Jewish Journal

  • Sephardic Blessings

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 22, 2013 | 4:49 pm

    My first memorable experience with Parashat Ki Tavo came when I was a child. My father and I were invited to a Bar Mitzvah in an Ashkenazi synagogue, and the parasha was Ki Tavo. The Bar Mitzvah family was kind enough to honor my father with an aliyah to the Torah, so it was a real... read on

  • Israel’s New Sephardic Chief Rabbi: Hillel or Shammai?

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 2, 2013 | 12:08 am

    Upon his election as Israel’s new Sephardic Chief Rabbi/Rishon L’Zion, Rav Yitzhak Yosef said:

    “I will not sway to the left or right from the path of the Torah, rather I will do everything in the spirit of Beit Hillel.”

    His father, former Sephardic Chief Rabbi/Rishon L’Zion Rav... read on

  • Tisha B’Av: The Hottest Ticket in Israel

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 11, 2013 | 4:11 pm

    Why do we continue to fast and mourn on Tisha B’Av?

    Maimonides teaches:

    There are days when the entire Jewish people fast because of the calamities that occurred to them then, in order to arouse their hearts and initiate them in the paths of repentance (teshuva). This will... read on

  • July 4, 1976: A Historic Day of Independence

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    July 4, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    It’s the one “Fourth of July” I will never forget. July 4, 1976. It was 37 years ago, and the United States was celebrating it’s bicentennial. Like all good Los Angelenos, we were in Palm Springs for the long weekend. But while the bicentennial festivities dominated the scene,... read on

  • Women of the Word

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 27, 2013 | 8:17 am

    On a recent trip to New York, I spent Shabbat morning at The Jewish Center in Manhattan, a vibrant Modern Orthodox community. As services came to a close, the 500 congregants did not make the typical mad rush for the door. Instead, everyone remained seated, anxiously waiting to... read on

  • An Old-New Way of Looking at Judaism

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    June 17, 2013 | 4:48 pm

    After many years as a contributor to the Jewish Journal, I am pleased to join the Journal’s family of bloggers.

    The Jewish world is multi-faceted, complex and diverse. Our tradition celebrates the inclusion of multiple voices. Some call us “The People of the Book.” I prefer to... read on

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Rabbi Daniel Bouskila is the Director of the Sephardic Educational Center (SEC), an international educational and cultural organization with its own historic campus in the Old...

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