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Hanukkah in the White House

By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

December 5, 2013 | 9:06 am

Today, on the 8th and final day of Hanukkah, I find myself in the most unlikely of places celebrating Hanukkah: 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., otherwise known as The White... read on

  • Sukkot: Life Beyond the Newest iPhone

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 17, 2013 | 9:43 pm

    Sukkot seems to present a paradox. In our prayers, Sukkot is referred to as Zman Simhatenu – the “Season of Our Joy.” One would think that joy includes all of the physical comforts in life. Yet one of the main commandments of Sukkot is to build and live in a modest, temporary... read on

  • Yom Kippur: Spiritual Dispatches From the Front Lines

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    September 12, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    “This is Kol Yisrael from Jerusalem, Reshet Aleph and Reshet Bet. Shalom and Gmar Hatimah Tovah. It’s 3 p.m. An official IDF [Israel Defense Forces] spokesman reports that at approximately 2 p.m. today, the Egyptian and Syrian armies launched attacks in the Sinai and in the Golan... read on

  • Rav Uziel: A Modern Sephardic Visionary

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    August 29, 2013 | 6:02 pm

    In loving and revered memory of a Gadol Ha-Dor, a great rabbinic sage, scholar, leader and teacher, the State of Israel’s first
    Sephardic Chief Rabbi, a giant in Torah, a pursuer of peace and unity,
    who loved every Jew with all of his heart,


    Rabbi Ben Zion Meir Hai Uziel,... read on

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  • 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

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