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  • People of the Vine: Rob Eshman talks Jews, wine and history with Jeff Morgan

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Jeff Morgan is winemaker and co-owner of Covenant Wines, based in Napa Valley, where he makes kosher wine under the Covenant, RED C and Landsman labels.


    Rob Eshman: To start, let’s put aside, for a moment, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher wine and pose a more...

  • Best place to avoid a zombie apocalypse?

    By Ryan E. Smith

    July 2, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Max Brooks, son of the comedian behind “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers,” is convinced that Jews are uniquely positioned to face a zombie apocalypse. And he’s not joking.

    “Gentiles don’t understand how truly dangerous the world is. Jews do. It’s part of our national culture,”...

  • Passover at Malachy’s Bar

    By Rob Eshman

    April 11, 2013 | 3:08 pm

    For years now I have had a pre-Passover ritual: I drink one last beer before the holiday starts. 

    According to Jewish law, for the entire eight days of Passover, you're forbidden from eating or drinking foods made with wheat, barley, rye, spelt or oats.  Those of you into $10,000...

  • Happenings

    By Michelle Azar

    April 10, 2013 | 10:32 am

    I miss matzah. I actually miss it.  One would thing a week that dry piece of cardboard might be enough, so it makes me wonder… what am I really missing? The “food” itself or the surroundings?

    This Passover was spent with family, ALL family really, from the newly born to the super...

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  • For L.A. investigator, exposing kosher meat fraud was a ‘mitzvah’

    April 8, 2013 | 2:28 pm

    A semi-automatic weapon sits propped beside the front door of the ranch-style home that Eric Agaki shares with his wife, a couple of goats, some chickens and a horse. Only it’s not the real thing.

    “That’s an air gun for raccoons,” Agaki says. “For intruders I’ve got other...

  • A Passover Conversation

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 3, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Last Saturday afternoon I went to a local retirement community to teach some of the residents about Passover. I told them the Exodus story, explaining that we retell this story every year for the holiday. I also talked about the seder, going over the ritual items on the seder...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 1, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    Turkey tourism is back!

    Last week, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, apologized to Turkey over the death of nine of its citizens during the IDF raid on the Gaza- bound ship, Marmara, in May 2010. The Marmara incident brought the Israeli-Turkish relationship down to a...

  • Pope Francis, Rome chief rabbi exchange holiday greetings

    April 1, 2013 | 6:40 am

    Pope Francis and Rome’s Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni exchanged greetings to mark Passover and Easter.

    The two holidays overlap this year: Easter is on Sunday; Passover started last week and ends Tuesday.

    The holidays, Di Segni wrote to the pontiff, “represent both the link and...

  • Last Chance: Banish Your Passover Neurosis!

    By Marcus J Freed

    March 31, 2013 | 6:23 pm

    Pesach/Passover is often seen as a bundle of neuroses and hassle for many, but it can - and should - be a gateway to freedom and liberation!

    Marcus J Freed offers some thoughts....

    Discover new stuff at www.marcusjfreed.com.

  • What am I a Slave to?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 29, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I hope everyone’s Seders were fulfilling—spiritually, emotionally and gastronomically! As I went through the Haggadah, I was struck by how many of us don’t take seriously the line: B’Chol Dor V’dor…. In every generation, each person is obligated to see...

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    March 29, 2013 | 12:55 pm

    Los Angeles City Hall held its first-ever Passover celebration, which was organized by the Board of Rabbis of Southern California and The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. The March 19 festivities took place on the City Hall forecourt, adjacent to the Spring Street steps....

  • Synagogue Swap

    By Jeremy Fine

    March 29, 2013 | 10:10 am

    The Jewish Theological Seminary used to conduct a program called Seminary Shabbat. In short, JTS provided a modest stipend to a student while a synagogue flew that student to their community for a Shabbat. I did several of these and my responsibilities ranged from delivering...

  • Thoughts on Happiness, Courage, and Rights

    By Maya Paley

    March 28, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Between Passover, attending NCJW’s Washington Institute, the mayoral elections in LA, Obama in Israel, ongoing fundraising and advocating for women’s and refugee rights, organizing advocacy training sessions, and the DOMA and Prop. 8 hearings in the US Supreme Court, I’m completely...

  • Killing Children and Eating Matzah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 28, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    By M. Alexander

    Passover is one of the reasons I rejected Judaism.  How can a religion that claims to be a proponent of equality simultaneously have at its cornerstone of freedom the murder of children?  Instead of delving deeper, I turned away from Judaism as a holiday of...

  • Six Israelis dead, dozens injured in holiday car accidents

    March 28, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Six Israelis died and dozens were injured in car accidents during the Passover holiday.

