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  • New Year Rings in New Role for Rabbi

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Toba August likes to accentuate the positive, and the new year is no exception.

    "Too often for the High Holidays, we're told about our shortcomings," August said. "I want to concentrate on what we're doing right.... We don't recognize the things we do that matter. I want us to...

  • ‘Star Wars’ for Jews

    By Adam Wills

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was out communing with the nerds last weekend, contributing to the $158.5 million record four-day opening for "Revenge of the Sith." Now that the series is over and done with (at least until George Lucas launches his live-action "Star Wars" television series), I began reflecting on...

  • Watching Whales With a Maui Rabbi

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    By land he's a rabbi, by sea a whale researcher. For David Glickman, moving to the South Pacific 15 years ago to research endangered humpback whales took him well beyond the ocean's realm. It also prompted him to become a rabbi on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

    Glickman, the son of...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    By Harold Brackman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • From Durban to Beersheba

    By Harold Brackman

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The horrid bus bombings in Beersheba on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 16 Israelis, including a 3-year-old boy, are grim reminders that the war onterror continues to rage in Israel.

    Indeed, in 2004, the month of September has klal Yisrael reeling from this brutal attack and...

  • Madonna, Marla Do Tashlich in Tel Aviv

    By Dina Kraft

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Pop diva Madonna was among the praying, swaying and singing masses of kabbalah enthusiasts who made the pilgrimage to Israel for the High Holidays, seeking spiritual transformation through a brand of Jewish mysticism.

    The "Material Girl" was celebrated by an Israeli public hungry...

  • Guilty of Being Too Guilty

    By Lori Gottlieb

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur reminds me of the time I spent in couples counseling with a serious boyfriend. My boyfriend believed he could be cruel or invasive or dishonest, but as long as he copped to his "sins" once a week, he'd be absolved (especially if he used bogus touchy-feely phrases like "I'm...

  • The Shabbos After

    By Julie G Fax

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a marketing nightmare: You have your biggest and most captive audience of the year, and rather than dangling the kind of well-packaged, enticing tidbits that might draw people back for more, you offer up several hours worth of weighty and complex theological ideas wrapped in...

  • A Parent’s Mercy

    By Dafna Breines

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It was about this time last year that my 2 1¼2-year-old son decided to begin his terrible twos. At first we hoped that we'd been given a reprieve, but we soon discovered otherwise. He was apparently intent on making up for lost time.

    I never knew what he would do next, or what...

  • Embrace the Day, Invite the ‘Stranger’

    By Edmund Case

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My earliest High Holiday memory goes back to about age 7. It was the night before Yom Kippur and my parents had gone off to the synagogue, leaving my 10-year-old brother and me with a babysitter. I forgot that I wasn't supposed to eat anything that night, went into the kitchen, got...

  • New Year, New Changes

    By Rob Eshman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week I was driving to a family celebration at Leisure World in Laguna Hills when I noticed something very odd about the weather: Fall was in the air.

    It's a subtle thing in Southern California, but those of us who have lived here long enough recognize the slight change in...

  • Ready for Judgment?

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This week ushers in Elul, the month when Jews traditionally prepare for the High Holidays. In anticipation of the Day of Judgment, we judge ourselves, conducting a full cheshbon hanefesh (accounting of the soul). The Torah portion Re'eh can serve as a checklist for forgiveness,...

  • Disengagement

    By Rob Eshman

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A while back, I was taking a taxi through Jerusalem when sirens went off all over the city. In an instant the home of the Wailing Wall became a Wailing City. My taxi driver pulled over and turned off his engine. So did all the other cars on the road. Quickly, an entire unruly society...

  • A Father’s Daughter

    By Murray Fromson

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I am a Jew, a journalist and a professor, but I also am an anguished and proud father. Last month, my wife and I welcomed our daughter back to Los Angeles for her annual visit to observe the High Holidays with our family. She will not be coming home. Home for her is Israel, where she...

  • Students Seek Forgiveness, Too

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Adults aren't the only ones planning to ask God for forgiveness during the High Holidays. As the Day of Atonement approaches, youngsters around Los Angeles are already contemplating the mistakes they've made over the past year. Here is what eight young Angelenos plan to repent for...

  • A Minyan of Our Own

    By Leora Alhadeff

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sitting behind a crocheted curtain, I desperately tried to peer through the tiny holes to get a glimpse of the action on the men's side.

