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  • The Jewish community remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    6 days ago

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    Harold Schulweis had a fertile mind and a capacious heart.  His sympathies ranged as widely as his intellect.  Every Rabbi knew, coming to him for advice, that you would walk...

  • I Can’t Write About the Beauty of Prayer Right Now

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    November 19, 2014 | 10:05 am

    Last night, Rabbi Ed Feinstein from Valley Beth Shalom came to our synagogue to teach about Abraham Joshua Heschel and how we can find meaning in prayer. He was animated and knowledgeable. He taught with passion and compassion. The time flew by, I was able to connect what he was...

  • Jewish community remembers Sid Caesar

    By Ryan Torok

    February 12, 2014 | 5:44 pm

    Responding to today’s news about the passing of comedy legend Sid Caesar, Los Angeles community members praised the veteran comic’s ability to win over an audience.

    “He was an awfully funny guy,” Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth Shalom (VBS) said, “and an awfully incredible...

  • Finding God in neighborly kindness when disaster strikes

    January 15, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    “The epicenter of the earthquake was under our kitchen. The house jumped 10 feet in the air, and my wife and I woke to the beautiful view of the San Fernando Valley,” Rabbi Ed Feinstein, 59, of  Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, recalled with dry humor.

    Feinstein’s experience, as it...

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  • High Holy Days: In the rabbis’ words

    September 3, 2013 | 11:33 am

    From left: Rabbi David Wolpe, Rabbi Laura Geller and Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    For the High Holy Days this year, the Jewish Journal invited three rabbis — Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, Rabbi Laura Geller of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills and Rabbi Ed Feinstein of Valley Beth...

  • Respect, inclusion and tolerance at the Wall

    June 6, 2013 | 8:30 am

    “There are no villains in this story.”  Those were the calming words of Natan Sharansky, renowned human rights champion and Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. The story was of in-fighting that has erupted among Jews at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism. ...

  • Q&A with Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    By Susan Freudenheim

    May 8, 2013 | 6:37 pm

    On Sunday, May 11, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, senior rabbi at Valley Beth Shalom, will be feted for his two decades of service to the synagogue. He talks in this edited version of an interview about changes in synagogue life, his theology and what he prays for.

    Jewish Journal: Twenty...

  • Choice in Difficulty

    By Beit T'shuvah

    February 17, 2013 | 11:23 am

    By Rachel Goldman Neubauer

    I spent much of my Shabbat thinking about our dearly departed Ira Skolky.  What plays through my head more than anything are little snippets from his funeral.  Death in our community, like any other community, is never easy.  By the same token, though,...

  • L.A. reactions to Peres’ visit

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 14, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    Israeli President Shimon Peres won friends and fans on his recent visit to Los Angeles, as this week’s cover story makes pretty clear. Most Angelenos couldn’t stop praising the man.

    Below, a collection of a few of the more memorable reactions to and observations about Peres and...

  • L.A. contingent has plenty to say at AIPAC Policy Conference

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 7, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the podium at the annual AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., on March 5, it became clear why more than 13,000 Americans — most though not all of them Jews, and nearly 1,700 of them from Los Angeles — had come to attend...

  • Opinion: Debbie Friedman’s gift

    By Susan Freudenheim

    January 18, 2012 | 11:01 am

    One evening last February, 1,500 people poured into the vast sanctuary of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, filling every inch.

    Rabbi Ed Feinstein stood on the bimah and addressed them: “With the ashes of Auschwitz in our throats, it was hard to sing,” he said. “With the death and...

  • The Heart of Jewish Joy

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    A modest proposal: As a reward to the Jewish people for having survived the 20th century, let's make Purim our High Holiday.

    Not that there's anything really wrong with our current High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are compelling days of personal introspection, reflection...

  • From Darkness to Light

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Each morning and each evening, the people of the daily minyan gather to recite the obligatory prayers. It isn't exciting. The melodies aren't particularly uplifting. Sometimes there is a word of learning, but no sermon; none of the flourishes, trappings and trimmings of professional...

  • Jump!

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It is the Torah's most exciting, most cinematic story. The Israelites, newly freed from slavery, were camped at the shores of the sea when suddenly the sounds Pharaoh's approaching chariots filled the air. Realizing they were trapped, the ex-slaves cried bitterly to Moses, "Were...

  • When Shepherds Desert Their Flocks

    By Joel Kotkin

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The conflict over Valley secession reflects the growing gap between rabbis and the actual reality their flocks experience.

