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I've been going nuts this week preparing for Yom Kippur. Really crackers. Some years, when life seems to be proceeding at a more or less orderly pace, it's enough for me to take this one holy day, to fast and remonstrate and engage in the kind of self-reflection that works best if...
September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Some of these practices have fairly obvious meanings, like apples dipped in honey to represent the hope of a sweet new year and round challot to symbolize wholeness and continuity. But some meanings are slightly more obscure.
Take the eating of pome-granates. True, some thinkers...
May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm
On a warm spring evening this month, the boisterous strains of Eastern European music wafted out the window of a large, Spanish-style home in Santa Monica. Inside the high-ceilinged living room, an unexpected sight greeted a visitor: Jewish and Romani (a k a Gypsy) musicians...
April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pmPassover in Israel is a blockbuster week when the country acts not only Israeli, but overwhelmingly Jewish as well. The air turns electric far in advance. Supermarkets are jammed, ringing up the highest sales all year. Matzahs are sold in packages the size of small suitcases, with...
March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pmThe first time I saw a beggar on the streets of Los Angeles I was shocked. The man, disheveled and filthy, stood on the freeway offramp with a tattered sign: "Will Work for Food." Sure, there are beggars in Calcutta and panhandlers in New York, but not here! I stared at him for a...
January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pmThe month of January marks three important birthdays.
On Jan. 3, my oldest son, Zack, turned 16.
Exactly 16 years and 90 minutes after his birth, he received his driver's license. During the time I spent waiting at the Department of Motor Vehicles, only slightly shorter and less...
December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pmMelodic harmonies echo through Dominus Flevit, a small-but-quaint church on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, as a group of 30 Christian Bible scholars and pastors sing "Hallelujah to the Lord," first in English, then Hebrew.
Built in 1955 on the ruins of an ancient church, the...
November 18, 1999 | 7:00 pmAnybody can make a Shabbat meal that tastes good, but not everybody can make one that looks good. For a lot of people, holiday decorating begins and ends with a pair of candlesticks and a kiddush cup.
Home decor is the weak link in a lot of Jewish celebrations. I'm not talking about...
September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pmAnyone from the Western part of the United States aspiring to national Jewish leadership has "got to be an 11 on a scale of one to 10," Burton Levinson says. "We've got a lot of eights and nines in Los Angeles and elsewhere, but that's not good enough."
Put another way, "For American...
September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pmOn the first day of Tishri, Sept. 10, the Jewish New Year begins at sunset. Every year, the reminder of the tensions between solemn and happy days, reflections on the past and a sense of renewal for the future, the sounds of wailing and the joy of singing hallelujah, create the...
September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm
I forgot to blow the shofar this morning. No, it's not quite Rosh Hashanah and I haven't missed this year's round challah or apples dipped in honey. But there is a tradition of beginning every morning during the month of Elul, the Jewish month preceding Rosh Hashanah, with the sound...
April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pmJewish-themed cookbooks appear in a frenzy about a month before Passover, then die off by May. Mainstream cookbooks also try to cash in on the warming weather's ability to make us imagine nectarine tarts and heirloom tomato salads, long before winter comes to the Chilean tomato...
February 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm
Steve Spill's father was one of the first managers of the Magic Castle. Not surprisingly, growing up around the Castle cast its spell on Spill, who went on to forge a 20-year career as a professional magician.
Last September saw the debut of his new venture, the Magicopolis Theater of...
February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm
I remember the argument like it was yesterday. There I was, a 10-year-old kid growing up in a Reform congregation in Santa Monica, arguing with my best friend (another 10-year-old from the same synagogue) about the laws of kashrut for Pesach. Well, actually, the argument was really...
December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm
Don't call her the "Jewel" of Jewish preschool.
Sure, Pearl B. sings to the accompaniment of her acoustic six-string. And she does lean professionally on her gem-like first name. But that is where any similarity to the chirpy pop star ends.
"There are so many levels of Judaism -- from...
August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm
New Ways to Celebrate
Back in the 1970s, Michael and Susan Strassfeld's "The Jewish Catalog" pioneered a kind of People's Guide to Judaism that felt comfortable and familiar to the Boomer generation. Last year, Rabbi Susan Silverman and her husband,...
November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pmThe bad news is that the peace process is going nowhere. The good news is that the Palestinians are learning all over again how to enjoy themselves. Those who can afford it are, anyway.
Since it reverted to Palestinian self-rule two years ago, Ramallah, a suburban hill town 10 miles...
May 22, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Some 40,000 people are expected to converge on the grounds of Pierce College for the June 1 Valley Jewish Festival. Photo by Bill Aron
The Valley Jewish Festival has become a celebration of Jewish pride
By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer
Forty thousand fair-goers are expected to converge on...
May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm
No Jewish cookbook of this year, or any year, for that matter, compares with Claudia Roden's "The Book of Jewish Food" (Knopf), but two new local additions to the genre have plenty of charms on their own. "Mama Cooks California Style" (Wimmer, $23.95) gathers together recipes...