I am an informed person. I read the newspaper, several news and entertainment sites online, and am active on social media. I see things, I hear things, I am told things. I have a lot of opinions about a lot of things. I like to talk about politics, religions, sex, and any other...
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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up” – Pablo Picasso.
Magicians and dramatists include a ‘reveal’ as part of their stock-in-trade. This might be the culmination of a great illusion, or the sudden plot twist, like the end of The...
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I’m the dry-eyed one in the family. I’m the one who gives the eulogies at funerals because I can get through them without breaking down, the one who doesn’t need tissues to watch “Beaches” or “Terms of Endearment”. I come from a family who buys stock in Kleenex, going...
April 1, 2010 | 11:39 am
Thousands of Jewish worshipers gathered at the Western Wall for the priestly blessing.
Hundreds of Kohanim, members of the priestly class, blessed some 10,000 worshipers in the morning prayer service Thursday, which is held each year during Passover and Sukkot.
A security force in...
August 21, 2008 | 12:13 amThis week's Torah portion describes the bountiful blessings promised to our people by God, if (ekev) we obey the laws of Torah.
- God will love you, multiply you, "bless the issue of your womb and the produce of your soil..." (Deuteronomy 7:13, 8:1).
- God will bless you above all...
January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm
One mother thanked every one of her daughter's teachers by name and grade, beginning with preschool. A father enumerated the scores of all his son's soccer games. And another mother, with tear-filled eyes and a choked-up voice, used the occasion to present her daughter with her first...
April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm
A book's opening chapter is crucial to setting the mood and aura for the remainder of the book's journey. Likewise, the opening scene of a film usually helps set the tone for what will ensue.
The Passover seder is both a reader's experience and a moviegoer's. We sit around the...
March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Traditionally, Orthodox girls wanting a bat mitzvah have had intimate ones with close family and friends, complete with candlelightings and blessings.
Unlike the Reform, Recostructionist and Conservative movements, which have embraced and formalized the bat mitzvah in the...
January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm
Thank you for your coverage of the peace deal between the Sudanese government and the people of southern Sudan ("The Graves of Sudan," Nov. 26). It is a relief to finally see a possible end to Africa's longest-running civil war.
While the signing of this peace...
February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm
The Tu B'Shevat seder, with its many fruit and nuts, challenges us to reconsider our usual diets, and the recommended Jewish diet. While the FDA recommends a diet high in grains, rich in nutrients and low in saturated fats, Judaism recommends a diet high in holiness, rich in...
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In the middle of a rowdy rendition of "I Have a Little Dreidel" at the Sobelson family Chanukah party in Concord, N.H., Howard Dean walked in and declared himself the cantor.Â
The Democratic presidential candidate recited the blessings over the candles in near-perfect Hebrew in...
November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Smoke intoxicated the air and dark clouds cast an eerie glow over the Southern California sky as fire engulfed our Simi Valley neighborhood.
At last, when the freeways opened and we finally felt comfortable breathing outside air, we noticed the destruction left in the fire's wake....
November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
May there soon be heard, Lord our G-d, in the cities of Judea and in the streets of Jerusalem, the sound of joy and the sound of celebration, the voice of a bridegroom and the voice of a bride, the happy shouting of bridegrooms from their weddings and of young men from their...
September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm
This week's Torah portion presents the blessings and curses that follow from observance or defiance of the law. Some people understand this as a rigid system of reward and punishment. Keep the covenant, and all will be well; violate it, and you will suffer.
The blessings and curses...
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If you were beginning to feel that too much time had passed since you last saw dancing bearded rabbis on television, then fear not, because West Coast Chabad, the organization that sponsors the "L'Chaim" telethon, is broadcasting a special Chanukah party on KCAL-TV Channel 9 each...
September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm
This Friday marks the end of the celebration of Sukkot. The word Sukkot, of course, means "booths," and refers to the temporary dwellings that we spent the past week eating, singing and even sleeping in. We remember the wandering of the Jews in the desert and celebrate the fall...
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Jewish legal tradition teaches that we should recite 100 blessings every day. This presents an opportunity and a challenge. How might I fill up my quota today? The numbers start adding up if I pray in the morning, afternoon and evening. I can recite benedictions before eating...