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Pandemic Times

UK Prime Minister Moved to ICU As Coronavirus Symptoms Worsen

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) on April 6 after being hospitalized the previous day for...

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Ultra-Orthodox Jews Are Not The Enemy

While there is room for criticism of how Haredi leaders have handled the coronavirus epidemic, the discourse reeks of prejudice.

As Loneliness Grows, What We Can Learn from Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust survivors know what it's like to feel helpless and alone. Here is their advice for surviving COVID-19.


Confronting Coronavirus: A Struggle Between Life and Death

Jewish religion teaches that life is the most precious element in existence. Life itself is grounded in God,  the source of life, who sustains...

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Passover
Passover

So much of the commentary around Passover this year has to do with helping us cope with the coronavirus pandemic. How do we make sense of a real, modern-day plague...

Top Stories

State Department Designates Russian White Supremacist Group as Terror Organization

On April 6, the State Department designated as a terror organization the white supremacist group Russian Imperial Movement (RIM). Three of the group’s leaders were...

UK Prime Minister Moved to ICU As Coronavirus Symptoms Worsen

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) on April 6 after being hospitalized the previous day for...

State Department Designates Russian White Supremacist Group as Terror Organization

On April 6, the State Department designated as a terror organization the white supremacist group Russian Imperial Movement (RIM). Three of the group’s leaders were...

UK Prime Minister Moved to ICU As Coronavirus Symptoms Worsen

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to the intensive care unit (ICU) on April 6 after being hospitalized the previous day for...
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David Suissa

How Do We Get Rid of Chametz in Pandemic Times?

So much of the commentary around Passover this year has to do with helping us cope with the coronavirus pandemic. How do we make sense...
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Tabby Refael

This Passover Door Opens for Elijah, Not Relatives


Having your children around your seder table is meaningless if no one will be allowed around your deathbed, not even to recite a prayer.
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Shmuel Rosner

Is Coronavirus Really “Dismantling the Ultra-Orthodox Model?” Questions and Comments

This is a crisis in Charedi society — a crisis that is shaking the foundations of the entire Charedi society.
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Asra Q. Nomani

President Trump Should Not Depend on ‘Guidelines’ to Save America, But Lock It Down

In the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, a boisterous boy named Elliott darted away from his parents as they pushed their two younger sons...
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Mark Schiff

Dating During Coronavirus, Everyone is Like An Orthodox Jew

Orthodox Jewish dating isn’t like secular dating. In the Orthodox tradition, there isn’t supposed to be any contact — no kissing, no hugging, no holding...

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Pandemic Times Episode 16: Food author Paula Shoyer on cooking during a pandemic

New David Suissa Podcast Every Morning at 11am. Celebrated food author Paula Shoyer discusses how the pandemic is influencing how we view food, and shares her...

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Helping you make sense of a changing world

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Are Not The Enemy

While there is room for criticism of how Haredi leaders have handled the coronavirus epidemic, the discourse reeks of prejudice.

As Loneliness Grows, What We Can Learn from Holocaust Survivors

Holocaust survivors know what it's like to feel helpless and alone. Here is their advice for surviving COVID-19.

The Guardian: Trump Is a Nazi and Jews Are His Enablers

To compare Trump — the father of a Jewish daughter and grandfather to three Jewish grandchildren — to Lindbergh/Hitler is an affront to the memory of 1.5 million Jewish children murdered by the Nazis.


Confronting Coronavirus: A Struggle Between Life and Death

Jewish religion teaches that life is the most precious element in existence. Life itself is grounded in God,  the source of life, who sustains...
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JJ Podcast Network

Pandemic Times Episode 15: Rabbi Lori Shapiro on finding light in darkness

New David Suissa Podcast Every Morning at 11am. Founder of Open Temple in Venice Beach, Rabbi Lori Shapiro shares words of wisdom on navigating this...

Socially Distant Bagels Seeking Roses Amid Thorns

Zooming from different parts of Los Angeles, Erin and Esther look to pop culture for strength. After remembering songwriter Adam Schlesinger ("Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", "That...

Rabbi Tzvi Freeman: What is Chassidus?

Rabbi Freeman, a self-described “un-Orthodox rabbi,” shares unexpectedChassidic teachings that help us come closer to God, each other and our own true selves. Rabbi Freeman,...

Menachem Lazar: A pollster’s view on the upcoming Israeli elections

Shmuel Rosner and Menachem Lazar discuss voter turnout, interesting trends and what to pay attention to as we approach the Israeli elections. Menachem Lazar is...

Two Nice Jewish Boys: Episode 154 – Evading Indictments and Taking Down Governments

Aesop, the great Greek storyteller, once said “We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.” Israel, just like any country...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Vayakhel-Pekudei with Rabbi Analia Bortz

Analia Bortz is a medical doctor with postdoctoral studies in Bioethics. She became the first female Latin American rabbi when she was ordained in...

JJ Bloggers

We Must Maintaining Our Humanity – Not Wealth – During COVID-19

Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose...

Bracing for the Week of Death

I tell you this to break your heart; by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world. – From...

