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  • From Selichot to Simchat Torah

    By Lauren Bottner

    September 21, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    More than just a series of days on a calendar, or merely an occasion for the obligatory visit to synagogue, the High Holy Days offer a month-long opportunity for self-reflection, communal prayer and ritual that together allow us each to create our own spiritual journey. This page is...

  • Wave of new holiday prayer books changing the ways to worship

    September 21, 2011 | 11:34 am

    New Jewish prayer books typically come in waves, the rarest of which bring new High Holidays prayer books, or machzors.

    The current wave has seen five new machzorim in a one-year span. Following on the heels of last year’s release of the official Conservative machzor and a popular...

  • Gossiping—What you can gain if you refrain

    September 14, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.”  -Jewish Proverb

    Too often, I realize that people preface their sentences with “I heard” or “they say.” Intrigued by the personal details and juicy information that is likely to follow, most of us allow...

  • If your gut tells you something seems suspicious, report it

    By Ryan Torok

    September 14, 2011 | 11:54 am

    On Aug. 30, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual security meeting at its Los Angeles headquarters to advise local Jewish leaders on possible threats facing the community in advance of the High Holy Days.

    United States Postal Inspector Glenn Fiene and ADL civil rights...

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  • Pasadena temple gets Argentina’s first woman cantor

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 14, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Cantor Ruth Berman Harris has been earning paychecks for leading services since she was 15, years before a cantorial school even existed in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    “I think it was what I was born to be,” she said. “I became a bat mitzvah, and I never left the...

  • Wrap mind, and body, around Holy Days prep

    By Rachel Heller

    September 14, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Traditionally, the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days are a time of account settling for Jews, marked by personal reflection, repentance and prayer.

    But how about some Jewish yoga to get the ball rolling? Why not try some visualization exercises or Jewish meditation?

    About 30...

  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • Dick Cheney, torture and teshuvah

    August 31, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    According to press reports, Dick Cheney’s memoir, set to be released this week, is one long exercise is not regretting any decision he made while serving as Vice-President of the United States. This is a shame. The first step in teshuvah, repentance, is recognizing the wrongs that...

  • Israel to extend Daylight Savings Time

    June 6, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Israel will extend Daylight Savings Time to the beginning of October instead of ending on the Sunday before Yom Kippur.

    Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced the decision Monday following the recommendation of an advisory committee.

    The issue came to a head last summer when the...

  • Man who threatened Cantor gets 2 years

    April 8, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    A man who threatened to kill Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), speaking of his “final Yom Kippur,” was sentenced to two years in prison.

    The Washington Post on Friday quoted prosecutors as saying Norman LeBoon, 33, of Philadelphia, must also complete three years of supervision after his...

  • Jewish runners decry post-Yom Kippur marathon

    January 4, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Jewish marathon runners are racing to complain about the timing of the Chicago Marathon, which is set for the day after Yom Kippur.

    The runners have called and sent e-mails to the Bank of America Chicago, the marathon’s sponsor, saying that they will not be able to take in enough...

  • Overheard in LA: Yom Kippur Edition

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 20, 2010 | 10:42 am

    For many Jews, Yom Kippur is a time for personal reflection. But for the parents of small children, the Day of Atonement brings with it its own challenges. Adults are expected to be in synagogue, but children aren’t usually as interested in another round of the “Al Het”...

  • Israel closing West Bank for Yom Kippur

    September 16, 2010 | 11:51 am

    Israel will close the West Bank for the Yom Kippur holiday, its army said.

    The crossings will close from midnight Thursday until midnight Saturday “in accordance with security assessments adopted by the defense establishment,” according to an Israel Defense Forces statement.

    Those needing medical attention will be allowed to cross into Israel, according to the statement. Humanitarian aid, as well as doctors, medical personnel, NGO members, attorneys and other professionals, will be coordinated by the Civil Administration.

  • Jewish interfaith leaders urge Shabbat sermon about Islam

    September 3, 2010 | 11:21 am

    A group of Jewish interfaith educators is asking rabbis to talk about Islam next Shabbat.

    A letter signed by six prominent rabbis and scholars points out that Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, falls on Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist...

  • Lessons of the Yom Kippur War

    By Rob Eshman

    September 29, 2009 | 2:25 pm

    What lessons are still to be learned from a war Israel fought 36 years ago today?

    As Haaretz.com reported, Israel marked on Tuesday the 36th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, one of the most costly and traumatic conflicts in the country’s history.

    At a state ceremony at Israel’s...

  • Fear, faith, horror movies and the Jewish New Year

    September 7, 2009 | 5:35 pm

    Religion has a central place in many horror movies—think of “The Omen,” “The Exorcist,” “Carrie,” “Seven” and my favorite, “Rosemary’s Baby.” It isn’t difficult to suggest reasons why. Pageantry, sublimated sexuality, suffering, sin, death—these are core elements of most religions...

