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  • Gilad Shalit- two years later

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Two years ago, the people of Israel finally sighed. Gilad Shalit has returned home.

    It took more than five years and a great fuss for the Israeli Government and Shalit's captors (the terror organization: Hamas) to sign on this controversial deal. Some would say we gave up on too...

  • Is beauty a Jewish value?

    By David Suissa

    September 17, 2013 | 11:01 am

    When we talk about Jewish values, we usually refer to things like justice, compassion, generosity, humility, honesty, faith, wisdom and so on. We rarely talk about beauty.

    Beauty is vain and superficial, we’re so often told.

    And yet, the word “beautiful” is prominent on this...

  • Time to come down from ‘The Hills’

    January 5, 2009 | 8:09 pm

    We live in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world and the city where everybody can feel like a celebrity. Everyone loves the glitz, luxury and the lifestyle of the city. It seems so effortless.

    "The Hills," MTV's top-rated reality show, makes the spotlight seem so...

  • The fault lies in our stars—stars like Bernie Madoff

    December 31, 2008 | 4:57 pm

    Holiday Cover

    I was not totally surprised by The Journal's holiday cover showing a guy dressed in a red sweater and tartan pants ("True Confessions of a Real Jew," Dec. 19). Festooned in golden glitter, he held a stick of candy cane in one hand and a quart of eggnog, complete with...
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  • GOP platform offers strong support for Israel, veers right domestically

    September 3, 2008 | 1:27 am

    MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)—John McCain’s Jewish supporters characterize him as a Republican maverick who shares his party’s bedrock support for Israel and combating anti-Semitism. Critics dismiss him as the standard-bearer of a staunchly conservative party at odds with the Jewish...

  • First Impressions

    By Rob Eshman

    August 21, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Last week, The Jewish Journal played host to two Muslim journalists.

    Umar Cheema and Utku Çakirözer are Daniel Pearl Fellows chosen by the Daniel Pearl Foundation in conjunction with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships to work for six months in a U.S. newsroom.

    The idea is to...

  • Teens should follow in footsteps of volunteerism

    By Lynn Schusterman

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As I watch the first of my six granddaughters prepare to become a bat mitzvah this spring, I am filled with pride. She and young Jews like her around the world are following in the footsteps of generations of youth who came before them, affirming to their communities that they are...
  • Heroes and Villains

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Brian Wilson penned the Beach Boys song "Heroes and Villains" during a turbulent, paranoia-filled time in his life, according to his biographers. Wilson had people whom he trusted in the business, and others whom he felt were out to get him.

    We all instinctively identify and label...

  • Education in the synagogue should aim for enhanced Jewish living

    By Rabbi Michael Weinberg

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    For professors in a university's Judaic studies program, Jewish literacy appears to be a straightforward proposition. They can insist on prerequisites, delineate academic standards, articulate a curriculum, impose the extrinsic motivation of grades and design objective tests of...
  • Are You Listening?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "What's the most important word in the prayer book?" the rabbi asked the congregation.

    The congregants responded with a list of important words: "shalom -- peace," "bracha -- blessing," "Torah -- God's truth," "Hashem -- God's name."

    "All very important words," the rabbi replied....

  • A ‘Nice’ Idea Blossoms Into a Group of ‘Niceaholics’

    By Rebecca Raphael

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Debbie Tenzer was having lunch with several girlfriends when the conversation got heated. "We all had such different views on where the country was headed. There was so much anger and so much scary news in the post-Sept. 11 world," she says, recalling the devastation from hurricanes...

  • 10 Ideas For Creating Meaningful Volunteer Assignments

    By Susan J. Ellis

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Any organization's program and operational decisions should stem from the philosophy, beliefs and vision that are its reasons for being in the first place. These basic values, however, are often assumed, yet rarely articulated.



    It is a worthwhile exercise to identify the values...

  • Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

    By Rachel Silverman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low conversion rates among intermarried Jewish families continue to plague those working to reverse the demographic downtrends in American Jewry.

    Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee....

  • Disengagement Dashes, Spurs Dreams

    By Amos Oz

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The evacuation of Gaza Strip settlements is not just a struggle over the question of the future of the territories. At the very core, the pullout was the first big battle on the question of religion and state.

