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  • Ghosts in the classroom: A Yom Kippur message

    11 hours ago

    There are ghosts in our classrooms.  Listen closely, and you can hear the generational echoes reverberating. 

    The grandfather of a second grader struggling with math was a renowned professor at MIT. The child who dances at the Kotel on his eighth grade class trip remembers his...

  • Study: Fasting on Yom Kippur doubles risk of premature birth

    2 days ago

    Fasting on Yom Kippur in the later stages of pregnancy doubles a woman’s risk for premature delivery, according to a new Israeli study.

    Researchers at Soroka University Medical Center and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba reached the conclusion after studying the...

  • Two Rosh Hashanah services by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    1 week ago

    Life Saving Judaism:

    A week ago, one of my dear friends from childhood, Camp Ramah and rabbinical school, lost his wife after a courageous three year battle with breast cancer. She was 42 years old, brilliant, successful, witty, cultured and a mother of two young sons. My wife...

  • A Rosh Hashanah rap

    1 week ago

    Fifty Seven Seventy Five  / is not the combo of my locker

    It’s also not the age of my Mother to Father 

    Not the goals of Brazil vs. German World Cup soccer

    It is the year of Israel/ kiss the land upon

    when I El-Al’ed her

    Sweet new year / for my future Jewish lovely

    That...

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  • High Holy Days 5775: Jewish community shares life advice

    1 week ago

    As we look inward over the course of the High Holy Days, we also seek wisdom that might guide us forward in our lives. The Journal sought life advice from thoughtful people in our community and elsewhere, including a few no longer with us, all of whose words are worth remembering.

    ...
  • Where will you Tashlich?

    1 week ago

    I love the annual ritual of tashlich, the symbolic casting away of the soul’s sins. As it involves a body of water — oceans, rivers, ponds — I like to think of it as an excuse for a hike … and a spiritual adventure.  

    The custom of self-reflection, traditionally performed on the...

  • Bargain-store table settings that look like a million bucks

    1 week ago

    The High Holy Days can be a very stressful, time-consuming and expensive season — especially if you are the host for Rosh Hashanah dinner or Yom Kippur break-the-fast.

    The idea of creating beautiful yet affordable table settings by using items from discount stores was born after...

  • Finding meaning in the ram

    1 week ago

    No story in our culture is more enigmatic and iconic than the Binding of Isaac, which we read on Rosh Hashanah. The akedah, or “binding,” is found in the 22nd chapter of Genesis and is only 19 verses long, containing just over 300 words. Yet this very short story has compelled...

  • A new look in Israel for Shmita, the year of rest

    By  Orit Arfa

    1 week ago

    More than 2,000 years ago, when ancient Israel was an agrarian society, the shmita year was a huge national happening. Commencing with Rosh Hashanah, the people of Israel would gather in the fields to partake of the produce left “ownerless” by farmers who, heeding the biblical...

  • Should rabbis talk about Israel during the High Holy Days?

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    On the eve of the biggest sermon days of the year, a brouhaha has erupted in the Jewish world over whether rabbis should weigh in about Israel.

    “Don’t talk about Israel,” my friend Peter Beinart wrote this week in Haaretz, addressing rabbis across America. Why? Because American...

  • Will the summer of war affect High Holy Days sermons?

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Every year, synagogue rabbis face the often-daunting task of coming up with compelling High Holy Days sermons.

    This summer’s 50-day Israel-Gaza conflict, during which 66 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians were killed, and more than 2,100 Palestinians died, could make this...

  • The shofar saves a rabbi’s life: a case study

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    1 week ago

    My patient, an esteemed rabbi, underwent major abdominal surgery lasting several hours. Within one day postoperatively, he was instructed to blow into a mechanical device to help prevent respiratory complications. 

    Pulmonary problems are not uncommon after surgery, and they...

  • The High Holy Days: Something meaningful, or just going through the motions?

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    Most of us who go to synagogue for the High Holy Days have no clue what’s going on.

    We don’t speak or read Hebrew well enough to understand the prayers or the Torah portion. We don’t know why we say the prayers in the order we say them. We don’t like the stilted English...

  • Rosh Hashana: Embracing our elders

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    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...

