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  • Chicken Little, chicken soup and the Reform moment

    January 9, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    Almost half a century ago, a cover story in Look Magazine described “The Vanishing American Jew.” Extrapolating from demographic trends on intermarriage, birth rates and generational assimilation, the author predicted that the Jewish community in America would blend in and...

  • Sex + God = Hot + Holy

    By Ilana Angel

    October 10, 2013 | 6:51 am

    If you read Keeping the Faith with any regularity, you know I write about sex and faith, a lot.  Both are interesting topics and both matter.  Sex is wonderful, and being sexual is important, but I am at a point in my life where I am not willing to have sex without love, and I...

  • A difficult conversation

    September 3, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Before creating the human being, according to a Midrash, God consulted the angels of heaven. The Angel of Peace argued, “Don’t create him! He will bring war into Your world!” The Angel of Compassion countered, “He will do kindness, create him!” The Angel of Justice offered, “Create...

  • Dybbuk debuts ‘Darkness and Light’

    August 28, 2013 | 12:29 pm

    It’s well past 10 p.m. on a Wednesday evening, and the halls of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) are filled with the sounds of creativity. In one room of the Encino Conservative congregation, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony winds down its rehearsal, packing up instruments as its musicians...

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  • Is the Newsweek rabbis list good for the Jews?

    March 14, 2013 | 5:59 am

    One night some years ago, two powerful Jewish men in media, one from New York and one from Los Angeles, were walking together through the streets of Jerusalem when they hatched a little idea. 

    Michael Lynton, then CEO and co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and his longtime...

  • Choice in Difficulty

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 17, 2013 | 11:23 am

    By Rachel Goldman Neubauer

    I spent much of my Shabbat thinking about our dearly departed Ira Skolky.  What plays through my head more than anything are little snippets from his funeral.  Death in our community, like any other community, is never easy.  By the same token, though,...

  • Rabbi Gordis v. Rabbi Brous: Rabbis in the ring

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    Who knew that this year’s most exciting Thanksgiving week sporting event would be a rabbinic version of “Celebrity Deathmatch”?

    The Gordis-Brous feud had all the grit and coarseness of MTV's now-defunct claymation show in which two celebrities nastily sparred in a wrestling ring...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 12, 2012 | 10:55 am

    5772

    This year, we return to the wisdom offered by our rabbis during the High Holy Days in years past.  What follows are excerpts from some exceptional sermons and High Holy Days writings; many more voices could have been included, of course, but we hope this will inspire you to...

  • Like ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’? You’ll love Judaism

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 29, 2012 | 11:27 am

    The rabbi is a book lover. So it was an innocent question when he asked his congregant what she was reading, tucked ever-so-discreetly between her palms, as she sat in a chair in a synagogue hallway. Was that a bead of sweat trickling down her brow? Was she trying to hide the...

  • A Mid-summer Night Shabbat, at the Ford, draws 1,000

    By Ryan Torok

    August 27, 2012 | 11:35 am

    Approximately 1,000 people are singing the late songwriter Debbie Friedman’s version of Lech-Lecha. Craig Taubman, musician and composer, leads them along. In a moment, Taubman asks the crowd to stop singing—the large band accompanying him continues to play a gentle...

  • The mourning after

    October 20, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    Each culture has rituals and customs surrounding death, and Judaism is no exception. Jewish tradition and the Jewish community provide mourners with structure and direction during the grieving process.

    When a family member dies, those left behind often find themselves in a state of...

  • Opinion: To my child on the way to college

    August 31, 2011 | 10:55 am

    This is the beginning of your life’s great adventure. At your bar/bat mitzvah, we spoke about you becoming an adult. But that wasn’t exactly true. The next Monday morning, you were back in middle school. This time, it’s for real. You’re leaving home, going away to school,...

  • A Safe Spot

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    For the child whose parent has been diagnosed with cancer, each day becomes fraught with uncertainty -- will Mom or Dad be there today when I get home from school, or back in the hospital? Will Dad be too sick to come to my softball game? Why does Mom have to take that medicine that...

  • The Birth of Chutzpah

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    We believe in a God who dreams. The Torah is the story of the transaction between God's dreams and human reality. God dreams of a world of goodness. God creates humanity - fashioned in the divine image - to share the dream. But human beings betrayed God's dreams. We filled the world...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Seeing Beyond Our Culture

    Parashat Shemot(Exodus1:1-6:1)

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    My son was 7 the first time he saw a beggarstanding beside the freeway offramp: a large man, disheveled andfilthy, with a hand-lettered cardboard sign that read, "WILL WORK FORFOOD." "Abba, who is that man?"...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Did the first people to read the Bible know theywere reading "The Bible"? And if not, what was it they thought theywere reading?

    The Bible has no title page. It has neither anauthor's introduction nor a preface -- nothing to tell us why it waswritten or how it is to be read. We call...

  • Accepting Judaism as a Privilege

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One Sunday morning, many years ago, as parentscame to pick up their kids from the Hebrew school where I taught, Ioverheard a conversation. "How was class?" A father asked his son.The child began to whine. "I hate Hebrew school," he said. "It'sboring and stupid, the teachers are mean,...
  • To New Beginnings

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    According to my son, Disney's "The Lion King" isthe greatest film ever made. He saw it three times in the theater,and insisted on playing the soundtrack every morning on our way toschool. All the way to kindergarten, we sang the film's stirringtheme song, "The Circle of Life," until,...
  • Make the Time Count

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Child rearing, it turns out, is a relativelyshort-term project. The truth is that we don't have them for verylong. Eighteen years, that's all. Eighteen years, from birth untilthey move away to Stanford. If your child is 5, you've got 13 yearsleft. If your child is 8, you've got 10...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    You can't miss her. All over town, huge billboards advertise not cigarettes, automobiles or banking services but the image of a scantily clad young woman, with the caption "Angelyne." Her image is a caricature of male fantasies. What was once confined to the back pages of so-called...
  • Do You Believe

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    For a small donation, you can now e-mail your prayers to a site in Jerusalem where they will be placed into the Kotel, the Western Wall, on your behalf.

    With a powerful computer, scholars in Israel have revealed the secret codes embedded in the text of the Torah -- codes predicting...

  • Alligators Under

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 19, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I learned most of my theology not from my teachers but from my children. When my daughter, Nessa, was 3 years old, we had a routine. Each night, I would tuck her into bed, sing our bedtime prayers, kiss her good night and attempt to sneak out of the room. Halfway down the hall, she...
  • Lifestyles of the Rich and Miserable

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Everything in Creation has a purpose, teaches the Midrash. But when someone gave us a gift subscription to People Weekly magazine, I was left to wonder if I had found the first truly purposeless thing in God's universe.

    You know People, the epitome of "lite" culture, with its short,...

  • The Mirror of

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Lawrence Kushner tells of the time he brought a nursery-school class into the synagogue sanctuary for a tour. He showed them the bimah, the ner tamid, the cantor's and rabbi's lecterns. Finally, the tiny kids stood before the huge doors of the Holy Ark.

    "What do you suppose is...

  • Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Why is it that when Jews seek spiritual wisdom, they'll go almost anywhere except their own traditions? Look into any cult, any radical new therapy, any metaphysical society or meditating community, and you'll find Jews far beyond our proportion in the population. And should they...
  • Achre 5757

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A couple with whom I'm close had their first child, so I ran to the bookstore to get them our favorite book on child care. I had forgotten the exact title (it was always "the baby book") and the author's name, so I thought I'd just scan the shelf until it turned up. Shelf? Try...
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