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January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm
After spending the summer at Lishma, an intensive yeshiva-style program for young adults at Camp Ramah in Ojai, sisters Olga and Anna Dramchuk expected to be teaching Torah to fellow university students at Hillel in Novosibirsk, Siberia. Instead, they're back in Los Angeles in...
December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm
"Derech Hashem -- The Way of God" by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Feldheim, 1997).
Quietly studying a page of the Talmud on a crowded plane, the great Orthodox teacher and thinker Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik was interrupted by a passenger in the next seat.
"Pardon me. What is that...
September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm
April 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm
When friendly strangers find out I'm a convert to Judaism, they want to know why.
And I've learned to be ready.
I have two stories: One is
respectable, and one involves comic books and video games.
The first is the one I bring out for casual conversations, for puzzled strangers and...
February 19, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Ready, Steady, GJ
In our Torah we have reached Parshat Mishpatim. The Israelites have just been given the Ten Commandments, and now God spends a whole portion giving them laws that they will have to observe when they reach the Land of Israel.
It can take a long time to study...
February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm
November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Dr. Peretz Lavie has spent his career studying sleep and sleep disorders. The fifth-generation Israeli is head of the Technion Sleep Laboratory, which has hosted more sleep patients than any other laboratory in the world.
"We've had about 60,000 patients who have slept with us," he...
October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm
After working with two private tutors last fall, Aliza J. Sokolow took the SAT college entrance exam in January. Devastated by her test results, the Milken Community High School junior studied on her own and took the test again in April.
"My scores went up insanely and I was beyond...
October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm
July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Ariel Avrech died of complications from severe pulmonary fibrosis on July 1. He was 22.
"He was incredibly learned," said Avrech's father, Emmy-winning screenwriter Robert Avrech ("The Devil's Arithmetic"). "I always learned from him. Our roles were reversed. He was also very funny...
May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Los Angeles' three rabbinical schools will present the Jewish community with 26 freshly minted rabbis this month as the seminaries hold their ordination ceremonies.
The University of Judaism (UJ) will ordain seven men and three women as Conservative rabbis Monday night at Sinai...
November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm
"For bioterrorism, we're about as prepared as we are for snow," said City Councilman Jack Weiss, who has spent a year working with security experts and local officials to figure out what Los Angeles needs to do to prepare for and prevent terrorist attacks. The report of the results...
October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm
Mayim Bialik's nickname on campus is "Super Jew." The down-to-earth 26-year-old who starred for five years in the hit sitcom "Blossom" has ceased acting, focusing her attention instead on Judaism.
She is currently studying neuroscience for her graduate degree at a prestigious...
August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm
In 1978, when I first applied to college, I didn't know what I wanted to study as an undergraduate. I left the space blank on the college application form where I was supposed to indicate an intended major. Someone in the admissions office, based on my grade point average and my...
August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Recently, I've been competing with a bunch of 13-year-olds and coming up short. This is because, as of last month, I've been studying for my Bat Mitzvah, the same event that at one point was originally, if tentatively, scheduled for June 1972. But when I was 12 and my father, who in...
March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pmWhen a 30-something British financial investment manager took a few years off to study Jewish texts in Israel, he was struck by the differences between the financial and Jewish communal worlds.
"In the private sector, at the moment, committed young people with good ideas can find...