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  • A Jewish wish list for 2014

    By David Suissa

    December 31, 2013 | 1:26 pm

    In no special order, here are 10 wishes for our community for the coming year:

    1. A sukkah for every Jew. Seriously, is there any Jewish holiday cooler than Sukkot? And yet, most non-Orthodox Jews don’t build a sukkah to commemorate the desert journey of our ancestors. In recent...

  • A difficult conversation

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 3, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The conversation is supposed to begin like this: “Will you forgive me for anything I might have said or done this year that has hurt you?” 

    You are sitting with a friend over coffee, during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and you ask this question. Not easy. What...

  • Happy new mitzvah

    By David Suissa

    September 2, 2013 | 5:23 pm

    “Organized Judaism is in trouble.” I’ve been hearing that refrain for years now, from rabbis and Jewish leaders in speeches, sermons, op-eds and conferences. The litany of complaints is familiar: Synagogue membership is down; the new generation doesn’t like organized religion;...

  • Taking stock of ourselves and Israel

    August 20, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    On this Rosh Hashanah eve, we savor the hope that the New Year will bring the blessing of peace to Israel.   We recall President Obama’s historic speech in Jerusalem, where he spoke to our hearts, as Jews and as Americans, about the necessity of achieving Israeli-Palestinian...

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  • In Iranian New Year message, Obama warns Iran of isolation but not strikes

    March 18, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    President Obama warned Iran of further isolation but stopped short of threatening military action should the country not cooperate with the international community on its nuclear program.

    Obama in his annual message marking the Iranian New Year, known as Nowruz, addressed...

  • Senior service providers wary as New Year approaches

    December 11, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    They’ve weathered five years of economic crisis, relentless state budget cuts and growing demand for their services. Now, social service providers for seniors in the Los Angeles area are bracing for a new slew of challenges in 2013.

    From federal budget negotiations and the...

  • Who will live, who will die?

    By Dennis Prager

    September 19, 2012 | 11:56 am

    You don’t have to be a Jewish scholar to note a glaring difference between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Jan. 1, the secular New Year.

    The former is solemn while the latter is boisterous. And one reason for Rosh Hashanah’s solemnity is the central question that it...

  • September 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 16, 2012 | 3:02 am

    Netanyahu: Clear lines must be set on Iran

    The prime minister of Israel gives a Rosh Hashanah interview to Herb Keinon of the Jerusalem Post.

    We’ve been able to have strong security for the last four years, and the number of Israelis killed has gone down precipitously, even...

  • 5773

    By Rob Eshman

    September 12, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    What a year, right? 

    The Jewish year 5772 started with a sense that a military confrontation with Iran is avoidable. Now it seems — all merits aside — imminent. 

    The fragile economy, meanwhile, is barely able to handle the turmoil in Greece — imagine how it will react to...

  • At the New Year, let’s give animals a new Jewish chance

    August 14, 2012 | 10:34 am

    Shortly after I became a vegan, around 20 years ago, I ordered my first “vegan option” at a Jewish organizational dinner.

    It arrived: a plateful of raw celery and carrot sticks arranged around a cup of something ranch dressing-ish that probably wasn’t even vegan.

    Since then,...

  • Obama appeals directly to Iranian people in holiday message [VIDEO]

    March 20, 2012 | 10:42 am

    President Obama in his message for the Persian New Year appealed directly to the Iranian people’s aspirations for freedom.

    “I want the Iranian people to know that America seeks a dialogue to hear your views and understand your aspirations,” Obama said in his message for Nowruz, the...

  • Happy Jewish New Year! [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 21, 2011 | 4:34 pm

    For more Gold, see Merry Erev Xmas with Elon Gold and special guest comedians at The Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Two shows from 8-10pm on Sat., Dec 24th. Call 323-656-1336 ext. 1 or go to laughfactory.com

  • Seth Godin’s Wisdom

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 21, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    Every entrepreneur needs to follow someone they admire. Why? To get inspired. To have someone to shadow, mentally. I have several people that I admire. One of them is Seth Godin, marketing genius, writer and entrepreneur. In today’s blog post he asks, “what is your competitive...

  • Travel as a Lens for HIgh Holy Day Reflections (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    October 2, 2011 | 11:00 am

    When I travel, I imagine that I am talking to strangers from a different culture and that I witness different lives to learn about those same lives, but in reality I always reach hidden treasures; insights into my own reality and dreams. Sometimes the action of travel teaches me...

