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  • Dying we live [1995]

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    3 days ago

    When last I spoke to my teacher, Abraham Joshua Heschel, he asked if he could borrow my kittel. He was not at home in New York but here in California and it was before the High Holidays. "You know,” he explained "the kittel is part of the tachrichim -- the shrouds in which the dead...

  • Sharing the sukkah with God in a season of love

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 7, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Sukkot is my holiday.

    It’s been obvious since my girlhood, even before I saw “Titanic” a dozen times, that love stories ignite me and are my preferred mode of engagement with the world. I’m partial to eros, of course, but any love will do: filial, platonic, philosophical,...

  • Time to build a Sukkah

    October 7, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    After you break the fast, it’s time to break out the tools. One of the most authentic ways to celebrate this ancient harvest festival is to build a sukkah (booth) of your own. 

    Today, the celebration of Sukkot is a way to connect with our Jewish past — to commemorate the 40 years...

  • Keeping the Faith with God

    By Ilana Angel

    October 5, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    I am a woman of faith and depending on different things going on in my life, I decide what the faith refers to. There have been times where I've been so connected to God I trust he is my faith. Yet other times I have been in such doubt about God that I place the strength of my...

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  • FOOD FOR THE SOUL

    By Revital Belz

    October 2, 2014 | 2:54 am

    One of the great leaders of the Jewish Nation once movingly declared, “There is no nation like the Jewish People.” Throughout the ages, in times of joy and sorrow, rich or poor, free or enslaved, they remain faithful and loyal to G-d’s Mitzvot!

    When I was a teenager, our local...

  • Rosh Hashana: Embracing our elders

    By David Suissa

    September 23, 2014 | 11:59 am

    We are spiritually ambitious at this time of year. We reflect, we repent, we make resolutions. We study our faults and mistakes of the past year and commit to being better people in the coming year. We ask for forgiveness and forgive in return. We listen to brilliant sermons that...

  • The deep wellspring of the Shofar

    September 18, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Venerated Chassidic master Rabbi Hillel of Paritch (in his magnum opus Pelach haRimon) likens the Shofar’s simple but powerful “cry” to a mighty wellspring bursting forth from the depths of the earth. Such a wellspring, explains Reb Hillel, replenishes even a parched river, i.e....

  • How to Make Chicken Soup With Matzo Balls [Video]

    By Elana Horwich

    September 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

     

    Watch my step by step tutorial that I filmed for Salted! TV on  How to make the Perfect Matzo Ball Soup.  Salted! TV is an amazing new online platform that teaches people how to cook.

     

    Wanna take cooking classes with me? Go to MealandaSpiel.com. If you would...

  • Free High Holy Days services

    September 17, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 24

    Rosh Hashanah, first day: Sept. 25

    Rosh Hashanah, second day: Sept. 26

    Kol Nidre: Oct. 3 

    Yom Kippur: Oct. 4

    CHABAD

    Los Angeles-area Chabads offering free services to the public during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include Chabad of...

  • What to Buy for Who

    By Revital Belz

    September 17, 2014 | 4:26 am

    OK, I get it that the month preceding Rosh Hashanah is a time of soul searching and introspection, but that’s supposed to be for the upcoming Judgment from G-d, not for racking my brains on what to buy for Aunt Etty who kindly invited me for the festive meal. I’ve therefore divided...

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    September 10, 2014 | 12:35 pm

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

  • 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...

  • The other annual migration of North American Jews: to shul

    By Roger Price

    August 29, 2013 | 12:42 pm

       The first of the two annual migrations of North American Jews began a couple of weeks ago, with thousands and thousands of young Jews heading to colleges across the continent. (See The annual migration of North American Jews to college.) The second seasonal migration of North...

  • Temple Run — High Holy Days edition

    August 22, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Ever felt like running out of Temple on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur? If you did, would your Rabbis chase you down? This is one man's story of Temple fear. 

  • Days of Awesome High Holiday Experience

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 16, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Please join me for a friendly, joyous, participatory, and mindful celebration of the High Holidays with meaning, melody, and humor. It's more than just "services" but a way to connect. Get the most out of these powerful days of introspection and join a community of welcoming folks...

