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  • Responsibility without fault in Gaza: A challenge for American Jews

    By Jonathan Zasloff

    August 14, 2014 | 8:00 am

    Consider this scenario: a wanted international terrorist is fleeing law enforcement and seizes your house. (You are away at the time, fortunately.) The Army surrounds the house but the terrorist is well armed, as terrorists are wont to be: sending in troops would mean severe...

  • Should I “Rescue” My Middle-Schooler?

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 23, 2013 | 8:07 pm

    My three kids and I made it out the door on time this morning - and, yes, I will happily accept congratulations for this not-always-the-case occurrence! The ride to school went smoothly, and one of our favorite safety-patrollers was on duty as my kids tumbled out of the car,...

  • The “posing” female soldiers are not the real face of the IDF. We are.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 4, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    Earlier this week, photographs of a group of female Israeli soldiers "loving the camera" in a variety of "sexy" poses were uploaded to Facebook. The photos, in one of which the girls were posing in their underwear with their guns, soon reached the press worldwide and caused an...

  • The Insecurity of Freedom

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 19, 2013 | 11:53 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What a week! I woke up to hear about the shoot out with the two suspects in the tragedy of the Boston Marathon. I am struck again by the insecurity of freedom that all of us face, yet most of us don't think about. "In a free society, some are guilty and all...

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  • The Blame Game

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 9, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    By M. Alexander

    I see it time and time again—the same unhealthy family dynamic. 

    Parents blame their kids.  Kids point the finger right back at their parents.  Nobody takes responsibility for their own part in disagreements. 

    The change that could break down this dynamic...

  • A Reflection on Responsibility

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 10, 2013 | 6:36 pm

    Responsibility is one of the most important midot (character traits) to cultivate in one’s soul. Acharayut (responsibility in Hebrew) comes from the root “acher” (other). To take responsibility means to cultivate the “ability” for response” to an “other.” This responsibility to...

  • Books: Yehoshua’s latest explores boundaries of responsibility

    By Paula Margulies

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The U.S publishers hated the title of A.B. Yehoshua's latest book "The Mission of the Human Resources Manager." It was, they argued, better suited to a personnel manual than the work of one of Israel's most venerated authors. Ignoring Yehoshua's pleas, they christened the novel's...
  • Closing the curtain

    By  Orit Arfa

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In March, I had the privilege of co-starring in the Jerusalem premiere of Neil LaBute's play "Some Girl(s)" at the Center Stage Theater at Merkaz Hamagshimim Hadassah. The play follows Guy, an about-to-be-married 33-year-old American writer, as he tracks down his ex-flames to "right...
  • For German Teens, Shame Stirred Action

    By Adam Deutsch

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When six German teenagers entered the beit midrash at YULA boys high school, there was an indescribable sense of tension in the air. The four girls and two boys seemed hesitant and slightly anxious as they faced 60 Jewish boys eager for discussion. As a natural skeptic, my personal...
  • Wanna drink? Think again!

    By Louis Keene

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    This Purim will be the first test of a new teen anti-drinking campaign adopted by Los Angeles' Orthodox rabbis after a Simchat Torah debacle in which more than 100 teens were seen drinking publicly or intoxicated.

    The plan was adopted Nov. 14 at a meeting convened by Jewish Family...

  • Eve Marcus: Soul of the Food Pantry

    By Jane Ulman

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Eve Marcus
    Barri Evins

    Alex Baum

    Betty Neymark

    Eve Marcus

    Fran Rosenfield

    Marilyn Harran

    Noah Bleich

    Rebecca Levinson

    Yehoram Uziel

    Yoram Hassid

    Eve Marcus asks that people not call her on Saturday. Mostly they comply. Otherwise, as volunteer director of the North...

  • Mayor implores people of faith to fight homelessness

    By Naomi Glauberman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Local communities have to provide services and supportive housing. We can't be a city that grows in one part and leaves people destitute in another," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told a crowd of more than 300 at Leo Baeck Temple on Sunday.

    Teachings from the Torah, as well as triumphs...

  • Pick a cause

    By Amanda Martin

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When I was in eighth grade, I went on a school field trip to the Museum of Tolerance. My grandmother being a holocaust survivor, I had learned much about the Holocaust and took an interest in it. At the Museum of Tolerance, however, I learned about other things as well.

    At an...

  • A ‘Nice’ Idea Blossoms Into a Group of ‘Niceaholics’

    By Rebecca Raphael

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Debbie Tenzer was having lunch with several girlfriends when the conversation got heated. "We all had such different views on where the country was headed. There was so much anger and so much scary news in the post-Sept. 11 world," she says, recalling the devastation from hurricanes...

