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  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

    As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!  
    To celebrate, I am...

  • Sit, eat, stay a little while in the sukkah

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    October 15, 2008 | 11:08 pm

    We begin with a basic Hebrew language lesson.

    The blessing recited in the Sukkah -- "... le-shev ba-sukkah" -- does not mean "to sit in the sukkah." One of the most common mistakes on Sukkot happens when people enter a sukkah, stand during Kiddush and, immediately after pronouncing...

  • Questions, Prayers and Shabbat Lights

    By Amy Klein

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Interfaith Questions

    Why do bad things happen to good people? Or why do bad things happen to me? Dr. Aryeh Dean Cohen paraphrased these questions at an April 5 interfaith dialogue on theodicy or how to reconcile a benevolent God with evil.

    The roundtable dialogue, "Jewish and...

  • Celebrating a Shpiel-Good Holiday

    By Jane Ulman

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Ramvetlh QonglaHbe' voDleH," Beth Chayim Chadashim congregant Maggie Anton Parkhurst will say as she begins Chapter 6 of the synagogue's Megillah reading on Erev Purim.

    What?

    It's Klingon, the invented language of the "Star Trek" TV series and films, for "That night the emperor...

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  • yeLAdim

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Thank You!

    The Navon family -- Rebecca, Ariella, Eitan, Elisha and Asaf -- gave us our pick for our new name: YeLAdim, which means children in Hebrew. The large L and A are in honor of where we live (good thing we aren't in New York or it wouldn't work). Thank you to all the kids who...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's Your World

    Welcome to your page in The Jewish Journal. The last Friday of every month belongs to the kids of Jewish Los Angeles. In honor of the New Year and new look of this page, we want you to come up with a new name for it. Please send your ideas to kids@jewishjournal.com...

  • Blind Faith

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jews often live in calendar dialectics. Annually, we oscillate between two Jewish New Years (Tishrei/Nissan) and two "Judgment Days" (Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur). the Dubner Maggid, Rabbi Yaakov Krantz, perhaps the greatest Jewish storyteller of all time, was once asked: Why do we...

  • Right on Time

    By Jane Ulman

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "I have to wait a month longer this year to eat apples and honey," complains Jeremy, 16.

    "No, the first of Tishrei is always the first of Tishrei," I say, referring to the date on the Jewish calendar that marks our New Year.

    "But it's not till Oct. 4," he answers.

    Jewish time, to...

  • How Funny Is Passover?

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Passover is not primarily known for being a funny holiday, but don't tell that to Terry and Patty LaBan. The creators of "Edge City," who have brought contemporary Jewish American suburban life to the funny pages since 2000, are giving the Ardin family the ultimate seder storyline...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Inch by Inch, Row by Row!

    This week's Torah portion, Tazria, means: "If a woman gives birth," but it can also mean "plant." And so, being the beginning of spring, that is exactly what it is time to do!

    Mitzvah Goreret Mitzvah – One Mitzvah Creates Another

    It's time to plant...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    We read the story of Queen Esther, Megillat Esther, twice – on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Let's see if you know the story.

    Put the parts in the right order.

    __Mordechai tells Esther Haman's plan.

    __Mordechai will not bow to Haman. Haman decides to kill all the Jews on...

  • Support Opens Way for Special Needs

    By Michael Jackman

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For most parents, preparing a child for a bar or bat mitzvah is just another of many coming-of-age stresses. But for parents whose children have special needs, the stress can be almost unbearable. Yet arranging b'nai mitzvah ceremonies for such children are not impossible, with a...

  • Westside JCC Bash Celebrates 50 Years

    By Marc Ballon

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Sol Marshall looked at the aging Westside Jewish Community Center and smiled.

    "I think it looks great," he said.

    Marshall, 92, served as the center's first public relations director five decades ago. For an instant, he allowed himself to become lost in remembrance of things past....

  • Gifts Galore From Bubbe to Baby

    By Sarah Price Brown

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When it's time to celebrate Chanukah, nobody should be left out of the fun. We've scoured the holiday gift scene to find the perfect presents for Mom, Dad and the whole family. Count on any of these "candles" to light up the face of someone you love during this year's Festival of...
  • Give Best, Sweetest to Hungry

    By H. Eric Schockman

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    For millions of American Jews, the official end of the summer season brings with it an important new beginning. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year,

    ushers in the holiest period of the Jewish calendar.

    Called the Days of Repentance, the 10 days from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur allow...

