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  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • Serious to cute, holiday books inspire all ages

    September 7, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    There is always something new on the shelf for the upcoming Jewish holidays, and this year we highlight a few nice children’s books and some worthwhile spiritual reading for adults. We celebrate the facelift of the Hillel machzor after 25 years, note a couple of worthwhile new...

  • Using Travel and the Seasons to Gain Perspective

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    September 1, 2011 | 3:56 pm

    The seasons go round and round sometimes without notice, but I like to pay attention.

    The Labor Day holiday reminds us that summer has almost ended and the school year will soon begin. This year my contemplation of beginnings and endings includes my Aunt Iris’s passing and...

  • Israel offers good-will gestures for Christmas

    December 20, 2010 | 3:42 pm

    Christian Palestinian residents of the West Bank will be allowed to enter Israel, including overnight, for Christmas.

    The gesture is among several being implemented by Israel’s military and Civil Administration for Palestinians celebrating the holiday.

    Also, some 300 Christian...

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  • A Yeshiva boy and Christmas

    By Dennis Prager

    December 15, 2010 | 10:24 am

    When I was 20, I spent my junior year in college in England. When classes let out for the last two weeks of December, I traveled to Morocco, where something life-changing occurred.

    What happened was that I felt a longing, even an emptiness, I had never before experienced. Something...

  • Marketing for Muslim money

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 31, 2010 | 5:15 pm

    Three years ago AdWeek ran a column that argued it was time to start marketing to U.S. Muslims and capitalizing on $170 billion of annually disposable income. Few paid heed, but it looks like Best Buy, which ran a “Happy Eid al-Adha” ad before Thanksgiving, did:

    Best Buy is...

  • MLK’s prophetic legacy

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 18, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    The third Monday of January is more than just a chance to stay home and watch a little NBA while it pours rain—yes, even in Southern California—outside. This is, of course, the day with which we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It’s a legacy that really can’t be...

  • Merry Armenian Christmas

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 6, 2010 | 1:40 pm

    And you thought Christmas cheer happened but once a year.

    While most Christians stopped celebrating the holiday a few days before New Year’s—and most all the lights in my neighborhood have been taken down—some Christians, including Armenians, celebrate Jesus’ birth today:

    On...

  • Israeli president’s Christmas blessing

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 26, 2009 | 6:55 pm

    You don’t see this every day, or even every year: Israeli President Shimon Peres issued a Christmas blessing to Christians around the world, praying this year will be a year of peace.

  • A Very Merry F&*#ing Christmas

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 25, 2009 | 12:58 pm

    So much for a war on Christmas. No one spreads Christmas cheer quite like Mr. Garrison.

  • Christmas for Jews

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 22, 2009 | 5:21 pm

    The above “SNL” clip aside, there is a reason for Jews to love Christmas. So argues David Klinghoffer on his Beliefnet blog:

    In general, the classic Jewish ways of dealing with this most beloved of Christian holidays have included eating Chinese food, going to the movies, or if...

  • Honika Electronica

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 14, 2009 | 9:14 am

    And you thought Sen. Orrin Hatch loved Hanukkah, which began Friday night. Eric Schwartz really makes me want to celebrate—and not just so I can gift more gifts and stuff my face with potato pancakes. Check out “Honika Electronica”

  • Sen. Hatch’s Hanukkah hymn

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 9, 2009 | 4:50 am

    He’s no Adam Sandler, but philo-Semitic U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch has penned his own holiday tune, “Eight Days of Hanukkah.” Here’s a story from The New York Times about why the senator from Utah, who is Mormon, turned his song-writing skills to the Jewish people:

    “Anything I can do...

  • CSM says first Pilgrims ‘were a suprisingly worldly, tolerant lot’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 29, 2009 | 4:47 pm

    Yes, Thanksgiving has come and gone—quietly, thankfully. But that doesn’t mean I can’t take a moment to highlight one of the turkey day stories I read this weekend. His a bit of historical analysis from the Christian Science Monitor:

    The first Pilgrims of the first American...

  • Remembering Mumbai and giving thanks

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 26, 2009 | 11:14 pm

    I’m thankful for a lot of things. A lot of things. But this year I’m exceptionally thankful that I didn’t need to spend much of turkey day updating a story like the Mumbai terror attacks.

    A year ago today, terrorists launched a three-day siege of the historic Indian city that left...

  • The sex offender at the Seder

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 24, 2009 | 2:44 pm

    It’s not Passover yet—obviously—but I thought of this clip after seeing on Facebook that one of my classmates is attending “Hug Your Local Registered Sex Offender Day.” Might be a joke, but really not sure.

