Jewish Journal

Rabbi Mark Diamond

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    September 17, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

  • An Easy Fast and an Easy Carmageddon

    September 25, 2012 | 10:17 am

  • Do you do Tisha b’Av?

    July 23, 2012 | 6:42 pm

  • Wanted: Intentional Conversations

    June 20, 2012 | 11:14 am

  • Interfaith relations: do the math!

    June 13, 2012 | 6:05 pm

  • ‘The Orphans’ Club’

    May 25, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Rabbi Mark S. Diamond
    Executive Vice President
    The Board of Rabbis of Southern California
    Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    “Welcome to the orphans’ club.”  Many well-intentioned people have said this to me in the last two weeks.  On one level, they’re spot on, since...

  • About

    May 13, 2012 | 6:03 pm

  • Victor Enrique Lara, L.A. Federation employee dies at 40

    August 9, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    Victor Enrique Lara brought light, joy and honor to this world. He honored, loved and cared for his family and for our community. In so doing, he honored God.

    Victor was born in El Salvador and came to Los Angeles in 1984. He attended El Camino High School and came to work at The...

  • Passover 5770

    March 31, 2010 | 11:26 am

    “How different this night is from all other nights!”  The familiar singsong of Mah Nishtanah reverberates in Jewish homes throughout the world on Passover eve.  What Seder would be complete without the beloved Four Questions chanted by the young and the young-at-heart?  These...

  • The Ner Tamid: An Appreciation

    December 8, 2009 | 4:07 pm

    I have a special affinity for the ner tamid (eternal light) suspended above the aron kodesh (holy ark) in synagogues throughout the world. My ner tamid bond dates from 1979 and traces its roots to a rookie rabbi error.

    A friend and I were invited to spend Shabbat in a Jewish...

  • Monday The Rabbi Saw “Basterds”

    December 4, 2009 | 3:08 pm