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  • 5 Ways to Keep the Spiritual Momentum of the High Holidays

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish holy days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity, and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year? Here are five suggestions for maintaining the momentum of the High...

  • Reflections on my visit to a ‘minyan’ of L.A. synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    October 7, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    As has become something of a tradition for me, I had the privilege to visit 10 synagogues in Los Angeles during the most recent High Holy Days. I experienced the many voices of Los Angeles and of the Jewish community that come together at this time of year.

    Visiting a veritable...

  • This is water: On making meaning, making choices and making a difference

    September 29, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Good yontif!

    So there are two young fish swimming in the ocean. Just doing their thing, tooling along, when they happen to meet an older fish going the other way. He nods at them and says, "Morning, boys. How's the water?"

    After exchanging pleasantries, the two young fish swim...

  • Four Palestinian teens arrested in rock-throwing death

    September 28, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Four Palestinian teens were arrested in connection with a Rosh Hashanah eve rock attack that left a Jewish-Israeli man dead.

    The Shin Bet security service announced the arrests on Saturday night. The teens, aged 16 to 19, are from eastern Jerusalem and have Israeli identification...

  • Moving and shaking: Rosh Hashanah at City Hall, ‘Understanding the Iran nuclear deal’ and more

    By Ryan Torok

    September 24, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    A Sept. 18 Rosh Hashanah celebration filled Los Angeles City Hall with the sounds of the shofar. “Tekiah gedolah,” said Rabbi Joshua Hoffman of Valley Beth Shalom, before delivering a long — and loud — blast on the ram’s horn.

    As part of the event, The Jewish Federation of...

  • ...For you were slaves in Egypt

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 21, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    Good evening, L’ Shana Tova Tikateivu, Happy New Year to the people of Congregation Beth Ohr, to our teacher and communal founder, Rabbi Michael Roth and his extraordinary family, to my colleagues on the bima, Rabbi Haim Beliak and Chazanit Cheri Paul.

    Let’s consider the reasons...

  • Walk with me: The Akeidah as a call to communal support

    September 18, 2015 | 3:05 pm

    Today we cry out to Hashem as individuals who have strayed and sinned. We pour out our hearts, pains, and petitions before God asking for life. We know from the Gemara in Masechet Rosh HaShanah 18a that today we pass before God as “בני מרון”, as sheep being counted one by one by...

  • Prisons of our own making

    September 18, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, 5776 

    We think of Passover as our time of release, but these ten days are even more crucial to your freedom.  Passover is about our people’s emancipation.  These days are about you and me, each one of us one by one by one having our day with God.  It’s personal and...

  • When saying sorry, don’t just speak—act

    September 16, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    Last week, I betrayed a trust.

    It was accidental, a seemingly small, ordinary mistake rooted in simple human forgetfulness (and perhaps a speck of carelessness if I’m being honest about it), but a mistake that nevertheless affected a friend’s life in a serious way. I felt awful,...

  • Iranian president tweets English Rosh Hashanah greeting

    September 16, 2015 | 11:08 am

    Iran’s president tweeted a Rosh Hashanah greeting to the Jewish people.

    The greeting from Hassan Rouhani was sent from his official Twitter account on Sunday before the start of the holiday.

    “May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect & bring peace & mutual understanding....

  • On Yom Kippur, must we ask forgiveness for communal wrongs?

    September 15, 2015 | 7:45 am

    On Yom Kippur, as we focus on our personal faults, how do we acknowledge those shortcomings that are more communal?

    In synagogue, reciting line by line the Al Chet prayer, seeking atonement for the areas of our lives where in the past year we have fallen short, events in the...

  • Temple Mount raid finds Palestinian stockpile of rocks, firebombs

    September 15, 2015 | 7:29 am

    Israel Police said they uncovered Palestinian stockpiles of rocks, firebombs and pipe bombs on the Temple Mount aimed at disrupting Jewish visits to the holy site ahead of Rosh Hashanah.

    The police, using intelligence information from the Shin Bet security service, raided the...

  • A Foodie Rosh Hashanah: Appetizers for Personal Growth

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 11, 2015 | 5:02 pm

    Dipping an apple in honey is the most popular in a series of simanim, symbolic foods, associated with the Rosh Hashanah feast. The custom is even recorded as far back as the Talmud. There are many other simanim, some simple and some exotic, that vary by community including: fish,...

  • Temple Judea High Holy Day Parody Video: “C’mon And Pray”

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2015 | 5:15 pm

    In what has become something of annual tradition for Temple Judea, the San Fernando Valley congregation has released “C’mon and Pray,” a parody video of Walk the Moon’s “Shut up and Dance," in advance of the High Holy Days. 

    “It's a fun way for clergy and staff to come together...

  • Bubblehood vs. Peoplehood

    By David Suissa

    September 10, 2015 | 11:18 am

    The most overused and abused word in the Jewish world must surely be “community.” Here in Los Angeles, we’re often told that we’re all part of some grand “Jewish community,” but deep down, we know better. If by community we mean a group of like-minded people whose company we enjoy,...

