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  • A modern journey into the ancient world of Kabbalah

    September 3, 2014 | 10:56 am

    There are less time-consuming, less all-encompassing ways of dealing with a midlife crisis than the path chosen by Steven Bram. 

    But having chosen to give his life over to a spiritual journey centered on the study of kabbalah, Bram — a New York-based writer and producer of sports...

  • The secret signal

    September 2, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Listen. There is a secret signal. It's sort of like a password, a code. And only we know it -- we who sound the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Or at least some of us who sound the shofar know it. Others may know how to sound the shofar, how to blow their breath through the horn and make...

  • Calendar January 25-31

    By Laura Donney

    January 22, 2014 | 11:20 am

    SAT | JAN 25

    MUSEUMS FREE-FOR-ALL

    Sometimes there is such thing as a free lunch. SoCal Museums is bringing you its ninth annual day of free art and culture, with 20 Southern California museums banding together to get you through their doors. From the Skirball to LACMA, to the...

  • To frack or not to frack: is that a Jewish question?

    By Roger Price

    October 23, 2013 | 1:02 pm

       Did you know that fracking, the industrial process of extracting natural gas from shale rock is treif, that it violates Jewish values? Who knew? You could read the entire Torah, study the Mishnah and Gemara too, go through the commentaries of the rationalist Maimonides and the...

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  • Rabbi Philip Berg, Kabbalah teacher for A-list celebs, dies at 84

    September 17, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Rabbi Philip Berg, who brought the teachings of Kabbalah to a celebrity following that included Madonna and Britney Spears, has died.

    Berg, the founder of the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles, died Monday at a hospital in that city. He had been ill since suffering a stroke in 2004....

  • Madonna appeals for world peace at Israel concert

    June 1, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Launching her world tour in Israel, Madonna appealed for Middle East and world peace.

    “You can’t be a fan of mine and not want peace in the world,” she told 30,000 fans packed into Ramat Gan station.

    She said she chose Israel to launch her tour in order to spread her message of...

  • Liberation

    By David Suissa

    April 4, 2012 | 11:33 am

    It’s fashionable to look at Passover as a universal idea. This makes sense; after all, how much more universal can you get than the theme of human freedom? Also, it’s a lot easier these days to be outer-directed and feel outrage at injustice. Thanks to the Internet, millions can...

  • Madonna to perform ‘Concert for Peace’ in Israel

    March 22, 2012 | 9:45 am

    International pop star Madonna, who will launch her upcoming world tour in Israel, has added a second concert date in Tel Aviv for a “Concert for Peace.”

    Madonna will perform at Ramat Gan Stadium near Tel Aviv on May 29 and May 31. The second date has been announced as a Concert for...

  • Madonna and Moore lean on Kabbalah

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 23, 2011 | 9:54 am

    Madonna has been on the phone daily, consoling Demi Moore with “spiritual guidance” following the announcement of Moore’s upcoming divorce, Perez Hilton (PH) reports.

    PH says according to a “friend”, Madge is giving Moore messages of strength and encouragement, telling...

  • Roseanne Sings Israeli National Anthem—And It’s Good! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    In her television studio in El Segundo, Roseanne Barr is singing the Israeli national anthem — and it’s good.

    “If I asked you to sing ‘Hatikvah,’ would you slug me?” I had hesitantly asked her, remembering her screeching mangling of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before...

  • Will Britney Become Jewish?  Has She?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 14, 2009 | 3:49 pm

    This week ABC News sent Twitter all atwitter with a photo of Britney Spears sporting a Star of David necklace.  Has the pop star, asked ABC, converted to Judaism?

    The comeback queen has had a variety of religious dabblings over the years, including Kabbalah and Hinduism, despite her...

  • Michael Jackson and the Jews

    By Tom Tugend

    June 30, 2009 | 4:12 pm

    Michael Jackson’s life was full of contradictions, and his relationship to Jews and the Jewish community was no exception.

    He asked to be allowed to visit the Museum of Tolerance and its Holocaust exhibit one week before its opening in February 1993.

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of...

  • After-School Kabbalah Comes to LAUSD Campuses

    By Rachel Heller

    April 2, 2009 | 10:59 am

    Along with homework time, crafts and supervised games, grade school students in several Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools this spring are getting something different at their after-school programs: spiritual awareness.

    Dozens of San Fernando Valley children are...

  • Kabbalah Centre sues alternative community

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 2, 2008 | 5:13 pm

    When Shaul Youdkevitch and his wife left the Kabbalah Centre in February, after nearly three decades living and working at the now-celebrity-rich religious center, they didn’t want to give up the esoteric teachings of Jewish mysticism too. So they started their own kabbalah...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Ori Murray—‘Rosh Hashanah Rap’

    By The Web Guy

    September 30, 2008 | 2:59 pm

    The Matrix, the Kotel, the Days of Awe are all linked in this music video from Ori Murray shot in Jerusalem.

     

  • Lindsay Lohan converting to Judaism?

