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  • The convert and the Christmas tree

    By Avishay Artsy

    2 weeks ago

    For me, Christmas was always something other people did. Growing up in a Jewish home, I watched the holiday’s rituals unfold in movies, on TV and in the homes of friends: hanging ornaments on a tree, unwrapping presents and singing songs of Yuletide cheer (whatever that means)....
  • Limitation Drives Innovation: A Sukkot Message

    October 6, 2014 | 10:54 am

    Give children everything, and you give them nothing. 

    In a world where endless information and the world’s leading experts on a myriad of topics are literally a quick click away, it is easy to assume that unbounded learning environments are critical to both creativity and...

  • Something in it all

    By Revital Belz

    June 18, 2014 | 2:57 am

    I was eleven when I first went to sleep away camp. It was an Orthodox Jewish camp In Eastern Pennsylvania, a two hour bus ride from my New Jersey Suburban home. I boarded the bus in my oversized tan boy shorts and big grey t-shirt and the carrot sticks my mom had packed for me as a...

  • What if Your Synagogue Called…and Didn’t Ask for Money?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 23, 2014 | 1:30 am

    I still remember the first time I got the call. “Hi,” the caller said, “I’m on the synagogue board, and I’m calling to wish you a happy Passover holiday.”

    “Thanks,” I replied, waiting for the request for a donation. Or to serve on a committee. Or some other inconvenient thing the...

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  • How To Stuff Your Face and Stay Thin Over the Holidays

    By Elana Horwich

    December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Eat only celery! Just kidding. Like that’s an option. People who give that kind of advice clearly could never be good in bed.

    We warm-blooded people are all going to eat a lot…as this is a time to relax, be with loved ones and stuff our happy faces.

    I often talk about how food...

  • BDS, the best of Hanukkah, TripAdvisor awards, Christmas and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2013 | 7:30 am

    Connected by sea


    Just because there is an official conflict, does not mean the two sides cannot work together. Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority inked an agreement to build a long-anticipated pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, part of an initiative that would...

  • Motherhood 101: The Art of Negotiation

    By Ilana Angel

    December 12, 2013 | 8:05 am

    I like to think I am a good negotiator, especially when it comes to my son. I have mastered the “You Do This, I’ll Let You Do That”, technique. It really is an art, requires discipline, focus, and a straight face. I have long been admired by family and friends for my negotiations...

  • Calendar November 9-15

    By Laura Donney

    November 6, 2013 | 2:10 pm

    SUN | NOV 10

    AN UNCOMMON JOURNEY

    Siblings Deborah Strobin and Ilie Wacs, survivors of Kristallnacht, will share their experience and discuss their memoir, “An Uncommon Journey,” during the Museum of Tolerance’s Kristallnacht commemoration. A book signing will follow. Advanced...

  • Chill Out, It’s Just A Dinner Party

    By Elana Horwich

    October 17, 2013 | 9:00 am

    The notion that one person, usually a woman, is responsible from start to finish for a perfect dinner party performance plagues my students with worry. Many cook really well but are too scared to have anyone over to eat! They fret: How can I make sure the dinner party will be...

  • Holiday reading round-up for kids

    August 22, 2013 | 10:01 am

    The good news for Jewish children’s books this year is the occasion of the 20th anniversary of beloved picture book character Sammy Spider. There is even a colorful plush toy available on the publisher’s Web site (karben.com). Sammy’s creator, the prolific L.A.-based children’s...

  • Aug. 10-16

    By Laura Donney

    August 7, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    SAT AUG 10

    MOSTLY KOSHER

    Celebrate Jewish culture with Southern California-based klezmer band Mostly Kosher’s bandleader and singer Leeav Sofer and Janice “Rachele the Matchmaker” Mautner Markham on violin. They perform songs and stories from across the globe as part of the...

  • JFS brings seders to seniors

    March 21, 2013 | 4:11 am

    For 34 years, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) has been holding seders for senior citizens across the Los Angeles area, sponsoring services and feeding those who have nowhere else to go during one of the most widely celebrated holidays on the festival calendar. 

    This...

  • The Clouds of Glory and Human Responsibility!

    By Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz

    October 4, 2012 | 2:38 am

    After the spiritual intimacy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we subversively break from the walls of institutions and the comforts of home into our modest sukkot (outdoor huts). It is in these huts that we rediscover the religious foundation of our human responsibility.

    The...

  • The best holiday of them all

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 19, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Rosh Hashana is my favorite holiday. But more than the food and the family-time, what makes this holiday my favorite is the atmosphere. It's this something I feel inside of me, in my house, in my town and nationwide. It is a one of a kind holiday spirit. As I said before, a Jewish...

  • Embracing the Awkward

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 19, 2012 | 7:00 am

    In my blog post on Wednesday last week I proclaimed that I was ready for the High Holy Days. “Been there, done that,” I thought, “I have done my usual activities, I know what to expect, and I am prepared.” Then God laughed.

    Late Wednesday afternoon, I received an email from a...

