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  • Friday Night Game Earns Green a Strike

    By Seth Swirsky

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In professional baseball's 135-year history, there have been, at last count, 143 Jewish ballplayers. Yet only two of them are bona fide stars:

    the great slugger, Hank Greenberg, who played from 1930-1947; and the game's greatest left-handed pitcher Sandy Koufax, 1955-1966 (along,...

  • No Wrong Way to End Yom Kippur Fast

    By Linda Morel

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    I grew up in a family that never seemed to do anything right. Our approach to Yom Kippur, for example, was mixed: My father and I observed it; my mother and brother did not. Returning from synagogue at the end of the day, Dad and I were starving, so we grabbed a couple of slices of...

  • Roll Away Hunger

    By Beverly Levitt

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur's break the fast is the most anticipated meal of the year. Of course, it's because we're starving; we've been fantasizing about that first bite for the last 25 hours.

    As soon as the sun goes down and the shofar is blown for the last time, our thoughts invariably turn to:...

  • Guilty of Being Too Guilty

    By Lori Gottlieb

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Yom Kippur reminds me of the time I spent in couples counseling with a serious boyfriend. My boyfriend believed he could be cruel or invasive or dishonest, but as long as he copped to his "sins" once a week, he'd be absolved (especially if he used bogus touchy-feely phrases like "I'm...

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  • But Will Shawn Green Fast?

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants this weekend in a three-game series beginning in San Francisco this weekend, most Jews will be in synagogue for the holiest day of the year.

    What will Shawn Green do?

    The first baseman has declined to discuss his Yom Kippur plans with...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My Vow

    On Yom Kippur, we say the Kol Nidrei prayer. This means "all vows." It is a prayer that absolves us of promises we made during the year that we didn't keep. This prayer was first written for the Spanish Jews (the Marranos) who were forcibly converted to Christianity during...

  • The Shabbos After

    By Julie G Fax

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Here's a marketing nightmare: You have your biggest and most captive audience of the year, and rather than dangling the kind of well-packaged, enticing tidbits that might draw people back for more, you offer up several hours worth of weighty and complex theological ideas wrapped in...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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