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  • Focus on the Love

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in seventh grade, my English teacher made me diagram sentences, not unlike most seventh-graders in America's public schools. Truth be told, I would have rather pulled knitting needles through my cheeks than learn the rudiments of English grammar, but Mrs. McGee insisted...

  • Hineni

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I expected to be dealing with an empty nest when my daughter started college. I projected my availability to friends who had yielded my attention during my childrearing years. I dragged writing projects onto my computer's desktop to await the plane ride from NYU to the rest of my...

  • Wandering Jew - Upside Down

    By Amy Klein

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Here's a verse that should be written in Psalms: "He who is lenient about Purim is a truly unhappy person." Or, as one rabbi put it:

    "Who doesn't enjoy a bacchanalian feast where it's a mitzvah to get drunk?"

    Los Angeles Jewry, despite its reputation for disjointedness and spiritual...

  • Europe’s Jews Caught in Cartoon Furor

    By JTA Staff

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    European Jews have expressed a mixture of anger and frustration as the furor over a Muslim cartoon erupted into violence in Europe and the Middle East.

    As frequent targets of anti-Semitic cartoons -- many of them in the Arab press -- Jews on one hand sympathized with the Muslim...

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  • My Jewish Intermarriage

    By Wendy Jaffe

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    What did you and your spouse discuss after it was clear that you would have a chuppah and ketubah in your future? Probably something that turned out not to matter like, "How many kids do you want?" or "What is your dream vacation?" or "If we have twins, do you think we should dress...

  • How Green Is My Shul?

    By Jane Ulman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For 75-year-old Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock, it was the need to re-landscape that steered the synagogue in an ecological direction. The status quo was 8,000 square feet of unwatered, weed-ridden and rarely mowed grass, along with three palm trees, two citrus...

  • Letters

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    David Klinghoffer's entreaty and Jack Abramoff's wounded feelings ring hollow for the same reason: each expects that the fact that Abramoff used purloined funds to better the Jewish community should somehow mitigate the harm that Abramoff has caused ("Sympathy for the...

  • Think Green Tips

    By Jane Ulman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ten ways to begin greening your synagogue from Barbara Lerman-Golomb, associate executive director of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life:

    • Switch to cost-effective and energy-efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs.
    • Buy recycled paper products. Use both sides of the...
  • Drawn to Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Early this week I started getting the letters. By midweek there were dozens of them, all strident, some using BIG CAPS to make their point.

    "Do you have the GUTS to reprint those cartoons?" many of them started off.

    Some substituted another part of the male anatomy for guts...

  • Holy Moly! Robertson Apologizes

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Rev. Pat Robertson has long preached as though God is on his side -- including when he recently cast the stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as God's punishment for "dividing" the Holy Land by pulling Israel out of Gaza.

    But last week, Robertson apparently...

  • Taking—and Giving—Stock

    By Michael Kleinman

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Move over fountain pens. If the Blue and White Fund has its way, the trend in bar and bat mitzvah gift giving might be instruments of the financial kind.

    The Blue and White Fund is a diversified U.S. mutual fund that exclusively invests in Israeli companies traded on the NASDAQ, New...

  • So Much to Learn, So Little Time

    By David Finnigan

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Gina Gross would like to attend Jewish adult-education classes, but at the moment, she has a hard time even talking about how much she'd like it. The Beverly Hills licensing consultant briefly puts down the phone and turns lovingly to her 7-year-old daughter: "Dani, buzz off!"

    Dani...

  • Orthodoxy Has Chance to Reshape Role

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A window has opened to the Orthodox community. We are being invited to help reshape the social dynamics of the American

    Jewish community. With courage and vision, we need to act on this opportunity by understanding the important changes that have occurred over the last decades and...

  • Rice Weaves Rich Tale of a Young Jesus

    By Gabriel Meyer

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" by Anne Rice (Alfred A. Knopf, $25.95).

    Biblical fiction is a perilous business. Having committed not one but two such indiscretions in my time -- a 1993 novel titled, "In the Shade of the Terebinth," and a year later another called, "The Gospel of...

  • Christian Right is Wrong—and Dangerous

    By Abraham H. Foxman

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In 1994, we sounded an alarm. In our book, "The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism in America," we said that "an exclusionist religious movement in this country has attempted to restore what it perceives as the ruins of a Christian nation by more closely seeking...

