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  • Activisms of Love and Hate

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    February 20, 2013 | 9:35 pm

    Should we fight for justice with hearts full of love or hearts full of anger? Which is more rewarding? Which is more productive? Which must we cultivate as religious activists?

    Rav Soloveitchik argued (A Theory of Emotions, 183):

    Of course, love is a great and noble emotion,...

  • Three Jewish Mothers

    By Ilana Angel

    May 6, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    In speaking with both my mother, and the mother of my Englishman this weekend, I was struck by how similar these women are.  Not only to each other, but to me.  The three of us are all Jewish mothers, living in three different countries, but all with the same hopes and dreams for...

  • Quitter-ville

    By Julia Bendis

    March 28, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I am a big quitter, and I come from a long line of quitters.  My whole family is that way, we get excited to start something, but rarely do we actually finish or go through with it.  We always have the best excuses to quit something, not only does it make sense for us to quit...

  • Pope wins praise for repudiating Jewish guilt for Jesus’ death

    March 3, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    Jewish organizations are hailing Pope Benedict XVI’s unequivocal repudiation of the claim that the Jewish people can be held forever responsible for the death of Jesus.

    The Vatican already rejected the claim in general terms in 1965 with the landmark Nostra Aetate document issued by...

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  • To Be or Not to Be, Rich…

    By Julia Bendis

    March 3, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Please tell me how can anyone get ahead in this world, financially that is?  I should rephrase: how can an average person with children get a head in this world?

    I sit here pondering that question while staring at the Orthodontic Invoice for my fifth-grader’s teeth!  Three...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Challenge Your Child

    By Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This was my bar mitzvah portion 51 years ago, and I still remember what the rabbi said to me about it on the pulpit. So for all you parents and rabbis who speak to young adults becoming bar or bat mitzvah, take note: your words just may be remembered.

    My rabbi, Rabbi Louis J....
  • For German Teens, Shame Stirred Action

    By Adam Deutsch

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When six German teenagers entered the beit midrash at YULA boys high school, there was an indescribable sense of tension in the air. The four girls and two boys seemed hesitant and slightly anxious as they faced 60 Jewish boys eager for discussion. As a natural skeptic, my personal...
  • Turn Memory Into Blessing

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Holidays bring up feelings and memories about people who have died. They also offer opportunities to address unresolved issues. The four Yizkor services and the themes of their days correspond to different tasks of mourning.

    Yizkor provides temporal focal points where the new people...

  • Sitting relationship shiva

    By Shep Koster

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The voice on the other end of the cell phone stopped me cold: "I'm engaged."

    I couldn't breathe. My worst nightmare was happening. My ex-girlfriend -- the one I still hadn't gotten over, the one I still imagined having kids with -- was getting married. How could I not have seen it...

  • I Was Kid Free and Guilt Free!  For A Week!

    By Randye Hoder

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My children were unexpectedly away for a week this summer, and I didn't miss them a bit. Apparently, that's grounds for expulsion from the Good Mommy Club.

    My husband, 8-year-old son, 14-year-old daughter and I were on our way back to Los Angeles from a trip to Squaw Valley, and we'd...

  • Pain and Pleasure and Guilt, Oh My!

    By Rob Eshman

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Late last Saturday night, a thin strip of indoor/outdoor red carpet led from the parking lot of the Magic Castle in Hollywood to a small, close-ceiling function room behind the glamorous house of tricks.

    Inside, 100 or so young Jews gathered to celebrate the third issue of Guilt &...

  • Sacrifices Address Emotion of Guilt

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The theme of Parshat Tzav is korbanot, the animal sacrifices brought in the Tabernacle and, later, in the Temple.

    The Rambam, in his "Guide to the Perplexed," writes, "The purpose of sacrifices being incorporated into the Divine service of the Jewish people was to accommodate the...

  • Scales of Injustice

    By Abby Ellin

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I was 10 the first time I stepped on a scale. It was the summer of 1978, and I was visiting my grandmother in Florida.

    Every day, grandma and I went for our daily two-mile walk, past the golf course, past Publix, the supermarket where the old people bought prune juice and cod liver...

  • Proud to Have Guilt

    By Chanan Tigay

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Once Mireille Silcoff had been hired to edit a new quarterly Jewish magazine for young people, she needed to give it a name.

    "At one point I just started asking people, 'What are the first things you think of when you think about your Jewishness?'" Silcoff recalled. "You can't...

  • Letters

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Reversing Trend

    Amy Klein's article, "In Search of a Leader," (Oct. 7), paints a gloomy picture for the future of Conservative Judaism, which it dubs the "Conservative Crisis." While it is true that current statistics paint a dismal picture, the trend can be reversed.

    During four...

  • A Defiant, Guilty Plea in AIPAC Case

    By Ron Kampeas

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Lawrence Franklin's plea-bargain pledge to cooperate with the U.S. government in its case against two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials was put to the test as soon as it was made.

    "It was unclassified and it is unclassified," Franklin, a former...

  • The Painful Holidays

    By Michele Herenstein

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A feeling of trepidation takes hold of my heart. The Jewish holidays are upon us again, and as a 30-something single in a family of all married siblings, I'm feeling anxiety and pain.should be excited, as I get to spend two days with my parents, brothers, sisters-in-law and their...

  • Boy Do We Need Teshuvah Now!

    By Jonathan Kellerman

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When I was a small boy -- 6 or 7 -- I became acutely aware that being a Jew made me a member of a tiny minority. I asked my mother why there were so few of us, and her answer was quick: "Judaism's a hard religion, with lots of rules. When you're Jewish, it's not enough to believe,...

  • Like Some ‘Guilt’ With Your Chick Lit?

    By Susan Josephs

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt" edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson (Dutton, $24.95).

    When Ruth Andrew Ellenson achieved the writer's milestone of selling her first book, her father responded in classic Jewish parental fashion.

    "He was thrilled and said, 'Honey, that's...

  • Got Closure?

    By Teresa Strasser

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I'm 18. I'm flipping through my yearbook, reading over the cursive messages of my friends: "Stay sweet" and "Great sitting next to you in French" and "Have a great summer."

    On the next page, there are a few more notes advising me not to change, to remember that night at the beach...

  • Signs of Thaw Seen in Israel-Europe Ties

    By Leslie Susser

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After years of mutual distrust and periodic acrimony, there are signs of a thaw in relations between Israel and Europe.

    As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was feted in London this week, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom pressed a new "friendship with Europe" initiative. Also, the European...

  • Guilt and Responsibility

    By Yoram Ben Ze

    August 14, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Since the barbarous July 30 bombings that claimed the lives of 13innocent Israelis, we have heard and read the following claim: Notonly was the atrocity predictable, but it was also a direct result ofIsrael's recent actions. I strongly take issue with this.

    This argument lacks both...