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  • Chesed by choice

    September 11, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    For many of us, the month of Elul and the High Holy Days are our personal and communal time for introspection. The work we do for ourselves as Jews is significant as we take the opportunity to make teshuvah (forgiveness) to others and to God and to improve our lives. 

    This year,...

  • Letters to the Editor: Mark Rosenblum, Homeless Sukkah, Vista Del Mar

    August 28, 2013 | 11:13 am

    More on the Crusader

    Rob Eshman’s praise of Mark Rosenblum’s decades-long battle for a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian struggle is well deserved (“The Crusader,” Aug. 23). I’ve worked with Mark for years, share his passion, if not his energy in working for the two-state...

  • Love in the time of Elul

    By David Suissa

    August 21, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    I confess there’s something that’s always bothered me about this time of year, when we put such a big emphasis on reflecting on our mistakes. Why only now? Isn’t this something we should be doing all year? As a community, we certainly do plenty of it, through the very act of...

  • Elul and Jewish pluralism

    By Roberto Loiederman

    May 15, 2013 | 2:14 pm

    A typical study session for Elul, a pluralistic Israel-based beit midrash (house of study), doesn’t confine itself to a discussion of Abraham’s journey in Genesis. It naturally segues into a rabbinical story about the patriarch breaking his father’s idols, followed by a poem by the...

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  • From Ramadan to Elul: A spiritual journey

    September 7, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    For Lee Weissman, a Breslov Chasid in Irvine, the recent onset of Elul caps a spiritual journey he began a month ago with the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Weissman, a teacher at the Tarbut v’Torah Community Day School in Irvine and a scholar of Southeast Asian...

  • ‘Jewels of Elul’ offers candidates’ wisdom

    By Tom Tugend

    August 21, 2008 | 11:09 pm

    What is the dream of the future president of the United States?

    For the answer, check out your e-mail or a pocket-sized, 36-page booklet called “Jewels of Elul IV,” which is subtitled “29 Dreamers and Their Dreams.”

    Others include Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, Harvard...

  • Tri-ing to raise funds for Israel; gems of wisdom for 5767

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Tri-ing to Raise Funds for Israel
     
    Forever diffusing the image of schlubby Orthodox slackers who don't see much of the sun, six members of congregation B'nai David-Judea completed the Los Angeles Triathlon Sept. 10, and raised $8,000 for Israel in the process. Noam Drazin, Ivan...
  • Polish the Soul for Elul

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I spent the first three days of Elul polishing a lamp that has hung in the upstairs stairwell of my home for 80 years. I thought that the lamp was made out of cast iron, but discovered after applying a mixture of abrasive compounds and elbow grease, that it was crafted of shiny...

  • Power of Words

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Each night before retiring, the great Chasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav would make a list. At the end of a long day, he would write down all the wrongs he had committed -- against other people, against God, against himself. Nachman would read the list over and over again,...

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the High Holidays

    By Amy Klein

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Goodbye summer; hello High Holidays. While Rosh Hashanah falls later in the calendar than normal this year (Oct. 3-5), it's never too early to get ready for the Jewish New Year. Besides, preparations traditionally begin in the Hebrew month of Elul, which started Sept. 4.

    If you...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Back to School in Elul

    What's Elul? It is the 12th and last month of the Jewish year. It's a month in which Jews take some time to think about the New Year: What will I do differently? What will I do the same? What do I need in order to succeed? It's kind of like going back to school. When we get to school the first day, we wonder: Who will my teacher be? How will this school year go?

  • Ready for Judgment?

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week ushers in Elul, the month when Jews traditionally prepare for the High Holidays. In anticipation of the Day of Judgment, we judge ourselves, conducting a full cheshbon hanefesh (accounting of the soul). The Torah portion Re'eh can serve as a checklist for forgiveness,...

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