August 8, 2009
In the vast spectrum of historical fiction, a reader is hard-pressed to find much written about the 11th century. Aside from the trilogy “Rashi’s Daughters,” written by Glendale resident Maggie Anton, there are few novels featuring this era, and most focus on Charlemagne, the Crusades and Christianity-based story lines dealing with religious persecution. Throughout the three books, Salomon ben Isaac, a great Jewish scholar, instructs his three daughters in the teachings of the Talmud, which is the doctrine used in Judaism to explain the Torah.
December 23, 2000
Michael Martinez GLENDALE -- To Karen Berg, the Hanukkah potluck dinner party Friday night at her home was the ultimate o7 tzedekahf7 , or altruism. "The party itself is really about just getting together, about celebrating our community," said Berg, 17, a Glendale High senior who organized the dinner. "It was something I really wanted to do for the congregation. Including several people from Burbank, about 40 to 50 members of Congregation Hugat Haverim -- which Berg's mother, Jacqueline Gish, said means "circle of friends" -- attended the dinner and the formal Hanukkah services that followed.
April 14, 2001
Perhaps it's this time of year, more than any other season, when thoughts of spring rebirth turn from the secular to the spiritual, tilted toward the heavens above and reflected to the inner soul. And perhaps, too, this spiritual reflection is shared by loyal followers of the country's two most common monotheistic religions: Judaism and Christianity. But, unfortunately, between the two religions, which share a common origin and worship a common God, there has been a long-standing disharmony that also must be briefly reflected upon.
December 20, 2011
The traditional Hanukkah celebrations at Temple Sinai in Glendale are going to get even brighter this year. Folded into this week's festival of lights is a fledgling effort to raise money for 120 or so solar panels to affix to the temple's roof. Rabbi Rick Schechter sees the effort as a modern twist on the Maccabees tale. In the teachings of the Talmud, the Maccabees returned to the Temple in Jerusalem after the Greek occupation of the holy land. They found enough oil in the Temple to light just one menorah, yet it burned for eight days.
July 14, 2007
G lendale-based In His Shoes ministries, led by your fellow In Theorist Father Vazken Movsesian, held an event last weekend, "A Forum on Forgiveness," which featured guests who have experienced tragedy at the hands of others, but have forgiven them for the terrible acts perpetrated. Movsesian has said that the world speaks much of war, but not enough of forgiveness. What do you think? And how can forgiveness be a practical force for good? It is so doggone hard to forgive.
November 7, 2009
Daniel Henderson, a Christian pastor in Atlanta, believes many faithful people still ?don?t know how to pray effectively,? according to a recent article on CNN.com. He says most Christians pray during a crisis or pray a grocery list, ?making God a lifeline of last resort.? What do you believe is the proper way to pray without making it seem as if you?re using God as a ?lifeline of last resort?? How do you teach your faithful on effective ways of prayer? ? Henderson is right.
July 30, 2005
In a new book, "Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Seasons," editor Gary Schmidt and illustrator Susan Felch present writings from several authors about the cathartic value of summertime -- its ability to spiritually heal and renew, and to allow people to value time. Do you agree? Is there something about summertime that can renew us, even in a spiritual sense? While there is no "Thou shalt have a vacation" command in the Bible, there are directives to periodically cease from labor (rest days, festivals, etc.)