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  • Hostile Intimidation

    By Eric Silver

    November 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Every Saturday afternoon, spot on 5 p.m., through the summer and into autumn, a squad of Jerusalem police clip-clopped on horseback past my house on Rehov Hanevi'im, the Street of the Prophets. Half an hour later, equally as prompt, dozens of fervently-Orthodox Jews in their Sabbath...

  • A Jewish Life

    By Tom Tugend

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The life of Los Angeles Sheriff Sherman Block served as a textbook chapter in the American-Jewish saga, in which the grandson of East European immigrants and former deli counterman rose to lead the nation's largest county law enforcement agency.

    Block, who died last week at age 74...

  • Debunking the Bible Codes

    By Julie G Fax

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A Caltech mathematician and a leading Orthodox educational institution teamed up recently to turn up the heat on a simmering controversy over what they say is a scientifically and religiously suspect tool used by Jewish outreach organizations -- the Bible codes.

    Aish HaTorah, a...

  • Taking the First Step

    September 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Taking the First Step

    More than 40 rabbis, from Orthodox to Reform, look for ways to increase respect among Jews

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Religion Editor

    One of them calls himself a hardliner. Another says he doesn't believe in pluralism. Still another admits he has...

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  • L.A. 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Taking the First Step

    More than 40 rabbis, from Orthodox to Reform, look for ways to increase respect among Jews

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Religion Editor

    One of them calls himself a hardliner. Another says he doesn't believe in pluralism. Still another...

  • Circle of Friends

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    July 23, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I see that it's time for the media to replay the perennial horror story known as The Dying Jew. "The Vanishing Jew," by Alan Dershowitz, is a mea culpa over his son's intermarriage. Elliot Abrams, the former Reagan administration official, has written "Faith or Fear: How Jews...

  • Mideast

    By Larry Derfner

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The government is now trying to pass an updated version of the conversion law, which, it claims, gives consideration to Conservative and Reform Jewry. Yet Rabbi Ehud Bandel, leader of the Israeli Conservative movement, says the new proposal "is merely...

  • Owing It All to Jerry

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Elon Gold is an Orthodox Jewish comedian whoplayed an offbeat Jewish guy from Long Island on the recent WBsitcom, "You're the One." Though the short-lived series wascancelled, Gold has plenty of Jewish-themed TV and even movieprojects in the works. During a recent conversation with...

  • David Remnick’s Profile of Prime Minister Binyamin

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

    Photo by Peter Halmagyi

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Taking the First Step

    April 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Taking the First Step

    More than 40 rabbis, from Orthodox to Reform, look for ways to increase respect among Jews

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Religion Editor

    One of them calls himself a hardliner. Another says he...

  • The Divorce Force

    March 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    By J.J. Goldberg

    Gangs of masked, Yiddish-speaking thugs inBrooklyn have been abducting Orthodox Jewish men and beating themsavagely to force them into granting their wives a religious divorce,or get, according to several men who say they were victims of such assaults.The beatings...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was my third funeral of the week, and I wastired of death. I thought this one would be easier than the others,since it was an elderly woman who suffered terribly and truly wantedto die. Her name was Sarah; her only relatives left were her nephew,Harry, and his son, Joel.

    So I...

  • A Liberal Feminist Meets ModernOrthodoxy

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The second International Conference onOrthodoxy and Feminism was held at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel overPresidents Day weekend. For liberal women like me, such conferencesare a thrill even from a distance. Two thousand women attended,double the number at the pioneering event a year...

  • Los Angeles, 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.

    But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...

  • Power, Politics And People

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli lawmaker Alex Lubotsky was having a bad day on Jan. 29. Hehad come to Jerusalem's Ramada hotel to address a visiting group ofOrthodox Jews from America, to plead for their support of thecompromise conversion plan authored by Finance Minister YaakovNeeman.

    He didn't have much...

  • Where the Action Is

    By Adam Gilad

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    These are threeexperiences that have made me most hate being Jewish:

    1. Living, in Jerusalem's Old City, among smugOrthodox holy-rollers, who are armored in their American-extractedmoney, their path cleared by the blood spilled by generations ofmostly secular Israelis, strutting...

  • Etz Jacob: The Shul that Could

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Etz Jacob Congregation (above); President Bernard Abend (left)and Rabbi Rubin Huttler (right).