    They [religious settlers opposed to the withdrawal] have their own dream....

  • $61.8 Billion

    By Rob Eshman

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Of the 50 wealthiest Angelinos, 27 are Jewish.

    Each year, The Los Angeles Business Journal uses legwork and a little guesswork to discern who's worth the most in Los Angeles. Once the list comes out, as it did this week, I like to run it through the old "Who's a Jew?" detector.

    I'm...

  • 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...

  • Rabbi’s Focus on Family a Little Fuzzy

    By Irine Schweitzer

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The first episode of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's "Shalom in the House," which aired April 10 on the TLC network, was a fast-paced account of five days the rabbi spent with a family in Philadelphia. Beatrice Romero, a single mother raising three teenage daughters and a 7-year-old son,...

  • Oy, Baby!

    By Amy Klein

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The New York Times Magazine doesn't want single women my age to enjoy their weekends.

    A few months ago it was Maureen Dowd with "What's a Modern Girl to Do?" on how men don't like smart, independent women, and now this: "Wanted: A Few Good Sperm," a March 19 cover story about older...

  • The New Face of the Israeli Right

    By Dina Kraft

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Avigdor Lieberman, a stern-mannered immigrant from Moldova, has become the new face of the Israeli right.

    Lieberman's party, Yisrael Beiteinu, became the fourth-largest party in Israeli politics Tuesday, winning seats in the next Knesset from a strong base of Russian-speaking...

  • I Love You, Carnivore

    By Rabbi Jonathan Klein

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    This column is in response to last week's Torah Portion by Rabbi Zoë Klein, who confessed her secret enjoyment of meat, despite her family's predominantly vegetarian diet.

    To: My Not-So-Flesh-Eating Wife

    From: Her Closeted Carnivorous/Publicly Vegetarian Husband

    Worry not, my dear,...

  • 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....

  • Parental Values Do Influence Children

    By Ian Russ

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It was 12:45 a.m. on a Sunday, and my 14-year-old son and I were returning from a rap concert. It wasn't my kind of music, but the entertainers were talented, and it had been fun dancing along with the concert crowd. The occasion also gave my son and me time for one of our many small...

  • Scales of Injustice

    By Abby Ellin

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was 10 the first time I stepped on a scale. It was the summer of 1978, and I was visiting my grandmother in Florida.

    Every day, grandma and I went for our daily two-mile walk, past the golf course, past Publix, the supermarket where the old people bought prune juice and cod liver...

  • Valentine’s Day.com

    By Amy Klein

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "J-ated," as in "jaded," might be the best way to describe the ennui that has set in among many JDaters these days, singles tired of the merry-go-round of endless possibility and disappointment.

    In spite of that, or because of it, new dating Web sites seem to pop up every day.

    ...
  • My Jewish Intermarriage

    By Wendy Jaffe

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    What did you and your spouse discuss after it was clear that you would have a chuppah and ketubah in your future? Probably something that turned out not to matter like, "How many kids do you want?" or "What is your dream vacation?" or "If we have twins, do you think we should dress...

  • Friedan: Universal Woman, Particular Jew

    By Blu Greenberg

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Betty Friedan was, like most ordinary mortals, a mass of contradictions.

    She was loud and sometimes imperious, yet she could be charming, funny, gentle, kind and winsome. A public persona, at times her ego needed massaging, but she remained surprisingly unassuming and...

  • Choosing Pluralism

    By Ashley Reich

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    We were all seated in our respective minyanin when a large outburst sounded from the Orthodox group down the hall. Within a few moments, teenagers were running out from every direction, anxious to see what the excitement was about. As I edged closer, I realized it was not...

  • The ‘Munich’ Concern Is Us—Not Film

    By David A. Lehrer

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Lyndon Johnson once famously observed, "The difference between liberals and cannibals is that cannibals don't eat their friends." His aphorism is no less apt today in discussing Jews and their treatment of one another. Since early December, there has been a disturbingly venomous...

  • David Karp: A Guide for Unity in Scouting

    By Marc Ballon

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

     

    When attorney David Karp reminisces about his time in the Cub and Boy Scouts, the good memories come flooding back. He remembers taking long nature hikes, making close friends and fashioning a pinewood derby car from a block of wood, four nails and four wheels. The Scouts,...

  • 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...

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