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  • Brooklyn’s ‘crazy chicken lady’ making progress in fighting kapparot ritual

    September 10, 2013 | 10:17 am

    For years, Rina Deych was treated like she was crazy.

    Fighting the Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot, she was told things had always been this way and if she kept up the battle, she would only incite anti-Semitism.

    Year after year, people would kindly suggest she find another...

  • Sunday’s protestors sought kaporot concessions

    September 9, 2013 | 5:25 pm

    With chants of “Shonda,” and “Shame,” a group of around 75 protestors demonstrated on Sept. 8 in front of two sites on Pico Blvd where kaporot ceremonies were taking place.

    Kaporot, which means “Atonement,” is a 1,000 year old custom observed by some Orthodox Jews between Rosh...

  • Atonement chickens — swung and tossed

    September 3, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    A few days before Yom Kippur, thousands of white-feathered chickens land on Pico Boulevard. Not there to be broiled, boiled or fricasseed in any of the nearby kosher restaurants in this predominantly Jewish business district, they nonetheless have arrived in time to be served up.

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  • The sermon

    September 3, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    If my calculations are correct, I have listened to somewhere between 70 and 80 High Holy Days sermons. The total sounds high, but when you consider that typically four different High Holy Days sermons are delivered between Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the numbers add up...

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  • A difficult conversation

    September 3, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Before creating the human being, according to a Midrash, God consulted the angels of heaven. The Angel of Peace argued, “Don’t create him! He will bring war into Your world!” The Angel of Compassion countered, “He will do kindness, create him!” The Angel of Justice offered, “Create...

  • A difficult conversation

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 3, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The conversation is supposed to begin like this: “Will you forgive me for anything I might have said or done this year that has hurt you?” 

    You are sitting with a friend over coffee, during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and you ask this question. Not easy. What...

  • High Holy Days Food: Welcoming new breaking-the-fast traditions

    August 29, 2013 | 11:12 am

    On Yom Kippur, after the day’s hard spiritual work is done, the break-the-fast meal poses its own challenges. An upside: No one is terribly picky about what they’re taking in after 24 hours of fasting. Preparing a tantalizing spread can be almost an act of cruelty; better to keep...

  • High-interest Holy Days

    By Dennis Prager

    August 28, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    This will be the sixth consecutive year that I lead Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. I would like to revisit lessons I have learned in retaining attendees’ interest in the service and even in keeping hundreds of them in synagogue all day on Yom Kippur.

    My agenda here is to...

  • High Holy Days: Eating Holy

    By David Suissa

    August 28, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Here in Pico-Robertson, we’re bracing ourselves for the annual onslaught of kosher calories known as the Holy Month.

    Some people think that this time of year calls for only a few big meals. Not quite. If you’re a stickler for tradition, the actual number of Thanksgiving-level...

  • Free High Holy Day services 2013

    August 27, 2013 | 11:56 am

    TONIGHT: Kol Nidre LIVE webcast at 6:45 p.m. (PST)


     

    FREE HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES

    Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 4
    Rosh Hashanah first and second day: Sept. 5-Sept. 6
    Kol Nidre: Sept. 13
    Yom Kippur: Sept. 14

    SAN FERNANDO AND CONEJO VALLEYS

    ADAT ARI EL

    A Conservative...

  • What children can teach us at Rosh Hashanah

    August 27, 2013 | 9:50 am

    A deep spiritual life is hard to find. While opportunities abound for spiritual connections (yoga, meditation, retreats and the like), for most of us it doesn’t come easy. The noise, unfinished to-do lists and the distractions of everyday life interfere with quieting our minds,...

  • Holiday reading round-up for kids

    August 22, 2013 | 10:01 am

    The good news for Jewish children’s books this year is the occasion of the 20th anniversary of beloved picture book character Sammy Spider. There is even a colorful plush toy available on the publisher’s Web site (karben.com). Sammy’s creator, the prolific L.A.-based children’s...

  • Not so fast: The difference between ‘doing life’ and living

    August 20, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    We live in a world that values achievement, excellence, hard work and success. There’s nothing wrong with any of these things. In fact, I wish them on us all — on our synagogues and our schools, on ourselves and our children as well.

    But the problem is, the message many of our...

  • Days of Awesome High Holiday Experience

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 16, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Please join me for a friendly, joyous, participatory, and mindful celebration of the High Holidays with meaning, melody, and humor. It's more than just "services" but a way to connect. Get the most out of these powerful days of introspection and join a community of welcoming folks...

  • High Holy Days: What’s NEXT for Birthright

    By Ryan Torok

    August 14, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    High Holiday map screenshot. Courtesy of NEXT.

    On Aug. 5, the Birthright Israel alumni organization NEXT launched its 2013 High Holy Days initiative. It features an interactive, nationwide map of services and events — including learning opportunities, dinners and...

