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  • The Bookends of Life

    August 6, 2014 | 8:00 am

    The call came from a woman I liked and had learned from: would I consider participating in a Taharah – a what? Someone had died and she was spearheading a new initiative to offer the traditional Jewish ceremony of purification. I was hesitant but open, and after more conversation...

  • Who shall live and who shall die: God’s iPhone, Rosh Hashanah 5769

    September 26, 2008 | 11:49 pm

    ALTTEXT

    On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed,
    And on Yom Kippur it is sealed.
    How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,
    Who shall live and who shall die,
    Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not,
    Who shall perish by water and who by fire,
    Who by sword and who by wild...

  • Is our fate really sealed? Is change possible?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 25, 2008 | 3:19 am

    These are nervous-making times.

    No, I'm not talking about the damage the capital campaign may do to you, or -- at my temple, anyway -- whether you'll find a parking place for services, which is enough to make anyone want to reach for a Xanax.

    What I mean is this protracted season...
  • Kol HaMispallel—All those who pray

    By The Web Guy

    May 12, 2008 | 10:55 pm


    Kol HaMispallel, b’mkom hazeh b’Yerushalayim
    Ke’ilu hispallel lifnei Kisei HaKovod,
    She’shar hashamayim, hashamayim shom hu
    U’pesach posu’ach l’shmaya tefillah

    “Whosoever prays in Jerusalem is considered as if he prayed before the Throne of Glory, for the gate of heaven is open there to receive the prayer”

    —Pirkei de Rabbi Eliezer, circa 800 C.E.

     

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  • Six self-help books seek to help you get sealed in the Book of Life

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 21, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    In these days of asking tough questions, taking stock, revisiting memories and trying to do better in 5767, books are essential tools. Several new works from different disciplines and traditions, some of which don't mention the words Days of Awe, lend new meaning to the holidays -- on caring for orphans, baking bread, deepening celebrations, understanding forgiveness, practicing kindness, exploring traditional liturgy and rituals.
     
  • Holiday tunes for when you haven’t got a prayer

    By George Robinson

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. -- Jerome K. Jerome
     
    Perhaps it is the intensity of the emotions raised by the liturgy itself. Or the power of worshipping in a sanctuary filled with people. Or the sense that everything is at stake.
     
    I...
  • Song of the Sons

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The centerpiece of the third section of the Tanach, the section known as Ketuvim (the Writings), is the Book of Psalms. The Book of Psalms contains some of the most majestic poetic images in the history of the Hebrew language. They express awe at the artistic power of the Creator and...

  • Classical Musicians’ Volume Decreases

    By Beverly Gray

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The conductor raises his baton. On cue, 73 young musicians launch into a heartfelt rendition of "Sabbath Fantasies," a piece that weaves together snatches of Jewish liturgy and folk tunes.

    This is the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra (LAYO), a 6-year-old ensemble sponsored by Stephen S....

  • Bob Dylan: In His Own Lyrics

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Torah References:

    Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"

    Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"

    God say, "No." Abe say, "What?"

    God say, "You can do what you want Abe, but

    The next time you see me comin' you better run:

    Well Abe says, "Where do you want this killing' done?"

    God...

  • Other Voices

    By Sandor Slomovits

    June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    My father has always revered Joe Louis. Asurprising hero, perhaps, for a man born and raised in far-awayHungary. Not the hero one might expect of a Jewish cantor, whose workall his life has been singing liturgy in synagogues. Yet, among themost vivid memories I have from my childhood...

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