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  • Yom Kippur services aim for post-college, pre-family crowd

    September 30, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    Enter the sleek, chic SLS Hotel on South La Cienega Boulevard, walk past the chandeliers and colored lights, and you’ll find a lush ballroom, pristine and coiffed in a modern color palette of white and gray. A space more often home to expensive weddings and lavish parties was...

  • Laugh Factory, an annual sanctuary for the ultra-unaffiliated

    By Melissa Weller

    September 30, 2015 | 12:20 pm

    For 35 years, the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood has been a revolving door of comedy legends and hopefuls, up-and-comers and burnouts, roaring crowds and silenced rooms. It’s seen boys become men and men become girls. 

    But whichever way the punches roll any given night, the...

  • This is water: On making meaning, making choices and making a difference

    September 29, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Good yontif!

    So there are two young fish swimming in the ocean. Just doing their thing, tooling along, when they happen to meet an older fish going the other way. He nods at them and says, "Morning, boys. How's the water?"

    After exchanging pleasantries, the two young fish swim...

  • Reclaiming JEW

    September 25, 2015 | 1:14 pm

    Jew. Jew. Jew.
    I’m a Jew.
    I imagine the majority of us here are Jews. We’re Jews.
    And friends of Jews.

    What is it about the word “Jew”?

    Comedian Louis CK observed: “Jew is a funny word, because Jew is the only word that is the polite...

  • A young woman reconnects with Judaism at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

    By Ryan Torok

    September 25, 2015 | 11:29 am

    H/T to Rabbi Sarah Bassin of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills for turning me onto a Sept. 23 blog post titled "Reboot, Restart, Reconnect, Rediscover:" by Arielle Miller a.k.a. The Girl with the Purple Hair, a young woman who took the opportunity of Kol Nidre this past week to...

  • What’s behind Abbas’ dangerous religious war gambit?

    September 24, 2015 | 10:16 am

    On Wednesday morning I had the privilege of joining Sephardic Minyan at Judaism’s holiest site-the Western Wall on our holiest day, Yom Kippur. Wrapped in my white Kittel and Tallit, the minyan felt like a local call to heaven. Prayers for family, for good health, for friends in...

  • West Bank, Gaza crossings closed for Yom Kippur

    September 22, 2015 | 9:27 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered a general closure of the West Bank and Gaza for the Yom Kippur holiday.

    All crossings will be closed from noon Tuesday until one minute before midnight Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces announced. Crossings based on medical and...

  • Live webcast of Kol Nidre expected to attract 40,000 viewers

    September 22, 2015 | 9:20 am

    A California-based live webcast of Kol Nidre services is expected to garner more than 40,000 viewers.

    The service led by Rabbi Naomi Levy of Nashuva, including preaching, traditional prayer, meditation and music by a five-piece, multicultural band, will be livestreamed at 6:30...

  • A Quick Reminder For Us All Before Yom Kippur

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 22, 2015 | 5:39 am

    Patience. Acceptance. Tolerance. To many, this is mainly what Yom Kippur is about. But as long as these are merely statements and promises between man and God, and not moral codes to live by throughout the year – Yom Kippur does not serve its purpose.

    Yom Kippur, the day of...

  • ...For you were slaves in Egypt

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 21, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    Good evening, L’ Shana Tova Tikateivu, Happy New Year to the people of Congregation Beth Ohr, to our teacher and communal founder, Rabbi Michael Roth and his extraordinary family, to my colleagues on the bima, Rabbi Haim Beliak and Chazanit Cheri Paul.

    Let’s consider the reasons...

  • The search for meaning

    September 18, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    The basic accoutrements of any typical workspace: a computer connected to the Internet, a phone, a desk with some drawers, a printer. Maybe a coffee maker, a small fridge for snacks. These are the bare minimum you need if you have realistic hopes for getting any real work done.  

  • Prisons of our own making

    September 18, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, 5776 

    We think of Passover as our time of release, but these ten days are even more crucial to your freedom.  Passover is about our people’s emancipation.  These days are about you and me, each one of us one by one by one having our day with God.  It’s personal and...

  • Power plays

    September 18, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    I want to share a story about a couple who’ve been married for 19 years.

    Their relationship is a series of power plays in which they subtly and sometimes not so subtly try to control one another.

    They're’ from the Boston area. 
They have 2 kids
. Both have special needs – one...

  • Fighting for the soul of the Jewish people

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    September 18, 2015 | 2:07 pm

    These are challenging times for the Jewish people.

    Despite our being the wealthiest and most privileged Jews in our 3600-year history, and despite the state of Israel being the most powerful, democratic and humane nation in the Middle East, we Jews feel vulnerable and afraid, and...

  • Beyond the bagel: Breaking the Yom Kippur fast with flair

    September 18, 2015 | 11:16 am

    By the time the fast is over on Yom Kippur, the last thing you want to be doing is potchkeing in the kitchen to prepare lots of food. And as much as I can’t wait to shove a bagel and cream cheese with all the fixins in my face, I also like to enjoy something sweet, something salty...

