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  • Sharing wisdom of the elders through USC’s Zekenim Project

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    1 week ago

    Seniors have a lifetime of experience behind them, but too often we don’t take the opportunity to learn from them and apply that wisdom to our own lives.

    Now, thanks to a dedicated team at the USC Davis School of Gerontology and a three-year, $250,000 grant from the Jewish...

  • Passover 5774/2014 – What Dementia Can Teach Us About Love, Loss and Liberation

    By Salvador Litvak

    April 14, 2014 | 10:08 am

    And I shall inscribe on the tablets the words that were upon the first tablets which you broke, and you shall place them into the ark. (Deut. 10:2)

    Rav Yosef [said], “This teaches that both the second tablets and the broken pieces of the first were placed in the [holy] ark....

  • How to Define Spirituality Part 2

    By Beit T'shuvah

    April 15, 2013 | 2:08 pm

    By Adam Siegel

    Last week, my colleague and friend Yeshaia Blakeney wrote about the challenge he frequently faces in trying to explain the nature of the spiritual counseling at Beit T’Shuvah (see How to Define Spirituality).  In fact, it’s apparently so challenging, that he...

  • Words of Wisdom or something like it.

    By Julia Bendis

    March 21, 2011 | 5:52 pm

    - When people say that they are only 5 minutes away, they are really 20 minutes away.

    - If your Doctor’s appointment is at 3 p.m., show up at 3:15 to skip sitting in the waiting room.  It works like a charm!

    - When your kid is going on and on about something, and the story doesn’t...

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  • One-Day U

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 17, 2008 | 11:13 pm

    Maybe it was because I had just helped my daughter move into her freshman dorm room and I was envious of the deliciously named courses she was thinking of taking. Or maybe it was because I've always been a sucker for pitches like "Conversational Hebrew in One Day!" Or maybe it was...
  • Ethical wills hope to ensure that our values live on

    By Amy Hirshberg Lederman

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I count myself among the most fortunate of 50-somethings because both of my parents are still alive.

    Sometimes this weighs heavily on me, like when my mother leaves multiple messages on my answering machine because I haven't called her back -- within the hour. Or when I realize that...

  • A Building of Wisdom

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    How do we build a House of God? How do we achieve the spiritual mandate that God placed upon the community when asking of them to build the Mishkan, the dwelling place of God? Anybody who serves a community as its spiritual leader understands that the nature of my question has little...
  • To Hear or Not to Hear

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If your life could change in a moment, what would you want it to be?

    Most of us quickly consider what we'd want from the world or from another person: more love, more money, more respect, more health, more learning, more time.

    Now, instead of changing factors outside of your life,...

  • Humbling Wisdom

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A number of years ago I had to fly from Los Angeles to Cleveland, with a stop in St. Louis. The plane was supposed to leave at 8:45 a.m. and arrive in Cleveland in the late afternoon. But due to a mechanical problem our flight didn't leave LAX until 1:30 p.m., which put our Cleveland...
  • Tri-ing to raise funds for Israel; gems of wisdom for 5767

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Tri-ing to Raise Funds for Israel
     
    Forever diffusing the image of schlubby Orthodox slackers who don't see much of the sun, six members of congregation B'nai David-Judea completed the Los Angeles Triathlon Sept. 10, and raised $8,000 for Israel in the process. Noam Drazin, Ivan...
  • Perfectly Imperfect

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish kids all get A's. It's a fact. They're all well above average. Jewish kids always star in the show, play first violin in the orchestra, win the debate championship. This week the last of the college acceptance letters went out. They all got into Stanford, Berkeley and Brown....

  • The Waiting Game

    By JoAnneh Nagler

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    If dating was a simple game, we'd all travel effortless paths to love, and we'd enjoy the dating process so thoroughly as to rush toward it with glee it when it's time. But years of falling into the mosh pit with no one to catch us leaves us jumpy and tentative at best, and although...

  • A Good Place to Start

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Torah has no title page. It has neither an author's introduction nor a preface -- nothing to tell us why the book was written or how it is to be read. The very first line begins with a complete lack of self-consciousness: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth"...

  • Bird’s-Eye View

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    April 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    One day, Rabbi Shimon Ben Elazar was riding his donkey along the coastal road. He was enjoying the beautiful scenery and reviewing in his mind the wonderful study session he had with his rabbi at Migdal Eder, when he encountered a man who was extremely ugly.

    "How ugly you are,"...

  • Charmed Blessings

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    First, there was the red string kabbalah bracelet popularized by Madonna; then, the yellow "LIVESTRONG" wristband supporting the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Now, there are blessing rings, which may just become the next national craze in message-imbued jewelry. (If they do, you...

  • Untamed Order

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Midrash on this Torah portion contains a fascinating note. When the question is raised, why God chose to give the Torah in the desert (and not, for example, on Mount Zion in the land of Israel), one classic rabbinic interpretation given is that the locale is to teach us a lesson...

  • The End of ‘Friends’

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The last episode of "Friends" airs May 6, and while we may all express a collective sigh of relief at the end of more than a year of shameless hype and exploitation, it doesn't mean that we can't stop to reflect on this moment in American cultural history. Or that we don't care about...

  • Five Elements of a Fairy-Tale Marriage

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "The Committed Marriage" by Esther Jungreis (Harper San Francisco, $23.95).



    At first glance, the title of Esther Jungreis' new book, "The Committed Marriage," seems a bit redundant. After all, isn't commitment the whole point of getting married?

    But what Jungreis explains is...

  • How Not to Date

    By Teresa Strasser

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Look, I'm not going to tell you how to find "the one," how to radiate that "I'm available" light, how to register for wine tasting seminars and join networking groups.

    I have no dating advice. None. I won't suggest clever phrasing for your personal ad or how to choose a photo to...

  • 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...

  • A Letter to My Sons

    By Catherine Gandel

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Dear Matt and Steve:

    Thirty-five years ago, armed with a letter of introduction from one of your grandma's friends to the vice president of personnel at Time, Inc., I got my first job. As you guys begin your working lives, and I listen to your efforts, dreams and disappointments, my...

  • Singles Seeking More

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    A TV show taping might mean a lot of things to people in Hollywood, but it doesn't necessarily scream: "Killer mate-hunting opportunity!"

    Yet, that was exactly the goal of the entities behind a recent taping of motivational speaker Rabbi Irwin Kula's upcoming show "Simple Wisdom"...

  • When bad Things Turns 20

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In 1981, Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote a 150-page book, published with little fanfare, that changed the lives of the more than 4 million people who read it and made its title, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People," part of the vernacular.

    After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the 20th...

  • What I Have Learned From the Clinton Affair

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    February 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I have learned from the Clinton affair how unprepared our technologically sophisticated society is to deal with moral issues, and specifically how to transmit moral wisdom to our children.

    Parents ask, "What are we to say to our children about the conduct of the most powerful leader...

  • Unpacking Our Baggage

    By Linda Feldman

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    My brother called the other day and asked whetherI had noticed how many people are putting things behind them andmoving on.

    "Does that mean they have no baggage?" Iasked.

    "Well," he said, "either people have no baggage oran invisible semitrailer is following them around."

    Princess Diana...

  • Looking for God in All the Wrong Places

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    May 8, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Why is it that when Jews seek spiritual wisdom, they'll go almost anywhere except their own traditions? Look into any cult, any radical new therapy, any metaphysical society or meditating community, and you'll find Jews far beyond our proportion in the population. And should they...
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