Jewish Journal

  • The Differences Between Men and Women

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    All of us have observed an event or participated in a conversation only to come away with a perception of what happened that's completely different from the interpretations of others.

    I imagine Moses' final speech to the Jewish people was such an experience, especially between men and...

  • Choosing Our Words Carefully

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the last several months, my 5-year-old son and I have been engaged in a spirited discussion over a four-letter word that he brought home with him from nursery school. The word is "cool," an adjective his peers apply to everything, from "Star Wars" action figures to cheese pizza....
  • Family Feud

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, on a visit to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, I shared an elevator ride with a well-dressed man who was carrying a bulging portfolio under his arm. Wondering what he was doing in the hospital, I inquired about the nature of his visit. He replied that he was a lawyer visiting a...
  • A Bug’s Life

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. He was lying on his hard, as it were armor-plated, back and when he lifted his head a little, he could see his dome-like brown belly divided into stiff arched...
  • God Times

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    We buried her 13 months ago -- this flower, this light, this precious partner of his for 60 years. Everything was done in our ancient way: the funeral with its torn, black ribbons and clods of earth thunking on plain pine; the shiva, with its prayers, grief and Bundt cakes; a year of...
  • Stand Up To Be Counted

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    May 13, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A young woman called, asking if I would be willing to visit with her 95-year-old grandmother. She seemed to be slipping away from life more and more each day, and had been asking to speak with a rabbi. I didn't know the woman or her family, but I figured anyone who lives to be 95...

  • Personal Power

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Let's face it. We love the feeling of power. We love it at work, we love it at shul, we even love it at home. The capacity to exert power over the people and things around us not only enhances our general feelings of personal security, but also satisfies our primal, subconscious urge...

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