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  • Why Jews Should Celebrate Halloween!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    October 30, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Growing up in Iran, I did not have any of the electronic gadgets my children enjoy today.  Instead, what I loved was my neighborhood.

    On weekends, and during long summer days after school, we would run in the streets, unsupervised.  We would randomly join a local soccer match...

  • My job is to scare you

    October 30, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I always knew that writing and visual arts would be unpredictable career paths. But I’ve discovered that there is one thing that I can always count on: dead bodies.

    As the art director for the “Scare Zones” at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, I oversee the...

  • R.I.P. boring Halloween decor

    October 30, 2014 | 10:26 am

    I took Stewie out of storage on the first of October. The eight-foot-tall scarecrow with a massive, mutated pumpkin head (he may have grown in the abandoned gardens near Chernobyl) is always the first prop I put up in my Hallowe’en yard display.

    I debated for a minute whether...

  • Things Are Not Always As They Appear

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    October 29, 2014 | 8:27 am

    As we approach Halloween, the non-Jewish (as opposed to Purim) holiday of masks and costumes, perhaps now is a good time to reflect on the truism that things are not always as they first appear to be.

    I was reminded of this last week, at lunchtime. As I approached the local...

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  • Shabbat on Halloween: Horror of horrors or wonder of wonders?

    October 28, 2014 | 9:33 am

    With a borscht-curdling geshrei, Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. On a Friday night, trick-or-treaters, even Jewish ones, will be knocking.

    Should we open the door? Or should we be spooked about joining the celebration?

    After reading that on Oct. 31, Urban Adamah, a...

  • My last Halloween

    By Gina Nahai

    October 30, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    These days it creeps up on me like an ache — the occasional pumpkin in a front yard, the synthetic cobwebs in trees, the subtle turn in the weather and, yes, there’s that feeling in the pit of my stomach, the hollowness of those dreams in which you’re lost in a white tunnel, with...

  • LivingSocial apologizes for party decorations following anti-Semitism complaint

    October 30, 2013 | 11:09 am

    The LivingSocial website apologized for a Halloween party it sponsored in Washington following a complaint that some of the decorations were anti-Semitic.

    LivingSocial, which offers discount deals at area businesses throughout the country, decorated its “greed” room with dreidels...

  • Shabbat Shalom!

    Rabbi Elaine Rose Glickman

    October 25, 2013 | 9:29 am

    I am a rabbi, married to another rabbi, and completely committed to giving our kids a childhood built on Judaism and Jewish values.

    Having said that, I must confess: I love Halloween.

    When my oldest son was not yet one, we dressed him in a pumpkin costume and took him around...

  • My Haunted House

    By Ilana Angel

    October 23, 2013 | 7:54 am

    I have long thought my home is haunted.  Fiddles the cat will go onto the balcony and just start talking. She will sit on a chair and appear to be having a conversation with someone in the other chair.  She tilts her head during the silence as if she is listening, and will then...

  • How Purim Differs from Halloween

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    February 27, 2013 | 7:00 am

    Since costumes are involved in both events, it’s understandable that people who don’t know much about Purim may think it’s like Halloween. So, with Purim happening last weekend, I thought I’d outline some of the ways in which they differ.

    First, while Halloween, or “All Hallows...

  • Trick or tweet: Anthony Weiner and Bernie Madoff Halloween masks

    October 31, 2011 | 12:34 pm

    Are Halloween masks of Jews in the news a trick or just a new treatment?

    With a new latex mask of disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner now selling alongside that of convicted swindler Bernie Madoff, I wonder: In some weird way, have American Jews entered a new era of awful...

  • The Way to a Man’s Heart is Through His Stomach

    By Tamara Shayne Kagel

    October 28, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    I showed up this morning at my boyfriend’s apartment at 6 am with three dozen pumpkin cookies.  Perhaps I’m not the most naturally domestic girl I know, but every so often I feel inspired.  He’s had to put up with a lot from me lately and I wanted to do something nice and surprising...

  • Magician Max Maven Reads My Mind [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    I’m sitting across from Max Maven at a tiny table in the parlor at the Magic Castle, and Maven – a legend in the magic world – is reading my mind.  I’m staring at his third eye as he’s preparing to intuit exactly what I’ve drawn on a card tucked into a tiny envelope,...

  • Danielewski Serves Up Literary Tricks and Treats

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 26, 2011 | 2:27 pm

    On Halloween this year, instead of being the best sugar pusher in the neighborhood, or following your inappropriately costumed progeny as they amass their candy fortunes, or abandoning your own hard-earned dignity for a night of brew-fueled revelry, let me steer the adults amongst...

