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  • Opinion: Repenting with our eyes

    By David Suissa

    September 28, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Is the mind more powerful than the heart? This question was hovering in the air during an insightful Torah class last week given by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, spiritual leader of B’nai David-Judea Congregation. Kanefsky presented two distinct views of the concept of teshuvah, which is...

  • Opinion: For a Happy New Year, here’s what to do

    By Dennis Prager

    September 28, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Jews get to celebrate the new year twice a year — on Rosh Hashanah and on Jan. 1. But there are differences between the two holidays: Rosh Hashanah is used more for introspection, and New Year’s is more a time for celebration and partying.

    There are also differences in terms of...

  • Israel shuts West Bank for holiday, rockets strike Israel

    September 28, 2011 | 11:22 am

    The Israeli military announced a closure of the West Bank for Rosh Hashanah as two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.

    The closure began Tuesday night and will last until Saturday night following the two-day holiday and Shabbat. Exceptions will be made for medical...

  • 10Q Project: Answer life’s big questions online … Then reread next year

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 27, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    It might seem odd that 10Q, a project bent on promoting deep personal reflection and penetrating spiritual insight, would engage Joel Stein, a somewhat nihilistic humor columnist, as one of its endorsers.

    “I find it hard to believe that anyone in our present society needs to spend...

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  • If you seat them, they will come

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 27, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Twice a year, many synagogues find themselves dealing with a wonderful but very practical problem: how to handle the huge numbers of people who show up for the High Holy Days and don’t fit in the sanctuary.

    For some, the answer involves reserved seating or alternative services...

  • Acting rabbi brings rebirth to 1920s shul

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 27, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    For more than 35 years, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock existed without a rabbi. No longer.

    This month, Susan Goldberg became the acting rabbi of what is believed to be the city’s second-oldest shul still operating out of its original location.

    For Temple Beth...

  • Obama reaffirms Israel commitment on Rosh Hashanah eve

    September 27, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    President Obama in his Rosh Hashanah message reaffirmed his commitment to Israel and called for reflection on economic hardship and the struggle for democracy worldwide.

    “My Administration is doing everything we can to promote prosperity here at home and security and peace...

  • Earthquake-damaged New Zealand shul renting for Rosh Hashanah

    September 23, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    The small Jewish community in the earthquake-ravaged New Zealand city of Christchurch will celebrate Rosh Hashanah in a rental property because the city’s only synagogue has not yet been repaired.

    The congregation would now be “lucky if repair works can start in 12 months’...

  • New machzor delves into heart of Rosh Hashanah

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 21, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, has published enough books to earn his many titles — around 20 tomes, ranging from scholarly commentaries to analysis of contemporary culture. Widely viewed as one of the top Jewish leaders in the world, Sacks published...

  • Wave of new holiday prayer books changing the ways to worship

    September 21, 2011 | 11:34 am

    New Jewish prayer books typically come in waves, the rarest of which bring new High Holidays prayer books, or machzors.

    The current wave has seen five new machzorim in a one-year span. Following on the heels of last year’s release of the official Conservative machzor and a popular...

  • Rosh Hashanah remix to the Muppets’ ‘Mahna Mahna’

    September 19, 2011 | 3:17 pm

  • Sweet season: Apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah

    September 19, 2011 | 11:30 am

    Among the familiar customs of Rosh Hashanah is the dipping of apple slices in honey — but what is its origin?

    King David had a “cake made in a pan and a sweet cake” (II Samuel 6: 15, 19) given to everyone. Hosea 3:1 identifies the “sweet cake” as a raisin cake.

    Honey also...

  • Gossiping—What you can gain if you refrain

    September 14, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.”  -Jewish Proverb

    Too often, I realize that people preface their sentences with “I heard” or “they say.” Intrigued by the personal details and juicy information that is likely to follow, most of us allow...

  • If your gut tells you something seems suspicious, report it

    By Ryan Torok

    September 14, 2011 | 11:54 am

    On Aug. 30, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual security meeting at its Los Angeles headquarters to advise local Jewish leaders on possible threats facing the community in advance of the High Holy Days.

    United States Postal Inspector Glenn Fiene and ADL civil rights...

  • Pasadena temple gets Argentina’s first woman cantor

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 14, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Cantor Ruth Berman Harris has been earning paychecks for leading services since she was 15, years before a cantorial school even existed in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    “I think it was what I was born to be,” she said. “I became a bat mitzvah, and I never left the...

  • Wrap mind, and body, around Holy Days prep

    By Rachel Heller

    September 14, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Traditionally, the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days are a time of account settling for Jews, marked by personal reflection, repentance and prayer.

