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  • Art, man and God

    1 day ago

    I wonder what our prayers sound like to God during these Days of Awe. As the earth spins on its axis and Jews across the globe gather together to worship, I imagine that God hears our longings as a symphony - each soul a note, singular, exceptional, and essential to the whole....
  • Today a Child Washed up Ashore.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 days ago

    Not a bird, nor fish, nor seaweed.

    Today a child washed up ashore.
    His sin?  Birth into a cruel world.
    Shunned by shameless shenanigans.
    Not even a basket to house this baby Moses.
    Landless- worse than homeless.

    I see him flying into the open arms of waves,
    Away from...

  • Fresh takes on classic entrees and dessert for the High Holy Days

    By Judy Zeidler

    2 days ago

    Celebrated close together, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are known as the High Holy Days, but each offers its own special food customs.   

    Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown Sept. 13, celebrates the Jewish New Year. It is a joyous occasion enlivened with a variety of delicious...

  • Israeli rabbinical group to host 55,000 secular Jews for holiday services

    5 days ago

    The Tzohar rabbinical organization will host more than 55,000 people at 295 locations throughout Israel for Yom Kippur services.

    In addition, the group for the first time will host the “Listening Together” shofar program for Rosh Hashanah in community centers and schools.

    ...
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  • Sanctuary@Pico Union looks to engage and enlighten

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    With the launch of the Sanctuary@Pico Union next month, Craig Taubman — the singer/songwriter who co-founded Sinai Temple’s influential “Friday Night Live” services — aims to bring Jewish congregational life to a venue that has not seen any in nearly a century. 

    The Pico Union...

  • The Reform movement’s new holiday prayer book is radically inclusive

    2 weeks ago

    When some Reform synagogue-goers open up their prayer books this High Holiday season, they will be greeted with snippets of poems by the likes of Walt Whitman and Pablo Neruda. Feminist and LGBTQ-friendly terms and phrases will be subtly incorporated into the prayers, and scattered...

  • Recipe: How to make harira

    By Rob Eshman

    March 12, 2015 | 4:23 pm

    When you learn to make traditional Moroccan harira from Meme Suissa, you're not learning to make harira from Meme Suissa. You're learning to make harira from her mother, from her grandmother, and so on. You're learning a recipe that goes back centuries.

    But of course Meme uses no...

  • Why Chanukah matters

    By Jared Sichel

    December 12, 2014 | 2:21 pm

    There’s a certain narrative about Chanukah that has become near conventional wisdom among American Jews, and it goes like this:

    Chanukah is a fun holiday that is big in America, thanks to its proximity to Christmas. But really, it’s a “minor” holiday that is more impactful...

  • Letters to the editor: Yom Kippur, Eid, Peace Now and Jews against evil

    October 22, 2014 | 3:54 pm

    Putting ‘Exist’ in ‘Coexistence’ 
     
    I found Simone Wilson’s article about the overlapping of Yom Kippur and the Muslim feast of Eid ul-Adha heart-warming and hopeful (“A Rare and Peaceful ‘Eid Kippur’ in Israel,” Oct. 10). It is remarkable that leaders from both sides met...
  • Back to school, sort of: Shalhevet students start their year under unorthodox conditions

    By Ryan Torok

    October 20, 2014 | 11:40 am

    Chaos has brought community to the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), where Shalhevet High School is operating for its 2014-2015 school year as construction proceeds on its actual campus.

    Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, a Shalhevet Judaic studies teacher, dryly remarked that sharing...

  • Max Webb, one second at a time

    By David Suissa

    October 14, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    It’s hard to imagine how, or why, a wealthy 97-year-old man would make the effort to go through hundreds of invoices for his building company and sign all the checks himself. It’s even harder to imagine him catching mistakes and telling his bookkeeper things like, “I think this one...

  • A Yom Kippur forum on anti-Semitism

    By Ryan Torok

    October 14, 2014 | 11:36 am

    Is the recent uptick in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe due, in part, to the distance in time from the Holocaust and a fading memory of the 6 million Jews who perished in it? 

    This was among the topics of a panel discussion titled “Anti-Semitism in Europe: Crisis or Challenge?”...

  • Living with birth and death in the balance

    October 7, 2014 | 1:48 pm

    This summer did not turn out like I imagined it would.  I know that life rarely does. 

    I imagined that my summer would be filled with preparations for the baby that my wife Rook and I are expecting in November.  And, it was.  We created a baby’s room in our home, took birth...

  • A rare and peaceful ‘Eid Kippur’ in Israel

    By Simone Wilson

    October 7, 2014 | 10:42 am

    This year, for the first time since 1981, the Jews’ biggest fast overlapped with one of Islam’s biggest feasts.

    The two holy days, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Eid ul-Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice, or Eid for short), have polar-opposite energy levels: Eid is about...

