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  • 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. 

    Tishrei:

    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...

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  • 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

    CHABAD

    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...

  • Honey isn’t vegan: Cruelty-free Rosh Hashanah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    When Madeline Karpel was growing up in Westwood in the 1950s, her Russian immigrant grandmother spent days preparing the family’s erev Rosh Hashanah dinner: chopped liver, matzah ball soup, brisket and, of course, apples to be dipped in honey. 

    “It was always served in the dining...

  • High Holy Days: Dreams as sweet as honey

    September 2, 2015 | 10:50 am

    With nothing but shrubbery and fractures of light, the fierce Mojave Desert may seem to lack the abundance needed to sustain a hive of bees, yet it still manages to produce some of the best honey in California. 

    Like the insects themselves, this desert’s sunbeams are hard to...

  • Pomegranates: Deep-seeded connections

    September 2, 2015 | 10:40 am

    When we think about special foods to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey always seem to top the menu. But where among the new year’s daily specials do we place that seedy, sweet red ball of antioxidants — the pomegranate?

    Although experience tells us that the fruit’s...

  • A New Tradition is Born

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 2, 2015 | 1:00 am

    The mikvah has a long history among the Jewish people. Along with a cemetery and a synagogue, it was one of the first things to be built in any new Jewish community. Examples of mikvaot are found in many ancient ruins of places where Jews used to live.

    However, the mikvah fell...

  • Israeli rabbinical group to host 55,000 secular Jews for holiday services

    August 31, 2015 | 9:55 am

    The Tzohar rabbinical organization will host more than 55,000 people at 295 locations throughout Israel for Yom Kippur services.

    In addition, the group for the first time will host the “Listening Together” shofar program for Rosh Hashanah in community centers and schools.

    ...
  • Why join a synagogue?

    August 27, 2015 | 12:23 pm

    Why join a temple? When a b’nai mitzvah or a funeral comes along, why not just “rent a rabbi”? After all, you save the dues and you “pay only for what you need.” The problem, of course, is that in this complex world, troubling news and a search to find meaning, “what we need” is a...

  • Sanctuary@Pico Union looks to engage and enlighten

    By Ryan Torok

    August 26, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    With the launch of the Sanctuary@Pico Union next month, Craig Taubman — the singer/songwriter who co-founded Sinai Temple’s influential “Friday Night Live” services — aims to bring Jewish congregational life to a venue that has not seen any in nearly a century. 

    The Pico Union...

  • My High Holy Days Dilemma

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 26, 2015 | 1:00 am

    As we walk further into the month of Elul and prepare for the High Holy Days, we look back over the past year. What did we do right that we want to continue through the coming year? What do we wish we had done differently, and how can we right our past wrongs?

    Our High Holy Day...

  • The Reform movement’s new holiday prayer book is radically inclusive

    August 21, 2015 | 9:28 am

    When some Reform synagogue-goers open up their prayer books this High Holiday season, they will be greeted with snippets of poems by the likes of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda. Feminist and LGBTQ-friendly terms and phrases will be subtly incorporated into the prayers, and scattered...

  • ADL preps community for High Holy Days security demands

    By Ryan Torok

    August 19, 2015 | 11:20 am

    The three silent surveillance videos showed an all-too-disturbing sequence of events: First, a shooter carries a rifle into a supermarket in broad daylight; people flee the store and run for their lives. The shooter begins firing at people inside the market before struggling with a...

  • Who Deserves High Holy Day Honors?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 12, 2015 | 1:00 am

    In a URJ chat group in which I’m a member, someone recently asked how other synagogues decide who will get honors such as aliyot, and holding or reading from the Torah during High Holy Day services. The answer to this can be a big deal, since these are the services which the most...

  • The few. The proud.
    The Jewish Marines.

    By Jared Sichel

    October 14, 2014 | 2:45 pm

    Sitting at the front of a small room inside a nondescript building at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Navy Lt. Aaron Kleinman was dressed in a uniform rarely seen on these grounds: On top of his gray suit, dress shirt and tie, Kleinman’s head was covered by a kippah and his...

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