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  • Forgiveness

    3 days ago

    I was standing with my brother on the top floor of a hotel in Atlanta having checked in for a conference he had organized.  The elevators were jammed and they didn’t have enough to accommodate all the guests.  More, some of them went to the lower floors and others to the upper.  We...

  • Yom Kippur services aim for post-college, pre-family crowd

    5 days ago

    Enter the sleek, chic SLS Hotel on South La Cienega Boulevard, walk past the chandeliers and colored lights, and you’ll find a lush ballroom, pristine and coiffed in a modern color palette of white and gray. A space more often home to expensive weddings and lavish parties was...

  • Laugh Factory, an annual sanctuary for the ultra-unaffiliated

    By Melissa Weller

    5 days ago

    For 35 years, the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood has been a revolving door of comedy legends and hopefuls, up-and-comers and burnouts, roaring crowds and silenced rooms. It’s seen boys become men and men become girls. 

    But whichever way the punches roll any given night, the...

  • This is water: On making meaning, making choices and making a difference

    6 days ago

    Good yontif!

    So there are two young fish swimming in the ocean. Just doing their thing, tooling along, when they happen to meet an older fish going the other way. He nods at them and says, "Morning, boys. How's the water?"

    After exchanging pleasantries, the two young fish swim...

  • Return, reboot, reload

    1 week ago

    In 1913, a 27 year old Jew, who had grown up in the home of totally assimilated, wealthy German parents, came to a Kol Nidre service in Berlin for what he thought would be his last time.  He had decided to convert to Christianity.  This service was to be his way of saying goodbye...

  • Reclaiming JEW

    1 week ago

    Jew. Jew. Jew.
    I’m a Jew.
    I imagine the majority of us here are Jews. We’re Jews.
    And friends of Jews.

    What is it about the word “Jew”?

    Comedian Louis CK observed: “Jew is a funny word, because Jew is the only word that is the polite...

  • What’s behind Abbas’ dangerous religious war gambit?

    2 weeks ago

    On Wednesday morning I had the privilege of joining Sephardic Minyan at Judaism’s holiest site-the Western Wall on our holiest day, Yom Kippur. Wrapped in my white Kittel and Tallit, the minyan felt like a local call to heaven. Prayers for family, for good health, for friends in...

  • West Bank, Gaza crossings closed for Yom Kippur

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered a general closure of the West Bank and Gaza for the Yom Kippur holiday.

    All crossings will be closed from noon Tuesday until one minute before midnight Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces announced. Crossings based on medical and...

  • A Quick Reminder For Us All Before Yom Kippur

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 weeks ago

    Patience. Acceptance. Tolerance. To many, this is mainly what Yom Kippur is about. But as long as these are merely statements and promises between man and God, and not moral codes to live by throughout the year – Yom Kippur does not serve its purpose.

    Yom Kippur, the day of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Yom Kippur with Rabbi David Gelfand

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 weeks ago

    Our special guest today is Rabbi David Gelfand, leader of New York City’s Temple Israel congregation. Rabbi Gelfand began his career at Temple Beth-El in Great Neck, NY, and he then served synagogues in New Jersey (Har Sinai) and Ohio (Fairmount Temple). Prior to joining Temple...

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

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    2 weeks ago

    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...

  • ...For you were slaves in Egypt

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    2 weeks ago

    Good evening, L’ Shana Tova Tikateivu, Happy New Year to the people of Congregation Beth Ohr, to our teacher and communal founder, Rabbi Michael Roth and his extraordinary family, to my colleagues on the bima, Rabbi Haim Beliak and Chazanit Cheri Paul.

    Let’s consider the reasons...

  • Pope’s White House visit to coincide with Yom Kippur

    2 weeks ago

    Pope Francis’ visit to the White House will coincide with Yom Kippur, meaning that no rabbis likely will be in attendance at the arrival ceremony.

    More than 10,000 guests are expected at the ceremony, the Washington Post reported, adding that D.C.-area Jews on their way to...

  • Prisons of our own making

    2 weeks ago

    Rosh Hashanah, 5776 

    We think of Passover as our time of release, but these ten days are even more crucial to your freedom.  Passover is about our people’s emancipation.  These days are about you and me, each one of us one by one by one having our day with God.  It’s personal and...

  • Beyond the bagel: Breaking the Yom Kippur fast with flair

    2 weeks ago

    By the time the fast is over on Yom Kippur, the last thing you want to be doing is potchkeing in the kitchen to prepare lots of food. And as much as I can’t wait to shove a bagel and cream cheese with all the fixins in my face, I also like to enjoy something sweet, something salty...

