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  • VIDEO: Chazzan Chaim Adler—‘Kaddish’ @  Selichot services in Tel Aviv

    By The Web Guy

    September 21, 2008 | 3:22 am

    Chazzan Chiam Adler, chief cantor at Tel-Aviv’s Great Synagogue, sings the Kaddish. Recorded at first Selichot service. September 21 2008 midnight.  Spectacular chazzanut and wonderful singing by the congregation.  Towards the end, you can hear a little kol isha.  Is that our videographer, Y227, up in the womens’ balcony?

     

     

  • GOP platform offers strong support for Israel, veers right domestically

    September 3, 2008 | 1:27 am

    MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)—John McCain’s Jewish supporters characterize him as a Republican maverick who shares his party’s bedrock support for Israel and combating anti-Semitism. Critics dismiss him as the standard-bearer of a staunchly conservative party at odds with the Jewish...

  • Kaplan, Eshman, Carlin and Tom

    July 17, 2008 | 1:23 am

    Marty Kaplan

    Thank you, thank you for adding Marty Kaplan to your staff ("The Los Angeles Bagels," July 11).

    He shines physically and intellectually. He is not only smart but wise (and so is Rob Eshman).

    E. Ehrenreich
    Torrance



    Boys to Men

    Although I only have anecdotal...
  • Brooks Arthur brings stars’ hearts and humor to ‘Jewish Songbook’ CD

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 18, 2008 | 10:27 pm

    The decor in Brooks Arthur's office chronicles what Billboard calls his "career as a behind the scenes superstar of the record industry."

    One photograph depicts Carole King hugging Arthur while working with him after her LP "Tapestry" hit in the 1970s. Nearby is a picture of Bruce...

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  • ‘Hybrid’ Actor Crafts ‘Everyman’ Show

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Is it possible for an everyman to be a leader? Can an everyman be a woman?

    Ameenah Kaplan, who calls herself a "hybrid" -- the product of an African American mother who converted to Judaism and a Jewish father -- is directing, choreographing and co-producing "Everyman for Himself."...

  • PASSOVER: Don’t Be a Slave to Tradition

    By Joel Haber

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I was growing up, I never had to ask my mother what she would be serving at the seder. It was essentially the same menu every year: dishes like homemade chopped liver, chicken soup with matzah balls, turkey with gravy, mom's special "Shabbos potatoes" (first boiled then roasted...

  • PASSOVER FOOD: Treats to Leaven Desire for Dessert

    By Judy Zeidler

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Passover desserts are a challenge to the cook because so many ingredients are forbidden, among them flour, grain, cornstarch, baking powder or baking soda. So we substitute matzah meal, potato starch and versatile fresh egg whites to bake all of those traditional favorites -- and...

  • PASSOVER: You Say Charoses and I Say Charoset

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was so excited when a publishing house in New York accepted my children's book for publication. Geared to preschoolers, it's a short piece that recounts the steps of the Passover seder in simple, upbeat verse.

    What I didn't realize was that the work would need to be translated.

    ...
  • PASSOVER: Try to Avoid Asking the Fifth Question

    By Rabbi Stewart L. Vogel

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    While there are only four questions posed in the haggadah, most seders struggle with the unasked fifth question, "When are we going to eat?" It is asked, not only by hungry children, but also by adults who feel disconnected to the rituals of their ancestors. As if reenacting the...

  • Spectator - My Husband,  the Rabbi

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The first time the word "rebbetzin" appeared in The New York Times was in 1931, in a review of a book about Yiddish theater. The term stood untranslated; the reviewer and his editors assumed that readers would understand the meaning.

    The word has gone in and out of favor among those...

  • Valentine’s Day.com

    By Amy Klein

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "J-ated," as in "jaded," might be the best way to describe the ennui that has set in among many JDaters these days, singles tired of the merry-go-round of endless possibility and disappointment.

    In spite of that, or because of it, new dating Web sites seem to pop up every day.

    ...
  • Letters

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Orthodoxy's Role

    I was disappointed but not surprised with Rabbi Tzvi Hersch Weinreb's and the Orthodox Union's flat rejection of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky's suggestion that the Orthodox community move beyond "traditional parameters" in its discourse with other denominations (Letters,...

  • Still Smarting

    By Amy Klein

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By Sunday evening, single women across America were trying to slit their wrists by inflicting a hundred little paper cuts from the Sunday New York Times Magazine, featuring an article by Maureen Dowd, "What's a Modern Girl to Do?"

    Feminism is over, Dowd writes, men only want to date...

  • College Minus Boys, Drugs, Rock ‘n’ Roll

    By Jennifer Garmaise

    March 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Ronica Yomtoubian used to sit in lecture halls at UCLA listening to Torah tapes on her headphones until the moment the professor started speaking. As an Orthodox woman, she tried to fulfill her academic requirements as a biochemistry major "with blinders on," shutting out...

