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  • My Evangelist

    By Rob Eshman

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    A vocal and influential group is pushing for an evangelical Christian hegemony in American life, and I, for one, have absolutely no problem with that idea. That's right, bring on the evangelicals -- as long as they are all like Jim Wallis.

    If you don't know Jim Wallis, you'll have...

  • Chaplain Crosses the Line for the Cross

    By Steve Yuhas

    January 27, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Military chaplains have a proud history in the U.S. military, and most of them uphold the mission of the Chaplain Corps in the various services to America's troops and to ensure their right to free exercise of religion.

    Unfortunately, the role that Army Chaplain Capt. Andy Taylor...

  • The World of Do-It-Yourself Judaism

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    The Babylonian Talmud is written in Aramaic, takes up more than 20 volumes and, for the past 2,000 years, legions of scholars assiduously dissected every word in it. That means for every sentence of Talmud, there are paragraphs -- if not pages -- of commentary to learn in order to...

  • Evangelists

    By Rob Eshman

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm


    I'm driving home from Congregation Shaarei Torah in Arcadia, stuck in hellacious traffic on the 210 near Pasadena. It's late at night, and I know the Chinese food on Baldwin Avenue is good, but certainly not everybody in the county wants dim sum at 10 p.m. Then, on KPCC, I find...

  • My Seder With Brando

    By Louie Kemp

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    You might remember him as Don Vito Corleone, Stanley Kowalski or the eerie Col. Walter E. Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now," but I remember Marlon Brando as a mensch and a personal friend of the Jewish people when they needed it most.

    I got to know Marlon about 30 years ago through a...

  • A Spiritual Path   to Weight Loss

    By Julie G Fax

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With rainbows of fabric swishing around her 5-foot-11 frame, rings on every finger and bracelets hugging the length of her wrists, Reb Mimi Feigelson cuts an impressive presence -- an aura in no way diminished by the fact that she is 80 pounds lighter than she was two years ago.


  • Our Madonna

    By Rob Eshman

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Madonna's just-completed visit to Israel has been called a lot of things: scandalous, threatening, inspiring, encouraging, cheap.

    But what it mustn't be called is shocking.

    If Madonna really wanted to shock us, she wouldn't have flown to the Holy Land with 2,000 other followers of...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Gift of Life

    When the spring mission of the Men's Division for Israel Bonds went to Israel in June they made a pit stop at Magen David Adom (MDA)'s Blood Center in Ramat Gan so that all the mission participants could donate blood. That stop is now going to become a permanent part...

  • Works of Renewal and Celebration

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Chasidic masters had a custom of creating short lists of practical spiritual advice for their followers, and some of the devotees would write these on small pieces of paper and carry them in their pockets as frequent reminders. These spiritual practices, or hanhagot, is a genre...

  • Make Resolutions That Will Stick

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "We have spoken slander; we have acted presumptuously; we have practiced deceit."

    Each year we beat our chest and resolve to change. And each year, we make promises to ourselves: I'm going to lose weight. I'm going to stop gossiping. I'm going to learn to play the piano.

    Yet long...

  • B’nai Mitzvah for the Young at Heart

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last February, a class of 17 retirees jumped at the chance to pursue a Jewish rite of passage bypassed in their youth by circumstance or cultural rigidity.

    One student was 90; the youngest, 63. One is a Holocaust survivor; another uses a wheelchair. Since sessions commenced, one...

  • B’nai Mitzvah for the Young at Heart

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last February, a class of 17 retirees jumped at the chance to pursue a Jewish rite of passage bypassed in their youth by circumstance or cultural rigidity.

    One student was 90; the youngest, 63. One is a Holocaust survivor; another uses a wheelchair. Since sessions commenced, one...

  • The Circuit

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    JCC Open for Business

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sent his greetings, as did Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.). So did more than 600 other well-wishers, eager for an eyeful of the county's spacious Jewish Community Center at an Aug. 15 opening. Local leaders described the facility as a...

  • New Prayer Communities Seek Spiritual High

    By Jane Ulman

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Don't call them synagogues.

    They are minyanim, or spiritual communities. They have evolved from shared and individual dreams and from serendipitous, profound and beshert connections. They are new, egalitarian, independent, warm, collaborative and vibrant.

    And they are all led by...

  • Rediscover the Role of the Synagogue

    By Maurice J. Elias

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A small but meaningful reversal of the exodus took place after Sept. 11. Jews in communities across the country returned to their synagogues for spiritual sustenance during this crisis. Indeed, although they came on Sept. 11 and the days that followed, what will motivate them to keep...

