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  • Why does Judaism care about gratitude?

    By Jared Sichel

    December 3, 2013 | 2:48 pm

    While Jews were able to enjoy the rare, simultaneous celebration of Thanksgiving and Chanukah this year, Judaism has long been had something in common with the American holiday.

    It’s a theme that runs from Torah to Talmud, from Psalms to the siddur (prayer book) and into aspects...

  • ‘Prayer isn’t boring—you are’

    September 3, 2008 | 9:48 pm

    Jews often complain that prayer is boring. Young people resist going to synagogue -- and older people drift away from prayer altogether -- because they find it to be a chore.

    In response to these oft-repeated criticisms, Rabbi Harold Schulweis once offered from the pulpit an...

  • Sukkot: the beauty of fragility

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Nine years ago, my wife and I returned home from lunch in a friend's sukkah on the first day of Sukkot. The phone was ringing as we walked in, and since we'd only just arrived in Los Angeles we didn't have an answering machine set up yet. Since we don't use the phone on Shabbat or...
  • A Life Interrupted, a Dream Fulfilled

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Joan "Pessie" Hammer recently bustled through the crowd of hipsters and Chasidim at the first gallery exhibition featuring art by her late son, Moshe.

    Clutching a siddur, the Lubavich mother animatedly chatted with patrons who admired his ethereal religious drawings: pages of a...

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  • Beth Sholom’s New Siddur

    By Journal Staff

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For some, synagogue choreography is as mystifying as opera. To enjoy an opera, though, aficionados know to review the scenes in a libretto before the curtain rises. Yet the typical siddur prayerbook provides no such guidance. "The prayerbook, rather than help them, becomes an...

  • Challenging Hate

    By Yaakov Arnold

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Two teenage boys were arrested Sun., Sept. 24, in connection with the ransacking of classrooms and painting of swastikas and anti-Semitic graffiti on the walls of the West Valley Hebrew Academy in Woodland Hills.

    Police officers, responding to a call from a neighbor who apparently...

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