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  • Judaism as Rational, Judaism as Truth

    By David Klinghoffer

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Passover, now upon us, apart from being an occasion for family reunions and indigestion is the right time for a more serious activity:

    I mean, reflecting on the claim that our religion is highly rational and even the claim that Judaism is "true."

    Far from being ethnic chest...

  • 7 Days in Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, April 16

    Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel scholar-in-residence Estelle Frankel talks kabbalah this weekend. The author of "Sacred Therapy" is a psychotherapist, a spiritual adviser and a teacher of kabbalah. Today she discusses the ancient Jewish teachings as they...

  • Will Successor Tread Pope’s Jewish Path?

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As the College of Cardinals prepared to begin secret deliberations next week to choose a successor, the question remained to what extent John Paul's exceptionally proactive policy regarding Jews would endure.

    "It seems unlikely that the next pope will have the same interest in...

  • ‘Food Maven’ Saves Endangered Recipes

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    "Jewish Food: The World at Table" by Matthew Goodman (HarperCollins, $29.95)

    When the El-Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia was bombed by Al Qaeda in 2002, the fragile remnant of a once thriving Jewish community was even further shattered.

    "The Tunisian Jewish community is one of the...

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  • Wild Ride With Wildlife in Miami

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Stretching along the popular beachfront area of Miami, approximately 650,000 Jewish residents support more than 100 synagogues, several Jewish community centers and abundant kosher restaurants, including authentic Thai food. The South Florida city even employs a full-time kashrut...

  • Battle on Future of Gaza Spreads to L.A.

    By Marc Ballon

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The battle over the future of the Gaza Strip has come to Los Angeles.

    Two prominent settlers and an outspoken Israeli politician worked their way through Southern California last week, spreading the message that Israel should remain for good in the disputed territories. And Jewish...

  • People, Motifs Blend at The Shul

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    At the crossroads of four Miami Beach communities is a thriving Chabad synagogue that welcomes Jews of all stripes. The Shul of Bal Harbour -- locally known as The Shul -- is a thriving community, which draws an unusual blend of Jews from around the world.

    A significant number of...

  • Calendar

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    ...

    The Jewish Journal is no longer accepting mailed or faxed event listing information. Please e-mail event listings at least three weeks in advance to: calendar@jewishjournal.com .

    By Keren Engelberg

  • Let My People Merlot

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    In the beginning, there was sweet wine. Really, really sweet wine.

    But as the kosher market broadened, a trickle of new wines targeted to a more sophisticated audience began to raise expectations among Jewish wine lovers.

    Now kosher wines have entered a third era, in which many...

  • Blintzes, Cupcakes and Pasta—Oh My!

    By Kelly Hartog

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Back in the day, Passover meant meat, matzah and potatoes for eight days of the Passover. But in the last decade, the market for special kosher for Passover food has exploded, and manufacturers and supermarkets are providing a variety of products to almost make you forget it's even...

  • Todd Solondz, Provoking Again

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    "People call me a provocateur," filmmaker Todd Solondz said. "I'd say that's fair."

    Peering out from his oversized thick green glasses, dressed in rose-colored pants, a nubbly gray sweater and yellow sneakers, Solondz looks the part of independent cinema's presiding nerd...

  • Afikomen, Afikomen Wherefore Art Thou?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The afikomen: dessert or simply a ploy to keep children -- and some adults -- awake through most of the seder? Most people probably favor the latter, and tend to choose one of two techniques to make finding the half-piece of matzah interesting:

    Method No. 1: Hiding the afikomen...

  • Rabbi Retracts Claim Against Hahn

    By Idan Ivri

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    A Los Angeles rabbi has retracted his charge that Mayor James Hahn's re-election campaign was "dishonest and manipulative" in claiming endorsements from Jewish community leaders.

    Rabbi Steven Weil said he now believes that Hahn volunteers within the Jewish community were to blame,...

  • A Brave New High School

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Roberta Weintraub used to be a technophobe.

    But that was before she decided to launch High Tech High, a public charter school in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) that integrates technology and education. A fireball of unstoppable energy who served for 14 years on...

  • Letters to the Editor

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    One Sided

    In your recent article, the Bush administration criticizes Israel's building of new homes in the Maale Adumim settlement as a violation of the "road map" [peace plan] ("Jews Try to Sell Withdrawal Plan to Jews," April 1).

    Firstly, these homes are being built in the...

  • Latin America Aims for Northern Palates

    By Larry Luxner

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Guarding the entrance to Bodegas Barberis, a family-owned winery in western Argentina, is a small ceramic statue of the Virgin Mary, known locally as the Virgen de la Carrodilla.

