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  • Keeping the SAT Drama to a Minimum

    By Julie Brown

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As if getting myself into college hadn't been difficult enough, now I'm embarking on the adventure of navigating my son through the process. I call it an "adventure," because it truly is nothing less -- a roller-coaster ride fraught with sudden turns, unexpected pitfalls,...

  • Where Streets Were Paved With Sorrow

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas" by Isabel Vincent (William Morrow, $25.95).

    Memory is a central concept in Judaism. When someone dies, we say that he or she lives on in how he or she is remembered by others....

  • Moses and King

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This past week, we observed the birthday of a great leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was able to move his people from seeing and believing his great vision to acting, responding and persevering in the face of violent opposition. In this way, King was like Moses in this week's...

  • Two Dark Tales Illuminated at Sundance

    By Robert David Jaffee

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Martin Scorsese has famously influenced a whole generation of American filmmakers, from Abel Ferrara and Quentin Tarantino to Rob Weiss and Nick Gomez. But his influence is not limited to filmmakers in this country.

    One who has channeled the Gotham-based auteur, albeit...

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  • Our first annual big list o’ mensches

    By Photographs by Kevin Scanlon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    To its detractors, Los Angeles seems very much like a modern-day Sodom or Gomorrah -- besotting civilization with a trash culture of celebrity murder trials, reality TV and movies that trade on violence and superficiality. Even to Angelenos, the city can be trying and...

  • U.S. Studios Court Israeli Programmers

    By  Orit Arfa

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Danna Stern, head of acquisitions at YES, Israel's only television satellite company, was surprised to see that Mark Burnett, reality TV guru and producer of hit shows like "Survivor" and "The Apprentice," had only one framed press clipping in his office: a feature on him that had...

  • Out of the Shadows

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    It is the middle of the night. I hear a strange sound in the living room.

    Heart pounding, I get out of bed, grope awkwardly through darkness for the light switch ... push up ... nothing happens. I try another switch. No light. I feel desperately alone. My surroundings remain one...

  • Tommywood - Tale Still Compelling

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Forty years ago this Oct. 15, Houghton Mifflin published "The Painted Bird" by Jerzy Kosinski. The book was immediately acclaimed as a must-read text on the Holocaust and the nature of human cruelty.

    In the years leading up to and following Kosinski's 1991 suicide, his reputation...

  • Chemistry and the Torah: The Limits of Understanding

    By Alison Silver

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    As teenagers living in America, we are often encouraged to take advantage of our natural capacity to question. Throughout a regular school day, I've heard that the average student asks 25 questions, which is 125 questions a week and 4,500 questions in a school year. It is...

  • Tax Cuts Bring Shameful Silence

    By James D. Besser

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Listen, we're broke. Let's face it," said Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) last week, according to the Washington Post. Boehner, the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, spoke as congressional Republicans haggled over big spending cuts for critical health and...

  • Wiesenthal Larger Than Life on Screen

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Simon Wiesenthal, whose dogged persistence led to the capture of approximately 1,100 accused Nazi war criminals, was the quintessential larger-than-life figure filmmakers crave. While there were some less-than-distinguished films made about him over the years, they were outweighed by...

  • Happy Non-Anniversary

    By Michael Rose

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I know that I was angry at L. I remember feeling frustrated and sad, not so much over L., but about the life we had envisioned, that I had started to view as a reality. I found myself mourning the losses that never were -- theoretical, suppositional losses -- the honeymoon we would...

  • A Historic Event

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It was a remarkable sight: the president of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan sitting on a New York dais alongside leaders of the American Jewish community and Israel's ambassador to the United Nations -- while eating a kosher dinner beneath a blue-and-white banner reading: "Council...

  • 525,600 Minutes

    By Wendy Jaffe

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was sitting in the AMC theater in Woodland Hills, a captive of a dull series of pre-movie advertisements, when I started to think about my next column. I considered writing about fasting (argue that a tall Starbucks latte might be an acceptable fasting exception, compared to a...

  • Never Been Mugged

    By Helen Schary Motro

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This piece was excerpted from the writer's "Maneuvering Between the Headlines: An American Lives Through the Intifada" (Other Press, 2005).

    Over time I have learned to drive to a few locations in Jerusalem, but I am never sure when I start out if I indeed will reach my destination...

  • Goodbye Morag

    By Yaakov Katz

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    This tiny settlement near the shores of the Mediterranean, in its last days of existence, has been torn into unhappy -- and often angry -- factions this week as Israeli security forces loitered around its sandy streets, together with hundreds of activists.

