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  • Feeling the Soul Depart

    Deborah Brown

    2 weeks ago

    During the first Taharah in which I participated, I was given the job of holding the meitah's/deceased woman’s head. I had such a powerful feeling of an energy coming through me and a sense of my own head being held, feeling that the energy went out of me and into the hands that I...

  • A New Way of Seeing

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 29, 2014 | 10:21 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    It is 3:12am on Friday, August 29, 2014. I have been awake for over an hour. I’m not sure if I can go back to sleep, so I am writing my Blog.

    It has been an interesting, exciting, terrifying, and introspective month. I have had Cataract Surgery in both...

  • A New Way of Seeing

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 29, 2014 | 10:21 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    It is 3:12am on Friday, August 29, 2014. I have been awake for over an hour. I’m not sure if I can go back to sleep, so I am writing my Blog.

    It has been an interesting, exciting, terrifying, and introspective month. I have had Cataract Surgery in both...

  • Under a Tree in the Wilderness

    Zoe Ariana Van Raan

    August 20, 2014 | 6:00 am

    She killed herself under a tree in the wilderness, with the intention of not being found until well after the process of bodily death was complete. Days later I stood in front of her casket.

    In the final few months of her life she sought out a Jewish community and declared...

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  • L.A. Rising For Women - February 14, 2013!

    By Tera Greene

    February 6, 2013 | 8:26 pm

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  • Living and Leading with Soul

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 27, 2012 | 4:56 pm

    Since the beginning of time, humans have sought to discover the essence and location of the soul, the Divine essence constitutive of our humanity. Some scientists today claim that le siege de l’ame (the seat of the soul) is in the temporal lobe of the human brain (“the God spot”),...

  • Opinion: A day for the soul

    By David Suissa

    October 12, 2011 | 3:47 pm

    Trust the Jews to begin the holiest moment of the year on Yom Kippur not with a prayer, but with an ambiguous declaration. The Kol Nidre is not a prayer; it is a text that describes various categories of vows and oaths from which, ostensibly, we are attempting to free ourselves.

    ...
  • Acceptance

    By Misha Henckel

    October 19, 2010 | 8:36 pm

    Seems like we are walking through times that are filled with all sorts of difficulties, and it is quite universal. Almost everyone I know is feeling it in one way or another, whether in their pocketbook, their significant relationship or marriage, their health, or with the loss of...

  • What We’ve All Been Waiting For

    By Misha Henckel

    July 27, 2010 | 11:45 am

    So and so lost their job, has cancer, is getting divorced, has a child with autism, lost their sister in a car accident, lost all their retirement money in the downturn…

    Used to be that bad things happened to “other” people, and we believed we were somehow immured from the...

  • It’s Been a While…

    By Misha Henckel

    September 1, 2009 | 4:47 pm

    Misha Henckel is a Los Angeles-based personal and executive life coach. Her executive clients are generally leaders of entertainment and media companies who are focused on re-inventing themselves and re-envisioning their organizations. She is founder of Life Mastery Circles, a...

  • Facing God, and the challenge of individual conscience

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    November 26, 2008 | 4:16 pm

    Is there really a need to write a book in favor of conscience?

    Who opposes conscience?

    As Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis demonstrates with his characteristic eloquence, erudition and verve in his new book, "Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey" (Jewish Lights, $19.99),...

  • Searching for the soul

    October 22, 2008 | 10:17 pm

    On a recent Friday night, during one of her rare articulate moments, I asked my 88-year-old mother with Alzheimer’s if she could feel her soul.

    “Yes, I certainly can,” she answered slowly, searching for her words, as she struggled to express the reflection of the feelings inside.

    ...
  • A night for the soul

    By David Suissa

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever heard words of Torah that made you really uncomfortable? Where you almost started to squirm, not because you were bored, but because you were rattled?

    This happened recently when I had a "Torah in the Hood" salon at my place for about 20 Jewish singles.

    The class was...

  • The so-called ‘perfect date’

    By Amy Klein

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The date was going really well. The conversation was flowing. We were practically finishing each other's sentences.

    "Have you ever been to Azumi Sushi?" I asked.

    He smiled, secretly, a half smile.

    "What is it?" I asked him.

    "I was just about to say that," he replied.

    Not that...

  • Polish the Soul for Elul

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 7, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I spent the first three days of Elul polishing a lamp that has hung in the upstairs stairwell of my home for 80 years. I thought that the lamp was made out of cast iron, but discovered after applying a mixture of abrasive compounds and elbow grease, that it was crafted of shiny...

  • We’d All Rather Be in Venice

    By Ellen Switkes

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "What a bunch of shleppers," my father remarks, his head doing a 180-degree pan as he takes in the view. "Not one of them has anything unique to say. Such conformists. Just looking at them makes me nauseous."

    I turn to look, so that I, too, can take in the same view. Yes, we're at...

  • Perfectly Imperfect

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish kids all get A's. It's a fact. They're all well above average. Jewish kids always star in the show, play first violin in the orchestra, win the debate championship. This week the last of the college acceptance letters went out. They all got into Stanford, Berkeley and Brown....

  • Brisket for the Soul

    By Lisa J. Solomon

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Exploring the stack of old Jewish cookbooks and family recipes my mother brought to me when she visited from Atlanta, I found a note. On the top of a small white paper, in her handwriting, were the words Rosh Hashanah, and then the list; Apple Charlie, Challah, Kugel, Green Bean...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Soul Solution

    Summer is over, now the real work starts. Last week we remembered hard-working Americans on Labor Day. But that's nothing compared to the work we Jews will do over the next two weeks -- on our souls. There will be a lot of hard-core thinking: What did I do that I...

  • Drama in Israel, High Stakes in the U.S.

    By James D. Besser

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli politics is always a mix of high drama and low comedy, but the current fight within Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's divided government is anything but entertaining for Jewish leaders here.

    Israeli commentators have noted that it is a struggle for the soul of the Likud party....

  • No Half Love!

    By Adam Gilad

    March 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Will I fall in love again?

    After 17 years of marriage? At 42?

    Will I even recognize the feeling? How soon will I allow myself to feel that vulnerable? That trusting?

    Here's a shocker: I'm cynical. I tend to regard women who come into my life with the narrow-eyed acuity of a fact...

  • Jewels of Our Lives

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    There are stories that one needs to hear many times in order to remember them, in order to file them in a manner that they can be retrieved when needed. But then I'm sure you have listened to stories that you heard not only with your ears and memory, but with your soul as well;...

  • Dream a Little Dream

    By Rabbi Rami Shapiro

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Joseph's life is linked to dreams from his youth, and the way in which he responds to dreams reflects the level of his maturity.

    As a boy, he delights in using his dreams to torture his brothers and triumph over them. While he never interprets these dreams, their meaning is so clear...

  • One Day More

    By Rabbi Rami Shapiro

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This week, we break the linear reading of Torah to honor the holy day of Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of assembly, a day added to the seven days of Sukkot. Midrash Rabbah (29:36) explains Shemini Atzeret by way of an analogy: A king invites the whole country to a feast. When it is...

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