Jewish Journal

The Piano

By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

May 13, 2012 | 6:45 pm

As dance class was about to begin, I struck up a conversation with my friend Dana, who was trying the class for the first time. “You’re going to love this... More.

  • The Gifts We Make

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    February 24, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    My son recently celebrated his eighth birthday, and I spent the few days prior to his party baking the birthday cake. On Friday, I bought ingredients and... More.

  • Praying Feet

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    January 24, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    Last week, I went to a dance class which differed from any I had previously taken. The dance itself was similar to what I had done in countless dance... More.

  • The Closure

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    July 14, 2011 | 11:22 am

    On July 16th and 17th, a ten mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for 53 hours. For the past month, the sign on the freeway has been flashing... More.

  • An Offering of Wholeness

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    March 11, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Last week, my family and I went to Souplantation for dinner. While we were eating, a colleague, Rabbi Morley Feinstein, came over to our table to say... More.

  • Bumps in the Road

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    December 21, 2010 | 11:25 pm

    Recently, my kids and I walked from our home to the park a few blocks away. My son Jeremy decided to roller-skate there, even though he’s still learning... More.

  • What Do You Do?

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    December 14, 2010 | 9:45 pm

    Recently, I was invited to a dinner party at a friend’s home along with many guests. I sat down beside a woman I’d never met. I introduced myself, and... More.

  • The Kindness of Strangers

    By Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

    November 26, 2010 | 4:18 pm

    Recently, I lost my keys, as I walked to synagogue on a Saturday morning. I was pushing my daughter Hannah in her tricycle. Since my dress did not have... 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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