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  • Letters to the editor: ACA, mitzvot, fair trade chocolate and Noble Prizes

    December 5, 2013 | 9:56 am

    First, Practice Mitzvot

    In “No Faith, No Jewish Future” (Nov. 6), Dennis Prager has it backward. The assiduous practice of mitzvot results in recognition of their foundation, not visa versa. Halachic adherence remains the key to growth in Orthodox Judaism. A 3-year-old child...

  • Becoming Jewish: Tales from the Mikveh

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 8, 2013 | 11:18 am

    Late on a recent Wednesday afternoon, Judith Golden and Suzanne Rosenthal perched at their desks in a small room in the depths of American Jewish University (AJU). It was a quiet day on campus; only a trickle of students occupied the new community library, the classrooms were...

  • Finding balance at the intersection of yoga and Judaism

    April 4, 2012 | 2:03 pm

    Yoga means “union” or “union with the divine.” It doesn’t mean “contortionism,” “hippie commune” or “Lululemon.”

    “Judaism” means “monotheistic religion [of the Jews]” or “belief characterized by one transcendent God.” It doesn’t mean “bagels and...

  • Is Matchmaking a Mitzvah and how many are supposed to accomplish in our lifetime?

    By Julia Bendis

    February 28, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Attending a wedding the other week of a couple that I introduced, made me think of the many Mitzvot that we are supposed to perform in our lifetime.  Having been somewhat of a Matchmaker since I was in high school, I had never really thought about it as a Mitzvah, or a good deed. ...

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  • A lesson in listening

    October 10, 2008 | 3:26 pm

    It was a cold summer day in Northern California when I had the opportunity to participate in Project Homeless Connect, a one-day program that occurs three to six times a year to assist veterans and others. While this project has been implemented in many places across the United...
  • Students translate charity lessons into action

    By Lisa Armony

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    For most kids, time off from school means hitting the beaches or other fun-filled attraction. For 17-year-old Neta Batscha, spring break sent her to the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast to assist with Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

    Under the auspices of Milken Community High School's...

  • Core Values Too Often Ignored

    By Rep. Henry Waxman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    This piece is excerpted from remarks Rep. Henry Waxman gave at Carmen and Louis Warschaw Distinguished Lecture delivered at USC April 23.

    What drew me to politics was the esteem I had always felt for public service and the commitment of our religious values to justice, human and...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Richard Levy

    By Amy Klein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In his new book, "A Vision of Holiness: The Future of American Judaism" (URJ Press, 2005), Rabbi Richard N. Levy explains The Pittsburgh Principles -- the position paper, if you will, of the Reform Movement that was published in 1999. In many ways, these principles advocate a return...

  • Power of Words

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Each night before retiring, the great Chasidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav would make a list. At the end of a long day, he would write down all the wrongs he had committed -- against other people, against God, against himself. Nachman would read the list over and over again,...

  • Twenty-Nine Days to Make Mitzvot

    By Tzvi Kahn

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Aryeh Green and Yosef Abramowitz were sipping tea in a Bedouin tent last year in Sde Boker, a kibbutz in Israel's Negev desert, when they had an idea.

    Participants at a conference of Kol Dor, an organization that seeks to revitalize Jewish activism and unity across the globe, the two...

  • Fly the Mitzvah Skies

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    El Al, Israel's national airline, is the only airline that keeps kosher, observes Shabbat and even gives out doughnuts on Chanukah, but recently it has been doing other mitzvot as well.

    On Nov. 3 Edith Krygier boarded an El Al flight to Los Angeles in Tel Aviv because she wanted to...

  • For the Kids

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Good for you

    In Ki Tetze, we are given many mitzvot to do -- 613, actually. What's a mitzvah? A commandment to do a good deed, or to follow directions to perform a certain ritual. As a Jew, it is important to do both. We become role models for the world in our acts of charity,...

  • A Mitzvah Is Its Own Reward

    By Brendan Howard

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Be not like servants who serve their master for the sake of receiving a reward; instead be like servants who serve their master not for the sake of receiving a reward. And let the awe of Heaven be upon you." -- Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Fathers)

    The rabbi and the cantor are...

  • Home Run

    By Carin Davis

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shawn Green sits quietly in the Dodgers dugout waiting for pregame batting practice to begin. His unassuming nature seems at odds with his 6-foot-4 figure; his quiet presence inconsistent with his celebrity.

    But then Green seems to live in contrast. He is not observant but is proud...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Moms and Mitzvot

    There is a lot of teaching going on in Parshat Emor. God teaches us many mitzvot. For instance, we learn that farmers must leave some of their harvest for poor people. God teaches Moses laws about the priests. Then he tells Moses to teach them. Then he tells the...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Does your mother ever tell you to do something like clean up your room or put your socks in the laundry? And then, when you ask her why you have to do it, she says: "Because I said so!"



       In Parshat Mishpatim, after hearing Moses speak of the many mitzvot (613 to be exact)...

  • Married to Israel

    By David Margolis

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call it a shopping trip. Lou and Trudy Kestenbaum came to Israel last month on a Jewish National Fund (JNF) mission to spend money, as well as to follow up on how the money they've already spent in the Jewish state is doing.

    Lou Kestenbaum made his fortune in construction and then...

  • A Mitzvah Resolution

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    We all have favorite mitzvot: slowing down the pace on Shabbat, building a sukkah, frolicking at Purim, studying Jewish texts, praying to God. With Rosh Hashana at hand, my New Year's resolution is to share the amazing experience we call hachnasat orchim. It means opening one's home...

  • Fair Weight

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Honesty, morality and ethical behavior -- these are the calling cards of Leviticus, and they are the centerpieces of Jewish behavior and identity. Amongst the mitzvot enumerated in Leviticus 19 (known by some scholars as the "Holiness Code") are respect for parents, charity for the...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    March 29, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Rabbi,

    I have been taking on new mitzvot throughout the past years. I have begun wearing tzitzit regularly and have been working at becoming stricter concerning Shabbat. These activities have come from my understanding of the commandments in the Torah and how Jewish tradition...

  • Doing the Dirty Work

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Safra roasted the meat. Raba salted the fish.

    According to the Talmud, this is what these two great sages did every Friday afternoon, in preparation for Shabbat. The Talmud regards this information as noteworthy because, although both sages certainly had others in their...

  • A Day of Mitzvot and Meaning

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Young Mitzvah Day volunteers clean-up Taft High School inWoodland Hills.

    A Day of Mitzvot and Meaning

    The annual Valley event provides social-action projects andopportunity for community involvement

    Mitzvot, acts of loving kindness or just plain charity:Whatever you call them, Jews are...