    But how about some Jewish yoga to get the ball rolling? Why not try some visualization exercises or Jewish meditation?

    About 30...

  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • Dip your apples, it’s Rosh Hashanah

    September 8, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    Based on Shakira’s “Waka Waka”.

    No apples, pomegranates, babies, or smartphones were harmed in the filming of this video. Please don’t feed babies honey.

    Vocals: Yoav Hoze, Shani Lachmish, Ahava Katzin, Tal Ginzburg, Reuven Katz, and Amit Ben Atar. Choreography by Ilana Bril and...

  • Mass. to change ‘12 primary away from Rosh Hashanah

    July 7, 2011 | 10:23 am

    Massachusetts’ secretary of state said he would change the date of the 2012 state primary to avoid a conflict with Rosh Hashanah.

    The primary is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, the second day of Rosh Hashanah.

    Secretary of State William Galvin said Wednesday that the primary...

  • Obama, Biden to consult with Jews before Rosh Hashanah

    September 7, 2010 | 5:04 pm

    President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will consult with Jewish leaders on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

    Obama will speak with rabbis in a conference call Tuesday in what appears set to become an annual tradition. Last year, Obama reached out to rabbis to solicit support for his...

  • 5770 in Israel: Diplomatic crises, but economic prosperity

    September 3, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    For Israel, the Jewish year 5770 was characterized by ups and downs in relations with the United States, growing international alienation and a virtual stalemate in Middle East peacemaking—until the summit meeting in Washington just before Rosh Hashanah.

    Last November, after months...

  • Jewish interfaith leaders urge Shabbat sermon about Islam

    September 3, 2010 | 11:21 am

    A group of Jewish interfaith educators is asking rabbis to talk about Islam next Shabbat.

    A letter signed by six prominent rabbis and scholars points out that Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, falls on Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist...

  • Fear, faith, horror movies and the Jewish New Year

    September 7, 2009 | 5:35 pm

    Religion has a central place in many horror movies—think of “The Omen,” “The Exorcist,” “Carrie,” “Seven” and my favorite, “Rosemary’s Baby.” It isn’t difficult to suggest reasons why. Pageantry, sublimated sexuality, suffering, sin, death—these are core elements of most religions...

  • Where to find cheap high holy day tickets [VIDEO]

    By Rebecca Steinberger, Multimedia Intern

    September 4, 2009 | 5:51 pm

    Got New Year’s plans? Celebrating Rosh Hashanah this year might depend heavily on what services are within budget. The high cost of synagogue tickets will result in many people looking for alternative and affordable services. There are other options out there and it is only a...

  • Reporter’s Notebook: A Christian makes teshuvah

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 16, 2008 | 1:23 am

    My first mistake was arriving when the Yom Kippur morning service at Valley Beth Shalom was scheduled to begin. The flier said 7:45 a.m. and, this being my virgin voyage, I didn't want to be late.

    Naive? Certainly. I didn't realize Jews attend High Holy Days services like Dodgers...

  • Britney repents for Rosh Hashanah [VIDEO]

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 13, 2008 | 2:13 am

    What a great way to start the Jewish New Year!

    Britney’s new video has premiered and as one of her longtime fans, I definitely believe that Britney is beginning to do teshuva (repentance). Actually, her teshuva has already been reported by the press, who quote an interview to be...

  • VIDEO: Alistair Cohen—Shofar Blowing 101

    October 2, 2008 | 4:26 am

    From the 23-year-old Brit’s YouTube page:
    My name is Alistair Cohen and I am an aspiring television presenter. This video was created for showreel material and to spread some Jewish knowledge around a bit.

    Please don’t hesitate to leave any feedback or comments, and if you are watching this and may know of any presenting work available, please contact me at alistaircohen@hotmail.com. Thanks for watching.

  • Shame on Rabbis for Obama, hooray for Amy Klein, thanks for Marty Kaplan

    October 1, 2008 | 11:36 pm

    Online Dating Addict

    "True Confessions of an Online Dating Addict" -- "Cathy" it's not (Sept. 26). It's brilliant, and one of the smartest singles columns I've read. I love reading each week's adventure. Klein's journey is familiar, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks so....
  • Methodist learns it’s 5769, says it’s awesome Jews live in the future

    By The Web Guy

    October 1, 2008 | 2:48 am

    Admitted Methodist Barrett Brown reports:

    We are approaching the year 5769 of the Hebrew calendar, which is actually pretty awesome insomuch as that it puts us farther in to the future than does the more widespread Gregorian accounting. This is not quite as a cool as being ten...

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