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  • 5 Ways to Keep the Spiritual Momentum of the High Holidays

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish holy days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity, and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year? Here are five suggestions for maintaining the momentum of the High...

  • Yom Kippur Guide 5776 / 2015: Forgive and be Forgiven

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 21, 2015 | 1:27 pm

    This is an expanded version of an article which appeared in the Washington Post in Oct. 2011.

    Yom Kippur is the Most Awesome Day in the Jewish calendar.

    Concluding the “Ten Days of Repentance,” also known as the “Days of Awe,” Yom Kippur is a day where few Jews venture further...

  • Pesos from Heaven: A High Holy Days message

    September 16, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    I haven’t seen or spoken to my parents for years now. This isn’t because of negligence or lack of caring, it’s that they’re no longer in this world.

    Nonetheless, we keep in touch. I guess you could call it a “long-distance” relationship.

    With that in mind, I’d like to share...

  • Don’t Just Stand There — Do Something Holy

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    May 1, 2015 | 12:59 pm

    “You shall not stand by [the shedding of] your fellow's blood. I am Hashem.”

    Lev. 19:16 I was driving on cold morning down the highway in New Jersey and a car ahead of me suddenly veered left, went off the road, and then careened back across the highway. The car crossed some...

  • We MUST Abandon the Lies and Advocate for Truth!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    December 26, 2014 | 11:51 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz,

    I am concerned! Each week I write about Redemption, each day I move one grain of sand closer to the redemption of others and myself, yet it seems as if the world wants to stay stuck! We have become a world that wants to live in Self-Deception! The UN is...

  • Sharing tzedakah with the next generation

    November 20, 2014 | 2:03 pm

    Like many doting grandparents, Peggy and Ed Robin have given their grandchildren small cash gifts over the years. Last year, they upped the ante and made a significant gift to each of the seven.

    This time, though, the money came with a caveat: It had to be given away.


  • Committed to Being Perfectly Imperfect

    By Beit T'shuvah

    September 19, 2014 | 10:34 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here, in Bridgeport, Ct., getting ready for a weekend as a Scholar In Residence, I am in awe of where my life is today. I laugh at and pinch myself every day, realizing how awesome and crazy my life is. I get to hang out with smart, deep people; I...

  • Courtroom mavens give back on temple boards

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    March 19, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    One Century City law firm has assembled a dream team of high-powered leaders — in more ways than you might expect.

    Three partners at Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP do much more than work long hours; they are, or recently have been, presidents at prominent local...

  • The other annual migration of North American Jews: to shul

    By Roger Price

    August 29, 2013 | 12:42 pm

       The first of the two annual migrations of North American Jews began a couple of weeks ago, with thousands and thousands of young Jews heading to colleges across the continent. (See The annual migration of North American Jews to college.) The second seasonal migration of North...

  • Family keeps tzedakah tradition going with funds

    August 28, 2013 | 4:55 pm

    When Osias “Ozzie” Goren turned 90 last year, he and his wife, Dorothy, were moved that their grandchildren donated $900 — $90 each — to a Head Start preschool for low-income families that the Gorens supported for many years.

    After all, it was right in line with the way the...

  • Four New Yorkers charged with pocketing aid for Israel

    June 28, 2013 | 9:49 am

    New York state’s attorney general accused four New Yorkers of pocketing more than $2.5 million in donations for charitable projects in Israel.

    The New York Times on Friday named four defendants from Brooklyn: Yaakov Weingarten, 52, and his wife Rivka, 52; and two of his...

  • Israel stingy with foreign aid, Israeli prof says

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    June 11, 2013 | 5:35 pm

    When it comes to sending international aid abroad, Israel and its citizens give less than most other developed free-market economies, according to a new report.

    Hillel Schmid, a professor at Hebrew University’s Center for the Study of Philanthropy, told the Los Angeles Times that...

  • IRS’ ‘return free’ bad for most vulnerable

    June 6, 2013 | 10:53 am

    As April 15 nears each year, American taxpayers take inventory of their income and expenses and hand over a year’s worth of detail to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Many of us utilize the expertise of accountants to prepare what will become a complex analysis of the many life...

  • Big Sunday Weekend goes beyond community service

    By Ryan Torok

    May 8, 2013 | 3:06 pm

    Phil Rosenthal, creator and executive producer of the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” was leading a game of Bingo in the annex dining room at Canter’s Deli on the morning of May 5 — not a bad way to spend Big Sunday Weekend, the annual festival of community service that featured...

  • Judaism’s greatest lesson: Behavior matters most

    By Dennis Prager

    February 13, 2013 | 8:29 am

    If I were asked to identify the greatest Jewish teaching, the most important lesson to be learned from all of Judaism, I would argue that, aside from ethical monotheism, it is that behavior matters more than anything else, and certainly more than feelings.