  • When You Can’t Go Home Again

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ah, the High Holidays. Time to gather, celebrate, eat, fast, repent and eat some more. But before you can get to any of that, there's another, perhaps less-ancient tradition that takes place a few weeks prior. It's the High Holiday scramble, and anyone without deeply planted roots...

  • For the Kids

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Coming to America

    How long has your family been in America? Where did it come from? Europe? Israel? Iran? Did you know that Jews have been in America for 350 years? Can you solve this history math problem? If 23 Jews arrived in New York 350 years ago, what year was it?

    Contest...

  • Melting Pot for Peace

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to imagine a period when Jews and Arabs got along -- but that's apparently what they did from 800-1400 B.C.E., in the historical Al-Andalus period. In Spain and North Africa, Jews, Christians and Muslims got together and collaborated on arts and sciences to create one of...

  • Shavuot: A Link to God

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Why is the festival of Shavuot called 'The time of the giving of our Torah' and not the time of the receiving of our Torah? Because the giving of the Torah happened at one specified time, but the receiving of the Torah happens at every time and in every generation. -- Rabbi Meir...

  • Israel Needs Hope for Survival

    By Ambassador Yuval Rotem

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 60 years ago, out of the ashes of the Holocaust, thousands of Jews came with not much more than the shirts on their backs to a land recognizable only as a collective and distant memory. There they found other Jews who had been there for several years, working to forge a new...

  • Spiritual Cleaning

    By Judy Gruen

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    More than 3,300 years ago, God swept us out from our slavery in Egypt, where we had toiled for more than 400 years. He did not wait for a United Nations resolution on the matter -- the Almighty acted unilaterally, and for this we are forever grateful. Remembering the Exodus from...

  • Keeping Jews in the Flock

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Brace yourselves, people: We're about to celebrate a holiday that touts intermarriage. Yep, our beloved Queen Esther married a goy -- minus the ol' now-a-Jew sniparoo. According to today's Jewish demographic reports, that puts Esther in the "Bad Jew" category.

    We're told repeatedly...

  • Lights Were Last to Go

    By Kathleen Vallee Stein

    December 25, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    My family never went to church but celebrated Christian holidays by putting up a Christmas tree in December and hunting for Easter eggs in the spring. I had lots of fun as a child and counted myself lucky that I didn't have to spend long, boring hours at church like the other kids.

    ...
  • Eight Crazy Lights

    By Leora Alhadeff

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A kosher menorah can be fashioned out of any material, so why not get creative? During the Festival of Lights we light the Chanukah menorah -- a modern-day symbol of the candelabra used in the Temple, also known as a chanukiah -- to commemorate the miracle of the oil and to...

  • Yiddishkayt for Yiddle Ones

    By Leora Alhadeff

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Hey parents... Uneasy about plopping your toddlers on the sofa to watch a puffy purple dinosaur? Think they need more Jewish culture?

    The founders of "OyBaby" say it's never too early to start teaching your kids -- 6 months and up -- about Yiddishkayt.

    The "OyBaby" DVD/VHS and...

  • Trick or Treat?

    By Don Rutberg

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I asked my long-time friend, "Are you a strict father?"

    "Not really," he said, "but I wouldn't let my daughter out for Halloween."

    I asked why he had punished her.

    "She wasn't punished. I just couldn't let her celebrate a Christian holiday."

    Actually, Halloween is a...

  • Mothers, Daughters Bond Over Torah

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Netivot, the women's Torah study institute, will begin a program next month on a subject not often associated with Orthodoxy: bat mitzvah.

    Beginning Nov. 16, Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills will host a "Mother/Daughter Bat Mitzvah Seminar," in which girls ages 11-13 and...

  • A Cold Wind Blows

    By Amy Klein

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It is cold here this Sukkot in Jerusalem. The fan in the corner of this brightly lit sukkah lies still. The makeshift green plastic window flaps, cut last year to alleviate the heat, this year shudder in the heavy winds. Instead of the fan, the space heater is on, giving off that...

  • A Tabernacle Full of Knickknacks and Love

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkot, the eight-day festival that begins Oct. 11, commemorates a central event in Jewish history: the 40-year desert trek that followed the exodus from Egypt when Jews lived in portable shelters or booths.

    People celebrate the holiday by building, eating in -- and sometimes...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    June 5, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    RUTH, A TRUE FRIEND

    On Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth. Even though Ruth's husband died, she decides not to desert her mother-in-law, Naomi, who has lost her husband and two sons. Ruth leaves her home in Moab to accompany Naomi back to Israel. She cares for Naomi and goes to...

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