When reaching the 11th grade here, in Israel, you get a chance to go with your classmates on an eight-day journey to Poland, partially sponsored by school. This journey follows the years of the Holocaust, and is an opportunity for a different way of learning about the worst time of...
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April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pmAmnesia of the past foreshadows amnesia of the future. Forget yesterday's tragedy and the threat to tomorrow is denied. Forget the first genocide of the 20th century -- the murder of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 -- and the memory and atrocities of the first genocide of the 21st...
July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm
To all those who feel that Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers have no regard for civilians, and that they "do what they need to do" without regard for potential civilian casualties, I offer no opinions on this matter.
Instead, I offer this personal experience for your...
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...
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...
September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm
September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm
I got a new outfit for yontif. The clothes add to the newness of this time of year, just like the first day of school. I sometimes wonder if the synagogues crank up the air conditioning on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur so we have an excuse to wear our new fall clothes.
The shul I grew...
May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Musician Eric Stein felt disillusioned with rock 'n' roll. He spent years slogging away in a band without "making it," so he started looking for something else.
He considered being a history professor, but then, a new instrument and an old style of music changed his mind.
January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Another year, another tree story -- isn't it enough already?
Well, no. Tu b'Shevat is an annual celebration for a reason.
Thousands of years ago, our rabbis knew that we would need to be reminded on a regular basis about how important trees are to our lives. We must always...
September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm
I can't think of anyone who doesn't love a parade. The first one I remember attending was as a 10-year-old. My parents took my brother and me to what was then called the "Santa Claus Lane Parade," which took place just after Thanksgiving Day and made its way down Hollywood...
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May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm
I know there are many Palestinians out there who are sickened and ashamed by what happened in Gaza to the remains of the six dead Israeli soldiers.
I don't hold them responsible; I don't associate them with those acts just because they are Palestinians or Arabs, not in any way.
April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm
Determination is a virtue. Remember how determined we were in Vietnam?
No bunch of barefoot peasants was going to force the United States of America to cut and run. No sir. Through eight long years and 58,000 dead soldiers we demonstrated our refusal to be cowed.
We were in...
March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"A Promise to Remember: The Holocaust in the Words and Voices of Its Survivors," by Michael Berenbaum. (Bulfinch Press. $29.95.)
You don't find an index or bibliography in a museum. You go there for images, for impressions, to be moved, as well as educated -- so, too, with "A...
October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Memory is a multibillion-dollar enterprise these days. I am personally on my fourth PDA and angling for a fifth even sleeker, more efficient model. Reminder cards and scheduler programs abound. Capitalizing on human frailty, the memory industry offers compensation.
For in a world...
August 14, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Summer's almost over. I hope you're having a great time. Did you go to camp? Were you in summer school? Did your parents take you on a fun trip?
In this week's Torah portion, Ekev, Moses asks the Israelites to remember that, while they are about to enter a rich...
July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm
We're now in the midst of a period called Bein HaMetzarim, a three-week period of national mourning for tragedies throughout Jewish history.
The most powerful of these tragedies was the destruction of the two temples in Jerusalem; these three weeks culminate with Tisha B'Av, the day...
June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Two years ago, Aileen Passloff stumbled across a long-lost rehearsal tape from her 1967 dance/opera, "The Song of Songs," inspired by the Bible's "Song of Solomon." The New York choreographer promptly telephoned her friend, Deborah Lawlor, co-founder of Hollywood's Fountain Theatre,...
March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
One of the most precious moments parents and children share with each other is the quiet and routine of bedtime. I hope you sleep well at night, but, as we all know, sometimes it is difficult to fall asleep, or to have a restful sleep. There are too many things on our minds. We're...
February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
"Rock 'n' Roll Jews," by Professor Michael Billig (Syracuse University Press, $19.95).
If you "Treat Me Nice," "Save the Last Dance for Me," or once were "A Teenager in Love," chances are you are old enough to remember the early, "innocent" years of rock 'n' roll music.
November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm
As these words are written, Irv Rubin, the national chairman of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) lies in a coma, the apparent victim of self-inflicted wounds.
Having known Irv and the activities of the local JDL for over a quarter-century, it is an appropriate time to reflect on what...
April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm
April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm
In parshat Shemini, this week's portion, a very sad thing happens. The two older sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu, die. No one is quite sure why God chooses to kill them. The only clue the Torah gives us is that they have brought "strange fire" before God. Even though we never really...