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  • The magic of the Jewish holiday season!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 23, 2014 | 8:37 am

    Israel is a Jewish and Democratic state. Most of the year, this definition is complicated and disrupting, but during a few weeks every year – it is beautifully simple and unifying all religious streams on the Judaism scale. It happens during the Hebrew month of Tishrei, when we...

  • Climate change will be the number one issue in the 2034 midterm elections

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 22, 2014 | 4:51 pm

    On the day after the Sept. 23 UN Climate Change Summit in New York, sunset will bring the High Holidays to Jews around the world.   

    On that night, I wonder whether the words of the Unetanneh Tokef, the troubling prayer at the heart of the Days of Awe, will resonate with news...

  • Preparing to Marry God: A Near-Death Experience.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 21, 2014 | 11:59 am

    Today is a good day to die!

    In sharp contrast to the upcoming New Year celebration of 2015, where people party as if they will live forever, and dance to music focused around the “booty,” the Jewish New Year is a simulated near death experience, it’s focus the soul. 

    We...

  • The deep wellspring of the Shofar

    September 18, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Venerated Chassidic master Rabbi Hillel of Paritch (in his magnum opus Pelach haRimon) likens the Shofar’s simple but powerful “cry” to a mighty wellspring bursting forth from the depths of the earth. Such a wellspring, explains Reb Hillel, replenishes even a parched river, i.e....

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  • Komen organization apologizes for Houston race’s Yom Kippur date

    September 16, 2014 | 9:14 am

    The Susan G. Komen organization apologized for holding its Race for the Cure in Houston on Yom Kippur.

    Komen’s executive director, Ariana Higgins, told the Houston Chronicle that the foundation has learned its lesson following an outcry from the Jewish community. The foundation...

  • A Soul under Construction.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 11, 2014 | 9:09 am

    We are not born perfect- into an imperfect world.

    At birth we start with a cry.  Our grand entrance is with closed fists and our exit with open hands.  We circumcise our newborn males. Life is an exercise in humility.  Our hearts are shattered again and again as God seeks our...

  • Asking For My Own Forgiveness

    By Beit T'shuvah

    September 5, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    It is another one of those nights! I woke up after 4 hours of sleep and could not go back to sleep. My mind started racing and I just now figured out why: I am in the middle of my Inventory for Yom Kippur. I have a form that looks at how I take actions that...

  • My Unataneh Tokef moments

    September 4, 2014 | 10:06 am

    On Rosh Hashanah, it is written and Yom Kippur, it is sealed; who shall live, who shall die.  But repentance, prayer and charity avert the severity of the decree.  If you apply a literal reading to this most famous of High Holiday prayers, you cannot help but conclude that it is...

  • My Return Home

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 26, 2014 | 6:26 pm

    1978-2014.

    My younger self awaits me in that old home. He stares at the future that would be me; I ponder the past that was him. We connect on a bridge made of yearning and nostalgia. Hesitantly, we embrace.

    We fall to our knees and sob. I ask if he ever told dad about how he...

  • The Journey Towards T’Shuvah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    August 15, 2014 | 11:33 am

    By Adam Siegel

    Well, we’ve reached the point of summer when we can’t believe that people are starting to talk about the High Holidays.  As the daylight begins to shorten, members of the Beit T’Shuvah community are beginning their own preparations.

    The High Holidays are a time...

  • Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, 32 countries tell UN

    July 31, 2014 | 10:25 am

    Some 32 countries wrote a letter to a committee of the United Nations General Assembly in support of Israel’s bid to have the international body recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday.

    The letter, dated June 30, was sent to the General Assembly’s Committee on Conferences on...

  • Wolpe on the murder of teens: Don’t say ‘BUT’

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    July 7, 2014 | 4:08 pm

    Please, please don’t say ‘but.’  The words after ‘but’ invalidate everything that comes before – 
“He’s a nice person, but he does steal from the company.”  You see?  “But” is a meaning duster, sweeping all that precedes it.

    So everyone who has written condemning the murder of...

  • Are Gluten-Free Matzo Balls a Thing? Yes they are!! [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 25, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    I will first address those of you who are sick of hearing about everything being gluten free:

    I know you think the rising hype of a “no gluten diet” that has taken our country by storm is some sort of psychological weakness emblematic of a consumer society that is easily seduced...

  • Walk to Cure Diabetes: A mother’s prayer

    October 16, 2013 | 11:35 am

    This past Yom Kippur, as my 4-year-old son and I were walking into shul, I was explaining why Mommy and the other adults were fasting. I said: “And when you’re 13 …” 

    And then I stopped, realizing that he will probably never fast on Yom Kippur. 

    Two years ago, the day before...

  • Days of awe and days of discovery

    October 10, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    This most recent High Holy Days, I had the privilege of experiencing a dozen different synagogues in Los Angeles. They were for me days of awe -- and days of discovery.

