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  • The value of voice

    September 12, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    As we prepare for the High Holy Days, we often do not consider one aspect  of ourselves, our voice. I’m taking about our actual vocal cords; our means of producing sound. 

    We use our voice to chant along with or respond to the cantor, but many of us will also use our voice...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 12, 2012 | 10:55 am


    This year, we return to the wisdom offered by our rabbis during the High Holy Days in years past.  What follows are excerpts from some exceptional sermons and High Holy Days writings; many more voices could have been included, of course, but we hope this will inspire you to...

  • Turning Toward the High Holy Days

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 12, 2012 | 8:00 am

    Some say there are no seasons in California. But for those of us who live by the Jewish calendar, the holidays keep us grounded in the turning of the planet.

    It always starts somewhere near the end of summer. Somehow, the approach of the High Holy Days gets mentioned. Sometimes...

  • Books for children and teens

    September 5, 2012 | 11:49 am

    “Oh No, Jonah!”

    by Tilda Balsley, illustrated by Jago (Kar-Ben: $7.95)Oh no, Jonah!

    Those parents and teachers looking for a new twist on the story of Jonah (read yearly on Yom Kippur) need look no more. This latest version from children’s author Tilda Balsley sticks to the biblical text...

  • The serious side of High Holy Days seating

    September 5, 2012 | 11:41 am

    The philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel emphasized time rather than space as the major category of significance in Judaism. The first divine hallowing in creation was the seventh day, the Sabbath, not any place or thing. When the child asked Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, “Where is God?”...

  • Father and son

    September 5, 2012 | 11:37 am

    On these High Holy Days, there will be empty seats in our synagogues. This is a letter found on one of those seats …

    Dear Dad,

    This year, I’m not coming to shul for the holidays. I know this will hurt you, and you’ll be angry, but perhaps you’ll hear me out.

    I have always...

  • A young chef’s guide to the Rosh Hashanah meal

    By Michael Israel

    September 5, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Considering the history of the Jewish people, the fact that Jews are still celebrating the High Holy Days today is a miracle in itself. Strong traditions and lasting rituals have enabled Jews to survive the most threatening periods of history. With the freedoms we have as modern...

  • Western Wall is just fine, test of its stability shows

    September 4, 2012 | 11:37 am

    The Western Wall checked out fine in a test of its stability by engineers.

    The office of the rabbi of the Western Wall, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, said there were no abnormal findings in Tuesday's test. The check was made less than two weeks before the start of the High Holidays, when hundreds of thousands of people visit the Western Wall Plaza.

    Previous tests have found stones that broke during bad weather.

  • At 60 for Zikna

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    August 29, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    The High Holy Day liturgy includes the poignant plea: “Do not cast me off b’eyt zikna,” which is usually translated as “when I get old.” It is a fear many of us have, but are often afraid to articulate. We live in a youth-intoxicated culture where older people are sometimes...

  • Into The Looking Glass, Reflections from the High Holy Days … and How to Hang a Mirror

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    October 27, 2011 | 6:44 pm

    Yes, The Handy Hazzan has been away for a while.  By the end of July I was already focused on developing the choir for The New Shul of the Conejo, where I was most fortunate to serve as Hazzan for the High Holy Days alongside Rabbi Gershon Weissman and my friend and colleague, Rabbi...

  • Rosh Hashana in India:  Torah, sequined saris, chapati and perhaps a secret recipe for peace

    October 13, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    I have prayed in synagogues in many foreign countries around the world including Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Belgium, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, and Russia, but this was my first time chanting the “Shema” with a group of Jewish women all wearing saris. ...

  • Soups are super for the sukkah

    October 11, 2011 | 11:52 am

    Cold or hot, soup is ideal for the sukkah.

    What better way to warm up on a chilly night or cool off on a warm afternoon?

    “In The Essential Book of Jewish Festival Cooking,” Phyllis and Miryom Glazer write that the Jews of Russia and Poland served borscht on Sukkot as a “hot and...

  • Report: Egyptian lulavs smuggled to Israel, U.S.

    October 11, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Thousands of palm fronds for Sukkot lulavs reportedly have been smuggled out of Egypt despite a ban on their export.

    The Egyptian palm fronds have surfaced in Israel and the United States, Haaretz reported, citing veteran palm frond traders.

    Israel previously had imported about...

  • Opinion: Can we befriend all the world’s nations?

    October 10, 2011 | 11:17 am

    For great numbers of Jews, the Jewish people is family, its concerns always primary in our hearts. Many take this to mean that we must always attend to our own community’s needs before working on issues of universal concern. Yet from our earliest history, Jewish tradition has...

  • McCartney attends Yom Kippur Services, Marries Next Day

    October 9, 2011 | 1:18 pm

    Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney reportedly spent the night before his wedding at Yom Kippur services.

