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  • Biblical Parallel to Iraq War Offers Hope

    By David Klinghoffer

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As I got to work clearing the house of leaven and preparing for seders, I couldn't help noticing that the war in Iraq has coincided with the weeks leading up to Passover.

    The coincidence is eerily appropriate. Jewish tradition teaches that Passover has its origins in an ancient...

  • Women Suffer Blow on Praying at Wall

    By Rachel Pomerance

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Faced with an Israeli Supreme Court decision banning a women's group from reading the Torah at the Western Wall, feminists and advocates of religious pluralism are weighing their options.

    "I'm angrier than I am demoralized," said Phyllis Chesler, co-founder of Women of the Wall.


  • 7 Days In Arts

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm


    L'Chaim Theatre of USC goes about reshaping Shylock this week with "The Merchant." The modern retelling of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" takes place in 1932's post-Weimar Republic Germany. Alan Blumenfeld (who played Shylock in the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum's...

  • The Many Hats of a Community Rabbi

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's 10 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Rabbi Jan Offel has hit a snag: she forgot to bring her kippah to work. It's not surprising that Offel left home minus an essential piece of rabbinic equipment; she was up until midnight the night before, creating materials for one of her hospital...

  • Lainie Kazan’s ‘Big Fat’ Jewish Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Lainie Kazan first read the screenplay of Nia Vardalos' "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," now a frothy CBS sitcom, she could relate.

    Vardalos said she based the characters on her large, "loud, always-eating Greek family that loves me to the point of suffocation." And Kazan, who...

  • Enter ‘Angry,’ Leave Laughing

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Screenwriter David Dorfman specializes in dark comedies in which "one guy makes another's life a living hell," he said. Which is why Revolution Studio's Todd Garner hired him to write "Anger Management" -- the season's most anticipated comedy -- in 2001. "He told me about a...

  • Road Map’s Route Leads Toward Clash

    By James D. Besser

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Why are pro-Israel groups in this country so fussed about the "road map," the blueprint for Palestinian statehood that could be officially delivered to Israel and the Palestinians in the next few weeks?

    Despite the fact that the three-stage plan demands a quick end to Palestinian...

  • Beyond ‘Avinu Malkeinu’

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To most people, "Jewish music" is something familiar: the "Avinu Malkeinu" they hear every Rosh Hashana, a Yiddish lullaby or the theme from "Schindler's List."

    Neal Brostoff thinks way outside that particular box.

    Brostoff is the impresario responsible for "Beyond Bim-Bam: New...

  • Precision Procession

    By Linda Bachmann

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When the newly married Michelle Kaufman and David Vizurraga began the traditional cutting of the cake at their wedding reception, particular care was taken to avoid injury. For the groom, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, the utensil of choice was his 3-foot long saber.

  • A Clean Sweep

    By Abby Gilad

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It's spring cleaning time! You know how lots of people throw stuff out in the spring? They clean out their houses and put everything back in order. Well, we do that for Pesach, too. Traditional Jews spend weeks cleaning chametz (anything that is not kosher for Pesach) out of their...

  • Kosher Wine Gets Better With Age

    By Rachel Brand

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Legend has it that when Jews first came to America, they couldn't afford quality grapes. To make wine palatable they would add tons of sugar. Thus came the red, syrupy wines that have long been associated with the kosher winemaking industry.

    But these days, David Eskenazi, manager...

  • Hispanic Coverage of Israel Mixed

    By Julie Drucker

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "What are they saying about us?" many Jews wonder about Spanish-language media, which have increased in number and influence.

    The spectacular growth of the Latino population in the United States has brought about a boom in Spanish-language media. In particular, television news...

  • Poverty in Israel

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The back cover of the April 7 Jerusalem Report magazine depicts an Israeli child trying to spell the word "poverty" on a blackboard.

    The child spells the word "p-o-v-e-r-t-i" and the ad (run by the Women's International Zionist Organization) reads: "He doesn't know how to spell it,...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Family Footsteps

    Zachary Phillip Eisenberg has donated $1,000 in gift money from his recent bar mitzvah to John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, in memory of his late grandfather, philanthropist Juels Eisenberg, who succumbed to cancer three years ago.

    Top Bill-ing

  • World Briefs

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Tel Aviv Closes Down War Room

    Officials in Tel Aviv closed down an office set up to deal with possible Iraqi attacks on the coastal city. The municipality cited budgetary constraints in making the move, the daily Ha'aretz reported. Any subsequent emergencies will be handled by...

