Monday, November 30, 2020

The Invisible Student: A Tale of Homelessness at UCLA and USC

Each of the 68,000 homeless students in the nation has their own story of resilience.

Tisha B'Av

The Forgotten Miracle: Nov. 29, 1947

Last month saw the anniversary of one of the most significant events in Jewish history, perhaps the most significant since the Exodus from Egypt -- Nov. 29, 1947 -- the day the U.N. General Assembly voted 33-13 to partition Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state

Obama’s Revisionist ‘Promised Land’

His memoir, A Promised Land, is filled with historical inaccuracies that I feel the need to address.

How Yeshiva Prepared Me To Excel in Secular Education

As a former yeshiva student, it’s challenging balancing higher education, a high-tech career and a significant emphasis on Torah study.

Past Tensions Between Biden, Erdoğan Cast Shadow Over Ankara-Washington Relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is bracing for a stormy four years.

Pandemic Times

We must give up either Divine power or Divine goodness.

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Will the Pandemic Trigger the Next Jewish Revolution?

As we experience an unprecedented global pandemic, more Jews than at any other time in history are being exposed to Jewish platforms of culture,...

Donations of Appreciated Stock Unlock Charitable Currency, Bring Fulfillment

A few years ago, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (The Foundation) ran an advertisement with an attention-grabbing headline: To open a charitable...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parsha Vayetze with Tzvia Rubens

Tzvia Rubens, of Hebrew Union in Ohio, is our guest this week, and we discuss Parshat Vayetze which begins when Jacob leaves Canaan and journeys to Charan. On...


Thankful for a Chair and a Table

If we can’t celebrate the holiday the way we're used to, we can double down on celebrating its message of gratitude.

Georgia On My Mind

Why has Biden not gone again to Georgia?

What American Schools Should Teach About Race, Racism and Slavery

In light of the conversations about race sparked by the 2020 killing of George Floyd, many American schools are revising their approach and curriculum...

You’re Not a Bad Jewish Mom If Your Kid Wants Santa...

You’re not a bad Jewish mom if your kid wants Santa Claus to come to your house. You haven’t failed to share your love...

This Thanksgiving, I’m Grateful to Councilmember David E. Ryu

I dedicate this column to thanking Councilmember David Ryu of Los Angeles’s fourth district.


Court Ruling Means Young Jerusalem Arabs Face Easier Route to Israeli Citizenship

A previously unpublished regulatory clause, outlining relaxed requirements for young adult legal permanent residents applying to become Israeli citizens, has become public by order of the Jerusalem District Court.

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A Time to Redefine Thanksgiving and A Time to Reclaim It

A year ago, we were in a dilemma about what to do with too much and too many. This year, our dilemma is what to do, period.

Satirical Semite: Learning to Be English

After 10 years of living in Los Angeles, I must now relearn how to be English.

Thanksgiving: Two Stories, Retold

For our Thanksgiving to do its redemptive work, we must tell the stories that are truly worthy of real gratitude: stories in which we can all see ourselves and hear our voices in all their divergences and disparities, stories too nuanced and complex to be told only once.

How We Can Be Happy This Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year: to make the obligatory Facebook posts, Instagram stories, tweets and toasts (albeit, virtual this year) about what we’re grateful...

Education-Legal Partnerships Are Needed to Fight Student Poverty

Attending school during a pandemic is difficult. Attending school without a stable home is unfathomable. Unfortunately, that’s a reality for more than a quarter...

JJ Podcast Network

Pandemic Times Episode 107: Some deep reflections before Thanksgiving

New David Suissa Podcast Every Tuesday and Friday. A conversation with Danielle Ames Spivak, CEO of American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic. How do we manage...

A Very Bagel Thanksgiving

Leading up to Thanksgiving, the Bagels are identifying what they're most grateful for: John Mulaney, the Jewish-adjacent comedian who recently played a Hillel event;...

Rabbi Reuven Wolf: Who Is The Jewish Messiah and When Is He Coming?

Rabbi Reuven Wolf of Maayon Yisroel Chassidic Center, takes us deep into Jewish mysticism as Sal and his rabbi explore some tough questions: Why...

David L. Graizbord: The New Zionists

Shmuel Rosner and David L. Graizbord discuss his new book, The New Zionists: Young American Jews, Jewish National Identity, and Israel. David Graizbord is an...

The Conservative meets the Democrat: Larry Greenfield and Hailey Soifer

 Larry Greenfield is a Fellow at The Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship & Political Philosophy and a frequent columnist with The Jewish...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Toldot with Devorah Tucker-Fick

Devorah Tucker-Fick is a Cantorial student at ALEPH. Our parsha is Toldot. In this parsha, two twins, Esau and Jacob, have complicated relations. Esau is...

JJ Bloggers

Interpreting Life’s Artistry Without Originality

Of life’s artistry interpreters, we find originality a commodity that’s very rare. Artfully we all try to fine-tune without finality great melodies already in the air. Sting (Gordon...

From Darkness to Wisdom — Thoughts on Torah Portion Vayeitzei 2020

I can imagine Jacob justifiably bemoaning his fate as he trudges toward Paddam Aram. Jacob was the one, the Bible tells us, who was...

The Lucas Project: How You Can Help Boys with ALD

Lucas' Story When Lucas was 3 months old we were notified that he tested...

Love Like Jacob – a poem for Torah portion Vateze

So Jacob worked for Rachel seven years, but they appeared to him like a few days because of his love for her.          ...