    With few exceptions, the rabbinate seems to be totally aghast at the notion of dividing Los Angeles into two cities. Prominent rabbis, including Mark Diamond,...

  • The Man of Lonesome Sorrow

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 4, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    He awoke from the nightmare with a scream, as he had every night for almost 40 years. His heart raced, his body drenched in sweat, his mind filled with vivid images of fiery destruction. He saw rivulets of blood flowing through the streets of Jerusalem, the Holy Temple ground into...

  • Stolen Souls

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 3, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Surfing the TV one night, two powerful images caught my eye: On one station were Afghan women draped from head to toe in the traditional black burka. On another, Britney Spears, very much undraped, projected live across the world in a televised concert.

    The opposing extremes of 21st...

  • Find the Gems

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    There once was a man who could provide only potatoes for his family's subsistence. As the monotony and the poverty wore on, he prayed, and his prayers were answered. There fell into his hands a mysterious map to a magical Island of Diamonds.

    Begging a boat, he set sail on a long and...

  • How the Grinch Stole Shabbat

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Oh, the Jews up in Jewville,
    they loved their Shabbat,
    from the oldest of old folks
    to the youngest of tots.



    With candles and wine
    and chocolate chip challah,
    they felt oh so good
    till way past Havdalah.



    They all went to shul
    to hear Rabbi Schulweis,
    who told them, "It's...

  • What is Your Name?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    God created the animals and brought them, one by one, before man to see what he would name them. Man examined the essence of each creature and assigned its name. So teaches Genesis.

    The midrash goes farther: When all the animals had been named, God asked man, "What is your name?"...

  • ‘Survivor’ Ethics

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen strangers are left on a wilderness island to fend for themselves. They endure starvation, infestation, exposure to the elements. Each night they gather in council to vote one of their company off the island. Finally, only two are left. The castoffs are brought back as jury to...

  • Bittersweet Life

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Exiled from Paradise, Adam and Eve lived together east of Eden, struggling to raise children, to scratch a living out of the hard earth, to stay alive.

    Finally, in their old age, with children grown, Adam and Eve decided to see the world. They journeyed from one corner of the earth...

  • The Invisible Population

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    March 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The first time I saw a beggar on the streets of Los Angeles I was shocked. The man, disheveled and filthy, stood on the freeway offramp with a tattered sign: "Will Work for Food." Sure, there are beggars in Calcutta and panhandlers in New York, but not here! I stared at him for a...
  • Ask Yourself God’s Questions

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When we arrive in heaven, the Talmudic sages wondered, what will God ask of us?

    This is not really a question about heaven. It is about how we live and how we locate eternity within life. The philosopher Franz Rosensweig explained that on Yom Kippur we are offered a look at our lives...

  • The Bonds that Unite Us

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Enter a cathedral, and what do you feel? Thesoaring vaulted ceiling, the giant columns, the colossal statues ofsaints and martyrs, the luminous stained-glass images of scripturalheroes -- the architecture articulates a spirituality of contrast. Weare small, insignificant, ephemeral...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 22, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    The Nazis took my uncle Henry at the beginning ofthe war. He survived more than five years as a slave. Young andstrong, he was a carpenter, and they needed carpenters. At first,they moved him from camp to camp, including a stay at Pleshow, whereSchindler's people were kept. And,...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    December 11, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Pity Esau. One moment of weakness, one moment ofimpulse, and his birthright is gone. He goes out to fulfill hisfather's dying wish for a savory meal of game, and while he's outhunting, his mother and brother conspire and rob him of his blessing.Returning to his father with the feast,...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Who was the first Jew? All of us learned in Sunday School that thefirst Jew was Abraham. It was our father, Abraham, who detected thepresence of the one true God and championed monotheism in a paganworld. It was with Abraham that God established the Covenant,defining our identity,...

  • A Letter to Sarah

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Dearest Sarah,

    The boy is alive. Shaken -- we both are. Butalive. I've sent him home to you in Kiryat Arba. I'll remain here inBeersheba. I need some time alone to think things through.

    From the beginning, this has been someadventure. "Leave home!" I was commanded. "Leave behind all...

  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    You know me, Rabbi. You know how important thesynagogue is to me, how much I enjoy services; you see me at yourTorah classes. You know what kind of Jew I am: I am the only one atthe family seder table who can read the Hebrew side of the Haggadah,but they won't accept me, because I...

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