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  • Giving Birth: The Cries of the Shofar.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    The mother cries in labor, in pain, in joy, in anticipation.  Tekiah. 

    The newborn takes the first breath, crying, gasping, trembling.  Shevarim. 

    Their cries are intertwined. A cord is cut.  A dream unfolds.  Teruah. 

    All eyes with tears.  The potential for renewal.  The...

  • The shofar saves a rabbi’s life: a case study

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    September 23, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    My patient, an esteemed rabbi, underwent major abdominal surgery lasting several hours. Within one day postoperatively, he was instructed to blow into a mechanical device to help prevent respiratory complications. 

    Pulmonary problems are not uncommon after surgery, and they...

  • Preparing to Marry God: A Near-Death Experience.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 21, 2014 | 11:59 am

    Today is a good day to die!

    In sharp contrast to the upcoming New Year celebration of 2015, where people party as if they will live forever, and dance to music focused around the “booty,” the Jewish New Year is a simulated near death experience, it’s focus the soul. 

    We...

  • The deep wellspring of the Shofar

    September 18, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Venerated Chassidic master Rabbi Hillel of Paritch (in his magnum opus Pelach haRimon) likens the Shofar’s simple but powerful “cry” to a mighty wellspring bursting forth from the depths of the earth. Such a wellspring, explains Reb Hillel, replenishes even a parched river, i.e....

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  • Hipster guide to the High Holy Days

    September 18, 2014 | 11:56 am

    3 ways to find High Holy Day meals

     

    Ask your Jewish friends’ parents to adopt you for a couple of weeks.

    Call your local synagogue and have them match you with a family.

    Check out Sinai Temple’s “Break the Fast” on Yom Kippur, Oct. 4, 8-10:30 p.m. It’s $10 for guests, free...

  • The secret signal

    September 2, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    Listen. There is a secret signal. It's sort of like a password, a code. And only we know it -- we who sound the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Or at least some of us who sound the shofar know it. Others may know how to sound the shofar, how to blow their breath through the horn and make...

  • Wild Parrot Wolf Whistles Wood Deck Refinished by The Handy Hazzan and Roxy

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    November 3, 2013 | 3:40 pm


    For the first time since 1888, the first day of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving Day, November 28 this year, and it won’t happen again for some 7000 years to come!  For many of our non-Jewish friends, Christmas arrives less than a month later.  With all the festivities planned, and...

  • Days of Awesome High Holiday Experience

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 16, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Please join me for a friendly, joyous, participatory, and mindful celebration of the High Holidays with meaning, melody, and humor. It's more than just "services" but a way to connect. Get the most out of these powerful days of introspection and join a community of welcoming folks...

  • Women of the Wall, shielded by police, raises Torah scroll and blows shofar

    August 7, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Women of the Wall blew a shofar at the back of the Western Wall Plaza and raised a Torah scroll at the plaza’s gate under a heavy police barricade.

    The police shielded the the estimated 300 women and their male supporters on Wednesday morning at the back of the plaza, facing the...

  • Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

    April 30, 2013 | 9:38 am

    Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

    After Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of...

  • Shofars blasting, Bend the Arc urges yes on Prop. 30

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 17, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    Bend the Arc is urging Jewish voters in California to rally behind Proposition 30. 

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s measure, which will appear on the November ballot, would collect almost $6 billion in additional revenue to support education, public safety and other public services by...

  • Politics, poverty and prosperity

    September 27, 2012 | 11:00 am

    “With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick; we...

  • High Holy Days: STREET SHOFAR

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    September 6, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    WAKE UP. Who do you want to be in 5773? www.ikar-la.org

    Michael Brous is Sexy Shofar Man.
    Directed by - Isaac Feder
    Produced by - David Light
    Cinematography by - Jason Oldak and Kobi Zaig
    Edited by - Michael Sheehan and Anders Hoffmann
    Add'l Camera - Micha Kinsbruner
    Huge...

  • At joint iftar celebration, Muslim-Jewish High School Council launched

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 15, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    A recent break-fast meal, held in the courtyard of the Westside Jewish Community Center, began with the blowing of a shofar. The sun hadn’t yet set, so the baskets of pita and dried dates placed on every table remained untouched.

    And Yom Kippur was more than a month away.

    ...
  • Finding Torah in the American wilderness

    May 29, 2012 | 10:39 am

    When the sun set on Saturday, Zelig Golden blew his shofar, calling more than a 100 people of all ages and backgrounds to assemble in a giant circle in Bort Meadow, a campground in Chabot Anthony Regional Park.

