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  • Democrats and Republicans again; Suissa’s Pico-Robertson ‘hood; A correction

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bill Boyarsky

    Bill Boyarsky's piece on public schools neglected to mention both Bob Hertzberg and Dr. Keith Richman's contribution to the movement to transform Los Angeles schools ("Mayor's Plan for Schools Gets 'E' for Effort," Sept. 22) Most importantly, teachers not politicians,...

  • Shatner Horse Trek; Four of a Kind; Star Bright; Mayor Meets Mayor; Social Justice? Here I Am

    By Norma Zager

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Horse Trek

    William and Elizabeth Shatner made their first U.S. public appearance on behalf of the William and Elizabeth Shatner-Jewish National Fund Therapeutic Riding Consortium Endowment for Israel last week at "An Evening of Magical Information." The $10 million endowment will...

  • French railway lawsuits divide plaintiffs and country’s Jewish groups

    By Brett Kline

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mayer Grosman thinks back to Feb. 2, 1944, all the time.

    French policemen and militia members came to his parents' apartment in Paris with orders to take two Grosman males -- Grosman, age 6, and his father. But Grosman's grandfather, whose name was not on the paper, insisted on...

  • Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape; U.S. funding Hamas opponents

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli police want to charge Katsav for rape Israeli police recommended indicting President Moshe Katsav on charges of rape and sexual harassment. Katsav rejected calls to resign, and his attorney said Monday morning that he will quit only if an indictment is submitted....
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  • New commentary looks at Torah from woman’s point of view

    By Jacob Berkman

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    How many people know that when the Torah describes Abraham mourning the death of Sarah, it's the only time in the entire text that a man mourns a woman? Or that Adam and Eve were equal partners in crime? Or that women most likely were instrumental in constructing the Temple?

    Too few....

  • L.A. Times violates journalistic ethics in Anaheim City Council election coverage

    By Steven Emerson

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Normally, a race for a seat on Anaheim's City Council garners little attention beyond Anaheim. But this year, one candidate is drawing some outside attention.

    Bill Dalati, a Syrian-born insurance agent, is running for a spot on Anaheim's City Council. His candidacy has come under...

  • Jewish literacy Is a mitzvah—and not fulfilled with phonetics

    By Richard Wagner

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For the People of the Book, literacy is a mitzvah, a sanctified behavior that draws us closer to God and the Jewish community.

    Pirkei Avot, or Ethics of the Fathers, described a curriculum in the year 200: "A 5-year-old begins Tanach," or scripture; "a 10-year-old begins Mishnah,"...

  • It takes a shul: programs target Jewish literacy via congregants

    By Iris Petroff

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Pick up a synagogue bulletin, and you are likely to read about a variety of programs. From book discussions to Torah study to lectures by local and visiting scholars, there are many opportunities for adults to learn.

    Walk into the congregation's religious school classrooms and you...

  • American Jews are learned in everything—except Jewish texts

    By Rabbi Yosef Liebowitz

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The American Jewish community is one of the most learned and sophisticated communities in Jewish history - in everything except Jewish texts. As Jews, we are illiterate.

    This phenomenon has its roots in our history over the last 150 years. During that time, the Jewish people...

  • Judaism 101: everything we need to know

    By Jo Kay

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What is Jewish literacy? What does it mean to be Jewishly literate? Who is an educated Jew?

    Paula Hyman, professor of modern Jewish history at Yale University, wrote in an issue of Sh'ma, "There has been no consensus on the issue of 'Who is an educated Jew?' for more than 200...

  • Anti-Israel UTLA committee gets sent to the corner for a time out

    By Marc Ballon

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The United Teachers Los Angeles committee that came under intense criticism for planning to host a gathering calling for economic sanctions against Israel, including a boycott and divestment, has shut down its Web site and agreed to undertake a monthlong "self-evaluation." The move...
  • L.A. gets ready to be the center of Jewish universe

    By Julie G Fax

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In just three weeks, more than 3,000 leaders of the international Jewish community, including the prime minister of Israel, are coming to Los Angeles.

    What, you hadn't heard?

    This season's best-kept secret among L.A. Jews seems to be that the 75th annual General Assembly (GA) of...

