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  • Creating Order in Our Lives

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Isn't technology great? I'll tell you why I'm asking. The first chapter of the Torah is always presumed to be about creation, and God's power and wisdom in His role as Creator. In a book published about a dozen years ago, Harvard Divinity School's Dr. Jon Levenson takes issue with...
  • Moses’ Musical, Poetic Ethical Will

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 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...
  • Keeping Score

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    September 24, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Most of us do a pretty good job of keeping score. We know how to tally the insults, gossip, infidelities, meanness, foolishness and anger of the past year. We know where we went wrong. We know how to be honest and even tough on ourselves. Like the cartoonist Jules Feiffer's character...
  • Divisions between Orthodox and Conservative Jews in the US

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My grandparents were Orthodox Jews. They arrived on these shores shortly before the onset of the first world war and had four children, two sons and two daughters. Two of the children were artist-intellectuals, somewhat on the bohemian side (a musician and an artist) and quite...
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  • Living in the Here and Now

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 17, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the Chassidic master, Reb Yitzchak Yakov, the Seer of Lublin, died, his disciples divided his worldly goods. One got his books and his notes, another his shtender, his study lectern, one his Kiddush cup, another his tallit and tefillin. When it was all distributed, there...
  • Putting the Joy in Judaism

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago, two of my colleagues took their families on vacation to Mammoth Lake. While there, the families spent Shabbat with one another, eating their meals together, singing zmirot (Shabbat songs) and enjoying each other's company.

    After lunch, the two rabbis, dressed in their...

  • Parenting by Example

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I remember how amazed I was by the story. Tom and Pauline Nichter and their 11-year-old son, Jason, were on the nightly news, speaking with reporters from the police station. They had found a lost wallet on the street; it contained more than $2,000 in cash, a credit card, a passport...

  • Back To School

    By Jane Ulman

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In Praise of Day Schools

    They offer a solid education, and might be the last line of defense when it comes to marrying within the Jewish faith

    By Jane Ulman

    The first Jewish day...

  • Back To School

    By Beverly Gray

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Freshman Orientation: A Primer for Jewish Life on Campus

    By Beverly Gray, Education Editor

    As Labor Day fast approaches, colleges around the country are welcoming the class of 2002. Some of...

  • L.A. 5758

    By Julie G Fax

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Taking the First Step

    More than 40 rabbis, from Orthodox to Reform, look for ways to increase respect among Jews

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax, Religion Editor

    One of them calls himself a hardliner. Another says he doesn't believe in pluralism. Still another...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Why Be Jewish?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    There is a story that haunts me this time of year.

    Franz Rosensweig. Photo from "My Jewish World"

    It is the story of a young Jew who lived in...

  • Mideast

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Senior executives in Israeli companies are getting a lesson in managerial strategy with the hope of bolstering Israel's standing in the world market

     

    Management Makeover

    By Orit Arfa, Contributing...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Does Anyone Know What Time It Is?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    In the office, I have a fast computer with e-mail and a modem, a fax machine, a cell phone and a pager. At home, a microwave/convection oven, dishwasher, washer/dryer,...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Parenting Instructions

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

    Ever since my book "Children of Character -- Leading Your Children to Ethical Choices in Everyday Life," was published last year, I have been frenetically...

  • Yitzhak Kedouri

    By Eric Silver

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The most talked-about, perhaps the most feared, figure in Israeli politics this holiday season is neither a statesman nor a rabble-rouser. He is Yitzhak Kedouri, a frail, mystical Iraqi-born rabbi, barely able to speak or to walk unaided, whose widely distributed kabbalistic amulets...
  • The Annual Rabbi Sermon Seminar

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It sounds almost like the start of a joke, a crafty scenario waiting for a punch line: a roomful of rabbis, forced to sit for hours, listening to each other's High Holiday sermons.

    But for the 100 or so clergy members gathered at the lush hilltop campus of Stephen S. Wise Temple last...

  • On the Eve of Simchat Torah

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On the eve of Simchat Torah, many synagogues auction the three major honors of the day, with proceeds benefiting the synagogue or other Jewish institutions. Two honors, Hatan Torah (for the one called to the final reading in Deuteronomy) and Hatan Bereshit (for the one called to the...
  • Celebration of Animals at B’nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester

    July 30, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    When the rabbi's wife is a vet, it should come as little surprise when the four-legged critters are accorded special attention at the rabbi's synagogue. So, on the heels of the High Holidays, a Celebration of the Animals at B'nai Tikvah Congregation in Westchester will take place...
  • Unlimited Learning

    By Beverly Gray

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It's 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and a group of well-dressed men and women have gathered in the swank board room of a Beverly Hills talent agency. On the long marble conference table in front of them are stacks of academic books. After a few...

  • Reaching New Haights

    By Teresa Strasser

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Teresa Strasser is a twentysomething contributing writer for The Jewish Journal.


    Reaching New Haights

    The Synergy School was fine for me for a while.

    We called our teachers "Rusty" and "Kathy," learned...

  • Adult B’nai Mitzvah Gaining in Popularity

    By Beverly Gray

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Back in the fall, Joyce Snyder toured Israel,steeping herself in the spirit of Torah.

    But this, she felt, was not enough.

    Six months later, she was standing in front of hercongregation, publicly chanting the words of the Torah.

    It was all part of a journey that for her heldgreat...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The Moabites of Hollywood

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    Been to the movies this summer? There's "Armageddon," in which a Texas-sized asteroid hurtling toward Earth threatens all life on this planet. "Deep Impact" features two...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Water and Women: The Sustenance of Life

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    I grew up the only boy in a family with three girls. Although this definitely didn't make me an expert on women, it did give me a firsthand knowledge of how women...

  • Commentary

    By Rabbi Baruch Cohon

    July 2, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Challenging the Rabbi's 'Version'

    By Baruch C. Cohen, Esq.

    Several weeks ago, The Jewish Journal published a Torah Portion on Parasha Behaalotecha, authored by Rabbi Steven Leder of Wilshire Boulevard Temple and titled "Striking...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The True Meaning of Freedom

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    They're coming! The fireworks, the concerts and the barbecues are all happily bearing down upon us as the Fourth of July approaches again. Instinctively, and...

  • Fatal Flaws

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Students of drama are well acquainted withAristotle's view about the "fatal flaw." Protagonists of tragedy, nomatter how exalted, are brought down by a tragic flaw from within:bad judgment or bad character.

    Centuries before Aristotle developed his theory,the Torah illustrated it,...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Striking the S-Word

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    I never heard the N-word, growing up, because we were Jewish. For my parents, the S-word sufficed. Although they never would have denied someone an opportunity based on skin color, it was " schvartzes " who...

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