April 19, 2001

Torah Truths

It\’s neither new nor shocking to most of us that the earth is round or that the Torah isn\’t a history book dictated to Moses by God on Mount Sinai.

Was FDR to Blame?

Scholars will doubtless continue to debate Franklin Roosevelt\’s actions — and inaction — regarding the Holocaust. What did he know? When did he know it? Didn\’t he care, or did he really believe that the best and quickest way to help the Jews was, as he repeatedly argued, to win the war?

FDR’s Holocaust of Inaction

FDR died on April 12, 1945. I was 11 years old and heard the news on the radio in the bird store, where I was buying seed for my little canary.

A ‘New Germany’

Jewish leaders in the United States and in Israel are encouraging an openness to what they describe as a \”new Germany,\” a place they say is truly atoning for its past. At the very least, they argue, it deserves the support of the American Jewish community because of its strong support of Israel and its embrace of Jewish immigrants who are streaming in at the rate of 10,000 per year.

Jews, Food and Holiness

I suppose it would be nearly impossible to go through an entire week of Passover for Reconstructionist and Reform Jews, not to mention eight days for the rest of you, without the profound experience in practically every pore of your body that Jewish identity is inextricably bound up with food.

Bum Knees

The reason I am limping is because of a small man named Shen Hsu. That\’s not entirely accurate. I went to see Hsu because I was limping. He performed a variety of ancient Chinese medical practices on me, including acupuncture and a form of massage that could easily be mistaken for torture. I\’m still limping. Now I\’m limping a little differently, on what used to be my good side.

A Message From David Wolpe

It\’s a well-known fact that millions of Jews have doubts about the literal veracity of Bible stories. On April 8, 9 and 15, I gave a series of sermons that emphasized the following point: faith is independent of doubt. I wanted the millions of doubting Jews to know that they can still be faithful Jews and live a life of meaning and mitzvahs.

Palestinians Escalate Conflict

The Palestinian intifada, which began as a civil uprising against the Israeli occupation, is rapidly becoming a low-intensity war between armed forces. And the low intensity is getting higher and higher by the day.

Head Trip

Jim Wayne has cut my hair for more than 20 years. He created first the wedge look and now the clipped curly style of my professional photos.

Your Letters

I noted a great disconnect between the editorial (\”The Jewish Tax,\” April 13) and the cover story on the Skirball Museum (\”Skirball at Five,\” April 13).

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