  • When the Third Time’s the Charm

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It took Marc Zoolman and Asya Sedler some seven years and three proposal attempts to get to the alter. The love was always there, but their timing was another matter.

    The two first met through a mutual friend about nine years ago. "I was attending University of Judaism [UJ], and a...

  • Settlements Create

    By Leslie Susser

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's extended honeymoon with the Bush administration may fast be approaching its end, pundits in Israel warn. It could come down to the issue of settlements, which has long been a bone of contention in the Israel-U.S. relationship.

    The trigger is...

  • The Dayenu Diet

    By Carin Davis

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "Do these jeans make me look fat?"

    Smart men don't answer that question. Smart women don't ask it. But all women think it. Especially single women who are trying to bag a boy. After all, a man's first impression is based on a woman's looks. And single men are looking at more than...

  • First Woman Heads Reform Conference

    By Abby Cohn

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Janet Marder has a surprising confession for someone who is making history as the first woman president of the Reform movement's 1,800-member Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR).

    She's seriously shy.

    "I had years of stage fright before I had to stand up in a crowd,"...

  • Elli and Dinah

    By Gerry Segal Teitelbaum

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Elli and Dinah Horovitz z"l, Murdered by Palestinian Terrorists, Sabbath Eve, March 7, 2003.

    Like most people these days, I keep close tabs on the news. On Friday morning, March 7, when I read on the Internet that a couple was murdered in Kiryat

    Arba, my ears perked up...

  • Students Seek Identity in Israel

    By Rachel Brand

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rhonda Van Hassalt's concerned father offered her $1,000 not to go to Israel. Although the money would have been enough to send both Van Hassalt's and her boyfriend to Europe for winter break, it wasn't Europe that was tugging at her heart -- it was Israel.

    "When I was young, I...

  • A Scream Looking for a Mouth

    By David Suissa

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The anti-war forces in America have blundered, and it's making them lose the war -- for our hearts and minds.

    The problem is the demonstrations. By their very nature, public rallies of this sort tend to reduce issues to black-and-white oversimplifications, fueled by a need to...

  • World Briefs

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish Agency Aids Children

    The Jewish Agency for Israel distributed $5,000 each to children who lost a parent in a terrorist attack. The agency's terror victim's fund is allocating a total of $2.5 million to some 400 children. The money was raised by the United Jewish...

  • East Meets West

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    About six months ago, Gregory Rodriguez, a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times opinion section, phoned his friend, Rabbi Gary Greenebaum, West Coast regional director of the American Jewish Committee (AJ Committee). Rodriguez had attended events purported to promote...

  • Helluva Ball Club

    By Richard A. Macales

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    First in war. First in peace. Last in the American League. -- Legendary pundit remark about the old Washington Senators (later the Texas Rangers, formerly owned by President Bush).

    There is something about baseball, war and commanders-in-chief that eternally binds us to our...

  • Community Briefs

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prager Not Running for Senate

    Los Angeles-based national talk radio host Dennis Prager announced on Tuesday, April 1, that he has decided not to run for the U.S. Senate in 2004. However, he did not rule out a possible run in 2010.

    The conservative author/commentator, whose...

  • Knowing the Person

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you ever notice how we tend to make up our minds so quickly that we become closed to ideas that might change our opinion?

     Recently, I came across the following sign prominently displayed on an executive's desk that succinctly summarized it: "Don't confuse me with facts --...

  • From Page to Plate

    By Rahel Musleah

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Passover cooking becomes more fun each year with the publication of glossy new kosher cookbooks brimming with creative suggestions for elegant and enticing Passover dishes.

    Whether you are planning your seder menu, looking for a memorable Passover gift, or you just want a break...

  • War Marks Defining Moment for Jews

    By Joel Kotkin

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The current war with Iraq marks a defining moment in the lives of American Jews and their lives in this country. For generations, Jews have lived, for the most part, on the left-wing edge of the American commonwealth.

    They have been -- in Hollywood, in the political world, academia...

  • School Provides anAntidote to Grief

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even 56 years later, Irving Gelman recalls precisely the day of his U.S. arrival and exactly the contents of his pockets: April 19, 1947, and $5.60.

    The date marked a miraculous fresh start for a man whose generosity would later ignite dramatic changes within Orange County's Jewish...

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