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  • Tommywood - Crystal Clear

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Billy Crystal has something he wants to share with you.

    Crystal has had a diverse and varied career, with plenty of ups and downs, as a stand-up comic, a TV performer and a movie actor. On the one hand, he starred in "When Harry Met Sally," a movie that convinced many non-Jewish...

  • Half a Century on Reform’s Frontlines

    By Julie G Fax

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When the Reform movement published its new "Mishkan T'filah" last November, the prayer book looked comfortably familiar to Reform rabbinic students in Los Angeles. It was clear to them that a homemade siddur they had created for their own use had influenced the first official prayer...

  • Book Details Hitler’s Knowledge of Shoah

    By Toby Axelrod

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Hitler knew in detail about the attempted extermination of the Jews. That's according to "Das Buch Hitler" -- "The Hitler Book" -- a newly published German translation of a work written in Russian for Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1949.

    Though few have really doubted that...

  • ‘A Day Apart’—Together

    By Julie G Fax

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Keeping its commitment to promoting "homemade Judaism," The Shalom Hartmann Institute has published "A Day Apart, Shabbat at Home" ($24.95), a step-by-step guidebook containing everything from helpful hints to spiritual reflections on how to make Shabbat meaningful.

    Noam Sachs...

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  • American Identity

    By Howard Kaplan

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "A Jew in America: My Life and a People's Struggle for Identity" by Arthur Hertzberg (HarperSanFrancisco, $29.95).



    Pride in American Jewish life, from the ivory towers to the country club greens, has centered on "Making It," as longtime Commentary Editor-in-Chief Norman Podhoretz...

  • No ‘Place’ Like Israel

    By Rabbi Jack Riemer

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "If a Place Can Make You Cry: Dispatches From an Anxious State" by Daniel Gordis (Crown Publishing, $24).

    In the summer of 1998, Daniel Gordis and his family moved from Los Angeles to Israel. It was supposed to be just for a sabbatical. But after being there for a while, the...

  • Physician, Heal The Soul

    By Mike Levy

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Physicians played a significant role in the Holocaust, and today's doctors can learn from the ethical failures of that period, according to an article recently published by Dr. Joel Geiderman, co-chair of the emergency department (ED) of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

    "I've always...

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