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  • A New Model for Jewish Identity

    By Rabbi Tsvi Blanchard

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For countless American Jews, Jewish identity is shaped by the model of living as a minority immigrant group struggling to protect its heritage against assimilation. Contemporary research affirms this, tending to frame questions in terms of traditional Jewish behavior -- lighting...

  • Letting Go

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We leave well before dawn and as we speed through darkness I keep asking myself how it is that I'm now the parent of a college student -- I can still remember vividly the details of my own freshman year almost 30 years ago.

    Arriving at the college, we locate the information booth,...

  • Your Letters

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    New NPR Standards

    I have no reason to believe that Kevin Klose's new standards for fair coverage at NPR means anything ("New Standards for Fair Coverage at NPR," Aug. 15). For so long, NPR has been so biased against Israel and beholden to Arab/Muslim interests that it does not...

  • Ziering Dominates With Blonde Ambition

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "People are shocked to discover I'm Jewish," Nikki Schieler Ziering said.

    In her red, white and blue string bikini on the cover of July's Playboy, the blonde model-actress looks like a sexier version of the all-American girl. She is better known for playing bombshells in films such...

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  • Settling the Land

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    My first trip to Israel was a six-week summer program for high school students. I have very clear memories of my first Shabbat in Jerusalem, especially the afternoon program conducted by our counselors. The program was a mock talk show where the host would interview three...

  • Simcha Stress and Bridal Blues

    By Elisa Albert

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever I tell someone about my impending nuptials, the reaction is the same. First come the whoops of joy and the chorus of "Mazel Tovs!"

    Then, invariably, the tone shifts. Faces fall.

    "How are you?" they ask, in much the same tone one might hear at a shiva call. "How are things...

  • Rebels and Leaders

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite Torah portions is the one that we will read this Shabbat. It reveals to us myriad recognizable human traits while transmitting to us some vital lessons.

    From this story, we see that some characteristics are bad while others are good; and, along the way, we observe...

  • Spiritual Parenthood

    By Rabbi Gidon Shoshan

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes we wonder how the translators arrived at the names they designated for the books of the Bible. But our parsha, the opening one of the book of Bamidbar, makes the translators' choice self-evident. After all, what is this parsha more than a collection of Numbers?

    Why did God...

  • Your Letters

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Holy Boundaries

    In discussing the ordination of homosexuals, [Rabbi] Debra Orenstein's essay ("Holy Boundaries," April 25) goes to the core of Conservative Judaism. As Orenstein notes, both the biblical and the post-biblical sources (until the late 20th century) are uniformly and...

  • Realty’s Fealty for Jewish Los Angeles

    By Michael Aushenker

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish philanthropy in Los Angeles can be summed up in three words: "Location, location, location."

    "Real estate gives far more with respect to Jewish causes," said Mark Karlan, chairman of the Real Estate and Construction (REC) Division of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los...

  • A Big Sunday

    By Rachel Brand

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Temple Israel of Hollywood held its first Mitzvah Day five years ago, it was just that: Temple Israel of Hollywood's Mitzvah Day. Over the years, however, as the annual "do-good" day has attracted the attention of other organizations throughout the Los Angeles area, Mitzvah Day...

  • Humanist Approach a Must in Medicine

    By Dr. Arnold P. Gold

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Medical practitioners today are faced with onerous economics and an increasingly depersonalized and technically complex health-care system. This reality presents serious challenges to practicing humanistic medicine. It is therefore especially important now to value and re-emphasize...

  • Holy Boundaries

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion includes the verse: "Do not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination" (Leviticus 18:22).

    The subject is particularly at issue because the Conservative movement is now revisiting Jewish laws around homosexuality and the ordination of openly gay...

  • Silence on Tolerance Issue Stirs Concern

    By James D. Besser

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish leaders were uncharacteristically silent last week as Islamic groups raged against a Department of Defense decision to allow a notorious Islam basher to deliver a Good Friday sermon at the Pentagon.

    Part of that silence was an accident of timing: the controversy erupted at...

  • Rabbinic Assembly Recharges Batteries

    By Julie G Fax

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    More than 300 rabbis from around the world -- along with spouses taking advantage of a warm California vacation -- gathered at the Sheraton Universal March 30-April 3 for the annual conference of the Rabbinic Assembly (RA), the Conservative movement's rabbinic umbrella group.

    It was...

