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  • Doing Right Doesn’t Always Feel Good

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    1 week ago

    The word mitzvah, or commandment, is often mistranslated as “good deed.” This is partly because many of them are, in fact, about taking care of one another. Visiting the sick, comforting a mourner, and giving money to a person in need are all great examples of this.

    Generally,...

  • The Homeless Sukkah Project

    By Rob Eshman

    August 14, 2013 | 5:18 pm

  • Why bus stops smell like urine

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 7, 2013 | 1:00 am

    A friend queried on Facebook, “Why oh why can't BART be clean??? The Embarcadero station smells like a latrine!” It didn’t take long for someone to respond, “Because people are disgusting and have peed all over the stairs.”

    It’s so sad the first thing that springs to people’s...

  • Poverty is not a disgrace, nor is it filthy.

    By Maya Paley

    May 3, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    I have this calendar of Yiddish sayings on my desk. I never really think about the sayings on the calendar. I just tear off each day’s page so that I feel like I’m making good use of this gift I got from my grandparents’ friends. But today I arrived at the office and quickly...

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  • Homes for homeless

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 20, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    Back in 2004, attorney Jerry Neuman was driving in Hollywood with his then-4-year-old son, Jake, when the boy noticed a disheveled homeless man on a bus bench beside a shopping cart of belongings. Jake asked his father where the man lived. 

    “I explained that he didn’t have a...

  • Mayor Zev Yaroslavsky?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 17, 2011 | 10:41 am

    In an article that hit the Forward website today, Rex Weiner asks Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky the question that’s on many peoples’ minds: Will Yaroslavsky run for mayor of Los Angeles in 2013?

    “I’ve been asked by many people,” Yaroslavsky said, speaking...

  • The seminar of a lifetime

    By Chelsea and Hayley Golub

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    As we stepped off the bus into McPherson Park in the middle of Washington, D.C., many emotions flooded through our minds. We were scared, we were nervous, but mostly, we were excited. McPherson Park was only a couple of blocks away from the White House. There was much irony in this...
  • The downside of upscale growth

    By Bill Boyarsky

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I've been following the Los Angeles housing story for a few months because of its special relevance to the Jewish community.

    It has been a story of skirmishes, of threatened apartment houses, of new high rises and old buildings converted into expensive lofts and even of profound...

  • Shelter shock uncovers strong personal foundation

    By Jeremy Gumerove

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Brian had just finished lunch when he popped the question: "Do we get dinner too?" He was almost holding his breath. I smiled, nodded and watched his eyes widen in elated disbelief. Lunch and dinner! I felt both shocked and sheltered by his question. I had never met anyone who...
  • Be careful what you ask for

    By Diane Saltzberg

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "The Secret" is on everybody's lips. Oprah, Ellen, Larry. Who am I, then, to say it's drivel? *

    So I put the Law of Attraction to a test. Actually, I did this unknowingly, years ago, well before The Secret was a ka-ching in Rhonda Byrne's metaphysical cash register.

    I volunteered for...

  • Should charity for the homeless begin at home?

    By David Klinghoffer

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Among Jews and Christians, there is much confusion about the Bible's preferred course for addressing the needs of poor Americans, the dominant assumption being that support for the impoverished is a public responsibility.

    Recently, the issue came up in the Seattle suburb where I...

  • Mayor implores people of faith to fight homelessness

    By Naomi Glauberman

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Local communities have to provide services and supportive housing. We can't be a city that grows in one part and leaves people destitute in another," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told a crowd of more than 300 at Leo Baeck Temple on Sunday.

    Teachings from the Torah, as well as triumphs...

  • Yes on Measure H: a measure of humanity

    By Rob Eshman

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Has anyone else noticed that the only difference between your local Starbucks and your local homeless shelter is the shelter has a faster turnover?

    Every Starbucks I visit these days, from Koreatown to Santa Monica, has its own homeless population. Calling these men and women...
  • Home Repair

    By Rob Eshman

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In a narrow Jerusalem alley a few blocks away from the souvenir shops of Ben Yehuda Street, a former drug addict who wants to be called Shimon is telling me the story of his horrific childhood.

    Born into a large Chasidic family in Eilat, Shimon and his 11 siblings were repeatedly...

  • Big Screen, Bigger Picture

    By Rachel Brand

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Ari Hier doesn't like to just watch nonfiction films, he likes to ask questions about them -- usually Jewish questions.

    "My motivation has always been, 'What questions would I ask the filmmaker at my own dinner table, no holds barred?'" said Hier, the director of the Simon...

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