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  • What if Cyrus had not freed the Jews?

    By Roger Price

    September 24, 2013 | 9:01 am

      Over twenty-five centuries ago, Cyrus II, founder and ruler of the Persian Empire, freed the Jews who had been transported forcibly to Babylon and facilitated the reconstruction of their Temple in Jerusalem. Without the intervention of Cyrus, the Jewish People and Judaism as we...

  • The problem with prayer

    By David Suissa

    July 17, 2013 | 11:39 am

    If the practice of Judaism is based on synagogue attendance, and if synagogue attendance is based on the passive recitation of prayer, then Judaism is in trouble.

    The ritual of repetitive communal prayer might have worked in the shtetls to keep Jews Jewish, but it doesn’t work in...

  • A Lamentation on the Destruction of the Temple

    July 12, 2013 | 11:38 am

    1.  The absence of Presence
    The Romans are approaching. We wallow in callous pettiness. The city will fall soon.
    Desolation.

    2. The presence of Absence
    They are despoiling the sanctuary. We wail in piteous grief. Sun and moon are eclipsed. Horror.

    3. The presence of Presence
    It’s all over now. The dew washes clean our punished world. A lilac is blooming.
    Consolation.

    Copyright © 2013, Jonathan Omer-Man. For more, visit omer-man.net.

  • Security guard kills Jewish man near Western Wall

    June 21, 2013 | 7:52 am

    A security guard shot dead a 46-year-old Jewish man whom he mistook for a terrorist near the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

    The guard, a civilian employed by a private company, said the man had shouted “Allah hu akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic) and tried to extract an object from...

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  • Torah Flight

    By Michelle Azar

    May 6, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    I watched as my Torah portion flew out into the street. The pages were in the basket of my bicycle as I rode to Milky’s on Friday afternoon to study in advance of chanting this Shabbat. Milky’s boasts frozen yogurt with lots of choices for their special food needs clientage like...

  • Purim event calendar 2013

    By Ryan Torok

    February 19, 2013 | 3:26 pm

    ALL AGES

    FRI | FEB 22

    TEMPLE JUDEA
    A three-day carnival includes rides, food, games and a kids’ zone. Fri. Through Feb 24. Presale: $17 (20 tickets), $35 (Friday wristband), $25 (Saturday wristband), $45 (Sunday wristband); day-of prices: $1.25 (per-ride ticket), $20 (20-ride...

  • Rest in Peace Robert Angel

    By Ilana Angel

    February 13, 2013 | 6:15 am

    It is the anniversary of my father passing away.  It has been many years but I still can’t believe he is gone.  I miss him everyday and feel the loss in ways that hurt deep in my heart.  He was a great father and while our relationship had ups and downs, he was my hero and always...

  • Ten women arrested at Western Wall for praying with prayer shawls

    February 11, 2013 | 3:04 am

    Ten women participating in a women's prayer service with hundreds of worshippers and supporters at the Western Wall were arrested for wearing prayer shawls.

    Those arrested Monday morning included Israeli-American Rabbi Susan Silverman, sister of comedian Sarah Silverman, and her...

  • Southern California temple is vandalized

    November 14, 2012 | 4:41 pm

    A temple in an upscale neighborhood of Long Beach, Calif., was vandalized.

    Two-foot tall swastikas and the words "Nazi" were painted in red spray-paint on the front of the Temple Israel building on Monday night. Temple Israel is the oldest Reform synagogue between Los Angeles and San Diego, the Long Beach Post reported.

    Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt told the newspaper that the incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

    The temple had recently completed a yearlong $4.6 million renovation, according to the newspaper.

  • Water reservoir from First Temple period discovered near Western Wall

    September 10, 2012 | 9:32 am

    A public water reservoir dating to the First Temple period was unearthed next to the Western Wall.

    The discovery unveiled late last week shows that “It is now absolutely clear that Jerusalem’s water consumption during the First Temple period was not solely based on the  output of...

  • The serious side of High Holy Days seating

    September 5, 2012 | 11:41 am

    The philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel emphasized time rather than space as the major category of significance in Judaism. The first divine hallowing in creation was the seventh day, the Sabbath, not any place or thing. When the child asked Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, “Where is God?”...

  • Letters to the Editor: Wilshire Boulevard Temple, world hunger and editorial cartoons

    August 8, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    Beyond the Temple’s Walls

    The Wilshire Boulevard Temple expansion is going to have many vital impacts, not only for our Jewish community but for the larger Los Angeles community as well (“History Renewed,” Aug. 3). The project obviously is going to make a profound difference...

  • Talmud in Downtown L.A.

    August 8, 2012 | 11:07 am

    Around 2,500 people turned out for the citywide Siyum HaShas celebration at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Aug. 1. The event marked the completion of the seven-and-a-half year cycle of daily Talmud study known as Daf Yomi.

    The program began with Mincha (afternoon prayer) just after...

  • Ner Maarav to merge with Ramat Zion

    June 13, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Twenty-five years ago, Temple Ner Maarav in Encino served nearly 450 families. Today, that number has dwindled to 65.

    After more than half a century, the Conservative congregation will shut its doors on June 30. Many of its remaining congregants will join with Northridge’s Temple...

  • Toronto temple in uproar over rabbi’s departure

    May 29, 2012 | 10:22 am

    One of the world’s best-known Reform temples reportedly is in turmoil over the unexpected departure of its rabbi.

