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  • Orthodox shul takes first step to hiring female clergy

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member by September 2015. The development in America’s second-largest Jewish community marks the success of a controversial move by some...

  • Typhoon Haiyan: How you can help

    By Ryan Torok

    November 11, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    In response to the devastation wreaked on the Philippines by Typhoon Haiyan, which hit land on Nov. 8, killing thousands and obliterating whole towns and villages, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles has set up the Philippines Typhoon Relief Fund.

    The solicitation for...

  • 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. ...

  • Kosher consumers reeling after Doheny scandal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 28, 2013 | 11:31 pm

    [UPDATE, MARCH 29] The Rabbinical Council of California (RCC) responds to the Doheny Meats scandal.

    [MARCH 28] Trust lies at the center of the business of kosher food, and earlier this week, in what is certainly the biggest kosher scandal to hit Los Angeles in 20 years, the trust...

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  • But what is our GOAL?

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    August 23, 2012 | 2:37 pm

    As the Elul moon waxes and the peak of our religious year nears, we each begin asking ourselves our “big questions”. This Elul, the big question that’s rattling me is “what, in the end, is our goal?”

    We, who put on tefillin every morning (if we are men), and maintain...

  • Rabbis measure response to Bin Laden’s death

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 2, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    As details of the special operation that took out Osama bin Laden continue to unfold, rabbis in Los Angeles are pulling from biblical verses, Jewish traditions and their own gut reactions to help formulate an appropriate Jewish response to the news.

    Early Monday morning, Rabbi...

  • L.A. Mourns the Fogels

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    March 18, 2011 | 11:16 am

    On Thursday, Mar. 17, about 300 people gathered at Bnai David-Judea on Pico for a service to remember the Fogels, the five members of a single family brutally killed in the West Bank settlement of Itamar just six days earlier.

    A place to mourn, a chance to feel supported and...

  • ‘Forward 50’ heavy on politicos; Faith groups petition Supremes re Prop. 8

    November 20, 2008 | 3:00 am

    Forward 50 Heavy on Politicos

    The Los Angelenos in this year's just-released Forward 50 list include an Orthodox rabbi who suggested that Israelis should be able to decide the fate of Jerusalem, a rabbi who led efforts to fight Proposition 8 and a Westlake School for Girls graduate...

  • A rational Jerusalem

    By Adam Deutsch

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Every Jew has an emotional connection to the land of Israel and even more so to the city of Jerusalem. But can that emotional connection negate Israel's responsibility to prove to the international community that we are worthy of the land and have a right to the land?

    Orthodox Rabbi...

  • Conference at B’nai David-Judea (Rabbi Kanefsky’s shul) tackles tough questions about Israel, Jerusa

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The morning had been filled with depressing insights into whether peace with the Palestinians is now possible for Israelis.

    Khaled Abu Toameh, a Palestinian affairs reporter for the Jerusalem Post and NBC News, said it isn't -- Fatah is too weak, and Palestinian Authority President...

  • Loving our passion

    By David Suissa

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    It's been a rather tense couple of weeks since my good friend and neighbor Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky spoke his mind on the sensitive subject of Jerusalem. His Op-Ed on Oct. 26 caused a firestorm to erupt in the Jewish world, and now, everywhere I go, people are still charged up about it....
  • We have the right to an indivisible Jerusalem

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky invites a forthright open dialogue, a conversation about Jerusalem. Contemplating Israeli talks with those governing the autonomous Arab enclaves of Judea and Samaria -- Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestine Authority -- Rabbi Kanefsky writes that it is time for us to...
  • O, Jerusalem! Oy, Jerusalem!

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Journal received over 100 letters in response to Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky's Oct. 26 Op-Ed, "An Orthodox Rabbi's Plea: Consider a Divided Jerusalem." The letters were largely supportive of the rabbi's position. For an Op-Ed on the subject by Rabbi Dov Fischer, click here.

    Rabbi...
  • Will IDF Soldiers Oppose Gaza Orders?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    A group of prominent rabbis has called upon Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to evacuate Jews from Gaza. If the Gaza disengagement plan goes through the Knesset, many soldiers will face a bewildering dilemma, as they must choose between the orders of their commanding officers and...

  • The Fruit of Peace

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What did Moshe want? When it all came down to it, after Moshe accepted that he wouldn't be leading Israel into the land, what did he request of God? Not surprisingly, he asked nothing for himself, focusing instead on the people who would need to go on without him. As we read this...

  • Action and Reaction

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In the parsha four weeks ago, Shimon and Levi, sons of Jacob, got the last word. But on his deathbed in this week's parsha, Jacob has one final opportunity to deliver his rejoinder.

    Four weeks ago, we also read of the rape of Dina at the hands of the prince of Shechem, and the...

  • Benefit of Doubt

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Want to be a partner in redemption? Then don't overlook a surprising message in this week's parsha.

    As Pharaoh and his chariots bear down upon the Israelites on the bank of the Sea of Reeds, the Israelites react in two seemingly contradictory ways. First, they cry out to God. After...

  • Rosh Hashana 5761

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Torah reading for the first day of Rosh Hashana always strikesme as odd. For starters, the section focuses primarily on Hagar and Ishmael,characters that are ultimately marginal in Jewish historical terms. On topof that, the story that the section deals with is arguably the...

  • Tangled Web

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    These are the weeks that we read of our heroes. The book of Genesis tells the stories of the faith and tenacity of the fathers and mothers of our nation for whom every day was another stride in the uncharted waters of living in covenant with God. It was their passionate determination...
  • The Value of the Temporary

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    So have you heard the one about the two rabbis on a boat? It's actually a story told by the Talmud in its discussion of the laws of the sukkah. It seems that Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Gamliel were on a boat during the days leading up to the holiday of Sukkot, and it became clear that...
  • Moses: A Neglectful Parent?

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Can you name the sons of Moses? You're probably in good company if you can't. The fact of the matter is that other than their names, the Torah tells us virtually nothing about them. Their deeds and destiny are unknown.

    What accounts for this? How do the children of so central a...

  • Doing the Dirty Work

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Safra roasted the meat. Raba salted the fish.

    According to the Talmud, this is what these two great sages did every Friday afternoon, in preparation for Shabbat. The Talmud regards this information as noteworthy because, although both sages certainly had others in their...

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