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Getting Outside Ourselves

02/13/2008
Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Temple Sinai in Los Angeles.

The world is full of conflicting ideals. How does one see clearly through the tangle of ambitions? In the phrase of the splendid Irish writer Ken Bruen, must we always live with “a conscience full others’ dreams?”

Capturing The Immigrant’s Loneliness

02/16/2007
Special to The Jewish Week

Sophia Romma, a talented Russian Jewish poet, playwright and academic, divides her time between New York and Moscow and has been critically acclaimed in both world capitals.

The Matchup: Making Matches In The Holy City

03/08/2007
Special To The Jewish Week

Half a world away from her home, a bronchitis-stricken American writer stumbles into her cousins’ apartment in Jerusalem to recuperate in the embrace of her Israeli family. Technically a guest, she feels more like a patient, but in this moment, certainly not a singles columnist. She sits in the kitchen, drinking tea, which is pretty much all her beleaguered throat can handle right now. And as the veil of Hebrew pulls back and her ear adjusts to the language, she slowly becomes aware of some oddly familiar phrases.

“Avatar” And Blue Palestinians

It’s probably just a coincidence that the blue-skinned, endangered aliens from the planet Pandora in the mega-hit “Avatar” are called the Na’vi, which is Hebrew for prophet. It couldn’t be that non-Jewish writer and director James Cameron took the term deliberately to make a point that in these victimized, ultimately triumphant underdogs we were to see a glimpse of some conflict in the offing. Could it?

Probably not. But it is one of the things to ponder about a movie that borrows so much of its essence, while leaving so much to interpretation.

Making The Cut

Staff Writer
05/15/2009

A recent Facebook message from a total stranger, one of dozens and dozens Jessica Queller has received since she went public this year with an agonizingly personal medical decision, shared a familiar story.

The stranger, a woman in her mid-30s, was a cancer survivor, unmarried, with no immediate matrimonial prospects. She wanted to have children.

A Litmus Test For Zionism?

01/22/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

George Orwell, perhaps better than any other writer, was able to capture the danger of political groups redefining common terms in a way meant to confuse and eventually neutralize opponents. In his famous novel, “1984,” he shows how a totalitarian regime (in this case the Soviet Union) declares to its citizens that freedom is slavery and war is peace. Repeated often enough the citizenry begins to repeat these phrases in a zombie-like way, and in essence accepts these absurd slogans.

Romance Of A Horse Thief

Friday, May 1st, 2009 Forget the Kentucky Derby. If you’re young and in love, or are romantically inclined, check out Ketubah, a filly running in the sixth race at Belmont.   If after that race you’re still feeling lucky, check out this Ketubah from an Ohio horse farm.  

An Arab’s Media Watch

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 Here’s an interesting item in Middle East Times, dissecting media coverage of the Gaza war from an Arab’s perspective. A lot of anti-Israel folks have been raving about Jon Stewart and (what I think is) his uniquely ignorant view of Gaza’s history.  
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