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  • Where God is Depends on Us

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    2 weeks ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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  • 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 tessc

    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...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • Belfast synagogue vandalized on back-to-back days

    July 21, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A window was smashed on successive days at a synagogue in Belfast, Ireland.

    The vandalism at the Belfast Hebrew Congregation took place on Friday night and the following day, the BBC reported. In the latter incident, the replacement window was shattered.

    Police are treating the...

  • Seconds from shelter

    July 16, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    “Seventy-five seconds? That’s an enormous amount of time!” He wasn’t being ironic. Just straightforward. These words were spoken by Rabbi Gustavo Suraszki, who spent Shabbat with me in Jerusalem this past weekend. He lives in Ashkelon, where his family has now spent a decade...

  • A song for Shabbat: Bless us with peace

    July 16, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    It was one year ago this week when my husband, Don Goor, and I made aliyah. Moving to Israel was the culmination of years of planning and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, but in the backs of our minds, we always knew that Israel would be involved in another conflict. This was...

  • Left dripping at the mikveh

    May 21, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    What is your most powerful Jewish memory? Your bubbe’s creased hands as she covered her eyes before the flickering Shabbat candles? The sharp bite of maror and the sweet taste of grape juice at your parents’ seder table? Your first kiss at summer camp?

    These moments form...

  • What’s a boycott worth?

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2014 | 12:17 am

    If you walk up the red carpet and into the Beverly Hills Hotel on a Friday evening or Saturday morning, at the left side of the lobby, inside the Sunset Room, you’ll find an Orthodox Jewish prayer service.

    You’ll see the standard mechitzah dividing male and female worshippers,...

  • 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...

  • Seventy percent of Jewish Israeli teens identify as Zionist

    March 25, 2014 | 12:51 pm

    Approximately 70 percent of Jewish Israeli youth consider themselves Zionists, according to a survey released by the Zionist Council in Israel.

    The findings were presented at the 33rd National Youth Zionist Congress this week in Gush Etzion, the Jerusalem Post reported.

    The...

  • In rural Uganda, small Jewish community splits over conversion

    March 24, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    On Fridays at sundown, the Jewish residents of this village set amid the lush hills of eastern Uganda gather in the synagogue to greet Shabbat.

    The room is bare, the light is dim and the Conservative prayer books are worn. But the spare surroundings do little to diminish the...

  • ‘Girls’ star Jemima Kirke sometimes does Shabbat with ‘super-Jew’ husband

    March 17, 2014 | 11:41 am

    Jemima Kirke is just like us — if only we were cooler and more bohemian, occupied an entire Brooklyn brownstone and tattooed our Shabbat guests.

    In the March 10 issue of New York Magazine, the “Girls” star gives us a peek into her life, which includes making art, being a mom,...

  • Shabbat libations cause for concern

    March 12, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    When a group of men can be so drunk that one of them knocks over a toddler into the middle of a busy street and falls flat on his face, it’s time to reassess the impact excessive alcohol consumption is having on our communities. 

    Every year, in preparation for the Purim holiday,...

  • Reaching out to Ukrainian friends during crisis

    By Jared Sichel

    March 5, 2014 | 11:08 am

    Two years ago, on a visit to Kiev, following a trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg, I had the privilege of spending a weekend with an amazing Jewish family in the center of what I otherwise remember as a somewhat dark, depressing city.

    Although they are foreign-born, they are major...

  • The covenant of the calf: Parashat Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)

    February 12, 2014 | 5:01 pm

    If the word of God, engraved in stone, can crumble as easily as bread; if God’s voice, chiseled in rock, can shatter like a pitched dinner plate; if the children of Israel can cast off their heavenly covenant with a casualness not unlike the unclasping of an earring or a necklace;...

  • Update: The eruv is up for Shabbat

    By Jared Sichel

    January 31, 2014 | 11:01 am

    [1:55 pm] Update: According to an email sent by the LA Community Eruv, the eruv is up and will be functioning for Shabbat this week.


    [12 pm] Hold those strollers.

    A community-wide email sent out Thursday evening by Howard Witkin, the lead organizer of the Los Angeles Community...

  • Giving Voice: Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 16, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    Someone came to me in tears. “Too much yelling,” he said. “My boyfriend yells at me, my boss yells at me, even my father still yells at me.” 

    We talked about how yelling doesn’t achieve what the yellers want to achieve. We talked about the knot he gets in his stomach when the...

  • Divine partnership: Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

    January 3, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    “Come to Pharaoh … that you may know I am HaShem” (Exodus 10:1-10:2). 

    The story in this week’s portion is as recognizable as any in the entire Torah. Discussed at the Passover seder, it begins with Moses and the eighth plague of locusts, continues through the plague of darkness...

  • Justice and freedom: Parashat Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1)

    By Rav Yosef Kanefsky

    December 18, 2013 | 4:52 pm

    Upon arriving in Egypt, fresh from his encounter with God at the burning bush, Moshe enlists his brother Aharon as well as the elders of Israel to confront Pharaoh. Together, representing the united leadership of the Hebrews, they would demand their freedom, or at very least that...

  • Are Jewish neighborhoods a good thing?

    By Dennis Prager

    December 18, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    I would like to offer a view on Jewish neighborhoods that is so contrary to accepted wisdom that I can only ask that people read this column with as open a mind as possible.

    On balance, after a lifetime of thought, I don’t think that Jewish neighborhoods are always a good thing...

  • Encounters with the past: Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

    December 4, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    Why is this book club different from all other book clubs? I know this phrase is out of season, but the strange confluence of holidays this year permits some flexibility. As my Torah study cohorts and I again engage with the page-turner of all page-turners, the Joseph story, I am...

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