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  • Dissembling Before G-d

    By Rabbi Avi Shafran

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodox Jewish homosexuals are the subject of a documentary film that achieved darlinghood at a number of film festivals over the past year and has now been similarly well-received at its New York debut. Many audiences and reviewers have found "Trembling Before G-d's" portrayal of...

  • Oscar buzz for ‘Beaufort’ builds

    By Tom Tugend

    February 21, 2002 | 5:00 pm

    Oscar nominees of the Tribe

    By Jay Firestone


    Best Film
    Ethan and Joel Coen - "No Country for Old Men"

    Best Actor
    Daniel Day-Lewis - "There Will Be Blood"

    Best Director
    Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, "No Country for Old Men"
    Jason Reitman - "Juno."
    Julian Schnabel - "The Diving Bell...
  • ‘Trembling’ Truth

    By Ivor Davis

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For filmmaker Sandi Simcha DuBowski, "Trembling Before G-d" isn't just a documentary, it's a revolutionary movement.

    The searing, award-winning film profiles gay Orthodox Jews struggling to reconcile their love of Judaism with the strict biblical prohibitions against homosexuality....

  • World Briefs

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel: U.S. Didn't Help

    Israel denied a newspaper report that the CIA helped Israel track down a smuggled arms shipment. "This operation was purely blue and white," said a spokeswoman for the Israeli military, referring to the colors of Israel's flag. Citing unnamed U.S....

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  • Waiter, Hold the Knishes

    By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They're vanquishing the Viennese table, banning the bars, and even putting the kibosh on fancy kugels in Borough Park and other fervently Orthodox neighborhoods, where weddings have become extravagant -- and very, very expensive -- affairs.

    A group of 27 influential Charedi rabbis...

  • A Different Standard

    By Julie G Fax

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Ask Mimi Feigelson a simple question, you don't get a simple answer.

    "So how do you like L.A.?" I ask, as we sit down for coffee and pastries at a Pico-Robertson cafe, thinking this is just the warm-up for the real questions.

    But for Feigelson, a visiting lecturer in rabbinics...

  • High Time

    By Diane Arieff

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    For the past three years, in meetings that often go toward midnight, a handful of local parents, educators and community leaders have been coming together to plan Los Angeles' next non-Orthodox Jewish high school.

    Now it has come to pass. Late last month, the Core Group, as the...

  • Your Letters

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Addiction Conference

    Hello, my name is successful professional, social activist, community leader, major UJF donor and Jewish alcoholic ("Dirty Little Secret," Oct. 12).

    Last week I attended The Jewish Federation's Addiction Conference. This week I arranged to enter a 30-day...

  • A Historic Change

    By Toby Axelrod

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    History is in the making this fall in Germany with the opening of three new Jewish schools for adults.

    Two are rabbinical programs -- Germany's first since World War II ended -- and the third is the country's first Jewish higher education program for women.

    Three rabbinical...

  • Reform Leader Angers Orthodox

    By Julie Wiener

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    U.S. Orthodox Jewish leaders are outraged by an Israeli Reform leader's comments drawing comparisons between fervently Orthodox Jews and the Islamic fundamentalists who attacked the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

    But Rabbi Uri Regev, the outspoken director of the Israel Religious...

  • An End to Denial

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Borough Park section of Brooklyn is one of America's most visibly Jewish neighborhoods.

    On several residential blocks of one- and two-family brick homes, almost every front door has a mezuzah. Modestly dressed women push strollers, while girls in dresses and boys in tzitzit and...

  • Ask Moses and You Shall Receive

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    According to the Rabbi Chaim Cunin, director of AskMoses.com, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson anticipated the Internet and the role it would play in our everyday lives as far back as the late 1970s. But it was not until 1998, when Chabad Lubavitch supporter Yuri...

  • Our Moment of Truth

    By David Suissa

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The Orthodox community should take advantage of the firestorm created by Rabbi David Wolpe's Exodus sermon to make its own compelling case. What we need right now is more light, not more heat. I'd love to see us share that light.

    We can start by reminding the world, for instance,...

  • Hollywood Mitzvahs

    By Mike Levy

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When one person helps another person, it's a mitzvah. When 1,500 people from 30 different organizations join together to help out in over 50 volunteering projects, it's Temple Israel of Hollywood's (TIOH) Mitzvah Day.

    The April 29 event attracted volunteers of all ages from both...

