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Why we are crying
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1. The absence of Presence
The Romans are approaching. We wallow in callous pettiness. The city will fall soon.
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.
Copyright © 2013, Jonathan Omer-Man. For more, visit omer-man.net.
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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...
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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...
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.
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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....
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.
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...
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...
January 15, 2009 | 4:06 pm
December 25, 2008 | 5:31 pmThis 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...
November 20, 2008 | 3:12 am
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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.
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...