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  • God Takes the Field

    By Larry Derfner

    February 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There's nothing more peculiarly, confoundinglyIsraeli than soccer on Shabbat. But it may be coming to an end. It'sa sign of the times.

    For 70 years, big-league soccer games in Israel --or, before 1948, in Palestine -- have been played on Shabbat. Whilethe game is beloved by all...

  • Los Angeles, 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    February 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    There was noquestion: Of the three rabbis sitting up on the dais at UCLA Hillel,Rabbi Shlomo Riskin had the toughest sell. After all, audiences whocome to hear panels on pluralism usually bristle at Orthodoxy'sseeming exclusivity.

    But, true to self, Riskin didn't let theanticipation...

  • Climbing Our Mountain

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As I, at 16, traveled through Israel for the firsttime, my Jewish nerve endings were hypersensitive. Every stone, face,taste, smell, breeze, star, touch, glimpse -- everything -- moved me.Somehow, I knew I was close to God, and now I was going to be closer-- Moses closer; I was going...

  • Synagogues, Temples and Shuls

    By Julie G Fax

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As Shabbat ebbs next week, try Young Israel ofCentury City for something a little sexy -- namely, a lecture on "TheFacts of Life: How to Teach Yeshiva Students," led by Rabbi Baruchand Michal Finkelstein.

    While many parents feel uncomfortable discussingsex with their children, the...

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  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Here's a story that will sadden andamaze you. It's Jean Dominique Bauby's story. In 1995, he was theeditor-in-chief of Elle magazine in France, the father of two youngchildren, a 43-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his styleand his passion for life. Until he suffered a rare...

  • Tu B’Shevat Salad

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Value: Survival. Wheat represents a staple of life. It isbasic to breads, crackers and many other nourishing foods. Many of ustake the food on our table for granted, while others who are lessfortunate are not even guaranteed simple survival.

    Text to recite: "Im ein kemah, ein Torah....

  • A Teacher’s Guide to Parents

    By Beverly Gray

    January 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    What do Jewish educators think about Jewishparents? To get the inside scoop, I turned to "Jewish Parents: ATeacher's Guide." It's a recent co-venture by Joel Grishaver and Dr.Ron Wolfson, both veteran teachers and observers of the Jewisheducational scene. The irrepressible Grishaver,...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The Nazis took my uncle Henry at the beginning ofthe war. He survived more than five years as a slave. Young andstrong, he was a carpenter, and they needed carpenters. At first,they moved him from camp to camp, including a stay at Pleshow, whereSchindler's people were kept. And,...

  • CommunityMilken’s Class Acts

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, Dr. Joseph Hakimi, Chaya Shamie, MarianneSiegel, Lowell Milken, Tova Baichman-Kass and Lynn Karz.

    Every year, the Milken Family Foundation gives public recognitionand $10,000 each to education professionals "who have madesignificant contributions to excellence in day...

  • Judaism & Homosexuality

    By Ruth Stroud

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Left to right, panelist Rabbi Elliott Dorff of University ofJudaism, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim, moderator Mark Levine, panelist Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and lawyer and AIDS activistDavid Rephun, the panelist from an Orthodox background. Below,panelist Rabbi Allen...

  • ALMANAC

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    For four millenia, the Jewish homeland hassurvived either as dream or reality. A nomadic tribe began migratinginto the Land of Canaan in the early second millenium B.C.E. Theirhistory of wandering, exodus and eventual conquest of Canaan, whichthey renamed Israel, forms the core story...

  • Rabbi Is Held Up at Westchester Synagogue

    By Ruth Stroud

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 30, as he worked on his computer in hisoffice at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester, Rabbi MichaelBeals saw a man he didn't recognize walking through the synagogueparking lot. The rabbi waved, thinking the man might be a homelessperson en route to the...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Pity Esau. One moment of weakness, one moment ofimpulse, and his birthright is gone. He goes out to fulfill hisfather's dying wish for a savory meal of game, and while he's outhunting, his mother and brother conspire and rob him of his blessing.Returning to his father with the feast,...

  • A Different Kind of

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    He is our first forefather, the progenitor of theCovenant, and, yet, we do not call ourselves B'nai Avraham, thechildren of Abraham. We invoke the memory of the Akeda whenever we beg God'sforgiveness, but we do not call ourselves B'nai Yitzchak, thechildren of Isaac. We are B'nai...

