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  • Saddam’s Fall Seen Just as First Step

    By Leslie Susser

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Israelis have a long score to settle with Saddam Hussein: The former Iraqi dictator promised to destroy the Jewish State, fired 39 Scud missiles at Israeli cities during the Persian Gulf War and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to families of Palestinian suicide bombers.


  • Saddam Should Face Iraq ‘Nuremberg’ Trial

    By Rabbi Abraham Cooper

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Smoked out of his rat hole by the U.S. Army, there was the Iraqi dictator, not spewing propaganda but having his heavily bearded mouth probed by a latex-gloved medic. The doctor may not only have been extracting a DNA sample but searching for a cyanide capsule -- the type used by...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    The holiday of lights is here
    It gives me such a lift
    When candles burn so bright and clear
    That I can see my gift!

    Have You Lost Your Marbles?

    Well, you better find them to make this chanukiah!

    You will need:

    Nine glass jars (baby food jars work) and colored...

  • Courageous Women and Cheese Latkes

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My 10-year-old daughter came home from school sad, her shoulders carrying the kind of weight that breaks a mother's heart. She faced a tough dilemma: friends who were no longer true friends, demanding her to compromise who she is or be alone. It's the kind of challenge we all meet...

  • In the Eyes of the Beholder

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Part of my traditional upbringing as a yeshiva bocher was the belief that anything that took my attention away from a page of Talmud was bitul Torah -- a waste of time. And while that may have been a good lesson for an easily distracted teenager, I have since discovered as an adult...

  • Livin’ La

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Singer-songwriter Diex sees himself as an ambassador, a bridge between the unlikely worlds of the prayer filled synagogues and the groove-shaking beats of J Lo, Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin.

    Since he moved to Los Angeles from Buenos Aires 18 months ago, Diex's reggae and...

  • Authors Divided Over Identity, Issues

    By Michal Lemberger

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What do four Jewish American writers talk about when they sit down together to discuss their craft? If the program, "The Next Generation of Jewish American Writing," held at the Skirball Cultural Center earlier this month is any indication, the answer is that they try as hard as they...

  • Delicious Link to the Past

    By Ellen Press

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Year after year I would walk up the pathway to Grandma Gussie's apartment, passing her kitchen window on the way to the door. I would hear the clanging of spoons, chopping of potatoes and vegetables or the tea kettle whistling on her tiny stove. My senses filled with the aromas of...

  • Think Global, Cook Local

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Jewish Kitchen: Recipes and Stories from Around the World" by Clarissa Hyman (Interlink Books, $29.95).

    Clarissa Hyman's new cookbook, "The Jewish Kitchen," is alive with miracles -- stories of Jewish life and war-torn Jewish communities, bringing with them their glorious...

  • Have a Holly Jolly Schmooz-fest

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Chinese-food-and-a-movie faces strong competition in our city once again this year. This Christmas Eve, on a night that would otherwise be distinguished by what we aren't celebrating, Stu and Lew Productions brings Jewish cheer with its "Schmooz-a-Palooza" party. Going on its 10...

  • Revenge, Religion Converge in France

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Statement" opens in 1944 with a black-and-white montage of a young French officer in the pro-Nazi Vichy militia signaling a firing squad to execute seven Jews.

    More than four decades later, having been sheltered by the Catholic Church in the meantime, the officer, Pierre...

  • Desperate Days of ‘House’ Director

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The day before he discovered the novel "House of Sand and Fog" in 2001, Vadim Perelman asked his chauffeur to drive him to a slum in suburban Rome. Perelman, a successful commercial director, was in Italy on an AT&T shoot. But he wanted to return to the tenement that had been his...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    ADL Rock and Rawls

    About 900 supporters of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) filled a Century Plaza Hotel ballroom on Dec. 7 for its 90th-year bash, an anniversary evening capped off with a masterful performance by crooner Lou Rawls.

    "We stand for the civilized human beings of...

  • Bubbie’s Menorah Miracle

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bubbie, my sweet grandmother, is a small woman, barely 5-feet tall. Her candelabra wasn't just a candleholder used for the Sabbath and Chanukah lights. It was a family symbol; a magnet that brought family and friends together. On Sabbath evenings Bubbie would don a special...

  • Stronger Relations

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    If Yeshiva University (YU) wants to be a vibrant presence in the United States, it has to create stronger relationships with the Modern Orthodox community, so said YU President Richard Joel during his keynote address at the Orthodox Union's (OU) 13th annual West Coast Torah...

