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  • Where will you Tashlich?

    6 days ago

    I love the annual ritual of tashlich, the symbolic casting away of the soul’s sins. As it involves a body of water — oceans, rivers, ponds — I like to think of it as an excuse for a hike … and a spiritual adventure.  

    The custom of self-reflection, traditionally performed on the...

  • Bargain-store table settings that look like a million bucks

    6 days ago

    The High Holy Days can be a very stressful, time-consuming and expensive season — especially if you are the host for Rosh Hashanah dinner or Yom Kippur break-the-fast.

    The idea of creating beautiful yet affordable table settings by using items from discount stores was born after...

  • Finding meaning in the ram

    6 days ago

    No story in our culture is more enigmatic and iconic than the Binding of Isaac, which we read on Rosh Hashanah. The akedah, or “binding,” is found in the 22nd chapter of Genesis and is only 19 verses long, containing just over 300 words. Yet this very short story has compelled...

  • A new look in Israel for Shmita, the year of rest

    By  Orit Arfa

    6 days ago

    More than 2,000 years ago, when ancient Israel was an agrarian society, the shmita year was a huge national happening. Commencing with Rosh Hashanah, the people of Israel would gather in the fields to partake of the produce left “ownerless” by farmers who, heeding the biblical...

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  • A Year of Gratitude: Shana Tova U’Metuka

    By Beit T'shuvah

    6 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As we approach this new year of 5775, I am grateful to everyone who, over this past year and years, has helped me on my journey with words and acts of loving-kindness. These have taken the form of encouragement, kudos, criticisms, and rebukes. All have...

  • Focusing on ISIS in U.N. speech, Obama virtually ignores Iran

    6 days ago

    President Barack Obama devoted the bulk of his U.N. speech to the fight against violent Islamic extremism and hardly mentioned Iran’s nuclear program.

    In his U.N. General Assembly speech last year, Obama spent a lot of time talking about Tehran’s nuclear pursuit, describing it as...

  • Pen In The Sky

    By Emily Stern

    6 days ago

    I'm fine with the image of a pen in the sky
    as long as it's feathered, and
    can chisel through stone.

    Draw the truth in all of the world.
    Get fancy and very straightforward.

    Show us the lines
    to break through the schmutz
    reveal what's inside.
    Reveal to us Your heartfelt design.

    If your soul paints the world,
    write our book of glowing streams
    already here, already perfect, already whole.

    Simply lift and return us again.
    We’re ready to live in the daylight
    of Grace, hand in hand. Yours always.

     

    Shana Tova!

  • L.A. Bikur Cholim head’s role revealed in annuities scheme

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    Although the final legal shoe appears to have dropped in an $850,000 settlement between broker Michael Horowitz and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in an illegal $80 million variable annuities scheme, the effects of the fraud are still being felt in Los Angeles. A...

  • Rosh Hashanah message September 2014

    6 days ago

    Kids who aren’t afraid of failing take the risks that change the world. 

    Why? Because optimism and failure are the necessary and inextricable foundation upon which creative confidence flourishes. You have to believe in a better world—desperately and urgently—to take the risks and...

  • Plan Ahead

    Fred A. Helms

    6 days ago

    As we confront our mortality at this time of year (the High Holidays), I would like to suggest a service you can perform that can alleviate suffering, prevent or ameliorate remorse and help prevent financial ruin.  I am talking about end-of-life documents — Durable Power of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Ha’azinu with Rabbi Sivan Malkin Maas

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Sivan Malkin Maas, Dean of the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism. Rabbi Maas is the first Israeli rabbi ordained by the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in 2003. In addition to serving as Dean of Tmura-IISHJ in...

  • I had not intended to fall in love.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    6 days ago

    I had not intended to fall in love.

    I had just entered this stage as a casual traveler, to observe.  I had watched the little kids use their slings to kill mockingbirds, and chase rabid dogs in the streets with angry bats.  I had awakened from sleep to coughing guns in front of...

  • Should rabbis talk about Israel during the High Holy Days?

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    On the eve of the biggest sermon days of the year, a brouhaha has erupted in the Jewish world over whether rabbis should weigh in about Israel.

    “Don’t talk about Israel,” my friend Peter Beinart wrote this week in Haaretz, addressing rabbis across America. Why? Because American...

  • Will the summer of war affect High Holy Days sermons?

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Every year, synagogue rabbis face the often-daunting task of coming up with compelling High Holy Days sermons.

    This summer’s 50-day Israel-Gaza conflict, during which 66 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians were killed, and more than 2,100 Palestinians died, could make this...

  • The shofar saves a rabbi’s life: a case study

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    1 week ago

    My patient, an esteemed rabbi, underwent major abdominal surgery lasting several hours. Within one day postoperatively, he was instructed to blow into a mechanical device to help prevent respiratory complications. 

