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  • The classic Szyk haggadah becomes a modern masterpiece of the digital age

    By Tom Tugend

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There's a 1,000-year-old haggadah, there's an Internet haggadah, and now there is a new $15,000 Arthur Szyk Haggadah.

    Szyk (pronounced Shick) was a Jew, a Pole, an American, and always an artist, whose brilliant paintings and cartoons could give new life to ancient traditions or...

  • 300 ways to make it a multi-cultural seder

    By Amy Klein

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    In this silent video excerpt from the book/dvd/cd combo '300 Ways to Ask the Four Questions' Marla Berkowitz explains new signs for Matzoh and Passover and then asks the Four Questions in American Sign Language (ASL).


    Fu san ede a neti disi de difrenti fu tra neti?

    That means, "Why...

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of beautiful language

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For most of his 92 years, artist Sam Fink has been obsessed with the pursuit of freedom and the beauty of language. Even though he is a painter, he calls language "the highest form of art, higher even than painting and music."

    But even Fink could not have predicted that these...

  • L.A. Times in turmoil: is it good for the Jews?

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Thinking about the mess at the Los Angeles Times, I can't help but raise the question we usually bring to matters great and small. How does it affect the Jews?

    The paper is going through hard times. The owner, Tribune Co., unhappy with the paper's substantial profits, ordered...
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  • Read All About It

    By Rob Eshman

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The very thought of editors of Jewish publications gathering in an Oxford manor house cries out for a Rodney Dangerfield punch line.

    Yarnton Manor was once a holding of the Spencer-Churchill family, as in Princess Diana and Sir Winston. Juxtapose its dark wood-paneled rooms and...

  • Singles - Guilt Trip for Two

    By Lisa Rosen

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    My parents have given me so much; it's now time to start giving back to them. I'm referring to guilt in this case. Specifically, guilt about not living up to one's potential, about not keeping up with the Joneses' children, about not providing ammunition for bragging rights over...

  • Ha’am Hits Stands, Again

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    UCLA's 32-year-old Jewish newsmagazine Ha'am has been struggling with growing pains over the past year. Last spring saw the release of their first print edition in five years, and the staff planned to make it a quarterly publication. That's still the goal, but their follow-up issue...

  • Artist Evokes Jewish Strength—Overtly

    By Rachel Zuckerman

    February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Five years ago, veteran comic book artist Joe Kubert visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He expected to be moved, but since he and his parents had escaped from Poland before the Nazi genocide began, he assumed his emotional reaction would be...

  • Objecting to Guardian’s Anti-Israel Bias

    By Julie Burchill

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As you might have heard, I'm leaving The Guardian next year for The Times, having finally been convinced that my evil populist philistinism has no place in a publication read by so many all-round, top-drawer plaster saints. (Well, that and the massive wad they've waved at me.)

    Once...

  • The Protocols Come to L.A.—in Russian

    By Si Frumkin

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" have come to Los Angeles. On its 100th anniversary, the vicious, primitive forgery has struck again, this time in a Russian-language tabloid circulated in the heavily Russian Jewish neighborhoods around West Hollywood.

    First published on August...

  • Censoring Mr. Spock

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Naked women covered in ... tallitot and tefillin? The black-and-white photographs in "Shekhina" (Umbrage Editions, $39.95) a new book by Leonard Nimoy -- a.k.a. "Star Trek's" Mr. Spock -- have ignited a debate in the Jewish community over art and censorship.

    The storm over "Shekhina"...

  • Local Victory

    By Julie G Fax

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The publication of the "Etz Hayim: Torah and Commentary" points to a significant achievement for the Los Angeles Jewish community. The Chumash is the first Torah and Haftarah commentary published by the Conservative movement.

    "The Conservative movement doesn't begin and end in New...

  • Haggadot 2000

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.

    It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...

  • New Year, New Changes

    By Rob Eshman

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Last week I was driving to a family celebration at Leisure World in Laguna Hills when I noticed something very odd about the weather: Fall was in the air.

    It's a subtle thing in Southern California, but those of us who have lived here long enough recognize the slight change in...

  • Haggadah

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.

    It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...

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