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  • My Evening with LeAnn Rimes & the LA County Sherriff

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    On August 18th I purchased a ticket to see LeAnn Rimes in concert. I write about Ms. Rimes a lot as she is a celebrity in the realm of pop culture and that is what I write about. Many of her fans have taken offense to my coverage of her and thought it shameful I was writing about...

  • Abbas has a strategy of escalation and he is in a dangerously bad mood

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    Israel has not "chosen to make" this year or any other year "a year of a new war of genocide perpetrated against the Palestinian people". Mahmoud Abbas' speech to the UN, at the center of which he made this preposterous lie, was, as Nahum Barnea noted, a declaration of war. It was...

  • Giving Birth: The Cries of the Shofar.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    The mother cries in labor, in pain, in joy, in anticipation.  Tekiah. 

    The newborn takes the first breath, crying, gasping, trembling.  Shevarim. 

    Their cries are intertwined. A cord is cut.  A dream unfolds.  Teruah. 

    All eyes with tears.  The potential for renewal.  The...

  • Sunday Reads: Is the peace process off the table?, Freud & the Nazis, On yielding to Iran

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    US

    David Frum doesn’t think yielding to Iran (to gain its support against ISIS) is necessary –

    Little has come of all these attempts, for the uncomplicated reason that the rulers of Iran are not much interested in them. Or, to put it a little more complexly, the rulers of...

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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend - Rosh Hashannah Edition

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    This weekend is dedicated to the holiday that symbolizes the beggining of a brand new Jewish year. Here are some songs to get you in the Holiday spirit!

     

    B'Rosh Hashannah (In Rosh Hashannah)

     
    Ba'Shannah HaBa'a (Next Year)
     
     
     
    Matana L'Rosh Hashannah (A present for Rosh Hashannah)
     

     

    Ma Hadash? Tapuach B'Dvash (What's new? Apple in honey)

     

    Shannah Halcha, Shannah Ba'a (A year has gone by, a new year begins)

  • The First Mitzvah of 5775

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    5 days ago

    As usual this year, our synagogue sanctuary was filled to the brim for Rosh Hashanah services. The services were full of beautiful music, the sounds of the shofar, sincere prayers, and deep, meaningful moments. Yet it was what happened afterward that struck me the most.

    ...
  • Mork Jumps the Shark: Some thoughts on Robin Williams’ sudden departure

    By Steven Alan Green

    5 days ago

    It’s been nearly a year since I published my last blog.  First off, my apologies.  Secondly, who really cares.  Now.  I’ve got so much to tell you and yet, I don’t want my personal saga to overshadow  what I think is one of my more important pieces, my piece on Robin Williams.  ...

  • The Other Oppenheim

    By Milad Doroudian

    5 days ago

    Neo-Classicism or Romanticism? Although two movements whose conditions have been the subjects of rhetoric over the fact that they share many principles, and yet are so different, perhaps do not matter as much when one considers that aesthetics, which is the one thing which...

  • Two Rosh Hashanah services by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    6 days ago

    Life Saving Judaism:

    A week ago, one of my dear friends from childhood, Camp Ramah and rabbinical school, lost his wife after a courageous three year battle with breast cancer. She was 42 years old, brilliant, successful, witty, cultured and a mother of two young sons. My wife...

  • A Survivor’s Last Wish

    6 days ago

    Sylvia Badner turned 80 years old in 2007, and her son Victor threw a small party in his home, inviting a few friends, cousins and neighbors to mark the milestone.

    Everyone showed up except Sylvia, who adamantly refused to attend.

    The Queens, N.Y. housewife had been lying about...

  • Pre-K in 2024

    1 week ago

    Hard to believe that only a decade ago—back in the fall of 2014—the future of pre-kindergarten looked so promising in California.

    State leaders were congratulating themselves on passing a budget and new legislation that promised more than 40,000 new full-day pre-K spots for...

  • A Rosh Hashanah rap

    1 week ago

    Fifty Seven Seventy Five  / is not the combo of my locker

    It’s also not the age of my Mother to Father 

    Not the goals of Brazil vs. German World Cup soccer

    It is the year of Israel/ kiss the land upon

    when I El-Al’ed her

    Sweet new year / for my future Jewish lovely

    That...

  • High Holy Days 5775: Jewish community shares life advice

    1 week ago

    As we look inward over the course of the High Holy Days, we also seek wisdom that might guide us forward in our lives. The Journal sought life advice from thoughtful people in our community and elsewhere, including a few no longer with us, all of whose words are worth remembering.

    ...
  • Moving and shaking: JCFLA’s Marvin Schotland honored, SOLA celebrates

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    The most moving part of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles’ (JCFLA) 60th-anniversary celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Sept. 19 had to be when CEO Marvin Schotland’s father, Lou Schotland, sang to his son.

    The event honored Marvin for his 25 years...

  • Israel’s population rises slightly to 8.9 Million

    1 week ago

    The official population of Israel on the eve of the Jewish New Year is 8.9 million, a slight increase from last Rosh Hashanah.

    The population grew by 2 percent since the previous Rosh Hashanah, rising 173,811 to 8,904,373 , according to the Population and Immigration Authority,...

  • New Mossad recruiting website goes online

    1 week ago

    Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has launched a new website to recruit for various positions.

    In addition to Hebrew, the website, which went online Sept. 22, is available in several languages including Russian, English, Arabic and French.

    A questionnaire to determine suitability for the agency can be filled out and submitted online.

    Positions are available in operations, intelligence, technology and cyber, and administration, according to the website.

  • U.S. court rules Arab Bank liable for Hamas terror

    1 week ago

    Arab Bank provided material support to Hamas, a U.S. court found, and must compensate the victims of 24 attacks carried out by the terror group.

    Jurors in Brooklyn District Court delivered the verdict Sept. 22 following two days of deliberations and a six-week trial, Reuters...

  • Trip to New York City

    By Joy Bennett

    1 week ago

    The Pod Hotel, Manhattan

    Just got back from a quick weekend trip to New York City, what a fun town.  I stayed at the adorable Pod Hotel which is super convenient.  It's right on 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Midtown Manhattan.  The rooms are the size of a dorm, but it's clean, very reasonable and right in the middle of things.  Check out Buttercup Bakery on 2nd Avenue nearby too!

  • Where will you Tashlich?

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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...

  • A Year of Gratitude: Shana Tova U’Metuka

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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...

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