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  • A Passover’s Promise

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 days ago

    Every morn, a wedding proposal
    Out of shackles of bondage
    A procession on golden sands
    A tamed sun, lashes softened by clouds
    A shimmering night, audienced by flickering stars
    Sweet mana showering our covered heads.

    The cracklings of  matzha beneath my molars
    Resonate as...

  • Acharei Mot: Cleansing Past Misdeeds

    By Beit T'shuvah

    4 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    My brother Neal called me this morning and suggested I write about a character from this week's Torah Portion. It is the "Ish Ati," the man who takes the goat for Azazel out to the wilderness. Since I didn't write about it in my weekly Torah Drash, I...

  • Passover: Using Our Time Wisely.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    6 days ago

    Time.  Time is all we have.  It is running out.  The desert sands drop a grain at a time through the narrowness of the hour glass.

    “Why, as the inventors of the world’s first fast food, Matza, do we eat it during the longest meal of the year, the Seder?”

    As refugees to the...

  • Don’t Passover the Moment

    By Chava Tombosky

    6 days ago

    There are so many mundane tasks that can consume us on an every day basis. Between answering emails, calling the plumber for that leak in the bathroom, folding laundry, rushing to drop off carpool, rushing to pick up carpool, organizing the garage for the umpteenth time, meeting...

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  • Urban farm is a little piece of paradise for local couple

    6 days ago

    Larraine and Clive Segil don’t have to go far to get fresh eggs. They head out their kitchen door, up a few steps, past the Alpine and pygmy goats, to the chicken coop, where some 30 chickens and 20 quail produce a bounty of eggs in pastel colors you never see in your neighborhood...

  • Let my people go ... to Hancock Park

    6 days ago

    With an entire kosher section stocked with Passover foods in the Ralphs market on La Brea Avenue and Third Street, one might think that Hancock Park always has been a very Jewish neighborhood.

    The presence in the area of Yavneh Hebrew Academy, Congregation Etz Chaim, plus minyans...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    1 week ago

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

  • A Father’s Last Wish

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Mathew was an experienced surgeon. But despite his rank and all supporting diplomas, he could not hold back his tears. Few life events bring to clarity our priorities like the death of a loved one.

    Before his father died, Matt stepped out of his busy schedule to ask the old man...

  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    2 weeks ago

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • Meet My God

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Throughout life, we redefine love.  We struggle with love as we age from childhood, through the rebellious teenage years, to when we graduate school, to when we seek a family of our own, to when a child enters our lives, to when we lose a parent or experience significant loss, to...

  • Moving and Shaking: Ted Sarandos honored, Persian New Year and Righteous Conversations Project PSAs

    By Ryan Torok

    3 weeks ago

    Entertainment industry titans gathered to honor the man of the moment, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance dinner on March 18. The event raised $1.6 million.

    Sarandos, who is responsible for Netflix hits “House of...

  • Science and Mysticism.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    In my second year of Medical School, during cadaveric dissections, I was struck by how limited our brains are.  We tease apart the dead to unravel the mysteries of life.  How odd!  Friends are shocked to see a physician with background in microbiology drawn to mysticism.  Trying to...

  • Moving and Shaking: IAC Gala, FCLA opens new playground, Daniel Jaffe honored, more

    By Ryan Torok

    March 20, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    The Israeli American Council (IAC) honored Miriam and Isaac Shepher at its sixth annual gala. The March 9 event, which took place at the Beverly Hilton hotel, raised about $2.5 million for the organization.

    The Shephers, pro-Israel philanthropists and the founders of Life Alert,...

  • Wexler’s artisan-style deli to open in Grand Central Market

    March 20, 2014 | 11:51 am

    In a cover story last year for this publication, I lamented the lack of a contemporary, artisan-style deli in Los Angeles. While the deli scene in this city appears to be robust, we still need food entrepreneurs and chefs willing to shake up the status quo, much like what’s been...

  • A theatrical pilgrimage to Sephardi’s ‘forgotten kingdom’

    March 20, 2014 | 11:19 am

    It’s often said that Sephardic culture gets shortchanged in the Jewish world, particularly in comparison to its more famous Ashkenazi counterpart, but as of late, Los Angeles has been awash in the sounds of Ladino and the culture of ancient Spanish Jewry. Now that L.A.’s first...

  • Painting love over hate on vandalized Workmen’s Circle mural

    By Ryan Torok

    March 19, 2014 | 4:00 pm

    An organization that fosters Jewish identity has attempted to turn a recent act of vandalism into an opportunity for bridge-building between Jews and Muslims. 

    Last weekend, the SoCal Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle added the Arabic word “Salaam” — and its Hebrew and English...