  • Saddam’s Fate Carries Messages

    By Uri Dromi

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When the news broke that Saddam Hussein was captured, there was an uproar of joy here. Like many Israelis, I was glued to the TV screen, watching L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator for Iraq, announcing proudly: "Ladies and gentlemen, we got him!"

    What a great moment for the...

  • World Briefs

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Vandals Burn Survivor's Chanukah Banner

    Chabad of the Conejo installed a 6-foot menorah on the front lawn of Victoria Monina's North Ranch home on Dec. 16, after vandals burnt a Chanukah banner that she hung over her garage.

    Monina told The Journal that she hung the banner...

  • Couple Struggles Over Intermarriage

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jake Gruber and Chloe Davis (not their real names), who have been living together for four years, are sitting at a cafe, projecting 10 years into the future.

    He sees himself in a successful movie career, living a Modern Orthodox lifestyle with two, maybe three children. Shabbat is...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    "The Nanny's" Fran Drescher whines her way into hearts once again, as she hosts the Jewish Television Network's one-hour, all-the-stops-pulled-out"A Chanukah Celebration." Today on PBS, Fran shares her own Chanukah memories, then introduces each of the segments that...

  • Yiddishkayt for Yiddle Ones

    By Leora Alhadeff

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Hey parents... Uneasy about plopping your toddlers on the sofa to watch a puffy purple dinosaur? Think they need more Jewish culture?

    The founders of "OyBaby" say it's never too early to start teaching your kids -- 6 months and up -- about Yiddishkayt.

    The "OyBaby" DVD/VHS and...

  • Chanukah Rights

    By Amy Klein

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up, I was one of the few children that did not receive Chanukah presents. My family gave gelt, the money that children traditionally receive on the holiday while gambling over the game of dreidel, the spinning top.

    My parents wanted to make the holiday as different from...

  • Have We Lost Respect for Each Other?

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    From my own experience and from the reports in The Jewish Journal, it is evident that it has become more and more difficult to plan for a dialogue between fellow Jews on the subject of Israel -- much easier to organize a discussion between Christian and Jewish leadership or even...

  • Israelis Debate Peace Proposals

    By Dina Kraft

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The regulars who take their morning coffee at the sun-bleached Good Day Cafe aptly have nicknamed the spot "Moshe's Parliament."

    Sitting on red plastic chairs and leaning over flowered tablecloths over the weekend, retirees dissected and debated the various new Middle East peace...

  • A Glazed Miracle Happened Here

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    During the festival of Chanukah, Jews around the world will prepare the traditional foods that represent their individual cultural backgrounds. Families with Eastern European ties will serve fried potato latkes. In Germany, jelly doughnuts called Berliner pfannkuchen are prepared....

  • 7 Days In Arts

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm


    Bah humbuggers may avoid the holiday cheer this evening by checking out (or should we say, checking into) "Hotel Room." Directors Cesc Gay and Daniel Gimelberg explore a day in the dingy life of one cheap New York hotel room. On one hot Fourth of July day, its guests...

  • Q & A With Simha Lainer

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "If you have a piece of fruit," said Simha Lainer, "throw away the skin and eat only the good part inside." Such a wise and optimistic statement could fit right in with the list of "zayde-isms" that Lainer's granddaughter, Lisa, is compiling for the family in honor of his upcoming...

  • Awaken Your Inner J.K. Rowling

    By Beverly Gray

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Scratch away at any Jew and you'll find a storyteller. The people of the book dream of spinning out personal memories and Old Country stories to a rapt circle of children. That's why the first-ever Jewish Children's Literature Conference, held in the fall at Sinai Temple through the...

  • For The Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Adventures of Jacob

    Did you know Jacob was an adventurer and a scientist? He figured out that if speckled sheep mate only with other speckled sheep, then their babies will all be speckled. That's how he became a rich man. He told his father-in-law, Laban, that he wanted "only"...

  • Holy Gifts for a Good Cause

    By E. B. Solomont

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jonathan Koch was trying to decide between two pairs of shoes when he happened to notice that one pair was made in Israel. That sealed the deal for him.

    Koch figured that others would choose to buy Israeli products if given an opportunity. So the self-described "serial...

  • The Circuit

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Touch of Kotton

    The apparel industry is not just about sartorial splendor. On Nov. 22, the aptly named Issy Kotton, and the less-aptly named Fred Lionetti both received the Apparel Industry Humanitarian of the Year Award at a black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton.

    Kotton is a...

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