  • How to Approach   a Grieving Jew

    By Michal Lemberger

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Consolation: The Spiritual Journey Beyond Grief" by Rabbi Maurice Lamm (Jewish Publication Society, $30).

    Grief erases all regular rules. All the logic that has ever seemed to govern one's life suddenly seems useless. More than useless, it seems pointless. In death, we are all...

  • Monk Could Be Way to Mideast Peace

    By Larry Kasanoff

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Next week, I am sponsoring a group of Israelis and Palestinians to spend a few weeks in a small village in southern France with a Buddhist monk named Thich Nhat Hanh. These two disparate groups of people do not know each other, but often feel hatred toward each other. Some of them...

  • Rambamalama

    By Tom Teicholz

    July 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Put down your "Da Vinci Code." Set aside your "South Beach Diet." Let your kaballah red string drop off your wrist. I'm here to alert you to the next pop cultural phenom: a 12th-century philosopher popularly known as the Rambam.

    Just a few weeks ago, I attended the "Aloud" reading...

  • Settlers Threaten to Resist Withdrawal

    By Leslie Susser

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon faces a new obstacle to his plan to evacuate settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank: right-wing rabbis who have ruled that dismantling settlements contravenes Jewish law. The rabbis are calling on soldiers to disobey orders and on settlers to forcibly...

  • Three Rabbis to Pursue Diverse Sabbaticals

    By Andrea Adelson

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Three of Orange County's senior rabbis have decided to take a sabbatical. While the three have decided on their own to take a respite from the 24/7 demands of being a rabbi, their congregations are taking a different approach to temporarily replacing an absent spiritual leader.


  • Removing Theology

    By Daniel Bouskila

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Resisting History: Historicism and Its Discontents in German-Jewish Thought" by David N. Myers (Princeton University Press, $29.95).

    It is a rare exception to find a scholarly volume penned by an academic that speaks with such a resoundingly relevant message to the popular...

  • Untamed Order

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Midrash on this Torah portion contains a fascinating note. When the question is raised, why God chose to give the Torah in the desert (and not, for example, on Mount Zion in the land of Israel), one classic rabbinic interpretation given is that the locale is to teach us a lesson...

  • Seek the Convert

    By Dennis Prager

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shavuot is the holiday when we read The Book of Ruth, a story of a Moabite woman who left her people to join her mother-in-law, Naomi, and the Jewish people. Ruth was the ancestor of David, King of Israel. On this holiday, we celebrate the converts, as Ruth said, "Your people shall...

  • Mount Sinai, Take Two

    By Jane Ulman

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On the first of May, at his bar mitzvah at University Synagogue, my son, Danny, received the Torah, passed down from his grandparents to my husband, Larry, and me to him.

    This was not the first time.

    On the sixth of Sivan, 3,316 years ago at Mount Sinai, Danny also received the...

  • From Darkness to Light

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Each morning and each evening, the people of the daily minyan gather to recite the obligatory prayers. It isn't exciting. The melodies aren't particularly uplifting. Sometimes there is a word of learning, but no sermon; none of the flourishes, trappings and trimmings of professional...

  • Just Do It

    By Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Back in 1981, when I was attending rabbinical college in Boston, there was a young rabbi -- fresh out of seminary -- who founded a small congregation in the Boston suburb South Brookline. He would often hang out with us as "one of the guys." From the day he started up his shul, he...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tu B'Shevat Time

    All over Los Angeles, Jewish groups were finding innovative ways to commemorate Tu B'Shevat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, which is the New Year for trees.

    At Adat Ari El Early Childhood Center's community garden, the preschoolers got down and dirty...

  • Tikkun Alone

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Tikkun and its founder-leader Rabbi Michael Lerner came to Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8 to run an area-wide conference, which proved both heartening and disappointing.

    It was heartening because, on one level, Lerner and his progressive San Francisco-based organization have remained...

  • Gibson Film Doesn’t Star Anti-Semitism

    By David Klinghoffer

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Before saying what is wrong and what is right with Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," let's get out of the way the question that is on everyone's mind. Now that the film has opened, it will become clear to regular moviegoers who have heard of the controversy -- furiously...

  • Let There Be Bart

    By David Finnigan

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Do you pray? Do you watch "The Simpsons" religiously? Do you pray while watching Bart and Homer and the rest of the Springfield gang?

    Answer yes to any of these queries and you belong at Sinai Temple in Westwood for its unique, February-March Torah study program centered on the...

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