Jewish Journal

Are Circuses Kosher?

By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

July 29, 2011 | 11:53 am

A panel from the mobile billboard Ady drove around Staples Center.

Elephants, tigers, bears and other animals are used for entertainment in circuses. Extravagant animal acts at the circus seem like an age-old tradition that has been part of the fabric of... read on

  • What does it take to make it in the music biz?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 24, 2011 | 9:17 am

    Hundreds of hours of travelling, pay-less gigs, bouts of depression, luck, and hard work. This is the backdrop for a new documentary about Kosha Dillz,“Kosha Dillz Is Everywhere”. Kosh— who will be on the Vans Warped Tour starting next week — is a regular at Jewlicious Festivals,... read on

  • 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 York, hanging out with tens of thousands of groupies of the band Phish.

    I’ll be helping to lead... 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

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