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  • An Encounter with God

    By Ilana Angel

    May 3, 2012 | 9:16 am

    I believe in God and find myself talking to him most days.  I pray every morning when I get up, and again before I go to bed.  I have faith that he is with me, and while I don’t think he can answer my prayers, he brings me peace.  Having him listen provides me with the answers I...

  • Early Retirement in Hawaii

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    April 26, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    Today we are honored to present an article from G Kamana from his Hilo office. After knowing this “Healer in the Streets” for many years, I am certain you will be inspired by his literal and figurative journeys.

    I’ve decided to retire early. At the ripe age of 34, with only 2...

  • The Transformative Power of Ritual

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    March 26, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    I wake up to an inbox full of dozens of emails, global news demanding reaction, and a daily agenda triple the size of what will prove achievable. How am I to pause to turn inward? When I put on my tefillin each morning, I consider what I need to become liberated from in order to...

  • Ben & Jerry’s co-founder explains how to do well by doing good

    November 22, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    A scoop of Ben & Jerry’s may taste like heaven, and for company co-founder Jerry Greenfield, the business of making ice cream has a spiritual side as well.

    “There is a spiritual aspect to business, just as there is to people,” Greenfield told a crowd of 300 last week at a...

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  • Parashat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    March 15, 2011 | 5:18 pm

    In some prayer books, the opening verses of this week’s Torah portion serve as a preparation for prayer. The verses repeat over and over again that a perpetual fire shall continue to burn on the altar. Why the focus on the need to keep the fire burning? And what does it mean to us...

  • 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,...

  • In the quest for ‘the God particle,’  mystics get a new machine

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 14, 2008 | 12:22 am

    large hadron collider

    The Large Hadron Collider. Image courtesy Boston.com


    Last weekend they cooled it to 456.25 F below zero.

    Buried 300 feet beneath the border of France and Switzerland, 17 miles long, 14 years in the making, it now begins two months of tests before some 7,000 scientists from...

  • Books: The middle-American way of death

    By Stephen Vider

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "For One More Day" by Mitch Albom (Hyperion, $21.95)

    At the beginning of "For One More Day," Mitch Albom's latest sermon on life, death and the realms beyond, fallen baseball star Charles "Chick" Benetto attempts suicide. One white light later, he finds himself reunited and running...

  • Amy Klein’s bibliographical guide for the perplexed

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "To the best of our understanding, God created the universe as an act of love. It was an act of love so immense that the human mind cannot even begin to fathom it. God created the world basically as a vehicle upon which He could bestow His good. But God's love is so great that any...
  • 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...

  • God Was With Us That Night in the Negev

    By Daniella Kaufman

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Our bus driver Boris had been navigating the roads of the Negev for at least an hour when the whole bus suddenly shook, rattled and rolled. As we gazed out the window, we saw that Boris had left the road. All we saw was rock, dust and a little more rock. It took about two more hours...

  • Thirty Years of Carlebach Rock

    By George Robinson

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's musical legacy has taken many forms, from the dozens of minyanim whose worship uses his music to the excellent recordings made by his daughter, Neshama. But the most enduring and unexpected offspring from Carlebach's folkie neo-Chasidism is the number of jam...

  • Are You Listening?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    August 3, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "What's the most important word in the prayer book?" the rabbi asked the congregation.

    The congregants responded with a list of important words: "shalom -- peace," "bracha -- blessing," "Torah -- God's truth," "Hashem -- God's name."

    "All very important words," the rabbi replied....

  • The Ultimate Enigma

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Zot chukat haTorah begins this week's parsha, telling us that the subject of the Red Heifer is the chok of the Torah. A chok is a law that is simply incomprehensible. It makes no sense to us whatsoever.

    When I tell you that a person who had become ritually defiled by close contact...

  • Converts’ Hardships Expose Truth

    By Laura Birnbaum

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "My father didn't survive the Holocaust to have his grandson marry a shiksa."

    Alison, my classmate from the University of Pennsylvania who is currently in the process of converting to Judaism, gasped at the harshness of the words delivered stoically by her boyfriend's mother.

    He...

  • First Person - God Laughs?

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    This column first ran on July 26, 2002, and is one of a series that the beloved former managing editor of The Journal wrote about her life and her battle with cancer. She died on Sept. 5, 2002. She was 54.

    My girlfriend "E" was the first to declare what others had been observing for...