    Israel Police recorded 160 car accidents from Tuesday to Thursday. Magen David Adom emergency services treated nine people with serious injuries, as well as 13 with medium injuries and 146...

  • The chametz within

    March 28, 2013 | 8:17 am

    Rejoice! Spring has arrived, and Pesach is here. The time of our liberation is at hand. The Exodus from our narrow straits is re-enacted once more.

    To be sure, Pesach is about history — the story of the children of Israel leaving the oppression of Egypt, freed into the wilderness...

  • Recalling a second exodus

    March 28, 2013 | 5:53 am

    Frolicking with her fiancé in the cool waters of the Suez Canal, Lilian Abada would never have imagined she was about to experience the first of a string of events that would ultimately lead her to flee her native Egypt for Israel with only one suitcase.

    When Abada and her future...

  • Obama’s Middle East visit: 50 shades of gray

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 27, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    On March 21, four days before Pesach, Sarah Chazizza was at home in Sderot, doing what people do before Pesach. She was cleaning. It was still early in the morning, but the weather was getting warmer and the windows were wide open to let the dusted furniture breath. So the sound of...

  • Should Israel fear “the king which knew not Josef?”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 27, 2013 | 12:25 pm

    As Passover lays upon us, I asked Adi Grady, a teaching and research assistant in Tel- Aviv University’s Political Science department, and a Political Science grad student, to write a little bit about Israel, Egypt, and recent years. Here's an analysis of Israel-Egypt relations,...

  • Israel battling new swarm of locusts

    March 27, 2013 | 11:29 am

    Israel battled a new swarm of locusts that crossed the border from Egypt.

    Crop dusting planes on Monday dropped pesticides on the locusts, which are yellow and preparing to lay eggs. The yellow locusts eat much less than the swarms that have been entering Israel over the last...

  • Obama quotes Hatikvah in Passover message

    March 27, 2013 | 10:23 am

    President Obama cited the Israeli national anthem's invocation of an ancient Jewish longing for a homeland in his Passover message.

    "Last week, I visited the state of Israel for the third time, my first as president," Obama said in his message reeled Monday just hours before the...

  • Save the self-pity, choices abound for Passover meals

    March 26, 2013 | 11:44 am

    For the many who feel overwhelmed by Passover because of the demands of cooking without leaven, a word or two: That should not be an obstacle.

    After all, on this most celebrated of Jewish holidays, we are allowed to eat fish, meat, poultry, eggs, nuts, fruits, most vegetables and...

  • Is the Exodus Narrative Really That Good?

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 25, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    So today while thinking about what I wanted to write about Passover, this unholy thought popped in my head.  Is the Exodus story even a good story?  I know it must be because it’s the most powerful, climactic, sweeping narrative in all of Torah, but I couldn’t...

  • Five Quick Notes on Politics and Passover Before the Seder

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 25, 2013 | 7:30 am

    1.

    Here’s one last leftover from the Obama visit: several knowledgeable Israelis whom I met with and whom I can't name here have noted that the Obama-Abbas press conference contained one item worthy of attention – and not the one most people focused on after the event. Of...

  • A Passover Message of Freedom From Hiddush

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 24, 2013 | 7:05 am

    Rabbi Uri Regev, Founder and Director of Hiddush, asked me to write a Passover Supplement for inclusion in your family Seder on themes and values upon which both the State of Israel and the United States are founded. That piece is titled:

    “Imagine: Liberation, Marriage and Gender...

  • Gonna Celebrate Pesach Like It’s 5773 – Rabbi Barry Gelman

    By Rabbi Barry Gelman

    March 23, 2013 | 10:19 pm

    I recently listened to a shiur on the subject of Pesach wherein the Rabbi insisted that currently we celebrate the spiritual freedom of Pesach...

  • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but those green onions scars will eventually heal

    March 22, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Growing up Iranian Jewish in LA, our Passover Seders were like long, annoying road trips, where instead of the kids asking, "Are we there yet?", our parents were subjected to repeated questions about the order of the Seder:

    After the first cup of wine:
    Is it Dayenu time yet??

    ...
  • Celebrating our Liberation

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 22, 2013 | 11:36 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Last night, I went to a screening of Hava Nagila, the Movie put on by Beit T'Shuvah. On Monday night, we are celebrating Pesach, our liberation from Egypt. What do these two things have in common? I think a lot!

    Hava Nagila, the Movie does an amazing job...

  • For your seder table

    March 22, 2013 | 11:04 am

    The following text is excerpted from “The Bronfman Haggadah,” written by Edgar Bronfman with illustrations by Jan Aronson (Rizzoli, 2012).

    NARRATOR: Four hundred years before the Exodus, a Hebrew named Joseph lived in the land of Egypt. Originally from Canaan, Joseph had been...

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