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  • Letters

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Re: "Our Birthright," by Gene Lichtenstein (Jan. 15):

    A Jewish tour of Europe certainly would be enlightening for some, but clearly an Israel experience is more fundamental and transformative, appealing to Sephardi and Ashkenazi Jews alike.

    An Israel program is a "whole body" Jewish...

  • Dancing to Other Tunes

    By Yoheved HaLevy

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I once prayed for 59 consecutive days at the Wall for a husband. I also prayed at the gravesites of a few hefty Jewish giants in Israel. I hoped that Hashem had a nice Jewish guy for me.

    Last year, 44-years-old and still unmarried, I decided to take ballroom dancing lessons in...

  • Flawed Logic

    By Douglas Davis

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A Holocaust revisionist who is suing a U.S. historian for libel has dismissed eyewitness accounts, drawings and photographs of Auschwitz gas chambers that showed vents in the roof through which lethal gases were introduced.

    David Irving, who is suing Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of...

  • Seasons

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The warm-up room at the "Y" where I exercise is right next door to the children's playroom. While I perform a sun salutation, I hear a little girl calling out in a tiny excited voice.

    "Can I have one? I want one!"

    For a second, I recognize her voice, and so, though I haven't a clue...

  • An Acquired Taste

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A friend told me about a scene he witnessed recently at a delicatessen. There was a woman who apparently was not Jewish standing in line at the bakery counter. When they called her number she pointed to the prune and poppy seed hamantaschen and asked for a dozen.

    "No, you want...

  • Defiant Actions

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A far-right party has forged an agreement to share power in Austria's government in defiance of an unprecedented European Union threat to penalize the country.

    The strong condemnation of Freedom Party leader Jorg Haider by the Europeans and the world community brought back memories of...

  • Credibility Gap

    By David Landau

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ehud Barak and his closest political allies have been scrambling to limit the damage to their government following a scathing report on the financing behind Barak's election campaign last year.

    The effort at damage control comes as Barak needs all the public support he...

  • Rabbi To Head Holocaust Museum

    By Julie Wiener

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Irving Greenberg, an influential scholar and religious leader, is about to take another national position.

    President Clinton is expected to appoint Greenberg to head the voluntary council overseeing operations at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, according to...

  • Let’s Make a Difference

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Monty Hall is guiding a visitor past the fine artwork in the foyer of his Spanish-style Beverly Hills home, where you don't see a single memento from the game show that made him a TV icon.

    People mostly remember Hall from "Let's Make a Deal," the landmark show that ran intermittently...

  • Performance as Life, Life as Performance

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I have been thinking about "performance" for about two weeks now -- its virtues, its limitations, its prevalence even when unintended. In short, I have been trying to figure out what makes a performance work, what makes it succeed.

    This question of performance was stimulated for me by...

  • Who Wants To Be an Expert?

    By Jane E. Brody

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Answers below:

    Women have about 10 percent more bodyfat than men. During intense training, this means they should_____ than men.

    1) do more situps

    2) drink more water

    3) rest more

    4) sweat more

    A male yoga master is called a yogi. What is a female yoga master called?

    1) Yogala

    2) Yogini


  • Lost in Jerusalem

    By Eric Silver

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The lean young man feels his way with a folding white stick between the tables of a yuppie Jerusalem cafe. His red-brown hair is trimmed short. His narrow chin bristles with adolescent stubble. He wears blue jeans, a gray tricot shirt and designer shades. The gunshot wound in his...
  • What Makes Henry Tick?

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As far as episodes of "E! The True Hollywood Story" go, the Henry Winkler installment is pretty dull. Not because Winkler is uninteresting, but because the actor has avoided all the tabloid-relished pitfalls that have felled many a superstar. Given the great heights of celebrity he...
  • Political Disputes at the Jerusalem Post

    By Avi Machlis

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Every time Tom Rose, chief executive and publisher of the Jerusalem Post, leaves his office at the newspaper, he passes by a bright yellow sign posted on his wall that screams "Tom Rose Go Home." The sign is proof that he has no illusions about what his employees think of him, Rose...
  • Getting Healthy

    By Lewis Kramer

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With all of the different diets out there and all of the infomercials on TV selling exercise equipment, how do you decide where to begin? Start with knowing what's important in order to achieve good health and what's not.


    Your diet and the total calories you consume each...

