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  • A Hearty Meal to

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    This year Yom Kippur begins on Friday night and continues until sundown on Saturday. Since many families do not cook on Shabbat, I planned a menu that will solve the problem.

    The meal has to be hearty to prepare for the 24-hour fast ahead, but it should not be heavy. Fried, highly...

  • Break Fast With Emmy

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Brace yourself. This Sunday night, some angels, a spy, a cynic and a meddling mother-in-law are coming over to break the Fast of Gedaliah. You don't have to feed them, however. They're all part of the 56th annual Emmy Awards on Sept. 19, hosted this year by comedian Garry Shandling.

    ...

  • A Parent’s Mercy

    By Dafna Breines

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It was about this time last year that my 2 1¼2-year-old son decided to begin his terrible twos. At first we hoped that we'd been given a reprieve, but we soon discovered otherwise. He was apparently intent on making up for lost time.

    I never knew what he would do next, or what...

  • Embrace the Day, Invite the ‘Stranger’

    By Edmund Case

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My earliest High Holiday memory goes back to about age 7. It was the night before Yom Kippur and my parents had gone off to the synagogue, leaving my 10-year-old brother and me with a babysitter. I forgot that I wasn't supposed to eat anything that night, went into the kitchen, got...

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  • New Year, New Changes

    By Rob Eshman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week I was driving to a family celebration at Leisure World in Laguna Hills when I noticed something very odd about the weather: Fall was in the air.

    It's a subtle thing in Southern California, but those of us who have lived here long enough recognize the slight change in...

  • Is There Room For Politics in Shul?

    By Idan Ivri

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Eight years ago, when President Bill Clinton was running for a second term, he sent out letters to L.A. synagogues wishing them a happy Rosh Hashanah with a spiritual message for Yom Kippur.

    "I liked what the letter had to say for Yom Kippur, so I read it at the opening to a sermon...

  • Bimah Me Up, Scotty!

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Leonard Nimoy was creating the Mr. Spock character for "Star Trek" in 1966, he remembered a thrilling moment from his childhood Orthodox synagogue. It was Yom Kippur, and the Kohanim, representatives of the priestly tribe, swayed on the bimah, their long tallitot draped over...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Sukkot is a holiday when we are commanded to be happy. We feel cleansed and joyful after Yom Kippur is over and now it is time to party!



    Here is a tasty sukkah.

    You will need:

    1. 3 halves of Graham Crackers

    (two pieces broken into halves).

    2. Smooth/Creamy peanut butter.

    3....

  • Why I Fast

    By Nathan Gutman

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To me, the Yom Kippur fast always had a special meaning -- and the Yom Kippur of 1944 was particularly special. I fasted on that Yom Kippur, too. I was then prisoner No. 86619 in the slave labor camp of St. Valentin, far in the mountains of Austria.

    On Yom Kippur eve I put the...

  • Start the Sin Cycle

    By Elliot Fein

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Here we go again: the Yom Kippur confessional is upon us, our annual alphabetical recitation of our sins and transgressions, from ashamnu to ti'tanu, from avarice to xenophobia and zealotry. The list never changes; the question it poses, somewhat tediously, is whether we have...

  • Ease Out of the Yom Kippur Fast With Salmon and Potatoes

    By Judy Zeidler

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, is a time when Jews are required to fast for 24 hours. At the end of this period, family and friends gather for the traditional break-the-fast meal.

    This year at the conclusion of services our family and friends will arrive at our home at...

  • Students Seek Forgiveness, Too

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Adults aren't the only ones planning to ask God for forgiveness during the High Holidays. As the Day of Atonement approaches, youngsters around Los Angeles are already contemplating the mistakes they've made over the past year. Here is what eight young Angelenos plan to repent for...

  • Sorry for the Sin

    By Carin Davis

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur's on deck, boys -- so you better bust out your little black book. No, not the machzor. Your other little black book -- the one where you keep all your digits.

    Pull out your PalmPilot, run through your phone sheet, sift through the scribbled notes on the back of crumpled...

  • Human Atonement or Animal Cruelty?

    By Gaby Wenig

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Early morning on the day before Yom Kippur, groups of Jews will be gathering to hold squawking chickens by the feet and twirl them over their head while chanting a prayer. After the twirling, the chickens will be ritually slaughtered and given to the poor.

    Kaparos, literally...

  • Facing the Holidays Without a Mate

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Since losing her husband unexpectedly two years ago, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have been painful for Liz Safirstein Leshin, 42.

