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The 355 Days of Awe

Instead of simply seeking forgiveness for past sins, shouldn’t I be more focused on how to avoid these sins in the future?

Tisha B'Av

Rabbis of LA | Rabbi Lori Shapiro: Almost an Actress

Her journey from theater to Judaism is as much an adventure story as any other, catapulting her from the Five Towns of Long Island to the Ba’al Teshuva Haredi community in Sfat where she said her “neshama was born.” 

Two Men Charged With Hate Crime in Sushi Fumi Attack

Two men have been charged with a hate crime in connection to the antisemitic assault that took place outside of the Sushi Fumi restaurant in May.

On Living and Dead Jews

Jewish authors have often tended away from providing fully-realized endings or redemptive storylines, opting instead to paint the world as it truly is: nuanced and complex.

A Valued Customer

When I was growing up, every business answered their phone. Not so anymore.

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It was a tale of two speeches: One Jewish actor delighted with his acceptance speech, while a Jewish director earned the scorn of the internet with his.
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Love and Adventure in “Riding The Edge”

This is a story of love and adventure to touch your soul.

What Did We Learn From Six Fugitives?

Three weeks ago, six Palestinian prisoners fled from an Israeli prison in a daring escape through a tunnel.

House Democrats Remove Iron Dome Money in Government Funding Bill

House Democrats have stripped a provision of the government funding bill that would have provided $1 billion toward Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.

Half of AEPi, AEPhi Students Hide Their Jewish Identity on College Campuses, Poll Says

A new poll released by Louis Brandeis Center on September 20 found that half of students in the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Phi (AEPhi) sorority hide their Jewish identities on college campuses.

NYT Criticized for Romanticizing Iranian Nuclear Scientist

The New York Times is being criticized for allegedly romanticizing a top nuclear scientist for the Iranian government who was killed in November 2020.

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This Yom Kippur, Let’s Add a “Good” List

In the High Holiday spirit of self-reflection, why not add a question this year to our traditional litany of self-criticism: What have we done right?

Satirical Semite: Shoot Me Up, Scotty

The Delta variant is out of control and has 300 times the viral load of the original coronavirus strain.

Biden Must Be Held Accountable for His Errors

Is it possible to criticize Joe Biden without being a pro-Trumper? If not yet, will it ever be?

Memorializing Our Grief

September 11 fell on Shabbat this year. That timing gave us the benefit not only for rest but for reflection, for the opportunity to avoid the distractions of the work week and to think back and remember what that tragic and seminal day meant to us -- and what it did to us. 

Where Was I on September 11?

Some Americans who watched the horrific events of 9/11 on television felt anger. Others felt grief. My family and I felt both, but as refugees who escaped post-revolutionary Iran, we worried that the enemies we had left behind had come back for us.

Unscrolled: From Prophet to Poet

In Parashat Haazinu, we see that Moses’ work is not yet finished.

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John Legend Says Israel Needs to Be Held to a “Higher Standard”: “What They’re Doing to the Palestinian People Is Not Fair”

Singer John Legend called for Israel to be held to a “higher standard” in a September 20 appearance on MSNBC, arguing that Israel’s treatment...

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San Diego Local AFT Demonizes and Delegitimizes Only Israel But Claims It’s Not Antisemitic

Suspend disbelief for a moment and imagine a teachers’ union in California voting on and publishing a statement or resolution that exclusively laid blame for the ongoing conflict in Nigeria, which has killed millions of people since 1960, on only the Muslims in Nigeria. 

Coronavirus Grumbling, the Sukkah, and the Wisdom of Hindsight

It has been a year and a half of discontent.

The UN Durban Antiracist Process: Projecting Racism Onto Israel

The third review of the World Conference against Racism convenes this September in New York. The 2001 Durban conference should have been focused on...

From Suez to Afghanistan: A Sukkot Message

After watching the recent Afghanistan debacle unfold, I could not help but be reminded of the Suez Crisis of 1956.

The Season of Our Joy

Perhaps the ancient Israelites were onto something when they designated Sukkot as the 'festival of our joy.'”

JJ Podcast Network

Curious Times Episode 42: The Changing World of Senior Care

A conversation with Dale Surowitz, CEO and President of the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Stitcher Follow David Suissa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Mindy and Mandy Moved Us While Oscars Snoozed Us

After briefly breaking down the Oscars, the Bagels compare it to the Jewish community after COVID (of course) and wonder if the trailers for "In The...

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...

The Orthodox PM and Shabbat

For 2000 years and then some seventy more, the Jewish People did not have to worry about a Prime Minister who wants to observe the Shabbat according to halachic rules. That is, until Naftali Bennett became our PM. 

Treating Arab Israelis

The change in dynamics of the political relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel is “the most fascinating aspect” of Israel’s politics today.

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Stuffed Artichokes for Sukkot — The Sephardic Spice Girls Way

My son Ariel called me from Jerusalem this week. He told me that he and his wife Rachel had booked a Sukkot meal at the Sephardic House Hotel.

Review of New Legal Thriller: “The Quiet Boy”

The quiet teenage boy of the title, Wesley Keener, not only does not speak, but he also does not make eye contact, eat, excrete, rest or grow.

DIY Jonah and the Whale Photo Frame Refrigerator Magnet

The story of Jonah and the whale, which is customarily shared on Yom Kippur, makes us think of our own spiritual voyage and the need for repentance.

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