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  • Faith leader celebrates Supreme Court gay marriage decision in West Hollywood

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    Los Angeles clergy and city officials, same-sex couples and heterosexual supporters of gay marriage rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, on June 26, during a rally in West Hollywood Park.

    "Marriage, that peculiar and...

  • Jewish community reacts to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage

    4 days ago

    The news Friday that the Supreme Court of the United States had issued a 5-4 ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide prompted both tears and enthusiasm from many in the Los Angeles Jewish community.

    “Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same...

  • Torah Portion: Bloom and Stone, Parashat Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32)

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    2 weeks ago

    In 2013, I traveled in Nepal with six dear friends, including two Americans who have lived there on and off for several decades. The amazing land is filled with an endlessly fascinating history and charming, friendly people, but my travel companions and I frequently noted the...

  • Torah portion: Blessings in disguise

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    February 25, 2015 | 10:05 am

    My mother, z”l, measured her great success in the women’s clothing business by the number of women who liked the clothes she chose for them. When I was young, my mother shared with me her “secret of success”: People have to feel comfortable in their clothes; they have to feel like...

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  • Torah portion: Lingering hopes

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    November 12, 2014 | 10:27 am

    Parashat Chayei Sarah comes to us again this year in a time of wistfulness and worry, arriving as hostilities in Jerusalem and Hebron heat up. One would be hard-pressed to guess from the gentle stories told in Chayei Sarah of the deaths and burials of Sarah, Abraham and Ishmael...

  • Torah portion: Lean in

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    September 17, 2014 | 11:16 am

    It’s been a rough few months worldwide. In addition to the violence and the threats, the tenuous cease-fires and seemingly insolvable problems, many people also find all this difficult to talk about. 

    I’m hearing from colleagues and congregants, friends and family — sad and...

  • Torah portion: Time flies

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    June 25, 2014 | 10:44 am

    I attended a memorial for a beloved colleague recently, and his widow remembered how at funerals he would invite people not to look at the birth and death dates on memorial plaques and grave markers, but to focus on the dash between the dates — that’s the part that matters. 

    This...

  • Not everyone, not yet

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    April 23, 2014 | 10:41 am

    "Times have certainly changed,” someone said to me the other day. “We have a new generation of children growing up just with marriage — not gay marriage and straight marriage, but ‘just marriage.’ ”

    Nice pun, I thought, “just marriage.” The oft-quoted Torah verse, “justice,...

  • Clergy reflect on Proposition 8

    October 30, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    On a wall of the Autry National Center — among Los Angeles Jewish immigrant artifacts, biographies of Hollywood Jewry, above a case of kippot from Uganda — a white banner proclaims in crimson letters: “Beth Chayim Chadashim, Jewish, Gay & Lesbian & Proud.” The banner, used in gay...

  • When your brother will be low

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    May 15, 2012 | 9:04 pm

    He flopped down on the couch in my study, looking pale, upset.

    “What is it?” I asked, imagining a bad diagnosis.

    “I had to lay off one of my workers today,” he said, fighting tears. “The poor guy says he only has two mortgage payments in his savings account.”

    “Any...

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