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  • Finding Our Comfort

    By Beit T'shuvah

    3 weeks ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    In the Jewish world we are entering the period of Nachama—comfort after commemorating the destruction of the temples on Tisha B'Av. We are also involved in preparation for the High Holidays. Our world, right now, is anything but comforting. As individuals,...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 28, 2014 | 12:08 pm

    You probably don’t need an introduction to Hora - the traditional Israeli dance, but you probably didn’t know that it is not originating in Israel at all. This fun circle dance is originating in the Balkans, and its name (spelled differently in different countries) is cognate to...

  • Israeli couples say ‘I don’t’ to Orthodox Jewish weddings

    November 20, 2013 | 9:01 am

    For most Israelis in the Jewish state, there is one legal way to get married - God's way.

    Israeli law empowers only Orthodox rabbis to officiate at Jewish weddings, but popular opposition is growing to this restriction and to what some Israelis see as an Orthodox stranglehold on...

  • My religion and the Pew poll: The 7 percent

    By Danielle Berrin

    October 9, 2013 | 11:35 am

    I really wish that counting myself among the illustrious 7 percent would mean that I am a billionaire. But, alas, the classification in this case refers to something far less glamorous: I am religious.

    The rabble-rousing results of the predictable recent Pew poll suggest that one...

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  • People of the Vine: Rob Eshman talks Jews, wine and history with Jeff Morgan

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Jeff Morgan is winemaker and co-owner of Covenant Wines, based in Napa Valley, where he makes kosher wine under the Covenant, RED C and Landsman labels.


    Rob Eshman: To start, let’s put aside, for a moment, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher wine and pose a more...

  • Matchmaking Woes…

    By Julia Bendis

    July 31, 2012 | 8:03 pm

    I can’t remember exactly WHEN I started matchmaking, but it seems like I’ve been doing it forever…  In fact, I clearly remember trying to set people up back when I was in high school.  Most kids seemed open to it, however I was always asked the same question, even to this day: “Why? ...

  • Israelis seeking alternatives to traditional wedding ceremonies

    November 21, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    Anna Melman and Ari Bronstein are in the midst of planning their wedding, which will be held in January in Israel. They have a venue and a rabbi. But they want to find ways of making the traditional ceremony more egalitarian.

    “In the wedding ceremony as it is now, the bride is...

  • Report from London: Finding Tevye in the Abbey

    May 1, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    Arriving in London this past Friday, April 29, I was immediately enveloped in a carnival-crazed country, a nation-wide block party made up of the tiniest Brits to those who had been alive at the 1926 birth of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth, and witnessed her marriage and...

  • Tweaking tradition: Online project modernizing Jewish texts with today’s lingo

    April 21, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    Morgan Friedman loves the way people talk. He wants others to love it, too.

    The 35-year-old social media entrepreneur, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now living in Buenos Aires, launches new digital projects like marshmallows from an air gun.

    Pow! Here’s Overheardinnewyork.com,...

  • Jewish Money

    By Rob Eshman

    December 24, 2008 | 2:57 am

    Give Bernard Madoff credit for one good deed: As much as his self-confessed Ponzi scheme revealed weaknesses in the Jewish world, it also laid bare many of our strengths.

    Trials and tribulations tend to do just that -- bring to light the good, the bad, the ugly. When some people...

  • Confessions of a Christmas carol addict

    December 18, 2008 | 4:10 am

    I've decided it's finally time to come out of the closet -- the Christmas Carol Closet: "Hello, my name is Andrea, and I am Jewish woman who keeps a kosher home, went to Jewish summer camp, lived in Israel and is utterly, completely, hopelessly addicted to Christmas carols."

    And as...

  • The many miracles of the family menorah

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2008 | 3:08 am

    ALTTEXT
    Alex, Ryan, Josh and Ellie Dubin light about 25 menorahs every night of Chanukah


    From painted-clay preschool classics to sterling silver family heirlooms, the eight bright lights of the chanukiyah have a unique and artful way of revealing our values, holding our histories and telling...

  • Balancing resources and lives -- being Jewish and 'green'

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    December 11, 2008 | 12:23 am

    I entered the classroom, where more than 30 Jewish adults who had been studying together for the past semester buzzed in conversation. I began class by asking my students a simple question: "Are you concerned about what is happening to our environment and worried about what the...
  • A long time ago, in a kibbutz far away . . .

    November 19, 2008 | 6:10 pm

    Yoav was my kibbutz brother, secular and an ardent Zionist. He had an encyclopedic mind that could recite in detail kibbutz history, lore and socialist ideology. Today, Yoav is an equally intense, knowledgeable and ideological Charedi guy living in the Midwest. He recently offered to...
  • We were intended by God—we’re not afterthoughts

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    October 23, 2008 | 1:42 am

    The magician succeeds by misdirection -- look here and you will not notice everything that I am doing with my left hand.

    Part of Christopher Hitchens' magic in his essay is misdirection: He would have us ignore ourselves. How do human beings know? If we are, as scientific...

