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  • 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...

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  • 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...
  • Bringing Liberal and Orthodox Jews Together

    By Rabbi Richard N. Levy

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "We All Stood at Sinai" Above, an aerial view of the area believed to be Mount Sinai. From"The Synagogue," Phaidon, 1995. A few weeks ago, the heads of the three major rabbinical organizations in North America met for conversation at Congregation Mogen David in West Los Angeles. For...
  • The Apartment

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Chaim Rubin of Congregation Etz Chaim of Hancock Park is not contemplating civil disobedience, but he is dismayed, and the morale of his congregants is at an all-time low.

    He recently received word that his Orthodox shtiebl may be evicted from the mansion it has been occupying...

  • Power Play

    By Ruth Stroud

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    After Shabbat services at a Conservative temple recently, one Los Angeles fund-raiser for the Jewish Federation Council was confronted by an angry congregant who has long been a generous donor to Israel.

    "They're letting the Orthodox dictate," said the man, who, with his wife,...

  • Will the Real Orthodox Please Stand Up?

    By Rabbi Avi Shafran

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The fracas this past Shavuot at the Western Wall, in which a group of Conservative worshippers became the target of epithets and projectiles cast by a group of out-of-control Orthodox Jews, prompted a number of non-Orthodox leaders to hurl some words of their own.

    Rabbi Arthur Waskow,...

  • Orthodox Voices

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    From the day the first Reform temple opened, in 1810, Orthodoxy has not had one definitive, consistent response to heterodoxy. Sharp condemnation and angry rhetoric often punctuated with plaintive requests that the reformers reconsider their mistaken ways and
  • A House Divided

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My grandparents were Orthodox Jews. They arrived on these shores shortly before the onset of the first world war and had four children, two sons and two daughters. Two of the children were artist-intellectuals, somewhat on the bohemian side (a musician and an artist) and quite...
  • Class Acts

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "I definitely stand out," says Bina Hager, 17, of Hancock Park.

    And it's not just because the YULA senior is a strapping 5-foot-10 tall. Consider, for example, the cubist self-portrait that hangs upon her bedroom wall. Or the wildly colored abstract paintings, all Hager originals. Or...

  • Young and Independent

    By William Yelles

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Notes from a visit with a senior class: After seeing friends and peers smoking marijuana and using other drugs , students at Shalhevet High School didn't wait for their parents or teachers to educate them about the harmful effects of narcotics. Instead, they undertook the challenge...
  • Orthodox Women Rabbis

    By Alexandra Leichter

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The time has come to educate women and give them the titular and legal authority to right that which has gone so terribly wrong in the Orthodox world

    The furor raised in Orthodox circles by 27-year-old Haviva Ner-David, who is studying in Israel to become the world's first Orthodox...

  • UP FRONT

    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Question: What do you get when you cross Hollywood, the Holocaust and Jewish communal fund-raising? Answer: Something exactly like last Wednesday night's Simon Wiesenthal National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    It was a deliriously effulgent affair, a symbol of the...

  • A Conversation with Novelist Josh Henkin

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Josh Henkin will read from his new book, "Swimming Across the Hudson," Mon., May 12, 7 p.m. at Dutton's on San Vivente. Josh Henkin's paternal grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi who lived in the United States for 50 years without ever learning to speak English. Still, the author...
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