  • Israel’s diplomatic corp labor strike continues

    By Ryan Torok

    March 19, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    Dissatisfied with its wages and working conditions, Israel’s diplomatic corps has been on strike for more than two weeks, and the ramifications of the labor sanctions are being felt even in Los Angeles.

    “We’re in an official labor dispute. We’re doing most of our work internally...

  • Get Your Purim On DOUBLE-TIME

    By Chava Tombosky

    March 16, 2014 | 11:51 am

    *This essay is dedicated in memory of Rebbetzin Rashi Minkowicz who taught thousands how to add things up right


    I’m a math idiot. I can totally blame my 4th grade teacher for forcing me to do math problems that I swear I couldn’t understand.  My future was never going to be...

  • Israel’s electoral vote revision got boost from Los Angeles philanthropist

    By Tom Tugend

    March 14, 2014 | 2:53 pm

    Israel’s legislators voted last week to streamline the country’s electoral and governing systems – and no one was more gratified by the news than Los Angeles entrepreneur Izak Parviz Nazarian.

    For all of Israel’s amazing achievements since independence, its citizens live within a...

  • A Person of Depth: How Faith Makes Us Whole

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 14, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    In today’s New York Times Opinion Page, David Brooks writes a very good article on the Human Condition. He talks about the way current literature about being human adds a third dimension. He talks about a person with deep character having certain qualities....

  • The worst news in healthcare is the increasing number angry physicians!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 13, 2014 | 6:33 pm

    The worst news in healthcare is not antibiotic resistance, drug-drug interactions, hospital acquired infections, lack of communication between systems of medical records, and certainly not the alarming rate of obesity in our youth. 

    The worst news is the increasing number of...

  • Seeing Yourself in Torah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 7, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    With the opening of our new space at 8847 Venice Blvd., I have been thinking about how I got to where I am in life from where I was some 26+ years ago. I was locked up for the 2nd time and all I had was a Prayer Book and a Chumash, a book with the entire...

  • Netanyahu’s parting remark to LA: ‘Cannot be tolerant to the intolerant’

    By Jared Sichel

    March 6, 2014 | 10:53 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed the final leg of his three-day trip to California on Thursday, March 6, with a message for Iran and its proxy terrorist groups: “We will expose, and we shall fight them. And I’ll tell you the other thing: We shall beat them.”

    His...

  • As Netanyahu arrives in L.A. for show premiere, Israeli consulate’s absence is felt

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 9:37 am

    On the morning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due in Los Angeles for the beginning of a three-day trip to California, Israel's Foreign Ministry labor union went on strike to protest its wages, shifting management of Netanyahu’s trip, at the last minute, from the...

  • As Netanyahu arrives in L.A. for show premiere, Israeli consulate’s absence is felt

    By Jared Sichel

    March 4, 2014 | 10:17 pm

    On the morning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was due in Los Angeles for the beginning of a three-day trip to California, Israel's Foreign Ministry labor union went on strike to protest its wages, shifting management of Netanyahu’s trip, at the last minute, from the...

  • My New Hero Pope Francis: The Religion of Love

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 2, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    When I was a child our family used a certain brand of ketchup.   I would look  down on those who used another brand, thinking "how uncultured!"  It was not until years later that I found our ketchup to be in the lower range of the market.

    Many of us judge other religions the same...

  • Fit OUT not in

    By Tera Greene

    March 2, 2014 | 6:23 am

    I am about to start my fourth week as a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  

    As I learn new ways to fit OUT and go against the "norm" of being sad and sick, I am finding myself becoming more whole through my education - and I am EXCITED!  
    To celebrate, I am...

  • A Fundamental Change: The Clash of New Ideas and Fundamentalism

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 28, 2014 | 11:40 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    What a week! Last Shabbat was the first one in our new space. This week we began to remodel our old space. Many changes! Yet, there are only two constants in my belief, God and change. For many people, this is problematic. Since none of us can fully know...

  • Of Kaballah, Rumi and Phantom Limb Pain.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    February 28, 2014 | 7:30 am

    Heather was wounded in battle.  I met her at the Veterans Hospital in La Jolla atop a scenic mountain during my medical school rotation.  She was given the diagnosis of Phantom Limb Pain.  Since her amputation six years before, she felt rocks crawling up her non-existent leg.  She...

  • L.A. music fest aims to prove Sephardic culture rocks

    February 26, 2014 | 4:50 pm

    For years, people have asked Erez Safar what it would take to bring his popular New York-based Sephardic Music Festival to Los Angeles. Turns out, all it took was for its creator to move west. A newly minted Angeleno, Safar will debut the Sephardic Music Festival’s Los Angeles...

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