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  • Pullout Seen Really as West Bank Issue

    By Tom Tugend

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Gaza withdrawal in itself plays only a small part in the current face-off between settlers and the Israeli government. Three other and more basic issues are at stake, and they go to the core of what the Jewish state will become, according to Arie Nadler.

    Nadler, a professor of...

  • The Circuit

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Boxer Praises FOUNDATION

    Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) recently recognized Steven Spielberg's Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in Washington, D.C., by bestowing on it the Boxer Excellence in Education Award.

    "I am pleased to present my Excellence in Education Award to...

  • Tsfat Nourishes the Spiritually Hungry

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As I climbed the green Galilean hills of Tsfat to reach the family hosting me for Shabbat, I wondered how it had changed since the last time I was in Israel's mystical city.

    I was here to visit with the Lipshutz family. They had moved here 12 years ago and are currently active in...

  • Analysis - Leftists Try to ‘Take Back God’ in 2008

    By Sue Fishkoff

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The 2008 election may be more than three years away, but one group is hoping to press the Democratic Party to infuse spirituality into its platform for that campaign.

    "The right is correct; there is a huge spiritual crisis in America," said Rabbi Michael Lerner, the editor of Tikkun...

  • Writer, Cast Find Faith in ‘Lessons’

    By Susan Josephs

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Wendy Graf sat in a synagogue several years ago listening to a rabbi's sermon.

    "She was talking about experiencing a traumatic event and how her faith had been sorely tested," Graf recalled. "That really got me thinking."

    Graf went on to write "Lessons," her latest play that mines...

  • Immeasurable Faith

    By Leonard Fein

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Perhaps there was a time when the secular/religious divide -- it is of the Jews I write -- made sense. In Eastern and Central Europe from 1850 to 1930, it may have been the case that seculars Jews were genuinely secular, as some few remain today.

    But here, now?

    For all that the...

  • ‘I Do’ in Israel Without Rabbinate OK

    By Michele Chabin

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The bride circled the groom under the chuppah. The groom stomped a wine glass at the end of the ceremony and was greeted with shouts of "mazel tov."

    Despite these traditional touches, this wedding was not performed by an Orthodox rabbi, and therefore not registered by the Chief...

  • Real Early Retirement

    By David Finnigan

    June 30, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    TV comedy writer Rodney Rothman spent six months as the youngest resident of a largely Jewish retirement community in Florida, gaining insight into his own aging process for his book, "Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement."

    "I'm Jewish. I'm gonna end up in Florida anyway ......

  • Kosher Stylin’

    By Jessica Ravitz

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If we are what we eat, then at this moment I'm a big fat Gordo's burrito with extra cheese. But I'm a veggie burrito because for the past several years, I've been cultivating my own brand of kosher. I like to call myself "kosher style."

    It's a phrase that's apt to confuse, so let me...

  • Washington Watch

    By James D. Besser

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Air Force Fight Moves to the Hill

    The issue of religious coercion at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is starting to reverberate on Capitol Hill -- with what one Jewish legislator said are ugly overtones.

    And a chaplain who was fired for raising the issue of...

  • Reform’s Reforms

    By Micha Odenheimer

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone looking as Melissa Simon, wearing a denim skirt and sweater, walks by on a Jerusalem street would automatically assume that she is one of the hundreds of young Orthodox women who have come to the Holy City to study Torah.

    They would be half right. Simon is in...

  • Pray for the Innocent of Darfur

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The evil that men do lives after them. The good is oft interred with their bones." Shakespeare's comment remains pertinent in our times.

    Evil acts enjoy great publicity. Every inch of graffiti on the walls of schools is photographed, and every ethnic or racial outrage resonates...

  • Orthodox Lobbyist in Eye of Ethics Storm

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Missions to Israel are a staple of Jewish organizations, but when Pepe Barreto leads a group tour there in August, it'll represent something new.

    Barreto is perhaps the most popular drive-time host on Spanish-language radio in Los Angeles and a major player in a new drive to...

  • Jesus Who?

    By Rob Eshman

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Between the time that college ended and life began, I lived in San Francisco. My confusion must have shown on my face plain as day, because wherever I went, missionaries approached me and asked whether I had a personal relationship with Jesus.

    When I shook my head, my hand...