  • Hillel Students Return From Israel 2000 Trip

    By Beverly Gray

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Jessica Wolf arrived in Eretz Yisrael, she dutifully kissed the ground. Still, she didn't feel all that impressed. Says the UCLA sophomore, "It looked to me a lot like Santa Barbara when I first got off the plane." For the next 10 days, as part of Hillel's Israel 2000, she and...
  • 100 Photos by Teens in L A and Tel Aviv

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A bubbie standing in front of the colorful mural on the Workman's Circle building in West Los Angeles. Shopkeepers on Fairfax Avenue. The Tel Aviv skyline lit by a thousand cars on a freeway at night. These are just a few of the images on display at the Finegood Art Gallery as part...
  • Adding Zeal to the Golden Years, Simply

    By Jane E. Brody

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Americans are now living about three decades longer than they did at the start of the last century. But for far too many older Americans, the so-called Golden Years are tarnished by diseases that seriously undermine the quality of those extra decades -- diseases that with tools now...
  • ‘One Day’ Masterfully Reconstructs 1972 Olympic Crisis

    By Tom Tugend

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    On Sept. 5, 1972, the world was glued in horror to the global television set as Arab terrorism meshed with memories of the Holocaust, and political expediency joined with murder, to stain the Olympic flag forever.

    Through a day and night of unbearable suspense, eight terrorists...

  • Better Davening Through Yoga?

    By Jason B. Kohn

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ida Unger's Yoga Garden studio in Santa Monica seems a far cry from a synagogue. Sticky mats in place of pews; oak beams above instead of an Eternal Light; open space and sunlight where a temple would have an ark. Yet for Unger and the many Jews who come to study Yoga with her, the...
  • A Diet You Can Live With

    By Burt Prelutsky

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    It seems like only yesterday that everyone who could possibly afford it made sure to consume a lot of eggs, milk and red meat. In my case, come to think of it, that was yesterday.

    It's not that I'm unaware of the part that nutrition plays in one's overall health. It's not even that I...

  • Deborah Lipstadt’s Trial and Us

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Every once in a while someone I know comes forward with an idea that is so right, so simple and so obvious, that I find myself clapping hand to head and saying, "Why didn't I think of it?" In this instance the person with the idea is Anita Hirsh of Studio City.

    She has suggested that...

  • Turning Knowledge into Power

    By Jason B. Kohn

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The connection between Jewish women and cancer is unsettling, even terrifying, yet undeniably real. Too many have been diagnosed to be simple coincidence. What's happening to Jewish women? What can we do about it?

    On December 9, 1999, the University of Southern California/Norris...

  • Struggle on the Steppes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ruzena Berler wrote her memoir, "Cattle Car to Kazakhstan," to reveal a little-known chapter of World War II: The story of women who struggled on the freezing steppes of Asia and on the Russian front.

    She first began to write about her experiences in the late 1940s, to exorcise her...

  • Nation/World/Mideast Briefs

    By Douglas Davis

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead.

    As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following...

  • Showdown in Miami Beach

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you're searching for clues as to what's in store next Election Day, you could do worse than to start your search in Miami Beach. First of all, the weather is gorgeous. Secondly, that's where Elaine Bloom lives, and the way things are looking, as Elaine Bloom goes, so goes the...
  • Addressing the Cost of Peace

    By Eric Roth

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    United States Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Larry Craig (R-Idaho) both took the long and windy road back to the Senate for Monday's first meeting of the 21st century. Instead of flying directly from Tucson and Boise to Dulles airport on Sunday, they detoured to the American...
  • Hostile Takeover

    By Julie G Fax

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Fifty-one years after going door to door and soliciting funds to help the fledgling State of Israel get off the ground, Jake Farber is at it again. But instead of trudging along Highland Avenue and seeking contributions of any size, Farber today meets in boardrooms and living rooms...
  • The Sephardic Diet

    By Rob Eshman

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Let's review. In the '70s there was the eat-only-grapefruit diet. In the '80s, I knew a woman who followed the eat-all-the-blueberries-you want diet. "They have no calories!" she enthused. "You can eat as many as you want!" Then the cavities and fainting spells kicked in. In the...
  • Undeniable Truth

    By Douglas Davis

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A British Holocaust revisionist who is suing a U.S. Holocaust scholar in a London court has admitted that the Nazis "systematically" gassed 97,000 Jews in trucks.

    David Irving, whose trial against Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of Emory University in Atlanta, is now entering its third...

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