November 18, 2011

In the land of dreamers

In early 1945 in Hungary, as the Nazis were being routed out of Budapest by the Soviet army, 8-year-old Nicholas Frank came out of the Red Cross shelter where he, his mother and his older sister had been hiding. He looked at the destroyed city around him and realized that this devastation was not an act of nature. National leaders and influential decision-makers had caused it to happen. Even at 8, he sensed there must be a better way for human beings to live together.

Tribe Calendar: December 2011

WALK OF AGES XII: Join or cheer on the annual 5K walk/run, which raises funds that directly benefit residents of the Jewish Home. The family-oriented event includes food, music, clowns and magicians. 7-8 a.m. (registration), 8:30-10 a.m. (5K), 9:30-10:30 a.m. (awards ceremony). Jewish Home’s Eisenberg Village Campus, 18855 Victory Blvd., Reseda. (818) 774-3344. walkofages.kintera.org.

Splurge-tastic Chanukah gifts

The great gifting season is upon us, so why not treat our loved ones (and ourselves) to something outrageous, something splurge-tastic that will be treasured, and remembered, for years to come.

Chanukah: The musical

There are many ways to tell the story of Chanukah. Tap dancing is not usually one of them.

America should not repair Iran’s ‘civilian’ planes

The Jewish Journal recently ran an article by anti-AIPAC blogger MJ Rosenberg criticizing me for pushing a provision in Iran sanctions legislation that would prohibit the sale of aircraft replacement parts and repair services for Iran’s aging airliners. Rosenberg is correct that I am the chief advocate for including that provision in the bill. I want to make readers aware of some information he leaves out of his article attacking my motives for championing the provision.

Kissinger said Jews were ‘self-serving’

Henry Kissinger in 1972 called Jews \”self-serving\” because of pleas from the community for the Nixon administration to increase the pressure on the Soviet Union to allow its Jews to leave.

The pawn king

A day in the life of pawnshop owner Yossi Dina looks something like this: A customer strolls in looking for a collar for his beloved dog, who is celebrating his fourth birthday. He finds a Gucci diamond-studded choker, pays $45,000 for it and leaves the store delighted at the great bargain he scored.

Delizioso: Chanukah with an Italian flair

While enjoying my favorite foods on a recent trip to Italy, I began to think about Chanukah, even though it was only October. This was a natural association, because the Italians love to prepare foods with olive oil, and the traditional dishes served during Chanukah are fried in oil to commemorate the tiny supply of oil that burned for eight days and nights in the ancient temple — a real miracle.

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