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  • Believing is Seeing (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

    April 16, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    The reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Pesach (and Sukkot), describes one of the more exciting moments in Torah: the closest encounter any human has with God.

    Following the sin of the Golden Calf and Moses’ advocacy for the people, he makes a...

  • Tel Aviv allowing some stores to do business on Shabbat

    March 28, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    Tel Aviv will permit a limited number of grocery and convenience stores to stay open on the Sabbath and holidays.

    The municipality’s City Council approved an amendment on March 24 giving the stores the go-ahead, but the country’s Interior Ministry also must approve.

    It is...

  • The guy who missed the Malaysia Airlines flight

    March 11, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    The popular travel discount blog Dan’s Deals is circulating a story that a Jewish passenger who was supposed to be on the missing Malaysia Airlines plane was switched to an alternative flight because his Orthodox Jewish travel agent in Israel refused to book him on an itinerary...

  • Man gunned down as gangland crime wave rocks Israel

    February 18, 2014 | 9:47 am

    Two gunmen on a motorcycle killed a man as he drove near Tel Aviv's bustling beachfront on Saturday, in what Israeli police suspected was the latest in a wave of gangland murders and attacks.

    The drive-by shooting took place in broad daylight, as families and tourists walked...

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  • On the eighth day, God made oxycodone

    September 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    New York City narcotics agents announced the indictment of five Brooklyn men yesterday, members of a Sabbath-observant drug ring that operated out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

    Defendants Jack Zibak, 28; Jack Zaibak, 24; Eduard Sorin, 38; David Gerowitz, 37; and Philip...

  • Tel Aviv eyeing way to let businesses open on Sabbath

    September 4, 2013 | 10:16 am

    The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality is working to change a city by-law that bans businesses from opening on the Jewish Sabbath.

    City officials told the Israeli Supreme Court late Tuesday night that the municipality would not fine businesses that until now have opened consistently on...

  • Seeking a shul’s history

    September 3, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    When Henry Leventon, his wife and three daughters attended their first Sabbath service at Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock (TBI) in 1976, the gabbai at the synagogue immediately approached.

    “Just what we need: a young man and his family!” the sexton greeted them...

  • Beren loses quadruple overtime thriller

    March 1, 2013 | 2:05 pm

    Beren Academy, which made international headlines last year with its battle to avoid a forfeit in the Texas state boys' basketball tournament over a Sabbath scheduling conflict, lost a quadruple overtime game in the state semifinals.

    Beren lost by one-point to Boerne Geneva after...

  • Nice Jewish goys

    February 4, 2013 | 2:37 pm

    On a recent Friday night, a group of 20-something foodies gathered to celebrate Shabbat. Well, maybe not 'celebrate' in the traditional sense of prayers and candles, but a Sabbath meal all the same. In the back of a thrift store in downtown Manhattan, two long wooden tables had...

  • Day 85 - Why I’m Reading the Whole Talmud… Again

    By Salvador Litvak

    November 8, 2012 | 8:01 am

    I have been struggling to write a post since I came down from the Mt. Sinai-like high of the Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium, when we completed the seven and a half year cycle of reading the Talmud (click here for my Jewish Journal cover story about that experience).

    I have kept...

  • How to bring religion into politics

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 15, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    For nearly two millennia politics was poison for the Jewish people.  The principle aim in understanding the machinations of power was to make oppression less onerous.  Great swaths of tradition that spoke to the exercise of power lay mostly unexplored.  Today there is a resurgence of...

  • [UPDATED] Highway construction downs L.A. Eruv for Sabbath

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 15, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    The Los Angeles Community Eruv, which allows observant Jews to carry items within its restricted boundaries on the Sabbath, will not be in operation on the Shabbat that starts at sundown today, June 15 due to a break caused by construction on the 405 Freeway, according to a posting...

  • Poll: Most Israeli Jews keep kosher, practice some Sabbath rituals

    January 30, 2012 | 11:15 am

    More than four of every five Israeli Jews believe in God and three-quarters of Israeli Jews keep kosher, according to a survey.

    The study, conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute’s Guttman Center and paid for by the Avi Chai Foundation, also found that 51 percent of Israeli...

  • Joe Lieberman scaled political heights, but wants his legacy to be the Sabbath

    August 8, 2011 | 3:08 pm

    Call Joe Lieberman the unlikely evangelical.

    The Independent senator from Connecticut—and the best-known Orthodox Jew in American politics—is probably more cognizant than most of his Jewish congressional colleagues about rabbinical interdictions against encouraging non-Jews to mimic...

  • With the over-abundance of Synagogues in O.C., I had to pick this one!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 4, 2011 | 11:40 am

    For months, my family and I have been looking for the perfect Congregation to join.  Its not easy when you have many needs.  I wanted a place where the Rabbi is young and energetic, and has the patience to work with children.  A Rabbi who stays current on all that is happening in the...