    As the Talmud tells us,...

  • In Marseille, one of France’s poorest cities, Jewish charity is booming

    November 26, 2012 | 12:23 pm

    Standing with dozens of hungry people in a 
breadline, Collette Quidron counts her blessings. 

    “I enjoy coming here,” says Quidron, a Holocaust survivor with diabetes. “I know everybody and there’s always someone to talk to. If you’re Jewish and need tzedakah, Marseille is as...

  • DIY philanthropy

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 20, 2012 | 5:09 pm

    Six months ago, when Michal Taviv-Margolese started working as the Western Regional director for AMIT, a nonprofit operator of 108 schools in Israel, she started thinking more seriously about charity.

    “For the first time, I was involved in a charitable organization and in doing...

  • Entitled

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    I like entitlements.

    I know that’s somehow a terrible thing to say. “Entitlement” has become a dirty four-syllable word in our deranged political culture. On Fox News, they spit the word out like a rotted pistachio nut. The very obvious and universally accepted truth that our...

  • Mount Sinai gives away tzedakah boxes

    By Ryan Torok

    February 29, 2012 | 5:53 pm

    Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries is recognizing the importance of traditional charitable giving. Los Angeles’ largest Jewish funeral home has begun offering free, limited-edition tzedakah boxes to California, Arizona and Nevada residents, hoping they’ll give to charities...

  • Opinion: On the money

    By David Suissa

    December 22, 2011 | 11:40 am

    What do you do when you run out of money? When you’re about to be evicted from your home, or having trouble feeding your kids, or simply can’t afford the basic necessities of life? What happens, also, when you can’t afford certain things you consider crucial — like sending...

  • Why tzedakah should not be mistaken for charity.

    By Samira Asemanfar

    November 8, 2011 | 6:18 pm

    Tzedakah, for many, has become another word for charity. Charity is about giving out of the kindness in your heart, generally when it is convenient. Tzedakah is not. It is about giving, consistently to those in need what is theirs, because it is an obligation on your part as a fellow...

  • Turkey earthquake: How you can help

    October 24, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    If your organization is involved in helping victims of the Turkish earthquake and you would like it included in our list, please email pertinent information to webmaster@jewishjournal.com.


    In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in eastern...

  • 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...
  • Can we help?

    By Susan Freudenheim

    November 19, 2008 | 2:21 am

    My desk is coated with letters of request: Adopt an animal at the zoo; come to a gala for the Jewish food bank; plant a tree in Israel; plant a tree in Los Angeles. Feed 50 meals to homeless people. Support public radio. Support the temple building fund. Support the school PTA, the...
  • They never run out of patients

    By David Suissa

    October 22, 2008 | 10:47 pm

    An Iranian Jewish girl was going through chemotherapy treatment -- which tends to suppress your appetite -- but one day, she got this craving for a lamb stew with carrots. Within an hour, someone was headed to the nearest Persian restaurant to get the dish and bring it to the girl....
  • Sunday afternoon flag

    By The Web Guy

    September 25, 2008 | 3:50 am

  • Liturgy reminds us what we can do to avert evil

    September 25, 2008 | 3:07 am

    Sept. 11, 2001, occurred just six days before Rosh Hashanah. It was the tail end of what had been a difficult 12 months on the Jewish calendar: violence in Israel, a presidential election arbitrated by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Enron scandal.

    Then, on a particularly gorgeous...

  • We can continue to make a difference in Darfur

    September 25, 2008 | 1:03 am

    The beginning of a new year is always filled with hope, potential and opportunity for growth and change. The year we are putting behind us has not been an easy one. Our economy has entered perilous waters, with many people losing their jobs -- and their homes. The war in Iraq is now...
  • Moving beyond charity

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    September 3, 2008 | 10:11 pm

    One of the biggest misnomers in the Jewish vocabulary is the translation of tzedakah as "charity." This mistranslation has gone on for so long in the American< Jewish community that it's a hard habit to break. Most Hebrew school kids will give this answer when asked, much as they will say that mitzvah means "good deed" (another misnomer, for another column).

    Tzedakah is much more than charity since it comes from the word tzedek, which means "justice." When looked at in this light,...

  • Bark mitzvah goes to dogs in unique tzedakah project

    By Rachel Heller

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In honor of their bar mitzvahs, friends Jonah Resnick, Zachary Miller and Harris Girocco wanted to do a tzedakah (charitable giving) project that wasn't all bark and no bite.

    When the boys decided to raise funds for developmentally disabled children in Israel, they made an effort to...

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