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  • Rediscover the Role of the Synagogue

    By Maurice J. Elias

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A small but meaningful reversal of the exodus took place after Sept. 11. Jews in communities across the country returned to their synagogues for spiritual sustenance during this crisis. Indeed, although they came on Sept. 11 and the days that followed, what will motivate them to keep...

  • Bar Mitzvah Cheer—Without Cheerleaders

    By Andrew Silow-Carroll

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We were halfway through my older son's bar mitzvah year, and I'd been stumbling through an emotional landscape littered with caterers' proposals, reception hall bills and unanswered e-mails from my wife demanding that I "please, please call the band and ask them if they are available...

  • Wonderousness of the First Time

    By Joan G Friedman

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A bar mitzvah is a time of becoming an adult. While my son was ready to proclaim, "Today I am a man," he also had to go through life with his voice changing and the wearing of braces for a perfect smile.

    My first experience with this momentous occasion was after our son celebrated...

  • A Divine Call to Action

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Once, on a mission to Israel, we needed a minyan for a prayer service during the airplane flight. We were a total of six men in our group, so we began to scan the plane for the remaining four for the requisite 10 men.

    As I went up and down the aisles, one fellow turned to me and...

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  • A Prayer Book of Many Colors

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Lori Justice-Shocket thought that the traditional praying experience was just a bit too black and white. Not the prayers, themselves, per se, but the siddurim (prayer books), with their plain black typeface on white pages and the archaic traditional language, made davening, for her...

  • Lev Eisha Women Pray Their Own Way

    By Rachel Brand

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    On the first Saturday of each month, while weekly, traditional Shabbat morning services are taking place at Adat Shalom synagogue, another service transpires behind the main sanctuary that is anything but traditional. Women of all ages dance between davening, beat tambourines and...

  • The Circuit

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Una-Daters Unite

    Nearly 1,600 people packed Sinai Temple Oct. 10 for the Westwood synagogue's monthly "Friday Night Live" singles summit, where a Toronto transplant said she was, "looking for modern, chivalrous men."

    The temple's hallways were "like a Fellini film," said a bachelor...

  • Go for a Holy Dip

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Picture a woman floating submersed in a warm bath, the water enveloping her like the womb and bringing her to a renewed state of spiritual purity. That is the experience of the mikvah, the ritual bath of natural water where for centuries Jewish women have immersed themselves after...

  • Teachable Moment

    By Jane Ulman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that we are created with yetzer hatov (good inclination) or yetzer harah (bad inclination). And, like Harry Potter and the evil Lord Voldemort, they're engaged in a never-ending battle. And have been since birth.

    Indeed, with apologies to John...

  • Divining Prayer

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I have had a love affair with words ever since I can recall. As a little girl I would whisper words to myself just to hear the sounds of them; magical words like canopy, arithmetic and Ethiopia. As an adult, I have relied upon words as the tools I use to make meaning in my world. In...

  • God, Prayers and Keeping the Faith

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Harold Kushner's son, Aaron, died two days before he turned 14 following a battle with a rare and horrific childhood disease. The experience led the 68-year-old Massachusetts rabbi to write, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," a comforting and deeply insightful book on the...

  • Blessings Over Curses

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    This week's Torah portion presents the blessings and curses that follow from observance or defiance of the law. Some people understand this as a rigid system of reward and punishment. Keep the covenant, and all will be well; violate it, and you will suffer.

    The blessings and curses...

  • Summer Tzedakah

    By Sandy Schachter

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The rabbis say that the world stands on three things: learning, prayer and righteous deeds. Since reconnecting with Judaism 15 years ago, this statement has always meant a lot to me .

    I now attend weekly Friday night Shabbat services and Torah study on Saturday morning and am active...

  • Power of Song Gives Hope to Mourners

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    A project that began 10 years ago as a tribute to a dead brother has been expanded as a memorial to the victims of terrorist attacks in Israel.

    Chayim Frenkel, cantor at Kehillat Israel in Pacific Palisades, conceived "Nishmat Tzedek" ("A Righteous Soul") in 1993 after his brother...

  • Eleven Things to Know Before You Go

    By Rabbi Daniel Kohn

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Congratulations! You have been invited to the bar/bat mitzvah of a friend or family member. Now what? What are you supposed to do there? How do you act? Whether you are Jewish or not, the following is a brief guide to help you feel more comfortable at the worship service and enjoy...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Listen With Your Heart

    The word shema (listen) appears in its various forms in Parshat Va'etchanan 23 times. And to top it all off, the "Shema" prayer is also included. Moses tells his beloved nation: I will not enter Israel with you, so you are on your own. In order to do...

