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  • Ethics and Warfare

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion opens with a fascinating topic: the psyche of a soldier at war, and the ethical boundaries that even a soldier must observe.

    KiTetze la'milchama: "When you go out to war ... and you take captives and see among the captives a beautiful woman...."

    The Torah...

  • Ending on a Musical Note

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) holds its summer concert on Aug. 18, it will be a bittersweet occasion for cellist David Low. The BBI artistic director has overseen the summer concerts for 12 years, and is now leaving to spend more time with his wife and children, and to pursue...

  • Serving Jewish Pride in L.A.

    By Carin Davis

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish tennis players served up a strong presence at this summer's Los Angeles-based pro tournaments, with Israelis Harel Levy, Noam Okun and Anna Smashnova participating in recent Southland competitions.

    Levy, who lost to American Toby Ginepri in the first round, and Okun played in...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Palestinian Leader in Israeli Court

    Palestinian militia leader Marwan Barghouti was charged with murder Wednesday in a Tel Aviv court. The indictment sheet described the West Bank chief of Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement as an "arch-terrorist whose hands are bloodied by dozens of...

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  • Mistrust in the Mideast

    By Leslie Susser

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The wheels are spinning beneath the battered chassis of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, but the brakes are being applied by that perennial opponent of Mideast progress: mistrust.

    As Israeli and Palestinian officials try to hammer out a plan to test Palestinian security...

  • The Ethics of Revenge

    By Yitzhak Frankenthal

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    My beloved son, Arik, my own flesh and blood, was murdered by Palestinians.

    My tall, blue-eyed, golden-haired son who was always smiling with the innocence of a child and the understanding of an adult. My son. To hit his killers, innocent Palestinian children and other civilians...

  • Circle of Friends

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Growing up in Orange County, Rebecca Rona did not have a single Jewish friend. While her family practiced Judaism, her parents also encouraged a deep appreciation for other cultures. Her mother was a foreign language teacher, and her whole family was intrigued with languages. Rona...

  • Losing the War for the Temple Mount

    By Gary Rosenblatt

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While the military conflict between Israel and the Palestinians continues, there is one war the Jewish state appears to have lost -- without even a struggle.

    That is its claim to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Jewish people's connection to the First and Second Temples as the...

  • A Confident Failure

    By Larry Derfner

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Talk about cognitive dissonance. The mood in Israel may never have been so hopeless, the indices of quality of life may never have pointed so sharply downward, and yet the calmest, most content person in the country appears to be Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Politically, at least,...

  • Web ‘Guerrilla’

    By Adam Wills

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish organizations are increasingly relying on the Internet as a way to augment or even launch fundraising and publicity efforts.

    Updates about the situation in Israel fill e-mail inboxes on a daily basis and financial appeals line the homepages of Federation Web sites across the...

  • Funny Girl

    By Lesley Wolff

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Is it harder for nice Jewish girls in the world of stand-up comedy? Yes.

    Is it impossible? Nothing's impossible, shayna maydele, if you put your mind to it.

    I'm sitting here wearing my new necklace. Bought it for myself, cause I deserve it! It's a thin gold chain with a charm...

  • Eulogies:Maurice R. Commanday

    By Tom Tugend

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Maurice R. Commanday, an innovative engineer in the aircraft industry, a veteran of World War II and Israel's War of Independence, and an active supporter of the Freedom of Religion movement in Israel, died July 23 at the age of 84.

    After graduating from New York University, he...

  • Jews Quiet on New Iraq War

    By James D. Besser

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A recent Internet posting on hundreds of discussion forums accused American Jews of leading the drumbeat for a new war against Iraq.

    Beyond its crude anti-Semitism, the message was just plain wrong; Jewish groups have been all but invisible as the Bush administration engages in...

  • Dosvedanya, Shalom, Guten Tag

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Misha Zilbermint was 11 years old, he was stunned to learn from his parents that he was Jewish. Growing up in the former Soviet Union, Jews, such as the Zilbermint family, could not openly embrace their religion or culture.

    "In the Soviet Union, everyone was the same," recalls...

  • Ending on a Musical Note

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Brandeis-Bardin Institute (BBI) holds its summer concert on Aug. 18, it will be a bittersweet occasion for cellist David Low. The BBI artistic director has overseen the summer concerts for 12 years, and is now leaving to spend more time with his wife and children, and to pursue...

