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

    By Marty Kaplan

    16 hours 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

    5 days 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

    5 days 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

    6 days 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...

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  • Old Jews explaining Yiddish words will make your day

    Los Angeles Jewish Home

    2 weeks ago

  • Fulfill the mandates of Rosh Hashanah by saving Alan Gross

    2 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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Chesed by choice

    September 11, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    For many of us, the month of Elul and the High Holy Days are our personal and communal time for introspection. The work we do for ourselves as Jews is significant as we take the opportunity to make teshuvah (forgiveness) to others and to God and to improve our lives. 

    This year,...

  • Remember to forgive yourself

    September 11, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    Every year on Yom Kippur, Jews in synagogues all over the world engage in a communal chest-beating during the Vidui, to repent, symbolically, for our collective sins. But what about the sin of being too hard on ourselves? As the High Holy Days approach once again, it seems logical...

  • Coping with loss in the age of the internet

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    When my mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, died in May 2011, the in-person Jewish community provided all the basics — post-shivah meals, abundant hugs and three places to say Kaddish: Temple Beth Am for daily minyan, Friday nights at IKAR and Shabbat mornings at B’nai David-Judea....

  • Sonia Maron, Holocaust survivor, 90

    September 10, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Sonia grew up in Minsk, Russia, her teen years abruptly cut short by the eruption of a war that would destroy most of her family and friends, and catapult her into a harrowing struggle to survive. And survive she did, fleeing from village to village with her family, finding work of...

  • At Sukkot, turning oy into the season of joy

    September 9, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    In open opposition to Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which tells us on Sukkot “there is nothing new under the sun,” I decided to build a solar sukkah this fall. To energize my plan, I went to the 99 Cent Store to buy some solar yard lights to adapt for use on the roof.

    However, while...

  • Federations’ security arm stresses awareness on holy days

    September 6, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Security awareness should be a primary consideration for synagogues during the High Holidays, the security arm of the national Jewish community said.

    “Synagogue staff, security volunteers and greeters should be on the lookout for suspicious persons and/or activity around their...

  • A kosher kitchen compromise

    September 4, 2013 | 3:46 pm

    My boyfriend of four years and I finally decided to move in together. But there was one problem: What to do about the kitchen.

    Dov was raised in a Conservative Jewish household in Los Angeles where milk and meat never mixed. I grew up in a Reform home in New York where chicken...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • Buy a sign, build a sukkah

    September 4, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Four Jewish institutions have teamed up to build a sukkah composed entirely of homeless signs. They are asking the public to purchase and donate the signs in time for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

    New Community Jewish High School, Milken Community High School, Valley Beth Shalom...

  • Shanah tovah from the White House

    September 4, 2013 | 10:07 am

    No real news here, but it’s not every day the president speaks directly to the Jews (except for this week, when it seems he did).

     

  • How to Ask for Forgiveness

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 4, 2013 | 1:00 am

    One of the things I like most about the High Holy Days is it is a time to seek and to grant forgiveness. We are told that, during this time, God grants forgiveness for sins against God, but that for sins of one person against another, God does not grant forgiveness until we have...

  • Atonement chickens — swung and tossed

    September 3, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    A few days before Yom Kippur, thousands of white-feathered chickens land on Pico Boulevard. Not there to be broiled, boiled or fricasseed in any of the nearby kosher restaurants in this predominantly Jewish business district, they nonetheless have arrived in time to be served up.

    ...
  • The sermon

    September 3, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    If my calculations are correct, I have listened to somewhere between 70 and 80 High Holy Days sermons. The total sounds high, but when you consider that typically four different High Holy Days sermons are delivered between Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the numbers add up...

  • A difficult conversation

    September 3, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Before creating the human being, according to a Midrash, God consulted the angels of heaven. The Angel of Peace argued, “Don’t create him! He will bring war into Your world!” The Angel of Compassion countered, “He will do kindness, create him!” The Angel of Justice offered, “Create...

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