    Pulmonary problems are not uncommon after surgery, and they...

  • Edge of Tomorrow: At 91, Grandma reflects on the state of the world and her soul for Rosh Hashanah

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 week ago

    "It’s been such a lousy year,” my grandmother said when I asked her what she thought I should write for my Rosh Hashanah column.

    It was a cloudy Sunday night in Miami and we had just finished watching the Tom Cruise movie “Edge of Tomorrow,” in which Cruise is forced to repeat...

  • How to Shmita in California

    1 week ago

    Shmita, the Torah-mandated break that refreshes every seven years, and which is observed in the coming new year, 5775, is being reinterpreted in Los Angeles.

    The key concepts of shmita, which means “release,” are found in the Torah portion Mishpatim in Exodus (“Six years you...

  • The High Holy Days: Something meaningful, or just going through the motions?

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    Most of us who go to synagogue for the High Holy Days have no clue what’s going on.

    We don’t speak or read Hebrew well enough to understand the prayers or the Torah portion. We don’t know why we say the prayers in the order we say them. We don’t like the stilted English...

  • Now there’s an app for atonement – meet eScapegoat

    By tessc

    1 week ago

    The confessions come flooding in at this time of year to the Twitter feed of the atonement app eScapegoat:

    I told him the cupcake was gluten-free.

    I always use my roommate’s bathroom so I don’t have to clean my own.

    I’ve spent all my mother’s money since she died.

    Sarah...

  • Three books, three opinions about The Lubavitcher Rebbe

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 week ago

    The 20th anniversary of the passing of the Lubavitcher Rebbe (1902-1994) has inspired no fewer than three new biographies, a fact that attests to his enduring importance even outside the Chasidic community he led for four decades. Even more telling, however, is the fact that he is...

  • U.S. providing additional $71 million in Gaza aid

    1 week ago

    The United States said it will provide $71 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians in Gaza.

    The funds announced Monday by Secretary of State John Kerry are above the $47 million pledged by the U.S. for emergency needs in Gaza in the wake of Israel’s...

  • Overheard at the DLD Tel Aviv Digital Conference

    By Simone Wilson

    1 week ago

    “Hey, Jackson! How’s your startup coming? Still living the dream?”

    “We’re not really fancy yet. We still need to have that discussion.”

    “Let me be Israeli for a minute and not be politically correct.”

    “Let’s do it after Rosh Hashanah. Don’t let me forget, dude.”

    “It’s good...

  • How Israeli tech survived the war

    By Simone Wilson

    1 week ago

    “I know that for some of you, coming to Israel after a very challenging summer might cause hesitation,” Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told a crowd of hundreds of techies wearing neon-pink wristbands and ID necklaces. They sat in an old, restored British train station along the coast of...

  • Compassionate kapparot: use coins, not chickens

    1 week ago

    How does one remove sin and guarantee one’s name in the Book of Life during the Ten Days of Repentance? Here’s one way that does not work: Take a factory-farmed white hen out of a battery cage in the sweltering heat, wave it over your head, say “This is my exchange, this is my...

  • Rosh Hashana: Meal and a Spiel Style

    By Elana Horwich

    1 week ago

    The Head of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, deserves food that makes it worth sitting in temple all day.  Here is a comprehensive collection of what I think are the best recipes you can make for the High Holidays.

     

    Matzo Ball Soup (Chicken Soup Easy Enough for Shiksas*)

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    ...
  • ‘Fallen Fruit of the Skirball’: A labor of love

    1 week ago

    An installation titled “Fallen Fruit of the Skirball,” currently on display in the Ruby Gallery of the Skirball Cultural Center, presents the various dimensions of love and relationships, using fruit as a catalyst.  

    “Fallen Fruit” is a collaborative that was originated in 2004...

  • Backers of anti-Iran group create group against violent Islamists

    1 week ago

    Imagine taking the 6-year-old NGO (non-governmental organization) United Against Nuclear Iran and swapping out the word “Iran” with “violent extremists.”

    That pretty much sums up the Counter Extremism Project, an NGO launched Sept. 22 that aims to expose the financial,...

  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    1 week ago

    I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre...

  • Poem: My first theology lesson

    1 week ago

    Rumpled and furious, my grandfather’s friend

    stood up in a bookstore on the North Side

    and lamented the lost Jews of Poland

     

    and declared that he felt sorry for God

    who had so many problems with Justice

    and had become disillusioned and sad

     

    since He wanted to...

  • Is anti-Israel bias at UCLA breaking federal law? One study says yes.

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    A study released Sept. 17 by the pro-Israel campus watchdog AMCHA Initiative found that not only has UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES) hosted an overwhelming proportion of its events that are critical and hostile toward Israel — as campus pro-Israel advocates long have...

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