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  • Leave a message after the beep

    By Julia Bendis

    September 11, 2011 | 10:52 pm

    Here’s something I think about almost every time I am about to leave a message for someone.  Do we still need to record an outgoing message telling people to ‘please leave a message after the tone’?  Do we really need to remind people when and how they need to start recording a...

  • Voicemail and My Father’s Outgoing Message…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 2, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    The other day a friend of mine told me that I am the only person she knows that still owns an answering machine…  Apparently, everyone else in the world has long done away with those and only using electronic voice-mail now.  I’m a bit slow with technology, I admit.  However, I...

  • Passover 5770

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    March 31, 2010 | 11:26 am

    “How different this night is from all other nights!”  The familiar singsong of Mah Nishtanah reverberates in Jewish homes throughout the world on Passover eve.  What Seder would be complete without the beloved Four Questions chanted by the young and the young-at-heart?  These...

  • VIDEO: Message from people of Israel to people of Gaza (Arabic with English subtitles)

    January 4, 2009 | 4:58 pm

    Message to the residents of Gaza from the people of Israel

    Danielle/Dahlia of Jewlicious.com narrates

    Here is the English:

    Dear Residents of Gaza,

    This is a message from the people of Israel.
    We do not hate you.
    We do not rejoice in your suffering.
    We are not happy when we...

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  • Listening with our ‘third ear’

    By David Suissa

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Sometimes you hear something that you get right away and then you forget it; other times, you hear something that you don't get right away, but then, when you "get it," you can't forget it.

    Recently, I heard something that I didn't get right away.

    It came from an Orthodox married...
  • The ‘Yearning’ for Torah learning goes to TV

    By Amy Klein

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Do you want to be happier? Do you want to have greater love and intimacy in life? Do you want greater self-awareness? And did you know that you could find all these things in the wisdom of Judaism?

    That's the premise of "The Hidden Wisdom of Our Yearnings with Irwin Kula," a...

  • There’s A Message in the Sounds of the Shofar

    By Arnold M. Eisen

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The approach of Rosh Hashanah always takes me back in memory to my bar mitzvah, which took place on Shabbat Shuvah -- the Sabbath of Repentance that comes between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    Two weighty questions preoccupied me that day in 1964. One: what did it mean that God...

  • Small Things Add Up

    By Rabbi Toba August

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My friend announced that she was off to Hawaii, and I was surprised that she could afford to go when her job paid a minimal salary.

    "I saved my pennies," she said.

    I know that I often tell a cashier to "keep the pennies," as if the penny is so insignificant, as if it does not...

  • Trouble Mars Pope’s Trip to Auschwitz

    By Dinah Spritzer

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven years ago, at ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, misunderstandings between Poles and Jews ran so deep that even a rabbi's desire to say the Mourner's Kaddish reportedly disturbed some Polish politicians.

    In fact, there were so...

  • Throw a Party With a Purpose

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'll call your bet and raise you two," the sequin-clad woman said.

    "Go for it," I said, only to see my winnings swept up moments later by a poker-faced dealer.

    "You may have won this round," I told my chip-hauling opponent. "But just wait until after the Motzi!"

    Having one son...

  • The Hebrascope: Signs of the Jewdiac

    By Jew Girl

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    (January 20-February 18)

    Notable Jewish Aquarius:



    Ted Koppell

    If that designer dress on the back...

  • The Lost Words

    By Esther Hecht

    November 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Yitgadal v'yitkadash shmei." Three words into Kaddish, the mourner's prayer, Yoni stumbled on an unfamiliar vowel. Then, again and again, as he continued reciting the traditional prayer at his mother's funeral in Jerusalem, he twisted and mangled the words. He frowned in...

  • A Surprise Might Attract More To Shuls

    By David Suissa

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In many synagogues across the country today, the $64,000 question is the same: How can we get more people to come more often?

    Unlike the old days of quaint ghettos and neighborhoods, Judaism has become a choice. Synagogues today compete against Starbucks and other distractions, as...

  • Rosa Parks’ Message for Today

    By Leonard Fein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    There's been considerable coverage these last days of Rosa Parks, whose death a full half-century after the brief episode that rendered her an "icon" calls to mind a long-ago time. But there's been little evocation of the events and circumstances that earned Parks her iconic status,...

