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  • A prayer of hope after the Boston Marathon bombing

    April 16, 2013 | 11:13 am

    “Behold days are coming, says the Lord…and they shall rebuild.” From our Haftarah this Shabbat Amos 9:13

    God of peace, God of healing
    God of the grief-stricken,
    We call You, we invoke You
    We pray to You:
    Oh my God, we called out to You
    as a day of celebration
    Turned to...

  • Is the Newsweek rabbis list good for the Jews?

    March 14, 2013 | 5:59 am

    One night some years ago, two powerful Jewish men in media, one from New York and one from Los Angeles, were walking together through the streets of Jerusalem when they hatched a little idea. 

    Michael Lynton, then CEO and co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and his longtime...

  • Temple Hopping, Rabbi Shopping & Faith Meditation

    By Ilana Angel

    February 5, 2013 | 7:39 am

    I love going to temple.  It makes me happy from the inside out.  I always feel comfortable when I am sitting in shul and while I have yet to find a temple that I really, really love, I hop from temple to temple hoping I find a place that feels like the perfect fit.  Actually, I’m...

  • The Meaning of Memory: A Yizkor Reflection

    September 19, 2012 | 1:57 pm

    I grew up in a home filled with food and love and laughter and music and Yiddishkayt and stories. I was the youngest of four kids and we were part of a tribe in Boro Park, Brooklyn, with my uncle Nat’s family living on the floor above us, my uncle Ruby’s family living next door to...

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  • Rabbi David Wolpe tops Newsweek’s L.A.-heavy list of ‘most influential’ rabbis

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 2, 2012 | 4:31 pm

    Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple is officially the top rabbi in America, according to Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

    The sixth annual installment of the “Top 50 Rabbis” list, published on April 2, included rabbis who head religious movements, rabbis who lead political and...

  • A rabbi’s journey, a mother’s anxious path

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 14, 2010 | 7:35 pm

    “This can’t be my life.”

    Rabbi Naomi Levy has been hearing people speak variations of this phrase for years. Whether she met them at Nashuva, the Westside spiritual community she founded in 2004, at one of her many speaking engagements or just somewhere in her travels, Levy kept...

  • What Happens in the Sukkah….

    By Rob Eshman

    October 5, 2009 | 12:18 pm

    In her sermon on Friday night, Naomi talked about Sukkot. She said the rabbis called the holiday, “The time of our happiness,” and command us to be “only happy” during the seven days of the Festival.

    “What does it mean to be ‘only happy’?” she asked. “How can one...

  • A certain magic

    August 28, 2009 | 8:55 pm

    Chasidic reggae and rap singer Matisyahu just released his fourth album, “Light” — his first full-length work in three years. He discussed his new music, God, spirituality, sex, drugs and Israel in a phone interview with Rabbi Naomi Levy, spiritual leader of Nashuva and author...

  • How I returned

    By Rob Eshman

    September 11, 2008 | 2:25 am

    In the fall of 1989, I took a class on Chasidic thought with a Chabad rabbi. We met in a room in the annex of Congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I wanted to learn about Judaism, but I hated going to synagogue services. They bored me. So I took classes, learned Hebrew, even...
  • Big Ideas for the Jewish Future: The Boomerang Effect

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Don't write them off yet. They are in their 40s and 50s. They are affluent, highly educated, and full of energy. They are unaffiliated. And they are suddenly asking big questions.

    These days Jewish funders have all but written unaffiliated Boomers off for dead. Of course the focus...

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