  • The IDF and Civilians:  A Personal Account

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    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...

  • A Different War

    By Rob Eshman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I went to bed on June 25 believing that Islamo-facism was our country's most immediate threat. I woke up on June 26 to find out that no, it was The New York Times. That's the day President Bush publicly criticized newspapers that exposed a secret U.S. government program that monitors...

  • We Must Treat Others With Kindness

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I often give young people advice on dating, occasionally without their asking. I tell young women not to judge a man by his car, since you will not end up living with the car but with the man who drives it. I advise men, when they take a woman to a restaurant, to sit facing the wall,...

  • I’m Going to Jail Over Darfur Genocide

    By Rabbi Steve Gutow

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    (Editor's note: This article was written and published prior to Rabbi Steve Gutow's planned arrest.)

    I'm going to jail.

    Along with interfaith religious leaders, members of Congress and others, I am being arrested in Washington,

    D.C., Friday, April 28, outside the Embassy of Sudan...

  • Video Takes Bite Out of Kosher Slaughter

    By Gabriel Sanders

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the best-selling novel, "Everything Is Illuminated" (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and last year's "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" (Houghton Mifflin) released a video earlier this month in which he argues that the slaughtering practices employed by...

  • Oops…Our 20th

    By Rob Eshman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The news these days is gruesome, so it's difficult to feel celebratory. The brutal slaying of Ilan Halimi, a young Jew, by a gang of mostly Muslim anti-Semitic thugs in Paris; the fatal riots over a Danish cartoon; the death toll in Iraq -- no wonder I overlooked a sort of milestone...

  • Pupils Vote Yes on Democratic School

    By Dina Kraft

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Under a classroom's fluorescent lights, students and teachers scramble to find seats. An important "Parliament session" is under way as together, they hammer out a plan for allocating the school's activities budget.

    The scene is the Hadera Democratic School in Israel, where students...

  • Remember Sinai?

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Immediately following the Ten Commandments, we read a series of instructions that seem a little out of place: You shall not make gods of silver alongside me, nor shall you make yourselves gods of gold. You need make for me only an earthen altar and bring your sacrifices there, and I...

  • Parent Wins School Pesticide Battle

    By Idan Ivri

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A new law that bans that use of experimental pesticides in schools is the latest achievement of Robina Suwol, a Jewish anti-pesticide activist.

    The law, which took effect last month, grew out of a presentation two years ago before an L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) advisory...

  • Austria Makes Reparations for Nazi Past

    By Tom Tugend

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The expulsion and extermination of 182,000 Austrian Jews during the Nazi era is a wound that will never heal completely, but two important decisions during recent weeks at least point to a symbolic closure for the dwindling number of survivors and the Austrian government.

    In a...

  • Juvenile Offenders Taste Teshuvah

    By Sue Fishkoff

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The slightly built, 13-year-old Latino boy sitting in the Starbucks near downtown Los Angeles didn't know much about teshuvah, the Jewish notion of repentance.

    But it lies at the heart of L.A.'s Jewish Community Justice Project, and it kept this scared kid with the tremulous smile...

  • Articles of Faith

    By Rob Eshman

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    I keep wondering how the editors of Newsweek will frame their upcoming editorial note correcting their misreported story on the Quran desecration.

    At least 17 people were killed in riots that broke out after the May 1 Newsweek story asserting that American interrogators at...

  • How Funny Is Passover?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Passover is not primarily known for being a funny holiday, but don't tell that to Terry and Patty LaBan. The creators of "Edge City," who have brought contemporary Jewish American suburban life to the funny pages since 2000, are giving the Ardin family the ultimate seder storyline...

  • Women Still Struggle to ‘Have It All’

    By Jane Ulman

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    More than 30 years after Gloria Steinem founded Ms. Magazine and Sally Priesand was ordained a rabbi, more than 25 years after Judith Resnick became an astronaut and more than 10 years after Ruth Bader Ginsburg was appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Jewish...

  • Israel Criticism Must Be Well-Founded

    By Arthur Cohn

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    What are the limits for criticizing Israel? Many condemn the Jewish community's refusal to listen to harsh criticism, while others object to the aggressiveness of the attacks against the Jewish state. Both sides claim to express themselves only on grounds of their "love" and...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Forefathers of freedom

    "As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy." – Abraham Lincoln

    What did Moses and Abraham Lincoln have in common? The answer is: They both helped to abolish slavery. Lincoln set in motion the idea of a...

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