Recent days have been full of continually unfolding reports about a new intercepted underwear bomb intended to be carried aboard a U.S.-bound plane by an al-Qaida agent. That agent, said to be British, turned out to be working simultaneously with Saudi and U.S. intelligence, and...
House rejects stopgap security agency funding, partial shutdown looms
Reflecting on my trip to Birmingham with The Temple
LAUSD board race a study in polarization
Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week
Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow
My interview with Leonard Nimoy
‘Kosher Soul’ plays on stereotypes — amusing some, angering others
Q&A with Jorma Kaukonen on Jefferson Airplane and Judaism
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[UPDATE: FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 11:50 A.M.]
Landazuri’s status update on Facebook that her brother-in-law, Adi Zinder, 32-year-old undocumented Israeli native, is coming home to Los Angeles - following his year-long custody with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) - has prompted...
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June 3, 2009 | 2:09 pm
I flew to Toronto this morning for a stand-up gig. It’s my fourth trip to Canada in the last two years. On my three previous trips, I was stopped at Customs and forced to open my suitcase so the rubber-gloved security guys could rifle through my undergarments. I don’t know why I was...
July 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm
What is Tisha B'av?
Tisha B'av is the Fast commemmorated on the ninth day of the month of Av. It begins at sunset Monday July 23, 2007 and ends at nightfall on July 24.
Why do we fast on Tisha B'av?
According to the Mishna, five misfortunes befell the Jews on this day throughout...
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...
November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm
What books must every Jew read? What books are critical to informing your understanding of your faith, your culture, your people? With this issue, The Jewish Journal introduces a new weekly column: My Jewish Library. We've asked rabbis, scholars and thinkers to each pick the one...
November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Did You Know...?\n
• Sometimes the marriage ceremony is held outdoors. Particularly in ultra-Orthodox and Chasidic weddings -- but anyone can do this -- the marriage ceremony is performed outside at night. The custom developed because the stars are associated with God speaking to...
June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm
February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Imagine the Jewish calendar as three concentric circles: the Torah reading cycle, the holiday cycle and your personal life cycle.
The circles line up in various combinations, like one of those "work wheels" from camp. If your bat mitzvah falls on Shabbat Chanukah, you may always view...
April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm
Once a year, soon after Purim, my parents lug down the hydraulic press from their attic. For those of us more comfortable in the world of DVDs and CD-ROMs, a hydraulic press is an old-fashioned contraption that looks like a wooden bucket perched on a little metal table, with a metal...
March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
I know you're going to have a lot of fun dressing up, eating hamantaschen and drowning out Haman's name with your groggers! Here are some other interesting customs that used to be practiced at Purim around the world:
France -- Because of the verse in the Megillah, "I shall surely...
February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm
Rita Milos Brownstein, author "Jewish Weddings" (Simon & Schuster, 2002) said she wishes she had known about yichud before she was married.
Brownstein, 50, cited yichud -- the time after the ceremony that affords the bride and groom some privacy to share their first moments as...
November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm
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