September 23, 1999

Remembering Terrorism’s Victims

On this bright September afternoon, Zion Square, at the bottom of Jerusalem\’s downtown Ben Yehuda outdoor mall, is the usual confusion of pedestrian traffic — shoppers, students, soldiers, tourists, all hurrying about their business in every direction. A few minutes after 1 p.m., a small group of men and women joins the throng, bringing a little flock of children and strollers into the middle of the square. One of the men somewhat uncertainly unrolls a hand-lettered sign that says, in Hebrew, \”Prayer Vigil,\” and the group stands in a tight circle, reading psalms from prayer books in low voices.

On Huts and Hospitality

\”You shall live in booths seven days in order that future generations may know I made the Israelite people live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt\” (Leviticus 23:42-43).

Safety First?

On the first day of school, when Barbara Gindi escorted her children to Maimonides Academy, she was appalled by what she saw: Two security guards stood out front, a Sheriff\’s squad car was parked at the curb, and the administrative staff was on high alert.
\”It brought tears to my eyes,\” Gindi says. \”Is this what our world is coming to?\”

PBS Pope Profile

There is a haunting image in the early part of the PBS \”Frontline\” documentary on Pope John Paul II. As the Warsaw ghetto goes up in flames, just outside the wall and within sight and sound of the remaining Jewish resistance fighters, a carousel goes round and round, full of carefree, frolicking, young Poles

Cardinal Repentance

In a High Holiday letter to Jewish friends, New York\’s Roman Catholic cardinal has expressed \”abject sorrow\” for centuries of anti-Semitism, and called for a new era of respect and love between Christians and Jews.

Healing’s Many Colors

Imagine the shock Temple Knesset Israel members felt when they came to Shabbat services five weeks ago and found scrawled on their wall, \”Jews die\” and a swastika. The Los Feliz congregation is largely elderly; many are Holocaust survivors.
A shock of a different sort awaited them last Saturday: scores of black and Latino teenagers and community leaders convened at the shul for a \”Day of Healing.\”

Learning From Loss

When painful loss occurs in our lives, we want to make some sense of it: Why did she get so sick? Why did I lose my livelihood? Why can\’t we conceive a child? Why did he die? In his new book, \”Making Loss Matter: Creating Meaning in Difficult Times\” (Riverhead Books, $23.95), David Wolpe, author and rabbi of Sinai Temple in Westwood, begins by asserting that during periods of great pain, we tend to ask the wrong questions. Whether consciously or not, we search in vain for an answer to the plaintive \”why\” in order to gain some measure of control over what has made us so powerless.

Santa Monica’s SoHo

This Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m., as Bergamot takes note of its fifth anniversary, at least 20,000 are again expected to turn out for the occasion.

Forging Ahead

Prime Minister Ehud Barak\’s cozy late-night dinner with Yasser Arafat and some of the Palestinian leaders\’ top aides at a private home near Tel Aviv came as a pleasant surprise to Middle East peace watchers.

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