Jewish Journal

  • The Transitive Property

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    October 31, 2010 | 5:32 pm

    This week was tough. Someone in my life lost a job. Someone in my life was losing their home. A friend was physically assaulted by a family member.... More.

  • Confronting Mortality

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    July 7, 2010 | 11:03 pm

    On Monday, I went to the funeral of a member of my former congregation. My husband was off from work for the holiday weekend, and we were out with the... More.

  • Mother’s Day Cards

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    May 14, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    Buying Mother’s Day cards was hard for me this year. It was the first time I wasn’t purchasing a Card for my mother – who died last year, just a few... More.

  • A Day at the Fair

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    May 5, 2010 | 3:14 pm

    This past Sunday, my family and I went to a carnival for Lag B’omer. The celebration took place in the middle of a major street which was closed to... More.

  • The Best Laid Plans

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    March 19, 2010 | 7:32 pm

    This week felt to me like a comedy of errors. My son came down with a cold which he was kind enough to share with me. So on Saturday morning, I woke up... More.

  • The Gifts We Make

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    March 10, 2010 | 3:13 pm

    Sunday was my daughter Hannah’s third birthday party, and I spent the few days prior baking her birthday cake. On Thursday, I bought the ingredients and... More.

  • God’s Olympics

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    February 18, 2010 | 10:44 pm

    This week, I’ve been completely engrossed in the winter Olympics. My favorite sport is figure skating. I marvel at the grace, skill and artistry of the... More.

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Rabbi Ilana Grinblat teaches rabbinic literature at the American Jewish University’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their...

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