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  • 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.


  • 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


    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...

  • Free High Holiday Services 2012

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    For other services, visit our Alternative, College, Family, Kever Avot, Selichot and Tashlich calendars.

    Click here to skip to free Kol Nidre services


    Adat Ari El welcomes all active duty members of the military and their...

  • High Holy Day Services: Tashlich

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    For other services, visit our Alternative, College, Family, Free, Kever Avot and Selichot calendars.

    MON SEPT 17

    Congregation Kol Ami. Mon. 1:30 p.m.  Free. MacArtur Park, 2230 W. Sixth St., Los Angeles. (323) 606-0096. kol-ami.org.


  • High Holy Day Services: Selichot

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    For other services, visit our Alternative, College, Family, Free, Kever Avot and Tashlich calendars.

    SAT SEPT 8

    Join Temple Beth Am, Pico Egal and Beth Chayim Chadashim. Sat. 6:20 p.m. (Minha), 7:40 p.m. (Maariv), 8 p.m. (Havdalah), 8:15 p.m. (study...

  • High Holy Day Services: Kever Avot

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 3:39 pm

    For other services, visit our Alternative, College, Family, Free, Selichot and Tashlich calendars.

    Holocaust survivor Walter Bornstein lights the memorial candle. Please bring a canned food item (peanut butter, tuna, meats, stews and soups or dried beans)....

  • No immediate threats for High Holy Day security, but warnings to stay vigilant

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    The Los Angeles Jewish community is not facing any security threats related to the High Holidays, but local institutions should still be vigilant, the Anti-Defamation League’s Pacific Southwest division said at a community briefing Tuesday.

    “We want to be open and welcoming, but...

  • Rosh Hashana in India:  Torah, sequined saris, chapati and perhaps a secret recipe for peace

    October 13, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    I have prayed in synagogues in many foreign countries around the world including Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Belgium, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, and Russia, but this was my first time chanting the “Shema” with a group of Jewish women all wearing saris. ...

  • Friends, Love, God & the High Holidays

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2011 | 2:45 am

    I love my friend Rachel.  We met at Temple and over the past three years have become very close.  She is Canadian too, so what’s not to love?  Rachel knows every prayer and every song, from every Jewish holiday.  I like to think I know my stuff, but this chick rocks when it comes...

  • Amends for Yom Kippur

    October 5, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    I’ve written 40 profiles of singles for mysinglepeeps.com — and almost as many have been for the My Single Peeps column in The Jewish Journal. I’ve been fortunate that many of the people I have profiled have found dates from the column, and if not, have still enjoyed their...

  • Taking seven steps to ‘Sukkot happiness’

    October 5, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    But are you happy? 

    No, this isn’t your mother wanting another update on your life. It’s not Dr. Phil’s provocative question through your TV/computer screen as you sit (safely) on your couch. And it isn’t someone reading you the Declaration of Independence wondering if you...

  • Opinion: Make the shofar blast a call to serve

    October 3, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Those who observe the Jewish High Holidays have begun a period of intense introspection and “judgment.” On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, piercing shofar blasts will conclude a 25-hour fast, we will set a course toward making good our obligations to others.

    This year when the...

  • Israel shuts West Bank for holiday, rockets strike Israel

    September 28, 2011 | 11:22 am

    The Israeli military announced a closure of the West Bank for Rosh Hashanah as two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.

    The closure began Tuesday night and will last until Saturday night following the two-day holiday and Shabbat. Exceptions will be made for medical...

  • Food banks short, SOVA amps up High Holy Days appeal

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    Adire situation is looming at regional food banks and distribution centers, as ever-increasing demand collides with government cuts, threatening the food supply chain for the neediest.

    In May, funding for FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program was cut from $200 million to $120...

  • 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...

  • 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.


  • 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


    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,...

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