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  • 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...
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  • 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.
     
    I...
  • 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...

  • First Person - My Upfsherin

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The upfsherin (hair cutting ceremony) took place on the last day of Shevat -- an auspicious time for a healing ritual. The day before Rosh Chodesh (first day of the month) is observed, in the medieval mystical practice of Yom Kippur katan (little Yom Kippur) -- a day for cleansing,...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • First Person - A Miraculous Trip

    By Rae Shapiro

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It was a nippy, star-filled Friday night, and we were on our way to a bar mitzvah. We -- Julius, my husband of 50 years; our son,

    David; and I -- had traveled from the Valley to Santa Maria for the celebration.

    The service was called for 6:15 p.m. We started out for the new Temple...

  • When Just ‘I Do’ Just Won’t Do

    By Pearl Salkin

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    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...

  • Yom Kippur: Day of Reality for Refugees

    By Rabbi Lee Bycel

    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...

  • Breaking the Boredom Curse

    By Rabbi Sherre Zwelling Hirsch

    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...

  • The Downer in Me

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    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...

  • Saying Goodbye 101

    By Jane Ulman

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    On Sept. 1, my husband, Larry, and I will move our son, Gabriel, into his dormitory room at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., where he will begin his freshman year.

    How do we formally honor this important rite of passage that, more than a bar mitzvah and more than his high...

  • Gaza Protests in L.A., N.Y. Prove Mild

    By David Finnigan

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A rally planned for last weekend outside the Los Angeles Israeli consulate to protest this week's Gaza settler pullout was canceled, but in its place arose a somber gathering of about 70 people.

    "Nothing organized -- just people coming together and crying together and expressing pain...

  • Who Loves You?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A bright and otherwise articulate second-grader was having night terrors. Well after midnight, she'd awaken screaming hysterically something about death. So her parents brought her to see me, the rabbi.

    "I know kids, but I'm not a therapist," I complained.

    "But she trusts you," they...

  • Tsfat Nourishes the Spiritually Hungry

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As I climbed the green Galilean hills of Tsfat to reach the family hosting me for Shabbat, I wondered how it had changed since the last time I was in Israel's mystical city.

    I was here to visit with the Lipshutz family. They had moved here 12 years ago and are currently active in...

  • Task at Hand

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In the essay "The World as I See It," Albert Einstein wrote: "A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other people, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give the same measure as I have received and am...

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