For most of the last hour in this bomb shelter-cum-multipurpose youth room in Ashdod, Israel, Avivit Sabat has been sitting quietly, her long arms and legs folded protectively across her body. Her hair, pulled tight in a low bun, highlights her delicately defined 17-year-old beauty....
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Jews and the birth of Film Noir
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September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm
September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm
This week's Torah portion presents the blessings and curses that follow from observance or defiance of the law. Some people understand this as a rigid system of reward and punishment. Keep the covenant, and all will be well; violate it, and you will suffer.
The blessings and curses...
June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Laemmle Theatres serves up more Jewish documentaries this weekend under the banner of their cleverly titled screening series "Bagels and Docs." At Laemmle Monica, early risers can catch "Undying Love," a film that recounts the stories of young couples whose...
June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Last month, seven Los Angeles rabbis and five community leaders traveled to Argentina for a whirlwind 72-hour trip. The mission, organized by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, helped them gain firsthand knowledge of the...
May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm
"Od lo avda tikvataynu."
A poster of Moshe Dayan hung in my childhood bedroom. Growing up in the light of the Six-Day War, I adored this new Jewish hero -- tough, cocky, a Jew without fear. A generation later, we venerated Yitzchak Rabin -- the warrior peacemaker, the realistic...
April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Imagine a disease that strips a child of the routine autonomic and sensory abilities that we take for granted. A disease that affects a child's nervous system to such a degree that he or she cannot feel pain or produce tears, even when seriously wounded. The child becomes plagued...
April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Grieving in Silence
In this week's parsha, a very tragic thing happens. Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu, die when they try to bring a sacrifice to God. A fire comes out and consumes them. Aaron does not get angry at God; he just grieves in silence. The rabbis try to think of all sorts...
April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm
"So teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom...." (Psalm 90:12)
Truth be told, there are no "soft issues" in medical ethics, unless by "soft" we mean the human issues, the matters of the spirit that so influence people's capacity to heal and even (as research...
April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm
People can hear about the economic crisis that has affected South America in the news. People can read about poverty in newspapers, but 22 Jewish and non-Jewish USC students, along with Rabbi Jonathan Klein, USC Hillel director, spent eight days during an alternative spring break...
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...
March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm
"I am all for this war, all humanity should be for it," said Ramin Shookhtim, a Persian Jew who left Iran in 1987 to study in the United States.
"Although there is no single solution against terrorism and terrorism will always be there, I think this war would help the fight...
January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
Since last Sunday, a question has been running around in my head and troubling my sleep: What induced the young Palestinian, who broke into Kibbutz Metzer, to aim his weapon at a mother and her two little children and kill them?
In war, one does not kill children. That is a...
July 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm
December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pmThere's a Yiddish saying that goes: "I've been poor and I've been rich. Believe me, rich is better!" In the Midrash we read: "Nothing in the universe is worse than poverty; it is the most terrible of sufferings." (Exodus Rabbah 31:14)
Los Angeles is a city that glitters with gold and...
June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pmWe buried her 13 months ago -- this flower, this light, this precious partner of his for 60 years. Everything was done in our ancient way: the funeral with its torn, black ribbons and clods of earth thunking on plain pine; the shiva, with its prayers, grief and Bundt cakes; a year of...
October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Ethan Gura doesn't remember his sister. Still, he cannot forgether. He can't forget that Rebecca Alexandra Gura died in 1991 after afour and a half year battle with leukemia. She was then six yearsold. He was three.
Now, at age 9, Ethan is a veteran of various therapies, alldesigned...