  • No kabbalah (yet) for Mila Kunis

    November 27, 2012 | 1:04 pm

    Although it has yet to become official, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are dating. The two have been seen all over the world and acting as a legit couple. In fact, the two have been so serious, that Kutcher even took Kunis to some kabbalah ceremonies during the High Holidays....

  • Bibi’s popularity on upswing

    October 1, 2012 | 11:21 am

    As Israelis began the observance of Sukkot, a weeklong religious holiday celebrating the end of the harvest, talk on the streets was of travel plans and family visits. Many Israelis build a sukkah, an outdoor hut open to the stars, as commanded in the Bible, where they eat their...

  • Cuban Jewish leaders visit Alan Gross

    October 1, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Two Cuban Jewish leaders visited jailed American contractor Alan Gross and said they found him in “good spirits.”

    Adela Dworin, head of Cuba’s Jewish community, and David Prinstein, president of the Patronato Synagogue and Jewish community vice president, spent two hours with...

  • Rosh Hashanah, Israeli-style

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    It’s Sunday night, Erev Rosh Hashanah, and Hebrew chatter fills the air of a Masonic center on Westwood Boulevard. 

    Approximately a dozen round tables covered in white cloths fill the large room. 

    To the side of the space, platters of chicken, fish, salads, potatoes and rice...

  • Without shelter on Pico

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 11:49 am

    It’s a Wednesday in September. Brad Baker stands in front of Elat Market on Pico Boulevard, holding out his baseball cap. People exit the supermarket, pushing shopping carts and carrying bags with groceries. Some look at Baker. Some don’t. For Baker, this is just another day. 

    ...
  • Politics, poverty and prosperity

    September 27, 2012 | 11:00 am

    “With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick; we...

  • Jews asked to pray for end to Iranian nuclear threat

    September 24, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Jews are being urged to pray during Yom Kippur services for an end to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

    The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America are asking their congregations to dedicate time during their High Holy Days services despite the fact that “Yom...

  • Sukkah splendor

    September 19, 2012 | 3:19 pm

    The sukkah in the backyard of Leat Silvera’s home in the Beverlywood neighborhood of Los Angeles is up a little early this year. It’s not because she’s trying to get a jump on the holidays; it’s because she needs a place to look at her work — three large sukkah wall hangings that...

  • September 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 16, 2012 | 3:02 am

    Netanyahu: Clear lines must be set on Iran

    The prime minister of Israel gives a Rosh Hashanah interview to Herb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post.

    We’ve been able to have strong security for the last four years, and the number of Israelis killed has gone down precipitously, even...

  • Resilience: We can learn from our trials

    September 12, 2012 | 2:55 pm

    How life teaches us! We read the wisdom of books and study the lectures of professors and we think we are ready for what life brings us. Armed with our learning, we venture into the world and discover that the formulas of the brain don’t help bind the wounds of the heart.

    I...

  • 5 theories you meet in heaven

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    September 12, 2012 | 2:42 pm

    What is the singular essence of Rosh Hashanah?

    The core meaning of Rosh Hashanah is the sovereignty of the divine. By sovereignty of the divine, I don’t mean any particular level of Jewish practice. Jewish pietistic literature is well aware that anyone can go through the motions...

  • Confessing our sins

    September 12, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Few prayers are as well known to Jews as Ashamnu (“We have sinned ...”) and Al Chet (“For the sin ...”), the twin confessions of Yom Kippur. Belief in human sinfulness is more central to Judaism than we think. Sin may not be “original,” as it is in Christianity — inherited from...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 12, 2012 | 10:55 am

    5772

    This year, we return to the wisdom offered by our rabbis during the High Holy Days in years past.  What follows are excerpts from some exceptional sermons and High Holy Days writings; many more voices could have been included, of course, but we hope this will inspire you to...

  • At 60 for Zikna

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 29, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    The High Holy Day liturgy includes the poignant plea: “Do not cast me off b’eyt zikna,” which is usually translated as “when I get old.” It is a fear many of us have, but are often afraid to articulate. We live in a youth-intoxicated culture where older people are sometimes...

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