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  • Is our fate really sealed? Is change possible?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 25, 2008 | 3:19 am

    These are nervous-making times.

    No, I'm not talking about the damage the capital campaign may do to you, or -- at my temple, anyway -- whether you'll find a parking place for services, which is enough to make anyone want to reach for a Xanax.

    What I mean is this protracted season...
  • Got forgiveness?

    By David Suissa

    September 25, 2008 | 2:18 am

    Would you believe that most Jews, including Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews, don't fully observe the High Holy Days?

    I don't mean the basic rituals, like going to synagogue, reciting the prayers, listening to the shofar and the rabbi's sermons, having the holiday meals and saying...

  • Buying local produce adds spice to holiday dishes

    September 18, 2008 | 2:43 am

    As an avid farmers' market shopper, I welcome the holiday season by noting what's at the market, rather than by turning the page of my calendar. The High Holy Days are a time of endings and beginnings, and nowhere in my everyday life is this more apparent than when I visit my local...
  • Obama conference call with rabbis covers education, the meaning of the shofar, support for Israel

    September 18, 2008 | 12:56 am

    Barack Obama told a conference call of rabbis this morning that he supports government funding for after-school and mentoring programs in faith-based schools.

    Speaking to 900 rabbis on a pre-Rosh Hashanah call, Obama said he opposes "vouchers" for private schools, but would continue...
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  • Keep our shuls safe but still friendly

    September 17, 2008 | 9:25 pm

    "Open for us the gates at the time of their closing."

    Worshippers conclude their Yom Kippur prayers every year with this refrain -- a final supplication to be sealed in the Book of Life -- during the Neilah Shearim service that closes the holiday.

    Neilah Shearim, more commonly known...

  • PETA slams N.Y. kapparot ritual [VIDEO]

    August 27, 2008 | 12:45 am


    PETA anti-kapporot video


    NEW YORK (JTA) -- For the second year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has complained about the High Holy Days ritual of swinging a chicken over one's head, a sin-transference ceremony.

    In a letter sent Monday to the New York agriculture...

  • Crocs rule as Yom Kippur shoe

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Like many High Holy Days worshipers, Andrew Steinerman had traditionally dealt with the Yom Kippur prohibition on wearing leather footwear by turning to Converse's classic Chuck Taylor high-top canvas basketball shoe.

    Not anymore. This year the prominent Wall Street analyst sported a...

  • A wake-up call from the ‘Master Blaster’ rocks retirement home

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Master Blaster" Michael Chusid got down on his knees so he could face Ida and Shirley, who sat on a couch at Encino Retirement Home. In Chusid's left hand was a shofar, his spiritual/musical instrument and constant companion during the High Holy Days.

    The two elderly women, along...

  • Jewish TV Network brings High Holy Days home with Kol Nidre webcast

    By Robert David Jaffee

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was only a matter of time before hi-tech came to the High Holy Days.

    This year the Jewish Television Network will webcast Wilshire Boulevard Temple's entire Kol Nidre service, the first time viewers will be able to watch such a service live over the Internet.

    "Whether you're in...

  • ‘Praying without paying’ becomes more common

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When 63-year-old Steven Fruh was growing up in Manhattan, his parents did not belong to a synagogue. "They couldn't afford it," he said.

    At the High Holy Days, they would buy one ticket between them, for the congregation's overflow service in the basement.

    "As a kid, I was very...

  • Port Town Harbors ‘Oasis of Judaism’

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The captivating simplicity of Onset, Mass., sneaks up on you. In this quaint harbor town, the main activity is perhaps taking walks to the harbor to watch the boats sail and the sun glisten on the water. Therein lies its charm, as well as a hidden jewel of a shul near the bridge at...

  • Shanghai Shuls 2nd Wind

    By Amy Sara Clark

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Shanghai resident Seth Kaplan got tired of celebrating the High Holy days in rented hotel spaces while the city's oldest intact synagogue sat empty, deteriorating just a few miles away.

    So along with others in his congregation of expatriates, Kaplan, 34, began advocating for the...

  • Holy Days in Hollywood

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "My mind's going to be closed all day."

    • Mort Sahl, Comedian

    "I think my girlfriend and I are going to be in town. My brother will come in from school. It's a great time of the year, and it's always nice to reflect on yourself and to spend it with family. We fast, we get cranky,...

  • Briefs

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Children of Freedom

    For those who are looking for something different this year for the High Holy Days, B'nai Horin-Children of Freedom, a Jewish Renewal Synagogue in West Los Angeles, is offering a unique opportunity. Rather than holding services in their synagogue, it will be...

  • Jewish Art Makeover

    By Julie Wiener

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A women's tefillin set with a beaded velvet box and blue satin straps.

    A silver "Kiddush" cup in which ceremonial wine passes through a delicately crafted silver net formed from the Hebrew word for "blessed."

    A sukkah with brightly painted walls made of the long, plastic

    strips...

  • Beyond Tradition

    By Merav Tassa

    August 30, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    No matter which synagogue L.A. Jews will attend this High Holy Days season, they will all partake in Kol Nidre Services, recite prayers, hear the blowing of the shofar, and ask for forgiveness for the sins committed in the past year. Year after year, the same symbolic rituals are...

  • Together to Israel

    By Rabbi David Eliezrie

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    I had been living vicariously for three months. First there were the attacks on the High Holy Days, the desecration of Joseph's Tomb. A few days later, Israeli hikers were stranded under fire for hours near Schem-Nablus. The Internet had brought the daily conflict straight to my...

  • To Let Go, to Love, to Forgive

    By Ellie Kahn

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "I have good news! My cancer is in remission." I've called Elsie Schwartz to talk about the High Holy Days, but the news about her illness is an unexpected surprise and a huge relief. At 89, Elsie has taught me a great deal about life and about choosing to face death by living fully...
  • Tradition, Tradition

    By Beverly Levitt

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On the one hand, the inimitable image of a skinny, mischievous fiddler, furiously making music while precariously perched on a rooftop, makes us sing and dance with joy. On the other hand, the classic story about a humble Jewish milkman, struggling to preserve his people's traditions...
  • No Kidding

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On the evening of Sept. 29, the line will start early at The Laugh Factory on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood. About 500 people will wait patiently to jam every available space in the showroom or crowd around TV monitors upstairs.

    If you think they're expecting Seinfeld, think...

  • Collective Wisdom

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    August 31, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    From personal to political, low-key to bombastic, a sampling of the Jewish wisdom rabbis will be imparting during the High Holy Days was on display Aug. 22 at Stephen S. Wise Temple.

    The Board of Rabbis of Southern California (a beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater...

  • Educational Experience

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    By the time Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) ends his campaign for vice president, the American public will be well educated in the practice of Judaism.

    It's been only a week and a half since Vice President Gore selected his Orthodox Jewish running mate, but newspapers, wire services,...

  • A Survivor’s Story

    By Tom Tugend

    July 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    After we made "Schindler's List," more and more Holocaust survivors came up to me ,and every one of them said, "Now let me tell you MY story." And each story was different and compelling. - Steven Spielberg

    This is the story of Henryk Rosmarin, his harmonica, and his love for a girl...

  • Is There Nothing Good

    By Rabbi Abner Weiss

    September 25, 1997 | 8:00 pm

     

    Is There Nothing Good

    <to Say About Israel?

     

    By Rabbi AbnerWeiss, Ph.D.

    The sermon seminar organized by the Board of Rabbis of SouthernCalifornia is the group's biggest event of the year. Rabbis from allover the Southland get together to share sermon ideas for the HighHoly Days. It is...

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