    The soldiers are here to...

  • Ambassador for a Year

    By Amy Klein

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Eytan Schwartz is the ambassador to Israel. He's not the real ambassador, of course, not this 31-year-old whose spiky black hair nestles hip aviator sunglasses, and whose purple oxford is untucked over trendy deep blue jeans with snaps and pockets in all the right places.

    Sure,...

  • ‘Monster’ Maven Tames Wild Homes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Set decorator Jarri Schwartz roars up to an interview in a black Ford Expedition emblazoned with Discovery Channel's "Monster House" logo and magenta flames shooting over the hood. At 2 p.m., she's already blazed her own trail across Los Angeles, where she drives 100 miles per day...

  • Mensch Seeks Shayna Maideleh

    By Dina Kraft

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The search is on for "a nice Jewish boy" -- and no, this time it's not your mother who's looking.

    A team of scouts is scouring the Diaspora for the ideal single Jewish man for a new Israeli reality television show. Once selected, the bachelor, who according to producers preferably...

  • A Numbers Game

    By Dan Jacobs

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A few months ago, I scribbled out a Web site, bought a camera, hired a director, raised $42,000 and embarked on a journey across

    the United States.

    "I'm looking for true love," I told my father, "even if she's husking corn in Iowa."

    In three weeks on the road, I dated a radio...

  • Insta-Love

    By Elizabeth Much

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It happened so quickly I couldn't believe it. After a seemingly endless period of F & L's (first and last dates, as I fondly call them), I met him.

    When I walked into my favorite vegetarian restaurant I was relieved I'd decided to forgo my usual dazzling sweatpants/no makeup look....

  • Cancer Fight Ties in With Holiday Liturgy

    By Zvi Volk

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The introspection involved in the High Holidays always makes them poignant. Last year, though, they were almost unbearably so for my family.

    Six weeks before, on Tisha B'Av, a doctor recommended that instead of going to the Western Wall as we usually do, we should rush our daughter,...

  • Frum Frenzy

    By Anna Schneider-Mayerson

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Visitors trolling for casual sex on Craigslist.org last week were left scratching their heads over an unfamiliar reference that has surfaced in a flurry of recent postings.

    "I keep seeing this term 'Frum.' Can somebody please clue me into what the hell that is?" wrote Jeff, a...

  • Bar Mitzvah Cheer—Without Cheerleaders

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We were halfway through my older son's bar mitzvah year, and I'd been stumbling through an emotional landscape littered with caterers' proposals, reception hall bills and unanswered e-mails from my wife demanding that I "please, please call the band and ask them if they are available...

  • The Kid Still Stays in the Picture

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Tommywood was expecting a Hollywood moment. Publicity guru extraordinaire Michael Levine had arranged for me to meet legendary Producer Robert Evans at his longtime lair, Woodland, the former home of Greta Garbo. I turned north of Sunset Boulevard and, like William Holden, wondered...

  • Your Letters

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 'Control'

    While [Hassan] Ibrahim and [Jahane] Noujaim may be nice fellows to chat with, they are only willing to see the trees but ignore the whole forest ("In 'Control,'" June 18). By showing the suffering of Arabs caused as a result of United States or Israeli war on terrorism,...

  • Pullman Stars on the Drive Home

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Jason Pullman worked at a country radio station in St. Louis, he used a different name and kept his Judaism on the down low.

    "Not that I wasn't proud of it, but I just let it go," said the 31-year-old disc jockey. "People in country music are different, a little more...

  • Reality Doesn’t Bite

    By Leora Alhadeff

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Even though 20 million people saw Adam Mesh take the walk of shame and ride the lonely bus home on the final episode of the first season of "Average Joe, " post reality show breakup, Mesh seems to be picking up the pieces very well.

    Now he's turning the tables: The 28-year-old Jewish...

  • Missing Family

    By Jonathan Udren

    February 26, 2004 | 7:01 pm

    My weekly phone call with my parents brought some sad news recently. "We're going to have to move G.M. to a different nursing home," my mother said to me of my grandmother. "They just don't have the facilities to take care of someone with her level of dementia."

    I knew my...

  • Gibson Film Doesn’t Star Anti-Semitism

    By David Klinghoffer

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Before saying what is wrong and what is right with Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," let's get out of the way the question that is on everyone's mind. Now that the film has opened, it will become clear to regular moviegoers who have heard of the controversy -- furiously...

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