    Some members of Toronto’s renowned Holy Blossom Temple are “incensed” at a recently negotiated deal that will see Rabbi John Moscowitz step down next month, the...

  • Happy Passover, Happy Easter, Happy Faith

    By Ilana Angel

    April 6, 2012 | 9:47 am

    This weekend marks an important time for people of many faiths.  It is Passover and also Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  I am someone whose life is made easier with faith.  I’m also one that does not judge people based on faith.  The way I see it, faith allows us to lean on...

  • If your gut tells you something seems suspicious, report it

    By Ryan Torok

    September 14, 2011 | 11:54 am

    On Aug. 30, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual security meeting at its Los Angeles headquarters to advise local Jewish leaders on possible threats facing the community in advance of the High Holy Days.

    United States Postal Inspector Glenn Fiene and ADL civil rights...

  • Sacred spaces

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 19, 2011 | 2:36 pm

    Ever catch yourself on Rosh Hashanah flipping through the remaining pages of the prayer book, mentally calculating how much longer you’ll be there? How about counting the number of tiles in the ceiling? To pray, an individual has to push his thoughts beyond mere material things,...

  • Let us reap wisdom sown by tragedy of Tisha B’Av

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 2, 2011 | 6:24 pm

    This week we observe the fast of Tisha B’Av, commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

    Last year before Tisha B’Av, The Jewish Journal published an article that loosely and foolishly spoke of the destruction of the Temple as a good thing.  Those who offer such...

  • With the over-abundance of Synagogues in O.C., I had to pick this one!

    By Julia Bendis

    June 4, 2011 | 11:40 am

    For months, my family and I have been looking for the perfect Congregation to join.  Its not easy when you have many needs.  I wanted a place where the Rabbi is young and energetic, and has the patience to work with children.  A Rabbi who stays current on all that is happening in the...

  • A Soviet Passover…

    By Julia Bendis

    April 18, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    How do you prepare for Passover when the rest of the world doesn’t stop to observe it?  When the rest of the world takes a break for Christian holidays, and people have time to cook and prepare for a religious celebration, do they realize how much it sucks to be a Jew, a Muslim or...

  • Explosion near Chabad of Santa Monica may have been a bomb [UPDATE]

    By JewishJournal.com

    April 7, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    [UPDATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 8 -- 4:30 p.m.] Explosion Near Chabad Santa Monica may have been malicious

    [UPDATE: 12:07 p.m.] Chabad’s Rabbi Boruch Shlomo Cunin, in a release to The Journal, confirmed that Chabad of Santa Monica was not targeted in this morning's incident. "The S....
  • The Brothers Wolpe talk bioethics at Sinai Temple

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 22, 2010 | 3:42 pm

    On Sunday morning, Dec. 12, near the end of his weekend-long stay as a scholar-in-residence at Sinai Temple, bioethicist Dr. Paul Root Wolpe was asked by Rabbi David Wolpe to give a few quick responses to some of the most challenging contemporary bioethical dilemmas.

    “No,” Dr....

  • Lonely Man of Faith

    By David Suissa

    April 20, 2010 | 7:22 pm

    Imagine an 11-year-old kid who wakes up in the middle of the night to berate a group of grown-ups who are saying things he disagrees with. This is what my friend Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller did. It was past midnight, after a long Friday night Shabbat meal, in his childhood home in...

  • Bus ad for Third Temple yanked

    April 6, 2010 | 11:57 am

    A bus advertisement campaign by an extreme right-wing group calling for the building of the Third Temple has been removed.

    The Our Land of Israel party had put posters on 200 Jerusalem city buses shortly before Passover showing an artist’s rendition of the Third Temple on the site...

  • Mayor Villaraigosa Welcomed at Shabbat Service

    January 15, 2009 | 4:06 pm

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a surprise guest this month at Friday evening’s Shabbat services at Stephen S. Wise Temple, after he had accepted an invitation from Rabbi Elie Herscher to allow the congregation to express its appreciation for the mayor’s unwavering support for...

  • An enduring miracle

    December 25, 2008 | 5:31 pm

    This coming Shabbat, together with Jewish communities around the world, we will celebrate the joyous festival of Chanukah. Most of us are quite familiar with the story of Chanukah and the miracle that our tradition recalls.

    We learned as children that when the Maccabees rededicated...

  • Discovery of King David-era fort stirs debate on size of kingdom

    By Dina Kraft

    November 20, 2008 | 3:12 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Under a sky of darkening clouds on a hill above the valley where tradition says David and Goliath battled, archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel triumphantly rests his hands on a 10-ton limestone rock, part of a newly discovered second gate to an ancient fortified city he...
  • VIDEO: Archaeologists excavate 2100-year-old wall in Jerusalem

    September 5, 2008 | 5:03 am

    A 2,100-year-old section of the wall surrounding Jerusalem, dating from Hasmonean times, has been unearthed on Mount Zion, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday. The excavations have revealed part of the expanded southern city wall, from the Second Temple period, when ancient Jerusalem was at its largest.

     

  • Researcher tracing Jewish genes meets the Kohanim of Africa [VIDEO]

    August 20, 2008 | 10:45 pm


    Dr. David B. Goldstein from Duke's Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy talks about tracking the genetic history of the ancient Jewish priesthood (kohanim) and the Lost Tribe of Israel, the focus of his new book, "Jacob's Legacy".


    For many people, genetics research conjures...

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