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  • Facing mortality at Yom Kippur

    By Ellie Kahn

    3 weeks ago

    Regardless of our race, religion, gender or age, we all have something in common: We’re all going to die.

    My friend Eve Elting passed away eight months ago, after she stopped treatment for metastatic breast cancer. At 58, she’d had cancer for 20 years. “I’ve been on 13 different...

  • Death makes life matter: Thoughts on my brother’s passing

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Last February, I joined a club. It wasn’t my choice. It’s one of the worst clubs around, and if you’re not already in it, I hope you don’t become a member. If I could quit, I would. But the bylaws forbid it.

    Like all clubs, this one has its benefits, too. It provides a community...

  • Apologies in the age of #SorryNotSorry

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    3 weeks ago

    By now, just about everyone knows the art of hashtags — a word or phrase preceded by a # sign used either to tag a conversation so people can easily follow it, or as a sarcastic and often deeply truthful commentary on the statement that had just preceded it. Some hashtags resonate...

  • Jerusalem tense after days of clashes in Jerusalem’s Old City

    3 weeks ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    For the past three years Shai, an ultra-Orthodox man wearing a black suit and black hat despite the oppressive heat, has lived in the Old City of Jerusalem, where his children study. Last month, he was walking on Shalshelet Street in...

  • Whose 5776?

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 weeks ago

    Until I graduated from college, I hadn’t traveled farther than a few hundred miles from home.  Aside from a family visit to Washington, D.C., when I was 11, my firsthand knowledge of the world was limited to the northeast corridor from New Jersey to Boston, and it felt like just...

  • Letters to the editor: Peoplehood, kapparot, Joseph L. Young and more

    3 weeks ago

    Dealing with the Deal, Together

    I am writing to say that I agree with what David Suissa said in his editorial (“Bubblehood vs. Peoplehood,” Sept. 11). But he forgot to mention something important. 

    It was because we could not come together that we lost Jerusalem and the Temple...

  • On Yom Kippur, must we ask forgiveness for communal wrongs?

    September 15, 2015 | 7:45 am

    On Yom Kippur, as we focus on our personal faults, how do we acknowledge those shortcomings that are more communal?

    In synagogue, reciting line by line the Al Chet prayer, seeking atonement for the areas of our lives where in the past year we have fallen short, events in the...

  • Temple Mount raid finds Palestinian stockpile of rocks, firebombs

    September 15, 2015 | 7:29 am

    Israel Police said they uncovered Palestinian stockpiles of rocks, firebombs and pipe bombs on the Temple Mount aimed at disrupting Jewish visits to the holy site ahead of Rosh Hashanah.

    The police, using intelligence information from the Shin Bet security service, raided the...

  • Temple Judea High Holy Day Parody Video: “C’mon And Pray”

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2015 | 5:15 pm

    In what has become something of annual tradition for Temple Judea, the San Fernando Valley congregation has released “C’mon and Pray,” a parody video of Walk the Moon’s “Shut up and Dance," in advance of the High Holy Days. 

    “It's a fun way for clergy and staff to come together...

  • Bubblehood vs. Peoplehood

    By David Suissa

    September 10, 2015 | 11:18 am

    The most overused and abused word in the Jewish world must surely be “community.” Here in Los Angeles, we’re often told that we’re all part of some grand “Jewish community,” but deep down, we know better. If by community we mean a group of like-minded people whose company we enjoy,...

  • Apples and Honey are good (Andy Grammer – ‘Honey, I’m Good’ parody)

    September 9, 2015 | 4:49 pm

    Featuring: The Rebbetzin, Kosha Dillz, and more!

    Written by Jordan Reimer, Jessica Schechter, Ronn Blitzer, Erez Cohen, Barry Bornstein, Arianna Schudrich, and JJ Weiss.

    "Apple Baseball" scenes filmed by Greg Starr.

    Video and Performance by Erez Cohen

  • Rabbis’ High Holy Days sermons to emphasize spirituality, not politics

    By Ryan Torok

    September 9, 2015 | 4:06 pm

    Over the last several weeks, Rabbi Yonah Bookstein of Pico Shul and Rabbi Kalman Topp of Beth Jacob Congregation have been gathering signatures from rabbis across the country opposed to the Iran nuclear agreement. So far, more than 1,200 have signed on. 

    Bookstein has blogged...

  • Revisiting the year in news: Keep worrying

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Twelve months in a year, 12 articles or events I want to revisit at the end of the Jewish year. 


    Last year, right after Rosh Hashanah, I wrote the following paragraph about the strategy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

    Abbas is in a defiant mood and believes...

  • At Rosh Hashanah and Hajj, bridging two cultures through common roots

    September 9, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    “Use words. Help me understand.” As mothers, we have both found this phrase useful from time to time in helping our children navigate the terrain of conflicting emotions. As people deeply engaged in conflict resolution and building relationships among Jews and Muslims, we also find...