  • Jewish Values Guide Marine’s Life in Iraq

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley, Ph.D.

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We lost e-mail contact with our son, Kayitz, when he and his Marine unit disembarked from their ship on Feb. 24. From just about the beginning of the Iraq War, though, we knew what he was going through.

    Though incessant Internet searches, I found two reporters embedded in his unit,...

  • Jews on the Warship

    By Janine Zacharia

    March 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When I first packed for my trip as "embedded press" aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt -- one of five navy aircraft carriers deployed for war in Iraq -- I decided to throw a Megillah in my backpack, realizing that I would be on board during Purim. I had considered the possibility of...

  • In Harm’s Way

    By Marc Ballon

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For Rabbi Alan Henkin, the next few weeks might be the most difficult of his life.

    His son, Michael Henkin, is one of the more than 200,000 American military personnel deployed in the Persian Gulf area. The 21-year-old Army specialist, now in Kuwait, could quickly find himself near...

  • Briefs

    By Community Briefs

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    L.A. Police Chief Visits Israel

    Los Angeles Chief of Police William Bratton (pictured with Tsion Ben David of the Israel Ministry of Tourism) placed a prayer in the Western Wall of the Old City during a recent visit to Israel. It was his first visit since 1986.

    "It's so...

  • Light From Sorrow

    By Irene Brown

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As an aerospace writer, I have watched 87 crews slip the bonds of Earth's gravity and rocket away into space.

    The tension is tangible each time the laws of physics are put to the test. On Saturday, out of the blue, we all learned a cruel lesson about the speed, heat and friction...

  • Moments of Silence

    By Rob Eshman

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There were a lot of moments of silence this week.

    There was the one early Saturday morning when you first heard the news of the space shuttle Columbia's disappearance. Whoever told you, whomever you told, there was that instant of disbelief, that moment when words failed you.

    As...

  • Sadness and Joy Mix on Mitzvah Day

    By Julie Brown

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It was supposed to have been a happy day. Strangely enough, it was. Last Sunday, more than 500 members of the South Bay Jewish community gathered to celebrate our fourth annual Mitzvah Day.

    In this far-flung community, home to about 40,000 Jews, the event has become a time when we...

  • Beth Sholom’s New Siddur

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For some, synagogue choreography is as mystifying as opera. To enjoy an opera, though, aficionados know to review the scenes in a libretto before the curtain rises. Yet the typical siddur prayerbook provides no such guidance. "The prayerbook, rather than help them, becomes an...

  • The Lure of Extremism

    By David A. Lehrer

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    As these words are written, Irv Rubin, the national chairman of the Jewish Defense League (JDL) lies in a coma, the apparent victim of self-inflicted wounds.

    Having known Irv and the activities of the local JDL for over a quarter-century, it is an appropriate time to reflect on what...

  • Show Me the Way

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Not long ago, a friend of mine called me and said, "Naomi, I need your help.

    I want you to teach me how to pray to God." She told me whenever she goes to shul, she tries to sing along, but she feels nothing. Just words. She said she's been trying to meditate in a quiet spot, hoping...

  • Blowing the Shofar Is a Blast

    By Jane Ulman

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Go away!" Gabe, 15, yells at his two younger brothers, having been rudely awakened by a blast of the shofar.

    Jeremy, 13, the shofar-blower, dives under the adjoining bed.

    Danny, 11, the instigator, explains, "We need you to play Monopoly."

    Normally, the shofar is not blown until...

  • Something to Talk About

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Their subjects will range from anti-Semitism to baseball's Ted Williams, from the messianic era to Disney's "The Lion King." The High Holiday sermons of Orange County's rabbis will be both as topical as today's headlines and as traditional as 2,000-year-old tomes.

    Rabbis spend weeks...

  • Holy Day Matchmaking

    By Tom Tugend

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In the closely knit Iranian Jewish community of Los Angeles, just about everybody shows up on Yom Kippur for a day of devout prayer -- and for boy to meet girl.

    More accurately put, it's the day when the family with a young man of marriageable age looks over the families with...

  • Sing a New Song

    By Julie G Fax

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Craig Taubman remembers a time not too long ago when he and other popular Jewish musicians were branded as destroyers of Jewish culture.

    "Years ago there was incredible tension. You can't ignore it," Taubman told The Journal from his Studio City home and office. "There were...

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