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September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pmOn the New Year we learn to pay closer heed to the words we speak, their impact on others and the subtle messages our words convey. As we listen more acutely to the call for help from others, we also take upon ourselves the duty to respond in a timely manner and rally around those in...
September 11, 2007 | 5:24 pm
My wife just messaged me this story and reminded me to keep praying for Kevin Everett, the Buffalo Bills back-up tight end who broke his neck making a routine tackle Sunday.
Injured Bills tight end Kevin Everett has voluntary movement of his arms and legs, according to a report from...
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May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pmIn shuls across the world this Shabbat we will hear five short, simple Hebrew words: El na, refah na lah (Please God, heal her now).
Our prayers are never more heartfelt than when we ask for intervention in the process of sickness and death. God, we are saying, we acknowledge that...
April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm
Kol HaMispallel, b'mkom hazeh b'Yerushalayim
Ke'ilu hispallel lifnei Kisei HaKovod,
She'shar hashamayim, hashamayim shom hu
U'pesach posu'ach l'shmaya tefillah
"Whosoever prays in Jerusalem is considered as if he prayed before the Throne of Glory, for the gate of heaven is open there to receive the prayer" --Pirkei de Rabbi Eliezer, circa 800 C.E.
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November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pmYou walk into an elegant, minimalist little building on the corner of Pico and Doheny in the heart of the hood. It's Shabbat, and you've come to pray.
You go through a narrow hallway, where you pass a few small conference rooms filled with books. Some congregants are milling about...
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I was at a big, beautiful Jewish wedding two weeks ago when something unusual interrupted the traditional chuppah ceremony: someone came up and read a poignant prayer in English in support of our suffering Jewish brethren in Israel.
Initially, there was no doubt in my mind that...
August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm
"What's the most important word in the prayer book?" the rabbi asked the congregation.
The congregants responded with a list of important words: "shalom -- peace," "bracha -- blessing," "Torah -- God's truth," "Hashem -- God's name."
"All very important words," the rabbi replied....
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...
June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm
"Drink more coffee."
One big, bold idea to energize L.A.'s Jewish community?
Three words: Drink more coffee.
I'm not kidding.
A new study from the University of Queensland in Australia suggests that drinking coffee makes people more open to a different point of...
June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm
The centerpiece of the third section of the Tanach, the section known as Ketuvim (the Writings), is the Book of Psalms. The Book of Psalms contains some of the most majestic poetic images in the history of the Hebrew language. They express awe at the artistic power of the Creator and...
June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm
A number of years ago I was invited to spend Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, in Germany. I fell asleep on the outbound Lufthansa flight, and somewhere over the Atlantic I woke up as the sun began to shine through my window.
With tallit and tefillin in hand, I began my walk to...
June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm
Bible Storyland must have a guardian angel. Dissolution by the clergy, dormancy for 45 years and a fatal fire were not powerful enough to erase the plans for this Bible-based theme park from history.
And now, art collector Harvey Jordan is working to inform Californians about this...
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Built to Last
Team Mortorq from Beverly Hills High School won two prestigious awards recently at a robotics competition: The Entrepreneurship Award and the Autodesk Visualization Award for animation.
The Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a team which, since its inception, has...
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The traditional Jewish wedding ceremony as we know it has evolved over thousands of years. But suddenly, today, in what seems like a nanosecond out of all of recorded Jewish history, couples standing under the chuppah are seeking a whole new script.
It's in to take the traditional...
October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm
On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, we ask: Who shall live and who shall die? This year, I will observe Yom Kippur -- the holiest day of the Jewish year -- with refugees from Darfur in camps in Chad.
These survivors have sought sanctuary hundreds of miles from home, in a harsh and...
September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm
As a child I was so bored in synagogue that I hid novels in the creases of my prayer book. I thought no one knew. Until one Shabbat morning when the rabbi was escorting the Torah through the aisles, greeting his congregants and he whispered to me, "See me at the Kiddush after...
August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm
People always tell me that I am a downer, constantly talking about the world's problems here, genocide there; conflict here, poverty there.
Nobody ever wants to talk to me at a party!
However, I also have a deep spiritual side, one that is open to the beauty and wonder of a...