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  • Family problems? Turn to Genesis

    By Dennis Prager

    September 24, 2013 | 10:59 am

    If you have family problems, there is a book that can provide a good deal of consolation. That book, you might be surprised to learn, is the Book of Genesis, the first book of the Torah.

    Genesis makes it abundantly clear that you are not alone, that what we now call dysfunctional...

  • Funding a Jewish future

    September 12, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    When Allen Alevy was 12 years old, he was called to the Torah for the first time. Although he hadn’t yet had a bar mitzvah, his maternal grandfather’s Orthodox synagogue was one man shy of a minyan

    Alevy, who attended morning services regularly, recalls feeling so honored that...

  • Chanting Torah for mom

    September 3, 2013 | 11:17 am

    “But what are you chanting for?” the woman cutting my hair wanted to know. She didn’t mean the glory of God or even my own spiritual well-being. It turned out she had once belonged to a 1970s church that chanted for things like shoes and better jobs. But when I am standing on the...

  • Torah hidden in Polish monastery is returned

    August 29, 2013 | 11:43 am

    A Torah scroll that has been hidden in a Tuchow monastery since 1942 was returned to the synagogue in Dabrowa Tarnowska in southern Poland.

    The Torah was returned earlier this month but reported for the first time on Aug. 24.

    It had been brought to the monastery in Tuchow,...

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  • Returning with God: Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30)

    August 28, 2013 | 4:44 pm

    Outside of Baltimore, smooth country roads swept like rivers between banks of undulating forest. As my wife and I coasted past rolling hills of green, we had the impression of driving over waves. Red barns and silver silos stood watch atop billowing crests while small ponds and...

  • High Holy Days: Eating Holy

    By David Suissa

    August 28, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Here in Pico-Robertson, we’re bracing ourselves for the annual onslaught of kosher calories known as the Holy Month.

    Some people think that this time of year calls for only a few big meals. Not quite. If you’re a stickler for tradition, the actual number of Thanksgiving-level...

  • Unorthodox venues for High Holy Days services

    August 22, 2013 | 11:53 am

    The question “Where are you going for services?” is a mainstay among Jews around this time of year. Numerous congregations that ordinarily perform Shabbat services at their own locale often need to find larger, and more spacious, nontraditional venues — often churches, theaters or...

  • Shabbat with a side of Pastrami

    August 22, 2013 | 9:59 am

    As twilight approached on yet another gorgeous Southern California day, a cantor led a service bursting with guitar and dance. The room was packed with daveners, and kids circled a table, the youngest ones carrying Torah scrolls. 

    While this might be de rigueur at many synagogues...

  • Crossing over: Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    August 22, 2013 | 9:56 am

    “When you enter the land that YHVH, your God, is giving you as a heritage …” (Deuteronomy 26:1).

    Parashat Ki Tavo comes with the full moon of Elul, the last month of the Hebrew year. Moses addresses the gathered people, Ivrim (Hebrew people), on the Plains of Moab as they are...

  • Love in the time of Elul

    By David Suissa

    August 21, 2013 | 12:37 pm

    I confess there’s something that’s always bothered me about this time of year, when we put such a big emphasis on reflecting on our mistakes. Why only now? Isn’t this something we should be doing all year? As a community, we certainly do plenty of it, through the very act of...

  • Struck by lightning at camp, Ethan Kadish battling catastrophic injury

    August 20, 2013 | 10:53 am

    On Saturday, two weeks after Ethan Kadish’s 13th birthday, the members of his family will gather around a Torah scroll in the chapel of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for a small ceremony marking his entrance into adulthood.

    This was not the bar mitzvah that Scott and Alexia...

  • Our rightful place: Parashat Ki Teitze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 14, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    “If you should see your friend’s ox or sheep straying, don’t ignore them. Instead return them to your friend. But if your friend is not close by, or you don’t know the owner, bring it to your home and hold onto it until the owner finds you, and then return it to them” (Deuteronomy...

  • The Torah and child sexual abuse

    August 14, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Everything we build and teach our children, all our investments and dedication to good, all our moral standards, our entire education system, can be wiped out in one fell swoop when we or our children are violated.

    The first of all ethical and Torah axioms must be stated at the...

  • When ‘just be good’ isn’t enough

    August 7, 2013 | 2:02 pm

    “Why all these values, rabbi?” preteen Josh asked. “Can’t you just say we should be good people?” Often it is the most basic questions that set me thinking, and Josh’s query sure did. 

    My wife, Michelle November, and I are at Camp Newman, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Santa...

  • Glatt or not? Parashat Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 1, 2013 | 11:33 am

    The Torah says that the laws of kashrut separate us from the nations and make us a holy people by precluding us from eating detestable things (Deuteronomy 14:2-3, 21). Inasmuch as kashrut is a defining aspect of Judaism and the Jewish people, it seems worthwhile to look a bit more...