  • Now it all makes sense—Ahmadinejad is a secret Jew!

    By Dennis Wilen

    October 25, 2008 | 3:45 am

    Rust never sleeps in our obsessive compulsion to scour the Intertubes and bring you, my friends, and all the Joe-the-Mohels out there [crowd applauds], yes, my friends, to bring you choice morsels of fact-like news stories, photos and video for your consideration.

    This is the same...

  • Jewish monster ‘The Golem’ arises from the mists, with new music!

    By JewishJournal.com

    October 30, 2007 | 5:42 pm

    In the 16th Century CE Rabbi Judah Loew was said to have created a powerful Golem to defend Prague’s Jewish ghetto.

    Although I composed this segment of score for the scene in Paul Wegener’s 1920 prequel to his silent Golem series in the summer of 2002,  I only recorded it during...

  • Puppet score tugs at Elfman’s heart strings

    By Carvin Knowles

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Danny Elfman loves Halloween. You can hear it in his music for "Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride" and "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas" and in dozens of his other film scores, including "Sleepy Hollow," "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetlejuice."

    His newest contribution to...

  • Justice takes a beating in Long Beach racial hatred case

    By Joe R. Hicks

    February 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The nine black youths who beat three young white women have now been sentenced by a Juvenile Court judge, and there's only one problem.

    While these "kids" could have killed their victims, the judge slapped them on the wrists lightly and sent them home. Astoundingly, after finding...

  • In the ‘hood, the treat is no trick

    By David Suissa

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If you're one of those people that took the kids out on Halloween, there's a good chance you avoided Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods like Pico-Robertson.

    Because believe me, they don't trick or treat in the hood.

    This is not a polite refusal to partake in something foreign, like, say,...

  • Noah is full of animal crackers

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Animal Crackers

    This week's Torah Portion is Noach. We learn that Noah had to build a massive ark (aka a really BIG boat) because the floods were coming. Two of every animal (one male, one female) had to make it onto the boat, otherwise there would be no more of that animal in the...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The Fire Within

    "Dark and difficult times lie ahead, Harry. Soon we must all face the choice between what is right ... and what is easy."

    These are the words of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in the film "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the fourth film based on the...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's Your World

    Welcome to your page in The Jewish Journal. The last Friday of every month belongs to the kids of Jewish Los Angeles. In honor of the New Year and new look of this page, we want you to come up with a new name for it. Please send your ideas to kids@jewishjournal.com...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In Parshat Vayera, God does a math trick with names: He takes the letter yud (h)out of sarai's name. Then he divides it equally. Look at the chart below to discover how much the letter yud is worth in gematria. Now, what two letters does God come up with and where does...
  • Trick or Treat?

    By Don Rutberg

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I asked my long-time friend, "Are you a strict father?"

    "Not really," he said, "but I wouldn't let my daughter out for Halloween."

    I asked why he had punished her.

    "She wasn't punished. I just couldn't let her celebrate a Christian holiday."

    Actually, Halloween is a...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    October 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Book It!

    Sure, it's Halloween. But, in two weeks, we've got something better for you howl about. Come to the Jewish Children's Book Festival on Sunday, Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-2:30p.m., at Mount Sinai Memorial Park and Mortuaries in Simi Valley. For more info call (866) 266-5731, or...

  • ADL: December Dilemma

    By Beverly Gray

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    'Tis the season when children in public schools face the December Dilemma. As part of a classroom lesson, Jewish youngsters may be given Christmas trees to color. During holiday music programs, they may find themselves acting in a nativity scene or singing "Silent Night." Santa Claus...
  • The October Dilemma

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For me, the October dilemma consists of finding Halloween candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters that I will not eat, no matter how desperate or distraught I become.

    For my children, the challenge is creating peer and parent-approved costumes that will also work for Purim.

    But for many...

  • Halloween Lessons

    By Jolie Greiff

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Halloween celebrations and trick-or-treating: just clean fun or forbidden anti-Jewish activities? Like most issues in the Jewish community, it depends on who you ask. And not surprisingly, a Jewish school's stand on Halloween observance may not be shared by the students or their...
  • It’s a Little Tricky

    By Risa Munitz

    October 23, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Once again we are faced with the annual dilemma of what to doabout Halloween. Should we let the kids "trick or treat" or not? Weknow that Halloween is not a Jewish holiday; that is not the problem.We celebrate Thanksgiving and Presidents Day, both American holidayswhich reflect good...

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