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  • Reconsidering Kaddish: Four new approaches to an old ritual

    By Esther D. Kustanowitz

    February 3, 2016 | 1:15 pm

    “Yitgadal v’yitkadash...” the words of the Kaddish have echoed through synagogues for centuries, traditionally intoned by a Jewish man in mourning during a prayer service, with nine other men — at various points — interjecting an “amen.” But in this century, in various communities,...

  • Bruce Ellman: ‘Her work is so meaningful’

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:06 am

    "Any public figure has to deal with being exposed in all parts of their life," Bruce Ellman said, to explain why he felt nervous talking about his marriage to Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh, who is beginning her 13th year as associate rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood, a...
  • Repeating Ourselves

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As Jews, we are famous for repeating ourselves. Johnny, did you take out the garbage? Johnny, I wonder if the garbage is outside? Honey, did you give me the phone number of the place you're staying? Honey, I need the phone number of your hotel. Mom, please don't tell me to do my...

  • Rich in Spirit

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    There's a Yiddish saying that goes: "I've been poor and I've been rich. Believe me, rich is better!" In the Midrash we read: "Nothing in the universe is worse than poverty; it is the most terrible of sufferings." (Exodus Rabbah 31:14)

    Los Angeles is a city that glitters with gold and...

  • Separation Anxiety

    By Rabbi Michelle Missaghieh

    October 21, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."-- Mark Twain

    We laugh at this quote because we can sense its truth. Each of us passes...