The historical foundations of Chanukah are well documented, in the Apocrypha's First and Second Books of the Maccabees and "The Jewish War" and "Jewish Antiquities," written by the Jewish historian, Josephus, in the first century of the common era. As these sources relate, in the...
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November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm
Sadie Scheiner, 102, matriarch of a family of pioneer Orthodox Jewish community leaders and ardent Zionists in her native St. Louis and later in Los Angeles, died peacefully on Oct. 22. She was the last surviving child of the Talmudist HaRav Levi Friedberg (nee Melamud), an early...
September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Did you hear the one about the rabbi, the priest, the minister, the union and the hotel? It's no joke.
As workers at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel decide whether or not to organize in a union, more than 300 clergy members signed an open letter to Loews Hotels CEO Jonathan Tisch,...
August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Three Rabbis were talking over a regular Sunday morning breakfast get-together.
Rabbi Ginsberg said, "We have such a problem with mice at our shul. The shammos sets all kinds of baited traps but they keep coming back. Do either of you learned men know how I can get rid of these...
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As Jewish couples contemplate "setting their date," it might help them to know the times of the year or specific days that the local rabbis will not be able to perform the ceremony -- and even the time of year that Jewish tradition has considered most favorable.
There are two kinds...
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April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Jewish leaders in the United States and in Israel are encouraging an openness to what they describe as a "new Germany," a place they say is truly atoning for its past. At the very least, they argue, it deserves the support of the American Jewish community because of its strong...
April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Pack up your Passover dishes for good. The Exodus, according to some modern university scholars and liberal rabbis, never really happened. That's what the Los Angeles Times told us in great detail last week in a long article published at the end of the holiday. But the piece, while...
March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm
If the New Economy has let you down and the Old Economy holds no charms, there may be a career opportunity for you in the Shul Economy.
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the seminary that trains men and women for professions in Reform synagogues and other...
March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm
In the face of widespread popular Jewish acceptance of intermarriage and a sense that the Jewish community's leaders have given up any effort to oppose it, a group of 25 Jewish rabbis, intellectuals, lay leaders and communal affairs professionals is galvanizing to fight for change....
May 25, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Ten years ago, Tracee Rosen was a banker. Rick Flom was practicing law, and Carla Howard was making documentary videos. Amy Bolton was studying neuropsychology at Haverford College. John Crites-Borak wasn't Jewish. Mark Borovitz had just completed his parole.
Last Tuesday, they all...
August 19, 1999 | 8:00 pmAn estimated 1,000 people gathered at the Unity Rally held Sunday, Aug. 15, at Cal State Northridge. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles, the Southern California Board of Rabbis and the Anti-Defamation League, the rally brought together national, state and local officials to honor the heroes and victims of last week's shooting rampage in Granada Hills.
June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pmThis month sees the official retirement of a Valley legend. Rabbi Eli Schochet of Shomrei Torah will step down after nearly 40 years at the pulpit. Still available for "life-cycle events," the synagogue's new rabbi emeritus will be essentially withdrawing from his very public...
June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pmThe Reform movement's much-anticipated "Statement of Principles" may rival the Torah for most carefully scrutinized text in Jewish history.
The two-page statement, which seeks to spell out just exactly what Reform Judaism is about, was discussed for close to two years, underwent six...
June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pmLos Angeles' Reform rabbis returned to their pulpits from last week's Central Conference of American Rabbis convention in Pittsburgh, some of them delighted with the Statement of Principles, some of them disappointed, but all of them primed to revisit the definition of their...
August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm
City of Angels
This invocation was delivered by Rabbi Bradley S. Artson, the new executive vice president of the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, at the Los Angeles City Council on August 4.
"Jacob's Vision,"18th century Italian engraving....
August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Left to right, Rabbis Abner Weiss, Lawrence Goldmark and Aaron Kriegel. Below, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin located on Witten berg Platz, outside the entrance to a subway, across the street from Berlin's largest department store. Photos by Toby Axelrod
July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pmIt sounds almost like the start of a joke, a crafty scenario waiting for a punch line: a roomful of rabbis, forced to sit for hours, listening to each other's High Holiday sermons.
But for the 100 or so clergy members gathered at the lush hilltop campus of Stephen S. Wise Temple last...
November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm
On a chilly autumn morning in late October, in a rooftop sukkahatop New York's Abraham Joshua Heschel School, a small group ofrabbis, Hebrew teachers and millionaire investors joined hands tomark what their leader called a "defining point in American Jewishphilanthropy": an $18...
July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pmAfter Shabbat services at a Conservative temple recently, one Los Angeles fund-raiser for the Jewish Federation Council was confronted by an angry congregant who has long been a generous donor to Israel.
"They're letting the Orthodox dictate," said the man, who, with his wife,...
June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pmConverts to Judaism can now find each other -- and counsel from several rabbis -- on line.
On America Online, for example, there are currently 489 postings in a "Jews by Choice" area. Just click on keyword "Jewish" to get to the Jewish area called Jewish Community Online. There, click...
May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm
The time has come to educate women and give them the titular and legal authority to right that which has gone so terribly wrong in the Orthodox world
The furor raised in Orthodox circles by 27-year-old Haviva Ner-David, who is studying in Israel to become the world's first Orthodox...