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  • Learning to Breathe

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    January 6, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For the last several years I have had a relationship with a man in prison, and I have seen how his soul has become anguished and diminished by sitting in that cell.

    I met William after he was released from prison the first time, and I helped him get back on his feet. Now I write...

  • Living Torah

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Imagine yourself forgotten, without anyone to protect you. Ruling powers are oppressing you and killing your children. The purported

    "reason" is economic, but a deep hatred based on mere difference underlies this attempted genocide. Helpless, you cry out. Who, in heaven and on...

  • Familial Forgiveness

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The syllabus for my USC general education class includes both Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and Chapters 37-50 of Genesis -- the Joseph story or "novella." These two narratives share themes that commend themselves: forgiveness and reconciliation. Both Prospero and Joseph were set...

  • Letters to the Editor

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Return of Torah Portion

    I am very troubled by The Journal's deletion of a regular Torah section. Like it or not, know it or not, the Torah is the lifeblood of the spirit of the Jewish people and the world. It ain't called "Tree of Life" for nothin'! All major rabbis concur that...

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  • Our Two Worlds

    By Rabbi Cheryl Peretz

    November 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In today's world, it is so easy to get caught up in the development and achievement of the many goals we set for ourselves.

    From the time we are very young, we are trained to begin thinking about what we want to be when we grow up and how we will get there.

    And as we grow up, those...

  • Want vs. Need

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Ki Tetze contains more commandments than any other Torah portion. Some commandments studding the text cause us to crinkle our brow. Rather than general ethical maxims, they are ethical baby steps -- commandments that seem to be trying to toddle away from Hammurabi's Code of Laws and...

  • Right Words

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    "Why do human fingers resemble pegs? So that if one hears something unseemly, one can plug one's fingers in one's ears." -- Babylonian Talmud Ketubot 5b

    Between political campaigns and summer weddings, we've been witnessing a lot of promises and vows lately. As a rule, I find...

  • In Praise of Lambs

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What do Cal Ripken Jr. and Aaron (the high priest) have in common?

    Not much -- except in the mind of a Jew who has passion for Torah and sports. So here goes!

    Aaron receives the commandment to light the menorah everyday. The Torah states: "Aaron did so; he lit the lamps, just as...

  • Holy Doubt

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Elie Spitz wrote a wonderful book, titled "Does the Soul Survive?," dealing with life after death, but for me this title is the question that I continuously ask in regard to life after birth. Does our soul survive the journey that we lead it through in our lifetime? How do we...

  • Monsieur Le Peh Ra

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This is the story of Peh Ra. All his life, Peh Ra felt like a cattle owner, walking among his animals and marking them with a red-hot branding iron. Peh Ra had a nice collection of branding irons. Some people he branded "losers," others were marked "nerds" or "geeks" and, of course,...

  • Can Purity Last?

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In this week's Torah portion, Moses elaborates the laws of impurity. Touching or holding something impure will render people, clothing, food, beverages, containers, wood, leather, earthenware and ovens impure. Shemini is concerned with the consequences of contact with living,...

  • Then and Now Pesach 5764

    By Rabbi Gershon Johnson

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Most of us remember our parents telling us when we were children that when they were our age they had to walk two miles, every day, in the snow, uphill, both ways, to go to school. In ancient times we can imagine our ancestors telling their children that when they were their age they...

  • Why Are We Jews?

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    "Biblical stories are in our present -- in the cheder [Easter European elementary school] we cried when we learned of the sale of Joseph -- and we rejoiced in his ascendancy to power. There was a freshness, a vigor, a nearness, which we felt in that drama." -- Rabbi Joseph B....

  • In the Eyes of the Beholder

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Part of my traditional upbringing as a yeshiva bocher was the belief that anything that took my attention away from a page of Talmud was bitul Torah -- a waste of time. And while that may have been a good lesson for an easily distracted teenager, I have since discovered as an adult...

  • A Question of Perspective

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    We are all familiar with Jacob, the refugee who returns to his homeland to the dreaded encounter with his vengeful brother Esau. I believe most of us read the story through Jacob's eyes, but is it the only way? What if it were possible to unearth these biblical heroes' diaries? What...