  • A new teacher in 5776

    September 18, 2015 | 10:16 am

    This past year, my congregation at Valley Beth Shalom – and the greater Jewish community – lost a giant. Rabbi Harold Schulweis z”l, of blessed memory, was an incredible scholar, a visionary for justice, and an exceptional leader in the deepest sense of the word.  As we move...

  • UN Security Council urges restraint at Temple Mount

    September 18, 2015 | 9:11 am

    The United Nations Security Council expressed “grave concern” over violence at Jerusalem’s holiest site and is calling for restraint and calm.

    The unanimous declaration — well short of a resolution, which would have the force of international law — was issued late Thursday after...

  • High Holy Days: Los Angeles rabbis share their sermons for 5776

    September 17, 2015 | 4:46 pm

    Some of Los Angeles' many renowned rabbis have shared their High Holy Day sermons so that we can all learn from their wisdom.

    The Jewish Journal welcomes the sermons of all rabbis from this year's High Holy Days. Please submit to sermons@jewishjournal.com, and please include a...

  • Our story ... Our mission ... Our fight

    September 17, 2015 | 4:29 pm

    Many of you know that I had a “previous life” composing and editing music for TV shows and movies.  For most of my twenties, I was working on what is now the Sony Studios lot in Culver City – which somehow led me to rabbinical study in Jerusalem… but that’s a sermon for a...

  • Wide awake: A spiritual response to the collapse of compassion

    September 17, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Four facts:

    1. In the last 4½ years, the war in Syria has killed about 240,000 people, including 20,000 children.

    2. 11.6 million people have been displaced, 4 million of whom are now refugees.

    3. Half of the refugees, vulnerable to starvation, disease, abuse and...

  • A grand love, in life and thereafter

    September 17, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    My husband came into my life like a sun and showered me with a golden light I had not known before. The moment we met, we recognized each other and without wasting too many precious moments, reunited after a much-too-long hiatus. Of course, I knew when we started that our time...

  • Pesos from Heaven: A High Holy Days message

    September 16, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    I haven’t seen or spoken to my parents for years now. This isn’t because of negligence or lack of caring, it’s that they’re no longer in this world.

    Nonetheless, we keep in touch. I guess you could call it a “long-distance” relationship.

    With that in mind, I’d like to share...

  • When saying sorry, don’t just speak—act

    September 16, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    Last week, I betrayed a trust.

    It was accidental, a seemingly small, ordinary mistake rooted in simple human forgetfulness (and perhaps a speck of carelessness if I’m being honest about it), but a mistake that nevertheless affected a friend’s life in a serious way. I felt awful,...

  • In the new year, moving forward ... together

    September 16, 2015 | 3:00 pm

    A reporter called us one day last month. He had been reading our columns and saw that we were on opposite sides of the Iran deal debate, yet we were working together running the Jewish Journal. How could that be?

    Our first reaction was a kind of bemused sadness: When two Jews who...

  • Inappropriate apologies

    September 16, 2015 | 2:12 pm

    A few weeks ago, I conducted an experiment: I counted the number of times I apologized in one day. 

    I said sorry to the mother in yoga pants at Starbucks when I reached past her to grab a straw. Sorry to the high-heeled shopper, laden with H&M bags, when we dived for the same...

  • The tyranny of the normal

    September 16, 2015 | 2:03 pm

    I grew up on 1950s television, and all I wanted in the world was to be the Cleavers. I wanted my dad to come home each evening in his neatly pressed suit, hang his fedora near the door and greet my mom, perpetually cheerful in her high heels and pearls. I wanted to sit down to...

  • What shall live and what shall die?

    By David Suissa

    September 16, 2015 | 11:55 am

    As I recited the climactic “Who shall live and who shall die” prayer during Rosh Hashanna services this year, it struck me that maybe I should replace the “who” with “what.”

    The “who” is connected to survival: Who will be inscribed in the Book of Life, and who will not. We make a...

  • Think you can’t observe Yom Kippur? Not so fast

    September 16, 2015 | 11:53 am

    Like many people with health concerns, Arianna Haut cannot fast on Yom Kippur — in her case, because of low blood sugar. 

    “I used to have to sneak out of synagogue to eat a granola bar, which is the fastest way to make a person feel like a shmuck,” said Haut, a Mid-City resident...

  • Breaking good: recipes for the High Holy Days

    By Rob Eshman

    September 16, 2015 | 11:49 am

    By the time break fast comes along, I’m broken.

    I’ve spent 25 hours without food or water. Much of that time I’ve been in synagogue. In the morning, I’m sure I’ll never make it, especially because God seems to wait precisely until Yom Kippur to deliver the hottest day of the year...

  • Why fasting matters on Yom Kippur

    By Jared Sichel

    September 16, 2015 | 11:32 am

    As we sit in synagogue or at home on Yom Kippur afternoon, trying — but often failing — not to look at the clock every five minutes, our stomachs grumbling, our mouths parched, our heads hurting, what may be most painful is that many of us don’t know why we’re “afflicting”...

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