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  • The Bittersweet Meaning of Mud

    By Natalie Katz

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Mud

    I had been waiting seven years, and my machon summer at Camp Ramah in Ojai was finally here. It would be different from every other summer, because we would finally be the oldest group, and camp domination would be ours. I knew it would be bittersweet, and I looked forward to making...

  • ‘Restless’ Hunk Reveals Family Secret: He’s Jewish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Don Diamont is the resident hunk on "The Young and the Restless," where his buff muscles and six-pack abs make female fans drool.

    Don Diamont While his character, Brad Carlton, has done far more than strut about in cut-offs (he's mourned the loss of an unborn son, among other weighty...

  • A Little Respect

    By Tom Teicholz

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish journalism is a much-maligned enterprise -- it cries out like the late Rodney Dangerfield for respect.

    No one really admits to reading a Jewish newspaper. "It comes to my home," is what most people tell me. Or they claim to read it only when they can't get their hands on...

  • Who We Are

    By Rob Eshman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three times over the past six years that I've been editing this paper, I've come to work in the morning to find an old man waiting for me. A different man each time, though I remember all of them being thin and frail.

    The men had walked past the receptionist and taken a seat on one...

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  • Brain-Busting Doc, Eight Letters

    By Morris Newman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The cult status of The New York Times Crossword puzzle is the subject of "Wordplay," an uneven but entertaining documentary by director Patrick Creadon about the people who design the fiendishly difficult crossword puzzles for The Times and the gifted eccentrics who devote their...

  • Letters

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Middle-Class Squeeze
    Each year, the Jewish community bemoans the high cost of a day school education, while touting its value with subjective quote, such as, "Population studies have shown that day school alumni are more likely to retain a lifelong affiliation rate with Judaism and...

  • Next Year in Cannes

    By Max Gottlieb

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    It's a tough thing trying to arrange a Shabbat dinner at the Cannes Film Festival.

    My friend, Scott Einbinder, had gotten the idea two years ago, during my first trip to the festival. At first, I was hesitant. I was focused on business, a filmmaker obsessed with my career. Plus, I...

  • ‘Because Judaism Feels Right’

    By Amy Klein

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Do not urge me to leave you, or to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die and be buried.

    -- The Book of Ruth

    When 50-year-old Hector Ventura was...

  • We Must Treat Others With Kindness

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I often give young people advice on dating, occasionally without their asking. I tell young women not to judge a man by his car, since you will not end up living with the car but with the man who drives it. I advise men, when they take a woman to a restaurant, to sit facing the wall,...

  • Wandering Jew - Spiritual Headliners

    By Amy Klein

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Dozens of young giggling girls dressed in their finest skirts and blouses crowded the front of the Universal Hilton ballroom, which was hot and stuffy and filled to standing-room only capacity with women in anticipation of the big event.

    When the music started all the girls and...

  • Food for Thought

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Vica is tall, blonde and Jewish. She is my interpreter.

    It's February 2005 and I am in Vilna, Lithuania, at the Baltics Limmud Conference. I am here as part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles' strategic partnership with the Baltics communities to teach subjects as...

  • Misguided Passion About Gibson’s Film

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The great 20th century philosopher, Martin Buber, had an uncanny ability to speak to ecumenical gatherings. He would often begin his lectures highlighting the many theological tenets shared by Jews and Christians.

    "Jews," he said, "believe the Messiah has yet to come." To which he...

  • Throw a Party With a Purpose

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'll call your bet and raise you two," the sequin-clad woman said.

    "Go for it," I said, only to see my winnings swept up moments later by a poker-faced dealer.

    "You may have won this round," I told my chip-hauling opponent. "But just wait until after the Motzi!"

    Having one son...

  • PASSOVER: Don’t Be a Slave to Tradition

    By Joel Haber

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I was growing up, I never had to ask my mother what she would be serving at the seder. It was essentially the same menu every year: dishes like homemade chopped liver, chicken soup with matzah balls, turkey with gravy, mom's special "Shabbos potatoes" (first boiled then roasted...

  • PASSOVER: The 11th Plague: Boredom

    By Jane Ulman

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Not all seders are sit-down affairs.

    When "Dayenu" begins at the home of Simone Shenassa of West Orange, N.J., everyone takes bunches of scallions and hits everyone else, to imitate the whipping of the slaves.

    "It's very much a free-for-all," Shenassa said of this Persian custom....

