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  • LA Rain, Road Rage & Special Driving Permits

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    It rained in Los Angeles today. I had errands to run and so driving was unavoidable. The simple fact is that when it rains in Los Angeles, the city falls apart.  Nobody knows how to drive to begin with, so a small amount of rain causes bad drivers to lose their minds.

    At one...

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    January 27th marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. 

    Seventy one years later, we remember, and vow never to forget.

    I pray for everyone and everything lost, and for the world today.

    I pray for not only my people, but all people.

    I pray.

    I remember.

    I will never forget.

    I am keeping the faith.

  • A Love Letter to Boy George

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    In 1982, when Culture Club released the song “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?, I was 15 years old and immediately fell in love with Boy George. I thought he was everything and when I saw the video where he wore a shirt with Hebrew writing, it was a sign to this young Jewish girl...

  • Pechanga, Dating & Barcelona

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    It is time for me and my “24 Hour Girlfriend Getaway” friends to getaway.  We're due for a trip and since we've discovered we all have some form of gambling addiction, we decided to stick with the casino theme and selected The Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula as our next...

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  • Motherhood, Dr. Martin Luther King & a Very Happy Birthday

    By Ilana Angel

    3 weeks ago

    Today is my son’s 20th birthday. I have been blessed to be the mother of this wonderful human being for 2 decades and the time has moved at lightning speed. I don’t really remember what life was like before I had him, but I do remember ever single second we have been together. He...

  • Happy Anniversary & F U Cancer

    By Ilana Angel

    January 15, 2016 | 1:03 am

    This time last year I was told I had cancer, had my thyroid removed, and while recovering from surgery, celebrated my son’s 19th birthday. I ended up having two surgeries, am now cancer free, and on Monday will celebrate my son turning 20, and being a mother for two decades. It was...

  • Motherhood, Brooklyn & a Birthday in Israel

    By Ilana Angel

    January 12, 2016 | 6:40 am

    My son will be 20 years old next week. It is hard to believe I have been a mother for two decades. Some days it feels like just yesterday that I was blessed to become this child’s mother, while other days it feels like I have been a mom for 100 years. There has been no greater joy...

  • Leann Rimes & Eddie Cibrian are Together for a Reason

    By Ilana Angel

    January 11, 2016 | 7:32 pm

    Leann Rimes and her husband Eddie Cibrian are perfect for each other and I always find it interesting when people speak ill of their relationship. They are with their soul mates and I wish them a lifetime of miserable darkness, which is how I would describe their lives together....

  • London Review: Friendship, Uber Muslim Hero & Ken Branagh

    By Ilana Angel

    January 8, 2016 | 4:50 pm

    I have been back from my trip to England for a couple of weeks and I really miss it. I love England very much and the goal is to live there one day. London is magnificent, Manchester is fabulous, and on occasion I think of opening a fish and chip shop in Blackpool, just as my...

  • 2015: My Year in Review

    By Ilana Angel

    December 31, 2015 | 8:24 pm

    On January 1, 2015, I went out to breakfast wih my son. He was about to turn 19 and I had just been diagnosed with cancer. I remember what we wore, what we ate, and the look on his face as he told me everything was going to be okay. I recall looking across at my baby boy and seeing...

  • A prayer of healing from tragedy

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    December 3, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Our hearts are breaking, God,
    As our nation buries the innocent and the brave.
    The loss is overwhelming.
    Send comfort and strength, God, to grieving parents,
    To siblings, family and friends in this time of shock and mourning.
    Shield them from despair.
    Send healing to the...

  • Praying Through the Highs and Lows of Life

    By Ilana Angel

    December 2, 2015 | 8:32 am

    Yesterday was a very interesting day. Professionally it hit a real high, while personally it hit a remarkable low. I pray every single day, but today was the type of day that moves me to pray with real intention. I never question God. Ever. I never ask why things happen as they do,...

  • Happy Thanksgiving 2015

    By Ilana Angel

    November 25, 2015 | 11:16 pm

    Thanksgiving is a time to say thanks and be grateful for the blessings in our lives. It is a special holiday because we are all being grateful together and at the same time. Since this is my 49th Thanksgiving, I am going to share 49 things I am grateful for. In no particular order,...

  • Become What You Believe: Week 1 with Oprah & Deepak

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 23, 2015 | 5:25 pm

    Week One of the 21-Day Meditation Experience, Become What You Believe by Oprah, Deepak and the Chopra Center has been worthwhile. I hope you enjoy the centering thoughts from Week One. Perhaps you will be inspired to share your story in my Gratitude Travel Writing Contest.

