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  • Christmas a time for tikkun olam

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    January 3, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    While some teenagers hit the slopes or the beach over their winter break, dozens of high-schoolers from across the continent recalled the Jewish value of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and traveled to Los Angeles to perform volunteer work instead.

    From Dec. 22 to 27, more than...

  • Without shelter on Pico

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 11:49 am

    It’s a Wednesday in September. Brad Baker stands in front of Elat Market on Pico Boulevard, holding out his baseball cap. People exit the supermarket, pushing shopping carts and carrying bags with groceries. Some look at Baker. Some don’t. For Baker, this is just another day. 

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  • Frenemies?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 22, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    First, I would like to point out that what I’m about to write is something I never thought I would even think: a new Facebook campaign changed my perspective on mankind.

    Well, maybe not on mankind, but my perspective on several matters of my life has changed entirely, thanks to a...

  • We have sunk so low as human beings. Wish I could start my own society!

    By Julia Bendis

    July 20, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    As I walked my dog around the neighborhood last night, in deep suburbia of Orange County, I was completely caught off guard when a man said “Hello!”  I am not sure how it is in other suburban areas of this country, but around mine its a pretty uncommon thing to hear.  It was such...

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  • New book tries to keep Orthodox, well, Orthodox

    By  Orit Arfa

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm


     
    "Off the Derech: Why Observant Jews Leave Judaism; How to Respond to the Challenge," by Faranak Margolese (Devora, 2005).
     
    Several years ago, I received an online questionnaire asking things like: "If you had to attribute your not being observant to one thing, what would it...