  • Paying to pray? Not quite

    September 9, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    We’ve all heard this story, and some of us have lived it: A Jewish individual or couple, new in town or newly seeking to reconnect with the Jewish community, walks into a worship space just before the start time of a High Holy Days service and starts to enter the sanctuary, only to...

  • How do ‘twice-a-year Jews’ feel about that loaded label?

    By Jared Sichel

    September 9, 2015 | 3:11 pm

    For most of his life, Matthew Michel has walked through the doors of a synagogue on only two occasions every year — the two weightiest holidays in the Jewish calendar and the two that involve the most self-reflection and introspection: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    “I grew up...

  • The year of the creative in Jewish education

    September 9, 2015 | 2:58 pm

    This week, countless young children in Jewish schools of all varieties will bring home familiar handmade crafts for the Jewish New Year: paper towel tube shofarot, “stained glass” honey dishes made of plastic bowls and colored with markers, and decorated “Shanah Tovah” cards. Many...

  • New Machzor offers progressive take on gender equality, LGBT acceptance

    September 9, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    From the Reader’s Kaddish to Ralph Waldo Emerson, a new set of High Holy Days prayer books for the Reform movement is filled with an eclectic mix of texts. 

    “The purpose of the book is to be open to everybody. So if someone doesn’t connect to a prayer, there are many...

  • Blowing the shofar can be a dangerous exercise in chutzpah

    By Tess Cutler

    September 9, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    “Hold her tongue!”

    That’s what I remember: my sister calling out for someone to hold my tongue. 

    I remember how my vision turned black, how my knees buckled and my body collapsed — a thud onto the bimah like the drop of a heavy curtain.

    My oxygen supply was cut off to my...

  • Preparing for the year end and the new year

    September 9, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    The beginning and end of each year are times that stimulate all of us to think. Even those who are not in the habit of making a daily “accounting of this world” (Bava Batra 78b) tend to do so at these moments, these days that are so conducive to examining, summing up and planning. ...

  • The High of the Holy Days

    September 9, 2015 | 11:54 am

    So what is the “high” of the High Holy Days, exactly?

    With the Hebrew month of Tishrei nearly upon us, replete with prayer services and celebrations, it’s a time to be mindful of what the inner dimensions of these special days actually are. Every holiday in the Jewish calendar...

  • Joseph L. Young: Jewish knight of religious art

    September 9, 2015 | 11:35 am

    For many of us seeking a connection to our synagogue environments this High Holy Days season, the work of a mid-century Jewish Los Angeles artist, Joseph L. Young, will once again be giving us an assist by opening our eyes to the possibilities of religious art.

    Joseph L....

  • Home: New decorating trends for the new year

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 9, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Rosh Hashanah is all about new beginnings, so what better time to look at our homes in a fresh way? Whether you’re considering a new paint color for the wall, updating furniture or just buying new cabinet pulls, check out these hot decorating trends and make 5776 your most stylish...

  • How synagogues can prioritize disability inclusion this High Holy Days season

    September 9, 2015 | 10:30 am

    With the High Holy Days just around the corner, Jews all over the world will be asking themselves how they can lead more meaningful and moral lives. Synagogue communities, too, will be asking how they can become more holy and inclusive communities.

    In my years of involvement with...

  • Atheism as my path to High Holy Days enlightenment

    September 9, 2015 | 9:59 am

    Not long ago, I was having lunch with a colleague and we got around to the almost-always-perilous subject of religion. He asked me how I define myself, and I said, “I’m Jewish. And an atheist.” He laughed and said, “No, really, what are you?”  

    For my colleague, a non-Jew, one is...

  • Shofar makers busily crafting a blast from the past

    September 8, 2015 | 5:26 pm

    If there’s a business that’s seasonal, it’s that of selling shofars.

    Sales spike around the High Holy Days, then mellow down for the rest of the year. Shofar makers, however, don’t just sit around in the off-season; they’re constantly busy collecting raw horns, cleaning them and...

  • Free High Holy Days services

    September 8, 2015 | 5:07 pm

    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 13

    Rosh Hashanah, first day: Sept. 14

    Rosh Hashanah, second day: Sept. 15

    Kol Nidre: Sept. 22

    Yom Kippur: Sept. 23


    Los Angeles-area Chabads offering free services to the public during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include Chabad of...

  • A year of learning Torah through food

    September 3, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    It’s the end of summer 2014. Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and with it the finale of the seven-year shmita cycle, a time when agricultural land lies fallow in Israel, perennials are harvested, and debts are forgiven. A year ago, I asked myself, could I give myself a shmita-inspired...

  • Art, man and God

    September 3, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    I wonder what our prayers sound like to God during these Days of Awe. As the earth spins on its axis and Jews across the globe gather together to worship, I imagine that God hears our longings as a symphony - each soul a note, singular, exceptional, and essential to the whole....
  • Fresh takes on classic entrees and dessert for the High Holy Days

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 2, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Celebrated close together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the High Holy Days, but each offers its own special food customs.   

    Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Sept. 13, celebrates the Jewish New Year. It is a joyous occasion enlivened with a variety of delicious...

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