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  • Chivalry is Dead!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 16, 2011 | 10:02 am

    What has become of chivalry?  Does it even exist anymore?  Everywhere I go I’m seeing women carrying big packages, pushing bulky strollers, and lugging around overweight toddlers while their men are cruising by without a care in the world!  The thing is that it doesn’t even seem like...

  • Teaching our kids how to give

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, I hated having my birthday fall in the middle of December because it meant that no matter when Chanukah began, my birthday gifts were somehow expected to count for Chanukah, too. It just didn't seem fair that I had to give up some of my gifts because of a glitch in the...
  • A Jew,  a Catholic and a film crew walk into a born-again summer camp

    By Jean Oppenheimer

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What are a secular Jew and a lapsed Catholic doing making a film about born-again Christians?

    "We were interested in exploring children and faith," explained Rachel Grady, co-director of "Jesus Camp," a documentary about a summer program at which evangelical children are taught to...
  • L.A. Gafni Event Canceled

    By Julie G Fax

    May 25, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Revelations about sexual misconduct have led to the cancellation of an upcoming local event featuring prominent Rabbi Mordechai Gafni.

    Gafni had been scheduled for a public talk at Stephen S. Wise Temple on June 9. Over the past two years, since being appointed to the Wisdom Chair in...

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  • Class Notes - National Nachas for Shalhevet

    By Julie G Fax

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shalhevet School is on a winning streak, bringing the Los Angeles yeshiva high school to national prominence in the areas of ethics, politics and sports.

    Shalhevet is the only Jewish school and the only school in Los Angeles included in a national report on how to produce students...

  • A Prayer for Victims of Hurricane Katrina

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Are You watching, God?

    Have You seen the innocent swept away?

    Are You listening, God?

    Have You heard their cries?

    Be with them, God.

    Be their strength and their comfort.

    Let them know You are near.

    Work through us, God.

    Teach us to be Your messengers on earth.

    Wake us up, God,

    ...
  • Schools to Teach Ein Bisel Yiddish

    By Sarah Price Brown

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Linguists have predicted that within 100 years, more than half of the 6,000 languages that exist today will disappear.

    For a long time, it's looked as though Yiddish was among those bound for extinction, but scholars and Yiddish speakers, as well as some Jews who remember their...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Fire of Money

    In Parshat Ki Tisa, each Israelite is instructed to give a half-shekel to the "temple fund" every year. There is a midrash – a story told by rabbis to teach a lesson – about this portion. Rabbis say that God took a fiery coin from under His heavenly throne,...

  • Untamed Order

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Midrash on this Torah portion contains a fascinating note. When the question is raised, why God chose to give the Torah in the desert (and not, for example, on Mount Zion in the land of Israel), one classic rabbinic interpretation given is that the locale is to teach us a lesson...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We Love to Laugh



    Jews have always used humor to get themselves through difficult times. And you better believe that Jews have had difficult times! Maybe our humor is what has kept us alive as a people for more than 5,500 years. Certainly, our humor has been used to teach the world a great deal about humanity.



    Jammin' Jokes



    Some of our very own Jewish comedians have this to say: Q: What do you get when you squeeze a synagogue?

    A: Fresh Jews!

    Sent in by Raquel Rosen, 12, Beverly Hills

  • A Divine Call to Action

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Once, on a mission to Israel, we needed a minyan for a prayer service during the airplane flight. We were a total of six men in our group, so we began to scan the plane for the remaining four for the requisite 10 men.

    As I went up and down the aisles, one fellow turned to me and...

  • Five Steps to an Ethical-Action Child

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Everything teaches something. Here are five ways to help your children develop an ethical-action consciousness in their everyday lives.

    First, be an ethical-action cheerleader and acknowledge your children's positive behavior. Few learning experiences are as effective as being...

  • The Blow by Blow on Shofarim

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yossi Mizrachi stood in front of a class of second-graders at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy with a dark, ridged, 4-foot-long buffalo horn in his hand.

    "Can we use this for a shofar?" he asked the class, who started cooing in awe at the enormous horn.

    "The buffalo is a kosher...

  • Where You Stand

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    August 28, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    We are standing before God and God is standing before us -- especially during this particular time, when certain fundamental liberties are being denied individuals and when justice is being withheld from specific groups -- all in the name of "homeland security." This week's Torah...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the days between Pesach and Shavuot, will be celebrated on May 20. The letters lamed and gimmel, which spell the word "lag," have a value of 33. It's a time to light a campfire with your parents and friends, and to make toy bows and...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Moms and Mitzvot

    There is a lot of teaching going on in Parshat Emor. God teaches us many mitzvot. For instance, we learn that farmers must leave some of their harvest for poor people. God teaches Moses laws about the priests. Then he tells Moses to teach them. Then he tells the...

  • Cherishing Passover

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As a child, Passover seders in my family were rushed affairs more about the meal than the meaning of the holiday. Hungry children and adults quickly read through the haggadah.

    Surreptitious bites of matzah were silently swallowed. And all the while the aromas from the kitchen tickled...

  • A Solid Gold Artist

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Not long ago, Jeffrey Gold disappeared from Los Angeles' art scene."I just buried myself in my work," said the 45-year-old artist. "I didn't let people see the work. I was kind of struggling."

    The impressive results of his 2000-2002 artistic hibernation will show at Forum Gallery...

  • Tangier’s Casualty

    By Mike Seid

    May 16, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In these past 19 months, I have sadly watched my faith in the effectiveness of liberal humanist values falter. They have not provided me an adequate framework to deal with the latest intifada, Sept. 11 and, above all, my year teaching in Morocco.

    Most of my background -- childhood...

  • Charting a New Course

    By Rochelle Furstenberg

    April 11, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    About 60 people, mainly women, listen intently to Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg as she teaches her class on the weekly Torah portion at the Jerusalem College for Adult Education.

    University students sit next to retirees, young mothers and professionals as Zornberg discusses Exodus and...

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