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  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • It’s All About Me (and Pluto)

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 17, 2015 | 11:50 am

    NASA scientists celebrated a new landmark in space exploration, and human achievement, early Tuesday morning. After traveling for nine-and-a-half years and a distance of three billion miles, New Horizons — the fastest spacecraft ever to leave earth's orbit — successfully flew past...

  • How good is good enough?

    By Ellie Herman

    May 29, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    Embarrassing confession: I am addicted to inspirational teacher movies. You know what I’m talking about. Hilary Swank in “Freedom Writers,” Michelle Pfeiffer in “Dangerous Minds,” Edward James Olmos in “Stand and Deliver,” Sidney Poitier in “To Sir, With Love.”  

    Those teachers...

  • Scientific proof that writing will change your life

    By Ellie Herman

    February 23, 2015 | 2:18 pm

    I am generally skeptical of scientific studies that measure qualities once regarded as ineffable, like happiness, but I was actually very excited to see the other day that recent studies have proved what writers have long known in that most unscientific part of ourselves, our...

  • Daughter finds the write words from dad

    November 25, 2014 | 12:04 pm

    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...

  • From Tehran to Tel Aviv

    By Gina Nahai

    November 12, 2014 | 9:47 am

    So there we were, two Israelis, an Iranian Jew and an Iranian Muslim, all writers, sitting on a stage at the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman building. The occasion for the gathering was the publication of two anthologies of short stories, “Tehran Noir” and “Tel Aviv...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    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...

  • Why we write

    By Rob Eshman

    March 5, 2014 | 10:45 am

    On Monday, I gave a talk to visiting young Israelis on a subject near and dear to my heart: Just what is the Jewish Journal?

    These Israelis were next-generation leaders, here in Los Angeles as part of the KOLOT program, which exposes secular Israelis to Jewish tradition,...

  • Writing can diagnose Parkinson’s

    October 30, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    A new Israeli study comparing the handwriting of healthy people to those with Parkinson’s disease holds out the promise of providing a simple diagnostic tool at the earliest stages of the progressive disorder caused by the death of nerve cells in the brain’s muscle-movement control...


    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 17, 2013 | 4:04 am

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    We are looking for an article about a place you are grateful for or a memorable holiday that you shared with a special loved one or a place...

  • What would my Israeli grandmother think?

    By Rebecca Spence

    May 17, 2013 | 11:06 am

    When I hear about the latest events in Israel – the air strikes on weapons facilities in Syria, the flare-ups over women donning prayer shawls at the Western Wall – I can’t help but wonder: What would my Israeli grandmother think?

    After all, she spent her young life fighting for...

  • On Jewish writing

    May 3, 2013 | 9:50 am

    I’m noticing a trend among my coreligionists-who-write: arguing against being “labeled” as Jewish writers — especially when they are simultaneously speaking in Jewish-sponsored lecture/reading series, blogging for the Jewish Book Council, and/or benefiting from awards given...

  • How to Write a Blog About Redemption

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 6, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    By Ben Spielberg


    1. Sit down. Nobody writes blogs standing up.

    2. Choose your writing instrument of choice. As I’ve grown up with computers, I prefer my laptop. Our elder writers are uncomfortable typing because they are reminded of the tiring berating of Mavis Beacon. They...

  • Addicted to Myself

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 5, 2013 | 11:22 am

    By Michael Welch

    If you’ve read my past blogs (and I’m certain you have) it is evident that I consider myself quite the esteemed columnist. I am admitting the self-indulgent spin that exists within my frenetic blogging. And yes, I think very highly of myself, so much so that I’ll...

  • Leonard’s story

    By Gina Nahai

    October 3, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    Years ago, I created a class, “Writer’s Marketplace,” dedicated to the business side of writing. It was inspired by all the I-wish-I’d-known-then-what-I-know-now moments in my own career, the realization that good writers often are clueless about how to sell their work, and that...

  • Spiegelman among National Jewish Book Awards winners

    January 12, 2012 | 10:59 am

    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.

  • Opinion: Good writing counts

    By Susan Freudenheim

    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,...

  • Words from the heart… but not too many

    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...

  • 10 things I love and understand

    By Julia Bendis

    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...

  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 4 - The Hollywood Dream

    By Jay Firestone

    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.

  • Accountability

    By Amy Klein

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As 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?"

    Real estate...

  • As she remembers it

    By Gina Nahai

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Do you write from memory? Someone always asks, and I become tongue-tied and uncertain, scrambling for the words, the ways to make believable what I know will sound bizarre -- a too-complicated response where all that is required is a simple "Yes" or "No" or "Sometimes; the rest is...
  • Excerpt: ‘Proust Was a Neuroscientist’

    By Jonah Lehrer

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Walt 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...

  • Get ready to bug out

    By Jay Firestone

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With few exceptions, I sincerely hate bugs ... a lot. I hate the way they look. I can't stand it when they bite. And most of all, I feel violated each time I catch one crawling up my leg. Yeeech!

    While my hatred of bugs may seem a tad extreme (but definitely warranted), it may...

  • New books chronicle new exodus—Ethiopians’ journey and its aftermath

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes," by Howard M. Lenhoff (Gefen; $24.95).

    "The Ethiopian Jews of Israel," by Len Lyons (Jewish Lights; $34.99).

    Roughly 20 years ago, Sudan, whose western Darfur region has been engulfed in genocide for four years, watched another other tragedy...

  • New Pesach ‘traditions’ might be purr-fect for your family

    By Beverly Levitt

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own" (Schocken Books, $22.95).

    When author Marge Piercy was a little girl, her grandmother set a special place at the Passover seder for Blackie, her grandmother's cat.

    He was a very dignified cat, Piercy recalled in an...

  • My December visit with ‘lady’

    By Gina Nahai

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Agha isn't here," Khanum says as soon as I walk in through the door. "I don't know when he'll be back."

    Agha is her husband -- dead for 35 years and buried in Iran -- but she speaks about him as if he were just out running an errand.

    "No point waiting around for him," she tells...

  • Books: Shmegegis of old, shmegegis of gold

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Old Jewish Comedians," illustrated by Drew Friedman, edited by Monte Beauchamp. (Fantagraphics Books, $14.95) www.fantagraphics.com .

    "Weep before God. Laugh before people."
    -- Jewish Folk-Saying.

    Who doesn't love old Jewish comedians? Those mamzers of mirth and halutzim of humor...

  • Steve Rubin has a passion for war

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    To meet him, you might think Steven Rubin is a normal person. Tall, handsome, happily married with young children, he is personable, affable -- in short, one of the gentlest and nicest guys you could meet. But he is a man obsessed with war -- World War II to be precise.


  • Why I Write Jewish

    By Jane Ulman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    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....

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