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  • Geneva Initiative Is Merely a Dream

    By Micah D. Halpern

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Geneva initiative is a dream. It's unrealistic; it's hoopla. I suppose people need diversions in their lives.

    That it was a private Israeli citizen and members of the opposition party who drafted the initiative is fine in my book. That's not a crime in Israel. There is no Logan...

  • Just the Facts

    By David A. Lehrer

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jews in America are more favorably regarded than Catholics, barely less well liked than Protestants and far more highly viewed than Evangelical Christians. Facts you are not likely to have read in the direct mail you receive from solicitors of contributions.

    It's time for Jews,...

  • A New Model for Jewish Identity

    By Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For countless American Jews, Jewish identity is shaped by the model of living as a minority immigrant group struggling to protect its heritage against assimilation. Contemporary research affirms this, tending to frame questions in terms of traditional Jewish behavior -- lighting...

  • A Mitzvah for Ayelet

    By Vered Kashani

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last year on the seventh of Av, my cousin, Ayelet, was traveling on bus No. 189 from B'nei B'rak to Emanuel with her 10-month-old twin daughters, her 2-year-old son and her mother. The bus came under terrorist attack killing nine and injuring 20. Her daughter, Sara Tiferet, and...

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  • The Uris Inspiration

    By Aviva Kempner

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was saddened to hear author Leon Uris died. I regret never having the opportunity to tell him how "Exodus" and "Mila 18" had inspired my Jewish identity and filmmaking career.

    Born in Berlin after World War II, I was the product of a war marriage between a Polish Holocaust survivor...

  • Simcha Stress and Bridal Blues

    By Elisa Albert

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever I tell someone about my impending nuptials, the reaction is the same. First come the whoops of joy and the chorus of "Mazel Tovs!"

    Then, invariably, the tone shifts. Faces fall.

    "How are you?" they ask, in much the same tone one might hear at a shiva call. "How are things...

  • Rebels and Leaders

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite Torah portions is the one that we will read this Shabbat. It reveals to us myriad recognizable human traits while transmitting to us some vital lessons.

    From this story, we see that some characteristics are bad while others are good; and, along the way, we observe...

  • Your Letters

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Holy Boundaries

    In discussing the ordination of homosexuals, [Rabbi] Debra Orenstein's essay ("Holy Boundaries," April 25) goes to the core of Conservative Judaism. As Orenstein notes, both the biblical and the post-biblical sources (until the late 20th century) are uniformly and...

  • Israel: Independence and Remembrance

    By Andrea Adelson

    May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Events remembering Israel's fallen soldiers, on May 6, and celebrating the nation's founding, officially May 7, include two local benefits to address gaping needs of Israelis.

    Yom Yisrael at Eilat will treat religious school students at Mission Viejo's Congregation Eilat to a...

  • Health Care Requires Resuscitation

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Eric Moore is frustrated. Within weeks after losing his computer consulting job, the 30-year-old UCLA graduate collapsed from a pulmonary embolism. He has since recovered, but faces a $14,000 hospital bill.

    Dr. Alexandra Levine is frustrated. The head of the USC-Norris Cancer Center...

  • Humanist Approach a Must in Medicine

    By Dr. Arnold P. Gold

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Medical practitioners today are faced with onerous economics and an increasingly depersonalized and technically complex health-care system. This reality presents serious challenges to practicing humanistic medicine. It is therefore especially important now to value and re-emphasize...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Having survived the eight days, you're back to breaking bread, but questions about the Passover holiday still linger. Jim Long claims to have the answers for all you questioners and nonbelievers. His new book "The Riddle of the Exodus" seeks to prove that the Passover...

  • Poverty in Israel

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The back cover of the April 7 Jerusalem Report magazine depicts an Israeli child trying to spell the word "poverty" on a blackboard.

    The child spells the word "p-o-v-e-r-t-i" and the ad (run by the Women's International Zionist Organization) reads: "He doesn't know how to spell it,...

  • Is There Love After Marriage?

    By Wendy Mogel

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Forty days before a child is born, a voice from heaven announces: "The daughter of this person is destined for [so-and-so]." -- Babylonian Talmud, Sotah 2a



    We want company. We don't want to be alone. This is the beginning of everything. God made a companion for Adam.

    If you look...

  • Offbeat Austrian

    By Rob Eshman

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The opening scene of "Gebürtig" is as clever and shocking a scene you'll see on screen this year: The cold, mist-covered grounds of a concentration camp. Skeletal Jews in ragged clothes huddle together for warmth. Nearby, SS officers in thick wool coats smoke, laugh and drink. An...

