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  • Rabbi Leder’s ten Money commandments

    By Julie G Fax

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Stop equating what you earn with your value as a person. The true measure of a person has precious little to do with money.


    Whatever our issues are concerning money, they are probably masking a deeper, more...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A time to Live

    Vayechi is the last portion of the book of Genesis. We have read all about the creation of the world, Noah's ark, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their wives and the 12 tribes. The family ends up in Egypt, which is where the Book of Exodus picks up.

    The meaning of the...

  • Pacific Has a Lock on Her Taste for Lox

    By Rob Byers

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It was an odd after-school snack for a West Virginia farm kid (Tara), I'll admit. My big sister and I, tired and famished after an hour on the school bus, would hike up the driveway, throw down our book bags and settle in with a plate of saltines and smoked salmon -- really good,...

  • Who Causes Anti-Semitism?

    By Leonard Fein

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is a gathering hysteria in the American Jewish community that is dangerously self-destructive. Life as a Jew these days may not be -- is not -- a bed of roses, but neither is it a bed of thorns. Yet to hear some in our community tell it, thorns are all there are.


  • Rabbi Holds Services at Saddam’s Palace

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    If you're looking for one of the world's newest centers for Judaism, then look no further than at a perverse example of garish excess seen in the past year: one of Saddam Hussein's palaces. Comedian Al Franken lit Chanukah candles in the palace in an illuminative snub of the...

  • It’s Hello Again for ‘The Goodbye Girl’

    By Tom Tugend

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Basically, it's boy meets cute girl, girl hates boy and vice versa, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl will live happily, at least as long as it lasts.

    The characters are updated and slightly older, Neil Simon said, but otherwise, a new TV version of his "The Goodbye Girl"...

  • ‘Tattooed Girl’ Mines a Root of Prejudice

    By Howard Kaplan

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Alma Busch fled the dirty poverty of Akron Valley, a poor mining town in Pennsylvania, about which she tells us, "There'd been no Jews, not a one."

    Alma continues in an interior monologue: "No Jew would live in such a place ... if you traced it back far enough, not whose names were...

  • Jews in Hong Kong?

    By Jonathan Kesselman

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    My mother used to say that there were people starving in China. While her words had the effect of making me guilty enough to eat her badly burnt chicken, I never thought in my wildest dreams that I'd get the chance to see all those starving people in the undernourished flesh. On Nov....

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Does Help Betray Sister?

    Dear Wendy,

    My sister and her husband are observant Jews. Their daughter, my teenage niece, comes over to my house regularly and asks me questions about boys and sex. Her questions are typical teenage fare but clearly not topics she feels comfortable...

  • David Gamliel’s Weird Science

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's a wintery Saturday night in Hollywood, and I am having one of those quintessential L.A. outings. Sitting in the dank, stonewalled basement of the landmark Magic Castle, I am watching psychokinetecist David Gamliel move objects with his mind. Our well-dressed group stares at the...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Sweet Sounds of Israel

    Was it the venue or the artists that made the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's (IPO) performance at Walk Disney Concert Hall so breathtaking? Probably both.

    Under heightened security, with double lines snaked outside Frank Gehry's stunning downtown structure,...

  • Final Lesson

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In this week's Torah portion, Vayechi, we have the most intimate description of a deathbed scene and the most elaborate description of a le'vayah (funeral) contained in the Torah.

    As I read through this portion in preparation for writing this column, I found myself struggling for a...

  • A Filmmaker’s Monument to Dad

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Louis Kahn, one of the most celebrated architects of the 20th century, died of a heart attack, alone and without ID, in the men's room at Penn Station in 1974 at the age of 73. Ever since then his son, Nathaniel, who was 11 at the time, has sought to better understand the highly...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    Tonight's estrogen-crowd-pleaser stars Bonnie Franklin, Mariette Hartley and Teri Ralston in a show that humorously explores middle-aged women's issues -- husbands, babies, careers and the like. Based on the poems of Judith Viorst, "Love and Shrimp" plays at the...

  • Showdown Nears in Settlements Battle

    By Larry Derfner

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It would be hard to exaggerate how fateful, how historic is the drama about to begin at the settlement outposts. Here's where things stand:

    Within a few months, we will pretty well know if Israel's 36-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza will be on its way out or here to stay.


  • Your Letters

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jews and Xmas

    I read with great interest the articles in The Journal about Jewish filmmakers and Christmas movies ("Dreaming of a Blue and White Christmas" and "A Gift From Santa's Jewish Helpers," Dec. 26). I enjoyed them both, but feel they both missed the single most important...

