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August 9, 1986 | BY MARY E. GILSTRAP
Questions about the Bible and Jewish law can be answered t a special Bible class offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Chabad of Irvine Jewish Center, 4872 Royce Road. Rabbi Meir Gitlin will discuss the Torah portion that applies to that week's worship service, with in-depth explanations and examples from commentaries. Worship services follow the class at 10 a.m. The class will be held in the main sanctuary of the center and is open to community members regardless of affiliation..
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one of Israel's most influential ultra-Orthodox spiritual leaders who presided over the Shas political party, has died. He was 93. Yosef died Monday at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. He had been treated in recent weeks for a series of medical conditions, including problems with his back, heart, kidneys and lungs. Strict but pragmatic, the authoritative rabbi held sway over several hundred thousand observant Sephardic Jews, who adhered to his rulings and teachings on marriage, politics and other topics.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 1992 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Menashe and Leah Glassman would do anything to have a baby--anything except violate Jewish law. The Westside Los Angeles couple (who asked that their names be changed to protect their privacy) are among the thousands of religious Jews who live in Los Angeles. From the day they stood under the marriage canopy six years ago, the Glassmans have been trying to have a baby. Leah fantasizes about having her children around her on the Sabbath.
OPINION
August 26, 2012
Re "Turning point," Opinion, Aug. 23 Unfortunately, the call for action by the platforms of both the Republican and Democratic parties in 1944, asking for the admission of refugees fleeing the Holocaust in Europe, was too little, too late. In the absence of any real action, only a minuscule number of Jews were saved. Platforms are meaningless without prompt action. Now we are faced with a similar situation, with Iran, a state whose president called for Israel to be wiped off the map, openly building up its nuclear capabilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1995
Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz of Israel, one of the world's foremost Talmudic scholars, will make a rare appearance in Los Angeles on Monday during a public address on the Passover theme of "The Fourth Child." Steinsaltz, the winner of the Israel Prize--that nation's highest honor--is best known for the work that he and a team of scholars have undertaken to translate into English the Talmud, a sweeping multivolume collection of Jewish law and learning completed in the 6th Century.
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November 28, 1994 | ISAAC GUZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the first day of Hanukkah, an international class of 11 students from the Emek Hebrew Academy gathered a few hours before Sunday's sunset to light for the first time their handcrafted menorahs--the products of simultaneous lessons in woodworking and Jewish law.
FOOD
December 22, 1999
I find it insulting and offensive that in her article, "Lights and Latkes: The story of Hanukkah and how the holiday grew" (Dec. 1), Susan Friedland writes that "the candle lighting was probably borrowed from pagan solstice celebrations." According to Jewish law, the reason Hanukkah is celebrated by the lighting of menorahs is because our sages directed us to do so to commemorate the miracles that happened. I challenge Friedland to find a single reliable source that points to pagan worship as the reason.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The major seminary and flagship institution of Conservative Judaism said in New York that it would start accepting openly gay and lesbian students, after scholars who interpret Jewish law for the movement voted to allow it. Arnold Eisen, the incoming chancellor for the Jewish Theological Seminary, said the decision was made after extensive discussion with faculty and students, a survey on views of the issue within the movement and a meeting of the school's trustees.
NEWS
April 11, 1993 | Associated Press
A Tel Aviv judge ruled Friday that a terminally ill woman may be disconnected from a dialysis machine, setting a precedent for the Jewish state, Israel radio said. District Judge Uri Goren made a bedside visit to Rachel Tsaadi, 83, at Kaplan Hospital in Rehovot, then issued a ruling allowing the machine to be disconnected. Goren cited Jewish law saying no more hardship than necessary should be caused the ill.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 1990 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Adhering voluntarily to a daily lesson schedule spanning seven years, tens of thousands of Orthodox Jews around the world this week completed their study of the Talmud, the classic compendium of Judaism's laws and values. Many of the same men--businessmen, professionals, rabbis, artists, bakers--will go back today to the start of the Talmud in a regimen they say is intellectually and spiritually rewarding. "It's like racquetball; it's good exercise," said Dr.