  • Marty Sklar: Disney legend, mensch

    By Roberto Loiederman

    August 14, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    In 2001, Martin (Marty) Sklar, now 79, was officially recognized as a “Disney Legend” — The Walt Disney Co.’s version of the Hall of Fame. In 2009, another exclusive distinction was bestowed on the low-key leader who had for decades guided Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), the group...

  • Refusal to play on Yom Kippur costs Israeli Davis Cup team

    August 12, 2013 | 10:44 am

    The Israel Tennis Association will have to pay more than $13,000 for refusing to play a Davis Cup match on Yom Kippur.

    The Israeli national tennis team had been scheduled to face Belgium in Antwerp on Sept. 14, which is Yom Kippur, in the international tournament.

    The Belgian...

  • On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

    July 10, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    On Yom Kippur, we ask “Who by fire?” Sadly, this year at Tisha b’Av, we already know the answer — the 19 firefighters who perished in Arizona.

    “This is as dark a day as I can remember,” Gov. Jan Brewer said in a statement.

    Unknowingly, the governor connected me to the mood of...

  • Leonard Cohen won’t perform on High Holidays

    July 2, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    If you were surprised by just how early the high holidays are this year, you’re in good company.

    Iconic Jewish singer Leonard Cohen has just rescheduled two dates on his UK tour after learning they fell out on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, BBC News reports.

    The 78-year-old is...

  • Cellist’s path to Judaism

    May 15, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    When cellist Lynn Harrell would play “Kol Nidre” at his synagogue on Yom Kippur, he felt more than the notes and the melody. It was through the music that he discovered he wanted to become a Jew.

    “It was a 45- to 50-year journey to come to the realization that all the people I...

  • Hank Greenberg in extra innings

    May 9, 2013 | 11:13 am

    "I think Hank Greenberg was the great American hero," Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner says. "What he did on Yom Kippur. What he faced. He was our Jackie Robinson."

    Thirteen years after the debut of "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," her documentary about the baseball...

  • Learning how to respond to sin

    April 8, 2013 | 10:10 am

    “For there is not a righteous man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Kohellet, 7:20)

    Everyone has their moments of failure, when they transgress. Not necessarily out of malice, but in response to temptation or opportunity or out of fear. Rarely do we see such...

  • LeBron’s Yom Kippur wedding

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    March 12, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    LeBron James sent out his save the dates for his wedding, the weekend of Sept. 13 -- exciting stuff for the Miami Heat superstar's friends. Except the Jewish ones, that is -- the date happens to be Yom Kippur.

    TMZ obtained a copy of the invitation and notes that James has plenty of Jewish friends, inlcuding “Rabbi to the Business Stars” Yishayahu Yosef Pinto.

    No word on whether James will push off his marriage to fiance Savannah Brinson to save the Jews. Maybe he's thinking he can save money on the food.

  • Purim: Beyond the playfulness, a time for examination

    February 15, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    The central character of Purim is Esther, whose name means hidden. The story is full of things hidden, and waiting for the right time to be revealed. Vashti refuses to expose her sexuality to the drunken men of the King’s court, and chooses instead to be hidden. Esther hides her...

  • Sari T.

    October 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Sari and I were scheduled to meet on Yom Kippur — that is, until I realized what day it was and sent her an e-mail to reschedule. She hadn’t realized, either. You should know this is the kind of Jew you’re getting when you get Sari. You should also know what kind of Jew writes...

  • Under the Tehran sky

    October 10, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Yom Kippur 2010. The part of the synagogue where I sit is full of women talking with one another, and small kids giggling and playing around. It is extremely hot, and the extra layers of manteau (long outerwear) and the scarf covering my hair add to the intolerable heat.

    I try to...

  • All-star Jewish baseball team

    October 3, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    During Yom Kippur, many Jews fret over whether Jewish Major Leaguers will play on the holiest of holidays. This has become a growing problem, because the number of Jews playing Major League Baseball (MLB) has been increasing. 

    This season, for example, 13 Jews — Brewer Ryan...

  • Letters to the Editor: Kol Nidre Live, Obama, Mitt

    October 3, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Kol Nidre Online Nourishes Spirit of Those Far Away

    I’m originally from Los Angeles but have been living in Tel Aviv for the past three years.


    My mom is an avid reader of the Jewish Journal and sent me the link to your online Kol Nidre service. Since I got back home really...

  • 700 out of 14 million: Why the fate of Malmö’s Jews matters

    September 28, 2012 | 1:20 pm

    I can’t say I was shocked by the phone call and emails from Scandinavia that I received one night after Yom Kippur, telling me that the Jewish Community Center in Malmö, Sweden, had been attacked with an explosive device and bricks through its reinforced entrance just after...

  • Politics, poverty and prosperity

    September 27, 2012 | 11:00 am

    “With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon eliminated; and those that survive commonly exhibit a vigorous state of health. We civilized men, on the other hand, do our utmost to check the process of elimination; we build asylums for the imbecile, the maimed and the sick; we...

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