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  • Let My People Know, Let My People Think

    by Roger Price

    April 17, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    In recent years, in certain circles, it has become fashionable to assert that the Bible is fiction, or that at least key segments of it are fictional. The assertion emanates from two camps. In one of these camps are those who have been described as new or militant atheists. Looking...

  • Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    April 15, 2014 | 9:05 am

    Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat...

  • Our freedom from ourselves

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 9, 2014 | 12:58 pm

    Passover is a time of tacky text messages and Facebook statuses. Just like every other holiday, I find myself being carried away through a swirl of wishes and witty sentences which combine holiday songs' lyrics. This year, though, a status written by a good friend of mine caught my...

  • Rabbi Joachim Prinz: 'The most shameful problem is silence'

    August 20, 2013 | 5:03 pm

    I speak to you as an American Jew.

    As Americans we share the profound concern of millions of people about the shame and disgrace of inequality and injustice which make a mockery of the great American idea.

    As Jews we bring to this great demonstration, in which thousands of us...

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  • Modern slavery: Answering the cry

    May 15, 2013 | 9:54 am

    Modern slavery is everywhere, and women principally are its victims. 

    Whether kidnapped by a single deviant, as appears to be the case in Cleveland, or trafficked en masse across national borders for purposes of labor or sex exploitation, women’s lives are being stolen from them....

  • Was Slavery Really That Bad?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 27, 2013 | 6:16 pm

    By Ben Spielberg

     

    During a Conservative Political Action Conference last month, an attendee presented a controversial view of African-American slavery. It went like this:

    K. Carl Smith: 10-20 years after Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery, he wrote a letter to his...

  • On slavery and memory

    By David Suissa

    March 21, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    Judaism is a religion that likes symbols. The Passover Seder table is full of them: There’s the salt that can represent tears or bitterness, the wine as metaphor for blood, the unleavened matzah as a symbol for humility, and so on.

    In the Passover story itself, one of the deeper...

  • Slavery’s horrific shadow lives on — and so does Hitler’s

    January 17, 2013 | 11:54 am

    Quentin Tarantino’s "Django" is sparking controversy — and not just for its flagrant use of the n word. According to African-American film critic Tim Cogshell (quoted by Erin Aubry Kaplan in the Times), “The surreal liftoff that happens at some point in ‘Basterds’ [Tarantino’s take...

  • At Passover, let my people go south

    April 4, 2012 | 12:08 pm

    Passover celebrates the Exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, their wandering in the desert for 40 years, and their ultimate deliverance to the Promised Land.

    But a contemporary observer might be forgiven for imagining the holiday marks a different sort of migration:...

  • Slavery, seen by a descendant of slaves

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    March 15, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    Alan Cheuse is probably best known for his savvy and engaging book reviews on National Public Radio, but he is also an accomplished novelist and essayist. His latest book, “Song of Slaves in the Desert” (Sourcebooks, $25.99), is a Great American Novel in the most profound and...

  • Chametz and matzah symbolize internal slavery struggle

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When my student Adam confronted me recently with this question "In a post-Freudian world, how can we trust the honesty of our intentions?" my response was, "Our conscious and subconscious can be likened to matzah and chametz."

    There are two ways to describe the difference between...

  • Slavery lesson stirs Milken students to act

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    How do Jews remember slavery?

    "Yetziat mitzraym was something too long ago," Rabbi Leah Kroll, rabbinic director of the middle school at Milken, says of the Exodus. "Kids have a hard time understanding that," she said about slavery.

    That's why Kroll, who is also a rabbi at Stephen...

  • Video: From slavery to freedom

    By Rabbi Irwin Kula

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Rabbi Irwin Kula video courtesy JTN.

  • Freeing the slaves—in Los Angeles

    By Amy Klein

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Slaves we were in a land not our own...."

    Flor was 29 years old and living with her four children in a small town in Mexico when her newborn became ill.

    "She died because I didn't have money to save her," Flor, who asked that her last name not be used, remembered in an interview...

  • Sex slavery—in Israel!—is a serious problem

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In Israel, sex trafficking remains a very serious problem.

    Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, women have been abducted or tricked into coming to Israel, only to be enslaved as prostitutes against their will.

    Some 80 percent of the prostitutes in Israel are victims of...

  • Seven-Year Switch

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We want to have everything, and we want it better, bigger and more spectacular than everyone else. Gas-guzzlers roam the roads, and our oil dependency forces us to redefine values and ideals, like democracy and freedom. In Las Vegas and Palm Springs, we must have lusciously green...

  • Let My People Watch TV

    By Tom Tugend

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The story of the Exodus from Egypt makes for great cinema and stunning visual effects, as Cecil B. DeMille and Charlton Heston proved half a century ago.

    Now a new version of "The Ten Commandments," with its timeless themes of slavery and freedom, faith and doubt, adultery and...

  • Where Streets Were Paved With Sorrow

    By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Bodies and Souls: The Tragic Plight of Three Jewish Women Forced Into Prostitution in the Americas" by Isabel Vincent (William Morrow, $25.95).

    Memory is a central concept in Judaism. When someone dies, we say that he or she lives on in how he or she is remembered by others....

  • Kosher Gospel—a Joyful Noise at Shul

    By Erin Aubry Kaplan

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Joshua Nelson is resting his voice. That's a tall order for Nelson, the 29-year-old African American Jewish singer who has blended black style and Jewish prayers and folksongs into a new, foot-stomping, synagogue-shaking praise music he has dubbed "kosher gospel."

    Though he's been...

  • 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...

  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being...

  • Rockin’ Against Slavery

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rather than speaking out against slavery, local students are rocking out to show their support. "When our club heard that 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. for slavery each year, we felt we had to do something," said Rena Stern, the co-president of the Teen...

  • Why Keep Kosher?

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The end of this week's Torah portion supplies the major biblical reasons for kashrut: "For I am God....

    You shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am holy.... For I am God who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God.... To distinguish between the ritually impure...

  • Jump!

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It is the Torah's most exciting, most cinematic story. The Israelites, newly freed from slavery, were camped at the shores of the sea when suddenly the sounds Pharaoh's approaching chariots filled the air. Realizing they were trapped, the ex-slaves cried bitterly to Moses, "Were...

  • God’s Covenant

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    From the Torah's beginning until its end, God is portrayed as being personally involved in the welfare of humanity. Deism is not a Jewish notion. God is not an "unmoved mover," the proverbial clockmaker who after assembling and winding his ware, steps back watching it tick down,...

  • Out of Egypt

    By Andrea Gappell

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    At every Passover seder, in each generation, Jews are reminded to see themselves as though they came out of Egypt in person.

    I used to count paragraphs in the Maxwell House haggadah to figure out which parts of the story I would read and how long it would be until dinner. Asking the...

  • Skirball Hosts Passover Festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At noon on Sunday the Passover Posse will tromp through the lobby of the Skirball Cultural Center.

    Also known as Alan Eder and Friends, the 20-member reggae band and West African drumming ensemble will beat atsimevu drum and axatse rattle to lure patrons of the Skirball's premiere...

  • A Reminder: Slavery Still Exists

    By Lori Schneide

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Hundreds of people turned out for the Simon Weisenthal Center Museum of Tolerance's one-day symposium, "A Call to Freedom." The conference, held last month, highlighted the plight of black slaves in Sudan and Mauritania, where today, "tens of thousands of blacks are sold into...
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