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  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    November 1, 2013 | 5:46 am

    I was cleaning out my hard drive earlier this week (yay, me) and found a treasure trove - a stash of photos and videos from when my kids were small. A little head peeping out from a bubble bath, a teeny figure bundled into snow pants, a baby sleeping under the afghan my grandmother...

  • The Long ShortCut (How to Rejuvenate and Re-energize your life)

    By Marcus J Freed

    May 3, 2013 | 10:33 am

    There are two kinds of shortcuts in life – short-shortcuts and long-shortcuts. The short-shortcuts are the ones that work, and the long-shortcuts are the kind we’ve all experienced when our driver (usually male – myself no exception) **insists** this route is going to be faster,...

  • Getting it Right

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 10, 2013 | 8:00 am

    We’ve all heard stories of people who were turned off from Judaism by negative experiences with a synagogue, a rabbi, etc. “He wouldn’t even meet with us to talk about our marriage because my fiancé hadn’t converted yet,” or “They wouldn’t let me into High Holy Day services because...

  • Day 85 - Why I’m Reading the Whole Talmud… Again

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 8, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I have been struggling to write a post since I came down from the Mt. Sinai-like high of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium, when we completed the seven and a half year cycle of reading the Talmud (click here for my Jewish Journal cover story about that experience).

    I have kept...

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  • Amid roasted pigs, country music and rabbinical blessings, Romney seeks to define himself

    August 28, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Whole barbecued pigs, cheerleaders and elegies to skinny-dipping farmers’ daughters.

    That was the organized noise Sunday night at the opening bash of the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.

    For...

  • Blessings & Tragic Loss

    By Ilana Angel

    August 2, 2012 | 12:07 pm

    I am a woman of faith and I have a close relationship with God.  I speak with God on a daily basis and some days I feel like I speak with him more than anyone else in my life.  I don’t ask him for anything, but I do pray for guidance and clarity.  I thank him for being a source of...

  • What Do You See?

    By Ilana Angel

    April 7, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    It has always been interesting to me how I can look at something and see one thing, and someone else will look at the same thing and see something completely different.  Perception and interpretation are fascinating to me.  I have a very specific worldview.  It is guided by my faith,...

  • Calif. synagogue holding animal blessing

    January 4, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    A Southern California synagogue is having its third annual “blessing of the animals.”

    Congregation Dor Hadash in San Diego holds the event in honor of Tu b’Shevat, the 15th day of Nissan, which this year falls on Jan. 20.

    Pet owners are invited to bring their pets to the...

  • The many miracles of the family menorah

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2008 | 3:08 am

    ALTTEXT
    Alex, Ryan, Josh and Ellie Dubin light about 25 menorahs every night of Chanukah


    From painted-clay preschool classics to sterling silver family heirlooms, the eight bright lights of the chanukiyah have a unique and artful way of revealing our values, holding our histories and telling...

  • Which do you choose—blessings or curses?

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 17, 2008 | 10:18 pm

    As we journey through the month of Elul, it is customary to comment on the weekly Torah portions in light of the upcoming Days of Awe. Parshat Ki Tavo is read a few weeks before Rosh Hashanah, and its overriding theme is one that we encounter several times during the High Holy...
  • Thank God for coffee

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 8, 2007 | 6:54 pm


    No, I really mean it.  We must not forget to thank God for coffee—it gets you up in the morning, helps you maintain on extremely difficult work days and it tastes darn delicious!

    The brewed extract of the roasted seeds of an evergreen bush of the genus Coffea is one of HaShem’s...

  • Blessing a Curse

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Here I am in Israel. My throat is sore, and it seems as if I'm going to spend my remaining days stuffy-nosed while watching subtitled television. This stinks.

    I just bid farewell to the 40 Birthright participants I helped connect with Israel and Judaism over 10 amazing and...

  • My Blessing, Your Blessing

    By Rabbi Mark Hyman

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the years pass, certain aspects of memory tend to become a bit fuzzy. For some reason, I can still remember many phone numbers, addresses and even credit card numbers from decades ago, but other vital and significant facts and experiences have faded.

    Yet, no matter how many...
  • Rabbi Pinto’s miracles

    By David Suissa

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Growing up in Morocco, the word "miracle" was a familiar one. I remember how my parents, especially my mother, would bring up the great Moroccan mystics at all times of the day -- either to pray for a miracle, or to thank them for one.

    No miracle was too small. If a plate would...

  • The Old Switcheroo

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Toldot, we encounter the remarkable event described in Genesis 27, as Yitzhak prepares in blindness to confer an eternal blessing on one of his twin sons.

