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  • The Failed Intellectuals

    By Dennis Gura

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Dream Palace of the Arabs:A Generation's Odyssey" by Fouad Ajami (Vintage Books, $14).

    In 1928, the French intellectual Julien Benda wrote his prescient work "The Treason of the Intellectuals," accusing European intellectuals of abandoning their dispassionate faith in the life...

  • Festival Explores Identity

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Actor-writer Doug Kaback never belonged to a synagogue while growing up in a non-Jewish area of Palos Verdes. He didn't receive any religious education or become a bar mitzvah.

    The void set him "on a course of wandering," says Kaback, 39, who dabbled in Eastern religions, married a...

  • Rabbi-Bad Boy Complex

    By Lori Gottlieb

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Generally, when I think of rabbis, I think of wrinkled septuagenarians in majestic-looking robes.

    Sure, I've seen the Ben Stiller movie, "Leap of Faith," where the actor plays a hoops-shooting, hipper-than-thou New York City rabbi who raps his way through services. But to me, the...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    WTC Developer Praises 'Family'

    The real estate developer who held the lease on the World Trade Center praised the Jewish communal "family" for coming together in the days following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

    Speaking at a federation campaign luncheon, Larry Silverstein, a major...

  • Supreme Court to Rule On Vouchers

    By Sharon Samber

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S. Supreme Court's long-awaited decision on the constitutionality of school vouchers is expected this term, with the high court apparently ready to tackle one of the most significant church-state rulings in years.

    The U.S. Supreme Court, which opened its new term this week,...

  • Embezzling Charges Dropped

    By Tom Tugend

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Charges of embezzling more than $1 million against a former bookkeeper at the Los Angeles campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion have been dismissed by the judge in the case.

    Jean M. Thorbourn, 63, was arrested a year ago and accused of forging checks to...

  • Young Standouts

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    These days Benhaz Eshrat Zaghi doesn't like talking about the hardships she faced as a Jew growing up in Iran. After the terrorist attacks on America, she says, it's not the time to draw attention to the struggles between Jews and Islamic governments. Yet, it is precisely the...

  • Goldwyn’s Roar

    By Tom Tugend

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Shmuel Gelbfisz was born in a Polish shtetl, the son of an unsuccessful second-hand furniture dealer. He studied in a cheder and at age 12, the penniless boy walked across Europe, took steerage to America, and "Anglicized" his name to Sam Goldfish. In 1918, he had graduated from...

  • Your Letters

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Terror in America

    I want to thank The Jewish Journal and columnist Marlene Adler Marks for the thoughtful perspective on the recent terrorist attacks. ("Echoes of History," Sept. 28).

    I found Marks' insightful review of the history of piracy on the high seas to be enormously...

  • Target One, Target All

    By James D. Besser

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Is President George W. Bush serious about waging a global fight against terrorists and the nations that support them? Or is he just targeting the sprawling network of Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks in Washington and New York?

    So far, most evidence...

  • L.A. Women’s Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Messing Around

    Two days after the terrorist attack on America, Women of Sheba held their Women of Achievement event at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, as scheduled, to benefit Friends of Sheba Medical Center's pet charity, Sheba Medical Center. The center, located in Tel...

  • Arab, Muslim Leaders Want Linkage

    By James D. Besser

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A parade of Arab and Muslim leaders is passing through Washington, promising support for the U.S.-led effort against terrorist kingpin Osama bin Laden -- but also urging the administration to press harder for a cease-fire and new negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.


  • Sukkah of Change

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    By design, the sukkah is a temporary structure. For one full week, we are commanded to live in makeshift huts, leaving behind the "solid" comforts of home. As if the message of the High Holy Days weren't strong enough -- that life is exceedingly fragile and temporary -- Sukkot...

  • To Become American

    By Gina Nahai

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I'm 11-years-old, my world a patchwork of mixed identities and conflicting beliefs, my eyes searching for a horizon I cannot yet see but that I follow almost by instinct. It's August in New York -- a long and gray stretch of humidity and noise, people speaking to me in an accent I...

  • How to Fly if you look Middle Eastern

    By Tom Tugend

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sam Kermanian has drawn our attention to a list of travel tips for Iranian Jews and others of "Middle Eastern" appearance, who might be fingered as potential Arab hijackers by nervous airline passengers.

