Jewish Journal

Rabbi Naomi Levy

  • A rabbi’s spiritual awakening

    2 weeks ago

    Rabbi Sara Brandes grew up in Los Angeles and was a competitive gymnast as a child. She was ordained as a Conservative rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 2008, and is also a certified yoga instructor. Brandes was co-founder of Minyan Kol Chai in West Hills, an...

  • A prayer of healing from tragedy

    December 3, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Our hearts are breaking, God,
    As our nation buries the innocent and the brave.
    The loss is overwhelming.
    Send comfort and strength, God, to grieving parents,
    To siblings, family and friends in this time of shock and mourning.
    Shield them from despair.
    Send healing to the...

  • Big Ideas for the Jewish Future: The Boomerang Effect

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Don't write them off yet. They are in their 40s and 50s. They are affluent, highly educated, and full of energy. They are unaffiliated. And they are suddenly asking big questions.

    These days Jewish funders have all but written unaffiliated Boomers off for dead. Of course the focus...

  • A Prayer for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Are You watching, God?

    Have You seen the innocent swept away?

    Are You listening, God?

    Have You heard their cries?

    Be with them, God.

    Be their strength and their comfort.

    Let them know You are near.

    Work through us, God.

    Teach us to be Your messengers on earth.

    Wake us up, God,

  • God, Prayers and Keeping the Faith

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Harold Kushner's son, Aaron, died two days before he turned 14 following a battle with a rare and horrific childhood disease. The experience led the 68-year-old Massachusetts rabbi to write, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," a comforting and deeply insightful book on the...

  • A Great Personality

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In our Torah portion this Shabbat, Moses, who is closer to God than any other human being, pleads with God, "Show me Your presence."

    Why does Moses want this? He got to talk to God. He got to witness God's miracles in Egypt and at the Red Sea. When all the Israelites were assembled...

  • Power of a Blessing

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you were told that you had only a matter of days to live what would you do?

    Write out a will? Eat your favorite meal? Try to repair troubled relationships? In our Torah portion this Shabbat, Jacob knows he is dying. Faced with this knowledge, there is only one thing he wants to...

  • Show Me the Way

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Not long ago, a friend of mine called me and said, "Naomi, I need your help.

    I want you to teach me how to pray to God." She told me whenever she goes to shul, she tries to sing along, but she feels nothing. Just words. She said she's been trying to meditate in a quiet spot, hoping...

  • Yom Kippur

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    And now comes Yom Kippur. We watch in horror and pain as people search desperately for their loved ones. We mourn as body after body is removed from the rubble. Our hope for recovering survivors diminishes by the hour. Our eyes are full of tears, our hearts are full of pain, and our...