Catalyst Campaigns’ Scott Goodstein on Yebiga, Working with Faith No More’s Bill Gould and Future Projects

Scott Goodstein is probably best known for his work with unique political campaigns that blend art, music, and culture. Having co-founded Punkvoter.com, Rock Against...

Israeli Babysitter Maven Comes to Corona Rescue [VIDEO]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RErKhGx8y08&feature=emb_title I know it sounds cliché already, but it’s true that some good things are coming out of the Corona crisis. For one, I’ve gotten...

In The Sea of Uncertainty

This Pesach, we tremble at the preciousness of life so we don't want to cause harm. This quaking in our bodies is an outgrowth of love. The Israelites felt...

ShemeshFarms: A Story About Resilience

This article was written by Michelle Cait https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLBTBgkFtcw&t=57s   In times of adversity and the unknown we look for inspiration all around us in hope of harnessing...

Life Social Distancing in Les Baux

Well, it’s a fine day here in Les Baux and yeah, yeah, yeah, ok enough of the Garrison Keiler talk because something huge has...

Culture
Culture

Rabbi Donin’s Trilogy Speaks Volumes About Jewish Life

Donin himself conceived of his work as “a practical handbook on how to live a Jewish life,” but he also acknowledges that the overarching goal of the three books in the series is “to answer the constant query, ‘Why?’

Gloves, Masks, Curbsides: Passover Shopping During a Pandemic

Passover shopping is hectic enough in normal times.

Jews Are Celebrating Passover – Hospitalized with COVID-19, Or Not

Even with abnormal hospital restrictions, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is ensuring Jews can still have a seder.

L.A. Stories

Meet The Orthodox Jewish Mom Who Became LA’s Go-To Jewish Artist

Los Angeles artist Aliza Marton was raised in an artistic family. But after she got married, she focused on raising her own family and...

This Pandemic is the Time to Preserve Your Family’s Stories

Everyone has a story. It is not only those who have experienced terrible suffering or accomplished something extraordinary. Wouldn’t we all love to have...

Los Angeles Sisters Start Pandemic Grocery Assistance Program

With the coronavirus pandemic leaving elderly people stranded at home without an easy way to access groceries, stepsisters Kayla Newman, 19, and Leeat Hatzav,...

Hollywood

’60 Minutes’ Segment Spotlights Artificial Intelligence Keeping Holocaust Survivors Alive

Thanks to artificial technology, it’s now possible to have a conversation with Holocaust survivors who are no longer living, as Lesley Stahl reports in...

Amid Coronavirus, Live Theater Goes Online

The coronavirus has forced the closure and postponement of live entertainment productions, but the show goes on, online and in other digital formats. The...

Adam Sandler Salutes Doctors and Nurses in ‘Quarantine Song’

“Doctors and nurses will save us from this mess if we get them the supplies that they need. And I hope they save us soon ‘cause I’m really, really sick of my family.”

Table For Five

Table for Five: Passover

One verse, five voices.

Weekly Parsha: Vayikra

One verse five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist When you present an offering of meal baked in the oven, choice flour: unleavened...

Weekly Parsha: Vayakhel-Pekudei

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, Accidental Talmudist On six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a...

Weekly Parsha: Ki Tisa

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, Accidental Talmudist The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than half a...

Weekly Parsha: Tetzaveh

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, Accidental Talmudist Inside the breast-piece of decision you shall place the Urim and Tumim, so that they are...

Poetry
Poetry

In The Sea of Uncertainty

This Pesach, we tremble at the preciousness of life so we don't want to cause harm. This quaking in our bodies is an outgrowth of love. The Israelites felt supported in the midst of the...

The Oy of Cooking – a poem for Torah Portion Tzav

And this is the law of the guilt offering. It is a holy of holies. Guilt is holy. Such a part of the Jewish DNA our Book has...

A Poem for Shabbat COVID-19

I come here tonight, weary, bereft, filled with fear From a week of terrifying unknowns ever so near, A hidden yet overwhelming enemy abides Throughout this nation...

Family Business – a poem for Torah Portion Vayikra

And the kohen shall bring near to the altar, and nip off its head My mother’s maiden name was Cohen so even though the job of...

Sephardic Spice Girls

A Whole New Charoset Ball Game

In the Song of Songs, an allegory of the love between God and Israel, King Solomon extols the fruit of the land — apples,...

The Cauliflower Cult

Cauliflower is having a moment. The cruciferous darling of the culinary scene is starring on restaurant menus all over the world — and Israeli chefs...

Yemenite Soup: How to Make a Great Comfort Food

Many years ago, there was an authentic Yemenite restaurant on Pico Boulevard. At the Magic Carpet, you could order the crispiest malawach, the freshest salads...
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Comforts of Home

7 No-Cost Decorating Tricks For Your Quarantined Home

Now that we’re all spending so much time inside during shelter in place orders, we might as well spruce up our homes a little...

Spread Kindness With a Toilet Paper Bouquet

This week, I wanted to check on an elderly neighbor to see if she needed anything, so I left her this bouquet with a...

Quarantine Crafts: A “Let’s Stay Home” Sign Made With Old Magazines

I’ve always been a homebody, so even before it was required for us to shelter in place during the pandemic, “Let’s Stay Home” was...

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