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  • Arab Accountability

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When people hear about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, they assume that Israelis are white, European oppressors and that Palestinians are indigenous people of color being taken over and kicked out of their native home. The familiar script of European racism and...

  • A Chanukah in the ‘People’s House’

    By Dr. Joel Geiderman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The invitation to the White House was completely unexpected. It arrived in a caligraphied envelope, with a Chanukah stamp in the corner and a menorah showing through.

    A Chanukah card, I thought, but I was wrong. There was a gold presidential seal at the top of the card and a few...

  • ‘Crazy’ for Chanukah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In Adam Sandler's animated film, "Eight Crazy Nights," a self-professed 33-year-old crazy Jewish guy comes off like a tweaked Jewish Scrooge.

    Haunted by the ghost of Chanukah past, ex-Jewish Community Center (JCC) basketball star Davey Stone (Sandler) rivals the antics of Sandler's...

  • Kindle Lights,      Rekindle Traditions

    By Linda Morel

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The sizzle of latkes in the kitchen, the glow of Chanukah candles in the window, the sounds of children playing with dreidels," these are what most of us associate with Chanukah celebrations, said Linda Burghardt, the author of "Jewish Holiday Traditions" (Citadel Press, 2001).

    ...

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  • Once Upon a ‘Nail’

    By Beverly Levitt

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The joyous holiday of Chanukah is replete with miracles and storytelling. Judy Aronson, Jewish educator in New England, loves telling stories at Chanukah. "The best are handed down from generation to generation. And they change in each retelling," she said. "I first heard the...

  • Thanksgiving’s Jewish Roots

    By Abby Gilad

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Pilgrims of New Salem, Mass., were so moved by the stories of the ancient Israelites that they thought of America as their Zion and New Salem as their Jerusalem. They based their first Thanksgiving celebration on the pilgrimages the Jews were commanded to make to Jerusalem on...

  • Beyond Miracles and Maccabees

    By Denise Berger

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    My mother was surprised when I said I was reviewing Chanukah books for kids. "Is there a lot out there?" she asked.

    I don't remember ever coming across a Chanukah book growing up. Now there are titles geared for all ages and interests -- historical accounts, folk tales, activities,...

  • The Price We Pay

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob spent 20 long years in the home of his father-in-law, Laban, before he could return to the land of Canaan, his home and homeland.

    He had been threatened, cheated, tricked, attacked, injured and orphaned over the course of those years. Certainly, he was hoping to settle down...

  • Eye-Popping Tale

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "The Golden Land: The Story of Jewish Immigration to America" by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin (Harmony Books, $29.95).

    Rabbi Joseph Telushkin begins this clever, coffee-table tome by noting that only three days after Spain's pious rulers, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, expelled their...

  • The Big Fake Guy

    By Kate Axelrod

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Bruce. Bruce Goldman.

    On my machine, he sounded like a cross between Super Fly and Tony the Tiger. Infusing "This is B.G." and "What's the d-low?" with a closing trilled, "Have a grrrrreat day."

    I wondered, did he mean "hope you had a grrrrreat day" or "have a grrrrreat day,...

  • Europe’s Harms   to China’s Arms

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Just when it seems that all the World War II and Holocaust stories have been told, a little-known tale from a far corner of the world comes along to add another dimension to the saga of the Shoah.

    The powerful documentary film, "Shanghai Ghetto," is one such story -- a fascinating...

  • The Sacred Narrative

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This summer, I had a reunion with female cousins who are all my age. We live all around the country, so we hardly ever see each other. Remembering the little girls we once were, and discovering the women we've become, was really amazing.

    Here we were together again, no longer...

  • Alert the Media

    By Rob Eshman

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Friday, Walter Isaacson, the chairman and CEO of Cable News Network (CNN), dropped by The Jewish Journal's offices.

    Such visits are not the natural order of things along the Great Media Chain of Being, unless someone's got a book to promote. But these are unusual times. There's...

  • A ‘Shattered’ Portrait of Israel

    By Dennis Gura

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Shattered Dreams" a "Frontline" documentary on PBS, illustrates the "even-handed," "well-balanced" style beloved of Boston's WGBH (produced in association with France 2, Abu Dhabi Television and Tel-Ad Israel). It is guaranteed to deeply aggravate partisans on all sides --...

  • Second Take

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    May 30, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This is a Los Angeles story, moreover one with a Hollywood ending. But it is also partly a Jewish American tale.

    It is the story of 20 months in the early adult life of Frances Kroll Ring, written in the form of a memoir, "Against The Current." "Last Call," on Showtime last...

