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  • My Jewish Life

    By Ilana Angel

    January 23, 2012 | 9:13 am

    This past weekend marked the 3rd anniversary of my son’s Bar Mitzvah.  In honor of the day, he was asked to read Torah at Temple.  He accepted the invitation and for the past week I have been listening to him practice which has been lovely.  It made me wonder, is my Jewish life...

  • Where it comes from

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Not all of us realize it, but Parshat Emor is one of the most frequently read Torah portions we encounter. We typically read it in May, and again on Passover's second day and on the first two days of Sukkot. It is read on these two festivals because, like D'varim (Deuteronomy)...
  • Pesach—in your own words

    By David Suissa

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A Jewish American soldier finds himself in the Iraqi desert on the first night of Passover and improvises a seder with another soldier by drawing a seder plate in the sand.

    Meanwhile, a Jewish lawyer from Menlo Park discovers that our centuries-old haggadah does not actually tell...
  • The seder offers 15 steps toward empowerment

    By Rabbi Michael Gotlieb

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Fifteen steps or ritual components make up the Passover seder.

    Knowing that in advance can empower your guests and everyone else gathered around the dinner table. Most haggadot list the 15 steps at the beginning of the text. Think of it as a key, or GPS, to help you navigate...

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  • Stop sugarcoating intermarriage

    By Steven M. Cohen

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Not many years ago, it was taken as axiomatic that intermarriage constitutes a significant threat to Jewish continuity. For individual families, we understood that more often than not, the children of the intermarried would be raised as non-Jews. And since intermarrying Jews have...
  • Films: The trials and tribulations of fathers and sons

    By George Robinson

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For so many Jewish men, it always comes back to fathers and sons, despite what Philip Roth might think. Look at the films of Daniel Burman, the rising young star of the New Argentine Cinema. "Waiting for the Messiah," "Lost Embrace" and his latest, "Family Law," which all revolve...
  • Jewish bond doesn’t draw all to Holiday observances

    By Tom Tugend

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    They include a law professor, a newspaper editor, a computer scientist, an architect and a retired Army colonel.
     
    However diverse, they have one thing in common: They generally do not attend synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
     
    Yet they are neither self-denying...
  • Thrown For A Loop

    By Avi Liberman

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Avi we're doing some looping for a movie called, 'The Mount of Olives.' It was filmed in Israel and we're looking for Hebrew and Arabic speakers." Being an actor and comic in Los Angeles, you run into some interesting gigs. When my friend, Joey, himself a Christian Arab from...

  • Tisha B’Av Dilemma: Day of Solemnity or Celebration?

    By Jane Ulman

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Traditional Jews mark Tisha B'Av by fasting, reading from the Book of Lamentations and observing rituals of mourning.

    Not all congregations observe the solemn day, however. Tisha B'Av at The Valley Temple, a Reform synagogue in Cincinnati, took on a less somber demeanor last...

  • Marriage Conversion Rate Proves Low

    By Rachel Silverman

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low conversion rates among intermarried Jewish families continue to plague those working to reverse the demographic downtrends in American Jewry.

    Fewer than one-fifth of non-Jews who marry Jews convert to Judaism, according to a new study distributed by the American Jewish Committee....

  • Proposal Advocates Shoah Forgiveness

    By Joseph Hanania

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sam Oliner wants to help an estimated 200,000 Jewish survivors worldwide free themselves of their psychological bondage. The time, he believes, has come.

    In the 1970s, several years into teaching Holocaust-related studies at Humboldt State University, Oliner, now 75, experienced his...

  • Taking Winter Break on Jewish Time

    By Jennifer Garmaise

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Francis Bilak and her extended family are taking a cruise this week, but to do so, Bilak's son, Michael, is missing a week of preschool at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy.

    Hillel, like two-dozen other Orthodox schools in Los Angeles, doesn't have the last two weeks in December off....

  • Calendars Remove Anti-Israel Day

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A campaign by Berlin-based activists has resulted in the erasure of "Al Quds Day" from some interfaith calendars in the United States and United Kingdom.

    As Iran's president was calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, members of Together Against Political Islam and...

  • Court Nominee Alito Through Jewish Lens

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The long paper trail of hard-hitting conservative opinions that Judge Samuel Alito has left in his wake is perfect fodder for the kind of left vs. right, black-and-white confirmation battle that this town relishes.

    For Jewish groups, however, the clarity of Alito's record fades to...

  • Kosher Stylin’

    By Jessica Ravitz

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If we are what we eat, then at this moment I'm a big fat Gordo's burrito with extra cheese. But I'm a veggie burrito because for the past several years, I've been cultivating my own brand of kosher. I like to call myself "kosher style."

    It's a phrase that's apt to confuse, so let me...

  • Listen Well

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A number of years ago we spent a family weekend in Palm Springs. I asked my kids what they wanted to do. First mistake: Never ask your kids what they want to do on vacation. It's guaranteed to be something you can't do.

    My daughters answered, "Let's go ice skating."

    I looked at...

  • Your Letters

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Gays and Judaism

    Steve Greenberg may be many things, but Orthodox is not one of them ("Gay Orthodox Rabbi Peels Back His Life," May 7).

    It is worse than presumptuous to tell people how to define themselves. Orthodox Jews believe in -- and have always believed in -- a binding set...

  • Thanksgiving’s Sukkot Roots

    By Linda Morel

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you know that Thanksgiving is really a Jewish holiday? Although Thanksgiving is not on the Jewish calendar, historians believe that Sukkot may have inspired America's favorite farewell to fall, often nicknamed "Turkey Day."

    "The pilgrims based their customs on the Bible," said...

  • The Few, The Proud, The Jewish

    By Mikhail Ekshtut

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the entire U.S. military there are about 50 Orthodox Jews -- and I am one of them. Why am I telling you this?

    I was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1976, when I was 5, my parents, sister and I immigrated to the United States and settled in Seattle. I grew up mostly nonobservant, but...

  • Ask Wendy

    By Wendy Belzberg

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    An Unreasonable Invite?



    Dear Wendy,

    My wife and I recently had a falling out with very close friends whom we've known for over 40 years. When their daughter became engaged, they told us early on that, for budgetary reasons, our children would not be invited to the wedding. We...

  • Cape Town Clash

    By Moira Schneider

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A controversial conversion has reignited a dispute over Orthodox Jewish standards between South Africa's Orthodox establishment and one of the largest Orthodox congregations in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Attempts to paper over the cracks between the beit din, or the Jewish law court,...

  • Tisha B’Av Times 4

    By Rob Eshman

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Tisha B'Av, the day of mourning in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples, is notable for at least two reasons. For one, it may be the only holiday that Hallmark hasn't designed a card for. And it seems to be the one holiday that most Jews have heard of, but few seem to...
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