  • Challah Lesson a Huge Slice of Simcha

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    For the past 50 years, I have given cooking classes that include recipes for contemporary and traditional dishes, as well as menus for all the Jewish holidays. It is always very rewarding when I receive calls from students telling me that they loved the class and prepared all the...

  • Welcome to Our Wedding!

    By Joan G Friedman

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A very nice added attraction to your ceremony is the wedding booklet. This is a personal supplement to your wedding that the ushers will give to each guest as they are taken to their seats. The bride usually chooses a white or ecru linen material with black ink.

    The cover states...

  • Colonial Cuisine

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Knishes, brisket, borscht, flanken and overstuffed corned beef on rye.

    Imagine American Jewish food, and one envisions Ashkenazi fare brought by the 2.5 million Eastern European immigrants who settled here between 1881 and 1921.

    But long before pastrami ever hit a New...

  • Same-Sex Marriage Poses Key Questions

    By Sandy Frank

    July 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I can't prove that allowing same-sex marriage would be bad for society.

    Of course, people terrified of global warming can't even prove it exists, but that doesn't stop former Vice President Al Gore from delivering a grave warning on the coldest day of the year.

    If he can speculate,...

  • Pariah or Trendy?

    By Sandra Hurtes

    June 24, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I was born into a world of one-size-fits-all lifestyles: either I'd marry and have children or be a subject of gossip and humiliation.

    In 1970, just before the women's movement came into full swing, I married. At 20 I was a child, struggling to make a marriage work and separate from...

  • A Prayer Book of Many Colors

    By Gaby Wenig

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Lori Justice-Shocket thought that the traditional praying experience was just a bit too black and white. Not the prayers, themselves, per se, but the siddurim (prayer books), with their plain black typeface on white pages and the archaic traditional language, made davening, for her...

  • ‘Fabulous Invalid’

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    I used to have this Thanksgiving Day ritual in New York: no matter what I was doing, or where I was going, I would find a way to be near a radio around 11:30 a.m., to tune in to WNEW-FM 102.7's broadcast of Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant," in its entirety, in all its musical and...

  • Thanksgiving’s Sukkot Roots

    By Linda Morel

    November 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Did you know that Thanksgiving is really a Jewish holiday? Although Thanksgiving is not on the Jewish calendar, historians believe that Sukkot may have inspired America's favorite farewell to fall, often nicknamed "Turkey Day."

    "The pilgrims based their customs on the Bible," said...

  • A Shul Torn Apart

    By Julie G Fax

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Judging from the row of strollers parked in the foyer, the faces young and old who came to hear the young rabbi at the pulpit and the number of classes and programs on the calendar, it was hard to know that Congregation Mogen David's attempt to rejuvenate itself was about to go...

  • Ease Out of the Yom Kippur Fast With Salmon and Potatoes

    By Judy Zeidler

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is a time when Jews are required to fast for 24 hours. At the end of this period, family and friends gather for the traditional break-the-fast meal.

    This year at the conclusion of services our family and friends will arrive at our home at...

  • Cooking Middle Eastern Memories

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    September 25, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    "A Fistful of Lentils" by Jennifer Felicia Abadi (Harvard Common Press, 2002).

    Reading "A Fistful of Lentils" is like wandering through a family album. Instead of food photos you find dozens of family portraits, touching stories and the fascinating history of a rich and unique...

  • Kick Off the Year Rolling in Dough

    By Rivka Tal

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As most people know, challah is the braided egg-rich loaf of bread that we traditionally eat on the Sabbath and holidays -- two loaves of challah at each of the three Shabbat meals. They help commemorate the miracles that the Jewish people experienced during their 40 years of...

  • De-Stress the Simcha

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On Monday evening, we will celebrate Purim, the holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Jews in ancient Persia, and reminds us of the triumph of Queen Esther and her uncle, Mordecai, over Haman, the wicked prime minister.

    Purim is traditionally a time when families come...

  • Love Spelled G-O-L-D

    By Liz Harris

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine."

    This beautiful expression of commitment from Song of Songs, is for many Jewish couples the perfect way to say "I love you" every day -- without uttering a word.

    Called the "Ani l'dodi v'dodi li" in Hebrew, it adorns many a wedding...

  • Silence on Israel Is Not Golden

    By Rabbi Susan Laemmle

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    For Avi Davis, truth is a blazing light threatening to blind the unprepared.

    There are no moderating factors or gradations, just a division between those who can handle its assault and those who can't.

    In contrast to Davis' unitary absolutism, traditional Jewish wisdom tends to...

  • Menorah Lights Our Way

    By Marisa N. Pickar

    November 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For three years, I lived in an apartment in Jerusalem next to a bus stop. The rhythm of my life quickly adapted to the bus schedule. Just by looking out my bedroom window, I knew exactly when to leave the house in order to catch the bus.

    When I returned to California, I assumed my...

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