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  • The Love of a Mother

    By Ilana Angel

    6 days ago

    My mother has been visiting from Canada for the past 16 days. She is leaving today and I am so sad I can hardly breathe. It has been wonderful having her with us and I wish she was staying longer. My mom is funny, smart, charming, beautiful, opinionated, stubborn, wise, and quite...

  • Before I Die, Let Me Say I’m Sorry.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 22, 2015 | 7:32 am

    The hardest words to lip are “I’m sorry.”

    The hardest plan to enact is to forgive.

    Forgiveness is the ultimate test of love:  It is more difficult to forgive someone we love than someone we don't care about.

    The exchange entails seeing the Face of God in the other.  When we...

  • When saying sorry, don’t just speak—act

    September 16, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    Last week, I betrayed a trust.

    It was accidental, a seemingly small, ordinary mistake rooted in simple human forgetfulness (and perhaps a speck of carelessness if I’m being honest about it), but a mistake that nevertheless affected a friend’s life in a serious way. I felt awful,...

  • Apologies in the age of #SorryNotSorry

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 16, 2015 | 10:31 am

    By now, just about everyone knows the art of hashtags — a word or phrase preceded by a # sign used either to tag a conversation so people can easily follow it, or as a sarcastic and often deeply truthful commentary on the statement that had just preceded it. Some hashtags resonate...

  • On Rosh Hashana: Does the Time to Ask for Forgiveness Expire?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    September 2, 2015 | 6:37 pm

    I’m going away next week and won’t be back at my day job until after Rosh Hashana, so I decided to wish my co-workers a happy New Year now.  When I gave one of them New Year’s greetings, he stopped and looked up, counting in his head. “Let’s see,” he said, “almost two weeks to...

  • My High Holy Days Dilemma

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 26, 2015 | 1:00 am

    As we walk further into the month of Elul and prepare for the High Holy Days, we look back over the past year. What did we do right that we want to continue through the coming year? What do we wish we had done differently, and how can we right our past wrongs?

    Our High Holy Day...

  • Oh so sorry

    September 17, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    I’m sorry I haven’t eaten more hot dogs. 

    Saturday is Selichot, the time when the whole Jewish world sings with Connie Francis, "I’m sorry," and vows to do better next time. Many of us are focused on the wrongs we’ve done to others, or even to God. 

    This year, however, as I...

  • A Soul under Construction.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 11, 2014 | 9:09 am

    We are not born perfect- into an imperfect world.

    At birth we start with a cry.  Our grand entrance is with closed fists and our exit with open hands.  We circumcise our newborn males. Life is an exercise in humility.  Our hearts are shattered again and again as God seeks our...

  • Asking For My Own Forgiveness

    By Beit T'shuvah

    September 5, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    It is another one of those nights! I woke up after 4 hours of sleep and could not go back to sleep. My mind started racing and I just now figured out why: I am in the middle of my Inventory for Yom Kippur. I have a form that looks at how I take actions that...

  • The Journey Towards T’Shuvah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 15, 2014 | 11:33 am

    By Adam Siegel

    Well, we’ve reached the point of summer when we can’t believe that people are starting to talk about the High Holidays.  As the daylight begins to shorten, members of the Beit T’Shuvah community are beginning their own preparations.

    The High Holidays are a time...

  • 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,...

  • How to Ask for Forgiveness

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 4, 2013 | 1:00 am

    One of the things I like most about the High Holy Days is it is a time to seek and to grant forgiveness. We are told that, during this time, God grants forgiveness for sins against God, but that for sins of one person against another, God does not grant forgiveness until we have...

  • 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...

  • Dating 101: Loving Kids When Love is Gone

    By Ilana Angel

    August 21, 2013 | 8:50 am

    I have had no contact with my ex-boyfriend for months.  I have spent all that time hopeful we would be able to be friends one day.  I truly thought our relationship was something special and we would be able to get over the hurt and come to a place of friendship.  It has not...

  • Father’s Day and Forgiveness

    By Mark Paredes

    June 15, 2013 | 12:57 am

    Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou...

  • Friendship, Faith, Forgiveness & the Future

    By Ilana Angel

    April 11, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    I saw an old friend this morning and it renewed my faith in both myself, and my hopes for the future.  We have not spoken in a while and it made me sad. We had a difference of opinion on what friendship is, and it caused us to not speak. I had to search deep to find the strength to...