  • Pumpkins and popes

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 1, 2009 | 5:18 pm

    Halloween is over, thus ending my run as Dr. Tobias Funke. It was pretty hopping in my neighborhood last night, where I previously noticed this pumpkin. (Anti-Semitic?) As usual, there was plenty of newsink spilled over the celebration of unholiness. But did the Vatican really...

  • Where to find cheap high holy day tickets [VIDEO]

    By Rebecca Steinberger, Multimedia Intern

    September 4, 2009 | 5:51 pm

    Got New Year’s plans? Celebrating Rosh Hashanah this year might depend heavily on what services are within budget. The high cost of synagogue tickets will result in many people looking for alternative and affordable services. There are other options out there and it is only a...

  • Moses is departing Egypt

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 1, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    Every year, new Passover guides are published. The Facebook Haggadah was only a matter of when.

    Thanks for the link, Guy.

  • The ashes of Lent

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 25, 2009 | 12:54 pm

    It’s Ash Wednesday, which means that reporters who write about religion but a few times a year celebrated Mass this morning and are probably still trying to figure out the meaning of the ashes. Today marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 day period of fasting that Jesus spent in the...

  • Merry Christmas from Ahmadinejad

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 5, 2009 | 2:16 pm

    Why is it that whenever controversy erupts in England, the press must refer to it as a row? Latest example: “Ahmadinejad Christmas address to U.K. viewers sparks angry row.” Instead, I’d say it a warranted outrage. (I know I’m a bit late on this, but I’m just now catching up.)

    Let’s...

  • Can a pastor get some peace? LA Times reports on Warren’s Christmas Eve sermon

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 30, 2008 | 4:07 pm

    So it’s come to this for the Rev. Rick Warren, and the once exceptional Los Angeles Times: Southern California’s waning news leader, which today devoted two inches to the butchering of 189 Congo villagers, assigned not one but two reporters to find out what Warren was going to preach...

  • Fake Santa goes nuts, kills at least five

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 25, 2008 | 4:22 pm

    Talk about Bad Santa.

    Right around the time I was asking my wife where Santa was last night—I guessed Lawrence, Kan., though I’m not sure why—a man dressed like Old St. Nick showed up at a Christmas Eve party in the San Gabriel Valley, about 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles,...

  • Does Santa deliver gifts to Iraq?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 24, 2008 | 5:07 pm

    The rest of “Red Sleigh Down” can be seen here. I love the opening scene, where Cartman’s accountant tells him he’s been so naughty that he’s going to owe 306 presents this year. This is probably one of the more outrageous episodes, complete with Jesus going postal on Santa’s captors and then getting shotgunned by one, so watch at your own risk.

  • So that’s why Darwin looks so much like Santa Claus

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 22, 2008 | 9:37 am

    Haven’t you ever wondered why Charles Darwin looks a lot like Santa Claus?

    Me neither. Andrew Shaffer did, so last year he added to his atheist Christmas card catalog one of Darwin holding a bunch of presents under his arm. Inside the cards say “evolve your beliefs.” Business was...

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 14, 2008 | 12:52 pm

    I generally hate nightfall at 5 o’clock. But the plenitude of Christmas (and Hanukkah) lights on my street have, at least temporarily, changed that sentiment. The neighborhood almost feels magical. Pretty simple decorations and arrangements. Nothing as amazing as the light sequence in the above video, which you might recognize from this time last year.

    (As an aside, the Starbucks I am sitting in right now is playing the Peanuts Christmas soundtrack. Awesome.)

  • Stephen Colbert and the war on Christmas

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 12, 2008 | 6:32 pm

  • Virgin Mary bares all for Playboy Mexico

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 12, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    Playboy Mexico and its patrons are raking in the Christmas cheer in a most shocking way. The current issue appears to be a tribute to the Virgin Mary, and, by all indications, the model portraying her does her Garden of Eden best inside the magazine’s pages. After only days on the...

  • Giving thanks

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 27, 2008 | 2:27 pm

    The economy sucks, and the news business is even worse, but still I’ve got plenty to be thankful for—friends, family, a future (God willing), only four days remaining in Movember.

    Thanksgiving has never been my favorite holiday, or even among them. Looking at the ocean is more...

  • How Jewish is Thanksgiving?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 25, 2008 | 3:33 pm

    There were no Jews on the Mayflower, but Edmon J. Rodman says Turkey Day is very Jewy. Thanksgiving celebrates a persecuted religious group that fled their homeland for freedom, and, like all Jewish holidays, it includes family gatherings around food. I guess you could call it an...

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