  • One Summer Night

    By Morrie Gelman

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I dream of a summer night long ago. I'm a 17-year-old usher in a neighborhood theater. We play second-run films. Most of that summer we show "Pursued," starring Teresa Wright and Robert Mitchum.

    After my ushering job each evening I rush home to meet my girlfriend, Florence. Both of...

  • Calendars Remove Anti-Israel Day

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A campaign by Berlin-based activists has resulted in the erasure of "Al Quds Day" from some interfaith calendars in the United States and United Kingdom.

    As Iran's president was calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, members of Together Against Political Islam and...

  • Call Him Henry Roth

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Redemption: The Life of Henry Roth" by Steven Kellman (Norton).

    Until now, there has been no full-scale biography of Henry Roth, whose 1934 novel, "Call It Sleep," is considered a masterpiece of American literature. That book, a portrait in grim realism of a Jewish immigrant child's...

  • Rabbi David Shofet to Serve as Iranians’ Spiritual Leader

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 90 religious and social leaders from Southern California's Iranian Jewish community have formally and unanimously recognized Rabbi David Shofet of the Nessah Cultural Center as the community's new spiritual head.

    While Shofet was not elected, the leadership from leading...

  • Panel Rejects Texts Over Religious Bias

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a surprise move, an advisory body to the California Board of Education rejected a sixth-grade history program that Hindu and Jewish groups blasted as biased, erroneous and culturally derogatory.

    During a two-day late September hearing before the state's Curriculum Development and...

  • The Secret Lives of Religious People

    By Amy Klein

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Something strange is going on.

    Only a few minutes have passed in the Israeli film, "Ushpizin," named after the holy guests invited into the sukkah, and there's something wrong with this feature about an ultra-Orthodox Israeli couple.

    Everything looks so real.

    The payos, those long...

  • Faith-Based Hurricane Relief

    By James Besser

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Bush administration is dramatically expanding funding for faith-based groups as part of its hurricane relief efforts, and some Jewish groups are warning that it could blow a big hole in the church-state wall.

    "It's like the levees; once the church-state wall is breached, it's...

  • A Smile Can Be Key to Temple Security

    By Ron Wolfson

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Will you feel safe going to synagogue this New Year?

    The High Holidays bring a special dilemma to American congregations. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur attract more Jews to synagogue -- and more attention to American Jews in general -- than at any other time of year.

    The very...

  • Cantor Carries on Tennis Tradition

    By Tom Tugend

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Steven Walfish's life is ruled by the three Ts: tallit, tefillin and tennis.To illustrate this point, when his son Sam was in first grade, he asked his dad to drop by the school and join other fathers in talking about their professions.

    So the elder Walfish appeared in full regalia...

  • We Must Heal Divide Over Life Views

    By Rabbi Eliyahu Stern

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The first half of the 20th century saw Americans locked in a fierce ideological debate surrounding economic class and the distribution of wealth.

    In the second half of the century, the cultural wars addressed issues of race and gender.

    As we stand at the dawn of the 21st century, a...

  • Air Force Flies New Tolerance Guidelines

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Just in time for the High Holidays, U.S. Air Force officials are disseminating new guidelines for religious tolerance, in hopes of improving an atmosphere that some airmen say is unwelcoming to religious minorities.

    However, while some are calling the new regulations a good first...

  • ‘Apostle of the Ugly’ Outlasts Nazis, Gets His Due

    By Tom Tugend

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    For 40 years, painter Max Liebermann was the premier artist of Berlin, a cultural icon and pioneer in his native land, and the pride of the Jewish community in Germany.

    When Hitler came to power in 1933, Liebermann became officially a nonperson -- and when he died two years later at...

  • Links to Christian Zionists Pose Peril

    By James D. Besser

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    People are judged by the friends they keep. And for the Jewish right, some friends are unsavory, indeed.

    Take the Rev. Pat Robertson, who was back in the news last week for statements that were both buffoonish and chilling. For some on the Jewish right, the...

  • Losing Faith

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The disengagement plan from Gaza and the northern Shomron communities has not yet begun, and yet, Israelis witness daily TV scenes of right-wing teenagers, mothers with children and yeshiva boys donning orange hats and T-shirts and struggling with young soldiers and policemen as they...

  • Saving Zionism

    By Leonard Fein

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Where Jewish terrorist Eden Natan-Zada lived -- first in Rishon L'Tzion, then evidently in Tapuach -- there is ostensibly an ideology that encourages the murders he committed last week in Shfaram. This so-called ideology is no more than a translucent patina that does not conceal the...

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