  • Where to find cheap high holy day tickets [VIDEO]

    September 4, 2009 | 5:51 pm

    Got New Year’s plans? Celebrating Rosh Hashanah this year might depend heavily on what services are within budget. The high cost of synagogue tickets will result in many people looking for alternative and affordable services. There are other options out there and it is only a...

  • American Idol’s Adam Lambert sings “The Prayer”

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 1, 2009 | 6:13 pm

    Move over Bocelli. Adam Lambert’s rendition of “The Prayer,” which he sang on the holiest evening of the Jewish calendar (Kol Nidre) may send Italian tenors back to training. Listen to his duet with Temple of the Arts’ cantor, Illysia Pierce here.

  • Reporter’s Notebook: A Christian makes teshuvah

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 16, 2008 | 1:23 am

    My first mistake was arriving when the Yom Kippur morning service at Valley Beth Shalom was scheduled to begin. The flier said 7:45 a.m. and, this being my virgin voyage, I didn't want to be late.

    Naive? Certainly. I didn't realize Jews attend High Holy Days services like Dodgers...

  • Akko riots expose Israel’s Arab-Jewish tinderbox

    By Leslie Susser

    October 13, 2008 | 2:45 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—The rioting in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Akko, which erupted after an Arab man drove through a Jewish neighborhood on Yom Kippur, shows just how combustible Arab-Jewish relations in Israel are.

    Yet after four successive nights of clashes, in which rampaging...

  • Britney repents for Rosh Hashanah [VIDEO]

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 13, 2008 | 2:13 am

    What a great way to start the Jewish New Year!

    Britney’s new video has premiered and as one of her longtime fans, I definitely believe that Britney is beginning to do teshuva (repentance). Actually, her teshuva has already been reported by the press, who quote an interview to be...

  • VIDEO: Alistair Cohen—Shofar Blowing 101

    October 2, 2008 | 4:26 am

    From the 23-year-old Brit’s YouTube page:
    My name is Alistair Cohen and I am an aspiring television presenter. This video was created for showreel material and to spread some Jewish knowledge around a bit.

    Please don’t hesitate to leave any feedback or comments, and if you are watching this and may know of any presenting work available, please contact me at alistaircohen@hotmail.com. Thanks for watching.

  • Shame on Rabbis for Obama, hooray for Amy Klein, thanks for Marty Kaplan

    October 1, 2008 | 11:36 pm

    Online Dating Addict

    "True Confessions of an Online Dating Addict" -- "Cathy" it's not (Sept. 26). It's brilliant, and one of the smartest singles columns I've read. I love reading each week's adventure. Klein's journey is familiar, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks so....
  • Holiday Heartburn

    By David Suissa

    October 1, 2008 | 11:19 pm

    I had this crazy dream the other night where all across my neighborhood, in all the Jewish homes and on all the dining tables, the only thing being served to celebrate the High Holy Days was brown rice and seaweed.

    I'm not sure where this Spartan nightmare came from, but if I had to...

  • Yom Kippur Dilemma

    By Gina Nahai

    October 1, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    Is it just me, or does Yom Kippur seem to arrive earlier and more frequently these days?

    I feel like I've barely had time to recover from one when the next one's announced, and then I have to toughen up and refrain from saying things like "oh no, not again," in front of my kids,...

  • Yom Kippur 5769: The Art of Forgiveness

    By Jane Ulman

    October 1, 2008 | 10:28 pm

    On the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, in 1995, Eva Kor, then 61 and a real estate broker in Terre Haute, Ind., stood outside a gas chamber at the infamous camp and offered her forgiveness out loud to the late Dr. Josef Mengele for the inhumane medical experiments he...
  • Mayor: Building inspectors need better training, increased sensitivity -- and no more Yom Kippur showdowns

    By Tom Tugend

    September 24, 2008 | 4:00 am

    One year after an emotional incident in which city building inspectors sought to halt Kol Nidrei services for Orthodox worshippers at a Hancock Park service, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has followed up with a report with recommendations designed to increase sensitivity and prevent...
  • Fast meals to beat the Kol Nidre rush

    September 18, 2008 | 2:25 am

    It's a scramble every year, but Jews somehow manage to beat the clock getting dinner to the table on Yom Kippur eve -- the most hurried meal on the holiday calendar.

    It isn't easy to conclude the evening meal with enough leeway to arrive at synagogue for the Kol Nidre service, which...
  • PETA slams N.Y. kapparot ritual [VIDEO]

    August 27, 2008 | 12:45 am


    PETA anti-kapporot video


    NEW YORK (JTA) -- For the second year, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has complained about the High Holy Days ritual of swinging a chicken over one's head, a sin-transference ceremony.

    In a letter sent Monday to the New York agriculture...

  • Randy Pausch’s last lecture links morality and purpose

    August 13, 2008 | 11:58 pm


    Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Living your childhood dreams



    "Brick walls are there for a reason," wrote the late Dr. Randy Pausch, author of the best-selling book, "The Last Lecture." A computer scientist and former professor at the University of Virginia and Carnegie Mellon, Pausch...
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