Jewish Journal

A Shabbat Tent Diary

By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

June 30, 2011 | 8:20 am

I often ask myself, what would Abraham and Sarah do today?

Where would they set up their tent?

One of the places that I am sure they would be is this weekend, is in Watkins Glen, New... read on

  • Got Jewish Kids That Love Bedtime Stories?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 24, 2011 | 9:50 am

    If you want to help those children learn Hebrew, then sign up today for Sifriyat Pijama , a new program delivering Hebrew children’s stories to Israeli-American and other Jewish-American families to read at bedtime.

    Just today I was speaking with yet another couple about Hebrew,... read on

  • Can We Help the Mavens of Disaster Relief?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 21, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    When tragedy struck in Birmingham, Ala., a few weeks ago, killing scores of people and leaving thousands of residents destitute, a group of Jews saw a chance for mitzvot. Heading out from their home base outside of Minneapolis, a team of disaster relief and recovery experts drove... read on

  • Dear Kids, Happy Father’s Day! Love, Dad

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 19, 2011 | 9:21 am

    My two youngest sons, aged four and eight, hid some notes for me under the decorative challah cover Friday night. As I went to make the ceremonial blessing over the challah, in front of a dozen guests, five letters slipped out onto the table. My little angels were beaming at me,... read on

  • Matisyahu Brings Message Of “One Day” To Auschwitz

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 17, 2011 | 10:38 am

    What is the world’s most famous Jewish musician doing in Poland this weekend? He is bringing the message of “One Day” to Auschwitz:

    “One day this all will change
    treat people the same
    stop with the violence
    down with the hate
    one day we’ll all be free
    and proud to be
    under the... read on

  • Ninel’s Samovar

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 16, 2011 | 1:59 am

    I first met Ninel in 1991 when I was introduced to Ninel by her son Mati. Mati was a young, charismatic student leader at the forefront of the resurgence of Jewish life in post-Communist Poland. Ninel’s renowned, book-lined apartment, which graced the pages of a 1986 National... read on

  • Why I Drink Beer On Shavuot

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 6, 2011 | 8:34 am

    Tonight Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Shavuot, the Summer Solstice Harvest Festival and anniversary of the giving of the Torah. So why do I drink beer?

    While conducting some research on Shavuot a few years back, I came across an important footnote in the Netei... read on

  • Graduates, Your Mountain Is Waiting

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    June 2, 2011 | 11:32 am

    Mazal tov graduates! I have some sage advice that can make you rich. Broaden your horizons.

    Not to be a downer, but according to the statistics, the job market for you is as low as it can go. I’m really sorry. The chance for a job that actually requires that major of yours? It’s... read on




Yonah Bookstein is Rabbi and Co-Founder of Pico Shul, a dynamic spiritual community in Los Angeles and the Alevy Family Campus Rabbi in Residence at University of Southern...

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