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  • Minimalist Keret Reads

    By Jessica Steinberg

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Etgar Keret is coming to Los Angeles, but fear not. This brilliant young Israeli writer of his generation, a skillful satirist who seems to have a knack for expressing the emotions, thoughts and language of his peers, has not gone completely Hollywood.

    He has returned to fiction,...

  • Hasfari’s ‘House’ Moves to Laguna

    By Avner Hofstein

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As Laguna Playhouse Executive Director Richard Stein walked down Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv during a trip to Israel last December, he was struck by a Bauhaus-style building famously used in the city decades ago.

    "It was a historic landmark, something to do with the Haganna, and I...

  • Sex and The 30-Something Professional

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Before David Rouda became a stage director and writer, he was an internationally ranked rower who placed 17th in the 1999 World Rowing Championships. Rouda, who started training as a sculler at 13, won six Gold Medals at the Maccabee Games and just missed qualifying for the 2000...
  • Bill Donahue goes ‘soft’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 5, 2007 | 12:35 pm

    Bill Donohue’s Catholic League responded to last night’s “South Park” with this brief press release:

    I have no idea why “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker caricature me as a heartless thug. In any event, I stand convicted and have no defense. Now I have to get back to...

  • A South Park Easter

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 5, 2007 | 12:34 pm


    Donohue.png“South Park” tonight absolutely skewered Catholic League President Bill Donohue in a ridiculous episode that used the Da Vinci Code formula to claim their was a centuries-old conspiracy to cover up the fact that St. Peter was in fact a rabbit—Peter...

  • LAPD seeks suspect who defaced councilman’s office with swastikas

    By Tom Tugend

    April 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The district office of Los Angeles City Councilman Jack Weiss in Sherman Oaks was defaced early Thursday morning with three swastikas and two incoherent messages, glued to the glass entrance door with epoxy.

    At a noon press conference outside the vandalized office, LAPD Capt. Jim...
  • Francis Collin’s DNA for faith

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 4, 2007 | 6:17 pm

    It’s been almost a year since Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project, wrote The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief

    , a book promoters dream. Collins was written up in just about every major publication, from the LA Times to the Times of London.

  • Obama our savior

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 3, 2007 | 12:10 pm

    So there certainly is a crowd of Democrats that hopes Barack Obama is the messiah their forefathers spoke of. But seriously, this? Last Saturday, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago put on display an undergraduate’s papier mache sculpture of Obama in the Son of God’s robe and...

  • Sweet Jesus

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 30, 2007 | 12:06 pm

    A New York artist has sculpted a life-size Jesus with his arms spread wide and his feet together, in the position of one being crucified. It’s made of chocolate and Christ is NAKED—endowment and all. (Click here to see.)

    The artist’s creation, which will be on display in New York...

  • Venezuela’s Jews prosper but keep wary eye on future with Hugo Chavez

    By Hal Weitzman

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The floor of the small synagogue in the center of Coro, the oldest Jewish house of prayer in Venezuela, is covered in a thick layer of sand intended to recall the Children of Israel's time in the Sinai Desert. It is also, however, a symbol of the transience of Jewish settlement in...
  • Chametz and matzah symbolize internal slavery struggle

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When my student Adam confronted me recently with this question "In a post-Freudian world, how can we trust the honesty of our intentions?" my response was, "Our conscious and subconscious can be likened to matzah and chametz."

    There are two ways to describe the difference between...

  • Slavery lesson stirs Milken students to act

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    How do Jews remember slavery?

    "Yetziat mitzraym was something too long ago," Rabbi Leah Kroll, rabbinic director of the middle school at Milken, says of the Exodus. "Kids have a hard time understanding that," she said about slavery.

    That's why Kroll, who is also a rabbi at Stephen...

  • Video: From slavery to freedom

    By Rabbi Irwin Kula

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Irwin Kula video courtesy JTN.

  • Bitter Harvest

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Curtain call; More holidays not on the calendar

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Curtain call

    Next year, a cool new festival is coming to Los Angeles -- and its focus is all about kids. The Festival of New American Musicals, coming in May 2008, brings Broadway to the West Coast with the premiere of musicals, like "Sarah, Plain and Tall" and an opera version of...

  • A tale of two dates

    By Matt Lipeles

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I'd like to say it was the best of dates and the worst of dates. That would be poetic. But it didn't really happen like that. This is the story of two dates gone wrong, two blind dates actually.

