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  • On Purim, answering to a higher grogger

    March 7, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    On Purim, can we really blot out the memory of an evil like Haman, who threatened our very existence, with a noisemaker?

    When in a popular Purim song we sing “Hava narishah-rash, rash, rash,” “Wind your noisemakers,” all that “rashing” does momentarily make the darkness go away....

  • So what is the Jewish Holiday season like here in Israel?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 18, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    Israel- a Jewish and Democratic state. Most of the year, this definition is complicated and disrupting, but during a few weeks every year – it is beautifully simple and unifying. It happens during the Hebrew month of Tishrei, when we mention Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. ...

  • Vienna Archbishop opposes recognizing Jewish, Muslim holidays

    April 4, 2013 | 6:08 am

    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...

  • 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...

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  • September 30, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 30, 2012 | 1:00 am

    In-depth

    Hate-Speech Hypocrites

    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...

  • 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...

  • SHAVUOT: 10 ways to celebrate

    May 24, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Saturday, May 26

    “TEN”
    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...

  • Passover is important, so you might as well go to a Seder

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 6, 2012 | 7:25 am

    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...

  • Passover Rhapsody - A Jewish Rock Opera

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 5, 2012 | 1:49 pm

  • Handy Hazzan is Hanukkah Hazzan - Making Dreydls Out of Clay Today!

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    December 16, 2011 | 6:54 pm

    … Oh Dreydl, Dreydl, Dreydl…I Make it Out of Clay…

    Most of you know the Dreidel Song …. “Oh Dreydl, Dreydl Dreydl…. I made it out of clay.  And when it’s dry and ready, then dreydl I shall play…”  Who does that anymore?  Go to any Judaica store and
    you will find...

  • If your gut tells you something seems suspicious, report it

    By Ryan Torok

    September 14, 2011 | 11:54 am

    On Aug. 30, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual security meeting at its Los Angeles headquarters to advise local Jewish leaders on possible threats facing the community in advance of the High Holy Days.

    United States Postal Inspector Glenn Fiene and ADL civil rights...

  • Passover penis, the matzah challenge and 20 things to do with matzah

    By Dikla Kadosh

    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!

  • Purimpalooza 2008

    By Danielle Berrin

    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 character—a Persian Queen, an...

  • Briefs: City Council approves Weiss Iran divestment bill; UC puts Jewish High Holidays on calendar

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Weiss' 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...
  • Spy Kids’ Bar Mitzvah

    By Amy Klein

    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...

  • Goodbye Shawn Green

    By Peter Dreier

    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...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    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...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    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...
  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    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,...

  • Courageous Women and Cheese Latkes

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    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...

  • Literary Offerings to Harvest Your Brain

    By Rita Berman Frischer

    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...

  • Fasting for Peace

    By Julie G Fax

    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...