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  • Let soldiers and haredim swap roles

    September 18, 2014 | 10:35 am

    Controversy over haredi military service roils Israeli society, but respect for each side’s concerns and values can help resolve it.

    Haredim believe Jews of all backgrounds are equally commanded to learn Torah. So Israel could diffuse Torah study by allowing non-religious,...

  • Seeing Yourself in Torah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 7, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    With the opening of our new space at 8847 Venice Blvd., I have been thinking about how I got to where I am in life from where I was some 26+ years ago. I was locked up for the 2nd time and all I had was a Prayer Book and a Chumash, a book with the entire...

  • Parenting

    October 17, 2012 | 5:04 pm

    My road from twice-a-year Jew to Torah-study groupie took 40 years. With the heady days of the High Holy Days, Sukkot and Simchat Torah still fresh in my mind, it’s worth examining how I got here. 

    During my youth, my family and I attended synagogue only during the High Holy...

  • Let Heaven and Earth Hear

    September 27, 2012 | 10:14 am

    If each spoken word is a droplet of water, then each voice that utters is a wind that brings forth rain.

    Though, the wind has no shape. Though, water comes in all shapes and sizes. Though, no mortal power can divine the weather even a few days hence, words turn patterns as surely...

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  • Day 2704 - What is a Soul?

    By Salvador Litvak

    July 25, 2012 | 1:20 pm

    One week to go. After seven and a half years of reading Talmud, only seven days and seven pages remain until the Daf Yomi cycle renews. G-d willing, I will attend the massive celebration called Siyum HaShas at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey next week, along with nearly 100,000 other...

  • Accidental Talmudist: Day 2544 - The Substitution Principle

    By Salvador Litvak

    April 6, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    My mom loves that I’ve been reading the Talmud for seven years, and that I am now the Accidental Talmudist. In all this time, however, she never asked what I am actually learning…until today.

    It would’ve been nice if this morning’s page contained one of those profound sound bites...

  • Accidental Talmudist, Day One

    By Salvador Litvak

    March 1, 2012 | 5:19 pm

    This week marks the seventh anniversary of an errand that changed my life.

    On March 2, 2005, I went to The Mitzvah Store on Pico Boulevard in order to buy a book. I was in my seventh year of being a practicing Jew, and I had probably visited the shop a dozen times. After finding...

  • Judaism Walks With

    By Mark Oppenheimer

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Mark Borovitz's memoir of how prison Torah study turned an alcoholic grifter and check-kiter into a successful rehabilitator of Jewish cokeheads, gamblers and other addicts is a blustering and grandiose book, marred by clichés and solecisms. And yet, I liked "The Holy Thief: A...

  • Douglases: Good as Gold

    By Tom Tugend

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Heralded by the blowing of shofars, Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, stood under the chuppah Sunday afternoon and reaffirmed the marriage vows they first recited 50 years ago.

    The first time around the couple eloped to Las Vegas, when Kirk managed a day off from shooting "20,000...

  • Writer Displays Keen Eye for Israeli Life

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Israel that Donna Rosenthal depicts in her new book, "The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land" (Free Press) can sound like one very crowded apartment building, filled with interesting, passionate people from many backgrounds, often shouting in the hallways, sitting...

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