    I had been set up on a blind date. Like most people, I wasn't really looking forward to...

  • Confessions of a kosher wine snob

    By J.D. Smith

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Passover is finally here and while the family is wrangling over who will play host and who's invited, I'm wrangling with which wines to serve. The seder is a feast, after all, not just a long, drawn-out dinner party with responsive reading and some especially catchy tunes. We all...
  • Get your juices flowing with fruit-infused foods

    By Jeff Nathan

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's an odd sight to walk into an all-kosher grocery store during Passover. Drop cloths and big sheets cover the forbidden chametz products and the kosher-for-Passover items rest on shelves lined with paper towels, newspapers and brightly colored contact paper. In many traditional...
  • Did you know?  Little-known facts about Passover and Judaism to share at the seder table

    By Rafael Guber

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Have a Haggadah

    "And the daughters you shall let live" (Exodus 1:16).

    When the Egyptians decided to kill the Jewish male babies, women played an important role in God's plan for Jewish redemption. Therefore, it should not be surprising that the most popular haggadah in the United...

  • The seder offers 15 steps toward empowerment

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Fifteen steps or ritual components make up the Passover seder.

    Knowing that in advance can empower your guests and everyone else gathered around the dinner table. Most haggadot list the 15 steps at the beginning of the text. Think of it as a key, or GPS, to help you navigate...

  • March Madness means April Angst: Pesach vs. NCAA

    By Saul Austerlitz

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This year, and not for the first time, my celebration of a major American holiday will be stymied by my celebration of a major Jewish holiday.

    Monday night, April 2, I will be at my parents' table for the first night of Passover. At the same time, I will not be in front of the...

  • Silencing Passover

    By David Suissa

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    You'll have to forgive me this week if I get all wistful and spiritual on you, but there's something about Passover I need to get off my chest.

    I have a question for my readers. How many of you have been so moved by a Passover experience that something inside of you changed?

    I ask...

  • Deliverance

    By Rob Eshman

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Many, many years ago, in order to impress a young woman, I volunteered to make chicken soup for her Passover seder.

    I understand that in the non-Jewish world, men compete for a female's attention by engaging in feats of strength. But this woman was a rabbi, and I figured a...

  • Don’t write off the intermarried

    By Edmund Case

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Charles Dickens' classic, "A Tale of Two Cities," begins with the famous line: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Sociologist Steven Cohen's new study on intermarriage has a similar title but a different spirit.

    Ignoring positive recent evidence from Boston and...

  • Seders:  A great time to discuss immigration

    By Simon Greer

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One year ago, as Jews across the country sat down at Passover seder with their friends and family, immigrant communities and their allies were standing up.

    The impetus for these mass mobilizations, the likes of which we have not seen in a generation, was an attempt by Republicans in...

  • Atheism du Jour

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Atheism has become chic. In itself, this might be a helpful thing, after all faith, like every other system, strengthens itself by intelligent challenge. But too much of the contemporary attack on religion is just that -- an attack fueled by grievance and not by careful...
  • Resident heroes of Sderot mark Pesach under rocket threat

    By Rabbi Avi Baumol

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Ma nishtana halayla hazeh" -- "How is this night different from all other nights? We were once slaves in Egypt, but God redeemed us, bringing us out from the land to freedom."

    Very soon, Jews from around the world will chant this familiar refrain, as we have done at the Passover...

  • Briefs: JTS to admit gay rabbinical students, Saudi Arabia bars Israeli journalist

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    JTS to admit gay rabbinical students

    The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced Monday that it would change admission policies to accept openly gay students at its rabbinical school. Arnold Eisen, chancellor-elect of the Conservative movement's flagship institution, made the...

  • Evangelical leader’s speech backing Israel alarms some

    By James D. Besser

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The tent-revival pro-Israel speech by the Rev. John Hagee thrilled many delegates at the recent policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

    However, others were alarmed. It was not by Hagee's message, which was hardly new, but by the reaction of a...

  • A Place at the Table

    By Rabbi David Baron

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago I invited a Mormon family to our seder. The presence of non-Jewish guests in our home changed the dynamic in many ways, not the least of which was our newfound enthusiasm for giving clear and thorough explanations of the rituals we observe each year. This Mormon...
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