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  • ORT’s Israel schools meld technology and tikkun olam

    By Amy Klein

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like many high school seniors, Shlomi Tamnu was presented with a problem to solve: Little children were scared of wearing the mask used to deliver anesthesia and treat asthma. But unlike hypothetical math problems, this situation was real.

    The 18-year-old Ethiopian boy from northern...

  • Are day schools the ‘magic carpet?’

    By Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One of my "headmasters for the day" this year was a first-grader. In case you don't know it, there's a big difference between first- graders, sixth-graders and eighth-graders. Sixth-graders will say what they think you want to hear. Eighth-graders will say just the opposite of what...
  • Are we prepping students for ongoing service?

    By Jason Ablin

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Parents of Jewish high school students spend an enormous amount of their time and energy wondering whether their children are being properly "prepared" for the rigors of college. However, the discussion I rarely hear is whether these students will continue to be committed to ethical...
  • Briefs: Livini says no talks with Hamas; GOP says 'shalom' to Karl Rove; Kosher slaughterhouse accused of lax Mad Cow precautions

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Livni Blasts Talks of Hamas Engagement

    Israel came out strongly against European calls for preliminary engagement with Hamas. A British parliamentary panel and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi called this week for Western "dialogue" with the terrorist Islamist group, arguing that...

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  • Some boo the Hindu that you do so well—others, not so much

    By Rob Eshman

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday night at Sinai Temple, Rabbi David Wolpe came off the bimah during services and whispered into my ear. "Interdating?! I bet you got some letters."

    The rabbi was right: Letters, phone calls and a woman at Sinai who followed me down in the elevator and out into the parking...

  • School to raffle off million-dollar home

    By Julie G Fax

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kadima Hebrew Academy is hoping to raise funds through one of the latest tools -- a million-dollar home raffle. Kadima is selling 18,000 tickets at $150 each to give away a furnished and landscaped five-bedroom, four-bathroom, newly constructed home in West Hills.

    "A few years ago,...
  • New faces in town as two Orthodox schools debut

    By Daniella Wexler

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Two new Orthodox day schools -- a preschool and a high school -- are scheduled to debut this year in Los Angeles, enhancing the Jewish educational landscape with nuanced curricula and sophisticated schooling methodologies.

    Ohr Letzion will begin as a preschool dedicated to...

  • Rethinking—and revitalizing—religious schools

    By Julie G Fax

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like most kids Jewish kids in the 1970s, Devorah Moos Hankin didn't like religious school, nor did she get much out of it. She remembers learning by rote, with a teacher standing at the board writing Hebrew letters.

    Her sons are having a much different experience at Temple Emanuel in...

  • Matisyahu—reggae king without a crown?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Has Orthodox reggae star Matishayu severed his ties with Chabad-Lubavitch? Is he a bad influence on religious youth? And is he still frum?

    Blogs have been buzzing over these questions since Matisyahu appeared to distance himself from Chabad last month.

    "My initial ties were through...

  • The Rule of Three

    By Amy Klein

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The weird thing about mixed seating in synagogue is that sometimes couples are all over each other. Inappropriate during prayer time for sure, but somewhat more distracting when one half of that couple happens to be a guy you once dated.

    A guy you dated until he yelled at you for...

  • Dealing With Schmutz

    By David Suissa

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, a remarkable neighbor named Dennis Brown was telling me about a Chasidic kid who had rebelled against his parents and his religious lifestyle and gotten into drugs. After a couple of rough years, he got professional help, sobered up and started reconnecting with his...
  • Jewish Olympians must shine light on genocide

    By Daniel Hemel

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In the summer of 1936, a year after the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws, the world turned a blind eye to Nazi Germany's genocidal intentions as Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin. With next summer's games set to take place in Beijing, Jewish and Israeli athletes have a...
  • You have the right to feel offended

    By Judea Pearl

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A conference organized by the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute in Jerusalem last month dealt with anti-Israel attacks in the United States that constitute, according to organizers, a "long-term threat" to Israel's standing.

    Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz told...

  • Israeli Arabs prove to be part of the problem, not part of the solution

    By Amotz Asa-El

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like the rest of my circle of Israelis, who have seen war as kids and soldiers and then, as undergraduates, attended peace rallies before establishing families and joining the middle class, I also assumed that Israel's Arabs were part of the solution.

    We met them on campus, in...

  • Is Barak moving Labor to the right?

    By Leslie Susser

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ehud Barak, the new leader of Israel's Labor Party, is proving to be something of an enigma.

    Although at the helm of a traditionally dovish party, he reportedly has made a string of hawkish comments in private conversations that place him well on the right of the Israeli political...

  • Israeli Web site Debka.com at center of New York ‘dirty bomb’ tip

    By Dan Baron

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    An Israeli couple who blog about terrorism have achieved international fame -- and a bit of notoriety -- by setting off a "dirty bomb" scare in New York City.

