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  • Fatal Flaws

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Students of drama are well acquainted withAristotle's view about the "fatal flaw." Protagonists of tragedy, nomatter how exalted, are brought down by a tragic flaw from within:bad judgment or bad character.

    Centuries before Aristotle developed his theory,the Torah illustrated it,...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Striking the S-Word

    By Rabbi Steven Z. Leder

    I never heard the N-word, growing up, because we were Jewish. For my parents, the S-word sufficed. Although they never would have denied someone an opportunity based on skin color, it was " schvartzes " who...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It is wonderful to volunteer more, do more, commit more. But our tradition, with love and practicality, offers this caution: Check first that your basic obligations are met.

    Who is greater: a person who is obligated to perform a certain act...

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  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Martin Buber was wrong. Buber proposed that "alllife is meeting," and that all human interactions fit into twocategories: I-Thou and I-It. I-Thou describes those close, mutual,responsive relationships in which we become genuine, unique personsto one another. I-It is for everything...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I grew up as a hyperactive child. Of course, noone ever called it that at the time. They didn't yet have suchclinical labels for every childhood behavioral challenge.

    I was just considered to be a problem child. Icouldn't sit still in class and I was constantly (read: daily)getting...

  • Yoram Ben Ze’ev

    May 21, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Several months ago, I happened to be present when Yoram Ben Ze'ev, Israel's ConsulGeneral in Los Angeles, addressed a local group at the Jewish Federation offices on Wilshire Boulevard. The talk, of course, wasabout politics: the conversion bill, the peace process, Israel and America...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 14, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    In April 1994, following numerous suicidebombings, 400 American Jewish leaders took a two-day trip to Israelto show American Jewish support for the besieged State. With a30-percent tourism drop due to the terrorist bombings, these leaderswanted to encourage American Jews to visit...

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