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  • What’s a dollar a month worth?

    By David Suissa

    5 days ago

    People love the Jewish Journal. They love picking it up, at a shul or deli or cafe or market, and flipping through the stories of the Jewish world. There’s nothing quite like it in Los Angeles — a gathering place where all the voices of our community can be heard.

    I can’t tell...

  • In Paris, a Shabbat marred by terror

    2 weeks ago

    My son and I met in Paris on Friday morning, walked the charming streets of the City of Light, visited the Picasso and Pompidou museums, then went to synagogue at the MJLF (Mouvement Juif Libéral de France), one of the most vibrant Reform synagogues in Paris.

    Rabbi Delphine...

  • The Shabbat heard ’round the world

    October 28, 2015 | 3:57 pm

    A 3,000-person Shabbat dinner along Pico Boulevard and challah-baking events around the city were among the local events organized for the month of October under the auspices of The Shabbos Project. As part of a collaborative initiative between hundreds of synagogues and Jewish...

  • Rabbi David Wolpe’s kavannah for Shabbat of unity with the people of Israel

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    October 14, 2015 | 1:26 pm

    We invite people around the world to recite this kavannah in unity with the State of Israel this Shabbat, October 17, 2015

    El Maleh Rachamim -- Compassionate God,
    We pray not to wipe out haters but to banish hatred.
    Not to destroy sinners but to lessen sin.
    Our prayers are not...

  • 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...

  • The unexpected power of vacation Shabbat

    September 4, 2015 | 3:54 pm

    Shabbat – the 7th day, a day of rest, a chance to refrain from all the usual business of the week. No work, no cell phone, no computer, no spending money. You know the deal. After a busy week, it feels great to give yourself permission to slow down. But what if it wasn’t a busy...

  • Jenna Jameson on her new spiritual journey to Judaism

    August 19, 2015 | 11:47 am

    In a cozy apartment near The Grove, in the heart of Los Angeles, lives an unlikely couple. He is Lior Bitton, 41, an immigrant from Israel and a diamond broker. She is perhaps the world’s most famous porn star, Jenna Jameson.

    Since her June announcement that she is converting to...

  • Testing the waters

    August 5, 2015 | 3:05 pm

    I took my 7-year-old, Micha-el, swimming at a neighbor’s last Shabbat. After an unseasonably cool June, July began with the full brunt of summer, and he was thrilled with the invitation. A growing number of Israelis have blow-up pools, thanks to the country’s enormous desalination...

  • Torah portion: How to make teens excited about Judaism

    July 29, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Recently, a mother invited 30 teens, all Jewish day school graduates, to spend Shabbat services and eat lunch at our Chabad center in Bel Air. The goal was to give them a look at “traditional” Judaism. 

    In typical teen fashion, they gathered outside during services and lunch, and...

  • Ben Shapiro’s culture of fear mongering

    July 9, 2015 | 3:43 pm

    I had never heard of Ben Shapiro until that Shabbat evening.  My best friend, Yitzy, just got married, and I was headed to a sheva brachos, one of the parties religious Jews have after they get married.  Yitzy and his wife were having his party at an Orthodox synagogue in my...

  • Yes, We Can All Get Along

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    July 1, 2015 | 1:30 am

    We often hear about how people from different Jewish denominations take swipes at each other, followed by the lament, “Can’t we all just get along?”

    One of the best things about Limmud Bay Area this year, which took place at Sonoma State University last weekend, is that Jews from...

  • Starry Nights

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 26, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    It's not every night one has a transcendent experience while taking out the garbage. But that's exactly how I felt several nights running when I was struck by dazzling lights in the western sky. At first I thought this super bright "star" in front of me — more like three stars put...

  • A Share in the World to Come

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    April 24, 2015 | 6:48 pm

    There is a tradition to study Pirkei Avot from Passover until Shavuot. Pirkei Avot contains the timeless wisdom of the sages, and inspiring messages for everyday living. In essence, Pirkei Avot is Judaism’s guidebook to success in life.

    One of the famous passages of Pirkei Avot...

  • Political garbage time: Fighting about public transportation on shabbat

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 13, 2015 | 11:17 am

    Is Passover a good time to engage in small-scale religious strife? It seemed so last week. Israelis celebrated Pesach with their families, while also trading barbs over tired debates related to religion, and to the way in which Judaism manifests itself in Israel’s public sphere....

  • Let’s leave Obama out of our seders

    By David Suissa

    April 1, 2015 | 11:16 am

    Jews have big mouths. Put those big mouths in a society that reveres freedom of speech and it’s a sight to behold. On the whole, it’s a wonderful attribute. We analyze everything, we criticize endlessly, we kvetch, we yell, we do everything but shut up. It’s as if we’re taking...

