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  • Distance Colors Israeli, Diaspora Views

    By Gershom Gorenberg

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    At the beginning of the Lebanon War in June 1982, my Jerusalem roommate was packing to leave for grad school in America. Each day's

    newspapers had pictures of men who'd died at Beaufort, Damour, Sidon.

    The supposedly limited operation in Lebanon had morphed into a full-scale...

  • A Woman’s Touch

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The stereotypical Jewish woman is strong, supportive, receptive and respected. Growing up, she is showered with love,

    pampered by objects and experiences of beauty and quality. She keeps a welcoming home. She attends to detail, wants what she wants and is unapologetically "high...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 25

    Hollywood Fight Club's current production "A Lively ... and Deathly Evening With Woody Allen" brings to the stage three written works by the Neurotic One. Woody Allen's "God," "Death Knocks" and "Mr. Big" all deal with existential dilemmas as only Allen can.

    ...
  • Double Standard Exists on Terrorism

    By Arthur Cohn

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Palestinian film, "Paradise Now," which describes in an understanding way the lives of two Palestinian terrorists, won a string of important awards from major film festivals, culminating in this month's Oscar nomination as best foreign film.

    How is it possible that such a film...

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  • Tortured Logic

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In 1470, five corpses were found in the charnel of a church in Endingen on the Rhine. Eight years earlier, a Jewish man named Elias had sheltered a family of five beggars in his home during the Passover/Easter season. Assuming that Endingen's Jews had murdered the family in order to...

  • The Meatiest Offer in Town

    By Howard Blume

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The tables were filled and the clock turned back at Canter's on Monday, as the landmark Fairfax deli lowered the price of a corned beef sandwich to 75 cents in honor of the restaurant's 75th anniversary.

    Cashier Tom Gordon, who answered questions between fielding phone calls and...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Reports Bird Flu Cases

    Israel confirmed its first contagion by a deadly strain of avian flu. The Agriculture Ministry officially announced Monday that a virus that killed turkeys and chickens at three Negev farms was H5N1, a virulent strain that has spread across Europe,...

  • Israel Tames but Doesn’t Halt Torture

    By Larry Derfner

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last November, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), while campaigning to ban the U.S. government from using torture, told the "Today" show: "The Israeli Supreme Court outlawed torture, outlawed cruel and inhumane treatment. And I have talked to Israeli officials, and they say they do very...

  • Hineni

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I expected to be dealing with an empty nest when my daughter started college. I projected my availability to friends who had yielded my attention during my childrearing years. I dragged writing projects onto my computer's desktop to await the plane ride from NYU to the rest of my...

  • Crime Scribes Do First ‘Inside’ Job

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In his first decade as a filmmaker, Spike Lee wrote or co-wrote all of his films, which typically examined race in New York and featured African American protagonists. He began to diverge a bit in "Clockers" (1995), which he scripted with novelist Richard Price. Although "Clockers"...

  • This Week - Passover Prep

    By Rob Eshman

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shabbat dinner at the home of two doctors, north of Montana Avenue in Santa Monica: There's a terrific chicken with lemons and

    green olives, the lemons plucked from a tree in the yard. There's crisp roasted potatoes, salad and a 1998 Cabernet. The table is set with silver candelabras...

  • Israeli Candidates Battle Voter Apathy

    By Dina Kraft

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shimon Peres joins a young couple having lunch at a seaside restaurant and asks them who they are voting for in Israel's upcoming election. They smile nervously, glance up at the swarm of photographers and TV cameras that surround the former prime minister and admit the truth: They...

  • What’s So Bad About Torture?

    By Arnold Steinberg

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Suppose your child were kidnapped.

    She is buried alive with a limited air supply. Police arrest one of the kidnappers. Indeed, he was on a store videotape luring the child and then abducting her. Witnesses saw him put the child in a car. His handwriting is on the ransom note. He...

  • Opening the Door

    By Amy Klein

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Looking to really make your Passover meaningful? To truly exploring the modern-day concept of freedom? Then invite an American soldier to your home for the seder. That's what the Conservative movement on the West Coast is trying to arrange in a program called Seders for Troops,...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sasha Sparkles

    Superskater and silver Olympic medalist Sasha Cohen lit up the runway recently at the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style event in Beverly Hills. It was a night of chowing down on yummy foods and stargazing as the Rodeo Drive Committee celebrated the illustrious careers of...