     

    Attention,anyone who was ever married or bar mitzvahed at Etz JacobCongregation at 7659 Beverly Blvd.: The shul wants testimonials,photographs and memorabilia for an exhibit honoring its...

  • The Thirteen Wants

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    What can American-style liberalJudaism offer Israel? After the battle over the proposed conversionbill is settled, that question will remain. We can puff up our chestsand demand equality with Orthodoxy over who is a Jew. But,inevitably, every political victory in the Knesset will...

  • Spectator

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Paying Tribute to Israeli Films

    By Tom Tugend,

    Contributing Editor

    Yoram Ben Ze'ev, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles, left,and Meir Fenigstein, festival founder/director.

    The 14th annual Israel Film Festival formally raised the curtainlast week on its two-week program of 50...

  • A Moment

    By Larry Derfner

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A key element in Labor Party leader Ehud Barak's strategy tobecome prime minister is to win support from Orthodox andultra-Orthodox (haredi) voters, who backed Binyamin Netanyahuoverwhelmingly in the last election. Now Barak is faced with adilemma: The price of wooing Orthodox votes...

  • One People: Religious Christians and Jews?

    By Judy Gruen

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Most of the mainstream secular Jewishorganizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and the AmericanJewish Congress would like us to think so. But a recent gathering inWashington proved that a grass-roots movement is taking hold amongJews -- not only the Orthodox -- whose views are...
  • Holidays

    By Norman Salsitz

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "But then a man with a red beard held aTorah out and called 'Zaleski, I give this honor to Zaleski.'"Photo from "The Jews In America," 1995.

    By 1965, I was a well-established suburbanite living inSpringfield, whose Jewish community included both a Reform andConservative congregation....

  • Yale vs. the Orthodox

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rachel Wohlgelernter

    Last week, Yale freshman Rachel Wohlgelernter of Los Angeles stoodwith her fiancé before a justice of the peace in Manhattan andwas civilly married.

    She wore her everyday clothes.

    When the bride and groom were pronounced man and wife, they didnot embrace or kiss...

  • Igniting Israel’s Powder Keg

    By Larry Derfner

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Reform movement's kindergarten in the Jerusalem suburb of Mevasseret Zion was torched by arsonists on the eve of Monday's opening of the school year. No one was injured, but the kindergarten's walls were blackened with soot, windows were broken, and equipment and toys were...
  • Caught in the Interim

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In Rabbi Michael Katz's office at Cal State Northridge Hillel hanga "Star Trek" poster and a picture of Binyamin Netanyahu. There'salso a futon -- not your basic college-issue office furniture.

    The new interim director, who has worked at CSUN Hillel since1986, is obviously a man of...

  • Pushing Each Other’s Buttons

    By Rabbi Abner Weiss

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Predictably, it happened again. Conservative and Reform Jews choseto demonstrate their right to worship at the Kotel in their way, menand women together. This time, however, the worshipers had officialclearance. But their permit did not help. Sadly, but alsopredictably, Orthodox Jews...

  • Another Melee Erupts as Women Pray with Men at WesternWall

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The forcible eviction of the worshipers from Judaism's mostrevered site came as thousands gathered there to mark Tisha B'Av, afast day marking the traditional anniversary of the destruction of,first, Solomon's Temple and, then, Herod's Temple.

    The men and women were worshiping...

  • Caught in a Maelstrom

    By Eric Silver

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Brenner, a 57-year-old New York-born social worker, Reform Jew and feminist, is at the epicenter of the latest halachic earthquake shaking Israel. Her downstairs neighbor is Dov Dumbrovich, the Orthodox chairman of the local religious council, who is defying a Supreme Court ruling...

  • A Time for Unity, a Time for Leadership

    By Herbert M

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    When my grandson stands at the Kotel...I will remind him that whatever divides us...it will be my generation's responsibility to guarantee that he gets the tools for Jewish survival, and it will be his generation's responsibility to determine how those tools are used

    We are rapidly...

  • Yom Ha Shoah

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    In truth, though, many other Orthodox Jews -- including most ofAgudath Israel's constituency -- do not consider Yom HaShoah to bethe appropriate time for focusing on the destruction of JewishEurope. Although that stance is similarly seen by others asschismatic, a good-faith effort to...
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