  • Just released ADL audit shows significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents

    By Ryan Torok

    March 30, 2015 | 5:16 pm

    One Shabbat this past August, Jewish comedian Elon Gold was walking with his family when they were confronted by a Middle Eastern-looking man who harassed them and shouted, “I hope your children die! Just like you are killing children in Gaza!”

    This local incident was one of many...

  • Protecting a Life is Always a Priority

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 26, 2015 | 7:28 pm

    The Torah commands us protect our lives, and those of others. Based on the verse, "Guard yourself and guard your soul very much" (Deut. 4:9). According to Jewish law, it is a duty to take all due precautions and avoid anything that may endanger life. “Anyone who violates such...

  • Tragic Loss in Brooklyn Sounds Alarm Across the Jewish World

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 26, 2015 | 7:22 pm

    During a time when we are preparing our homes and communities to celebrate the joyous festivities of Passover, a painful tragedy has muted our joy.

    This past Friday night, a malfunctioning electric hot plate set off a fire that killed seven children in Brooklyn. The world lost...

  • For Harvard’s Zach Yoshor, March Madness mixes with Shabbat-playing unease

    March 17, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    Should Harvard upset North Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Zach Yoshor will stay with the Crimson for their next game two days later – but the freshman guard acknowledges it won’t be easy.

    The Ivy League champs would be playing the...

  • Where God is Depends on Us

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 20, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    When children ask us, “Where is God?”  We usually tell them that “God is everywhere.”

    It's a beautiful answer, completely true, but it doesn't help when you are older. When we see what goes on in the world, we often ask ourselves the very same question, “Where is God?” The truth...

  • Freundel pleads guilty to 52 voyeurism charges

    February 19, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, pleaded guilty to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism.

    The plea Thursday means that Freundel could be sentenced to a maximum penalty of 52 years in prison and ordered to pay tens of thousands of...

  • Paris Grand Synagogue closed on Shabbat for first time since WWII

    January 9, 2015 | 4:46 pm

    The Grand Synagogue of Paris was closed during Friday’s terror attacks and did not reopen for Shabbat services, marking the first time the synagogue has not held services since World War II.

    The synagogue was closed by French police during the hostage standoff at the Hyper Cache...

  • Shabbat on Halloween: Horror of horrors or wonder of wonders?

    October 28, 2014 | 9:33 am

    With a borscht-curdling geshrei, Halloween this year falls on Shabbat. On a Friday night, trick-or-treaters, even Jewish ones, will be knocking.

    Should we open the door? Or should we be spooked about joining the celebration?

    After reading that on Oct. 31, Urban Adamah, a...

  • The true value of Birthright Israel

    October 7, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Sitting in a circle in coastal northern Israel, listening to a group of 46 American and Israeli Jews share their coming-out stories — stories of anxiety and relief, shame and pride, heartbreak and celebration — I realized that this trip was going to be different. 

    It was my...

  • The Jewish Food Taste Test-OMG

    By Elana Horwich

    October 2, 2014 | 9:00 am


    Jewish Food gets a bad rep.  People think it is fattening, heavy, and bland.  This may have been true in the past but not since Meal and a Spiel came to town.  This video is hilarious insight into how Jewish Food is percieved. 

    Enough with Jewish Food not being considered...

  • Eyes open and eyes shut: A pre-High Holy Days meditation

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 4, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Paul Gaugin, the famous 19th-century French artist, commented: “When I want to see clearly, I shut my eyes.”

    He was referring to two different ways of perceiving reality. With our eyes open, we see surface reality — size, shape, color, etc. But with our eyes shut, we contemplate...

  • Shabbat at the Ford

    By Tess Cutler

    September 2, 2014 | 10:08 am

    On Friday, August 29, Cantor Craig Taubman hosted his fourth annual Shabbat at the Ford, which took place at the historic Ford Amphitheater. The open-air venue was the perfect setting for such an event. “It’s the summer for gosh sakes,” remarked Taubman, and it sure felt like it,...

  • Tel Aviv to allow some businesses to open on Shabbat

    August 11, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    The Tel Aviv municipality passed a by-law that will allow some grocery stores to remain open on Shabbat.

    Under the measure passed Sunday, about 15 percent of the city’s grocery stores will receive permission to remain open on Saturdays. They will be spread out throughout the...

  • Back to school parenting lessons

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    The back-to-school season is, for all intents and purposes, a period of pure parental mayhem. From tracking down the coolest Batman or Barbie backpack on the block to searching out that elusive five-subject, wide-ruled, perforated spiral notebook that our child needs for Hebrew...

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