  • A new teacher in 5776

    2 weeks ago

    This past year, my congregation at Valley Beth Shalom – and the greater Jewish community – lost a giant. Rabbi Harold Schulweis z”l, of blessed memory, was an incredible scholar, a visionary for justice, and an exceptional leader in the deepest sense of the word.  As we move...

  • A grand love, in life and thereafter

    3 weeks ago

    My husband came into my life like a sun and showered me with a golden light I had not known before. The moment we met, we recognized each other and without wasting too many precious moments, reunited after a much-too-long hiatus. Of course, I knew when we started that our time...

  • When saying sorry, don’t just speak—act

    3 weeks ago

    Last week, I betrayed a trust.

    It was accidental, a seemingly small, ordinary mistake rooted in simple human forgetfulness (and perhaps a speck of carelessness if I’m being honest about it), but a mistake that nevertheless affected a friend’s life in a serious way. I felt awful,...

  • Inappropriate apologies

    3 weeks ago

    A few weeks ago, I conducted an experiment: I counted the number of times I apologized in one day. 

    I said sorry to the mother in yoga pants at Starbucks when I reached past her to grab a straw. Sorry to the high-heeled shopper, laden with H&M bags, when we dived for the same...

  • The tyranny of the normal

    3 weeks ago

    I grew up on 1950s television, and all I wanted in the world was to be the Cleavers. I wanted my dad to come home each evening in his neatly pressed suit, hang his fedora near the door and greet my mom, perpetually cheerful in her high heels and pearls. I wanted to sit down to...

  • FACEBOOK:  Ten Questions for Self Reflection.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 weeks ago

    When people tell me that Facebook is a waste, I tell them “it depends on the operator.” 

    In skilled hands a knife can save a life, but some use it to peel oranges. 

    When Otis Redding sang “sitting by the dock of the bay” was he really “wasting time”?

    In August, Mark...

  • Think you can’t observe Yom Kippur? Not so fast

    3 weeks ago

    Like many people with health concerns, Arianna Haut cannot fast on Yom Kippur — in her case, because of low blood sugar. 

    “I used to have to sneak out of synagogue to eat a granola bar, which is the fastest way to make a person feel like a shmuck,” said Haut, a Mid-City resident...

  • Why fasting matters on Yom Kippur

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    As we sit in synagogue or at home on Yom Kippur afternoon, trying — but often failing — not to look at the clock every five minutes, our stomachs grumbling, our mouths parched, our heads hurting, what may be most painful is that many of us don’t know why we’re “afflicting”...

  • Yom Kippur in Bangkok

    3 weeks ago

    I was the only American in the room and definitely the most clueless. 

    Standing at the back of the makeshift shul for Yom Kippur services in Chabad of Bangkok last year, I attempted to follow along in my all-Hebrew siddur pamphlet while observing other people in the room and...

  • Kapparot ritual allowed in New York

    3 weeks ago

    The Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot can proceed in New York, a state Supreme Court judge ruled.

    Justice Debra James ruled Monday in Manhattan that there was not enough evidence to prove that the ritual is a public nuisance, the New York Post reported. The decision was in response...

  • Facing mortality at Yom Kippur

    By Ellie Kahn

    3 weeks ago

    Regardless of our race, religion, gender or age, we all have something in common: We’re all going to die.

    My friend Eve Elting passed away eight months ago, after she stopped treatment for metastatic breast cancer. At 58, she’d had cancer for 20 years. “I’ve been on 13 different...

  • Death makes life matter: Thoughts on my brother’s passing

    By Jared Sichel

    3 weeks ago

    Last February, I joined a club. It wasn’t my choice. It’s one of the worst clubs around, and if you’re not already in it, I hope you don’t become a member. If I could quit, I would. But the bylaws forbid it.

    Like all clubs, this one has its benefits, too. It provides a community...

  • On Yom Kippur, must we ask forgiveness for communal wrongs?

    3 weeks ago

    On Yom Kippur, as we focus on our personal faults, how do we acknowledge those shortcomings that are more communal?

    In synagogue, reciting line by line the Al Chet prayer, seeking atonement for the areas of our lives where in the past year we have fallen short, events in the...

  • Paying to pray? Not quite

    September 9, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    We’ve all heard this story, and some of us have lived it: A Jewish individual or couple, new in town or newly seeking to reconnect with the Jewish community, walks into a worship space just before the start time of a High Holy Days service and starts to enter the sanctuary, only to...

  • How do ‘twice-a-year Jews’ feel about that loaded label?

    By Jared Sichel

    September 9, 2015 | 3:11 pm

    For most of his life, Matthew Michel has walked through the doors of a synagogue on only two occasions every year — the two weightiest holidays in the Jewish calendar and the two that involve the most self-reflection and introspection: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    “I grew up...

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