  • Queen of Laughter

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine emceeing an event following Sept. 11. Rhea Kohan knows that feeling. The mistress of ceremonies for countless local Jewish organizations hosted Friends of Sheba Medical Center's annual Women of Achievement Luncheon just 48 hours after the terrorist attack.

    "I was dreading...

  • Crisis Manager

    By Marc Ballon

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On March 11, Paul S. Nussbaum trudged down the driveway in his bathrobe, picked up the Los Angeles Times and headed back into his house -- part of his early morning routine. Moments later his wife handed him a fruit protein shake, he cracked open the paper and pulled out the business...

  • A Libel That Holds No Truth

    By Dennis Prager

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Some Americans apparently believe that we are going to war with Iraq "because of the Jews." Having written a book explaining anti-Semitism ("Why the Jews? The Reason for Anti-Semitism," Simon & Schuster, 1983), all I can do is marvel at the durability of anti-Semitism and the...

  • Your Letters

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The Fear Factor


    The content of Jane Ulman's article ("The Fear Factor," March 14) on the scary aspects of Purim was reasonable. However, I hope you will consider running a headline article titled, "Is Halloween Too Scary?" As Ulman points out, the dark side of Purim is balanced by...

  • New opportunity arises to Aid Jews in Former Soviet Union

    By Dr. Robert J. Meth

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fifteen years after we stood together in Washington, D.C., to rally for Soviet Jewish emigration, we have a second opportunity to save hundreds of thousands of Jews.

    Through the National Council of Soviet Jewry's (NCSJ) efforts in the successor states of the former Soviet Union...

  • Iraq War Not Just Means to Just End

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Two profound teachings of Jewish tradition should be guiding the actions of Jews today in regard to Iraq.

    The first is, "Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof," or "Justice, justice, shall you pursue." The ancient rabbis asked, "Why 'justice' twice?

    They answered: "Seek just ends by just means;...

  • War necessary and just under Jewish Law

    By Rabbi Irving Greenberg

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One cannot answer the question of whether going to war with Iraq is morally justified without first establishing what state we are in now.

    The truth, which many American Jews find too bitter to swallow, is that we are in a state of total war already. We face an implacable enemy who...

  • The Need for Campus Activism

    By Roz Rothstein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The level of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments on our campuses has been hotly debated in recent months. Some see an alarming surge of pro-Palestinian prejudices that drown out and intimidate supporters of Israel -- and too often cross the line into anti-Semitism....

  • A Plea to Lower the Bar on Bar Mitzvahs

    By Gary Wexler

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I'll never forget the first bat mitzvah invitation my oldest daughter, who is now 22, received. It didn't come in the mail. It was hand delivered after dark by a lady in a fairy godmother costume, carrying a crystal wand, who rang our doorbell, singing.

    Her lyrics requested our...

  • A Letter to My Sons

    By Catherine Gandel

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Matt and Steve:

    Thirty-five years ago, armed with a letter of introduction from one of your grandma's friends to the vice president of personnel at Time, Inc., I got my first job. As you guys begin your working lives, and I listen to your efforts, dreams and disappointments, my...

  • Tzedakah for Chanukah

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Chanukah wish lists of six needy local Jewish families will be filled by generous families from Rancho Santa Margarita's Morasha Jewish Day School.

    "These families have been financially disadvantaged for a long time," said Charlene Edwards, social services director for Jewish...

  • A Thanksgiving to Fill the Spiritby

    By Elliot Fein

    November 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On the evening before Thanksgiving, my synagogue, Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, always gets together with a neighboring church, Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist, for an interfaith service. What is remarkable about this joint venture, and other pre-Thanksgiving services...

  • Do Jewish Schools Make Good Neighbors?

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every Jewish school should have a neighbor like Scott Meller of Feldmar Watch & Clock Center.

    The Pico-Robertson business, which has been around for over 40 years, is located directly across from the Chabad educational institutions on Pico Boulevard (Bais Chana School for Girls,...

  • Why Does Everyone Want My Money?

    By Jane Ulman

    October 24, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Chanukah Traditions," "Rainbow Happy Birthday," "Shooting Stars" and "Per-fect Presents." These are the four rolls of Sally Foster gift wrap, along with assorted colored tissue, that I am buying to support Heschel Day School. The school will receive 50 percent of my $39.50, and...

  • Next!

    By Paul Franklin Stregevsky

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Lonnie was a matchmaker's client from hell.

    No bachelor was more adroit at saying "No, thanks" when told, "Have I got a girl for you." The 38-year-old Orthodox man still lived at home, waiting for a "woman of valor" to take him away. The community obliged, offering him a shortlist...

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