  • Mel Levine to Chair

    By Marc Ballon

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Former U.S. Rep. Mel Levine has been tapped as chair of the Jewish Community Relations Committee (JCRC), a move that some observers said they hoped would restore the luster of the embattled agency.

    Levine, a Democrat who served in the House of Representatives for 10 years and in the...

  • The Answer Is Love

    By Julie G Fax

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Excerpt from "More Money Than God: Living a Rich Life Without Losing Your Soul," by Steven Z. Leder

    A few years ago, I was called to see an extremely famous and wealthy movie director. He was a friend of a friend, and he was in the hospital. We were strangers, this dying old man...

  • How to Be Richand LiveSoulfully

    By Julie G Fax

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when Adlai Wertman measured his success in dollars -- how much he made for the company, how much the company paid him, how well he spent the money.

    Four years ago, Wertman, 44, left his job as an investment banker, and his wife, Janet, left hers as a corporate...

  • Squirming

    By Rob Eshman

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I spent last Wednesday morning trying to make professor Steven Spiegel squirm.

    I thought if I kept up what must have seemed like a monomaniacal fixation on a single question, he would have to appease me with a single simple answer.

    My question was: Was the war with Iraq right or...

  • Young, Hip, Heeb

    By Rachel Pomerance

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It could have been a scene from New York's beatnik past: A group of young hipsters gathered at a Greenwich Village apartment for an artistic venture they hoped would change history -- or at least rock the establishment. But these beats call themselves Heebs, and their universe is the...

  • Sharon Cool on Assad Peace Offer

    By Leslie Susser

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Once upon a time, a Syrian president calling for peace talks would have been met by Israeli leaders rolling out the red carpet.

    But Bashar Assad's recent overtures toward Israel, first made in an interview with The New York Times, have failed to excite Israeli decision-makers.


  • I, Me, Not-Husband

    By Adam Gilad

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    I am completely frozen.

    I have just walked out of a pitch meeting in Santa Monica. Wilshire Boulevard is breezy and gorgeous. It

    is 4 p.m. I have been married for 17 years and now, it appears, I'm not. For the last 17 years I had a wife, a family, a home, a dock in the open sea of...

  • Athletes Sport Skills in Chile

    By Carin Davis

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Did you hear the one about the Jewish linebacker? If you did, don't tell it to Jed Margolis, executive director of Macabbi USA/Sports for Israel. "The joke is always that there are no good Jewish athletes, but that's not true, especially in Southern California," Margolis said. "Some...

  • Dems Plan to Win Back Jewish Votes

    By Ron Kampeas

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Worried by signs of President Bush's soaring popularity among Jews, Democrats launched a coordinated campaign 18 months ago to win back Jewish votes.

    In recent interviews with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, top Democrats who attended the meetings disclosed the secret strategy...

  • When Television Challenged America

    By Tom Teicholz

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Around this time of year, I'm often prone to recall Rod Serling, who was born on Christmas Day. I'm helped along by the fact that PBS ran their "American Masters" portrait of Serling over the New Year's weekend even as the Sci Fi Channel ran a "Twilight Zone" marathon. It makes me...

  • DVD Set Showcases Legendary Producer

    By Tom Tugend

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Over a period of 42 years, legendary producer Arthur Cohn has made only 12 films, of which half have been recognized with Academy Awards, giving the Swiss producer the highest batting average in the annals of the motion picture industry. This record has been recognized by the...

  • Is There Life After Denominations?

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There were rabbis in hot tubs, rabbis on couches, rabbis in restaurants -- rabbis just about everywhere you turned in Palm Springs this week as more than 300 gathered for the Pacific Association of Reform Rabbis' (PARR) 58th annual convention and the (Conservative) Rabbinical...

  • Nitty-Gritty Starts After You Say ‘I Do’

    By Courtney Nathan

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Anyone who has been married knows the real truth that marriage is hard work and, while it might get easier over time, marriage always takes effort. This is the No. 1 thing I tell newly engaged couples in "I Do," a marriage preparation class.

    Sure, engagement is exciting and happy...

  • Community Briefs

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Local Muslim Events Hurt, Help Jewish Ties

    Recent Southern California Islamic gatherings attracting several thousand Muslims showcased various relationships between themselves and the Jewish community.

    About 120 amateur athletes played in the first Muslim Football League...

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