    "For me, the High Holidays and a lot of things like birthdays are very fraught," the Westside resident said. "I haven't been able to feel enthusiastic...

  • Giving Meaning to Life

    By Elliot Fein

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the movie, "Oh God! Book II," a little girl searches for God (alias the late George Burns). She looks for the Divine in every house of worship in her city. When she is about to give up hope, God appears.

    She asks God, "Where have you been, God? I need you. I looked in every...

  • Covertly Capturing Mishkon Tephilo

    By Marvin Wolf

    August 21, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before going public, photojournalist Marvin Wolf spent four years surreptitiously photographing the life of congregation Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. During another year of shooting, he applied digitography and fine art techniques to transform his images. In the following, Wolf...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 31, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Beyond the Hatred

    The Shabbat before Tisha B'Av, which falls on Aug. 7, is called Shabbat Chazon (vision or revelation). Perhaps it signals a time for us to start looking deep inside ourselves as the end of the Jewish year approaches and we come closer to Rosh Hashana and Yom...

  • Koufax a Hit,

    By Howard Kaplan

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy" by Jane Leavy (HarperCollins, $23.95).

    On Sept. 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs. Less than a month later, the opening game of the World Series fell on Yom Kippur and, in an act that reverberated throughout...

  • When Everything Goes to Pot

    By Linda Morel

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In America, the land of excess calories, boiled chicken has a bad reputation. People much prefer their chicken fried, barbecued or sautéed.

    But although they may joke about boiled chicken because of its anemic skin and bland personality, on erev Yom Kippur, it graces many a table....

  • The Shul That Comes to You

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Monty Hall is not going to be going to shul this Yom Kippur. On previous Yom Kippurs, the 80-year-old philanthropist and former "Let's Make a Deal" host attended the Temple Shalom for the Arts High Holiday services at the Wilshire Theatre. This year, because he is bedridden after...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year Rosh Hashana was on Sept. 6 and Yom Kippur will start Sunday night, Sept. 15. In between them, during the 10 Days of Repentance, was Sept. 11. It was a day of sadness when we remembered the 3,000 people who died, and it was a day of looking toward the future. The ruins are...

  • Not So Fast

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "I started fasting for half a day on Yom Kippur since I was in first grade," said 7-year-old Erin Faigin nonchalantly. Between helping her dad run the High Holiday preschool program at Temple Beth Torah in Granada Hills and fasting until lunchtime, Faigin seems to like the...

  • A Tuna After Atonement

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is a holiday for serious fasting -- no food or drink for 24 hours. At the end of the day, thoughts inevitably turn to what to eat at sundown, and breaking the fast with family and friends.

    Our family tradition has been to serve dairy and seafood...

  • The Palestinians’ Yom Kippur

    By Eric Silver

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    It's as if the Palestinians are having their own Yom Kippur this year. Looking back over the 24 months of the current intifada and the nine years since the Oslo accords, Nabil Amr, a former minister and Yasser Arafat loyalist, beat his breast last week and declared: "We have...

  • Sin

    By Amy Klein

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    By the time you read this, it's probably too late for me.

    To repent, I mean.

    You might be reading this on the day before Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement itself, and by then -- despite all the rabbinic lore of last-minute deathbed confessions and Indiana Jones-style...

  • Show Me the Way

    By Rabbi Naomi Levy

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Not long ago, a friend of mine called me and said, "Naomi, I need your help.

    I want you to teach me how to pray to God." She told me whenever she goes to shul, she tries to sing along, but she feels nothing. Just words. She said she's been trying to meditate in a quiet spot, hoping...

  • Standup, Sit-down, See the Light

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Picture 20 massage tables, with people lying down and being gently touched, with music playing in the background. On Yom Kippur.

    That was the custom at Makom Ohr Shalom in Woodland Hills. Although it's been modified to sitting on tables, it's one of the off-beat traditions at the XX...

  • Shhhh ... I’m Praying

    By Pearl Salkin

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Am I the only one who goes to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services to listen and participate?

    Probably not. But why do I feel that way sometimes?

    I realize it would be hypocritical to say I sit (and stand and sit and stand) through all those hours of psalms, songs, sermons and...

  • Illuminating ‘Moonlight Mile’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Brad Silberling heard the terrible news from a police detective the morning of July 18, 1989. His 21-year-old girlfriend, actress Rebecca Schaeffer (TV's "My Sister Sam") had been shot dead by a stalker in the foyer of her Sweetzer Avenue apartment building.

    On many a Yom Kippur...

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