Jewish Journal

Returning to Ourselves

By Susan Esther Barnes

September 25, 2012 | 8:00 am

Icon from Wikimedia/Aran Ho Yeow Yong

During the High Holy Days, one of the words we hear about the most often is “T’shuvah.” This is the time to make t’shuvah. The Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is... read on

  • Embracing the Awkward

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 19, 2012 | 7:00 am

    In my blog post on Wednesday last week I proclaimed that I was ready for the High Holy Days. “Been there, done that,” I thought, “I have done my usual activities, I know what to expect, and I am prepared.” Then God laughed.

    Late Wednesday afternoon, I received an email from a... read on

  • Turning Toward the High Holy Days

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 12, 2012 | 8:00 am

    Some say there are no seasons in California. But for those of us who live by the Jewish calendar, the holidays keep us grounded in the turning of the planet.

    It always starts somewhere near the end of summer. Somehow, the approach of the High Holy Days gets mentioned. Sometimes... read on

  • Shomrim Plan to Withhold Evidence

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 6, 2012 | 10:47 am

    I was catching up on reading The Forward, when I came across an article called “Shomrim Don’t Want Police to See Security Video.”

    If the shomrim (the private, volunteer security force) put up private security cameras on their own dime, I could imagine legitimate reasons why they... read on