  • Revisiting the year in news: Keep worrying

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Twelve months in a year, 12 articles or events I want to revisit at the end of the Jewish year. 


    Last year, right after Rosh Hashanah, I wrote the following paragraph about the strategy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

    Abbas is in a defiant mood and believes...

  • At Rosh Hashanah and Hajj, bridging two cultures through common roots

    September 9, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    “Use words. Help me understand.” As mothers, we have both found this phrase useful from time to time in helping our children navigate the terrain of conflicting emotions. As people deeply engaged in conflict resolution and building relationships among Jews and Muslims, we also find...

  • Paying to pray? Not quite

    September 9, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    We’ve all heard this story, and some of us have lived it: A Jewish individual or couple, new in town or newly seeking to reconnect with the Jewish community, walks into a worship space just before the start time of a High Holy Days service and starts to enter the sanctuary, only to...

  • How do ‘twice-a-year Jews’ feel about that loaded label?

    By Jared Sichel

    September 9, 2015 | 3:11 pm

    For most of his life, Matthew Michel has walked through the doors of a synagogue on only two occasions every year — the two weightiest holidays in the Jewish calendar and the two that involve the most self-reflection and introspection: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    “I grew up...

  • Preparing for the year end and the new year

    September 9, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    The beginning and end of each year are times that stimulate all of us to think. Even those who are not in the habit of making a daily “accounting of this world” (Bava Batra 78b) tend to do so at these moments, these days that are so conducive to examining, summing up and planning. ...

  • Home: New decorating trends for the new year

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 9, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Rosh Hashanah is all about new beginnings, so what better time to look at our homes in a fresh way? Whether you’re considering a new paint color for the wall, updating furniture or just buying new cabinet pulls, check out these hot decorating trends and make 5776 your most stylish...

  • Shofar makers busily crafting a blast from the past

    September 8, 2015 | 5:26 pm

    If there’s a business that’s seasonal, it’s that of selling shofars.

    Sales spike around the High Holy Days, then mellow down for the rest of the year. Shofar makers, however, don’t just sit around in the off-season; they’re constantly busy collecting raw horns, cleaning them and...

  • Free High Holy Days services

    September 8, 2015 | 5:07 pm

    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 13

    Rosh Hashanah, first day: Sept. 14

    Rosh Hashanah, second day: Sept. 15

    Kol Nidre: Sept. 22

    Yom Kippur: Sept. 23


    Los Angeles-area Chabads offering free services to the public during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur include Chabad of...

  • A year of learning Torah through food

    September 3, 2015 | 2:55 pm

    It’s the end of summer 2014. Rosh Hashanah is approaching, and with it the finale of the seven-year shmita cycle, a time when agricultural land lies fallow in Israel, perennials are harvested, and debts are forgiven. A year ago, I asked myself, could I give myself a shmita-inspired...

  • Art, man and God

    September 3, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    I wonder what our prayers sound like to God during these Days of Awe. As the earth spins on its axis and Jews across the globe gather together to worship, I imagine that God hears our longings as a symphony - each soul a note, singular, exceptional, and essential to the whole....
  • On Rosh Hashana: Does the Time to Ask for Forgiveness Expire?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    September 2, 2015 | 6:37 pm

    I’m going away next week and won’t be back at my day job until after Rosh Hashana, so I decided to wish my co-workers a happy New Year now.  When I gave one of them New Year’s greetings, he stopped and looked up, counting in his head. “Let’s see,” he said, “almost two weeks to...

  • Fresh takes on classic entrees and dessert for the High Holy Days

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 2, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Celebrated close together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the High Holy Days, but each offers its own special food customs.   

    Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Sept. 13, celebrates the Jewish New Year. It is a joyous occasion enlivened with a variety of delicious...

  • Honey isn’t vegan: Cruelty-free Rosh Hashanah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 2015 | 2:08 pm

    When Madeline Karpel was growing up in Westwood in the 1950s, her Russian immigrant grandmother spent days preparing the family’s erev Rosh Hashanah dinner: chopped liver, matzah ball soup, brisket and, of course, apples to be dipped in honey. 

    “It was always served in the dining...

  • High Holy Days: Dreams as sweet as honey

    September 2, 2015 | 10:50 am

    With nothing but shrubbery and fractures of light, the fierce Mojave Desert may seem to lack the abundance needed to sustain a hive of bees, yet it still manages to produce some of the best honey in California. 

    Like the insects themselves, this desert’s sunbeams are hard to...

  • Pomegranates: Deep-seeded connections

    September 2, 2015 | 10:40 am

    When we think about special foods to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, apples and honey always seem to top the menu. But where among the new year’s daily specials do we place that seedy, sweet red ball of antioxidants — the pomegranate?

    Although experience tells us that the fruit’s...

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