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  • An insider’s view of also being an outsider

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 27, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if there isn’t a variant of Gresham’s law at work in the arts and letters of the digital age: Is bad writing driving out good? The sheer volume and velocity of the blogosphere, for example, seems to hide the moments of discernment and reflection.

    Now and then,...

  • 10Q Project: Answer life’s big questions online … Then reread next year

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 27, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    It might seem odd that 10Q, a project bent on promoting deep personal reflection and penetrating spiritual insight, would engage Joel Stein, a somewhat nihilistic humor columnist, as one of its endorsers.

    “I find it hard to believe that anyone in our present society needs to spend...

  • If you seat them, they will come

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 27, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Twice a year, many synagogues find themselves dealing with a wonderful but very practical problem: how to handle the huge numbers of people who show up for the High Holy Days and don’t fit in the sanctuary.

    For some, the answer involves reserved seating or alternative services...

  • Acting rabbi brings rebirth to 1920s shul

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 27, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    For more than 35 years, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock existed without a rabbi. No longer.

    This month, Susan Goldberg became the acting rabbi of what is believed to be the city’s second-oldest shul still operating out of its original location.

    For Temple Beth...

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  • Yom Kippur without fasting: How kids can atone, too

    September 27, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    For most adults, the central experience of Yom Kippur is fasting. By abstaining from food and drink, we exercise control over our bodies and do not give in to our most basic impulses. This makes it pretty easy to feel the “affliction” that the Torah mandates.

    But parents...

  • Berman presses Egypt on lulavs

    September 27, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, a leading congressional Democrat, wrote the Egyptian prime minister urging him to export lulavs in time for Sukkot.

    “I understand that Egypt has previously limited the export of lulavs to prevent overharvesting, and I appreciate the fact that Egypt has a...

  • Make this the year of the apology

    September 27, 2011 | 11:28 am

    In the words of Elton John, why is it that “sorry seems to be the hardest word?”

    With a sense of schadenfreude, we take sport in watching our political leaders and celebrities fall from their pedestals and lie in their attempt to cover up the scandal du jour. We relish TV shows...

  • Yom Kippur: It’s fourth and long

    September 22, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    Yom Kippur, the fourth quarter of the High Holidays, is coming and time is running out. Our seats are waiting, the gates are closing.

    Each year we look for a new way to prep for the day: Could football offer a strategy?

    Though Yom Kippur certainly is no day for sports, like...

  • The surprising appeal of Kol Nidre

    September 22, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    On his way to converting to Christianity, philosopher Franz Rosenzweig attended Yom Kippur services and was so moved that he decided to remain Jewish. One look at the most famous prayer for the occasion makes it hard to believe that he did not abandon Judaism all the quicker.

    Kol...

  • Dozing on the Days of Awe

    September 22, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    Don’t let Maimonides catch you napping on Rosh HaShanah.

    His famous quote, “Awake, awake, you slumberers from your sleep, inspect your actions and return”—usually found in the High Holidays prayer book before the sounding of the shofar—is meant as the ultimate shluf alarm, his...

  • New machzor delves into heart of Rosh Hashanah

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 21, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, has published enough books to earn his many titles — around 20 tomes, ranging from scholarly commentaries to analysis of contemporary culture. Widely viewed as one of the top Jewish leaders in the world, Sacks published...

  • Free High Holy Days services 2011

    September 21, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    WED., SEPT. 28

    EREV ROSH HASHANAH

    Chai Center. Wed. 6:25-8:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve party follows. Free. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 391-7995. chaicenter.org.

    Sinai Temple’s Rosh Hashanah Live, a musical service featuring Rabbi David Wolpe,...

  • Rosh Hashanah remix to the Muppets’ ‘Mahna Mahna’

    September 19, 2011 | 3:17 pm

  • Opinion: When rabbis politicize the High Holy Days

    By Dennis Prager

    September 14, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    Every year, Jewish listeners to my radio show write to me from around the country about their rabbi using the High Holy Days to deliver political sermons.

    Invariably, there are two constants: The rabbi is non-Orthodox, and the sermons are left wing.

    It should go without saying —...

  • Rabbis, scholars compile materials to guide civility drive

    September 13, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    A group of leading rabbis and scholars has compiled sermons and other materials to help Jewish leaders talk about civility during the High Holidays and all year.

    The civility materials, which include religious texts and study materials, were prepared by a working group composed of...

