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  • Who you calling rebbetzin, why you dissing Palin, what college anti-Semitism?

    September 17, 2008 | 11:31 pm

    The Rabbi's Spouse

    In her recent story, Danielle Berrin contemplates the role of the clergy's spouse ("Who You Calling Rebbetzin?" Sept. 12).

    It seems that one of the downsides is being misunderstood.  
    I repeatedly emphasized to Danielle that my voluntary role in our...
  • How I returned

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2008 | 2:25 am

    In the fall of 1989, I took a class on Chasidic thought with a Chabad rabbi. We met in a room in the annex of Congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I wanted to learn about Judaism, but I hated going to synagogue services. They bored me. So I took classes, learned Hebrew, even...
  • They also serve:  Rabbis’ spouses prove as diverse as roles they fill

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:15 am

    Just before the High Holy Days last year, I was sitting in synagogue when I was struck by the star power of its rabbi. When he spoke, everyone listened, transfixed, as if the words he offered were revelations -- inspiring, challenging and healing all at the same time.

    At the end of...

  • The Rabbis Schuldenfrei: ‘It’s about sharing’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:10 am

    The Rabbis Schuldenfrei arrived for lunch on their day off.

    It was a sunny afternoon in late February, and the young couple out-glowed the sunshine of Manhattan Beach. They strolled closely together, holding hands and laughing, acting as if they shared a secret the rest of us might...

  • Bruce Ellman: ‘Her work is so meaningful’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:06 am

    "Any public figure has to deal with being exposed in all parts of their life," Bruce Ellman said, to explain why he felt nervous talking about his marriage to Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh, who is beginning her 13th year as associate rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood, a...
  • Peni Bouskila: ‘I feel I belong, so I’m happy to help’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:01 am

    On their first date, Peni Bouskila's future husband leaned in to kiss her, and she was shocked. "I can't kiss you!" she exclaimed. "You're going to be a rabbi!" Having grown up in a traditional religious community, kissing wasn't exactly on par with separate seating, but she and...
  • Rachel Bookstein: ‘We work better together’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:56 am

    Working on a college campus, Rachel Bookstein is constantly talking to students about sex. She has very strong opinions about it -- as does her husband of 11 years. A self-declared "Torah-observant feminist," Bookstein found the place where she thinks Judaism and feminism meet in the...
  • Marjorie Pressman: ‘I created my own role’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:51 am

    Like an elegant first lady, Marjorie Pressman knows how to dress for an interview.

    She chooses a baby-blue cardigan set crowned with opal buttons, double-strand pearls and a dash of iridescent eye shadow. In her mid-80s, she retains a youthful glow as she sits in her living room...

  • David Light: ‘It’s a tricky balancing act’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 1:45 am

    It's Friday night at IKAR, and David Light can't pray.

    On this hot and sticky Shabbat, a few hundred people pack the Westside Jewish Community Center auditorium, davening with fierce intensity to the deep patter of drumbeats. Light sits in the second row, watching his wife, Rabbi...