  • Community Briefs

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Meditation practices, kabbalistic wisdom, the spiritualapplications of music and other elements of what is often called theJewish Renewal Movement will be taught and discussed at a localconference Dec. 13-14. Convened by Metivta, a center forcontemplative Judaism headed by Rabbi...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    In 1620, our Pilgrim ancestors escapedthe tyranny and religious persecution of the Old World and braved atreacherous journey to find freedom on this continent. They landed atPlymouth Rock, Mass. Settling at the edge of a vast wilderness, theynearly perished. They were rescued by...

  • Madonna, Motherhood and Judaism

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Madonna:

    Is it possible that I saw you at Sinai? The Jewish mysticaltradition, which you have been exploring, teaches that the souls ofall Jews for all generations -- including converts to Judaism --stood at Mount Sinai when our covenant with God was affirmed. Couldthe Jewish...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Who was the first Jew? All of us learned in Sunday School that thefirst Jew was Abraham. It was our father, Abraham, who detected thepresence of the one true God and championed monotheism in a paganworld. It was with Abraham that God established the Covenant,defining our identity,...

  • My Israeli Moment

    By Linda Feldman

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I sat between two Harvard graduates on my trip to Israel aboard El Al flight No. 008. I was one of seven Jewish publication journalists brought to Israel by Histadrut's Israel Humanitarian Foundation (more about this trip in a later article). When I was warned by Israeli friends that...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    You know me, Rabbi. You know how important thesynagogue is to me, how much I enjoy services; you see me at yourTorah classes. You know what kind of Jew I am: I am the only one atthe family seder table who can read the Hebrew side of the Haggadah,but they won't accept me, because I...

  • The Bible Codes

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    A Caltech mathematician and a leading Orthodox educational institution teamed up recently to turn up the heat on a simmering controversy over what they say is a scientifically and religiously suspect tool used by Jewish outreach organizations -- the Bible codes. Aish HaTorah, a...

  • Songs

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    One of my favorite things to do is write children's songs. Over the years, I have written lots of innocuous little ditties for kids as a way of teaching them about Jewish holidays and rituals, ethics and values, and how to treat families and friends. Long ago, when I was just...

  • In Times of Sorrow

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Ceramic bas relief by Albert Greenberg


    "I am sure," said Sinai Temple's Rabbi DavidWolpe in his Rosh Hashanah sermon, "that in almost every pulpit inAmerica from whatever denomination rabbis are speaking about theterrible strife we are enduring -- Jew against Jew, as well as Jewagainst Arab -- in the Land of Israel." ...

  • Building Your

    By Linda Feldman

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My years inSanta Cruz are measured by the Jewish calendar. Through a coincidenceof dates, I arrived in 1995 the night before erev Rosh Hashanah. Butit was no accident that I joined Temple Beth El by fax from LosAngeles. Murray Baumgarten -- a man whom I had never met but whosename...

  • Common Ground

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    My little Long Island town had two shuls: ourConservative synagogue close to home and the one we called the"other," across town. My parents never mentioned it by name. The shulwas Reform.

    The "other" shul, smaller than ours and locatedoff a main highway, symbolized everything...

  • Letters

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I am writing in response to Rabbi David Eliezrie ("It's Time to Talk," Oct. 3). I don't think he is being true to the teaching of the Torah when he manipulates facts and figures to attack other rabbis who are not Orthodox and says his way is the only way. How many times throughout...
  • Taking Off the Mask

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Taking Off the Mask


    During the long hours of Yom Kippur prayers lastweekend, my friend Sheldon occupied himself by conducting a census ofthe people called to the bimah for ritual honors.

    "My tally is 7-2, women to men," he told me whenwe sat down to break the fast. This...

  • The Torah of Our Lives

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left to right, panelist Rabbi Elliott Dorff of University ofJudaism, Rabbi Lisa Edwards of Beth Chayim Chadashim, moderator MarkLevine, panelist Rabbi Leila Gal Berner and lawyer and AIDS activistDavid Rephun, the panelist from an Orthodox background. Below,panelist Rabbi Allen...
  • ‘If She Couldn’t Pay, She Couldn’t Pray’

    By Michael Barclay

    October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As a Jew in his early 30s,I have had many different experiences of beauty and pain during theTen Days of Awe, ranging from the first time I started to reallyunderstand the implications of being on trial for my life, to thefirst Yizkor after my father's death. Yet last year, I...

  • And Now, For Something CompletelyDifferent

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Some years ago, when I was in my "Jew In theLotus" phase of spiritual development, I approached the rabbi duringthe break in the High Holiday services.

    "The problem with Jewish prayer," Isaid, filled with the chutzpah of one with nothing to lose, "is thatit's stiff and static....

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