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  • The Journey Towards T’Shuvah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 week ago

    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...

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  • 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.

    So...

  • 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...

  • Exercise your right to read—without censorship

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The last week of September is Banned Books Week. Ever read a book from the "Harry Potter" series or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"? Then you've read a banned book -- a book taken off of shelves in a classroom or library at one time because people complained about it....
  • Six self-help books seek to help you get sealed in the Book of Life

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 21, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    In these days of asking tough questions, taking stock, revisiting memories and trying to do better in 5767, books are essential tools. Several new works from different disciplines and traditions, some of which don't mention the words Days of Awe, lend new meaning to the holidays -- on caring for orphans, baking bread, deepening celebrations, understanding forgiveness, practicing kindness, exploring traditional liturgy and rituals.
     
  • Holy Moly! Robertson Apologizes

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Rev. Pat Robertson has long preached as though God is on his side -- including when he recently cast the stroke suffered by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as God's punishment for "dividing" the Holy Land by pulling Israel out of Gaza.

    But last week, Robertson apparently...

  • Yom Kippur: Day of Reality for Refugees

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we ask: Who shall live and who shall die? This year, I will observe Yom Kippur -- the holiest day of the Jewish year -- with refugees from Darfur in camps in Chad.

    These survivors have sought sanctuary hundreds of miles from home, in a harsh and...

  • Teshuvah for Tots Sets Right Tone

    By Julie G Fax

    October 6, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    The concept of repentance is hard enough for grown-ups to get, so how do educators make the central themes of the High Holidays real for children?

    While projects like tempera-painted honey dishes and party-whistle shofars are de rigueur, preschool and elementary school teachers take...

  • A Critical Question

    By Rabbi David Woznica

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the most important questions we need to ask ourselves, particularly as we approach Yom Kippur, is: How will we be remembered?

    An incident in the life of Alfred Nobel illustrates how he was unexpectedly forced to face that important question. It is reported that when Nobel's...

  • A 5765 Resolution

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, the late psychologist and author Julius Segal wrote an article of exceptional depth, wisdom and practicality for Parents Magazine. His message was simple: For children to thrive, they must have the respect, acceptance and patience of parents who cherish them.

    Each of these...

  • A 5765 Resolution

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, the late psychologist and author Julius Segal wrote an article of exceptional depth, wisdom and practicality for Parents Magazine. His message was simple: For children to thrive, they must have the respect, acceptance and patience of parents who cherish them.

    Each of these...

  • Guilty of Being Too Guilty

    By Lori Gottlieb

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur reminds me of the time I spent in couples counseling with a serious boyfriend. My boyfriend believed he could be cruel or invasive or dishonest, but as long as he copped to his "sins" once a week, he'd be absolved (especially if he used bogus touchy-feely phrases like "I'm...

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