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  • Higher Learning

    By Rob Eshman

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    There is a part of Mt. Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem that one rabbi there calls, "the burial area for the nation's unborn victims." There you will find the graves of women who, at nine-months pregnant, were murdered by terrorists. A husband and wife are buried side by side, killed just...

  • Food for Thought

    By Hirsh Goodman

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The motive driving suicide volunteers is revenge. They have stopped fighting to liberate Palestine. They have suspended

    the dream of a state. They now dream of killing as many Jews as possible, of revenge, of making life in Israel impossible -- and they truly believe they can do it....

  • Prime Time for Hitler

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    At first it sounded like just another routine announcement. Twice each year, 200 or so TV critics from across the country gather at Pasadena's Ritz Carlton Hotel to hear network and cable honchos wax enthusiastic about the coming TV season. Up to a point, this season's bill of fare...

  • Jewish Republicans in Orange County

    By Journal Staff

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Hoping to capitalize on President Bush's support of Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) revived its local chapter. The group held its first organizational meeting last month at Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach -- the county's most Republican-registered city and home of the...

  • The Sword of Islam

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ever since Sept. 11, the term "jihad" has become part of America's vocabulary. So, too, have the adjectives "Militant Islam" and "Islamic Fundamentalism" become common parlance on America's talk shows and in daily conversations on the American street. To most Americans, these are all...

  • To Live Again

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur is much more than saying, I'm sorry, said Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, the well-known theologian, author and speaker who will be in Orange County on Aug. 12 to talk about preparing spiritually for the High Holidays.

    Kushner, 59, who has championed institutional and personal...

  • JFSHelps Holocaust Survivors

    By Journal Staff

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A grant of $120,000 over three years from the newly established PIMCO Foundation will help Orange County's Jewish Family Service (JFS) expand its services to about 45 elderly Holocaust survivors who reside locally.

    The social services agency, which also provides counseling services,...

  • Learning Lite in Laguna

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If food really is a cipher, unusual tales are spilling from menus devised for a two-part Jewish holiday cooking class this month at Laguna Culinary Arts.

    Mark Cleveland, a guest instructor at the year-old Laguna Beach cooking school, specializes in creating low-fat meals with...

  • Mourners Get Help in Cyberspace

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 1, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    When Michele Prince was 16, her mother died. Her mother's death was the third loss of a close relative that Prince had suffered, and her family decided that she needed to see a therapist. Prince, now 35, remembers the experience as detrimental to her emotional well-being. "I...

  • One Shagadelic Sourpuss

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    She's back, baby -- and dare we say it? -- she's shaggable. In the third go-round of Mike Myers' Bond spoof, "Austin Powers in Goldmember," Mindy Sterling returns as Frau Farbissina ("sourpuss" in Yiddish), Dr. Evil's number-one squeeze and henchwoman. But she's...

  • Student Interns Gain Life Experience

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Unlike most 18-year-olds around the country, Aliyah Phillips, a senior at Milken Community High School, was able to escape the confines of the classroom during her second semester. Instead, Phillips spent the term working at the Israeli consulate as a public affairs intern.


  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Reaching new heights

    Wabash Saxons-The Spirit of Boyle Heights -- the nexus of several clubs of Angelenos who grew up in the multiethnic immigrant community of Boyle Heights in the 1930s and 1940s -- attracted about 140 members and relatives to its luncheon event at Taix French...

  • Against the Stream

    By Gaby Wenig

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's 10 a.m. on Shabbat at The Kabbalah Centre on Robertson Boulevard and the crowds are starting to converge in anticipation of the Torah reading.

    Hundreds are milling about. People are dressed in all white outfits, the place is filling up. There's a casual, relaxed atmosphere in...

  • My Mystical Road Back to Judaism

    By Jamie Kiffel

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I entered the tea-scented room, took a yoga mat and joined a circle of 20-somethings seated on the hardwood floor. At the head of the small space, an enormous, black poster splashed with cosmic rays and multicolored planetoids were propped against the wall, titled, "The Tree of...

  • Medicine Cabinet in the Kitchen

    By Wendy Elliman

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In some families, breast and ovarian cancers take an inordinately fierce toll, striking one generation after another, menacing mothers, daughters, sisters and cousins. And for the women in these families, wondering if and when cancer might strike becomes a daily burden.