  • The Legacy of a Folk Hero

    By Carolyn Hester

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As fate would have it, back in 1961, while at Columbia Records making my third folk music album, I invited my friend, Bob Dylan, to play harmonica on the LP. It was I who introduced Dylan to John Hammond. The influential Columbia Records executive produced albums for legendary jazz...

  • Tightrope of Life

    By Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski

    October 6, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the days of communism's fierce grip on the Soviet Union, there lived a Chasidic Jew named Reb Mendel Futerfas. Reb Mendel repeatedly put his life at risk with his efforts to promote Jewish education behind the Iron Curtain and for some 14 years was incarcerated in prisons and...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Summer Fast

    In the middle of summer, when it is the hottest, we are told that we cannot eat or drink for one whole day. It was on the ninth of Av that the Romans burned Jerusalem and destroyed our Temple. Tisha B'Av (the ninth of Av) falls this year on Sunday, Aug. 14. The fast...

  • You Are Not Alone

    By Rabbi Zoë Klein

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." When I first read the opening words of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," I closed the book to wonder if it was true. Were all happy families alike and unhappy families unique? So many years later, as a...

  • First Lady Jostled in Jerusalem

    By Dan Baron

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    She may have brought a message of American goodwill toward Muslims, but Laura Bush spent a potential high point of her Middle East tour fending off protests from Palestinians angered by U.S. policies -- and from Israelis, too.

    After arriving from Jordan, the first lady toured...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Count the Days

    On Friday, May 27, we will celebrate Lag B'Omer. We remember the students of Rabbi Akiva who used to hide from the Romans in the forest and secretly studied Torah. If Roman soldiers came along, they would whip out their bows and arrows and act as if they were hunting....

  • Bird’s-Eye View

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    One day, Rabbi Shimon Ben Elazar was riding his donkey along the coastal road. He was enjoying the beautiful scenery and reviewing in his mind the wonderful study session he had with his rabbi at Migdal Eder, when he encountered a man who was extremely ugly.

    "How ugly you are,"...

  • Brand Israel

    By Amy Klein

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    What do you think about when you hear the word Israel?

    Chances are if you're like most Americans, when you hear Israel, you think war. Ask most Americans to free-word associate with the word "Israel" and they'd probably say: terrorists, Palestinians, danger and conflict.

    At best....

  • Bias Colors UC Santa Cruz Department

    By Leila Beckwith

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    On Oct. 21, 2004, the women's studies department at UC Santa Cruz sponsored a talk by Hedy Epstein about "The Question of Israel/Palestine," in which she compared Israel to a Nazi state and excused suicide bombings. Epstein's "credentials" for speaking on the topic included her...

  • Listen Well

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A number of years ago we spent a family weekend in Palm Springs. I asked my kids what they wanted to do. First mistake: Never ask your kids what they want to do on vacation. It's guaranteed to be something you can't do.

    My daughters answered, "Let's go ice skating."

    I looked at...

  • Divine Protection

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As the train pulled into the Iraqi border police station, the lanky Jewish boy at the window became more and more nervous. The bulging

    package under his robes felt heavy like lead. As the train came to a full stop and the passengers were ordered to line up on the platform, he...

  • Bracelet Bandwagon

    By Emily Pauker

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Don't wear your heart on your sleeve -- wear it on your wrist. And with the new Shalom bracelet, you can. The Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles is distributing 25,000 of the blue elastic bands adorned with a white dove and the word "Shalom" throughout the community.

    It carries a...

  • Voting With an Open Mind

    By David Suissa

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With a couple of weeks left before we choose our next president, I've been reflecting on how the process has affected me, both as a Jew and as an American.

    The biggest thing I have learned is that certain emotions have the power to close my mind and make me intolerant. Because I'm...

  • Our Future Lies Rooted in Ourselves

    By Nona Farahnik

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The last time my name appeared in The Jewish Journal, I had just been dubbed the "Milken Idol" for winning a public-speaking contest with what

    The Journal termed a "stirring pro-Israel speech" that called for "Zionist solidarity."

    In that speech, I said that "there are no more...

  • A 5765 Resolution

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, the late psychologist and author Julius Segal wrote an article of exceptional depth, wisdom and practicality for Parents Magazine. His message was simple: For children to thrive, they must have the respect, acceptance and patience of parents who cherish them.

    Each of these...

  • A 5765 Resolution

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, the late psychologist and author Julius Segal wrote an article of exceptional depth, wisdom and practicality for Parents Magazine. His message was simple: For children to thrive, they must have the respect, acceptance and patience of parents who cherish them.

    Each of these...

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