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  • Grocery Store Etiquette

    By Ilana Angel

    July 17, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    I like grocery shopping.  I cook most everyday and I especially love the produce section of my local market.  I am big on fresh ingredients and tend to buy a lot of organic.  I don’t use recipes or cookbooks unless I’m making something I’ve not made before.  I cook a lot of my...

  • Showing Kindness is Not Hard, it is Required

    By Ilana Angel

    July 15, 2012 | 2:53 pm

    Sadly I am often surprised by how, when given the opportunity, people are not kind to a stranger.  We live in a harsh and cynical world where there is not a lot of kindness.  I understand people are jaded, but when you make a conscious decision to not lend a hand to someone in need,...

  • Osmonds, Compliments & the Kindness of a Stranger

    By Ilana Angel

    January 13, 2012 | 8:30 am

    Yesterday as I was walking along Ventura Boulevard to my bank, I saw a homeless man camped out on the sidewalk.  He had a cup sitting in front of him, but he appeared to be sleeping.  As I approached I put a dollar in the cup and continued onto the bank.

    When I was walking back up...

  • Jewish themes on tap at Sundance festival

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    "I never sold weed after high school -- I swear," said 31-year-old filmmaker Jonathan Levine.

    Instead, he said, "The Wackness," which revolves around a dealer who trades pot for therapy sessions (and premieres in competition at the Sundance Film Festival this week), was inspired by...

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  • D-A-T-E is just a four-letter word

    By Lori Gottlieb

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I'm not sure why this never made any of the 2006 year-end lists, but it seems that -- at least for singles -- the most confusing question of the year wasn't "How do you pronounce 'al-Zarqawi?'" but the more mundane "How was your date?" To be specific, the confusing part would always...
  • A Race Against Time and Floodwaters

    By Chanan Tigay

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Stepping up to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina, Jewish day schools opened their doors to evacuees, families welcomed strangers into their homes, Jewish rescue squads searched through the storm's wreckage and Jewish organizations raised millions of dollars for those whose lives were...

  • Love the Stranger

    By Rabbi Zoë Klein

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The freeways were quiet and the city seemed peaceful at 4:30 a.m. as I drove to the hospital. I was going to see Thelma before she was taken in for surgery. I thought about the time just over a year ago when Thelma arrived at our house at 3 a.m., tiptoeing in so as not to wake...

  • Different Kind of Visit

    By Lilly Gohar Bolour

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I am in Israel for a few days to visit the victims of terrorist acts. I'm on my own, not with a group. It's the first time I've been in Israel with a purpose other than visiting family and enjoying myself. I'm not frightened but there is something unsettling to visit Israel this way....

  • All Who Are in Need

    By Mark I. Rosen

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Passover is a holiday of remembrance, a time to recall and retell the story of the deliverance of the Jewish people from generations of Egyptian bondage. But there is also a different kind of remembering that takes place each Passover, in which memory is personal, not scripted....

  • Seeking Redemption

    By Ed Solomon

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In college, I tutored in a maximum-security prison for kids who had committed violent crimes. I met a 17-year-old boy there who had killed a 16-year-old boy earlier that year. He had been tried as an adult and sentenced to life. Though we were only together for a couple sessions, he...

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