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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Shared Values, Shared Holidays

    By Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chris looked at her calendar and shuddered. Married less than two months and she could already imagine their first argument. Would Sam want to observe Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur?

    She didn't know what to expect, and she really wasn't sure what these holidays were all about. As a...

  • Learning Lite in Laguna

    By Andrea Adelson

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    If food really is a cipher, unusual tales are spilling from menus devised for a two-part Jewish holiday cooking class this month at Laguna Culinary Arts.

    Mark Cleveland, a guest instructor at the year-old Laguna Beach cooking school, specializes in creating low-fat meals with...

  • “We” Judaism

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    NOW THAT THE HIGH HOLY days are over, we can begin to appreciate how the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington may alter American Jewish life.

    Like the rest of America we are stunned. Grieving. Angry. Afraid.

    The enormity of loss cast a dark spiritual shadow across the holiest...

  • Casting their Differences Upon the Water

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Four West Valley synagogues representing three different denominations -- the Calabasas Shul (Orthodox), Temple Solael (Reform), Temple Aliyah and Shomrei Torah (Conservative) -- will join together for a Tashlich ceremony Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Westlake Village Marina.

    "The goal was...

  • The On-Ramp to Meaning

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In Los Angeles, the hardest part of starting a big trip can be getting from the entrance ramp onto the freeway. I sit impatiently, watching the cars in the carpool lane flying by, and wait for the line of vehicles in front of me to get past the green light that allows just one car to...

  • Unsolved Mysteries

    By Larry Derfner

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Over the High Holidays, somebody scrawled Nazi swastikas and the epithets "Cursed evildoers" and "Evildoers, you will die" on the front door of the Reform movement's Har-El Congregation synagogue in midtown Jerusalem.

    This was only the latest act of vandalism against Har-El, Israel's...

  • It’s Time to Talk

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    It's High Holiday speech season. Rabbis prep, call each other withideas, exchange jokes, insights, and witty stories. They ponder thegreat issues of the day and get ready for prime-time talking in therabbinical world. Synagogues may not be full throughout the year, butcome Rosh...

  • Challah-palooza

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Challah-palooza

    The usual braided bread gives way to domed crowns ofgolden dough, studded with raisins

    By Robert Eshman, Associate Editor

    I was the kind of kid who rushed out to buy round corn chips andorange Gatorade and square-pan pizzas. Any food with the bold word"NEW!" on...

  • Chabad’s Shofar Factory…It’s a Blast

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Thousands of Los Angeles-area youngsters participate inhands-on workshops

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    Quick, what's a kosher animal with horns that can be used to makea shofar?

    Uh, well, everyone knows the answer to that. A ram, right?

    OK. Right. But name another kosher animal with...

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