American soldiers is now building a monument in Washington to honor the Americans who fought and died in World War II.

    How do I know? I was one of those slave laborers. There were 30,000 of us...

  • Lost No More

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    French-Canadian director Léa Pool calls her latest movie a teenage-lesbian version of "Romeo and Juliet."

    In "Lost and Delirious," which opens today in Los Angeles, the star-crossed lovers are Tory (Jessica Pare) and Paulie (Piper Perabo of "Coyote Ugly"). The girls are roommates and...

  • Chandler Busway:Round Two

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A proposed busway continued to spark fierce debate during two public hearings held in the San Fernando Valley during the last weeks of June.

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in the final stages of gathering public commentary on the proposed San Fernando Valley East-West...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli to Sue Arafat

    An Israeli wounded in a Palestinian terrorist massacre in 1974 plans to sue Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat in the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague. Haim Asulin plans to seek $1 billion in compensation for the families of the...

  • Could Be Green and Great

    By Peer Ghent

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Numerous spokespeople for the Orthodox Jewish community have passionately opposed any transportation solution that includes using the Chandler portion of the MTA right of way. I would like to express support of the MTA's proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route on the Burbank/Chandler...

  • Overweight and Counting ... Down

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Reena Dulfon, 14, trudges home every day after school, and no matter how much she begs, her mother won't pick her up in the car. Robin Dulfon is not being a mean mom, but is helping Reena accomplish her goal. And though Reena sees this 30 minutes of daily exercise as a chore -- after...

  • Friendly Skies

    By J. D. Smith

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I'd like to register a complaint against the airline industry. I know that I'm not alone, that there has been quite a bit of public outcry lately about flight delays and cancellations, but that's not my issue.

    My problem is that my friend Greg Stern met his beautiful wife on a...

  • Comedy Relief

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Heidi Joyce thinks Israeli-Palestinian conflict, she thinks comedy. It's worked for her before in an effort to combat domestic abuse, and it works again in her new play, "Friends and Enemies."

    Best known for her "Stand Up Against Domestic Violence" comedy fundraisers, Joyce...

  • Drastic Rule Change

    By Beverly Gray

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Talia Hill started kindergarten, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) didn't know how to handle her. Hill had been diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, moderate hearing loss and seizures. This combination made her unsuited for any of the district's self-contained...

  • Remembering Babi Yar

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A great sadness came upon me after hearing of Pope John Paul II's recent visit to Kiev, Ukraine. The pope's trip to was an attempt to bring harmony between Ukrainian Greek Catholics and the Russian Orthodox Church. There, he visited and prayed at the Babi Yar Memorial. He offered a...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel Buries Bomb Victims

    Israeli soldiers cry during the burial of Sgt. Ophir Kit, 19, at the Mount Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem on Sunday. Kit and Sgt. Aviv Izak, 19, were killed last Friday when they responded to a call to help a jeep with Israeli license plates that...

  • Stopped Talks

    By Tom Tugend

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The headlines in the Los Angeles Times track the fever chart of relations between the city's large Jewish and Muslim communities:

    "Arabs, Jews [in L.A.] Hoping Peace Will Blossom" (Jan. 22, 1988).

    "Terrorism in Israel Strains Muslim-Jewish Ties in L.A." (March 25, 1996).

    "Jews,...

  • Bush, Sharon Differ on Cooling-Off Period

    By Matthew E. Berger

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon makes the rounds here and U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell heads to the Middle East, Israel and the Bush administration are divided as to when Israel and the Palestinians should start on the next leg of the road back to peace talks.

    Meeting...

  • Slavery: Conflict or Commonality ?

    By James D. Besser

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's starting with a few tentative steps, but it could eventually become a stampede; lawmakers on Capitol Hill may soon consider pending legislation creating a national museum focusing heavily on the issue of American slavery.

    The movement to create a new museum of African American...

  • Pope Pays Homage at Babi Yar

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In his first visit to a Jewish site since a controversial May appearance in Syria, Pope John Paul II paid tribute this week to thousands of Ukrainian Jews killed by the Nazis in one of the bloodiest slaughters of the Holocaust.

    The 81-year-old pope bowed his head and prayed in...

  • The Mosk Seat

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Does Stanley Mosk's California Supreme Court seat naturally go to a Jew? In the political jockeying left by the death at 88 of California's longest-serving justice, the debate begins again: Is there a special "Jewish seat" that deserves to be enshrined on the high court?

    In filling...

  • Unveiling Secrets

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Filmmaker Pola Rapaport grew up in a family of secrets.

    Her psychiatrist father never spoke of his life before meeting Pola's mother. He never spoke of his family. He never mentioned that he was Jewish, though Pola figured that out when he took her to Yom Kippur services when she was...

  • Miriam Mystery

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Like all women, Miriam is a complex human being, whom I cannot fully understand. In this week's portion she dies suddenly, leaving me as puzzled as I have always been with her role as a leader.

    I am left with many unanswered questions. Why is she the only woman in the Torah called a...

  • Mamela’s Messages

    By Mike Levy

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Amy's Answering Machine" by Amy Borkowsky (Pocket Books, $14.95).

    (Beep.) "Yeah, hello, Amila. They just said on TV, 'It's 10 p.m., do you know where your children are?' And I'm thinking, I don't know, so I figured I'd call you, mamascheinz. You must be in the bathroom or...

  • The Tyranny of Carpooling

    By Jane Ulman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sigmund Freud says we owe our children travel, education and nice clothes.

    Judaism says we owe them a religious and ethical upbringing.

    But who says we owe them carpooling?

    Who says that after years of catering to them and carting them around, we aren't entitled, as Howard Beale, the...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Persian Celebration

    Members of the Iranian-American Jewish Association (IAJA) celebrated the 22nd anniversary of the house that Dariush built.

    Dariush Fakheri, the outreach organization's founding father, was honored at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel gala, along with members Fred...

  • Hands Off My Volcano

    By Wendy Mogel

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One evening not too long ago, I strolled through the science fair at a local middle school. The work of the students was not much in evidence, but the fingerprints of their parents were everywhere. No matter how often they are warned by teachers to let their children do the science...

  • Hard Talk

    By Rob Eshman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I have written about Yitzhak Frankenthal before, and I will no doubt write about him again, because the man has the gravitas to say just about whatever he wants about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

    Frankenthal is one of a distinct minority of Israelis and Arabs these days who are...

  • Your Letters

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Chandler Boulevard

    Your article did an excellent job of explaining the divergent views in the San Fernando Valley concerning the proposed busway ("Taking on the MTA," June 15).

    A number of residents and groups in the West Valley do not want the busway in their residential areas...

  • Great Tale of “Rat”

    By Rob Eshman

    June 28, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Years ago, Mike Bookman got it into his head to write a novel rich in sex, violence, mystery, passion and betrayal.

    In other words, about life among Jews at the turn of the century in New York's Lower East Side. As Bookman recalls, "Along with upright unionists like David Dubinsky...

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