  • Stumped by Pesach Meals? Hit the ‘List’

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Time was, when planning my Passover menu, I'd pore over cookbooks and magazines, wade through those yellowing newspaper clippings that I'm going to file some day -- I swear -- or just call Aunt Sally. But these days, with the click of a mouse, I can lean over a virtual back fence and...

  • Band Gives Klezmer Extreme Makeover

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Like so many other aspects of modern life, klezmer, that centuries-old Yiddish art form, is undergoing a makeover, fusing Jewish folk songs with Caribbean, Spanish and African influences. Yet Extreme Klezmer Makeover, a quartet that will be performing on March 31 at Club Tropical, a...

  • Wandering Jew - Upside Down

    By Amy Klein

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Here's a verse that should be written in Psalms: "He who is lenient about Purim is a truly unhappy person." Or, as one rabbi put it:

    "Who doesn't enjoy a bacchanalian feast where it's a mitzvah to get drunk?"

    Los Angeles Jewry, despite its reputation for disjointedness and spiritual...

  • The Path for Growth

    By Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Almost 10 years ago to the day, I was interviewing at Adat Ari El for the position of assistant rabbi. The parsha on which I had to speak was Terumah. I wondered if there was any chance I would get the job.

    Let me explain.

    Some Torah portions lend themselves very easily to sermons....

  • Q & A With Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    By Amy Klein

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After more than 20 years at Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Ed Feinstein recently was named senior rabbi at the Encino synagogue, succeeding Rabbi Harold Schulweis. Recently, Rabbi Feinstein, 51, began teaching an adult education course called "Knowing God: The History of the Jewish...

  • Out of My Comfort Zone

    By Benjamin Steiner

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Each morning at the Anti-Defamation League's Grosfeld National Youth Leadership Mission in Washington, D.C., which took place in November, about 20 students crowded into a hotel room for student-led Shacharit, or morning prayers.

    What was notable was that many of those students...

  • Sympathy for the Devil?

    By David Klinghoffer

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A rule in Jewish law holds that when all the judges on the Jewish high court unanimously condemned an accused criminal, he must be set free. The very unanimity was suspicious and called into question the justice of the proceedings.

    Talk about unanimity. By now thousands of published...

  • Community Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After 22 years as head rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation in Valley Village, Rabbi Aron Tendler resigned last weekend.

    "It is with mixed emotions that I write you today to let you know of my decision that, after 22 wonderful years, I have decided to step down as rabbi of Shaarey...

  • O.C. Gives Kids New Place to Bunk

    By Emily Pauker

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    After 15 years of summer day camps, Orange County families finally have a resident camp option of their very own. The Merage Jewish Community Center in Irvine is in the process of signing up campers, ages 7 to 16, to fill 110 spaces available for Camp Yofi, a sleep-away camp at...

  • The Best Presents: Ritual and Repetition

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    During my family's annual Thanksgiving beach road trip this year, my kids showed remarkable stamina for tolerating monotony as they watched the "Rugrats' Chanukah" video 12 times in a row. I was about to inquire how they could manage to consistently laugh like fiends each time they...

  • Letters

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Covenantal Judaism"

    Once upon a time, not so long ago, the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) was arguably the leading Jewish intellectual institution in the United States. It was home to a cadre of scholars whose research and publications in the areas of Bible, Talmud, history and...

  • Holiday Celebration of Arts and Eats

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The year-to-year tradition of celebrating Chanukah doesn't change at our home. It always includes lighting candles, playing dreidel, eating latkes and having the children open gifts. But, the highlight of Chanukah for me is having all of our family together at the same time. It is...

  • Cowboys & Indians

    By Rob Eshman

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    One of the bizarre effects of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001 is better holiday movies. I realize that sounds coarse and facile at the same time, but it's demonstrably true.

    The major Christmas releases in the 2000 holiday season -- the year before Sept. 11 -- were "Dr. Seuss' How...

  • Nostra Aetate:

    By Michael Berenbaum

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Pope John XXIII convened Vatican Council II, he initiated the process that led to Nostra Aetate, which 40 years ago this year essentially dropped the charge that Jews were responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus. Nostra Aetate accorded fundamental respect to Judaism, not only...

  • Rhodesli Keep the Faith in L.A.

    By Beverly Gray

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As a student at Cal State Northridge more than 30 years ago, Aron Hasson wrote a paper about the Sephardic synagogues of his ancestral homeland, the Greek island of Rhodes. His professor was so taken with Hasson's research that it ended up in a history journal.

    Hasson paid his first...

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