How Jewish Vegetarians Celebrate Thanksgiving

This is why on Thanksgiving non-vegetarians have a custom to eat turkey. It’s because the tasty bird was thought to come from India, whose Hebraic name is hodu,...

Home Shalom Monday Message #32

Home Shalom promotes healthy relationships and facilitates the creation of judgement free, safe spaces in the Jewish community. Home Shalom is a program of...

The Book Truck READ-A-THON December 6, 2020



Breathing New Life Into A Thanksgiving Pumpkin Tradition

Why stick with the ordinary pumpkin when you can accessorize into a whole line of winter squashes with far more panache?

MOTs Score Grammy Nominations

This year’s nominees include several Members of the Tribe, including Jerry Seinfeld, Tiffany Haddish, Rachel Maddow and Spike Jonze, in categories that reflect their particular talents.

Talking with Maya Batash About “Talking With God”

Maya Batash was grappling with personal issues when she first ventured to Uman, the renowned burial place of the 18th century mystic and kabbalist,...

An Unconventional Holiday Season

Last Passover, my mom, my sister and I sat at our kitchen table and ate thick slices of New York pizza. “We are bad Jews,”...

L.A. Stories

Legacy Charitable Foundation Distributes 162 Food Boxes for Thanksgiving

The annual Thanksgiving Turkey Brigade looked a little different this year.

Power of Youth LA Kicks Off Hanukkah with Maccabee Drive Thru Experience

Rabbi JJ and Frumie Duchman, founders of the non-profit the Power of Youth LA (POY), know that Hanukkah tends to be an afterthought during...

Remembering Dr. Sharon Gillerman

We mourn the untimely death, on Nov 20th, of our beloved friend, teacher and colleague, Dr. Sharon Gillerman, scholar of modern European Jewish history...


A Dutch Jew Investigates Nazi-Stolen Art in ‘The Last Vermeer’

Like the fact-based historical dramas “Woman in Gold” and “The Monuments Men,” about priceless art treasures stolen by the Nazis, “The Last Vermeer” has...

French Jazz Group Works with Businesses to Perform Live During Pandemic

Los Angeles based French jazz group Paris Chansons used to perform live around the world. Then the pandemic hit. Despite the global restrictions, the...

A Mystery Unfolds as the Syrian Civil War Rages in ‘No Man’s Land’

After the Arab Spring, when anti-regime protests erupted and ISIS gained a foothold in Northern Syria amid the chaos, a full-scale civil war consumed...

Table For Five

Table for Five: Vayeitzei

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And an angel of God said to me in a dream, 'Jacob!' And I...

Table for Five: Toldot

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And the Lord said to her, "Two nations are in your womb, and two...

Table for Five: Chayei Sarah

Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist And they summoned Rebecca, and they said to her, "Will you go with this man?" And she said,...

A Bisl Torah

What Do We Need?

My mom and I began to discuss Thanksgiving, a favorite holiday among the Guzik family. Usually, the dining room is bursting with relatives, new...

Shameful Acts

As I have watched the election unfold, I have done exactly what I vowed not to do: scroll through Facebook and Instagram. And while...

Those Shtiebel Moments

A dear congregant gifted me a beautiful memoir about her father growing up in Poland during the Shoah. Prior to the onset of the...


Poem: Vayetzei

I It’s getting so all my poems about the Torah read like a JDate ad campaign run by old Uncle Laban Jacob, two wives and their handmaidens later and suddenly a baker’s dozen...

Poem: Toldot

Jacob and Esau fighting in the womb like kittens one escapes, the other hanging on by a foot. Our first family ladies and gentleman. One grows hair while their father grows blind. One...

Poem: Chayei Sarah

I What is it with this this mortal impermanence? You live and do things and the end is inevitable. Like a story called life which begins with...

A Prayer for Our Country After the Election

Our nation has chosen a new leader To guide us forward in this challenging time. Help us, God, to unite our great country In the wake of...

Poem: Vayera

I A child is born. They name him laughter. Another child is sent away as if blood doesn’t exist. The original seeds of a divided Jerusalem are sown right here. Hardly anyone...

Jews In The World

The Jewish Scientists Who Found the Keys to Our Body’s Defenses

Jewish scientists were monumental in understanding the body.

Meet the Jewish Parents of Superman and Wonder Woman

Jewish scientists were monumental in understanding the universe.

Sephardic Spice Girls

Giving Thanks for the Yummiest Holiday Ever

Little 7 year old me arrived in Los Angeles from Casablanca one week before Halloween. My uncle took me to get a costume and...

Glorious Gobbling: Whiskey and Oranges Make for a Juicy Bird

My best friend’s wedding was a joyous celebration. Friends and family were thrilled that two such amazing people had found each other. The bride...

The Not So Humble Chicken Soup

Every culture has a great recipe for chicken soup, but nothing beats a really fluffy matzo ball floating in a rich golden chicken broth....

Comforts of Home

Make Vintage Botanical Cards with Old Dictionary Pages

At least once a month, I realize it’s someone’s birthday and that I have totally forgotten about it. Instead of rushing to the store...

Decorate Your Sukkah With Paper Bag Stars

These bold, beautiful Sukkot decorations made out of paper lunch bags measure 20 inches across, so they make quite an impact.

Break the Fast with Jonah and the Whale Placemats

After reading the story of Jonah on Yom Kippur, what better way to break the fast than with a meal featuring these Jonah and the Whale placemats? 

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