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  • ‘God is a fraud’

    May 22, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    In this week’s parasha, Beha’alotecha, Moses faces the fragility of life as he watches his sister, Miriam, struggle with tzara’at, a dangerous skin disease. Overcome with anguish, Moses cries out to God. His five-word prayer, the shortest recorded in the Torah, beseeches the Holy...

  • Berman versus Sherman, by the numbers

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 29, 2012 | 11:50 am

    The biggest challenge in covering the congressional race between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman lies in determining how to judge the two men and compare their performances in Congress.

    In their increasingly intense contest, the two veteran Democrats each has portrayed the...

  • Rhyme and Reason

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    June 27, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    This week’s portion bears one of the Torah’s great enigmas. What exactly did Moshe Rabbeinu do that prompted God to bar him from crossing the Jordan into Israel?

    What was the infraction?

    Most students are taught that Moshe’s misfeasance was that he hit the boulder even though...

  • Call to war

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 6, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    There are powerful moments when life’s experiences bring deeper meaning to the Torah and her classic commentators.

    It was Shabbat, June 5, 1982.

    I was nearing the end of my first year abroad in Israel, and I spent that Shabbat in Haifa with my family. A few days earlier, on June...

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  • Enemy in Our Midst

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "But if you do not completely drive out the inhabitants, those who remain will be pins in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in your own land" (Numbers 33:55).

    God awarded the land of Israel to His chosen people, but He didn't just give it to us on a silver...

  • In the Name of God?

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Oh God, open all doors for me. Oh God, who answers prayers and answers those who ask you, I am asking you for your help. I am asking you for forgiveness. I am asking you to lighten my way. I am asking you to lift the burden I feel....

    God, I trust in you. God, I lay myself in your...
  • Mourning Miriam

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Moshe was one of a kind. "None ever rose again like Moshe."

    At the same time, in very powerful ways, Moshe and Miriam were two of a kind. Their personalities and passions overlapped generously. And despite being separated over decades during Moshe's extended sojourn in Midian,...

  • Challenge Your Child

    By Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This was my bar mitzvah portion 51 years ago, and I still remember what the rabbi said to me about it on the pulpit. So for all you parents and rabbis who speak to young adults becoming bar or bat mitzvah, take note: your words just may be remembered.

    My rabbi, Rabbi Louis J....
  • Please God, heal her now

    By Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In shuls across the world this Shabbat we will hear five short, simple Hebrew words: El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now).

    Our prayers are never more heartfelt than when we ask for intervention in the process of sickness and death. God, we are saying, we acknowledge that...
  • My Blessing, Your Blessing

    By Rabbi Mark Hyman

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the years pass, certain aspects of memory tend to become a bit fuzzy. For some reason, I can still remember many phone numbers, addresses and even credit card numbers from decades ago, but other vital and significant facts and experiences have faded.

    Yet, no matter how many...
  • Size Matters

    By Rob Eshman

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Three thousand Jews from around the world will gather in Los Angeles this week for the 75th General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities.

    So, in typical Jewish fashion, let me ask a question:

    Why not 5,000?

    Why not 10,000?

    Why not 25,000?

    Think about it. The GA is...

  • This Week - The Silent Minority

    By Rob Eshman

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We'll march for Israel, we'll march for Darfur and we'll even march for the whales, but for the people who harvest our food and clean our toilets and watch our children -- for them we can't be bothered.

    I didn't join in any of the rallies held to protest the punitive immigration...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Vatch Out! It's Zee Count !

    Passover eez my favorite time of zee year, because I get to start counting. Do you know vat it eez that I vant to count? Here is a teeny veeny hint: 5, 12, 30, 51 – These numbers correspond to letters in this paragraph. Start counting!

    Riddle Me This

    ...
  • A Numbers Game

    By Dan Jacobs

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A few months ago, I scribbled out a Web site, bought a camera, hired a director, raised $42,000 and embarked on a journey across

    the United States.

    "I'm looking for true love," I told my father, "even if she's husking corn in Iowa."

    In three weeks on the road, I dated a radio...

  • Math Problem

    By Jill Stewart

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It's spring in Sacramento, and that means the Capitol steps are jammed again with protesters against government cuts -- the first protesters to show up in mid-March were thousands of community college students demanding that California taxpayers continue paying the nation's steepest...

  • Style and Substance

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What can the 2003 National Jewish Population Survey (NJPS) tell us that The New York Times wedding announcements can't?

    I read both this weekend, pretty much one after the other, and I can tell you that the nuptial notices make up in pretty portraits what they lack in hard data....

  • Court’s Race Rulings Raises Deeper Issues

    By David A. Lehrer

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The United States Supreme Court has handed down its decisions on the issue of affirmative action. In the cases of Grutter vs. Bollinger and Gratz vs. Bollinger, the court has ruled on the constitutionality of race-conscious programs and their viability in educational institutions...

  • Age-Old Dilemma

    By Carin Davis

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    My friend Lindsay's friend, Michelle, hosted a 30th birthday bash for her friend, Beth, last Saturday night. So of course I was there.

    And so was birthday girl Beth's friend Michael's friend, Rob. And Rob was hot.

    Six-foot-two before breakfast, with broad shoulders and blue eyes,...

  • Preventing Death

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 10, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    One afternoon, as I wheeled my shopping cart down an aisle of the local market, a 3-year-old riding in his mother's cart came up along the other side. He was one of the students in the nursery school, and when he recognized me, his mouth dropped open, he pointed, and he shouted,...
  • Follow the Leader

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A yeshiva outgrew its downtown quarters and moved to the former site of an upstate boys' academy. Finding a boathouse on the property, the Rosh Yeshiva called in one of the rabbis and ordered him to organize a rowing team.

    "Rebbe, what do we know from rowing?" the rabbi asked.

    "We can...

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