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 class,” I told her, and... read on

  • 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 on Saturday night I baked a rectangular cake as well as a circular one. On Sunday, I decorated the cake. First, I made white, red... read on

  • 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 classes over the years. What was unusual to me was the setting.  Rather than being held in a dance studio, the class took place in the... read on

  • 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 this warning – as if signaling that the end of the world is coming. The newspapers and internet sites have underscored this... read on

  • 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 hello. He approached my then three-year-old daughter and asked her, “Is there a rabbi around here?” She looked at him puzzled. He... read on

  • 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 how. He’s at the point where he can skate on his own during the smooth stretches of sidewalk, but needs help to keep from... read on

  • 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 she asked, “So what do you do?”

    I wasn’t quite sure how to answer. I could have provided a number of responses that were... read on

  • 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 pockets, I put the keys in a plastic bag which I attached to the back of the tricycle. I enjoyed the cool, crisp morning air and... read on

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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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