    Finally, I gave up, and pushed the curtain aside, and saw our chazan auctioning off portions of the services.

    "$101 -- going once. $101 -- going...

  • Facing the Holidays Without a Mate

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Since losing her husband unexpectedly two years ago, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have been painful for Liz Safirstein Leshin, 42.

    "For me, the High Holidays and a lot of things like birthdays are very fraught," the Westside resident said. "I haven't been able to feel enthusiastic...

  • Pomegranates: The Healthy, Spiritual High Holiday Fruit

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When you cut open a pomegranate, first removing its turreted crown, then scoring its red, leathery skin, before breaking it apart under water (so the juices won't squirt and stain your clothes), you are presented with sacks of glistening, abundant garnet fruit caviar.

    These fruit...

  • Blessings Over Curses

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion presents the blessings and curses that follow from observance or defiance of the law. Some people understand this as a rigid system of reward and punishment. Keep the covenant, and all will be well; violate it, and you will suffer.

    The blessings and curses...

  • Plant a Tree, Save a Car

    By Rob Eshman

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When I was a kid in Hebrew school, all we did to celebrate Tu B'Shevat was send some money to Israel to plant a tree.

    Not unimportant, but hardly a High Holiday.

    These days, Tu B'Shevat, which begins on sundown Friday, is a much, much bigger deal. Jewish environmentalists have...

  • The Value of a Day

    By Eric Copage

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holidays are a time Jews reserve for themselves. They don't seek the approval or participation of gentiles. What if African Americans stopped trying to get white people to celebrate with us and recognized that we have been essential in making this nation?

    As a black...

  • Finding the ‘It’ Shul

    By Carin Davis

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In Los Angeles, the happening High Holiday haunts sell out faster than Springsteen at The Forum. And the tickets cost just as much. So every fall, Jewish singletons like myself do the New Year hustle, seeking out affordable, last-minute tickets to The Main Event. About a week before...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Husband Goes AWOL at Holidays

    Dear Wendy,

    My husband and I have the same argument every year: I ask him to attend High Holiday services with me, and he refuses. He claims he is not a believer and does not want to be hypocritical. I've tried every argument to change his mind....

  • Nessah Seeks Younger Crowd

    By Gaby Wenig

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    On a typical Shabbat morning at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, there is seldom a free seat in the spanking new 1,200-seat sanctuary. At Nessah, like other traditional Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, men and women sit separately, men lead the services and they don't use a...

  • In Cantor vs. Rabbi, Synagogue Is Victim

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This High Holiday season, leaders of Temple Ner Maarav want people to know that they are still open for business.

    Some might have thought otherwise of the Encino synagogue, which was rocked by a battle that divided members between the shul's rabbi of 19 years and its more recently...

  • Tea House Therapy

    By Carin Davis

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Tired of serving up that familiar holiday honey cake? At the Rooibos Tea House, a happy, healthy New Year starts with African red tea and red tea baked goods.

    "Cooking with our tea is a delicious way to celebrate the High Holidays -- tasty and energizing," said Rooibos owner Nira...

  • High Security Holidays

    By Mike Levy

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday, a bomb squad van, police cars and fire trucks rushed to Temple Beth Torah in Culver City.

    Last Yom Kippur, a car crashed into a small synagogue on Pico Boulevard, and off-duty police officers immediately evacuated the nearby B'nai David-Judea.

    While both incidences...

  • A Home for the Holidays

    By Julie G Fax

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holidays seem to bring out not only more Jews than any time of year, but also more innovative services. Los Angeles is blessed with a creative spiritual community, dedicated to offering everything from the very new to the very traditional -- to the most unlikely blends of...

  • Comfort Food for Rosh Hashana

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Rosh Hashana this year, I am sharing three chicken dishes that you can prepare for your family holiday meal. Every family has their own recipe for roast chicken, but if you're looking for something new and different to serve on Rosh Hashana, try one of these.

    Two of the recipes...

  • Reading Into the Holidays

    By Denise Berger

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago, Aish HaTorah Rabbi Yaacov Deyo (of SpeedDating fame) presented me with a book before Rosh Hashana. With this simple, gracious gesture he changed forever the way I relate to what can be the most daunting time on the Jewish calendar.

    Passover seders, Purim carnivals...

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