  • The Place of Dreams

    By Reb Mimi Feigelson

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It was somewhat overwhelming, though not totally surprising, that listening to Simon and Garfunkel in concert turned out to be a significant religious experience for me. I found that they have the ability to remind us what the seeking and dreaming "Ya'akov" that is inside us actually...

  • Silence Is Golden

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    A saleswoman, driving home in northern Arizona, sees a Navajo woman hitchhiking, stops the car and invites the Navajo woman to join her.

    As they drive, the Navajo woman glances repeatedly at a brown bag on the front seat between them.

    "If you are wondering what's in the bag," the...

  • We Are Not Small

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    It is easy to feel small. As you fall asleep one night, try to watch yourself in your mind's eye, your body growing quiet on your bed as your mind begins to wander. You are one person falling asleep in one room. Beyond you are two, five, 20 others in your home or apartment building...

  • Righteous Indignation

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's Torah portion ended with a dramatic cliffhanger. A plague was in progress, punishing the Israelites for worshipping the false gods. Despite earlier prohibitions and the snare of idolatry, an Israelite man openly brought a Midianite woman into the camp. (Commentators infer...

  • A Great Personality

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In our Torah portion this Shabbat, Moses, who is closer to God than any other human being, pleads with God, "Show me Your presence."

    Why does Moses want this? He got to talk to God. He got to witness God's miracles in Egypt and at the Red Sea. When all the Israelites were assembled...

  • Knowing the Person

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you ever notice how we tend to make up our minds so quickly that we become closed to ideas that might change our opinion?

     Recently, I came across the following sign prominently displayed on an executive's desk that succinctly summarized it: "Don't confuse me with facts --...

  • Valley’s Toras HaShem Seeks to Lure City Jews Over the Hill

    By Gaby Wenig

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It's Thursday night at Toras HaShem, an outreach yeshiva in North Hollywood and some 40 people are here to hear Rabbi Zvi Block's weekly Torah portion sermon. Tonight the class includes college-age women wearing long skirts; a number of septuagenarians; a middle-aged man, who is...

  • Divine Judgment

    By Rabbi Steven Weil

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, known as the Rav to his many thousands of students, takes exception to the usual distinction many make between the chukim (decrees) and the mishpatim (judgments). Usually, some think that chukim are nonrational laws, while the mishpatim are rational,...

  • The Parent Trap

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What makes a good parent? Once, while waiting on line at Passport Control in Israel, I overheard two American couples talking.

    Each was describing how much luggage they had brought. Finally, one said to the other, "We brought nothing for ourselves. The truth is we could have done...

  • Moses: No Orator

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The art of public speaking is a special gift. In the anthology "Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History" (Norton & Co., 1997), New York Times columnist William Safire collects 200 of history's outstanding instances of oratorical eloquence.

    He divides this compendium of great...

  • History’s Biggest Frog

    By Abby Gilad

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "So Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frog came up and covered the land of Egypt." (Exodus 8:2-3) That is how Parshat Vaerah portion describes the plague of frogs.

    Did you know that sometimes our rabbis like to have fun when they interpret the Torah?...

  • Serah’s Legend

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For many of us, this season is marked by being with families and sharing our family stories. In the Torah cycle it is the time of the year that we read the powerful story of a family of brothers, a story about forgiveness and reconciliation. Buried in this story about brothers is a...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Good and Bad Luck

    Have you ever thought: "Oh, I'm having such bad luck. Nothing's going my way." In this week's parsha, Vayigash, Joseph reveals himself to his brothers. He says: "Don't feel bad about selling me into slavery. It happened for a reason. Now I'm a leader, and I can...

  • Synagogue Sportsmanship

    By Rabbi Allen Krause

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Most of my congregation knows from references I've made over the years that I am a devoted sports fan. Ever since I was a youngster,

    sitting with my dad watching football on TV, I've had "my teams" -- the Rams, the Dodgers and the Bruins. On rare occasions I have even gone to the...

  • What are you?  An Innovator, Developer or an Adventurer?

    By Abby Gilad

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    There are three patriarchs in the Bible: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Which of the above were they? Well, Abraham created a new religion. He was an innovator. Jacob spent his life traveling and encountering adventure after adventure. He brought the God of Israel's religion to all the...

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