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  • Do you miss Christmas?

    By Diana Emuna

    2 days ago

    “Do you miss Christmas?”  There is a widely held belief among born Jews that converts mourn over the loss of Christmas.  We miss the love; the Hallmark finery and the family get togethers. 

    I will be honest.  I don’t miss it.  I like the glitter and lights, but I don’t dwell on...

  • Merry Christmas!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 days ago

    Not “happy holidays.”  It’s Christmas!  I don't like tofu wishes; I wish for flavor and truth.

    This is the holiest day of the Christian calendar.  I would not want someone wishing me “happy holidays” for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    As a child in Iran, I attended the French...

  • Nachum

    2 days ago

    If you ask a non-Orthodox Jew "What is a Chevrah Kadisha?" you'll probably get a lot of approximately right answers.  If you ask, "What is a Taharah?" I suspect you'll be met with an abundance of blank stares. In our very intelligent community, we are clearly lacking some basic...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis remembered with tears and laughter at funeral

    By  Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    My immortality, if there be such for me, is not in tears, blame or self-recrimination.

    But in the joy you give to others, in raising the fallen and loosening the fetters of the bound.

    In your loyalty to God’s special children – the widow, the orphan, the poor, the stranger in...

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  • Economic issues whip up Israelis in chocolate pudding election

    4 days ago

    Israel's high cost of living is set to dominate a March 17 election that could shake up Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, with voter anger symbolized by an overpriced dessert.

    In a country where the influence of small parties makes elections notoriously hard to...

  • Learning Leadership from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z’l

    By Michael Berenbaum

    6 days ago

    Much will have been written over the next few days about the massive contribution that Rabbi Harold Schulweis has made to Jewish life in our time. Yet as an observer, participant and shaper of Jewish life, I feel that there is still more than can be said. Permit me to focus on his...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: The First 80 Years [DOCUMENTARY]

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Read his full obituary here.

  • The Jewish community remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 week ago

    [Do you have a photo or memory of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis you'd like to share? Send an email here.]


    Harold Schulweis had a fertile mind and a capacious heart.  His sympathies ranged as widely as his intellect.  Every Rabbi knew, coming to him for advice, that you would walk...

  • Dying we live [1995]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 week ago

    When last I spoke to my teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, he asked if he could borrow my kittel. He was not at home in New York but here in California and it was before the High Holidays. "You know,” he explained "the kittel is part of the tachrichim -- the shrouds in which the dead...

  • Beyond interfaith marriage

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 week ago

    There is a methodological debate among demographers as to counting the number of Jews in the United States. Some demographers maintain that the Jews in the America are 5.6 million. Another group of demographers maintain that the Jewish population in the United States is 5.2...

  • Hide and seek: The serious game Of T’shuvah

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    1 week ago

    It is told of the Rhiziner Rebbe, that once when he came home from his shtiebel, he found outside his home a little boy crying. "Why are you crying, my son?" 

    "Because I was playing hide and seek," the boy answered. 

    "Why the tears, then?" 

    "Because I was hiding. But no...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, ‘Rabbi of Rabbis’ and world-renowned Jewish leader, dies at 89

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Schulweis led the Conservative Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) in Encino for nearly 45 years, introducing significant...

  • Obama: I’m Jewish ‘in my soul’

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    "What will you tell the President when you see him?" was my daughter Eva's first reaction when I told her I'd been invited to the White House Channukah party (Actually, it was her second reaction. Her first was, "Take me!"). Kids are innocent that way. They don't realize that when...

  • Alan Gross credits Jewish efforts for his release from Cuba

    1 week ago

    Newly released from prison in Cuba, Alan Gross thanked his wife, his lawyer, the Jewish community, President Barack Obama and numerous others in helping secure his freedom.

    Speaking at a news conference Wednesday in Washington, Gross opened his statement with a Hanukkah greeting...