  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • 5770 in Israel: Diplomatic crises, but economic prosperity

    September 3, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    For Israel, the Jewish year 5770 was characterized by ups and downs in relations with the United States, growing international alienation and a virtual stalemate in Middle East peacemaking—until the summit meeting in Washington just before Rosh Hashanah.

    Last November, after months...

  • Jewish interfaith leaders urge Shabbat sermon about Islam

    September 3, 2010 | 11:21 am

    A group of Jewish interfaith educators is asking rabbis to talk about Islam next Shabbat.

    A letter signed by six prominent rabbis and scholars points out that Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, falls on Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist...

  • Methodist learns it’s 5769, says it’s awesome Jews live in the future

    By The Web Guy

    October 1, 2008 | 2:48 am

    Admitted Methodist Barrett Brown reports:

    We are approaching the year 5769 of the Hebrew calendar, which is actually pretty awesome insomuch as that it puts us farther in to the future than does the more widespread Gregorian accounting. This is not quite as a cool as being ten...

  • Mark the New Year with late summer harvest menu

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A recent trip to Italy made me aware of the wonderful possibilities of growing your own lush, flavorful garden-fresh food. The villa where we stayed was entirely self-sufficient, with magnificent varieties of produce, eggs gathered from the hen house and the proprietors even making...
  • How sweet it is: behind the buzz at two of California’s hives

    By Amy Klein

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bzzzzzz.
     
    I'm trying not to freak out at the high-pitched scream of the bees. See, I'm wearing full protective gear for the honey-making process -- a white jumpsuit, a netted straw hat affixed to me with a series of complicated rigmarole of strings (the zipper ones had run out),...
  • Polish the Soul for Elul

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I spent the first three days of Elul polishing a lamp that has hung in the upstairs stairwell of my home for 80 years. I thought that the lamp was made out of cast iron, but discovered after applying a mixture of abrasive compounds and elbow grease, that it was crafted of shiny...

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the High Holidays

    By Amy Klein

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Goodbye summer; hello High Holidays. While Rosh Hashanah falls later in the calendar than normal this year (Oct. 3-5), it's never too early to get ready for the Jewish New Year. Besides, preparations traditionally begin in the Hebrew month of Elul, which started Sept. 4.

    If you...

  • O.C. Election Set for Rosh Hashanah

    By Marc Ballon

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish groups are expressing anger that government officials, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, have scheduled a special election in Orange County to fall on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year for Jews.

    The Oct. 4 election is to fill the...

  • Sweet Support for Israel

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who doesn't love honey? Dunking apple slices in it -- along with challah, chicken and everything else -- on Rosh Hashanah is a favorite holiday ritual symbolizing hope for a sweet New Year. Now you can buy your honey and help Israel, too.

    The Jewish Federation of Orange County is on...

  • Remembering Dad During Days of Awe

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This Rosh Hashanah brings to a close the year in which my father died. For this reason, and many others, I am grateful that the Jewish New Year is marked not by parties, but by days and weeks preceding and following of self-evaluation, quiet contemplation and prayers for blessings in...

  • Fretting About Fressing

    By Judy Gruen

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Apples dipped in honey. And while you're at it, dip the challah, too. Chicken soup with knaidel. Here, who's gonna finish this last little piece of brisket? What? You didn't try the noodle kugel? Don't tell me you're too full for my homemade honey cake and cookies -- it's Yom Tov!

    ...

  • The Liebermans’ Tasty New Year

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, 5763, Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat, the weekly observance that Sen. Joseph Lieberman calls "a sanctuary to put the outside world on hold and concentrate on what's really important -- your faith and your family." And although Lieberman, who was the Democratic candidate...

  • Big Questions for a New Year

    By James D. Besser

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    It is a new year, but the world and nation are still agonizing over a lot of old problems. President George W. Bush has promised that the long, hard fight against terrorism has just begun, but it is far from clear exactly what the next phase in that war will be. At home, a faltering...

  • A Portion of Parasha Breshit

    By Abby Gilad

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Here we go again! We start the New Year by reading the Torah all over again from the beginning. Why do we do this, year after year? Why do we read the same things over and over again? Maybe we can find the answer in the word that means "year" in Hebrew: shana.

    There are two words in...

  • 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...

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