Jewish Journal

Rabbi Zoë Klein

  • A Banner Day

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    At the beginning of the month, I joined the hundreds of thousands of people who marched from MacArthur Park to the

    La Brea Tar Pits in support of basic rights for immigrants, the strangers among us. I was worried about my family becoming separated in the throng of marchers, so I...

  • A Letter

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    To: My vegetarian husband

    From: His guilt-ridden wife, who keeps falling off the vegetable cart

    We are both rabbis. We've studied the same texts. We've turned the same verses over and over, examining them like gems under a magnifying glass, full of refractions of color and light. We...

  • Growing Girls Whole

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Isaac then brought [Rebecca] into the tent of his mother Sarah" (Genesis 24:67). Rashi reinterprets this verse as: "Isaac brought Rebecca into the tent, and behold, she was Sarah!" Rashi explains that the years Sarah was alive her Sabbath lamp remained lit, her dough stayed fresh,...

  • You Are Not Alone

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." When I first read the opening words of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," I closed the book to wonder if it was true. Were all happy families alike and unhappy families unique? So many years later, as a...

  • Imagining Caleb

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Our Torah portion devotes more than 60 verses to the census of the Israelites. After the counting is done, the Torah adds: "Among these there was not one of those enrolled by Moses and Aaron the priest when they recorded the Israelites in the wilderness of Sinai. For the Lord had...

  • Love the Stranger

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The freeways were quiet and the city seemed peaceful at 4:30 a.m. as I drove to the hospital. I was going to see Thelma before she was taken in for surgery. I thought about the time just over a year ago when Thelma arrived at our house at 3 a.m., tiptoeing in so as not to wake...

  • Divine Wedding

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Years ago, my husband and I climbed the alleged Mount Sinai, the Perseus shower streaked the Egyptian night sky with shooting stars.

    At the summit, as God pulled the sun up from the fragrant desert floor, Jonathan held up a ring and proposed.

    It is written in Pirke Avot (Ethics of...

  • All We Need to Know

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Abram was despondent in his tent, deeply wearied from battle, having just returned from chasing kings from Dan to Damascus.

    Abram had looked death in the eye and sat distraught over his own future. God listened to His friend's lament and then He took him outside and said, "Look...