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Tag: Jewish Holidays
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The Archbishop of Vienna has advised Austria’s government not to add Jewish and Muslim dates to the list of national holidays.
“Both the Jewish and the Muslim community are not big enough in Austria that their holidays should be holidays for the entire population,” Cardinal...
October 4, 2012 | 2:38 am
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William Satelan of Slate asks why it is acceptable to ban hate speech against Jews while defending mockery of Muslims.
This debate between East and West, between respect and pluralism, isn’t a crisis. It’s a stage of global progress. The...
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...
May 24, 2012 | 1:35 pm
Saturday, May 26
Rabbis Yonah Bookstein (Jewlicious) and Sharon Brous (IKAR) meet for a rabbinic head-to-head during a night of Shavuot celebration, which features TED-style learning, challah baking, meditation, tequila shots with the rabbis and more. Special guest...
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A couple of years ago I wrote an article about “the Passover test” - what the Seder reveals about interfaith couples. Here’s what I wrote:
Five traditional Jewish practices are usually used as criteria in studies tasked with assessing the viability of a Jewish...
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April 18, 2008 | 3:10 pm
Here’s some of our favorite Passover multimedia fare to get you revved up for the wine-heavy breadless holiday. Enjoy!
Is a rising penis kosher for Passover?
VideoJew Jay Firestone’s hilarious matzah taste-testing:
Michelle Citrin and William Levin came up with super cool ways to dispose of leftover matzah:
CHAG SAMEACH FROM THE CALENDAR GIRLS!
March 25, 2008 | 4:42 pm
Check out last week’s hot Purim happenings in the Circuit and try to find yourself in the crowd:
Purim in Los Angeles is like Independence Day; a chance for Jews to liberate themselves from everyday exteriors and reinvent themselves as their favorite characterâa Persian Queen, an...
June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pmWeiss' Iran Divestment Measure Approved
The Los Angeles City Council this week directed the city's pension fund to stop investing in foreign companies involved in Iran's defense, energy and nuclear industries. The measure, introduced by Councilman Jack Weiss, is part of a rolling...
August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm
It's not easy for a kid to find out that his parents are spies, and that he and his sister have to rescue them from evildoers.
But it's not as hard as trying to learn Hebrew from scratch in six months for a bar mitzvah -- especially when the spy scenario is fictional and the bar...
January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm
The Los Angeles Dodgers have traded Shawn Green, the only Jew on the team, to the Arizona Diamondbacks. My 8-year-old twin
daughters are devastated. They don't know if they should continue to root for the hometown Dodgers or to switch allegiances to the Diamondbacks, so they can...
December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 11
Today and tomorrow only, the award-winning "Underneath the Lintel" returns to the Sacred Fools Theater Company. Playwright Glen Berger's story about a Dutch librarian who feels compelled to hunt down a man whose library book is 123 years overdue is really...
October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm
In Parshat Vayera, God does a math trick with names: He takes the letter yud (h)out of sarai's name. Then he divides it equally. Look at the chart below to discover how much the letter yud is worth in gematria. Now, what two letters does God come up with and where does...
March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm
State Ousted Clarke Because of Israel
The first Bush administration forced Richard Clarke out of the State Department in 1992 because it said he ignored Israeli arms transfers to China. Clarke, a White House counterterrorism expert at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks,...
December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm
My 10-year-old daughter came home from school sad, her shoulders carrying the kind of weight that breaks a mother's heart. She faced a tough dilemma: friends who were no longer true friends, demanding her to compromise who she is or be alone. It's the kind of challenge we all meet...
October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm
As I write this article, Hurricane Isabel has come and gone; its destructive force headlined the news, offering a strange but appropriate counterpoint to writing about children's books on Sukkot and Simchat Torah. In today's world, these holidays, following on the heels of Yom...
July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Tisha B'Av, the fast day commemorating the destructions of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem 2,500 and 2,000 years ago, respectively, doesn't rank up there with most celebrated Jewish holidays.
But Rabbi Eli Stern of the Westwood Kehilla believes more attention to the holiday...