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...
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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...
December 18, 2008 | 3:08 am
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...
September 17, 2008 | 10:18 pmAs 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...
November 8, 2007 | 6:54 pm
The brewed extract of the roasted seeds of an evergreen bush of the genus Coffea is one of HaShem’s...
August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pmHere 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...
May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pmAs 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...
November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pmGrowing 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...
November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pmIn 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...
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September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pmOnce 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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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.
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...
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?"
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...
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...
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...
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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