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October 28, 1996 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the fierce tug of war between religious and secular Jews here, there is almost no middle ground. Ultra-Orthodox scholars claim to have cornered the market on truth, while secular Israelis say they have no use for musty religious texts and outmoded tradition. Rabbi David Hartman hopes the 2 1/2-acre campus of the Shalom Hartman Institute, inaugurated here over the weekend, will provide a middle ground--physically and spiritually.
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October 28, 1996 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the fierce tug of war between religious and secular Jews here, there is almost no middle ground. Ultra-Orthodox scholars claim to have cornered the market on truth, while secular Israelis say they have no use for musty religious texts and outmoded tradition. Rabbi David Hartman hopes the 2 1/2-acre campus of the Shalom Hartman Institute, inaugurated here over the weekend, will provide a middle ground--physically and spiritually.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2001 | LARRY B. STAMMER, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Rabbi David H. Ellenson of Los Angeles on Tuesday was appointed president of the four-campus university of the nation's largest Jewish denomination. Voting Tuesday in New York, the board of governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion made Ellenson, 53, their unanimous choice among six semifinalists. The university is the nation's oldest institution of Jewish higher education and is Reform Judaism's center of academic and rabbinical training in the United States.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1998 | JOHN DART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In its first grants aimed at encouraging Israeli tolerance of liberal religious beliefs and practices, the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has given $250,000 to programs in Tel Aviv run by Reform, Conservative and pluralistic Jewish organizations. "We believe this is a first step toward specific grants which our donors can feel good about," said John Fishel, executive vice president of the Jewish Federation.
NEWS
May 3, 1989 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
As Israel on Tuesday mourned the 6 million Jews killed during World War II, Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir compared PLO leader Yasser Arafat to the Nazis, and Israeli officials denounced France for receiving Arafat in Paris. The prime minister's linking of Arafat and the Palestine Liberation Organization he heads to the most deadly enemies of the Jews comes at a time when the Shamir government is ardently seeking a negotiating partner other than the PLO for eventual peace talks.
NEWS
April 9, 1990 | DANIEL WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ina Sheincvit, a new immigrant from the Soviet Union, was approached by a man wearing black who offered her work, an apartment and an invitation to Passover dinner. The offers were all welcome, although the man's insistence on vaguely familiar religious customs--he suggested that Sheincvit wear long sleeves and cover her hair--were not to her liking. "He reminded me of my grandfather.
OPINION
October 29, 2013 | By Yossi Klein Halevi
Forty years ago this month, on a cold desert night, 700 Israeli paratroopers crossed the Suez Canal in rubber dinghies in a secret operation that was about to bring Israel its greatest military victory. It was the height of the Yom Kippur War, and the Jewish state had been caught in a surprise attack by Egyptian and Syrian armies. In the first chaotic days following the invasion, Israel nearly lost. Only after the paratroopers - reservists in their late 20s and early 30s - established a beachhead on the western banks of the Suez Canal did the Israeli army manage to surround Egyptian forces and win the war. The men of Paratrooper Reservist Brigade 55 had already entered Israeli history.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2000 | LARRY B. STAMMER
Several thousand Southern California Muslims are expected to celebrate the end of the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca, or Hajj, with communal prayers Thursday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Eid prayers can be a dramatic tableau of faith as hundreds of Islamic believers form neat rows and bow in unison. All Muslim prayers begin with the recitation of the Al-Fatihah, or opening chapter of the Koran: "In the name of God, most compassionate, most merciful. . . ."
OPINION
September 3, 2010 | By Yossi Klein Halevi
"The peace process is back," my friend said with bitter sarcasm, after four Israelis were killed in a terror attack just before Palestinian-Israeli negotiations got underway this week. The irony may have been lost on outsiders but not on Israelis. The Oslo peace process of the 1990s was accompanied by waves of attacks by Hamas jihadists, which Israelis believe were tacitly orchestrated by their negotiating partner at the time, Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. Then, in September 2000, just as Israel accepted a Palestinian state and the re-division of Jerusalem, Arafat responded by launching a four-year terror war. But there is one crucial difference between this week's deadly terrorism and the terror assaults of those years.
WORLD
February 27, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders
Many Israelis pride themselves on a kind of European sophistication when it comes to public sex scandals: For the most part, they shrug them off. But those limits are being tested by a brewing controversy concerning an Orthodox rabbi who has been accused by a nongovernmental religious organization of sexually exploiting male students. Rabbi Mordechai Elon, 50, a popular spiritual figure from a prominent family, has not been charged with any crime, and no evidence has emerged that any of the students allegedly involved were under age 18, according to police and child-protection advocates.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1996 | JOHN DART
Declaring that the shaping of American Hinduism should be influenced by college-age members of that faith, the nationwide Hindu Students Council will hold its first West Coast regional conference on Sunday at UCLA. An estimated 150,000 Hindus live in the Greater Los Angeles area but Hindu student groups are rare on local college campuses, said conference spokesman Dheeraj Singhal, who also represents the Hindu Students Council.
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