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  • Kvetching Fire: The video that will get you through Yom Kippur

    September 13, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Worried about how to get through the 24-hour fast?

    Katniss Eversteen, the protagonist of “The Jewish Hunger Games,” a clever parody by Andrew Zenn and Jon Rudnitsky, can help you out.

    “This is crunch time,” announces a helpful voiceover. “There will be temptation.”

  • The Meaning of Memory: A Yizkor Reflection

    September 19, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    I grew up in a home filled with food and love and laughter and music and Yiddishkayt and stories. I was the youngest of four kids and we were part of a tribe in Boro Park, Brooklyn, with my uncle Nat’s family living on the floor above us, my uncle Ruby’s family living next door to...

  • Feasting after fasting

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 19, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a holiday for serious fasting — no food or drink for 25 hours. At the end of the day, our thoughts inevitably turn to what we want to eat at sundown to break the fast.          

    When I spoke with several friends about Yom Kippur foods they...

  • High Holy Day services guide: Family services

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 4:00 pm

    For other services, visit our Alternative, College, Free, Kever Avot, Selichot and Tashlich calendars.

    Click here to skip to free Kol Nidre services

    SUN SEPT 16 — EREV ROSH HASHANAH

    ROSH HASHANAH FESTIVAL
    Sun. 3-4 p.m. Free. Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd.,...

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  • High Holy Day services guide: College services

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    For other services, visit our Alternative, Family, Free, Kever Avot, Selichot and Tashlich calendars.

    Click here to skip to free Kol Nidre services

    SUN SEPT 16 — EREV ROSH HASHANAH

    USC HILLEL
    Hillel invites USC students to celebrate the High Holy Days. Sun. 6:30 p.m. $18...

  • High Holy Day services guide: Alternative services

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    For other services, visit our College, Family, Free, Kever Avot, Selichot and Tashlich calendars.

    Click here to skip to free Kol Nidre services

    SUN SEPT 16 — EREV ROSH HASHANAH

    METIVTA
    Led by Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the “Kirtan Rabbi.” Sun. 7 p.m. $50 (includes tonight’s service...

  • Palestinian Khader Adnan tests limits of Israel’s system of military detention

    February 21, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    As his weight dropped and his face grew gaunt, Khader Adnan became the latest Palestinian cause celebre.

    Israel arrested Adnan, a 33-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank village of Arraba, on Dec. 17 and placed him in administrative detention. The former spokesman for the...

  • Day Five of the Cleanse: Fail. The End

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 11, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    I’m about to leave for my yogi pow-wow about this past week’s cleanse.  I’m dreading having to admit that I’m a cleanse-failure.  The thing is, I know I didn’t do it properly so I shouldn’t really comment on it but I really did try.  If you’ve ever had ultimate meal, you...

  • Day Two of the Cleanse: weak, tired, and about to pass out

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 9, 2011 | 1:05 am

    I hate this stupid cleanse.  I feel like I’m about to faint.  Part of the problem is that one of the integral aspects of doing this cleanse is eating this Ultimate Meal smoothie.  It is just so repulsive I cannot force myself to get that thing down.  I ate about half of it for...

  • Fall Cleanse

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    November 4, 2011 | 10:32 am

    I’ve been doing a yoga teacher training on the weekends for the last few weeks.  I did it mainly to deepen my yoga practice but it turns out, I love it a lot more than I realized I would.  In any case, I’m approaching Week 7 and this means that on Monday, November 7th, I begin a five...

  • Tisha B’Av Social Justice [VIDEO]

    August 8, 2011 | 12:54 pm

  • Jewish leaders fast against budget cuts

    March 28, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Leaders of two Jewish groups are joining an organized fast to protest proposed congressional budget cuts to poverty programs in the United States and abroad.

    The fast, initiated by HungerFast, a group led by anti-hunger activist Tony Hall, takes aim at proposed substantive cuts now...

  • Recipes for the Fast of Esther [PURIM]

    By Jay Firestone

    March 17, 2011 | 1:29 pm

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Happy Purim!

  • Jewish interfaith leaders urge Shabbat sermon about Islam

    September 3, 2010 | 11:21 am

    A group of Jewish interfaith educators is asking rabbis to talk about Islam next Shabbat.

    A letter signed by six prominent rabbis and scholars points out that Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, falls on Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist...

  • Reporter’s Notebook: A Christian makes teshuvah

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 16, 2008 | 1:23 am

    My first mistake was arriving when the Yom Kippur morning service at Valley Beth Shalom was scheduled to begin. The flier said 7:45 a.m. and, this being my virgin voyage, I didn't want to be late.

    Naive? Certainly. I didn't realize Jews attend High Holy Days services like Dodgers...

  • Fast meals to beat the Kol Nidre rush

    September 18, 2008 | 2:25 am

    It's a scramble every year, but Jews somehow manage to beat the clock getting dinner to the table on Yom Kippur eve -- the most hurried meal on the holiday calendar.

    It isn't easy to conclude the evening meal with enough leeway to arrive at synagogue for the Kol Nidre service, which...
  • Shuls to observe Tisha B’Av through study, films

    August 6, 2008 | 11:23 pm

    Tisha B'Av -- the ninth day of the month of Av -- is a day of fasting and mourning to commemorate some of the greatest tragedies to befall the Jewish people, among them the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem and the expulsion from Spain in 1492. But despite this litany of...
  • Tisha B’Av 101—the basics

    By Amy Klein

    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...
  • Fit L.A. - The Birthday Party Crasher: Dr. Atkins

    By Judy Gruen

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Over the past few months, I have relished the apparent collapse of the low-carb industry. Low-carb specialty stores and magazines arrived with much fanfare but soon crumbled like a tired soufflé.

    Good riddance to them, I thought -- especially the magazine that tried to bilk me...

  • Insta-Love

    By Elizabeth Much

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    It happened so quickly I couldn't believe it. After a seemingly endless period of F & L's (first and last dates, as I fondly call them), I met him.

    When I walked into my favorite vegetarian restaurant I was relieved I'd decided to forgo my usual dazzling sweatpants/no makeup look....

  • Yom Kippur in Chad: Fasting a Way of Life

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I am sitting in Adam's living room -- a carpet on a dirt patio. On one side is a small tent for his five children, as well as two nephews and a niece who have been orphaned. On the other side is a small tent for Adam, his wife and all they could carry out of Darfur.

    Around us, the...

  • 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...

  • Ease Out of the Yom Kippur Fast With Salmon and Potatoes

    By Judy Zeidler

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is a time when Jews are required to fast for 24 hours. At the end of this period, family and friends gather for the traditional break-the-fast meal.

    This year at the conclusion of services our family and friends will arrive at our home at...

  • Another Melee Erupts as Women Pray with Men at WesternWall

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The forcible eviction of the worshipers from Judaism's mostrevered site came as thousands gathered there to mark Tisha B'Av, afast day marking the traditional anniversary of the destruction of,first, Solomon's Temple and, then, Herod's Temple.

    The men and women were worshiping...

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