  • Confessing our sins

    September 12, 2012 | 2:32 pm

    Few prayers are as well known to Jews as Ashamnu (“We have sinned ...”) and Al Chet (“For the sin ...”), the twin confessions of Yom Kippur. Belief in human sinfulness is more central to Judaism than we think. Sin may not be “original,” as it is in Christianity — inherited from...

  • Opinion: Campaign colonics

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 3, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    What did I miss?

    For seven days I didn’t have salt, meat or CNN.  My mornings began without “Morning Joe” or “Morning Edition”; I saw sunrise on a mountain hike, not with a clicker in my hand.  My daily hour devoted to The New York Times was given over to stretching....

  • In Burmese Chanukah celebration, signs of Myanmar’s openness to the West

    January 3, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    In almost any other community from Moscow to Washington, it would have been just another public Chanukah menorah-lighting ceremony providing an opportunity for the local government and Jewish community to showcase their strong ties.

    But in Myanmar, where the government has been run...

  • A Tale of Two Corporate Hanukkah Displays

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    December 26, 2011 | 6:06 pm

    The bank manager at Citibank ran over to me when I came by this week to show-off the company menorah. Each branch received a menorah. Well, they actually were sent two. What had happened? My friend the manager explained. The first one arrived with only one on-off switch to control...

  • On the trail of the Maccabees

    December 22, 2011 | 3:52 pm

    The heroes of Chanukah are no secret. The legendary Judah Maccabee and his warrior brothers defeated the Greek Hellenists in true Israelite fashion. Just as a young David slew Goliath, this tiny family-led army defeated a powerful military force. That much we know. But where in the...

  • In a remote New Mexican valley, a Jewish skiing legacy at Taos

    December 21, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    One of the most wonderful things about skiing is the sense of seclusion, the incomparable quietude and serenity of standing atop a 12,000-foot peak surveying miles and miles of snow-covered emptiness. Somehow the prosaic concerns of the everyday world don’t seem to reach there.

    So...

  • Obama sends Chanukah wishes

    December 20, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    President Obama wished Jews a joyous Chanukah.

    The Chanukah story, he said in a message Tuesday, “reminds us to count our blessings, to honor the sacrifices of our ancestors, and to believe that through faith and determination we can work together to build a brighter, better world for generations to come.”

    He closed by wishing the “Jewish community around the world” a “Chag Sameach,” Hebrew for joyous holiday.

  • What young Jews do on Christmas Eve

    December 20, 2011 | 11:36 am

    Sitting in front of the television eating Chinese food and watching reruns of “It’s A Wonderful Life” isn’t exactly what young Jews are doing this Christmas Eve.

    A new trend that started years ago—big blowout parties with lots of time to mingle and network—has become...

  • Olim land in Israel on eve of Chanukah

    December 20, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Some 76 new immigrants from North America arrived in Israel on the eve of Chanukah.

    The new immigrants arrived Tuesday morning on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group Aliyah flight organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and
    the Jewish Agency. They will kindle the...

  • Opinion: Jews, Christmas and Chinese food

    By Stuart Schoffman

    December 19, 2011 | 11:58 am

    I got a cute e-mail the other day, with a photo of a hand-lettered sign: “The Chinese Rest. Assoc. of the United States would like to extend our thanks to The Jewish People/ we do not completely understand your dietary customs . . ./ But we are proud and grateful that your GOD...

  • Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

    By Ilana Angel

    December 16, 2011 | 8:49 am

    I wished an older lady at Whole Foods Happy Holidays this week and was immediately reprimanded for not saying Merry Christmas.  She looked me straight in the eye and said something along these lines: It’s Christmas for Christ’s sake.  Just say it.  There are no other holidays...

  • Pump up the volume: Music propels the way to a rededicated Jewish life

    December 12, 2011 | 3:15 pm

    My 3-year-old son is obsessed with showing people his room, sidling sheepishly over to guests and asking, “Can I show you my room?”

    My son reminds me how important our “place” is—“A Room of One’s Own,” in Virginia Wolff’s words. Our rooms make us feel secure and anchors us....

  • In tough times, relying on the Jewish community for help

    December 12, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    In August, in the heat of the summer, a Boston-area mother of three began to worry about how she would pay for Chanukah gifts. Across the country in San Francisco, a 33-year-old Russian-born mother of six said that thinking about this Chanukah made her cry.

    Both women—Lauren of...

  • Single for the Holidays vs. Desperate Online Dating

    By Ilana Angel

    December 8, 2011 | 12:44 am

    I love the holidays.  From the sound of kids laughing at Hanukkah, the smell of latkes, Christmas carols in the mall, gorgeous wrapping paper, Kleenex and diamond commercials that make me cry, to people being in the holiday spirit, it all makes me happy.  There is something magical...

  • Kashrut and Mindfulness:  Savoring Fresh, Local Fare at La Seine

    September 27, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    This is a story about a dream afternoon I spent at La Seine, where chef Alex Reznik is cooking seasonal, farm-to-table, California-Asian … kosher food. The restaurant’s owner, Laurent Masliah, named La Seine for the river at the heart of his hometown, but I can’t help but think...

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