  • Norman Lear’s bright future

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    When I met Norman Lear at his spacious Beverly Hills office for an interview, he immediately told me, “The timing is good.” He didn’t say why — just that it has something to do with what he plans to do next.

    That’s right, next. At 92, an age when most of us would be content to...

  • Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?

    1 week ago

    Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews.

    [Related: An in-depth look into...

  • Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy

    1 week ago

    Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana that the United States said on Wednesday heralds an overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

    A U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN...

  • The Very Odd Couple

    1 week ago

    One circumstance even more intimidating for me as a chaplain than offering pastoral care to clergy is to do so for Holocaust survivors and their family members. I imagine it must be daunting for chevra kadisha  (Jewish burial society) volunteers as well. The “prime directive” for...

  • 15 Surprisingly Fascinating facts about Hanukkah [ Infographic ]

    By Tera Greene

    1 week ago

    15 Surprisingly Fascinating facts about Hanukkah [ Infographic ]

     

    Chanukkah 2014 is here!

    In case you weren't reminded by Google, Hanukkah 2014 has begun.

     

    To get you in the proper mindset for this minor holiday, here's an infographic for you to fact-check with friends and family to...

  • Are Gluten-Free Matzo Balls a Thing? Yes they are!! [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    1 week ago

    I will first address those of you who are sick of hearing about everything being gluten free:

    I know you think the rising hype of a “no gluten diet” that has taken our country by storm is some sort of psychological weakness emblematic of a consumer society that is easily seduced...

  • Barney Frank on practically everything

    1 week ago

    Long a legislative lion for Democrats, Barney Frank retired from Congress two years ago. But he remains famously shrewd and caustic, feisty and funny, as well as the most prominent gay politician in the nation. With current roiling debate over the financial reform that Frank helped...

  • Women rabbis at forefront of pioneering prayer communities

    2 weeks ago

    A decade ago in Los Angeles, two organizations opened their doors with a call to prayer — or they would have if they had any doors to open.

    Ikar, led by Rabbi Sharon Brous, and Nashuva, led by Rabbi Naomi Levy, were conceived separately. But when they launched in 2004, both...

  • Why would a nice girl like you want to become a Jew?*

    By Diana Emuna

    2 weeks ago

    From the time I was little, I wanted to be a part of the Jewish people.  I have no deep reasoning for that.  I found out about the Jews at Sunday school, and knew that is where I belonged.  The stork dropped me off at the wrong house. 

    In our home, there was no mention of Jews...

  • ‘Interview’ screenwriter Dan Sterling: Fallout from comedy about Kim Jong-un isn’t so funny

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 weeks ago

    DEVELOPING [Dec. 17, 2014]: Sony Pictures said on Wednesday it canceled the Dec. 25 theatrical release of its North Korea comedy "The Interview," after major U.S. theater chains pulled out of showing the film following threats from hackers.


     

    *Over coffee at a Larchmont...

  • The spiritual challenge of centrism

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    2 weeks ago

    The following is an excerpt from the new preface to Yossi Klein Halevi’s recently reissued book “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation” (Little, Brown and Co.). 

    I moved to Jerusalem in 1982 and have now lived in Israel longer than I’ve lived outside it....

  • Q&A with Yossi Klein Halevi: Jewish extremists endanger Israel’s control of Jerusalem

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    In 1972, when Yossi Klein Halevi began writing a book that 23 years later would become his “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist, he was just 19 and allied with the extremist right wing of the Free Soviet Jewry movement. 

    As a follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane (assassinated in 1990) and a...

  • Why Chanukah matters

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • Deconstructing the latke: A user’s guide

    2 weeks ago

    Latkes, doughnuts and fritters — in Jewish homes, everyone’s frying this month, much as we have been for the last 2,000 years or so. Frankly, you’ve got to love a religion that actually encourages you to eat deep-fried foods — especially with sour cream!

    All Jewish festivals have...

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