  • Hollywood, History and the Holocaust

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Two celebrations took place in Los Angeles recently, and "Max," a new film about the young Adolf Hitler, opens today.

    In a peculiar way, all three events are related.

    The first celebration seems straightforward enough -- at least on the surface. Sara and Charles Levin, who preferred...

  • The Film No One Wanted

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Not far into the arduous journey of making "Max," Menno Meyjes' controversial film about the early life of Adolf Hitler, John Cusack debated with his father, a World War II veteran. "He said, 'John, this is a worthy piece, but it disturbs me,'" said Cusack, who plays a German Jewish...

  • Your Letters

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish War Vets

    I would like it to be known that the reality of my statement regarding Jews in combat was that I spent too much time experiencing WWII to make an insensitive comment that Jews were not on the front lines ("Jewish War Vets Remember," Nov. 8). I removed the dog tags...

  • Giving Thanks

    By Rabbi Ron Shulman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's not only that this year Thanksgiving and Chanukah coincide, it's that the calendar makes us focus on the thanksgiving aspect of Chanukah's meaning. Every year, when we reflect on the glow of Chanukah's lights, we are celebrating a different form of Thanksgiving.

    Jewish tradition...

  • Light and Thanks

    By Rob Eshman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    I spent most of this past week at the United Jewish Communities (UJC) General Assembly (GA), the annual gathering which, this year, brought nearly 4,000 Jewish communal representatives (and journalists) from North America, Israel and elsewhere overseas.

    The GA is part sales...

  • ‘The Protocols’—A Road Map to Oblivion for Peace

    By Harold Brackman

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" -- a phony road map to the non-existent Jewish plot to take over the world and the 20th century's greatest hoax -- is now re-emerging as an obstacle to Mideast peace. To understand why the growing popularity in the Arab and Muslim world of "The...

  • Chanukah-Style Reality TV

    By Gaby Wenig

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you were beginning to feel that too much time had passed since you last saw dancing bearded rabbis on television, then fear not, because West Coast Chabad, the organization that sponsors the "L'Chaim" telethon, is broadcasting a special Chanukah party on KCAL-TV Channel 9 each...

  • ‘Crime’s’ Anti-Semitic Critics

    By Tom Tugend

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The American distributor of a Mexican film denounced by Catholic groups has been flooded with protest letters, many with an anti-Semitic tone.

    "The Crime of Father Amaro" is based on a 19th-century Portuguese novel, but the film is set in contemporary Mexico. Its protagonist is an...

  • ‘Justice’ for All

    By Tom Tugend

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This is the second of two articles examining the status of Holocaust restitution and reparations as The Journal observes the 64th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov. 9). The first article dealt with the history, problems and future impact of the topic. This article deals with how the...

  • Partners in Dysfunction

    By James D. Besser

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Israel and the United States have a lot more in common these days, and it's not just because the Bush administration has apparently adopted an Israeli military tactic they previously criticized: targeted assassinations.

    That became apparent last week when a CIA-operated drone plane...

  • Why Does Everyone Want My Money?

    By Jane Ulman

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Chanukah Traditions," "Rainbow Happy Birthday," "Shooting Stars" and "Per-fect Presents." These are the four rolls of Sally Foster gift wrap, along with assorted colored tissue, that I am buying to support Heschel Day School. The school will receive 50 percent of my $39.50, and...

  • Your Letters

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Time for Hitler

    Well, Hitler, has made it to prime time ("Prime Time for Hitler," Aug. 2). How about a joint project about the life and times of Yasser Arafat? However, we will need to determine his true story, or should we just file his under TV fiction? Why not do a...

  • The Shiva Call

    By Amy Klein

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The debris is the same. The thin sliver of building -- the one on the Sept. 14 cover of The Jewish Journal -- is the same, hovering precariously over the wreckage but somehow not falling. Live, Ground Zero seems just as surreal as it does on television, except for the smell of smoke...

  • Appearance and Reality

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In April 1999, the Wall Street Journal ran a front-page article about growing etrogim, the citron fruit used during Sukkot, in Northern California. The paper reported that in 1980 an entrepreneurial Orthodox teenager from Brooklyn decided to develop a domestic source of etrogim,...

  • Strike Anxiety

    By Adam Gilad

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's 3 a.m. and I'm awake. Again.

    Me: We could sell the house and move to Bali! Live in a hut on the beach for six months. I'll write. You and the boys can learn Balinese dance. It's spiritual and aerobic.

    Her: You could get a job.

    Me: Okay. We rent out the house. Buy four backpacks....

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