Torah: parah aduma, which is the ritual of purifying a person who has come into contact with a dead body. During the ritual of parah aduma, the Kohen slaughters a red cow that has never born a yoke and then burns the carcass along with cedar, hyssop and a crimson substance until it has been reduced to ashes. The ashes are then mixed with water and sprinkled on the person who has come in contact with death, thus rendering him pure.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger doesn't know it, but his recent gesture to reverse planned cuts for the disabled was the greatest memorial tribute to my brother, Danny. This week, we observed Danny's shloshim, the traditional 30 days after the death of a loved one.
Josh Schwartz doesn't sleep much on Tuesday nights anymore.
That's the night his new show, "The O.C.," airs on FOX, and the weekly insomnia awaiting the public's response has become an occupational hazard ever since.
Over coffee early one morning, Schwartz, the 27-year-old who's being touted as the youngest person ever to create his own television network drama, discussed his recent starburst since the show debuted in August. "We're starting to settle now," he said, looking disheveled by design in vintage green T-shirt, powder blue cords and sneakers.