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 15, 2008 | 7:21 pm

    Lindsay Lohan knows how to raise eyebrows. First, as a preternaturally talented young actress. Then, as a talented young actress who partied too hard and checked into rehab. And now, as an edgy Hollywood starlet who publicly canoodles with lady friend, DJ Samantha Ronson. And it’s...

  • Kabbalah ruined A-Rod, former trainer says

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 8, 2008 | 9:20 pm

    A former trainer for Alex Rodriguez said the star ballplayer’s interest in kabbalah caused the break-up of his marriage.

    Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce Monday in Miami saying the New York Yankee “emotionally abandoned” her.

    Trainer Dodd Romero told the ABC television...

  • Kabbalah blamed for A-Rod marital breakup

    July 8, 2008 | 5:50 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – A former trainer for Alex Rodriguez said the star ballplayer’s interest in kabbalah caused the break-up of his marriage.

    Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce Monday in Miami saying the New York Yankee “emotionally abandoned” her.

    Trainer Dodd Romero told the...

  • Briefs: Drug and immigration bust at kosher meat plant, Israel says no Hamas truce without Schalit

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Feds: Drugs Made at Kosher Meat Plant

    Federal authorities charged that a methamphetamine laboratory was operating at the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse and that employees carried weapons to work.

    The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the...

  • VIDEO: Sarah Silverman explains kabbalah

    By Dennis Wilen

    May 11, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Sarah Silverman explains the mysticism of kabbalah at the Uncensored Comedy Benefit Show at USC’s Bovard Auditorium on Nov. 29. The evening’s entertainment was on behalf of the Arava Institute, a regional center for environmental leadership in Israel. For more about Arava, click here

    Video by Dennis Wilen

  • Annapolis, Chanukah, Jerusalem, Not So Weird

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Annapolis and Jerusalem

    Last month, Rob Eshman wrote, "Many of us are willing to let half of Jerusalem go so that the idea of Jerusalem can be saved" ("Annapolis and Chanukah," Nov. 30). I'd like to respond with two points:

    First, if, God forbid, East Jerusalem were handed over to...
  • Variety of books pave way for understanding kabbalah

    By Amy Klein

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Historically, rabbis have proclaimed that in order to study kabbalah, one has to be a learned Jewish man older than of 40. So imagine how surprised those rabbis would be today if they could peruse a modern bookstore: There are now a plethora of tomes on the subject, making kabbalah...
  • Sarah Silverman explains kabbalah [video]

    By Dennis Wilen

    November 30, 2007 | 1:10 pm

    To call Sarah Silverman smart-mouthed is an understatement.  She combines potty-mouthed comedy with a sly observational wit that breaks categories and engages the belly laugh as well as tugging at the heart strings.

    If this is vulgarity. give us more!

    Last night she headlined a...

  • Briefs: Does L.A. matter to N.Y. Jews? Is ‘The Secret’ kosher? Why can’t we all get along?

    By Amy Klein

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Does Los Angeles matter to New York Jews?

    From the heart of finance to the height of fashion, the cog of publishing to the kings of media, New York sees itself as the center of everything. That's no less true when it comes to Jewish religious life.

    "New York has a tough time seeing...

  • In defense of Madonna

    By Lisa Frydman Barr

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I interviewed Madonna in the early '90s. At the time I was the managing editor of "In Jerusalem," a weekend section of The Jerusalem Post. Madonna was in the 'hood as part of an influx of A-list pop stars who made a symbolic trek to the Holy Land to show support for the fledgling...
  • Letter from Tangier: Preserving the music of the Jews of Morocco

    By Vanessa Paloma

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    At 6:30 a.m., I was walking toward Sha'ar Rafael, the synagogue on Boulevard Pasteur, the central drag in downtown Tangier. It is the last synagogue in this community of fewer than 100 Jews, the last one left in this Northern Moroccan port city that at its zenith housed 22...
  • Safed banking on Rosh Hashanah visitation by Madonna

    By Larry Luxner

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Madonna talks about the importance of Rosh Hashanah. Caution strong language
    When it comes to spirituality, Safed lacks nothing. But the Israeli mountain town (also spelled Tzfat) has been struggling economically since last year's war with Hezbollah.

    That's why local tourism...

  • VIDEO: The Bible Code: hoax or holiness?

    By The Web Guy

    August 4, 2007 | 2:48 pm

    Video: Michael Shermer scrutinizes the idea of ‘hidden’ messages in the Torah.

    It’s just numerology, says Shermer, and serves as a supreme example of pattern-seeking (and finding) behavior of which we humans are so skilled. 

    While pattern recognition helps us pick out predators...

  • Meditation—not just for your average JewBu anymore

    By Merissa Nathan Gerson

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The model for the day was dying for the sake of rebirth. Think meditation, think spiritual awakening, think psychoanalysis.

    It is the hard work of introspection that is the antithesis of mainstream modern American culture. We are a nation of pleasure-mongers, and cheap thrills from...

  • Lawyer makes case for answering rabbinical school call

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Klee is living the American dream.

    He is a nationally recognized bankruptcy lawyer, founding partner of Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern and was named one of the top 100 lawyers in California by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. A tenured law professor at UCLA, he lectures...
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