    The brouhaha began last week with a report on DEBKAfile -- the 7-year-old Web site operated from the Jerusalem home of...

  • Being Our Own Gatekeepers

    By Rabbi Dan Shevitz

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Judges and officers shall you place at all your gates."

    Thus begins our parsha, which is one of the richest in rulings, teachings and commandments, and which is therefore concerned about enforcement. Rashi teaches us the difference between the two functionaries: Judges decide...

  • Is anti-Semitism (in moderation, of course) good for the Jews?

    By Tom Tugend

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Is anti-Semitism good for American Jews?

    Yes; in moderate doses it may be the antidote to assimilation and declining support for Israel among American Jews, argues UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh.

    Actually, with biased criticism of Israel added to modest amounts of anti-Semitism,...

  • She paints for the animals

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Feast With The Beasts

    Safari attire adorned bodies this steamy summer night when The Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association (GLAZA) raised more than $1.2 million for wildlife conservation. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Betty White, nearly 1,000 guests casually perused the park...

  • Day school teacher program seeks to improve quality of instruction

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After spending more than a decade working abroad for news outlets, including ABC News and the Jerusalem Post, Jacob Wirtschafter began to ask himself some midlife questions.

    "What am I doing to help build community?" he wondered.

    As the eldest of four siblings and a former camp...

  • Can we can the homework, please?

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Homework can be frustrating, even for 4-year olds A second grader was bent over her worksheets at the kitchen table, long past her bedtime on a school night, and she still hadn't finished her six-page weekly spelling book.

    The girl was enrolled at Maimonides day school, where her...

  • Actress Mare Winningham brings ‘Jewgrass’ to Arkansas

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mare Winningham is about to make Jewish history.

    On Aug. 26 at the Eureka Springs Bluegrass Festival, the Torah will meet Southern spirituals when Winningham becomes the first Jewish cowgirl singer to headline the earth-shakin', soul-savin' "Sunday Gospel" show.

    "I know Kinky...
  • Books to remember this summer by

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Our summers have markers, memories that trigger a specific time: The summer of the walk on the moon, Hurricane Bob or the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles; personal events like a high school prom, a kitchen renovation or a houseguest who long overstays.

    "It was that...

  • ‘Funny,’ The Forward says, ‘Brad Greenberg Doesn’t Look Christian’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 16, 2007 | 6:11 pm


    I’ve been looking forward to this afternoon, for the moment when I would join the fold of recent Q&As on The Forward‘s Web site. I didn’t get the Luke Ford treatment (not that I deserved it), but The Forward has posted that Q&A/profile with yours truly.

    It’s pretty odd to be on the...

  • Bishop: Christians should call God ‘Allah’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 16, 2007 | 1:06 pm


    AP courtesy of the WP:

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands—A Dutch Catholic bishop who once said the hungry were entitled to steal bread and advocated condom use to prevent AIDS has made headlines again, this time by saying God should be called Allah.

    “Allah is a very beautiful word for God....

  • When the Episcopal schism comes between brothers

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 16, 2007 | 6:26 am


    GetReligion points out “one of the most poignant feature stories about the Episcopal Church’s sexuality debate that I have seen in more than 15 years of writing about the topic.” It’s from the Boston Globe, written by their religion reporter, Michael Paulson, who shares a...

  • ‘God’s Warriors’ to invade primetime

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 15, 2007 | 12:40 pm

    Next week’s CNN special ‘God’s Warriors’ should make for some good God Blog fodder.  The three-part series, which will air Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Pacific Time, focuses on Christians, Jews and Muslims who have pushed religion into the public arena. Here’s what the ...

  • More religious bloodshed in Iraq

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 15, 2007 | 1:23 am


    Think Sunnis and Shi’ites have it bad as they shed each other’s blood in Iraq? Well, consider the plight of the Yazidim, a small religious group whose members are considered infidels by both Muslim sects.

    In April, armed militants dragged 23 Yazidi members off a bus and executed...

  • Hamas youth ready for martyrdom

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 14, 2007 | 11:55 am


    Remember Farfur, Hamas’ propagandist mouse that ranted against Israel and was then made a martyr by the Zionist government? What I found most troubling about that TV program was the pre-teen host of the show. McClatchy Newspapers today have an exclusive interview with young Saraa.

    ...

  • Why New Yorkers don’t like Rudy, but Red Staters do

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 14, 2007 | 9:46 am


    Whenever you see Peter J. Boyer‘s byline, make sure you read what follows. Boyer is my favorite reporter still writing for
    The New Yorker. (The lifetime distinction goes to Joseph Mitchell, who died in 1996 after 58 years of reporting to the office.)

    With 13,606 words in this...

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