  • Climate change will be the number one issue in the 2034 midterm elections

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 week ago

    On the day after the Sept. 23 UN Climate Change Summit in New York, sunset will bring the High Holidays to Jews around the world.   

    On that night, I wonder whether the words of the Unetanneh Tokef, the troubling prayer at the heart of the Days of Awe, will resonate with news...

  • The deep wellspring of the Shofar

    2 weeks ago

    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....

  • Hipster guide to the High Holy Days

    2 weeks ago

    3 ways to find High Holy Day meals

     

    Ask your Jewish friends’ parents to adopt you for a couple of weeks.

    Call your local synagogue and have them match you with a family.

    Check out Sinai Temple’s “Break the Fast” on Yom Kippur, Oct. 4, 8-10:30 p.m. It’s $10 for guests, free...

  • Free High Holy Days services

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • Old Jews explaining Yiddish words will make your day

    Los Angeles Jewish Home

    3 weeks ago

  • Fulfill the mandates of Rosh Hashanah by saving Alan Gross

    3 weeks ago

    During the period known as the High Holy Days, we think about how we can better ourselves, serve our families, our friends and our communities, and we begin anew to reflect on the moral teachings of our people and our religion. Among those teachings are the concepts of pikuach...

  • Eyes open and eyes shut: A pre-High Holy Days meditation

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 4, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Paul Gaugin, the famous 19th-century French artist, commented: “When I want to see clearly, I shut my eyes.”

    He was referring to two different ways of perceiving reality. With our eyes open, we see surface reality — size, shape, color, etc. But with our eyes shut, we contemplate...

  • When Society Loses Its Balance

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 20, 2014 | 1:30 am

    For many of us, especially we privileged white folk, the world in which we conduct our lives may seem like a pretty solid, predictable, trustworthy place. It’s easy to forget that society only works when almost everyone believes they are better off when they follow society’s rules....

  • Father’s Day: From dad’s art studio to the rabbi’s bimah

    June 11, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    I confess. Sometimes when I say from the pulpit, “A great Jewish man once said,” I’m actually just quoting my dad. OK, more than sometimes. Often. I’m embarrassed to say, “My daddy taught me …” all the time. It might make me appear immature and unlearned. However, of all teachings...

  • Days of awe and days of discovery

    October 10, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    This most recent High Holy Days, I had the privilege of experiencing a dozen different synagogues in Los Angeles. They were for me days of awe -- and days of discovery.

    Having taken office just a few months ago as L.A.'s newly elected City Controller, I received many invitations...

  • Seeking consolation

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    How does an irreligious Jew find consolation at a religious service?

    Seeking such consolation, I attended the Hillel at UCLA High Holy Days services conducted by Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller. I don’t often go to services, but in February our oldest daughter, Robin, died, and I felt...

  • Cracking open our hearts

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 24, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Tradition tells us that the Gates of Repentance stay open until the end of Sukkot. The intensity of Yom Kippur has diminished, but we still remember the hours together, knocking on our hearts, trying to do spiritual CPR, to wake us up to the truth of our lives. On Yom Kippur, we...

  • Each day is a choice: Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

    September 24, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Only a couple of weeks ago, we were all feeling the holiness of Yom Kippur. By the end of the day of fasting, beautiful music, insightful teachings and prayers that deepened our self-awareness, we were remembering the real priorities in life. We had committed — to ourselves and God...

  • The tweets heard round the world

    September 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Is there a line between the much-ballyhooed Rosh Hashanah greetings from the Iranian leadership and a U.S.-Iran accommodation on Syria?

    At the New Yorker, George Packer draws that line

    The clearest path to a settlement now may be not through Moscow but through...

  • Pink pine nuts for Rosh Hashanah

    by Emily Kane

    September 12, 2013 | 9:58 pm

    When the Jewish High Holidays approach, I always look around for inspiration. Three years ago, I found some in a magazine article that feels particularly present this high holiday season.
     
    In an August 2010 issue, The New Yorker ran an article by Dana Goodyear entitled the “...
  • Why fast for Yom Kippur?

    September 11, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    In a time when fasting can be a political statement or a fitness trend, you might wonder about its enduring value as a spiritual ritual. To learn more, we asked people who fast on Yom Kippur what they get out of it. Our modest sample yielded folks who are interested only in a...

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