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  • Feast or Famine: Sukkot

    September 18, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    According to the rabbis, the holiday of Sukkot commemorates the 40 years of wandering in the Sinai Desert, and we eat and sleep in a sukkah — that temporary structure made with a roof of dried vegetation, such as palm fronds — because the Israelites slept in sukkot (the plural of...

  • Pagan inspiration

    August 15, 2012 | 1:31 pm

    “Beware of being lured into their ways ... Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did those nations worship their gods? I too will follow the same practices!’” (Deuteronomy 12:30).

    I am struck by this verse from our parasha, because I have benefited greatly from other...

  • Families reading together: Two summer novels for children

    August 14, 2012 | 11:00 am

    When was the last time your fifth grader read a book written in free verse? How about a children’s version of life in Stalinist Russia?  These two very unusual novels for young people from two Los Angeles children’s authors make excellent summer reads and particularly good...

  • A family, accomplished but without much gain

    July 29, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Joshua Henkin, author of “The World Without You” (Pantheon Books, $25.95), has frequently said in interviews that he first fell head over heels in love with reading and then convinced himself he could become a writer because he intuitively sensed what was missing in other...

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  • ‘Freedom School’ keeps reading alive through summer

    July 5, 2012 | 11:50 am

    Pausing in the middle of reading “Grandpa, Is Everything Black Bad?” at a moment when the protagonist of the children’s book, Montsho, has been called the black sheep of his family, Tanya Graham asks 10 elementary school students grouped around her: “Have you ever felt...

  • Bookmark These for Summer Reading

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    June 13, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    Summer is here, and the time is right for touring authors. Here are the highlights of the season for poolside and airplane reading, including some local appearances by the authors themselves.


    The premise of Joel Stein’s “Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity” (Grand...

  • Shavuot – Torah for everyone

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 23, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    My daughter, Dina, accepted a summer job here in Los Angeles last year. Before being hired, she explained that she was an observant Jew who would have to take off two days in early June to celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. The manager, respecting Dina’s religious commitment, said...

  • Five steps to studying and learning from the Torah

    May 15, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Observing my kids playing, I notice how the same toy, no matter how many times they play with it, can reveal the most remarkable things. My daughter, with the vocabulary befitting a 1 1/2-year-old, will bring her ball over to me and point to a mark on it with a delighted grunt.

    ...
  • Holiness in Humility

    April 18, 2012 | 11:58 am

    Look up the term “unintended consequences” and you’ll find an entire school of thought on the subject. According to one source, consequences of this sort can be classified as positive, negative or, oddly denoted, perverse. How wonderful are those moments when a new discovery...

  • For the kids, beyond the questions

    March 29, 2012 | 4:35 pm

    “A Sweet Passover” by Lesléa Newman, illustrated by David Slonim (Abrams: $16.95).

    It turns out that little Miriam is not so different from the rest of us. By the final day of Passover, she gets sick of eating matzah and refuses to eat it ever again. Newman, a well-respected...

  • Blot out the memory

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    March 1, 2012 | 2:59 pm

    Purim is every child’s dream holiday; the story is like a fairy tale. Little girls dress up like Esther; little boys like Mordechai. In synagogues around the world we chant the story from the Scroll of Esther and boo every time the evil Haman’s name appears. It is a wonderful...

  • Is the bookstore dead?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 30, 2011 | 6:47 pm

    On Dec. 31, when the Barnes & Noble at the corner of Pico and Westwood boulevards closes its doors for the last time, the “people of the book” and everyone else who lives on the Westside of Los Angeles will move one step closer to becoming the “people without a bookstore.”

    ...
  • The People of the Children’s Book

    By Orit Arfa

    November 1, 2011 | 8:40 pm

    When Myra Clark-Siegel, wife of Israeli Consulate General David Siegel, packed their things for their Los Angeles mission, she sacrificed a few items. But she couldn’t leave behind her children’s favorite books, no matter that they weighed down the suitcases.

    “We love reading,...

  • From trouble child to favorite

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    September 27, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    What would it take for you to disown your child? I know that for most everyone this is a hypothetical question, but please indulge me: What dastardly behavior would your son or daughter have to stoop to in order for you to “sit shiva”? A generation or two ago, when a child...

  • Summer Rules are not meant to be followed, at least in my house…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 6, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    I am just not as Tiger-esque as I had hoped to be this summer, in fact I am the very opposite of the Tiger Mother!  But, I did have big plans to become one over the summer break…  And even bigger plans to grow a pair when it comes to my children NOT sitting around watching TV,...