    Having taken office just a few months ago as L.A.'s newly elected City Controller, I received many invitations...

  • In the family way: Parashat Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32)

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    October 3, 2013 | 4:59 pm

    Word went out from the congregation that a longtime member was nearing the end of her life. She has no partner and no children, but, on the day after Yom Kippur, 17 friends from the congregation came to visit her, including current and former clergy, and grown children she used to...

  • Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, Israel asks U.N.

    October 1, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Israel asked the United Nations to recognize Yom Kippur as an official U.N. holiday.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin and Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, met Monday with U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to request international recognition for Yom...

  • Cracking open our hearts

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 24, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    Tradition tells us that the Gates of Repentance stay open until the end of Sukkot. The intensity of Yom Kippur has diminished, but we still remember the hours together, knocking on our hearts, trying to do spiritual CPR, to wake us up to the truth of our lives. On Yom Kippur, we...

  • So what is the Jewish Holiday season like here in Israel?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 18, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    Israel- a Jewish and Democratic state. Most of the year, this definition is complicated and disrupting, but during a few weeks every year – it is beautifully simple and unifying. It happens during the Hebrew month of Tishrei, when we mention Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. ...

  • Slowing Down for the Holidays

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 18, 2013 | 1:00 am

    Yom Kippur last year was a mad rush. I went to services in the morning, dashed off to a retirement home to do a service for them, rushed over to the civic center to listen to a Q&A with Rabbi Doug Kahn of the JCRC followed by afternoon and concluding services, then to a restaurant...

  • Mitzvahland: For all your Jewish needs

    By Rob Eshman

    September 17, 2013 | 10:43 am

    On Sunday, my wife and I drove out to the Valley to buy a new sukkah. It was time. I’d bought our old sukkah from an Armenian Catholic who supplied booths to vendors in farmers’ markets. When his orders began to spike in September, he realized he could have a good little side...

  • Two L.A. kaporot ritual sites shut down

    September 13, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Just hours before Kol Nidre, more than 100 chickens intended to be used for kaporot ceremonies won a reprieve. Kaporot, which means “Atonement,” is a 1,000-year-old custom observed by some Orthodox Jews between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in which an individual swings a live...

  • Kvetching Fire: The video that will get you through Yom Kippur

    September 13, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Worried about how to get through the 24-hour fast?

    Katniss Eversteen, the protagonist of “The Jewish Hunger Games,” a clever parody by Andrew Zenn and Jon Rudnitsky, can help you out.

    “This is crunch time,” announces a helpful voiceover. “There will be temptation.”

  • When football and Yom Kippur collide

    September 13, 2013 | 9:48 am

    While many of us are finding this year’s Yom Kippur conveniently scheduled because it falls on the weekend, at Texas A&M the holiday clashes with one of the most significant days on the football calendar: Aggies vs. Alabama. The Wall Street Journal reports:

    Saturday is...

  • Thousands of kapparot chickens die in New York heat

    September 13, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Thousands of chickens designated for the pre-Yom Kippur kapparot ritual died in New York due to unseasonable heat.

    An estimated 2,000 chickens died Wednesday in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park on Wednesday, when temperatures climbed into the mid-90s, the New York Daily...

  • Why fast for Yom Kippur?

    September 11, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    In a time when fasting can be a political statement or a fitness trend, you might wonder about its enduring value as a spiritual ritual. To learn more, we asked people who fast on Yom Kippur what they get out of it. Our modest sample yielded folks who are interested only in a...

  • The psychology of repentance

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2013 | 3:42 pm

    In addition to his vast experience as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst treating survivors of childhood and adult trauma, Dr. Stephen Marmer is known by many of his patients as someone who has a positive view of the role religion can play in one’s psyche and happiness. 

    Marmer...

  • Remember to forgive yourself

    September 11, 2013 | 3:33 pm

    Every year on Yom Kippur, Jews in synagogues all over the world engage in a communal chest-beating during the Vidui, to repent, symbolically, for our collective sins. But what about the sin of being too hard on ourselves? As the High Holy Days approach once again, it seems logical...

  • Yom Kippur War: Two views

    September 11, 2013 | 3:23 pm

    Against the odds

    by Abraham Rabinovich

    Of the all surprises on Yom Kippur 40 years ago, the most difficult for Israel to come to grips with was the least tangible.

    The simultaneous attacks by Egypt and Syria were the basic surprise, catching Israel with the bulk of its army...

  • Yom Kippur War: 40 years later

    By Uri Dromi

    September 11, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    A week before Yom Kippur 1973, I moved from Hazerim air force base to Jerusalem to study history at Hebrew University. Yet it was life, not university, which actually taught me a history lesson.

    Early in the morning of Yom Kippur, I woke up amid the half-opened boxes to the...

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