    Short of "bleaching our faces and dyeing our hair blond," the president of the...

  • Israel’s Tightrope

    By Rob Eshman

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to understand Israel's role in America's new war on terror, think back to a time when the World Trade Center was still standing. In 1974, the French aerialist Philippe Petit walked on a tightrope suspended between the twin towers. Israel is now Philippe Petit.


  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sunday, Oct. 7

    Equipped with lulav and lemony fresh etrog, the children at the Skirball's Celebrate the Harvest Holiday: Sukkah Decorating event will help garnish the sukkah. Artist Abby Gilad will lead a workshop in making wall posters, followed by refreshments in the sukkah. $5...

  • That Pioneer Spirit

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    On Oct. 11, City of Hope will honor Edgar Bronfman Jr. with its Spirit of Life Award.

    The success stories of Bronfman, Vivendi Universal's executive vice chairman, and the medical center are remarkably similar: both came from humble beginnings and were rooted in a strong sense of...

  • Beyond Breast Cancer

    By Unai Montes

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I cannot think of many books I have read with a title as lengthy as Marisa and Ellen Weiss' "Living Beyond Breast Cancer: A Survivor's Guide for When Treatment Ends and the Rest of Your Life Begins." Nor can I think of many with a title so apt. For the last year I have wondered...

  • Continued Help Could Harm

    By Julie Wiener

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Like many other charitable groups, the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is collecting money to benefit the victims of the devastating Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

    But in addition to helping those hurt by terrorism, the New York-based humanitarian...

  • People of All Faiths Find Solace in Prayer

    By Julie G Fax

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center seemed to have had the perfect combination of factors needed to dismantle people's religious beliefs: an atrocity committed in the name of religion and God, coupled with so many dead and wounded that even for those of strong...

  • Inclusion’s Importance

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Georgia Freedman-Harvey's son was born with a rare genetic disorder, she and her husband discovered "the invisibility factor" for Jewish children with special needs.

    "When the sign says 'Everyone Welcome,' it doesn't really mean everyone," said the Orange County mother of...

  • Cease-Fire Hangs by Thread

    By Gil Sedan

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The flimsiest of cease-fires continued in name only last week, as Israelis absorbed two brutal terror attacks and struck back at the Palestinians Authority.

    Even when Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat met last week at the Gaza airport to...

  • Jew’s-Eye View TV

    By Catherine Seipp

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Larry David is notoriously prickly. Still, at a recent HBO press conference for "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the television series starring the comedy writer as himself (the second season premiered Sept. 23), he made a game effort to be brightly quotable. "I might be the first bald man to...

  • Rabbi, Torah and Elliott Gould

    By Mike Levy

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Where does Maimonides stand on the question of free will? Where is God when evil occurs? Whom do you go to for guidance on these issues? ask Elliott Gould.

    Rabbi Ari Hier did.

    The Jewish Studies Institute director wanted a celebrity to help in his quest to raise the profile of...

  • Celebrating the “Torah cycle”

    By Abby Gilad

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The eighth day of the holiday of Sukkot is actually a separate holiday called Shemini Atzeret. It means "the eighth day of the assembly."

    The Israelites gather for seven days around the Temple in Jerusalem, and they are just not ready to go home yet, because they are having so much...

  • Fundraising Fears

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It is quickly becoming the largest philanthropic campaign ever mounted.

    In just two weeks since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Americans have raised more than $675 million in individual, foundation and corporate gifts toward disaster-relief charities, services and funds assisting...

  • “We” Judaism

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    NOW THAT THE HIGH HOLY days are over, we can begin to appreciate how the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington may alter American Jewish life.

    Like the rest of America we are stunned. Grieving. Angry. Afraid.

    The enormity of loss cast a dark spiritual shadow across the holiest...

  • The Many Faces Of One God

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    God did not create religion. God created the universe; and within the universe, men and women. Men and women created religion.

    Religion is powerful, and power is ambivalent. It can move mountains, raise cathedrals, poison the atmosphere and level mighty towers. God is one, but...

  • Decorating Your Sukkah

    By Abby Gilad

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Are You Reading This in Your Sukkah?

    Why do we build the sukkah? To be reminded of our ancestors' lives in the desert, when they lived in huts made from branches and leather.

    It is also a reminder of our farming ancestors, who harvested at this time of year. They built huts...

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