  • Spectator - Assimilation and a Blonde Doll

    By Steven Rosen

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain laughs when asked where she gets her finely honed sense of ironic humor. It comes with being Jewish, she explains -- a group whose number constitutes just one-quarter of 1 percent of the human race and thus makes getting along with others paramount.

    "You got...

  • Then Came the Boyfriend

    By Caroline Cobrin

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With Passover around the corner, singletons everywhere are faced with a tough choice. Do you bring the person you're dating to the family seder? Or do you simply wish him or her a "chag sameach" and go off to your separate family celebrations. At the beginning of relationships we all...

  • Video Bares Artist’s Obsession, Views

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "I have a warped idea about my worth, my abilities as an artist, my intelligence," Jessica Shokrian says in her video installation at the Skirball Cultural Center. "For much of my life, I've been extremely concerned with how I look and how I think I look to other people. It's...

  • Wandering Jew - Upside Down

    By Amy Klein

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Here's a verse that should be written in Psalms: "He who is lenient about Purim is a truly unhappy person." Or, as one rabbi put it:

    "Who doesn't enjoy a bacchanalian feast where it's a mitzvah to get drunk?"

    Los Angeles Jewry, despite its reputation for disjointedness and spiritual...

  • Israeli Producer’s Election-Day Risk

    By Tom Tugend

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's little more than a week to the airdate, March 28, and Ofra Bikel is still putting the final touches on her hourlong documentary, "Israel: The Unexpected Candidate."

    That's not like Bikel, a meticulous professional, described by critic Howard Rosenberg in the Los Angeles Times as...

  • The ‘Bigamist’ Versus the ‘Agunah’

    By Amy Klein

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Rabbi Hagai Batzri remarried, on Feb. 5 in Los Angeles, his first wife, Luna Batzri, still hadn't received a get from him, a Jewish divorce.

    According to Jewish law, the rabbi, 41, is now married to two women at the same time, and Luna, 36, seems to be in the unfortunate...

  • Huizar Proposal Would Close Razing Loophole

    By Tom Tugend

    March 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    An order to investigate the demolition of a historic Jewish Community Center (JCC) building in Boyle Heights is now on the agenda of the Los Angeles City Council.

    Under a motion introduced March 22 by Councilmember Jose Huizar, whose district includes Boyle Heights, municipal...

  • N for No-Nonsense Natalie

    By Amy Longsdorf

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Natalie Portman has probably populated more fanboy fantasies than anyone this side of Jessica Alba.

    Besides presiding over the recent "Star Wars" films as Queen Amidala, she plays a bald, beautiful and badass revolutionary in "V For Vendetta," opening March 17, the latest film from...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 18

    Tonight’s Writers Guild 2006 Screen Laurel Award goes to “that member of the guild who ... has advanced the literature of the motion picture through the years....” This year, that guy is writer-director Lawrence Kasdan, responsible for “The Empire Strikes...

  • Staff Loyalties Stir Concern Over Work

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    There may be no greater test of the United Nations' vaunted neutrality than to be a Palestinian staffer of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip or West Bank.

    UNRWA has 12,000-plus employees in those areas -- where it's the second-largest employer after the...

  • You’re Scentsational!

    By Mark Miller

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When a guy -- let's say me, for the sake of argument -- is lacking a romantic partner, every bit of attention I get from any woman, even a complete stranger, takes on heightened significance and pleasure. Because I don't have a wife, girlfriend or lover, a simple smile from any woman...

  • Lawyer Floats Own Peace Plan at UCLA

    By Tom Tugend

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Josef Avesar is a successful Encino lawyer who has a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It may be a pipe dream, he acknowledged, but the concept was intriguing enough to keep 300 Israelis, Arabs and Americans engaged during a recent three-hour symposium at UCLA.

    They...

  • This Week - Carnival Time

    By Rob Eshman

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We arrived early for the Purim carnival last Sunday. The giant bounce house still lay in a wrinkled, uninflated wad on a corner of the parking lot. The only children around were, like our son, middle school volunteers, corralling the puppies for the puppy-petting booth, lining up...

  • A Question of Fairness

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As Washington and the West weigh a cutoff of aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) could become a crucial lifeline to millions of Palestinian refugees who depend on it for vital services.

    However, the recent Palestinian...

  • The End of Bush’s ‘Jewish Moment’

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Republicans once had high hopes that George W. Bush would draw American Jews away from their historic affinity with Democrats into embracing the conservative party. They believed that Jews would be drawn to Bush's intense support for the State of Israel. Orthodox Jews, already more...

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