  • Yom Kippur in Nineveh or the teshuvah of Berlin

    October 7, 2014 | 10:14 am

    In Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, tourists gawk at Assyrian soldiers frozen in an alabaster relief, remnants from the ruins of Nineveh. The sins of Nineveh are overshadowed by the relief’s artistic merit. On Yom Kippur, in synagogues throughout Berlin and the world, we read about...

  • Should I talk to my enemies?

    By David Suissa

    October 7, 2014 | 10:03 am

    As I went through the long, exhausting prayers of Yom Kippur this year, reading a litany of sins, both personal and communal, and asking God for forgiveness, I occasionally reflected on the emotional reaction to my column last week about my debate with Israel bashers at a church in...

  • At Yom Kippur, dreaming of a white yontif

    October 3, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    These days, more people are wearing white after Labor Day, especially on Yom Kippur. Last year, to keep up with the trend, I looked to buy a white suit to wear during my yearly battle of spirituality vs somnambulism. I had heard that everyone else in my congregation was going to...

  • Facing a culture of violence

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 3, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    If you know me, you know I love watching and playing sports. I played soccer and tennis in high school, and blew out both of my knees playing daily basketball in my 20s and 30s.  Last week, I brought my Derek Jeter shirt to the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and I have many times...

  • G’Mar Hatima Tova – We are SEALED in the BOOK OF GOOD!

    By Beit T'shuvah

    October 3, 2014 | 10:28 am

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    Dear Community,

    It is with great Joy and Gratitude that I send this Yom Kippur Message. As I looked back at last year’s message, I can say that my goals of improving were reached. I improved myself and made less of the same errors and fewer new ones in...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: The Book of Jonah with Rabbi Meir Azari

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 3, 2014 | 1:53 am

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Meir Azari, Senior Rabbi and Executive Director of the Daniel Centers in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Rabbi Azari was appointed congregational Rabbi and Executive Director of Beit Daniel in 1991. He holds an M.A. degree in Jewish History from the Hebrew University...

  • Israel imposes Yom Kippur closure of West Bank

    October 2, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    The West Bank was closed by the Israeli military ahead of Yom Kippur.

    Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon ordered the closure, which begins at 11:59 p.m. Thursday and will remain in effect until the same time on Saturday.

    Palestinians needing humanitarian assistance will be able to...

  • My Yom Kippur Lesson

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 2, 2014 | 8:48 am

    Yom Kippur is our time to reflect, think and ask for forgiveness. Not because we have to, but because we want to. It is our time to look back at all the times we were so convinced we’re right that we let our fingers type or our mouth speak harsh words towards others. Sometimes, it...

  • Poem: Yom Kippur

    October 1, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    A tree beside the synagogue atones

    of all its leaves. Within the ram’s horn blows

    and sins come tumbling down to rest among

    old cigarettes and handkerchiefs. My sins

    are dried and brittle now as any leaves

    and barely keep me warm. I have atoned

    for them before, burned...

  • The danger of just talking

    October 1, 2014 | 11:35 am

    It’s out of my mouth before I know I’ve said it. Only right afterward do I recognize the feeling of giving in to the urge to say something I shouldn’t, something that is mean, judgmental or just not mine to tell. When I hear my husband or a friend repeating what I shouldn’t have...

  • Coming to terms with ‘need’ this Yom Kippur

    By Gina Nahai

    October 1, 2014 | 9:59 am

    It’s not that I’m greedy and want too much, there’s just a whole lot out there that I need, for myself and my family and even for the dog, Gus, that my kids brought home last year because they needed a dog, so they rescued him from the animal shelter in Van Nuys, for $650, and when...

  • Ghosts in the classroom: A Yom Kippur message

    October 1, 2014 | 9:16 am

    There are ghosts in our classrooms.  Listen closely, and you can hear the generational echoes reverberating. 

    The grandfather of a second grader struggling with math was a renowned professor at MIT. The child who dances at the Kotel on his eighth grade class trip remembers his...

  • Study: Fasting on Yom Kippur doubles risk of premature birth

    September 29, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Fasting on Yom Kippur in the later stages of pregnancy doubles a woman’s risk for premature delivery, according to a new Israeli study.

    Researchers at Soroka University Medical Center and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba reached the conclusion after studying the...

  • Giving Birth: The Cries of the Shofar.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    September 28, 2014 | 10:12 am

    The mother cries in labor, in pain, in joy, in anticipation.  Tekiah. 

    The newborn takes the first breath, crying, gasping, trembling.  Shevarim. 

    Their cries are intertwined. A cord is cut.  A dream unfolds.  Teruah. 

    All eyes with tears.  The potential for renewal.  The...

  • High Holy Days 5775: Jewish community shares life advice

    September 24, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    As we look inward over the course of the High Holy Days, we also seek wisdom that might guide us forward in our lives. The Journal sought life advice from thoughtful people in our community and elsewhere, including a few no longer with us, all of whose words are worth remembering.

    ...
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