September 19, 2018

Columnist

I lead a schizophrenic professional life. When I work on the weekly paper, I’m a different person than when I work on our website.
I've never liked the word "sin." I prefer the Hebrew translation “khet,” which more or less means a mistake.
We believe that God puts a piece of Himself inside you. That’s your soul.  
A few days ago, I met a local Jewish columnist (name omitted to protect the innocent) at a bat mitzvah party.
Too many of us these days are plagued with doubts about our self-worth. A rabbi I know who has counseled people for more than 35 years
When does a year begin? Dumb question? Not for Jews.
One of the toughest parts of this job is choosing what to put on the cover. For Rosh Hashanah, it’s that much tougher.
As our High Holy Days preparation continues and Rosh Hashanah draws near, our prayers become more urgent, because ready or not,
“Perched up on a hill in the Old City of Jerusalem, along the fragile border between the Jewish and Muslim Quarters, is our home,”
A “pledge” against Israel’s new nation-state law was recently published by eight organizations
ADL chief Jonathan Greenblatt on the various threats to Jews today, why humor helps, and how his #Resistance is hatred of all kinds.
May we form a unified community, doing God’s will with a perfect heart.
I’ve never met Rabbi Sharon Brous. The spiritual leader of Los Angeles’ IKAR community thinks she knows me, though.
A man with a dark complexion, sporting what is known locally as a “Herzl” beard — named in honor of the Zionist
Here are the final thoughts from the late Sen. John McCain
Less than a year ago I decided it was high time for me to visit Hebron. After all, Hebron is the world's oldest Jewish city,
When I thInk of religion, I think of a painting my brother drew when he was 8 years old. It’s a picture of my childhood church,
I am delighted to announce the forthcoming arrival of my first daughter: Siri Alexa Freed.
The cosmic principle of the High Holy Days season is teshuvah, which, is often translated as “repentance” and sounds severe and judgmental.
“To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric,” stated German philosopher Theodor Adorno. Jews did, of course, create all types of art...
If you want to better understand why peace between Israel and the Palestinians is a hopeless illusion, read Raja Shehadeh’s response...
If you’re like a lot of American Jews, you’ve gotten pretty worked up lately about the Nation- State Law, the questioning of Peter...
We live in an era of “social justice.” By “social justice,” people typically mean a panoply of left-leaning policy priorities.
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