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  • Kids slip into reading and cozy up with PJ Library

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Days can be a confusing time for children. It's not easy for them to understand the sense behind the story of a father who almost sacrifices his son or how a chicken can help take away sins.

    Luckily, the answers to these mysteries and many more can be found in a book...

  • Agnon puts ‘awe’ in services with inspiring anthology

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days" by S.Y. Agnon, (Schocken Books, 1995).

    Is literature penned by a Nobel Prize-winning author appropriate reading material during High Holy Days services?

    I am not sure how your...

  • Locals push to expand social action and justice efforts

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Anne Factor never forgot the teenage memories of her grandmother struggling through the twilight of life in nursing homes, which treated their elderly charges more like widgets than dignified beings.

    "I saw these places," said Factor, now 47 and active in the Social Justice Committee...

  • Commemorating Tisha B’Av—what to do?

    By Alan Fisher

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    We are a people who have suffered enormously. Given our experience with suffering and its regular inclusion in our calendar, Tisha B'Av ought to be easy to commemorate. But it is set at a time when we are most disinclined to mourn. Thus, Tisha B'Av becomes the most challenging...
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  • Books: Reimagining the future of the Jewish People

    By Amy Klein

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    After the destruction of the Second Temple two millennia ago, a group of scholars came together to discuss the nature of Judaism in a post-Temple world.

    Their discussions, which make up the Talmud, set forth a path for the future of Judaism to come.

    "Now, once again, a group of...

  • Biblical Davening

    By David Suissa

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It must have been quite a scene, and quite a neighborhood. Boys as young as 3 waking up at 5 a.m. with their fathers and brothers and walking to their shuls for the morning prayers. Hundreds of men -- grandfathers, fathers, teenagers, little boys -- going to meet God when the sun...
  • Cheese for Shavuot wrapped in tradition and variety

    By Linda Morel

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    More than 50 years ago my grandmother took me to a friend's apartment. "Bertha turns out blintzes by the dozen," Granny explained. "Even if there's no company expected, she makes them and stocks her freezer."

    I stood on a stool and watched melting butter turn frothy before...
  • Got Shavuot?

    By David Suissa

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The hottest word in marketing today is "interactive." After decades of treating consumers like passive targets, marketers have learned that the best way to get people excited about your product is to create some kind of interaction -- to make consumers feel and experience the...
  • Jewish tradition says safety trumps privacy when it comes to mental health

    By Julie G Fax

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The deadly rampage and paranoid ravings of Seung-Hui Cho in Virginia last week cast an uncomfortably harsh light on the issue of mental illness, particularly untreated or undiagnosed mental illness among young people.

    While Cho had some initial psychological counseling in 2005, it...
  • The seder offers 15 steps toward empowerment

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Fifteen steps or ritual components make up the Passover seder.

    Knowing that in advance can empower your guests and everyone else gathered around the dinner table. Most haggadot list the 15 steps at the beginning of the text. Think of it as a key, or GPS, to help you navigate...

  • Deliverance

    By Rob Eshman

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Many, many years ago, in order to impress a young woman, I volunteered to make chicken soup for her Passover seder.

    I understand that in the non-Jewish world, men compete for a female's attention by engaging in feats of strength. But this woman was a rabbi, and I figured a...

  • A Place at the Table

    By Rabbi David Baron

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A few years ago I invited a Mormon family to our seder. The presence of non-Jewish guests in our home changed the dynamic in many ways, not the least of which was our newfound enthusiasm for giving clear and thorough explanations of the rituals we observe each year. This Mormon...
  • Matchmaker, Look Through Your Book

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    It seems the Jewish tradition of matchmaking is alive and well these days, as two very different Jewish novels on matchmaking come to us just in time for Valentine's Day.

    "Seven Blessings" by Ruchama King (St. Martin's Press, 2003) is out in paperback, and focuses on the Orthodox...

  • Single Woman of Valor

    By Carin Davis

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    I am a woman of valor.

    But nobody is singing my weekly praises. Oh no, that's saved for the same lucky women who get the

    Pottery Barn registry, the rock on their hand and a man in their bed.

    According to Jewish tradition, every Shabbat, a husband sings "Eshet Chayil" -- "A...

  • Day School for Reform Jews, Too

    By David Ellenson

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The idea that a significant number of American Jewish children would come to attend Jewish day schools would have seemed unimaginable no more than 40 years ago, and the notion that thousands from Reform Jewish homes would attend such schools would have seemed even more fantastic....

  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being...

  • In Sickness and in Taffeta

    By Carin Davis

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a woman prepares to say "I do," her friends prepare to stand by her side in purple puffy dresses and lavender dyed shoes. In sickness and in health, in velour and in taffeta, in chartreuse and in lemon. As her bridesmaids, they will participate in a tradition that may be as old as...

  • Irwin Goldenberg,

    By Michael Aushenker

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Irwin Goldenberg, Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles past president and an active community leader, died on March 20. He was 85.

    Goldenberg was born in Chisholm, Minn. -- population 8,000, which included about 35 Jewish families. His father had moved there from Minneapolis....

  • Severe Financial Crisis Hits Metivta

    By Julie G Fax

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Metivta, A Center for Contemplative Judaism, went into emergency survival mode late last month after the board discovered the organization was out of funds.

    "The board is looking intensely at our budget and trying to pare down costs to the absolute minimum to give us a chance to...

  • Passing The Bar… Again

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Some things are just better the second time around. For some, it's marriage. For others, it's childbirth or career. For Mel Guthman, a member of Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, this was the case with his bar mitzvah -- and well worth the 70-year wait.

    "One of the reasons I...

  • Chametz 101

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the dark of night, guided only by a slight illumination, we search the house. Carefully, we stride from room to room, investigating corners, checking furniture, examining windowsills. Finally, the search is complete: 'Tis the night before Pesach, and all the chametz (leavened...

  • Contemporary Commandments

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There is little doubt that Aseret Ha-dibrot, the Ten Commandments, form the centerpiece of Parshat Yitro and probably the entire Torah.

    The congregation rises three times a year when they are chanted. The paired tablets on which they were inscribed adorn most synagogue arks. And...

  • A Message From David Wolpe

    By David Wolpe

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's a well-known fact that millions of Jews have doubts about the literal veracity of Bible stories. On April 8, 9 and 15, I gave a series of sermons that emphasized the following point: faith is independent of doubt. I wanted the millions of doubting Jews to know that they can...

  • Free Hebrew School

    By Beverly Gray

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    People insist that there's no such thing as a free lunch. But HaShalom, a small Sephardic Orthodox congregation in the Pico-Robertson area, is offering local public school children exactly that. When students in grades K-8 arrive at HaShalom at the end of their secular school day,...

  • Education Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
  • Double Duty

    By Beverly Gray

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A highlight of the annual religious school educators conference sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education is always the presentation of the Lainer Awards. These cash awards, established in 1989, go to talented educators who help perpetuate Jewish traditions and values in a...
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