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    By Ryan Torok

    May 3, 2012 | 6:15 pm


    SUN MAY 6

    Hike Griffith Park and relax in Amir’s Garden (amirsgarden.org) with the young professionals of Valley Ruach. A barbecue and picnic with kosher and veggie hot dogs and salads follows. Wear sturdy and...

  • Moves Like Moses [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    April 5, 2012 | 12:46 pm

    A Bar Mitzvah A cappella song brought to you by Pella.

  • Today is 13,563 days (in my life).

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    May 11, 2011 | 12:22 am

    What would it be like to ritually count each passing day of our lives? As each new day begins, “today is the 13,562nd day of my life. And then, “today is the 13,563rd day of my life.” Such a ritual would surely make us acutely aware of the passage of time, of the progression...

  • VideoJew gets shaved

    By Jay Firestone

    May 22, 2008 | 12:18 pm

    For the record, I didn't grow a beard for this video. I did it for God.

    But in keeping the Omer tradition, I realized this was a tremendous opportunity to educate the world about the promises and immense potential of a truly rewarding Lag B'Omer.

    But before I really develop that...

  • Make Days Count

    By Rabbi Toba August

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I was in my early 30s I joined a havurah, a group of professionals seeking a deeper Jewish involvement. And during this time of year, just after Passover, we didn't know what to do with the counting of the Omer. How could we make it relevant and purposeful?

    We studied the...

  • Over Mourning

    By Amy Klein

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It used to be that when I wanted to throw a party, attend a rock concert, go for a swim or even take a haircut, I stopped myself and thought: Wait. Can I do this? What month is it? Am I allowed to celebrate? Or is it a Jewish mourning period?

    Jews have many mourning periods. Each...

  • Lag B’Omer

    By Abby Gilad

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    OK. Now what's an omer?

    It is a unit of measure -- like a pound or a kilo. That is how sheaves of barley were measured. The Israelites were commanded to bring an omer of barley to the Temple on the second day of Passover. If you don't believe me, read this week's Torah portion, Emor. It says it right there. Then they were supposed to count 49 days from that day, until Shavuot. Lag B'Omer falls on the 33rd day of the counting of the omer. Get it?

  • Counting Our Days

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Ima, how old am I today?"

    My oldest son's sixth birthday is coming soon. Recently, he has developed a near obsession with calculating exactly how old he is on a daily basis, practically down to the hour. Of course he is hardly unique. From our earliest years, we humans feel the...