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  • Individual choice challenges communal commitments

    By Jacob Schacter

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In 1985, Robert Bellah co-authored a book titled "Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life," which highlighted the centrality

    of personal autonomy and individual choice in the United States. As an example of this widespread phenomenon, he described a nurse,...

  • Chart a new course with these spiritual guides for the New Year

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As we think about rewriting our personal narratives in the New Year, adding new pages and chapters, several new books inspire new visions, renewed creativity and new relationships between the calendar and a sense of holiness.

    Beautifully rendered in a poetic and sensitive...

  • What will your rabbi be talking about?

    By Jane Ulman

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Too late. To be continued. Get over it."

    Rabbi Laurence Goldmark, of the Reform Temple Beth Ohr in La Mirada, can summarize his main High Holy Days sermon in just those eight words. After 29 years at the shul, he plans to retire next summer, and he wants to take this season to...

  • Shiva Guy

    By Howard Nemetz

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am the Shiva Guy. When a member of my temple's congregation loses a family member, it is my job to take prayer books to the

    house of mourning, where at least 10 people of bar/bat mitzvah age or above pray twice daily. And eat -- mostly bagels, lox and cream cheese and fruit, but...

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    By Andrea Adelson

    April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Sheryl Krok often drives from Irvine to Los Angeles on business for her cleaning products line. But before the South African immigrant returns home, Krok makes a kosher pit stop, buying a month's supply of chicken to feed her carnivorous family of five.

    "Because, hello! Irvine...

  • Romance in the Negev

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    He closed the cap on my gas tank, returned the nozzle and handed me a slip of paper.

    "What's this?" I asked.

    "A coupon for a car wash," he responded. "Kind of like a present." He smiled, dazzling me.

    "Give me another present," I said, handing back the slip of paper. "Your phone...

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