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  • Meet My God

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 31, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Throughout life, we redefine love.  We struggle with love as we age from childhood, through the rebellious teenage years, to when we graduate school, to when we seek a family of our own, to when a child enters our lives, to when we lose a parent or experience significant loss, to...

  • Detained in Cairo

    December 19, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    I had been abused and beaten and had my camera confiscated all in the confines of the cabinet building, the headquarters of Egypt’s nascent democracy. Now, for the better part of an hour, I was languishing in a makeshift holding pen somewhere at the entrance of the building.

    A...

  • Oral histories from 1948 tell firsthand stories of Israel’s founding

    May 3, 2011 | 3:36 pm

    Ruth Farhi’s eyes cloud with tears and her gaze turns from the camera recording her story as she tells of a memorable January night in 1948 that haunts her to this day.

    She and a bunch of friends were crammed into her one-room rooftop apartment, sitting at the same upright piano...

  • Abnormal Normality Rules

    By Tom Tugend

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My concerned daughter in Los Angeles called me in Israel last weekend, shortly before my trip back home after a vacation there. I told her, truthfully, that I had just enjoyed the most idyllic and peaceful weeks of my long life.

    Come again? Didn't I know that there was a war on,...

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  • Far From Home

    By Amy Klein

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Amotz Zakai is vice president of production and manager at Echo Lake Productions, an independent film company that has produced films like "Tsotsi" and "Water." Needless to say, Zakai is very busy right now.

    But when the 33-year-old Israeli American dual citizen heard about the...

  • I’ve Got a Secret

    By Judy Gruen

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I thought I had struck social gossip gold when my friend Paula let slip a delicious bit of intelligence straight into my eager ears. Paula and I were participating in a real-time, interactive social dialogue -- meaning, we were on the phone -- trying to schedule a lunch date. This...

  • An Unexpected Love

    By Marc Ballon

    June 29, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    When I joined The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles in late 2002 after 3 1/2 tumultuous years at the Los Angeles Times, I expected to stay at the paper a maximum of six months. My plan was to use The Journal as a safe haven while I hunted for a prestige magazine gig. After all, I...

  • It’s Personal, It’s Family and It’s Me

    By Julie G Fax

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What was most surprising about the e-mail I got just a few months ago is that it came three years after the story ran.

    When the story I wrote on addictions -- particularly, sex addiction -- was first published in March 2003, the response was immediate and strong.

    Some people...

  • Publishing Perils

    By Yehuda Lev

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Say what you will about journalism as a profession, you are never unemployed. Instead, you are "between assignments," a condition I found myself in during the early 1980s at the same time that The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles was preparing to launch its new Jewish...

  • Why I Am Who I Am

    By Amy Klein

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I began my career in journalism at The Jerusalem Post, then the only English-language newspaper in Israel. It wasn't a Jewish newspaper per se; more than covering "Jewish news," its mission was to cover Israel as a country, and that included arts, business, science and technology,...

  • Finding Tools That Give Life Meaning

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In the Louisiana where I grew up, the Monday ritual involved a pot of red beans simmering on the stove and a washing machine chugging in the laundry room. On one of those wash days, circa 1965, our washing machine overflowed.

    Hearing noises, I ran into the washroom to find my mother...

  • Buddha in Auschwitz

    By Perry Garfinkel

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It sounds like the set-up for a politically incorrect joke: Did you hear the one about the journalist who began his journey in the Buddha's

    footsteps in Poland?

    The Buddha ("the awakened one") never stepped foot west of what is now India. I was on assignment for National Geographic...

  • Leaving the Fold—Not the Family

    By Amy Klein

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My father doesn't believe in Father's Day.

    I mean he knows it exists, but he doesn't celebrate it because it's not a Jewish holiday.

    When my three siblings and I were growing up in Brooklyn, he wouldn't allow us to go to New Year's parties, because they celebrate the birth of JC, as...

  • Should Model Congress Trump Shabbat?

    By Alison Silver

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Being raised Orthodox in the United States, I am often aware that my peers and I do things differently than others: We go to shul on Saturday instead of to the mall, we go to private schools, we dress differently and we recognize that there is a higher being above us. But we do not...

  • Shoes Carry Life

    By Arielle Feit

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I walk along the cold, unforgiving ground.
    I try.
    I try to think of life.
    I see the bodies of life around me, but I can't feel it.
    I can't help it,
    I can only think of the bodies that lie where I stand.
    Faces come towards me.
    Unfamiliar faces of my sisters and brothers.
    Red, cold...

  • Letters

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Singles Solutions

    Your article on "A Single Problem" described my sitation as an intellgient single woman very accurately (Dec. 9). However, you only begin to touch upon the problem with Jewish men. In my experience, men say they would like a smart woman, but, in reality, do not. I...

  • Letters

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith Dialogue

    As Rabbi Harold Schulweis wrote ("Interfaith Dialogue Can Bring Change," Nov. 25), interfaith dialogue is indispensable for countering mainline Christian divest-from-Israel campaigns. But dialogue alone simply has not and cannot turn the tide, much as we wish it...

  • The Man Behind the JDL

    By Tom Tugend

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the FBI's dossier he is listed as Irving David Rubin, 56, a self-described conservative Republican, Air Force veteran, married for 21 years and the father of two children.

    To everyone else he is Irv Rubin, chairman of the Jewish Defense League, an acute embarrassment to most...