    He wants to extend that blessing to the viscerally evil Esav, who nevertheless always has acted with the utmost...

  • Brotherhood in a Sukkah ... in Iraq

    By Rabbi Gary Davidson

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three long, narrow white boxes with Hebrew and English writing were laying on the chapel floor at my Air Force Base in the Persian Gulf.

    "What's this?" I wondered aloud. When I looked closer, I noticed the words "Sukkah" and "U.S. Government" stamped on each package.

    "A sukkah kit...

  • Within Us

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, as God created the world, He decided to make beings in His image. As he generated his own reflection in man and woman, the angels got word of the project, and were consumed with jealousy.
     
    "How unfair!" they cried. "Those humans will have it all. They get to...
  • First Person - Like Any Other Child

    By Anton Dahlerbruch

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    By his size and handsome impression, our son, Max, appears to be like any other boy his age, however when you meet him in his wheelchair, you quickly learn that he is severely disabled, both cognitively and physically. He's unable to talk, use a device to communicate, propel himself...

  • First Person - My Upfsherin

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The upfsherin (hair cutting ceremony) took place on the last day of Shevat -- an auspicious time for a healing ritual. The day before Rosh Chodesh (first day of the month) is observed, in the medieval mystical practice of Yom Kippur katan (little Yom Kippur) -- a day for cleansing,...

  • Sephardic Dinner Spices Up Holiday

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I am reminded of our trip to Italy a few years ago. We arrived in Milan in the early afternoon and checked into our hotel, planning to attend Rosh Hashanah services that evening at the Sephardic Synagogue.

    We were relaxing in our room, and were surprised...

  • Will She Marry Him?

    By Seth Menachem

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In my last Singles column, "Change of Heart," I left off with one important question for my girlfriend, Carrie: "Will you marry me?"

    Did she say yes?

    Well, let me back up a bit.

    A few days before the column came out, I drove over to Carrie's parents to ask for their blessing. Carol...

  • Time to Go Home

    By Nathan D. Wirtschafter

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When my wife and I woke up on the day we made aliyah, we talked and decided that we felt good. Natural. Normal. A little excited. A bit eager. Somewhat tired from some late-night, last-minute packing. Above all, we were ready. It was time to go.

    The family dressed in T-shirts that...

  • A Single Thread Links Generations

    By Bonnie Vorspan

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Becoming a grandparent is a very exciting event. Being able to create an heirloom pillowcase out of heirloom pieces for the britim, or covenant ceremonies, of our first grandchildren was an equally humbling and exciting adventure.

    Our daughter and son-in-law, Alisha and Ahud...

  • Philosophical Blessings

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    While on a summer vacation on the East Coast, my family and I visited some spectacular sights in northwestern North Carolina, especially near Ashville. On our way to Ashville, we stopped and asked directions from a gentleman who turned out to be a Methodist minister.

    During our...

  • Love the Stranger

    By Rabbi Zoë Klein

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The freeways were quiet and the city seemed peaceful at 4:30 a.m. as I drove to the hospital. I was going to see Thelma before she was taken in for surgery. I thought about the time just over a year ago when Thelma arrived at our house at 3 a.m., tiptoeing in so as not to wake...

  • The Smart Choice

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, I came across a story about a man who made the "unforgivable" mistake of missing his wife's birthday. When the wife expressed her anger, the quick-witted husband responded, "Sweetheart, how do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?"

    If only...

  • Sacred Spaces

    By Rabbi Mimi Weisel

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The second part of this week's double portion, Chukat-Balak, is rather humorous, and even curious. In the second part of the portion, Balak, king of Moab, hires Balaam who is considered to be the world's greatest wizard, to curse the Israelites. Yet, when this great sorcerer attempts...

  • Blessed With Talents

    By Abby Gilad

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Everybody's good at something. The trick is to discover what it is. In Parshat Vayechi, Jacob blesses each of his 12 sons. They each receive a blessing that is appropriate to their skills. Judah is blessed with leadership, for from him will be born kings. Benjamin is told he is a...

  • Power of a Blessing

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you were told that you had only a matter of days to live what would you do?

    Write out a will? Eat your favorite meal? Try to repair troubled relationships? In our Torah portion this Shabbat, Jacob knows he is dying. Faced with this knowledge, there is only one thing he wants to...

  • What You Leave Behind

    By Abby Gilad

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Can you think of someone who used to live in your neighborhood or went to your school but moved away? How did you feel when they moved? Was the person who left someone who did nice things for people? Was he or she helpful?

    Inventive? Was it fun to play with that person? Then you...

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