My father rarely wrote anything down. Take birthday cards, for example: While my mother would embellish the printed message with sweet, loving passages and hand-drawn hearts, my father’s heavy script only appeared at the bottom, where he signed his name. It seemed strange for a man...
Rahat’s week from Hell
Bibi must stop an Iran bomb even if it offends Obama
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Funding for survivor services sees a big jump in 2015
A day in the life of the (model) Knesset
Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy, shliach at Chabad Persian Youth Center, dies suddenly at 36
Me and La Migra
Poem: Funky Fuchsia
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A message from the author:
My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),
When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...
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Author and illustrator Art Spiegelman and Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld are among the winners of the 2011 National Jewish Book Awards.
The awards, which were announced Wednesday, are given out annually by the Jewish Book Council to honor outstanding books of Jewish interest....
December 22, 2011 | 12:28 pm
Each autumn, the Milken Family Foundation throws one of the best luncheons of the year, and it’s not the fine kosher fare at the Luxe Sunset Boulevard hotel that draws us in. This is when Gil Graff, executive director of the BJE (Builders of Jewish Education) and Richard Sandler,...
May 10, 2011 | 5:01 pm
Jeremy would be standing in front of 220 people the next day, including colleagues, friends, family and his bride. As he walked the streets, the groom-to-be mentally composed his wedding speech. The following evening, without missing a single beat, Jeremy had the audience in fits of...
February 25, 2011 | 1:42 pm
1. Don’t you love those people that use ALL CAPS when typing? What is the thought there? That unless you use all capital letters nobody will read your email, or that its a lot more important that other people’s emails? And furthermore the same people that use all caps, don’t know...
October 23, 2008 | 4:27 pm
Volume IV: The Hollywood Dream
This segment could arguably fit into Volume III, but given its significance to the L.A. community, it seemed worthy of special attention. Sure, Hollywood is filled with Jews, but what does it take to succeed as a Jew? I talked to a professional in the business to find out.
April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pmAs usual, it started out with questions.
"Where do you work? What do you do? Have you been on any trips lately?"
I was all for talking about myself, what I do, where I've been, where I'm going. But then it got personal.
"Are you renting? How much do you pay per month?"
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December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pmWalt Whitman
The Substance of Feeling
The poet writes the history of his own body.
-- Henry David Thoreau
For Walt Whitman, the Civil War was about the body. The crime of the Confederacy, Whitman believed, was treating blacks as nothing but flesh, selling them and buying them like...
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On Jan. 25, 1997, my oldest son, Zachary, became a bar mitzvah, a ceremony that inaugurated him into the Jewish community as a responsible young adult. It also catapulted me into the world of Jewish journalism as a family columnist.
Call it writing therapy. Call it black humor....
January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm
Sam Oliner wants to help an estimated 200,000 Jewish survivors worldwide free themselves of their psychological bondage. The time, he believes, has come.
In the 1970s, several years into teaching Holocaust-related studies at Humboldt State University, Oliner, now 75, experienced his...
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"The Other Shulman" by Alan Zweibel (Villard, $23.95).
I write. This is what I do. I'm a professional comedy writer. My job is to sit in a room with my vocabulary, select words and put them in an order that will not only hold your interest but also, hopefully, make you laugh. It's...
November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm
"Beware of God" by Shalom Auslander (Simon & Schuster, $19.95)
God is a chicken.
God is a stalker.
God is a tougher advertising client than Proctor & Gamble.
God is just the bureaucrat of the "production nightmare" that is all of creation. And God just hates all the "micromanaging...