    McCartney married Jewish-American heiress Nancy Shevell in London on Oct. 9. They reportedly attended Yom Kippur services and a break-fast at a local London synagogue, where Shevell, 51,...

  • Yom Kippur service set for Wall Street protest

    October 6, 2011 | 11:44 am

    A Kol Nidre service will take place at the protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street.

    The service, which ushers in Yom Kippur, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, in the Wall Street area.

    According to the Facebook Event page, it will be a...

  • Rabbi Greenberg closes High Holy Days seminar

    By Ryan Torok

    October 5, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    During the conclusion of the annual High Holy Days Seminar, sponsored by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg discussed “Covenant as a Method of Perfecting the World.”

    Greenberg, a Modern Orthodox rabbi with cross-denominational appeal...

  • Rabbinic trio packs Wilshire Ebell

    By Orit Arfa

    October 5, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    The white carpet (red being too sinful a color) was rolled out for three “rock stars” of Jewish women’s learning at the Wilshire Ebell Theater on Oct. 3 for the Los Angeles leg of the “Avinu Malkeinu” High Holy Days lecture extravaganza.

    It felt like a rowdy concert as...

  • Amends for Yom Kippur

    October 5, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    I’ve written 40 profiles of singles for mysinglepeeps.com — and almost as many have been for the My Single Peeps column in The Jewish Journal. I’ve been fortunate that many of the people I have profiled have found dates from the column, and if not, have still enjoyed their...

  • Taking seven steps to ‘Sukkot happiness’

    October 5, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    But are you happy? 

    No, this isn’t your mother wanting another update on your life. It’s not Dr. Phil’s provocative question through your TV/computer screen as you sit (safely) on your couch. And it isn’t someone reading you the Declaration of Independence wondering if you...

  • The Real “Machine Gun Preacher”: Unorthodox Atonement

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2011 | 7:17 pm

    Sam Childers, the real-life “Machine Gun Preacher” behind the Marc Forster film now in theaters, chewed his signature toothpick in the lobby of the Beverly Hilton Hotel, wearing a Harley Davidson shirt, jeans, black steel-toed boots and a handlebar moustache he’s sported since...

  • Opinion: Make the shofar blast a call to serve

    October 3, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Those who observe the Jewish High Holidays have begun a period of intense introspection and “judgment.” On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, piercing shofar blasts will conclude a 25-hour fast, we will set a course toward making good our obligations to others.

    This year when the...

  • Travel as a Lens for HIgh Holy Day Reflections (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    October 2, 2011 | 11:00 am

    When I travel, I imagine that I am talking to strangers from a different culture and that I witness different lives to learn about those same lives, but in reality I always reach hidden treasures; insights into my own reality and dreams. Sometimes the action of travel teaches me...

  • How to dip your Apple in honey [VIDEO]

    September 28, 2011 | 1:26 pm

  • OPINION: Rosh Hashanah and the art of beekeeping

    By Rob Eshman

    September 28, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    I never told my wife about the bees.

    My wife, the rabbi, has suffered my enthusiasm for urban farming with bemusement and exasperation, anger and forgiveness. Much like God Herself suffers the Children of Israel.

    Last Monday morning, for instance, after returning on a long night...

  • Opinion: Repenting with our eyes

    By David Suissa

    September 28, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Is the mind more powerful than the heart? This question was hovering in the air during an insightful Torah class last week given by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, spiritual leader of B’nai David-Judea Congregation. Kanefsky presented two distinct views of the concept of teshuvah, which is...

  • Israel shuts West Bank for holiday, rockets strike Israel

    September 28, 2011 | 11:22 am

    The Israeli military announced a closure of the West Bank for Rosh Hashanah as two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.

    The closure began Tuesday night and will last until Saturday night following the two-day holiday and Shabbat. Exceptions will be made for medical...

  • Food banks short, SOVA amps up High Holy Days appeal

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    Adire situation is looming at regional food banks and distribution centers, as ever-increasing demand collides with government cuts, threatening the food supply chain for the neediest.

    In May, funding for FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program was cut from $200 million to $120...

  • An insider’s view of also being an outsider

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 27, 2011 | 6:17 pm

    Sometimes I wonder if there isn’t a variant of Gresham’s law at work in the arts and letters of the digital age: Is bad writing driving out good? The sheer volume and velocity of the blogosphere, for example, seems to hide the moments of discernment and reflection.

    Now and then,...

  • 10Q Project: Answer life’s big questions online … Then reread next year

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 27, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    It might seem odd that 10Q, a project bent on promoting deep personal reflection and penetrating spiritual insight, would engage Joel Stein, a somewhat nihilistic humor columnist, as one of its endorsers.

    “I find it hard to believe that anyone in our present society needs to spend...

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