     

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  • The Power of Prayer

    By Ilana Angel

    November 17, 2015 | 8:22 pm

    I pray everyday. Some days it is a conversation and others a rant. There is no plan, routine, or schedule. Some days I pray for a minute, and other days for an hour. Some days I pray once, and other days often. It is important to me and has value. Prayer is something I am not...

  • Exploring prayer: A conversation with Alden Solovy

    By Roger Price

    October 28, 2015 | 9:18 am

    Alden Solovy is a poet and liturgist. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Alden made aliyah to Israel in 2012. His first book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing, was published in 2012 by Kavanot Press. He is currently working on a mythical journey, told with prayers and poetry, called...

  • Thank You

    By Ilana Angel

    July 27, 2015 | 10:50 am

    I’ll be taking a few days off beginning today and want to take a moment to say thank you to everyone who spends part of their day with me. I’m going in the hospital this morning for my 2nd surgery in 6 months and while a little nervous and anxious, I am mostly relieved to have it...

  • Hebrew word of the week: Tefillin

    July 9, 2015 | 12:11 pm

    Tefillin:

    The form is an Aramaic plural (the Hebrew plural would be tefillim), whose singular would be tefillah, “prayer,” similar to tehillim “Psalms, ” plural of tehillah “psalter.”* However, the plural tefillin is used for both, as in tefillin shel yad “tefillin of hand,”...

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 6, 2015 | 11:45 am

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Placing a 9-11 call to G-D

    June 16, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    If you watch or listen to the news it’s pretty depressing. Especially when it comes to what’s happening to the Jewish people. We have terrorist attacks in Paris and verbal attacks in the U.N. We have boycotting of Israeli goods and anti-Israel propaganda on college campuses. We...

  • Motherhood, Rotten Kids & Going Back to Vegas

    By Ilana Angel

    May 11, 2015 | 6:30 am

    I had a great Mother’s Day. My kid is a wonderful human being and remarkable child. We had a terrific day together. Had foot massages, went out for lunch, saw a movie, took a walk, and cooked dinner together. It was fabulous. He bought me the most wonderful card that made my heart...

  • A Seder Prayer and Seder Notes

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    April 3, 2015 | 2:16 pm

    Tonight we gather to experience the redemption from Egypt as we retell the story of the Exodus. The more we get into the mindset that we are also being redeemed from slavery, the more tonight can be a time of personal and communal transformation.

    Here is something to think and...

  • My Passover Prayer

    By Ilana Angel

    April 3, 2015 | 7:38 am

    I wish you all a very Happy Passover. May you have peace, health, and joy today and always. Passover is a time for family and since I am unable to be with my family in Canada this year, I have spent two days cooking all my mother’s holiday dishes and now my home smells as if she is...

  • Just Another Day

    By Ilana Angel

    January 14, 2015 | 6:00 pm

    I woke up this morning with a smile on my face. The sun was shining in through my bedroom window, the cat was asleep by my head, and I could hear my son shuffling around his room. I called out good morning and told him I loved him. He called back he loved me too, then came to...

  • The 1967 explanation of why Jews can’t pray at their holiest site

    November 19, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Why did Israel gain control over the Temple Mount in 1967 and not establish any religious or cultural presence on Judaism's holiest site? 

    Like many conflicts in Israeli society, this intriguing conundrum involves a mix of Jewish legal disputes, politics, and the ongoing...

  • I Can’t Write About the Beauty of Prayer Right Now

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 19, 2014 | 10:05 am

    Last night, Rabbi Ed Feinstein from Valley Beth Shalom came to our synagogue to teach about Abraham Joshua Heschel and how we can find meaning in prayer. He was animated and knowledgeable. He taught with passion and compassion. The time flew by, I was able to connect what he was...

  • Eyes open and eyes shut: A pre-High Holy Days meditation

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 4, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Paul Gaugin, the famous 19th-century French artist, commented: “When I want to see clearly, I shut my eyes.”

    He was referring to two different ways of perceiving reality. With our eyes open, we see surface reality — size, shape, color, etc. But with our eyes shut, we contemplate...

  • Abbas invokes sovereign state in peace prayer with pope, Peres

    June 8, 2014 | 6:36 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called for “freedom in our sovereign and independent state” during a prayer for peace with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Pope Francis.

    Vatican officials had called the service on Sunday at the Vatican a “pause in politics” with...

  • U.S. Jews vs. U.S. Christianity

    By Dennis Prager

    May 14, 2014 | 9:25 am

    It’s not something that Americans mention in public. And it may not even be something many note in private. But a Jew writing in a Jewish journal ought to point out a fact that, no matter how much ignored, is significant.

    On May 5, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in “Town of...

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