  • Ethics of Jewish education

    by Ariel Picard

    July 9, 2013 | 10:21 am

    It is well known that at a bar or bat mitzvah, the parents say the blessing, "Blessed is he who has now freed me from responsibility for this child." At first glance, this looks to be a very awkward thing to say to a 12- or 13-year old child, that we want to rid ourselves of our...

  • Mural sings a farewell song for cantor

    July 2, 2013 | 12:10 pm

    It is not uncommon for a synagogue to honor a cantor who leaves the congregation. Torahs and plaques adorn the halls of temples around the world paying homage to the influential people who have served them. 

    But the members at Temple Isaiah in West Los Angeles wanted to do...

  • Station to station: Parashat Matot-Masei (Numbers 30:2-36:13)

    July 2, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    We conclude the reading of Bamidbar (Numbers) this week. Over the course of the book, the children of Israel spend approximately 40 years in the desert, camping in 42 different places, each of which is mentioned in Masei, the second of this week’s two parshiyot. Somewhat...

  • Melding Together Snakes, Gangs and Torah

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    July 2, 2013 | 10:18 am

    As a social worker, community organizer and social justice advocate, I recently felt drawn to get involved in some community building for an area of Central LA that has a very high population of gang members.  For the sake of developing awareness and increasing safety measures, I...

  • Finding Light Amidst Darkness - D’var Torah Pinchas

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 28, 2013 | 6:29 am

    How to read the story of Pinchas, a shatteringly brutal tale of love and violence? That is the question in this week’s Torah portion, especially for the modern Jew?

    The story begins this way:

    “Now YHVH spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Pinchas, son of Elazar son of Aaron the priest, has...

  • Knocking

    By Michelle Azar

    June 27, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    We were about half way through class Tuesday night, when I heard a light knock at the door of our studio. To be clear, our studio also serves as a meeting room, sometimes a storage room, and weekly as a house of worship to the Orthodox congregation who rents space at Temple...

  • Dwelling together: Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

    June 19, 2013 | 3:47 pm

    My father, originally from a small-town farm in Kansas, converted to Judaism when I was a young child. You can imagine that my seder table looks a lot like many American seder tables. Ours hosts a grand mixture of people — religiously, ethnically, socially and politically diverse....

  • It’s Happened!

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    June 14, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    Thanks to HaShem and to all my beloved teachers and friends, it's happened.  On 2 Tammuz, June 10, I received smichah and was ordained a rabbi and teacher for the people Israel.  (I guess I'm going to have to rename this blog pretty soon.  Any ideas?)

    Here is an edited version of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Chukat with Rabbi Sharon Brous

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 14, 2013 | 5:46 am

    Our special guest today is Rabbi Sharon Brous, founding Rabbi of IKAR, one of the fastest growing Jewish communities in the US. Rabbi Brous was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2001 and received a Master’s Degree in Human Rights from Columbia University, where she...

  • ‘Because I say so’: Parashat Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1)

    June 13, 2013 | 10:13 am

    “This is the decree [chukat] of the Torah” (Numbers 19:2).

    Isn’t it amazing how, as we get older, our parents seem to become wise? It is the responsibility of any good parent to guide their child. But when the child asks for a reason why they should or should not do something,...

  • Small Charedi protest, no Torah allowed at Women of the Wall service

    June 9, 2013 | 6:10 am

    Hundreds of protesting Charedi Orthodox youth did not prevent or significantly disturb the Women of the Wall’s monthly service at the Western Wall.

    The women were not, however, able to read from a Torah scroll during the service as planned.

    Sunday’s service, which – according...

  • Charedim called on to protest Women of the Wall Torah reading

    June 6, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Women of the Wall said it will read from a Torah scroll at its upcoming service at the Western Wall.

    Meanwhile, several leading Charedi Orthodox rabbis called on Charedi men to gather Sunday for a mass prayer opposite the group’s service that included an admonition against...

  • The camel’s nose and the Torah’s tent

    By Roger Price

    May 23, 2013 | 3:10 pm

         For those who hold that the Bible, and particularly the Torah, is the Word of God, without flaw and inerrant, the last few hundred years have been very frustrating. The development of the Documentary Hypothesis, the idea that the Torah was a compilation of works from several...

  • Honor trumps love

    By Dennis Prager

    May 22, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    Between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day is a good time to return again to the fifth of the Ten Commandments, “Honor your father and your mother.”

    The Ten Commandments are the most important demands God makes upon the Jews (and upon members of any religion based on the Jewish...

  • A prayer for Oklahoma

    May 21, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Lord our God, we stood before You just a week ago to receive the Ten Statements of Your Torah. We stood, as though with our ancestors, and listened to the Torah reader chant descriptions of the smoking mountain, the thunderous rumbling, and the long-awaited voice of God.

    This...

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