  • How the Times Distorted Jenin

    By Daniel Gordon

    May 2, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When I write a screenplay, I start out with an agenda. I decide who my hero is first and who is the villain. Then I fashion scenes to build my dramatic case and make it believable. That is, I believe, exactly what occurred with regard to at least two reporters, Sheila MacVicar of CNN...

  • Spring Is Here

    By Abby Gilad

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On this Shabbat, hol ha'moed Pesach, we read a beautiful story called "The Song of Songs." It is attributed to King Solomon, and the rabbis interpret the love story that takes place between the girl and the boy in the poem as Solomon's love for God and of God's love for the Jewish people.

    The story/poem takes place in the spring, when flowers are blossoming, fruits are ripening and the sweet fragrance of jasmine is everywhere. Pesach is a time of new beginnings, and so is spring. The world is being reborn.

  • Love in the Time of Snakes

    By Amy Klein

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Sunday's Silence" by Gina Nahai
    (Harcourt Brace, $24).



    "Is Truth more urgent than Desire?" That's the poignant question posed by the beautiful Blue in the opening of "Sunday's Silence," the newest novel by Gina Nahai. It is a question that Nahai herself makes tantalizingly difficult...

  • Tall

    By Deb Miller

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Full of drama, ancient wisdom and suspense, "Storahtelling" is live revival bibliodrama, and it's coming to a synagogue in Beverly Hills.

    This Shabbat, Amichai Lau-Lavie -- Jewish educator, descendant of 35 generations of rabbis, and Jewish visionary -- will employ a revolutionary...

  • A Portion of Parshat Shmot

    By Abby Gilad

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's a new year and a new book of the Bible. Last week we finished Genesis. This week we start Exodus. In it we will follow the Israelites' move from slavery to becoming a free nation. Have you decided to free yourself of anything this year? Are you letting go of watching too much...

  • Leave the Czech

    By Mike Levy

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Vivien Straus grew up on a 660-acre kosher, organic dairy farm on the outskirts of a town of 50 in Marin County. She once ran away from home when her parents told her that she had to marry someone Jewish. But the life-changing experience that inspired her play, "Getting It Wrong,"...

  • New York State of Mind

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Edward Burns tells a story to illustrate why he was inspired to write his multicultural comedy, "Sidewalks of New York," featuring characters from Puerto Rican to Jewish to everything in between. "I was on a Manhattan movie set, and this Catholic woman goes, 'My son has his...

  • The Vatican and the Shoah

    By Aaron Leibel

    November 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A boy goes missing on the grounds of a Jewish factory and his body is found riddled with wounds. "Science has established the time and the method.... It has indicated the goal ... the murder was committed by people who wanted to extract the blood. Now of such people one race alone is...

  • Your Letters

    June 14, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Yehuda Chaim

    The U.S. State Department has no position on rock-throwing as violence. Tell that to Batsheva and Benny Shoham, whose infant son, Yehuda Chaim, was buried this week, after sustaining a crushing head injury by a terrorist's rock. His tiny body was wrapped in a tallit, to...

  • Shocked, Shocked

    By Rob Eshman

    March 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    This Marc Rich story has legs and then some. Bill Clinton's last-moment pardon of the indicted billionaire commodities trader has, like so many of the former president's actions, created a cottage industry in sleazy revelation.

    The scandals change, but their essential elements...

  • Rebel, Rebel

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Jonathan Aaron of Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills knows as much about show business as shul business.

    The 39-year-old rabbi, a former actor and managing director of the Open Forum Theatre in Connecticut, is the author of a new musical, "Hyrcanus," an intergenerational...

  • Bedside Manner

    By David Evanier

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Scott Braunstein sits in a hospital room with Sam Bottleman, 91, on the Sunday of Chanukah. Bottleman has a neck brace and a deep wound on his head after falling down 12 steps in his apartment building the day before. Braunstein, 27, a resident in internal medicine at...

  • Following Her ‘Dream’

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A few years ago, Kat Cressida, the woman who supplies the voice of Dexter on "Dexter's Laboratory," approached KCET's "Storytellers" to collaborate on a CD of Jewish folktales. That endeavor instead turned into "Peter Pan." So Cressida decided to ensure that her follow-up project...

  • Jewish Research Calling

    By Julie Wiener

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    If you get a phone call in the next few months from a stranger with lots of questions, don't assume it's a telemarketer.

    The person on the other end of the line may be more interested in hearing about your Jewish identity than telling you about the latest credit card deal.

    Researchers...

  • Mourning an Alcoholic Father

    By Jane Ulman

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    According to myth, Jews don't drink. This is false.

    According to the "Big Book" of Alcoholics Anonymous, alcohol is cunning, baffling and powerful. This is true. Otherwise, why would my father choose to move in 1991 to Portland, Oregon, to live alone with his Dalmatian and begin...

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