Jewish Journal

  • Don’t Give up on Yourself this Rosh Hasnahah— A Prayer for Tashlich

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 28, 2011 | 1:40 pm

    King David writes in Psalms, “Out of the narrows of distress I called upon God, God answered me with liberation.” With these words we introduce the blowing of the shofar on Rosh Hashanah.

    With these same words we metaphorically cast our sins, represented by bread crumbs, into... read on

  • Elijah’s Song

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 29, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Earlier this year I sat down for lunch in Miami with Adam Weinberg, a full time music producer and musician, and musical advisor for Jewlicious. He told me he had a song on his phone that I had to listen to which he had recorded with our friend Matisyahu.

    Within moments of listening... read on

  • A Rebirth Of Jewish Life In Downtown Detroit

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 21, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Matisyahu stood out in front of the crowd. He had just stage-dived head first off of a 15 foot-high stack of speakers from the side of the stage. The crowd held him aloft and returned him to the stage as if rehearsed.

    “Detroit,” he yelled into the microphone, “you are f—-ing... read on

  • Camp Jewlicious - A Camp Festival of Jewlicious Proportions

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 17, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    I will am attending summer camp.

    However, Camp Jewlcious is not your typical summer camp in LA. For starters, the average age of the campers is 25. There are no counsellors, visitor’s day, curfews, or color-wars and camp lasts only four days. Instead of sing-a-longs, there are... read on

  • The Story of Ami and Bar Ami

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 9, 2011 | 6:14 pm

    There once was a man who was having a conference about a crisis affecting Israel. He had a friend named Ami that he wanted to invite to speak. There happened to be another man in town named Bar Ami that he had terrible disagreements with over almost every issue concerning Israel. His... read on

  • The Day The Music Didn’t Die

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 4, 2011 | 7:22 am

    In the course of one week in Greater LA, Matisyahu will play three shows, Yemen Blues at least two shows, and Idan Raichel three shows.

    Turns out that three of the biggest Jewish artists, a Hebrew Trifecta, will be performing on the same night, Thursday, Nov. 4th — Matisyahu in... read on

  • Are Circuses Kosher?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    July 29, 2011 | 11:53 am

    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 society for eons. The circus is a rite of passage of childhood. But are they Kosher?

    I hadn’t... read on

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