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  • Westward Hora

    By Abby Gilad

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the beginning of Hayei Sarah, we are told that Sarah dies and is buried. Later, Abraham sends his servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for Isaac. When Isaac and Rebecca meet, they fall in love, and we are told that Isaac is consoled; that is, he starts to feel better even though his...

  • Rosh Hashana 5763

    By Abby Gilad

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    So, what do math and Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, have in common. On this day, Jews are supposed to do a cheshbon hanefesh. This literally means "accounting of the soul." We count up and categorize all the actions we've taken, and all the thoughts we've had during the year: How...

  • Parshot Nitzvim/Vayelech

    By Abby Gilad

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In these parshot, Moses wraps up all he has to say to the Israelites. When he is done speaking, he will take leave of them and die. He says: "Please remember all I have instructed you to do, so that you will lead happy and fulfilled lives."

    As Labor Day approaches (Sept. 2), we think...

  • KiTavo

    By Abby Gilad

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Did You See the movie "Lord of the Rings"? In it, Bilbo Baggins passes the ring on to his nephew, Frodo, who discovers that the ring makes the wearer powerful and evil. Now Frodo must return it to the evil place where it was created and throw it into the only fire that will destroy...

  • Parshat Reeh

    By Abby Gilad

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last week we talked about ways you can help out people who might need your help this summer. In this week's portion, we are again told not to forget the needy. This time the Torah uses the words "do not harden your heart." Who else hardens their heart in the Torah? Pharaoh, of...

  • Parshat Balak

    By Abby Gilad

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Yes, I know that this week is Pinchas, but I must return to the second of last week's two portions, Balak, for what happens there is too relevant to pass by unmentioned. In this famous portion, King

    Balak sends the prophet-magician Balaam to curse Israel, because

    he is scared of...

  • Parshat Shelach

    By Abby Gilad

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Moses sends out 12 spies to check out the Land of Israel. When they come back, two of them say: "It'll be a challenge to conquer, but it's real beautiful there, and worth it!" The other 10 say: "Uh uh, no way. The people who live there are giants. We might as well go back to Egypt,...

  • Lag B’Omer

    By Abby Gilad

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    OK. Now what's an omer?

    It is a unit of measure -- like a pound or a kilo. That is how sheaves of barley were measured. The Israelites were commanded to bring an omer of barley to the Temple on the second day of Passover. If you don't believe me, read this week's Torah portion, Emor. It says it right there. Then they were supposed to count 49 days from that day, until Shavuot. Lag B'Omer falls on the 33rd day of the counting of the omer. Get it?

  • Achrei Mot and Kedoshim

    By Abby Gilad

    April 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Two parshot are read on this Shabbat: Achrei Mot and Kedoshim. The second portion begins with God telling the Israelites: Kedoshim -- You shall be holy, for I am holy. What does this mean? It means acting with love and respect to ourselves, to other people and to the world. This week, we remember the Earth when we celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Go to Balboa Park on April 21 for the Whole Earth Fest (after you've visited the Israeli Independence Day Festival) and check out all the booths, crafts and activities.

  • A Portion of Parshat Vayikra

    By Abby Gilad

    March 14, 2002 | 6:59 pm

    Today we start the third book of the Torah -- Leviticus. In this book, we learn a lot about the Levites (hence the Latin name) who were the priests in the tabernacle. We learn about the sacrifices that were brought. There were different sacrifices for different types of sins. If you...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion is about how to live peacefully with the people around us. We all get along better if each person is treated properly by others, and the Torah tells us just what that means. One way is that when we find something that belongs to somebody else, we should be...

  • A Portion of Parshat Yitro

    By Abby Gilad

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This portion is named for Moses' father-in-law, Yitro (Jethro). Jethro visits Moses and watches him care for the Israelites. Moses is exhausted. He spends the whole day talking to anyone who needs counseling or judgment. And, in the evening, of course, he has to talk to God. He never...

  • A Portion of Parshat Shmot

    By Abby Gilad

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It's a new year and a new book of the Bible. Last week we finished Genesis. This week we start Exodus. In it we will follow the Israelites' move from slavery to becoming a free nation. Have you decided to free yourself of anything this year? Are you letting go of watching too much...

  • A Portion of Parshat Vayechi

    By Abby Gilad

    December 27, 2001 | 6:59 pm

    Joseph has two children: Menasheh, the older, and Ephraim, the younger. Jacob blesses them both before he dies. He tells Joseph that, although the descendants of Menasheh will become a great people, the descendants of Ephraim will be even greater. In fact, King David was from the...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Abby Gilad

    December 20, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Zimmer Kids Say

    Zimmer kids were asked this question:

    "If you could invite anyone to your house, whom would you invite and why?"

    Here are some of their answers:

    I would invite my friend Armando, because whenever I don't have lunch, he shares his food with me. So I will invite...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    November 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob sends his family over the Yabbok river to meet up with his brother Esau. He remains alone for the night, and is confronted by an angel. He wrestles with the angel all night long. At dawn, the angel congratulates Jacob for his strength and persistence, and changes Jacob's name...

  • Wonders, Wizardry and Magic

    By Rabbi Toba August

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" opens in movie theaters today. Will it just be a magical adventure that entertains us, or are there deeper lessons that our Jewish souls can learn?

    Below are seven middot (Jewish values) found in Pirkei Avot and in "Harry Potter and the...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Here is another action-packed parsha: First, Abraham takes in three angels, who tell him he will have a son. Then, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah because its people were very wicked. Then, Sarah throws Hagar and Hagar's son Ishmael out of her house, but God saves them from thirst by...

  • A Portion of Parasha Breshit

    By Abby Gilad

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Here we go again! We start the New Year by reading the Torah all over again from the beginning. Why do we do this, year after year? Why do we read the same things over and over again? Maybe we can find the answer in the word that means "year" in Hebrew: shana.

    There are two words in...

  • Celebrating the “Torah cycle”

    By Abby Gilad

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The eighth day of the holiday of Sukkot is actually a separate holiday called Shemini Atzeret. It means "the eighth day of the assembly."

    The Israelites gather for seven days around the Temple in Jerusalem, and they are just not ready to go home yet, because they are having so much...

  • The Holiest Day of the Year

    By Abby Gilad

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Remember when you did that terrible thing and you didn't want to tell your parents? You're the one who dropped the video camera and broke it, but you couldn't tell them. Or, you haven't turned your homework in for a week, and you can't tell them. The secret weighs on you. It makes...

  • A Portion of Parshat Ekev

    By Abby Gilad

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Moses says to the people of Israel: "When you reach the Land of Israel, you will have plenty of food. You will have gold and silver. You will have fine houses to live in. Take care not to forget God, who brought you out of Egypt and through the dangerous desert."

    Imagine that you...

  • Your Letters

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli Solidarity

    On July 22, a number of progressive Jewish organizations stood together at a rally that was billed as an expression of "solidarity with the people of Israel." We came because we believe that love and support transcends ideology.

    To be sure, we were concerned that...