  • Psalm-Thing to Sing About in New Album

    By Karla S. Blume

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Have you ever thought about what makes a good song? The Virginia-born Miri Hunter Haruach, who lives in Los Angeles, is a folk singer, playwright, student of Judaism and proud purveyor of a doctorate in women's studies, and she believes that to make a good song, you need a little...

  • Jesus’ Man Has a Plan

    By Rob Eshman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Are there any Jewish Rick Warrens?

    That's not a fair question.

    There are few people of any faith like Warren.

    As I sat listening to him speak at Sinai Temple's Friday Night Live Shabbat services last week, I thought of the only other person I'd met with Warren's eloquence, charisma,...

  • God Is Gray

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "This is heaven," I announced Sunday afternoon.

    Cruising the city (the absence of traffic in itself celestial), sunroof open, exposed shoulders browning. Wild poppies glistening, swaying in a soft breeze scented by orange blossoms; singing along to KOST 103.5 FM:

    I can see clearly...

  • Scheduled Relaxation

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Last Sunday afternoon I was standing in my shower scrubbing my tile. It suddenly occurred to me -- in the midst of Ajax and scouring pads -- that the man who was ruling my fantasies was on a plane coming back from a sure-it's-professional junket in Las Vegas.

    Something was wrong...

  • Beth Emet Works to Save a Mother’s Life

    By Jane Ulman

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The 200 closely knit families of Burbank's Temple Beth Emet, heeding the precept that all Jews are responsible for one another, are accustomed to providing aid and comfort quietly and inconspicuously. But the congregation has been galvanized to very public action by news that the...

  • Dr. Freud at 150

    By Dr. Frank Heynick

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Why," Sigmund Freud once asked rhetorically, "did it [psychoanalysis] have to wait for an absolutely irreligious Jew?"

    Why indeed?

    Freud was born in Freiberg, in the Austrian empire, on May 6, 1856, 150 years ago this weekend. Three years after his birth, his family moved to Vienna....

  • Throw a Party With a Purpose

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'll call your bet and raise you two," the sequin-clad woman said.

    "Go for it," I said, only to see my winnings swept up moments later by a poker-faced dealer.

    "You may have won this round," I told my chip-hauling opponent. "But just wait until after the Motzi!"

    Having one son...

  • Good and Late

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some things never change. We all know the storyline. Moses was expected back after 40 days in heaven where he was receiving the

    Torah. But he was late coming back on the 40th day: "And the people saw that Moses tarried [boshesh], in coming down from the mountain" (Exodus 32:1).

    The...

  • Q & A With Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    By Amy Klein

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After more than 20 years at Valley Beth Shalom, Rabbi Ed Feinstein recently was named senior rabbi at the Encino synagogue, succeeding Rabbi Harold Schulweis. Recently, Rabbi Feinstein, 51, began teaching an adult education course called "Knowing God: The History of the Jewish...

  • Remember Sinai?

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Immediately following the Ten Commandments, we read a series of instructions that seem a little out of place: You shall not make gods of silver alongside me, nor shall you make yourselves gods of gold. You need make for me only an earthen altar and bring your sacrifices there, and I...

  • Letters

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Jack Abramoff

    David Klinghoffer's entreaty and Jack Abramoff's wounded feelings ring hollow for the same reason: each expects that the fact that Abramoff used purloined funds to better the Jewish community should somehow mitigate the harm that Abramoff has caused ("Sympathy for the...

  • A Torah Trek to Find a ‘God Moment’

    By Susan Freudenheim

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's a Sunday afternoon in midwinter Los Angeles, the sun is sparkling, the temperature is perfect, I'm in one of the most beautiful settings anyone can imagine, and I'm supposed to be talking to God. I'm sitting alone in a lush, grassy field near a rustling brook, mountains surround...

  • Lingerie and Meditation

    By Ellie Kahn

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "I always say it is lingerie and meditation that have kept me young," says Michael Attie, a 62-year-old author, spiritual seeker and former owner of Playmates of Hollywood -- the world's largest lingerie store.

    Once known as "The Lingerie Monk," Attie managed to combine his passion...

  • A Step Into Secular

    By Sue Fishkoff

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Chaim breezes into a diner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan clutching two huge shopping bags.

    "I got some clothes, this plaid shirt, two for $5, this leather jacket just $20," says Chaim, 19, in the clipped, Yiddish-accented English of the Chasidic world he comes from. "I didn't...

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