  • Advice From a Jew to Pope Benedict XVI

    By Rabbi John L. Rosove

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    We Jews number about 13 million souls worldwide, as opposed to the Roman Catholic Church's claim of 1.2 billion. One might argue that it is un-mitigated chutzpah for a rabbi to offer advice to the new pope as he begins his papacy. After all, what the church does is its own...

  • Let My Students Go

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    To celebrate Passover, Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy preschoolers spent time in ancient Egypt.

    Teachers and students transformed hallway bulletin boards into a colorful representation of the story of Passover. The journey begins with the pyramids, and then students pass through a...

  • Seder Tables

    By Rob Eshman

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Two weeks ago, I walked in early for a dinner meeting at Sprazzo, a small Italian restaurant on Westwood Boulevard. The owner was busy pushing several small tables together, re-draping white tablecloths and rearranging place settings so that, by the time the other guests...

  • Jews Welcome Choice of Pope

    By Chanan Tigay

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    As the regal red curtains were pulled aside, clearing the way for the still-unidentified new pope to emerge on the balcony of the Vatican Basilica and offer a blessing to church faithful, many Jews joined the world's 1 billion Catholics in holding their collective breath.


  • Add Inclusiveness to Your Seder Table

    By Rabbi Julie Greenberg

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Imagine going to celebrate a hypothetical holiday with Martian relatives on their planet. You don't know the language, you don't know the customs, you don't know the purpose of the holiday. You might cope by seeing yourself as an anthropologist, witnessing the strange rites of the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    One Sided

    In your recent article, the Bush administration criticizes Israel's building of new homes in the Maale Adumim settlement as a violation of the "road map" [peace plan] ("Jews Try to Sell Withdrawal Plan to Jews," April 1).

    Firstly, these homes are being built in the...

  • Iran to L.A.—Hope, Hardship Mark Path

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    Jahangir Javaheri lived a full life in Iran as a pharmaceutical retailer, complete with a nice car, large house and the esteem and satisfaction that came with being a leader within the nation's small but cohesive Jewish community. Yet he wanted something more for his family,...

  • Pope’s Jewish Legacy

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Though a staunch conservative on most Catholic issues, Pope John Paul II made bettering Jewish-Catholic relations a centerpiece of his policy and took revolutionary strides toward this goal during his more than 26-year reign. The pope repeatedly condemned anti-Semitism,...

  • High Court Recognizes ‘Leaping Converts’

    By Dan Baron

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    After 22 years of living as an Israeli, Justina Hilaria Chipana can finally consider herself a full-fledged member of the Jewish state.

    The 50-year-old native of Peru was one of 17 petitioners who won High Court of Justice recognition of their non-Orthodox conversions to...

  • Courage and Innovation

    By Julie G Fax

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    If you want to follow the thread of religious innovation and ethical behavior in modern Jewish life, you won't need to stray far from the career and philosophies of Rabbi Harold Schulweis. In fact, you probably can't confront those topics without confronting the...

  • Arts and Entertainment

    By Tom Tugend

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The jacket cover of "California Jews" shows a windswept Moses, bearing the Tablets of the Law. He is descending, not Mount Sinai, but the granite face of El Capitan and the waiting Israeli tribes, each under its own banner, are assembled at the foot of the mountain in Yosemite...

  • The Golden Rule of Jewish Leadership

    By James D. Besser

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA) has long provided one of precious few forums for Jews from across the political and religious spectrum to come together and debate the great issues of the day. But at last week's JCPA plenum in Washington, there was a palpable chill when...

  • I’m Not Religious

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    "Please understand, rabbi. I'm very spiritual. I'm just not religious."

    It is the anthem of a generation.

    I'm spiritual: I wrestle with the meaning of my existence. I cultivate my inner life. I feel God is very close. I sense my connectedness to others and to the earth and I try...

  • Support Opens Way for Special Needs

    By Michael Jackman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    For most parents, preparing a child for a bar or bat mitzvah is just another of many coming-of-age stresses. But for parents whose children have special needs, the stress can be almost unbearable. Yet arranging b'nai mitzvah ceremonies for such children are not impossible, with a...

  • A Daf a Day

    By Dr. Warren Klein

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Growing up religious in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I didn't have much choice when it came to religious studies: it was full time till I was 18. I always felt it was being shoved down my throat.

    So I stayed away from religious studies for about a decade -- from college, through...

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