  • 7 Days In Art

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 15, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    Saturday

    Julius may have inspired Shakespeare and a pizza chain, but Sid made millions laugh with "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." Tonight, you've got good reason to stay in, as KCET presents "The Sid Caesar Collection." The documentary includes sketches from both shows and...

  • 15 and Counting

    By Rob Eshman

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Washington's official response to the killings of five Americans at Hebrew University can be summed up largely in a word: words.

    True, the attacks came as Congress is in recess and President George W. Bush is between vacations. After a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah, a day...

  • Eulogies:Irwin M. Weinstein

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Irwin M. Weinstein, one of the founders of the National Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) and its Los Angeles chapter, died July 21 of a stroke and kidney failure. He was 76.

    Weinstein's career included a clinical practice, academic medicine, civic and political activities, and he...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Step away from the Raid can and lean in for a closer look at that bug you're about to zap into oblivion. After all, that cockroach is in the same scientific class as Jiminy Cricket and deserves some of your respect. Not convinced? Well, we can't say we blame you. But...

  • Strange BRU

    By Mike Levy

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Who's taking a stand against Israel this week? Would you believe ... the Bus Riders Union (BRU)?

    On buses and trains, BRU leaders and members are distributing a two-page flyer with an essay titled "Let the Palestinian People Go!" that likens the BRU's stance to Dr. Martin Luther King...

  • Food for Thought

    By Hirsh Goodman

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The motive driving suicide volunteers is revenge. They have stopped fighting to liberate Palestine.

    They have suspended the dream of a state. They now dream of killing as many Jews as possible, of revenge, of making life in Israel impossible -- and they truly believe they can do it....

  • Is France Anti-Semitic?

    By Joel Kotkin

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It has become something of a cliché among Jews here in America, and in Israel as well, that Europe is now experiencing a virulent new wave of anti-Semitism. The Europeans are certainly well-practiced at the art of Jew-hating and the overly anti-Israel tilt of the Continent's...

  • Silence Speaks Volumes

    By Tom Tugend

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On the Web page of Marcel Marceau, whose appellation as "the world's greatest mime" is so universal that it seems part of his name, his biography begins in 1946, when he enrolled in a theater arts school in Paris.

    Marceau was then 23, and what happened during those past formative...

  • Like Grandmother,Like Granddaughter

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I really didn't want to do it" said Chiara Greene, 16, of her bat mitzvah. "When I was 12, it really did not seem that important to me. I was not religion oriented, and I didn't want to do something that I didn't completely understand."

    Those were not words that Chiara's father,...

  • Victims of Terror

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Vered Kashani, 29, was on the phone arranging hotel rooms for 22 Israeli terror victims scheduled to visit Los Angeles on Aug. 15, when she glanced at her computer and saw there had been an attack in the Emmanuel settlement in Israel.

    "My first thought was, 'Oh! My cousin lives in...

  • The Lost Yiddish World

    By Tom Tugend

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "In many ways, it was a good world. In many ways, it was a hard world," observes narrator Elliott Gould in introducing "A Yiddish World Remembered."

    It is not easy to evoke a lost era through television footage, but "Yiddish World" largely overcomes the difficulty.

    There are lively...

  • Burden of Leadership

    By Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    After 22 years of separation, believing his beloved son dead, Jacob was startled to hear that Joseph was not only alive but that he ruled the land of Egypt. Yet, the Torah tells us that this news was not enough: When he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of...

  • The Rebbetzin Will Keep Her Name

    By Viva Hammer

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One of the great debates after I became engaged to a rabbi was how I would be addressed by my husband's congregation. I did not plan on changing either my first or my last names after my wedding, but this would be an unintelligible decision to the parishioners.

    The world seemed to...

  • Your Letters

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Terror on Campus

    Was the Hebrew University bombing not an attack against the United States and its citizens ("Terror on Campus," Aug. 2)? How is this any different than the USS Cole, or the Marine barracks explosion in Lebanon? I find it tragic that the U.S. government chooses to...

  • The Golden Calf

    By Abby Gilad

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We are entering the homestretch. Aug. 9 is the first of Elul, the last month in the Jewish calendar. It is a time when Jews around the world begin to prepare for the High Holy Days by saying prayers called "Selichot." These are prayers to ask forgiveness of God. It is said that...

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