OPINION
July 29, 2012 | By Yitzchok Adlerstein
On Aug. 1, I will cross the finish line in an authentic Jewish marathon. I will take my place alongside thousands of other successful competitors as we complete our study of the Talmud, one page per day, a challenge that takes about 7 1/2 years. Just like the participants in that other years-in-the-making event - the Olympic Games in London - some of us are eager to tell our stories. Next to the Bible, the Babylonian Talmud is the most important text in Judaism. Jewish law, and a good deal of its thought, derives from this work, written mostly in Aramaic more than 1,500 years ago. No topic escapes its gaze or its treatment: family law, commercial law, ethical behavior, criminal procedure, religious observance.
WORLD
July 26, 2007 | Vita Bekker, Special to The Times
Two years ago, Diana Mirtsin and Alexander Skudalov met on the Internet, and soon their romance turned serious. She was a 29-year-old pharmacy worker from Ukraine. He was a 32-year-old train technician from Uzbekistan. Both had come to Israel as part of the emigration wave from the former Soviet Union. Four months after they started dating, she became pregnant.
NEWS
April 8, 2007 | Evan Osnos, Chicago Tribune
Rabbi Shimon Freundlich picked up the phone in Beijing, and a Chinese factory boss launched into his pitch. He wanted to join the growing ranks of Chinese exporters who have earned a kosher seal of approval. He promised to follow the rules and to welcome surprise inspections. So, the rabbi asked, what's the product? "Tables and chairs." Although more enthusiastic than knowledgeable, China's factory owners are clamoring to go kosher.
NATIONAL
March 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The major seminary and flagship institution of Conservative Judaism said in New York that it would start accepting openly gay and lesbian students, after scholars who interpret Jewish law for the movement voted to allow it. Arnold Eisen, the incoming chancellor for the Jewish Theological Seminary, said the decision was made after extensive discussion with faculty and students, a survey on views of the issue within the movement and a meeting of the school's trustees.
BUSINESS
March 24, 2006 | Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Muslims and Jews might not agree about much that goes on in the Middle East, but when it comes to food, they're warming up. Food processing companies of both faiths came together Thursday at the World Ethnic Market show in the Anaheim Convention Center to pitch such delicacies as halal chicken samosas and kosher Italian sausage to retailers from Albertsons to Wild Oats.
OPINION
January 1, 2004 | David Klinghoffer
Mel Gibson's forthcoming movie about the death of Jesus, "The Passion," has created an angry standoff between the filmmaker and Jewish critics who charge him with anti-Semitism. It's a controversy that will continue to affect relations between Christians and Jews unless some way to cool it can be found. One possible cooling agent is an honest look at how ancient Jewish sources portrayed the Crucifixion.
NEWS
March 26, 1986
Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, a scholar whose rulings on Jewish law guided the religious practices of millions of Jews around the world, has been buried in Jerusalem, his grandson said Tuesday. Rabbi Aron Tendler of North Hollywood said his grandfather's body was flown from New York. On Monday, more than 20,000 Orthodox Jews had jammed the streets of the Lower East Side of New York to listen to eulogies for Feinstein, who died Sunday night at age 91 after a long illness.
NEWS
May 12, 1985
The Conservative Rabbinical Assembly has barred 51 members of Israel's Knesset (Parliament) from speaking or accepting awards at its 850 U.S. congregations because of their support for stricter interpretations of Israel's "Law of Return." The amendment, which lost on a 62-51 vote, would have changed the definition of a Jew by recognizing as legitimate converts only those whose conversion was according to Jewish law, as defined by Israel's Orthodox Establishment.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2003 | Carolyn Patricia Scott, Times Staff Writer
"August 1942, a young woman boards a train in Vienna bound for Munich, a city celebrating one Nazi victory after another," says the soothing voice of narrator Susan Sarandon, as the picture shows white steam curling out of the train's engine, then dissolving to archival film of 1930s Austria. The film cuts to a woman, now aged and living in modern-day Israel. "I had to forget what I had learned," she says.
NEWS
February 16, 2002 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This month's flap over whether Korans containing anti-Jewish commentary should be pulled from public schools underscores a question of growing prominence in today's pluralistic times: How do you make sure ancient scriptures mesh with modern-day sensibilities? The prevailing answer among scholars: You can't. No scripture is politically correct--nor, many scholars argue, should anyone expect it to be.
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