  • Obama, Biden to consult with Jews before Rosh Hashanah

    September 7, 2010 | 5:04 pm

    President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will consult with Jewish leaders on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

    Obama will speak with rabbis in a conference call Tuesday in what appears set to become an annual tradition. Last year, Obama reached out to rabbis to solicit support for his...

  • Jewish interfaith leaders urge Shabbat sermon about Islam

    September 3, 2010 | 11:21 am

    A group of Jewish interfaith educators is asking rabbis to talk about Islam next Shabbat.

    A letter signed by six prominent rabbis and scholars points out that Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, falls on Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist...

  • Go ahead, make my High Holy Day

    September 4, 2009 | 4:21 pm

    From NYPost.com:

    It’s high noon for the high holidays.

    Fearing jihadists will attack synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, a group of badass rabbis has developed a program to turn your average shul-goer into a lean, mean fighting machine.

    The group, which calls itself the International Security Coalition of Clergy, was founded by Rabbi Gary Moscowitz, who boasts a black belt in karate, teaches martial arts and was an NYPD cop for nine years.

    Read the full story at NYPost.com.

  • Rabbis and Guns - a Rosh Hashanah Safety Video

    September 4, 2009 | 4:16 pm

    Don’t you dare fall asleep during these rabbis’ sermons…

  • Center Provides Chasidut for All

    By Orit Arfa

    September 2, 2009 | 4:28 pm

    As the High Holy Days approach, some Jews might dread sitting for hours on end in shul, crowning God as their King while their minds inevitably wander off to their missed calls, their mortgage payment or their next meal. Davening, the Yiddish term for prayer, may feel like a constant...

  • Economy forces tough dues decisions for congregants, synagogues.

    By Anita K. Kantrowitz

    September 2, 2009 | 4:13 pm

    With Rosh Hashanah 5770 fast approaching, the synagogue membership renewal season is in full swing. Throughout the summer months, billing statements with letters explaining dues, fees — and often increases — arrive in congregants’ mailboxes.

    But many congregants affected by...

  • American Idol’s Adam Lambert sings “The Prayer”

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 1, 2009 | 6:13 pm

    Move over Bocelli. Adam Lambert’s rendition of “The Prayer,” which he sang on the holiest evening of the Jewish calendar (Kol Nidre) may send Italian tenors back to training. Listen to his duet with Temple of the Arts’ cantor, Illysia Pierce here.

  • Sunday afternoon flag

    By The Web Guy

    September 25, 2008 | 3:50 am

  • The Heart of Jewish Joy

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A modest proposal: As a reward to the Jewish people for having survived the 20th century, let's make Purim our High Holiday.

    Not that there's anything really wrong with our current High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are compelling days of personal introspection, reflection...

  • A healthy hut—lighter side of Sukkot cooking

    By Rachel Kantrowitz

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As you look forward to Sukkot, you may have a few lingering thoughts from the reflection and retrospection of the High Holidays. Perhaps you promised to treat your body to more healthful, nutritious food. Or maybe your new goal is to take time out to observe Jewish holidays, or to...
  • Better late than never, Theodor Herzl, children reunited in death; Ex-N.J. Governor McGreevey’s Isra

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Theodor Herzl, Children Reunited in Death
     
    Two of Theodor Herzl's children were reinterred in Jerusalem after decades of debate. Hans and Pauline Herzl, who died in 1930 and were buried in France, were laid to final rest alongside the Zionist visionary at the cemetery that carries...
  • What are you thinking about this Rosh Hashanah?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm actually thinking about changing my behavior with my brother -- he's 7 -- because I've been pretty mean to him. I can be a little more nice, even if he annoys me.... I learn a lot during the holidays. You learn about how to react, and what you should do and how you should be,...
  • September is a struggle for interfaith families

    By Jane Ulman

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Months before the High Holidays arrive, Patrick Patterson requests the days off for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from his job as a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles City Fire Department. A few days before, he reviews the entire High Holiday machzor, or prayer book, so...
  • Live in the ‘hood: words of awe

    By David Suissa

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I love a good sermon. There's nothing like the uplift you get from hearing words that go right to your soul.
     
    Words on a page can't do that for me. In a live sermon, you can almost taste the breath of the rabbi. You can feel the occasional struggle for the perfect word. If the...
  • Tri-ing to raise funds for Israel; gems of wisdom for 5767

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Tri-ing to Raise Funds for Israel
     
    Forever diffusing the image of schlubby Orthodox slackers who don't see much of the sun, six members of congregation B'nai David-Judea completed the Los Angeles Triathlon Sept. 10, and raised $8,000 for Israel in the process. Noam Drazin, Ivan...
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