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  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Vayikra with Rabbi Scott Meltzer

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 20, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Scott Meltzer, the rabbi of San Diego’s Ohr Shalom Synagogue. Rabbi Meltzer is a Lecturer in Religious Studies at San Diego State University, a chaplain with the San Diego Police Department, a past President of the San Diego Rabbinical Association, past...

  • Vayikra: Modern Sacrifices

    March 19, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    As a vegetarian since the age of nine and an on-again, off-again vegan, I wrestled with this week’s parsha, Vayikra, which offers detailed instructions for animal sacrifices.  How do I understand sacrifices (and those who argue that...

  • Torah portion: The meaning of life

    March 18, 2015 | 11:56 am

    Great thinkers have important things to say about the meaning of life. For the Greek philosopher Aristotle, it was that “man is a political animal.” Aristotle basically points out that we are social beings and that we tend to congregate in groups, such as families, villages and...

  • A divine call to action

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 14, 2013 | 4:39 am

    Once, on a mission to Israel, we needed a minyan for a prayer service during the airplane flight. We were a total of six men in our group, so we began to scan the plane for the remaining four for the requisite 10 men.

    As I went up and down the aisles, one fellow turned to me and...

  • Filling a Gallery With Faith

    September 12, 2012 | 11:46 am

    As you approach the Barbara Mendes Gallery on South Robertson Boulevard, you know you’re in for an experience. The brightly colored, psychedelic exterior of the little gallery in the SoRo neighborhood doesn’t cry out Jewish art, and neither does the gallery’s proprietor at first...

  • Make the Old New Again

    March 21, 2012 | 1:50 pm

    At the ripe age of 8, I learned the Peter Allen song “Everything Old Is New Again.” It may have been an unusual choice for an 8-year-old to crave hearing over and over. But for me, this song was synonymous with dance class, doing the soft shoe that landed me on stage for the...

  • Engraved Ideas

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    May 17, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    In 2008, the Los Angeles Times ran an op-ed written by Marisol Leon, a young woman who graduated from Yale in 2007 and returned to teach in the same public middle school she had attended:

    “‘Think Ivy League,’ pleaded Mrs.  Anderson, my English teacher. ‘Ivy League? What is...

  • Sacrifices and a Sliding Scale

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    March 25, 2009 | 3:59 am

    My wife met a pastor’s wife on a plane. Every few months now, we have Darren, an evangelical pastor, and his wife, Amy, over to our Shabbat lunch table.

    I talk about how our Shabbat sometimes feels too regulated, and he talks about how their Sabbath sometimes lacks enough...

  • Small Sacrifices

    By Rabbi Avrohom Czapnik

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This week, we begin "Vayikra," the first book of Leviticus, the third book of the Torah. This section of the Torah is filled with many fascinating and important Torah concepts that we can relate to, including the laws of lashon hara (the prohibitions against speaking ill of others),...