  • Prop. 87 fuels high octane fight on oil production tax

    By Idan Ivri

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In August 2006, the average price of gasoline in California was $3.20 per gallon. Today, with the summer demand faded, it still hovers at $2.60. Politicians and interest groups know that Californians want answers and solutions, and they also know that the election season is upon...
  • Calabasas evens playing field for special-needs kids

    By Adam Wills

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For children with physically limiting conditions like cerebral palsy or spinal muscular atrophy, something as simple as playing in a park can seem impossible. Swings can be unsafe, and climbing equipment is unaccommodating to many children reliant on wheelchairs and walkers for...
  • Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Amar to visit Los Angeles

    By Amy Klein

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel will visit Los Angeles next week for the first time, a move that signifies the growing importance of the religious community here around the world. Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who has been serving as chief rabbi since 2003, along with Ashkenazi counterpart...
  • You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom

    By Phil Rosenthal

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The following excerpt is the prologue to "You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom," (Viking, 2006) a memoir by Phil Rosenthal, creator and executive producer of "Everybody Loves Raymond." Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc....
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 14th

    ?Como se dice, "fun" en Espanol? LA Latino Book and Family Festival, por
    Keren's Corner

    Jewish Book Month isn't till November, but why wait? Two Jewish children's authors have events of note going on this week. At Pepperdine's Smother's Theatre, see the...
  • A way to peace: carrot-and-stick approach might break impasse

    By Gidi Grinstein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We seem to be at an impasse. Israel is in dire need of a new political architecture regarding the Palestinians. While it remains of existential importance to end Israel's control over the Palestinian population, there now seems to be no viable way to do so. It looks as if there is...
  • Wanted: someone to help suffering Jews

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    One day, Rabbi Barbara Speyer went to a Los Angeles-area nursing home to provide emergency chaplaincy services -- spiritual comfort and care -- to a dying patient. When she arrived, the administrator said to her, "Why do you guys charge for this? This should be voluntary!"
     
    Speyer...
  • Democrats have no beitzim

    By Rob Eshman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's not polite to say the English word for cojones in this paper, so I'll use the Hebrew: beitzim.
     
    Beitzim means eggs in Hebrew, but it is also slang for cojones.
     
    And as the midterm election draws near, any clear-eyed assessment of the Democratic Party would have to conclude:...
  • Winning Nobel Prizes seems to run in one family’s chemistry—and biology

    By Joe Eskenazi

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You've heard of the nuclear family. But how about the deoxyribonucleic family? Thirty-seven years after Arthur Kornberg won the Nobel Prize in medicine, his eldest son, Roger, took home this year's prize in chemistry, receiving the call from Stockholm Oct. 3.
     
    Not only are both...
  • L.A. Times in turmoil: is it good for the Jews?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Thinking about the mess at the Los Angeles Times, I can't help but raise the question we usually bring to matters great and small. How does it affect the Jews?

    The paper is going through hard times. The owner, Tribune Co., unhappy with the paper's substantial profits, ordered...
  • Movie on pedophile priest puts a face on evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In October 2004, journalist Amy Berg cold-called a defrocked priest she has nicknamed the "Hannibal Lecter of pedophiles." While serving Central California parishes in the 1970s and '80s, the Rev. Oliver O'Grady allegedly molested dozens of children -- boys and girls, infants and...
  • Live from the ‘hood: we’re gonna party like it’s 5667

    By David Suissa

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I love Judaism. It's got answers for everything. If something bothers me, I just ask a million questions; I dig a little and, voila, I'm enlightened.
     
    One thing that bothers me is how so many Jews go bonkers on Simchat Torah. If you're not sure what I mean, come visit my...
  • Full circle

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My daughter, the animal lover, has a father who isn't. A hamster is the biggest pet I've gotten talked into so far. It lives in her room, and basically I wouldn't even know it was there except for one thing -- it's nocturnal.
     
    All night long I could hear Ruby the hamster running in...
  • Will kill for laughs

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Comics, that gifted, exclusive society of professional fools." -- Larry Gelbart in his book, "Laughing Matters"
     
    Stand-up comic Mark Schiff is sitting in his tiny office on Pico, near the Museum of Tolerance, talking about the time he played the Knesset.
     
    "I pointed to the...
  • Conejo and West Valley shuls rate high with newcomers

    By Adam Wills

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For a Jew who doesn't belong to a synagogue, the West San Fernando and Conejo valleys are good places to shop around. A new report from the Jewish Outreach Institute (JOI) gives a snapshot of the community as a whole and an assessment of its ability to react to newcomers, including...
  • Let's confront, I mean, let's <I>talk</I>

    By Amy Klein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Men will do anything -- and I mean anything, from changing their phones, emails and even primary residences, to joining the army during wartime -- rather than confront a woman. By "confront," I mean, "talk directly to." They just don't like it.  
  • Life at 85: what a trip!

    By Red Lachman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was born in Chicago some 85 years ago. My home was Jewish Orthodox and consisted of my mother, her two brothers and their father, my grandfather. I specify my grandfather because, in those days, nobody ever thought of placing their old father in an old folks' home.
     
    My closest...
  • New Queen Esther flick is whole ‘nother megillah entirely

    By Tom Tugend

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm


    "'Christian Money Makes Jewish Film,' that's the headline I'd like to see above your article," Matthew Crouch, producer of "One Night With the King," suggested in an interview.
     
    The film, based on the biblical Book of Esther, "brims with adventure, intrigue, romance and wonder...
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