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...
June 16, 2011 | 10:02 am
January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pmAs 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...
September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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,...
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...
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.
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm
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...
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...