Jewish Journal

  • Live in the hood: ‘last time the shoulder no good’

    By David Suissa

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to get the full flavor of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, there's no better season than this time of year. When mainstream Judaism talks about the High Holidays, they usually mean one or two days of Rosh Hashanah, and then the Big Day a week later. In the Hood, they...
  • Rosh Hashanah wines: it’s a fine time to pour some fruit of the vines

    By J.D. Smith

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Do you know that song, "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)," by the Temptations? I probably heard that song about a million times before I ever stopped and paid attention to the words. Turns out, it's a lament about a guy who never even talks to the girl of his dreams. Who...
  • How sweet it is: behind the buzz at two of California’s hives

    By Amy Klein

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I'm trying not to freak out at the high-pitched scream of the bees. See, I'm wearing full protective gear for the honey-making process -- a white jumpsuit, a netted straw hat affixed to me with a series of complicated rigmarole of strings (the zipper ones had run out),...
  • ‘Ace’ holds all the cards when it comes to cakes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You'd think Duff Goldman's ultimate Rosh Hashanah cake would be, say, a 15-layer honey cake topped with mammoth gates of heaven swinging shut.
    Goldman, after all, is the "extreme baker" of the Food Network's reality series, "The Ace of Cakes." His concoctions include a...
  • There’s A Message in the Sounds of the Shofar

    By Arnold M. Eisen

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The approach of Rosh Hashanah always takes me back in memory to my bar mitzvah, which took place on Shabbat Shuvah -- the Sabbath of Repentance that comes between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    Two weighty questions preoccupied me that day in 1964. One: what did it mean that God...

  • The Shofar

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Davi Cheng had some trepidation when she went to Hillel for the first time. She tried to feel comfortable, but she couldn't understand the language of the services and the liturgical rituals were confusing.

    Then she spied something unfamiliar on a bookshelf that made her feel right...

  • Rosh Hashanah Remembered

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a child, too young to understand the difference between the Days of Awe and the Day of Atonement, my only clue that the High Holidays were coming were the religious smells wafting out of our kitchen.

    My parents were first-generation American, their parents born and raised...

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