Addiction is a scary thing. In ninth grade I was mentally addicted to cigarettes for almost a week. I couldn’t stop thinking about cigarettes until I smoked half a Parliament Light and gave the rest to someone else. I’m lucky that I’ve never been addicted to drugs, alcohol, or...
Three new kids’ books, and some poetry for adults
Hipster guide to the High Holy Days
Unique kosher wine blends at Shirah Wine Co.
11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Settle for bad kosher wine
Moving and shaking
Let soldiers and haredim swap roles
The day I met Chuck Todd
Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions
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As we all sat around watching Super Bowl last Sunday, and I watched the commercials, I couldn’t help but cringe every time an inappropriate commercial came on. I wouldn’t even care so much if the kids around the country weren’t watching it, including my 5 and 11-year-olds. The...
December 8, 2010 | 11:09 am
Democratic state senators in Florida elected national Jewish leader Nan Rich as their minority leader.
Rich was elected to lead the 12 Democrats in the state Senate, down two from the previous session following an election in which Florida Democrats also suffered losses in the state...
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There once was a man who could provide only potatoes for his family's subsistence. As the monotony and the poverty wore on, he prayed, and his prayers were answered. There fell into his hands a mysterious map to a magical Island of Diamonds.
Begging a boat, he set sail on a long and...
February 24, 2000 | 6:59 pmNine months after Ehud Barak took office as "everybody's prime minister," the honeymoon is over -- with his voters, coalition allies and Arab partners in the quest for peace. It is too early to write him off, but the Labor leader can no longer rely on loyalty or goodwill to see him...
December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pmThere's a Yiddish saying that goes: "I've been poor and I've been rich. Believe me, rich is better!" In the Midrash we read: "Nothing in the universe is worse than poverty; it is the most terrible of sufferings." (Exodus Rabbah 31:14)
Los Angeles is a city that glitters with gold and...
September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pmWhen Gary Winnick was a youngster, his immigrant grandfather, a former pushcart peddler on New York's Lower East Side, gave him the then princely sum of $25. Where another boy might have rushed out to buy a bicycle or treat his buddies to a soda fountain binge, Gary carefully put the...
March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm
By J.J. Goldberg
A spate of new polls shows Jewsdivided, Arafat unpopular and pollsters getting rich
Some startling revelations have emerged aboutAmerican Jews and the way they view the Middle East, following lastweek's publication of parts of a new American Jewish...
December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm
Eli Broad (left) is the primary moving force behind thefinancing of the downtown Disney Concert Hall designed by architectFrank Gehry, lining up corporations to drop megabucks into theproject..
For most of this century, Los Angeles has been a city of twoelites -- one predominately...
June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pmEverything in Creation has a purpose, teaches the Midrash. But when someone gave us a gift subscription to People Weekly magazine, I was left to wonder if I had found the first truly purposeless thing in God's universe.
You know People, the epitome of "lite" culture, with its short,...