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  • Father’s Day: From dad’s art studio to the rabbi’s bimah

    June 11, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    I confess. Sometimes when I say from the pulpit, “A great Jewish man once said,” I’m actually just quoting my dad. OK, more than sometimes. Often. I’m embarrassed to say, “My daddy taught me …” all the time. It might make me appear immature and unlearned. However, of all teachings...

  • Days of awe and days of discovery

    October 10, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    This most recent High Holy Days, I had the privilege of experiencing a dozen different synagogues in Los Angeles. They were for me days of awe -- and days of discovery.

    Having taken office just a few months ago as L.A.'s newly elected City Controller, I received many invitations...

  • Seeking consolation

    By Bill Boyarsky

    September 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    How does an irreligious Jew find consolation at a religious service?

    Seeking such consolation, I attended the Hillel at UCLA High Holy Days services conducted by Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller. I don’t often go to services, but in February our oldest daughter, Robin, died, and I felt...

  • Cracking open our hearts

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 24, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Tradition tells us that the Gates of Repentance stay open until the end of Sukkot. The intensity of Yom Kippur has diminished, but we still remember the hours together, knocking on our hearts, trying to do spiritual CPR, to wake us up to the truth of our lives. On Yom Kippur, we...

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  • Each day is a choice: Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

    September 24, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Only a couple of weeks ago, we were all feeling the holiness of Yom Kippur. By the end of the day of fasting, beautiful music, insightful teachings and prayers that deepened our self-awareness, we were remembering the real priorities in life. We had committed — to ourselves and God...

  • The tweets heard round the world

    September 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Is there a line between the much-ballyhooed Rosh Hashanah greetings from the Iranian leadership and a U.S.-Iran accommodation on Syria?

    At the New Yorker, George Packer draws that line

    The clearest path to a settlement now may be not through Moscow but through...

  • Pink pine nuts for Rosh Hashanah

    by Emily Kane

    September 12, 2013 | 9:58 pm

    When the Jewish High Holidays approach, I always look around for inspiration. Three years ago, I found some in a magazine article that feels particularly present this high holiday season.
     
    In an August 2010 issue, The New Yorker ran an article by Dana Goodyear entitled the “...
  • Why fast for Yom Kippur?

    September 11, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    In a time when fasting can be a political statement or a fitness trend, you might wonder about its enduring value as a spiritual ritual. To learn more, we asked people who fast on Yom Kippur what they get out of it. Our modest sample yielded folks who are interested only in a...

  • Chesed by choice

    September 11, 2013 | 4:05 pm

    For many of us, the month of Elul and the High Holy Days are our personal and communal time for introspection. The work we do for ourselves as Jews is significant as we take the opportunity to make teshuvah (forgiveness) to others and to God and to improve our lives. 

    This year,...

  • Remember to forgive yourself

    September 11, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    Every year on Yom Kippur, Jews in synagogues all over the world engage in a communal chest-beating during the Vidui, to repent, symbolically, for our collective sins. But what about the sin of being too hard on ourselves? As the High Holy Days approach once again, it seems logical...

  • Coping with loss in the age of the internet

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    When my mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, died in May 2011, the in-person Jewish community provided all the basics — post-shivah meals, abundant hugs and three places to say Kaddish: Temple Beth Am for daily minyan, Friday nights at IKAR and Shabbat mornings at B’nai David-Judea....

  • Sonia Maron, Holocaust survivor, 90

    September 10, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Sonia grew up in Minsk, Russia, her teen years abruptly cut short by the eruption of a war that would destroy most of her family and friends, and catapult her into a harrowing struggle to survive. And survive she did, fleeing from village to village with her family, finding work of...

  • At Sukkot, turning oy into the season of joy

    September 9, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    In open opposition to Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which tells us on Sukkot “there is nothing new under the sun,” I decided to build a solar sukkah this fall. To energize my plan, I went to the 99 Cent Store to buy some solar yard lights to adapt for use on the roof.

    However, while...

  • Federations’ security arm stresses awareness on holy days

    September 6, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Security awareness should be a primary consideration for synagogues during the High Holidays, the security arm of the national Jewish community said.

    “Synagogue staff, security volunteers and greeters should be on the lookout for suspicious persons and/or activity around their...