    Facing Our...

  • Kabbalah for the Masses

    By Pinchas Giller

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In recent years, there have been a number of modest volumes that are aimed at presenting a representative selection of readings from the mystical classic, the Zohar. In such works as Gershom Scholem's "Zohar: The Book of Splendor: Basic Readings from the Kabbalah" (Schocken, 1995)...

  • Self-Defense Vitalfor Women

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Each year in January, female friends, co-workers and family members of Nicola Shocket can count on receiving a phone call or e-mail. The message isn't a New Year's greeting or birthday invitation. The 39-year-old executive-search consultant wants them to join her at a four-hour...

  • Bombing Bribe Charge Angers Argentine Jews

    By Sergio Kierman

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Argentine Jews hope pressure will build to crack the case of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center here following a New York Times report that former Argentine President Carlos Menem allegedly accepted a $10 million bribe to cover up Iran's responsibility for the attack.


  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Ack! Summer's halfway over. I hope you're having a great summer. Are you at camp? Did your parents take you on a fun trip? A cruise, perhaps?

    In this week's portion, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that while they are about to enter a rich and fertile land, "flowing with milk...

  • What’s That You Say About the West Coast?

    By Mike Levy

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It seems Arabs and Jews in Los Angeles can agree on one thing at least -- a touch of resentment toward East Coast "national" organization headquarters.

    Following its national convention in June, the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm


    East-coasters may scoff at our notion of architectural history. But young as our city may be compared to the likes of Boston or New York, its also got a style and a story all its own. Writers Gloria Koenig, Amy Dawes and Sam Hall Kaplan have all contributed to the body...

  • ‘Affair’ With Christian Right Misguided

    By Arlene Stein

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Six years ago, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a scathing report titled, "The Religious Right: The Assault on Pluralism and Tolerance in America." But in a stunning reversal in May, it ran full-page ads in The New York Times and other publications, reprinting a strongly...

  • Jews Should Welcome Evangelical Support

    By Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If ever there was an issue that merited the scrutiny and attention of the organized American Jewish community, it is the support of Israel and the Jewish people by evangelical Christians.

    Yet, if ever there was an item conspicuously absent from the Jewish communal agenda, it is this...

  • God Laughs?

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My girlfriend "E" was the first to declare what others had been observing for a while.

    "God sure is having a good laugh," she said. "You write a column called 'A Woman's Voice.' And yet you have no voice."

    The irony had crossed my mind.

    Lance Armstrong, the bicyclist, had...

  • His Name Was Chaim Potok

    By Peter Ephross

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chaim Potok was a novelist who paved the way for a younger generation of religious American Jewish writers -- and a Jewish scholar who worked tirelessly to bring Jews and Judaism closer together.

    Potok, who was raised in an Orthodox home, but later became a Conservative rabbi, died...

  • Was the Strike Wise?

    By Naomi Segal

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis are wondering whether the price for killing a top Hamas official this week in the Gaza Strip will be too high.

    Like the public at large, Israeli military officials questioned the wisdom of using a one-ton bomb to kill terror mastermind Salah Shehada in a densely populated...

  • Mixing It Up

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, Gil Amir contemplated the status of a trip because of violence in his country of destination.

    "I was really upset at first," said Amir, 16. "I had scenarios that the trip would be canceled. But I always wanted to go. I want to show that if there's a terror attack,...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Peres to D.C.

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is planning to visit Washington next week. Peres will meet with White House and State Department officials on Aug. 1. He will be in Washington at the same time as Jordan's King Abdullah, though there are no plans for the two to...

  • Your Letters

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Don't Circle the Wagons

    In his attempt to critique the Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) survey on anti-Semitism in America, our friend and former colleague David Lehrer has misinterpreted ADL's findings in three key ways ("Don't Circle the Wagons," July 5).

    First, there is nothing...

  • The Presence of Greatness

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Inspirational speeches are sometimes improved by leaving out the words.

    Deuteronomy records, for the most part, Moses' farewell address to his people. He begins by rehashing the events of the last 40 years, a story laden with some nasty national failings. Seeing that his audience at...

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