  • Personalize your ketubah without breaking the law

    By Michele Alperin

    October 10, 2008 | 4:25 pm

    For many brides and grooms, the ketubah signing that precedes the veiled walk down the aisle has a bit of mystery about it. They may not be sure exactly what the ancient Aramaic text says, but the signing ceremony sets just the right air of solemnity as a prelude to the veiled walk...
  • The dream of a beautiful bat mitzvah—but whose dream would it fulfill?

    September 11, 2008 | 4:20 am

    For my daughter to have a bat mitzvah would be a dream come true -- but for whom, for her or for me? Throughout my life, people have told me that I am only half Jewish, as my father is Jewish and mother is Japanese Buddhist, although Reform Jews now recognize children of Jewish...
  • They also serve:  Rabbis’ spouses prove as diverse as roles they fill

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 2:15 am

    Just before the High Holy Days last year, I was sitting in synagogue when I was struck by the star power of its rabbi. When he spoke, everyone listened, transfixed, as if the words he offered were revelations -- inspiring, challenging and healing all at the same time.

    At the end of...

  • VIDEO: The Bris Saver

    By The Web Guy

    August 11, 2008 | 1:41 am

    It was an ordinary brit milah—until the mohel passed out cold . . .

    A Project Direct entry from Single Serving Films.

    Directed by Benji Samit.
    Written by Dan Hernandez.
    Starring Blake Anthony, Cat Davis, Marty Dusig, Charley Rossman, Dick Moss, and Allison Taft Learned

    Hat tip to Sharon @ http://portlandisawesome.com/

     

  • Mom’s final resting places—a cremation story

    By Ellie Kahn

    August 7, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    If you are offended either by the idea of cremation or humor about the dead, you may want to stop reading. It's OK.

    Maybe you weren't raised (as I was) by a woman who had no short-term memory for several years before she died, but retained a sharp and sick sense of humor --...

  • Obituaries

    August 7, 2008 | 2:32 am

    June Walker, Presidents Conference Chair and Hadassah Leader, Dies at 74

    June Walker was in working mode two weeks ago.

    On July 21, she presided over a farewell reception for outgoing Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman. Two days later she led a meeting of the Conference of...

  • The high cost of dying

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2008 | 2:06 am

    A traditional Jewish funeral is simple and not ostentatious -- good news for people concerned about the high cost of dying. But while Jewish law doesn't require embalming, elaborate floral displays or 16-gauge metal caskets with tufted crepe interiors, it does require Jews to be...
  • Trendy, traditional and taboo:
    An incomplete guide to Jewish funerals and burial

    By Jane Ulman

    August 7, 2008 | 1:37 am

    When Eileen Isenberg thinks about her own funeral, she has a very clear picture in her mind.

    "First I want 20 minutes of sad," she said, to allow people to remember her, with the second movement of Mozart's 21st Piano Concerto playing in the background.

    "Then I want people to...

  • Lebhar’s Dream

    By David Suissa

    August 6, 2008 | 12:58 am

    If you wanted to start a worldwide revival of Moroccan Jewish customs, where would you base your operations? Probably where there's already a high concentration of Moroccan Jews, like, say, Israel, Montreal or France. But right in the heart of trendy Westwood?

    Maybe there's a...

  • Torah Judaism has no concept of ‘ex-gay’

    August 5, 2008 | 8:30 pm

    Since 2002, when I started becoming open about my personal religious choice to stop having sex with men, liberals on gay issues have repeatedly accused me of being a Jewish "ex-gay." But I am no such thing, because Torah Judaism doesn't have a concept of an ex-gay.

    I have no doubt...

  • Ancient sources yield health and diet wisdom

    July 23, 2008 | 3:20 am

    Many diet books promise a better, thinner you in a ridiculously short amount of time, but conventional wisdom holds that many diets stop working by about 6 p.m.

    Two recent books -- "The Life-Transforming Diet" (Feldheim, 2007) and "The Jerusalem Diet" (Gefen, 2007) -- offer...

  • AUDIO: Iranian American Jews —Death and violence in the community (taboo?)

    By Karmel Melamed

    May 2, 2008 | 12:21 am

    Local Iranian Jewish community leaders on recent incidents of violence in the community and the traditional taboo on discussing the topic.

    http://jewishjournal.com/audio/IAJPodCast20080429.mp3

    From Karmel Melamed’s Iranian American Jews blog.

  • Food issues

    By Rob Eshman

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Every Passover The Jewish Journal receives story pitches for a new batch of seders that the organizers tout as original or groundbreaking. Evidently the traditional ritual, at which Jews gather and retell the story of our people's liberation from slavery in Egypt, is so 2000 B.C.E....
  • Glass ceiling

    By Shifra Bronznick

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Can we talk about gender? Again? Or maybe not.

    We have been having a conversation in the Jewish community about gender for more than three decades.

    During that time there have been some remarkable changes: the ordination of women rabbis, the proliferation of egalitarian prayer...

  • On the tricky question of ‘who is a Jew[ish writer]?’

    By David Wolpe

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I do not know who qualifies as a Jewish writer.

    If you wish to count the non-Jewish John Updike because he created a Jewish protagonist (Henry Bech) or if you include genetically Jewish Muriel Spark (who converted to Catholicism and wouldn't know a box of tefillin or a bag of...

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