  • Lieberman writes book on Sabbath

    February 3, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman is writing a book on the benefits of the Sabbath.

    Lieberman (I-Conn.), who recently announced he will not run again, is co-writing the book with David Klinghoffer, according to Howard Books.

    “In this book, Lieberman will offer the gift of Sabbath...

  • How the Sabbath keeps the Jewish people

    April 2, 2010 | 10:55 am

    From Haaretz.com:

    To love Judaism is to know how much the Sabbath matters. But neither knowledge nor love is quite enough to move many Jews, perhaps most Jews, to observance, or even to the level of observance they feel, deep in their hearts, commanded to achieve.

    This state of cognitive dissonance prevails even in Israel, where the non-enforcement of the many Sabbath laws on the books has the effect of deepening the divide, every Saturday, between observant Jews and everyone else.

    Read the full article at http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1160647.html

  • VIDEO:  Obama roasts Emanuel, says he’s the ‘Angel of Death’ for GOP

    By The Web Guy

    November 10, 2008 | 7:43 pm

    CSPAN rebroadcast a roast from 2005 where Barack Obama takes on his future White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

     

  • Barack Obama: Shabbos goy

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 22, 2008 | 10:04 am

    Newsweek had another article recently about what God means to Barack Obama. I know, I’m really tired of this too, but the article had a great tidbit about Obama serving as a Shabbos goy after he joined the Illinois State Senate:

    In 1999, while still in the Illinois State Senate, he...

  • Music lovers get presents for composer Reich’s birthday

    By George Robinson

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sometime in the 1970s, composer Steve Reich found himself looking for spiritual sustenance.
     
    "Like many people in the '60s," he says, "I got involved in Hatha Yoga and Northern Buddhist meditation and Southern Buddhist meditation. It did a lot of good for a high-metabolism New...
  • The Sabbath Rap

    By Gaby Friedman

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The service begins with "Shalom Aleichem," but there's a twist: Injected between the traditional verses are some fast-talking, spoken-word interludes with messages for those entering into the ritual. "So recline, right after you drink this wine/ See this time is a gift from the mind...

  • On Shabbat, Stay Cool as a Cucumber

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    August 5, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Miami is hot. In the summer, even sometimes in the winter, the air arches off the streets radiating heat circles that bend but do not break as you walk though them, slowly, slowly.

    My grandparents, Oma and Opa, bought an apartment in Miami Beach that my family of eight piled into for...

  • Bubbie’s Menorah Miracle

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Bubbie, my sweet grandmother, is a small woman, barely 5-feet tall. Her candelabra wasn't just a candleholder used for the Sabbath and Chanukah lights. It was a family symbol; a magnet that brought family and friends together. On Sabbath evenings Bubbie would don a special...

  • Kick Off the Year Rolling in Dough

    By Rivka Tal

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As most people know, challah is the braided egg-rich loaf of bread that we traditionally eat on the Sabbath and holidays -- two loaves of challah at each of the three Shabbat meals. They help commemorate the miracles that the Jewish people experienced during their 40 years of...

  • The Great Jewish Hope

    By Carin Davis

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Dmitriy Salita doesn't fight on the Sabbath, which gives his competition a much-needed day of rest from this powerful junior welterweight. With a 13-0, 10 KO record, the 5-foot-9, 139-pound fighter who goes by the moniker "The Star of David," is a rising star in the boxing ring.

    ...

  • Parshat Yitro

    By Abby Gilad

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Yitro, God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments. Some are commandments of thought: "Do not covet your neighbor's possessions." Some are commandments of speech: "Do not swear with God's name." And some are commandments of action: "Do not steal" and "Keep the Sabbath."

  • Creating a Sacred Space

    By Elliot Fein

    August 1, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In 1978, when I first applied to college, I didn't know what I wanted to study as an undergraduate. I left the space blank on the college application form where I was supposed to indicate an intended major. Someone in the admissions office, based on my grade point average and my...

  • Actor of ‘Favor’

    By Amy Klein

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "I am not Menachem."

    So says Israeli heartthrob Aki Avni, referring to his character in "Time of Favor," the Israeli psychological thriller opening in Los Angeles movie theaters Feb 1. The film, winner of six Israeli Oscars last year, including picture of the year, tells the story...

  • A Mostly Jewish Festival

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    July 13, 2000 | 7:59 pm

    Q: When does a fence equal freedom?
    A: When it's an eruv.

    On Sun., July 2 the Jewish community of Northridge will celebrate the official initiation of its new eruv, allowing observant Jews the ability to carry on the Sabbath within its domain.The project was initiated more than 10...

  • Creative Rest

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    During the past few months, I have had contact with a friendly pastor, who is sincerely concerned about the future of the Jewish people both here and in Israel. Immediately after the High Holidays, I received an unusual call from him. He asked: "Tell me, did you survive your...
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