  • The curse of being right

    By David Suissa

    September 19, 2012 | 11:24 am

    How many of us have been going around during these Days of Repentance apologizing to those we have wronged during the past year? Be honest. Have you made your list of the people you have hurt and the offenses that have hurt them? When you have apologized, have you settled for the...

  • Robert Downey Jr. asks forgiveness for Mel Gibson

    October 18, 2011 | 12:29 pm

    Robert Downey Jr. at an awards ceremony in Los Angeles urged the Hollywood community to forgive Mel Gibson for his recent troubles.

    Downey paraphrased the New Testament when he said to the audience at the American Cinematheque Awards ceremony on Oct. 14, a week after Yom Kippur,...

  • It’s hard for me to say I’m sorry…

    September 16, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Jews tend to be a forgiving people. We also tend to be an apologetic people. There is good reason for this: We are commanded to seek forgiveness from those we have wronged. We also are encouraged (strongly) to accept apologies from others when they are sincere.

    Forgiveness is such...

  • How to Forgive? Create a Change of Heart

    By Misha Henckel

    September 23, 2010 | 1:29 pm

    When you get right down to the nitty gritty of actually forgiving someone, what you’re really doing amounts to a change of heart.

    That’s right! Forgiveness means changing the condition of your heart.

    When we judge someone, or we hold a grudge, when we are bitter or resentful,...

  • Taking Forgiveness Deeper

    By Misha Henckel

    September 15, 2010 | 6:49 am

    Forgiveness is something we need to be practicing all year round. Without it, how could our relationships possibly survive? Truth is they don’t. So many of our relationships are barely alive, the light in them snuffed out by the toxic baggage of suppressed resentment, anger, or...

  • A Time to Forgive

    By Misha Henckel

    September 4, 2010 | 6:14 pm

    This is the time for repentance, return, transformation – and the key to it all is forgiveness: Asking for forgiveness, and forgiving.

    We ask forgiveness of G-d and of others, and we can forgive others.

    To engage in any degree of forgiveness takes real work, digging deep, being...

  • Post-election healing — kumbaya in class and at the beach

    By Julie G Fax

    November 12, 2008 | 1:48 am

    Alison Weinreb, a teacher at Maimonides Academy in West Hollywood, invited her sixth-grade social studies class to her home for an election-night viewing party.

    As the electoral map turned increasingly blue, she noticed that her scattered Obama supporters were keeping pretty quiet --...

  • Sermon of the Year

    By David Suissa

    October 9, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    There are many unique quirks in the Orthodox tradition, but few that I love more than the late-afternoon sermon on Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    Here in Pico-Robertson, it's the sermon many people wait for all year— the one that rabbis...

  • Yom Kippur Dilemma

    By Gina Nahai

    October 1, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    Is it just me, or does Yom Kippur seem to arrive earlier and more frequently these days?

    I feel like I've barely had time to recover from one when the next one's announced, and then I have to toughen up and refrain from saying things like "oh no, not again," in front of my kids,...

  • Yom Kippur 5769: The Art of Forgiveness

    By Jane Ulman

    October 1, 2008 | 10:28 pm

    On the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, in 1995, Eva Kor, then 61 and a real estate broker in Terre Haute, Ind., stood outside a gas chamber at the infamous camp and offered her forgiveness out loud to the late Dr. Josef Mengele for the inhumane medical experiments he...
  • Got forgiveness?

    By David Suissa

    September 25, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Would you believe that most Jews, including Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews, don't fully observe the High Holy Days?

    I don't mean the basic rituals, like going to synagogue, reciting the prayers, listening to the shofar and the rabbi's sermons, having the holiday meals and saying...

  • ‘Tis the season to be sorry

    By Amy Klein

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Just so you should know, the reason I did it the way I did was because I didn't want to get into it. Really, what was the point? It's not my job in life to change people or tell them where they've gone wrong. Besides, people don't really want to hear about their faults anyway.


  • Courting Forgiveness

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In this season of atonement, Jews of every stripe of observance stream into temples, synagogues, shteibels and shuls to recount their wrongs. Beating their breasts in repentance, they beg for absolution for the sins they have committed in their daily human interactions over the past...
  • Film: Too soon to forgive Dr. Mengele?

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Just when the film world seems to have examined the Holocaust from every possible angle, a new film comes along that shakes up our complacency.

    "Forgiving Dr. Mengele" focuses on the story of Eva Kor, one of the so-called "Mengele twins," who along with her sister was subjected to...

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