  • Exploring Faith’s Price

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "Love and Liberation: When the Jews Tore Down the Ghetto Walls" by Ralph David Fertig (Writers Club Press, $17.95)

    On Jan. 9, 1807, Prince Jerome of Prussia decreed that the fortifications of the ancient city of Breslau could be destroyed. After 540 years of isolation, the Jews of...

  • Ten Commandments for Modern Orthodoxy

    By Moshe Kaveh

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    While many Orthodox Jews these days are discussing what must be done to make tradition more "relevant," I believe the far more important challenge is to make tradition more valuable, more directly beneficial to individual Jews as well as the larger social order.

    Modern Orthodoxy...

  • From Baptist to Beshert

    By Judy Gruen

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the 1994 Northridge earthquake struck, Delores Gray had an unusual response. Gray, an African American ordained minister and sales representative for Continental Airlines, took one look at the shambles the temblor had made of her Van Nuys condominium -- the furniture overturned...

  • Acts of Vengeance

    By Eric Silver

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Twenty thousand mourners, seething with anger, followed the bodies of Binyamin and Talia Kahane through downtown Jerusalem to the Givat Shaul cemetery last Sunday night. Most of them were Orthodox yeshiva students, admirers of Meir Kahane, the assassinated founder of the Jewish...

  • The Next Battle

    By Jacob Neusner

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The next chapter in the struggle for normality in Judaism on the part of gay men and lesbians will take place within Conservative Judaism over admission to rabbinical school.



    Conservative Judaism defines the final battlefield for full equality because it forms the vital center of...

  • Signs of Love

    By Susan Josephs

    November 2, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    Esther has been dreaming about Jake for four years. So when he finally asked her out, she did not hesitate to say yes. It no longer mattered that he lived in Miami and did not lead an Orthodox Jewish life. Though she hated to think of leaving New York City and wanted to make sure...

  • Letters to the Editor

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Orthodox Numbers

    As a sociologist of American Jews, I read the three articles ("Setting the Record Straight," "Flawed Methodology" and "Standing by the Data," Sept. 15) with great interest. Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein, along with Anthony Gordon and Richard M. Horowitz, raised important...

  • Spreading the Word

    By Julie Wiener

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Shirley Kotler of Los Angeles said her commitment to day schools stems from her interest in "perpetuating Judaism."

    "I'm frightened about assimilation," said Kotler, who funds the modern Orthodox Shalhevet school, which her grandchildren attend, and created an endowed faculty position...

  • Flawed Methodology

    By Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    No one seems to believe what Pini Herman does. While all observers - particularly outside of the Orthodox community - take for granted the phenomenal growth of the Orthodox, he continues to stand behind the seriously flawed methods he used in the Los Angeles Jewish Population Survey...

  • Expressing Holiness

    By Julie G Fax

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    What does it take to bring together The Juilliard School and Bais Chana, a high school for Orthodox girls?Answer: a summer conservatory for teenagers, where the art is Juilliard-level professional, and the Judaism is black-hat frum (Orthodox).

    Bais Miriam, named for the...

  • Kosher Catering

    By Tom Tugend

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The enthusiasm that greeted the nomination of Sen. Joseph Lieberman as the Demo-cratic vice-presidential candidate was fully shared by Errol Fine.

    Fine is the owner of Pat's Restaurant in West Los Angeles, one of the city's premier kosher establishments, which catered a number of...

  • Educational Experience

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    By the time Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) ends his campaign for vice president, the American public will be well educated in the practice of Judaism.

    It's been only a week and a half since Vice President Gore selected his Orthodox Jewish running mate, but newspapers, wire services,...

  • Best & Worst of Times

    By Julie G Fax

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's been a month of extremes for the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) on the West Coast. As the Orthodox youth group basks in the joy of moving into its own building, it is also reeling from the shock of a scandal involving an East Coast regional director allegedly...

  • Valley of Dreams

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On this Friday morning, Norm Katz, Bunny Schwartz and a guy named Joel are squeezed together like early hour commuters in a crowded subway. They're discussing the role of men and women in traditional Judaism, between the cash register and the reduced baked goods rack -- a space of...
  • Conversion Controversy

    By Naomi Segal

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Reform and Conservative leaders in Israel had hoped Israel's Supreme Court would resolve a years-long struggle for recognition in Israel.

    Instead, the court on Tuesday heard only two hours of arguments in the bitterly disputed question of whether the state should recognize...

  • Condemning the Vote

    By Julie Wiener

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's bad for Jewish unity, but not as bad as the decision to recognize the children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers as Jews.

    That's how Orthodox and Conservative rabbis are viewing the Reform movement's recent decision last week to affirm the right of its rabbis to officiate...

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