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  • 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Settle for bad kosher wine

    By Jeff Smith

    2 weeks ago

    Being a Wine Snob can be a burden at times. The expression is a mild pejorative that I wear as a badge of honor. We Wine Snobs don’t think we’re better than other people — the unwashed multitudes buying their screw-cap bottles with pictures of colorful animals on the labels in the...

  • Free High Holy Days services

    2 weeks ago

    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 24

    Rosh Hashanah, first day: Sept. 25

    Rosh Hashanah, second day: Sept. 26

    Kol Nidre: Oct. 3 

    Yom Kippur: Oct. 4

    CHABAD

    Los Angeles-area Chabads offering free services to the public during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include Chabad of...

  • Coping with loss in the age of the internet

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    When my mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, died in May 2011, the in-person Jewish community provided all the basics — post-shivah meals, abundant hugs and three places to say Kaddish: Temple Beth Am for daily minyan, Friday nights at IKAR and Shabbat mornings at B’nai David-Judea....

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  • High Holy Days food: How sweet it is

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 4, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    Honey adds special touch to Jewish New Year

    Brownies

    Honey Chocolate Fudge Bars. Photos by Dan Kacvinski. Food coordinated by Judy Zeidler

    The use of honey for Rosh Hashanah symbolizes a sweet year and dates back to biblical times, when refined sugar was unknown. Its sweetness adds a...

  • Shanah tovah from the White House

    by Ben Harris, JTA

    September 4, 2013 | 10:07 am

    No real news here, but it’s not every day the president speaks directly to the Jews (except for this week, when it seems he did).

     

  • The sermon

    September 3, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    If my calculations are correct, I have listened to somewhere between 70 and 80 High Holy Days sermons. The total sounds high, but when you consider that typically four different High Holy Days sermons are delivered between Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the numbers add up...

  • A difficult conversation

    by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 3, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Before creating the human being, according to a Midrash, God consulted the angels of heaven. The Angel of Peace argued, “Don’t create him! He will bring war into Your world!” The Angel of Compassion countered, “He will do kindness, create him!” The Angel of Justice offered, “Create...

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