Pandemic Sukkot: The Shelter of the Table

The coronavirus, which has turned so many buildings into danger zones, has only reinforced the Sukkot message of the vulnerability and impermanence of physical structures.

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Rabbis of LA | Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson: A Parent With a Special, Liberated Heart

Rabbi Brad Artson was in his mid-30s when he and his wife, Ilana, began to notice some behavioral anomalies in one of their twin children. 

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.

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. 

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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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Coronavirus Grumbling, the Sukkah, and the Wisdom of Hindsight

It has been a year and a half of discontent.

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.

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...

College Dems Jewish Caucus Call on VP Candidate to Resign, Accuse Her of Being “Prejudiced Against Jews”

The College Democrats of America (CDA) Jewish Caucus called on a CDA official who is running to be vice president of the organization to step out of the race, alleging that her Twitter history shows her being “prejudiced against Jews.”

DC Rally to Support Those Who Stormed Capitol Has Jewish Officials on High Alert

The “Justice for J6” rally, which is being organized by former Donald Trump campaign staffer Matt Braynard, plans to gather in front of the U.S. Capitol and demand an end to what it calls “the tyrannical and inhumane treatment of the January 6 political prisoners.”


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.

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. 

Finding Spiritual Healing During Days of Awe

There is a reason many people gained weight during COVID — they were feeding their anxiety, eating and drinking to numb the pain. Depression...

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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AOC Proposes Amendment Blocking U.S. Weapon Sale to Israel

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) proposed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on September 17 that would block a Unites States weapon sale aid from going to Israel.

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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.'”

My Moroccan Sukkot

My father, of blessed memory, was born and raised in the Mellah of Marrakesh. All of the Moroccan traditions I practice on Sukkot are customs I learned and inherited from him.

What Educators Can Learn from Gen Z

In the middle of a meeting with my colleague, the talented Adam Teitelbaum, he paused and looked at me on Zoom, and said, “I just miss being a kid.” 

The Abraham Accords Are Spurring More Normalization, But Not Where You’re Looking

This week has been one to celebrate Israel’s regional relationships.

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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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Brett Goldstein Feels Strong Connection With Emmy-Nominated Role on “Ted Lasso”

Actor Brett Goldstein knows what it takes to reach for his dreams.

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.

New Netflix Film Focuses on Lawyer Ken Feinberg’s 9/11 Mission

Eleven days after September 11, 2001, Congress passed a law to disburse billions of dollars in compensation to the families of victims.

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