New York

In The Bat Mitzvah Spirit

06/16/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Among the concerns for the Lippmans of the Upper East Side in planning their daughter Juliet's bat mitzvah last fall was how to give the occasion some spiritual significance. "What should we do so it's not just a party?" Marie Lippman asked a friend, Rabbi Adina Lewittes of Tenafly, N.J., over lunch at a Midtown restaurant a few months before the bat mitzvah. Rabbi Lewittes answered by telling a story she had just read in Rabbi Daniel Gordis' on-line column from Israel.

(Gen) X Plus Y Equals 10 (Commandments)

06/09/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
This was Ruth Calderon's Shavuot experience as a child in Tel Aviv: She bought cheese for her family's cheesecake, shopped for fruits for an elementary school agricultural presentation and picked out a new white blouse to wear. Her family and her school were secular. Calderon never learned the spiritual significance of Shavuot, which commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. "Shavuot as a holiday faded for us," she says.

List Of Candidates

04/07/2005 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Following the 26-year papacy of the Church's first Polish pope, who made historic overtures to the Jewish community, the identity and background of the next pope is of particular interest to Jews. Will the 265th pope continue the pro-Jewish policies of John Paul II, reverse them, or concentrate on other theological and political areas?

Southern Comfort

06/06/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Rafael Grossman, for nearly three decades the spiritual leader of the largest Orthodox congregation in the United States, left his Southern synagogue recently for a small, struggling synagogue here because of one five-year-old boy. His grandson. Rabbi Grossman, visiting his son's home in Teaneck, N.J., last year, heard his grandson say, "I think I know who you are." The rabbi was stunned. Bi-monthly visits to his children in the areas of Boston and New York would no longer be enough. The grandchildren had to know bubbe and zaide.

Healing The Spirit

12/05/2002 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Tamara Green entered the world of chronic illness, unexpectedly, one morning 35 years ago. "I woke up feeling like I'd been pushed down a flight of stairs," she says. "Every part of me was charley-horsed. I was nauseous." Years of misdiagnoses (she has a severe disease of the connective tissue, like the one that afflicted the late Norman Cousins) were followed by decades of treatment (drugs, crutches, feeding tubes, physical therapy).

A One-Man Kindertransport

09/26/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
After you've visited Prague on the eve of World War II and seen hundreds of Jewish children in decrepit refugee camps and decided you want to help them and returned to London, and lobbied with the British government to allow them into the country and found foster homes for them, and convinced parents back in Czechoslovakia to let their children leave and brought nearly 700 youngsters to safety, what do you tell your family about the experience? If you're Nicholas Winton, you don't tell them anything.

A Community In Mourning

09/19/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
They came together for Selichot at Ground Zero and at the large tent outside the medical examiner's office where the remains of 9-11 victims are stored. They came together to read their 9-11 memories at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side and to hear New York's writers read their words at the 92nd Street Y. They came together to pray at synagogues throughout the metropolitan area.

Marlene Adler Marks, Columnist

09/12/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Marlene Adler Marks, a columnist for the Jewish Journal in Los Angeles who gave a Jewish spin to such topics as politics and personal relationships, and finally to her battle with lung cancer, died last week at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 54. A New York native, she began writing her column, "A Woman's Voice," about the death of her husband when she was named managing editor of the Jewish Journal in 1987. Over the years, her column became a fixture in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

Pitching Away Their Sins

09/12/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
It was a cast of thousands: of breadcrumbs. On Monday, the day after Rosh HaShanah, a few hundred Jews came from Lower Manhattan to perform the ancient ritual of tashlich. The name means "thou shalt cast," referring to the small pieces of bread or objects that are shaken from one's pockets and thrown onto a body of water, symbolizing the discarding of one's sins. This year the location was symbolic too: the Hudson River behind the Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, the site nearest to the destroyed World Trade Center.

A Day For Lamentations

09/05/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Two days after Rosh HaShanah this year comes another Yom HaZikaron. The first anniversary of the attack on America occurs during the Jewish Days of Repentance (the Jewish New Year is traditionally referred to by its Hebrew name, the day of memorial) and the Jewish community will join all Americans in honoring the memory of the 3,000 victims of Sept. 11, 2001.
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