    "She's our local patron saint and protector of the vineyards," said Adrian Barberis, who with his...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Good Deed Indeed

    Earth Day is about healing all creatures on the Earth. Here is a chance for you to do a good deed by entering The Good Deed Contest.

    Here's what you will do:

    1. Do a good deed (an amazing one!)
    2. Write an essay, telling what you did, what motivated you and what...

  • Presbyterians Won’t Budge on Divesting

    By James D. Besser

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    You have to hand it to those Presbyterians. Their leaders know what they want, and they won't be deflected by things like logic, fairness or the well-being of people in the Middle East.

    Church leaders in Louisville, Ky., appear determined to single out Israel for corporate...

  • Bird’s-Eye View

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    One day, Rabbi Shimon Ben Elazar was riding his donkey along the coastal road. He was enjoying the beautiful scenery and reviewing in his mind the wonderful study session he had with his rabbi at Migdal Eder, when he encountered a man who was extremely ugly.

    "How ugly you are,"...

  • Grim Faces, Tense Words at Summit

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    As photo-ops go, this one didn't develop quite as expected.

    The meeting Monday between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush at Bush's vast Texas ranch was to have affirmed the special U.S.-Israel relationship and paved the way forward in the...

  • How Funny Is Passover?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Passover is not primarily known for being a funny holiday, but don't tell that to Terry and Patty LaBan. The creators of "Edge City," who have brought contemporary Jewish American suburban life to the funny pages since 2000, are giving the Ardin family the ultimate seder storyline...

  • The Love Impaired

    By Matt Lipeles

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    You remember the famous line from "Forrest Gump"? "I may not be a smart man, but I know what love is."

    The other day, it suddenly hit me. I'm the anti-Forrest Gump. I am a smart man (or at least I test well) but I don't think I know what love is at all. There is nothing I find as...

  • New Berlin Memorial a Sign of Hope

    By Rabbi Arnold Rachlis

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Each year our congregation travels to a different corner of the Jewish world, and last Tisha B'Av, the day commemorating persecutions and destructions that have befallen the Jewish people, we found ourselves in Berlin.

    We entered Germany's gleaming, dynamic capital with...

  • When You Care Enough to Send Matzah Love

    By Amy Klein

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Picture our forefather Moses as a child, standing outside a swimming pool, waving to other children in the pool. They look confused because the pool waters have been parted.

    "The other kids always hated it when little Moses came to the pool," reads the caption on the card.

    This is...

  • Time to Leave Your Mitzrayim

    By Rabbi Mervin B. Tomsky

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    We learn in the haggadah, "B'chol dor v'dor, chayav adam lirot et atzmo k'ilu hu yatzah mi'mitzrayim" -- "In every generation it is one's duty to regard himself as though he personally had come out of Egypt."

    In effect, I had a rather personal and literal fulfillment of that...

  • Milken Teens Live, Learn on Skid Row

    By Jane Ulman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Keep passing. Keep passing."

    It's 6 a.m. on a Monday morning in March, and students from Milken Community High School, wearing hairnets, plastic aprons and gloves, are dishing out hot cereal, sugar, applesauce, milk and a muffin assembly-line style onto blue trays.

    "We're a...

  • The Interpreter

    By Rob Eshman

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    The first thing I noticed when entering Noam Neusner's office in Washington, D.C. was the president's dog. A framed photo of the first canine, Barney, hangs by the door. It's a big color print, and I pointed to it and offered an approving laugh.

    "That's funny," I said.

    Neusner,...

  • Mother’s Life No Longer a Mystery

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    When Eleanor Freedman died of breast cancer in 1974, she left behind three children, a husband, and a life marked by failed promise. She was 50 years old. Her oldest son, Samuel, was 17 at the time of her death. Now Samuel Freedman, who grew up to be a New York Times journalist...

  • Let My Old Passover Programming Go

    By Emily Pauker

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Why is this night different from all other nights?

    For one thing, it's the food -- or, rather, the food that's featured on television. But there's also plenty of food for thought in the form of Passover-related travel and Jewish news features.

    Food for Filling Up

    Get Passover...

  • Failed Joshua Venture’s Serious Failings

    By Gary Wexler

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Now that it has been "formally put to death and buried," as one of its grantees told me, I feel free to speak out about the Joshua Venture, a supposed breakthrough organization, subsidizing the ideas of nonprofit professionals who will be leading the next generation of Jewish life....

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