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  • Some Reflections on the Mourners Kaddish

    August 24, 2016 | 4:16 am

    Sholem Aleichim has a wonderful story about Kaddish related in his “Railroad Stories.” (Tales that examine human nature and modernity as seen by men and women riding the trains from town to town.) A passenger on a train attempts to assemble a minyan so he can say Kaddish for his...

  • Should robots count in a minyan? Rabbi talks Turing test

    June 12, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    Robots can hold a conversation, but should they count in a minyan?

    A chatbot at Britain’s University of Reading was heralded this week as passing the Turing test, showing a conversational ability that managed to fool people into thinking it was human.

    Using the fictional...

  • Coping with loss in the age of the internet

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    September 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

    When my mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, died in May 2011, the in-person Jewish community provided all the basics — post-shivah meals, abundant hugs and three places to say Kaddish: Temple Beth Am for daily minyan, Friday nights at IKAR and Shabbat mornings at B’nai David-Judea....

  • A divine call to action

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 14, 2013 | 4:39 am

    Once, on a mission to Israel, we needed a minyan for a prayer service during the airplane flight. We were a total of six men in our group, so we began to scan the plane for the remaining four for the requisite 10 men.

    As I went up and down the aisles, one fellow turned to me and...

  • Partnership Minyanim: A Follow Up Response to Rabbi Barry Freundel

    March 7, 2013 | 6:29 pm

    Rabbi Freundel's detailed analysis of the halakhic basis for Partnership Minyanim demonstrates an impressive mastery of the relevant texts. But, in assessing this new practice, it is important to examine not only the halakhic responsa but also some of the underlying assumptions...

  • A Torah falls, a shul bonds

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    There was a crack and a gasp and then a murmur that traveled in a wave back through the rows of seats at Temple Beth Am’s Library Minyan on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

    The Torah scroll that had just been placed back in the ark had toppled headfirst to the ground, landing on...

  • The Art of a Shiva Minyan

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 8, 2012 | 8:00 am

    A year or two ago, the cantor of our synagogue gave a class on how to lead a shiva minyan, which is a prayer service for a person who has died. Usually, it is held in the home of a loved one. The word shiva means “seven,” and traditionally a family will observe shiva for even...

  • The Santa Maria Minyan

    July 22, 2011 | 3:37 pm

    Located in the northern part of Santa Barbara County, but as distant from chic Santa Barbara as one can imagine, Santa Maria is a blue-collar town dotted with fast-food and barbecue joints. In recent years, its population, at least half of which is Latino, has mushroomed to 100,000,...

  • D I Y

    By Rob Eshman

    November 26, 2008 | 7:19 pm

    My heart is in the West; my turkey is in the East.

    To be more precise, as I write these words, a man named Simon Feil is standing at the corner of 110th and Broadway in Manhattan with a flatbed full of freshly killed broad-breasted white turkeys, waiting for my brother-in-law to come...

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A. #3—Jewish Los Angeles

    October 16, 2008 | 4:56 pm

    Dining, shopping, living, praying—VideoJew Jay Firestone shows you how it’s done Los Angeles-style.


  • VideoGuide to L.A. - Volume 3 - Jewish L.A.

    By Jay Firestone

    October 16, 2008 | 4:43 pm

    Volume III: Jewish L.A.—Online Oct. 17

    With one of the largest Jewish populations in the country, Angelenos don’t hesitate to flaunt the city’s Jewish culture. Discover the exciting opportunities of the Jewish neighborhoods—from the butcher shop to a great place to buy a yarmulke.

    For a full schedule, click here.

  • Davening for Dollars

    By Beverly Gray

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Talmud teaches that a righteous act is its own reward. But if that's not inducement enough, a rabbi in Woodland Hills is offering $10 cash plus a Krispy Kreme doughnut to teens who attend his 7 a.m. minyan.

    It started like this: In 1998 Rabbi Netanel Louie founded the Hebrew...

  • Barbed Wire Fails to Separate Hearts

    By Toby Klein Greenwald

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Almost every war has one photographic image that emerges and that remains ingrained in the public's mind -- and the media -- as the defining picture of that war.

    Out of the Holocaust came the image of the little boy in a cap with his hands raised over his head. Out of Vietnam, it is...

  • New Prayer Communities Seek Spiritual High

    By Jane Ulman

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Don't call them synagogues.

    They are minyanim, or spiritual communities. They have evolved from shared and individual dreams and from serendipitous, profound and beshert connections. They are new, egalitarian, independent, warm, collaborative and vibrant.

    And they are all led by...

  • A Minyan of Our Own

    By Leora Alhadeff

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sitting behind a crocheted curtain, I desperately tried to peer through the tiny holes to get a glimpse of the action on the men's side.

    Finally, I gave up, and pushed the curtain aside, and saw our chazan auctioning off portions of the services.

    "$101 -- going once. $101 -- going...

  • All Jews Count

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It is a familiar sight. On each flight to Israel, in the back of the plane, a minyan gathers for services.

    It was no different on my flight to Israel last year. Although I was participating in an Israel Bonds rabbinic mission, our delegation from Los Angeles was small, and we didn't...

  • ‘A Lot of Life Left’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    At first glance, Temple Beth Zion, on a busy stretch of OlympicBoulevard in the mid-city, looks stark and abandoned.

    The front door is locked, the religious school has been closed foralmost four decades, and the daily minyan and Friday-night serviceare gone (many of the some 135...