    “All our prophets had their epiphanies in nature,” Golden, 38, told...

  • Opinion: Make the shofar blast a call to serve

    October 3, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Those who observe the Jewish High Holidays have begun a period of intense introspection and “judgment.” On Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, piercing shofar blasts will conclude a 25-hour fast, we will set a course toward making good our obligations to others.

    This year when the...

  • ‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Lives at Intersection of Science, Religion [UPDATE]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 19, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    On a recent afternoon, Mayim Bialik, having finished rehearsing a scene for “The Big Bang Theory” — the CBS comedy about a clique of uber-geeks that premieres its fifth season this week — had retired to her dressing room for a bit of Talmud study and to begin planning her...

  • 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

     

  • Australian rabbi blows shofar at 9/11 ceremony

    September 12, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    A Sydney rabbi sounded the shofar in a major cathedral in the Australian city to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

    Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, senior rabbi of the Great Synagogue, blew the shofar in St. Mary’s Cathedral Sunday as part of the anniversary commemorations for the victims...

  • They have a blast at shofar-blowing class

    By Ryan Torok

    September 7, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    It was like the beginning of a meeting for a 12-step program. One by one, they said their names, where they live and how they became addicted ... to playing the shofar.

    Mitch Dorf, a television sound mixer and self-described Grateful Dead fan, says he loves the opportunity to play...

  • The Shofar saves a Rabbi’s life

    By Norman Lavin, M.D, PhD., UCLA Medical School

    December 14, 2010 | 11:01 am

    Shofar: Ram’s horn sounded during the month of Elul, on Rosh Hashanah and at the close of Yom Kippur, reminiscent of the ram “tangled in the   bush by its horns” during the Binding of Isaac (Genesis 22), the shofar sounded at Sinai (Exodus 19) and the shofar of Moshiach...

  • 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.

  • Yom Kippur Dilemma

    By Gina Nahai

    October 1, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    Is it just me, or does Yom Kippur seem to arrive earlier and more frequently these days?

    I feel like I've barely had time to recover from one when the next one's announced, and then I have to toughen up and refrain from saying things like "oh no, not again," in front of my kids,...

  • VIDEO: Kids make shofars with Chabad in South Carolina

    By The Web Guy

    September 23, 2008 | 2:59 am

    65 Jewish children from Columbia, S.C. learn how to make a shofar with Rabbi Levi Marrus. 

    The Gipsy Kings, we think, only sing in the video.

     

  • Obama conference call with rabbis covers education, the meaning of the shofar, support for Israel

    September 18, 2008 | 12:56 am

    Barack Obama told a conference call of rabbis this morning that he supports government funding for after-school and mentoring programs in faith-based schools.

    Speaking to 900 rabbis on a pre-Rosh Hashanah call, Obama said he opposes "vouchers" for private schools, but would continue...
  • A wake-up call from the ‘Master Blaster’ rocks retirement home

    By Roberto Loiederman

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Master Blaster" Michael Chusid got down on his knees so he could face Ida and Shirley, who sat on a couch at Encino Retirement Home. In Chusid's left hand was a shofar, his spiritual/musical instrument and constant companion during the High Holy Days.

    The two elderly women, along...

  • Happy New Year—shofar so good!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

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    Whether you spend Rosh Hashanah in services, in the kids' room or in the hallway, when it's time for the shofar to blow everyone listens. Fill in the blanks with the words below and learn more about the shofar (visit jewishjournal.com for the answers):

    The shofar is made from...
  • Holiday tunes for when you haven’t got a prayer

    By George Robinson

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I like work. It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. -- Jerome K. Jerome
     
    Perhaps it is the intensity of the emotions raised by the liturgy itself. Or the power of worshipping in a sanctuary filled with people. Or the sense that everything is at stake.
     
    I...
  • There’s A Message in the Sounds of the Shofar

    By Arnold M. Eisen

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The approach of Rosh Hashanah always takes me back in memory to my bar mitzvah, which took place on Shabbat Shuvah -- the Sabbath of Repentance that comes between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    Two weighty questions preoccupied me that day in 1964. One: what did it mean that God...

  • Your Basic High Holiday FAQ

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Every year they roll around, and every year you're not quite sure what to do. Go ahead, ask us. After years of answering readers' questions, we've compiled the most frequently asked ones below:

    Why do synagogues charge for High Holiday tickets?

    Hate to say it, but this is the most...

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