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  • View from the Back

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 24, 2013 | 8:00 am

    When you attend a bar or bat mitzvah service, you might sit somewhere in the middle of the sanctuary. Or, maybe you sit closer to the front. Regardless, chances are you’re hoping to get a seat that allows you to take in all the action. Chances are, most of the time you think you’re...

  • Taking a stand. Together.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 8, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    The Israeli Apartheid week is now at its peak. I write this sentence, and something about these words being put together simply doesn’t fit.

    “Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of university lectures and rallies held in February or March.” According to the organization...

  • Using Travel and the Seasons to Gain Perspective

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 1, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    The seasons go round and round sometimes without notice, but I like to pay attention.

    The Labor Day holiday reminds us that summer has almost ended and the school year will soon begin. This year my contemplation of beginnings and endings includes my Aunt Iris’s passing and...

  • Once in a lifetime

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 31, 2008 | 3:19 pm

    I don't know about you, but I've had it up to here with once-in-a-lifetime events.

    Katrina was once in a lifetime. The 2004 tsunami was once in a lifetime. This past year's wildfires were the worst blazes in living memory. Every other month seems to bring an epic rain or snow that is...

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  • ‘Hakuna Matata’ meets tikkun olam

    July 31, 2008 | 1:26 am

    On Jan. 3, 2007 I accompanied my family to what I thought would be a normal dinner at a delicious Mexican restaurant. I was wrong.

    That was the night I found out that I would have to leave all of my friends and go away for six and a half months, spending about two months each in...

  • The Power of Memory

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Memory is a multibillion-dollar enterprise these days. I am personally on my fourth PDA and angling for a fifth even sleeker, more efficient model. Reminder cards and scheduler programs abound. Capitalizing on human frailty, the memory industry offers compensation.

    For in a world...

  • Two YULA Students Picked as Scholars

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Having a conversation with Yeshiva University of Los Angeles (YULA) students Debra Glasberg and Tzvi Smith is like chatting with two political experts being interviewed on CNN. These two high school students are among the five Jewish teens chosen for the exclusive Sen. Joseph...