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Elie Wiesel talks passing the torch

By Jared Sichel

21 minutes ago

Elie Wiesel speaks with Chapman University students on April 11. Photo by Jared Sichel

As the author and renowned Holocaust speaker Elie Wiesel concluded an April 11 roundtable at Chapman University, Justine Volkman, a senior at the school, shed a few tears. Asked why, she... read full article

  • Celebrating the newest Roman Catholic Saints

    By Michael Berenbaum

    5 hours ago

    Ordinarily, Jews have little interest in whom the Roman Catholic Church canonizes as saints. Yet, on the Sunday after Easter, the day that coincides with Yom Ha-Shoah, the 27th of Nisan, two men, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, will be elevated to sainthood, and both of them...

  • Mimouna: In my mind I’ve gone to Marrakech

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    5 days ago

    Tirbah u’tissad — may you prosper and succeed. This Judeo-Arabic blessing is the manner in which North African Jews greet one another just moments after Passover formally ends, on the night we call “Mimouna.”

    For many Jews, the night Passover ends is typically the night to turn...

  • Local rabbis participate in Qatar interfaith dialogue

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    Two local rabbis were among the approximately 12 Jewish leaders from around the world who took part in last month’s 11th Doha Interfaith Conference in Qatar.

    Rabbi Reuven Firestone, a professor of medieval Judaism and Islam who teaches at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute...

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  • Tijuana to Tefilah

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    As I stepped out of the van into the chilly, pre-dawn Tijuana air, I could just barely make out the shadows of the pedestrians nearby, all of them stepping over puddles and street trash, walking in the same direction. 

    I watched as two girls, Chaya Leibkinker, 16, and her sister,...

  • Purity for every person: Shabbat Pesach (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

    by Rabbi Mike Comins

    1 week ago

    The reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Pesach (and Sukkot), describes one of the more exciting moments in Torah: the closest encounter any human has with God.

    Following the sin of the Golden Calf and Moses’ advocacy for the people, he makes a...

  • What’s bothering Rashi about Noah?

    by Maggie Anton

    1 week ago

    While Paramount’s “Noah” movie has sold plenty of tickets, audience reaction has been mixed. Yet whether people love the film or loathe it, one reaction seemed universal. Viewers have had lots of questions, particularly about how far the movie strays from the biblical text and...

  • Pesach in Baghdad

    by Joseph Samuels

    1 week ago

    Spring was always a welcome guest. The winter was wet and muddy and the nights were bitterly cold. The streets in Baghdad’s old quarter (Taht el Takia) where I was born in December 1930 were narrow, twisted and unpaved. Sanitary conditions were poor or nonexistent. There was no...

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