  • Spring Calendar

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Trailer for the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, May 8


    MARCH

    Sun., March 9
    Barrage in "High Strung." The young, hip cast of Barrage, a contemporary string ensemble, will dish out high-energy virtuosity in their newest show. The international cast features six violinists/vocalists, a...

  • The Arrowsmith program gets results with ‘physical therapy for the brain’

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Third-grader Yaakov Sobel is a talented painter and sculptor. And he can deliver a spot-on imitation of his teacher discussing Midrash. But when it comes to reading, things don't come so easily.

    "He can sound out words, but doesn't have the visual memory to recognize groupings of...

  • Broad, Tugend, Goldberg, Hillel

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The 'Other' Broad Museum

    There are days when you're stuck in freeway traffic and wonder why you ever came to Los Angeles. And then there are the moments when you know that there is no other place in the world to live. Such a moment came on Feb. 10, after receiving a handsome...

  • This being Los Angeles . . .

    By Gina Nahai

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Last Thursday night at LACMA, I was treated to a reading of my own works by the very talented and beautiful actress Bahar Soumekh, and by UC Irvine professor Nasrin Rahimieh. Outside the Bing Theater, rain poured in sheets, and traffic on Wilshire was at a standstill because all the...
  • Excerpt: ‘Proust Was a Neuroscientist’

    By Jonah Lehrer

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Walt Whitman

    The Substance of Feeling

    The poet writes the history of his own body.

    -- Henry David Thoreau

    For Walt Whitman, the Civil War was about the body. The crime of the Confederacy, Whitman believed, was treating blacks as nothing but flesh, selling them and buying them like...

  • Do artists intuit scientific truths?

    By David Wolpe

    December 13, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Jonah Lehrer's book, "Proust Was a Neuroscientist," is based on a misunderstanding. Nonetheless, it is engaging, informed, wide ranging and altogether worth reading. At times it has the whip-smart feel of the best term paper you've ever read; if only one could adjust the thesis a...
  • Variety of books pave way for understanding kabbalah

    By Amy Klein

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Historically, rabbis have proclaimed that in order to study kabbalah, one has to be a learned Jewish man older than of 40. So imagine how surprised those rabbis would be today if they could peruse a modern bookstore: There are now a plethora of tomes on the subject, making kabbalah...
  • Serenity now—inside and out

    By Amy Klein

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Breathe.

    Yes, take a breath.

    "One, long deliberate breath that you feel from the very beginning of it until the end of it. Try it, really. You can do it with your eyes open. You can do it while reading these instructions. Do you notice that you can feel your body, and especially...

  • The Deep Blue G

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Let me state, for the record, that I know nothing about sports. I don't watch them; I don't follow them. My parents didn't. I never did as a kid. I don't now with my family. Occasionally in the finals of a season, a few names flutter into my consciousness and then, just as quickly,...
  • Raising pint-sized ‘People of the Book’

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    To harried modern parents, few things sound more luxurious than a quiet weekend away -- no cell phones, no televisions -- with a pile of unread books. To the vast majority of their children, few things sound more torturous. It's not that modern-day kids don't enjoy reading. Most do....
  • Get ready to bug out

    By Jay Firestone

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With few exceptions, I sincerely hate bugs ... a lot. I hate the way they look. I can't stand it when they bite. And most of all, I feel violated each time I catch one crawling up my leg. Yeeech!

    While my hatred of bugs may seem a tad extreme (but definitely warranted), it may...

  • 10 books about happiness

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    1. "Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment" by Tal Ben-Shahar (McGraw-Hill, 2007).

    2. "Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment" by Martin Seligman (Free Press, 2004).

    3. "Flow: The Psychology...
  • Kids slip into reading and cozy up with PJ Library

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holy Days can be a confusing time for children. It's not easy for them to understand the sense behind the story of a father who almost sacrifices his son or how a chicken can help take away sins.

    Luckily, the answers to these mysteries and many more can be found in a book...

  • Agnon puts ‘awe’ in services with inspiring anthology

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Days of Awe: A Treasury of Jewish Wisdom for Reflection, Repentance, and Renewal on the High Holy Days" by S.Y. Agnon, (Schocken Books, 1995).

    Is literature penned by a Nobel Prize-winning author appropriate reading material during High Holy Days services?

    I am not sure how your...

  • New books chronicle new exodus—Ethiopians’ journey and its aftermath

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Black Jews, Jews, and Other Heroes," by Howard M. Lenhoff (Gefen; $24.95).

    "The Ethiopian Jews of Israel," by Len Lyons (Jewish Lights; $34.99).

    Roughly 20 years ago, Sudan, whose western Darfur region has been engulfed in genocide for four years, watched another other tragedy...

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