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  • Big talkers

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Who talks more, men or women?

    If you think the answer is obvious, perhaps it's because you've been conditioned by a society that stereotypes.

    We've all heard the joke the best man cracks to his buddy the groom on his wedding day: "Remember, when you have a discussion with your wife...

  • Reform Jews must refashion Shabbat

    By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The following remarks are edited from an hourlong sermon delivered at the biennial of the Union of Reform Judaism held in San Diego on Dec. 15.

    .... In the last half century, working patterns have changed. Not everyone works on Saturday now, and Jews, more than ever before, crave...

  • America’s ‘Holy Highway’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 20, 2007 | 8:51 am

    From CNN:

    DALLAS—If you turn to the Bible—Isaiah Chapter 35, Verse 8—you will see a passage that in part says, “A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness.”

    Now, is it possible that this “highway” mentioned in Chapter 35 is actually...

  • Georgia governor leads prayer for rain

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 14, 2007 | 2:14 pm

    ATLANTA—Bowing his head outside the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday, Gov. Sonny Perdue cut a newly repentant figure as he publicly prayed for rain to end the region’s historic drought.

    “Oh father, we acknowledge our wastefulness,” Perdue said. “But we’re doing better. And I thought it...

  • A pioneering minyan celebrates double chai birthday

    By Amy Klein

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Back in 1971, a group of young married rabbinical school graduates with small children requested a meeting with Rabbi Jacob Pressman of Temple Beth Am. Many of them had just moved back to Los Angeles after graduating the Jewish Theological Seminary, and they were looking for a...
  • Praying for poker

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 10, 2007 | 2:26 am

    The World Series of Poker, which I’ve written about before—both homeless hero and Hollywood champ—is such a long event that nerves are understandably frayed by the time players reach the final table. But what I saw last night on ESPN was just plain odd.

    Jerry Yang, who went on to...

  • Of bad dates and good intentions

    By Rabbi Idit Jacques

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I went on what was arguably the worst date ever. Thank God, it was neither tragic nor violent, but in the category of terribly disappointing, it was the worst.

    It is a long story that involves visuals, pauses for the shock to sink in, and words that cause me to cringe inside even...

  • CBS Sports not aware of prayer

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 26, 2007 | 10:14 am

    There was some discussion here recently over whether God cared about people praying for injured football player Kevin Everett. I said he does, and got some criticism for it. This morning, GetReligion takes issue with CBS’ lack of attention to the prayer circle going on Sunday while...

  • Agnon puts ‘awe’ in services with inspiring anthology

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days" by S.Y. Agnon, (Schocken Books, 1995).

    Is literature penned by a Nobel Prize-winning author appropriate reading material during High Holy Days services?

    I am not sure how your...

  • Listen and Respond

    By Rabbi David Baron

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On 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...
  • Godspeed, Kevin Everett

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    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...

  • Prayers for women, by a woman

    By Amy Klein

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Hours of Devotion: Fanny Neuda's Book of Prayers for Jewish Women" edited and adapted into verse by Dinah Berland (Schocken Books, $24).

    One day, Dinah Berland was browsing in Sam Johnson's Book Shop on Venice Boulevard in Mar Vista, and in the Judaica section, tucked between...
  • 7-step set training for spiritual fitness

    By Jay Firestone

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    So you've trained all summer in order to show off that tight body at the beach. Well, as the High Holy Days roll around, impressing the opposite sex seems less and less important.

    Now it's time to show off your Judaism at shul so you can impress your rabbi. And if your rabbi is a...

  • Cheney president for a day *

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 20, 2007 | 6:18 pm

    You may have noticed: I’m not a George Bush fan. I may be a Republican, but I don’t agree with 68 percent of the Party that think he’s doing swell or with Republican Jews who think his foreign policy is good for Israel.

    But there is one thing I know that would be much worse than...

  • In the Name of God?

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Oh God, open all doors for me. Oh God, who answers prayers and answers those who ask you, I am asking you for your help. I am asking you for forgiveness. I am asking you to lighten my way. I am asking you to lift the burden I feel....

    God, I trust in you. God, I lay myself in your...
  • Please God, heal her now

    By Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In 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...
  • Kol HaMispallel—All those who pray

    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.

  • Just Sing a Song

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "They're Playing Our Song!" is more than just a Broadway musical by Neil Simon. It's a phrase that captures the enchanting power of music.

    Hearing a familiar tune carries us back in time to a special moment, to our childhood realms and to the innermost chambers of our heart. Jewish...

  • There is God in this place

    By Rabbi Judith HaLevy

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jacob departed. Unlike his grandfather Abraham, who went forth, lech lecha, in response to God's command, Jacob departs, vayetze, from everything he knows to escape his angry brother and find a wife in Haran. He leaves a comfortable, established life to find himself in the chaos and...
  • Live in the ‘hood: Davening at Aishhhhhh

    By David Suissa

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You 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...

  • Water and pumpkins mark eco-friendly Sukkot

    By Jane Ulman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    During Sukkot, families of Kesher Israel, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Washington, D.C., will gather together for a special celebration. Socializing in the synagogue's sukkah, they will be treated to a tantalizing array of chocolate cakes and candies, accompanied by delicious...
  • Holiday tunes for when you haven’t got a prayer

    By George Robinson

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. -- Jerome K. Jerome
    Perhaps it is the intensity of the emotions raised by the liturgy itself. Or the power of worshipping in a sanctuary filled with people. Or the sense that everything is at stake.
  • Jews in the Military: High Holidays Under Fire

    By Jane Ulman

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Who shall live and who shall die. Who shall reach the end of his days and who shall not.

    Ralph Goodman recited those words in a hillside tent in southeastern Belgium. Warren Zundell's "shul" was a patch of no-man's-land somewhere in North Korea. For Robert Cirkus, it was a jungle...

  • Fight the Enemy by Being More Jewish

    By David Suissa

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Are You Listening?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    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....

  • Tisha B’Av Dilemma: Day of Solemnity or Celebration?

    By Jane Ulman

    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...

  • 20+ Ideas to Jump-Start Jewish L.A.

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    David Suissa:
    "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...

  • Song of the Sons

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    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...

  • Pray at Your Own Risk

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    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...

  • Spectator - The Theme Park Without a Prayer

    By Melanie Herschorn

    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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