  • A kosher kitchen compromise

    September 4, 2013 | 3:46 pm

    My boyfriend of four years and I finally decided to move in together. But there was one problem: What to do about the kitchen.

    Dov was raised in a Conservative Jewish household in Los Angeles where milk and meat never mixed. I grew up in a Reform home in New York where chicken...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • Buy a sign, build a sukkah

    September 4, 2013 | 11:21 am

    Four Jewish institutions have teamed up to build a sukkah composed entirely of homeless signs. They are asking the public to purchase and donate the signs in time for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

    New Community Jewish High School, Milken Community High School, Valley Beth Shalom...

  • Shanah tovah from the White House

    September 4, 2013 | 10:07 am

    No real news here, but it’s not every day the president speaks directly to the Jews (except for this week, when it seems he did).

     

  • How to Ask for Forgiveness

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 4, 2013 | 1:00 am

    One of the things I like most about the High Holy Days is it is a time to seek and to grant forgiveness. We are told that, during this time, God grants forgiveness for sins against God, but that for sins of one person against another, God does not grant forgiveness until we have...

  • Atonement chickens — swung and tossed

    September 3, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    A few days before Yom Kippur, thousands of white-feathered chickens land on Pico Boulevard. Not there to be broiled, boiled or fricasseed in any of the nearby kosher restaurants in this predominantly Jewish business district, they nonetheless have arrived in time to be served up.

    ...
  • The sermon

    September 3, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    If my calculations are correct, I have listened to somewhere between 70 and 80 High Holy Days sermons. The total sounds high, but when you consider that typically four different High Holy Days sermons are delivered between Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the numbers add up...

  • A difficult conversation

    September 3, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Before creating the human being, according to a Midrash, God consulted the angels of heaven. The Angel of Peace argued, “Don’t create him! He will bring war into Your world!” The Angel of Compassion countered, “He will do kindness, create him!” The Angel of Justice offered, “Create...

  • A difficult conversation

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 3, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The conversation is supposed to begin like this: “Will you forgive me for anything I might have said or done this year that has hurt you?” 

    You are sitting with a friend over coffee, during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and you ask this question. Not easy. What...

  • A time of transformation

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 3, 2013 | 11:48 am

    Many Jews will point to the Hebrew word het for sin, which is an archery term, and insist that Judaism teaches that sin is just “missing the mark.” That simplification does a grave injustice to the Jewish tradition. There are other words for sin in our liturgy — pesha, avon and...

  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    September 3, 2013 | 11:33 am

    From left: Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi Laura Geller and Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    For the High Holy Days this year, the Jewish Journal invited three rabbis — Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth...

  • Chanting Torah for mom

    September 3, 2013 | 11:17 am

    “But what are you chanting for?” the woman cutting my hair wanted to know. She didn’t mean the glory of God or even my own spiritual well-being. It turned out she had once belonged to a 1970s church that chanted for things like shoes and better jobs. But when I am standing on the...

  • Seminar offers a day of learning for SoCal rabbis

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2013 | 11:12 am

    “Are we in a post-denominational world?” the rabbi asked. “That’s above my pay grade.”

    But the speaker, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said one thing is for sure during his keynote address at the annual seminar held by the transdenominational Board...

  • Holy Days done your way

    By Elyse Samuels

    September 3, 2013 | 11:08 am

    You could make a movie about the way Sigal Farkash spends the High Holy Days. In a way, someone already has.

    “Have you ever seen the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’? That’s how we celebrate,” the Israeli from Sherman Oaks said, describing the lively atmosphere of food and family...

  • High Holy Days: Sermons take a chapter from writer’s book of life

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2013 | 11:04 am

    In 1963, Richard Levy was in his mid-20s and in his last year of rabbinical school when he was sent on an internship to a synagogue in Jasper, Ala. About the time of Rosh Hashanah, not far away in the town of Birmingham, a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church, an...

  • High Holy Days Q&A with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

    By Ryan Torok

    September 3, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Upon his installation as president of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) last year, Rabbi Rick Jacobs promised to work toward reimagining and renovating the Reform movement by focusing on engaging young adults in Jewish life, by working with other arms of the movement in seeking...

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