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Monday, July 13, 2020

AUTHOR NAME

Rabbi Ilana Grinblat

39 ARTICLES

Fireworks and Wildflowers

As the sound of fireworks kept me awake at 2 a.m., all I could think about was August 2021. My sister Mira told me earlier...

Another Place: The Place of Blessing and Love

In early June, at one of his nightly press briefings, Mayor Eric Garcetti introduced Capri Maddox who is the first executive director of the...

A Lifeline in the Waves

Is there no maximum allowable level of tsuris (troubles)? Last week, my daughter wore the dress we bought for her bat mitzvah party to my...

Finding Love in the Shadow of Death

“Can I wear my bat mitzvah party dress to Stanley’s funeral?” my daughter Hannah asked me. “Otherwise, I won’t get a chance to wear...

The Viral Spread of Hope

On Shabbat, Rabbi Jon Hanish led a Holocaust Remembrance Zoom service. He was reading the yahrzeit list of names when an intruder scrawled a...

The World’s Weirdest Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is usually one of our busiest days of the year. We normally have brunch with my mother-in-law and extended family at a...

The Trick: A Yom HaShoah Reflection

I woke up at 6:30 am (on a day when I could have slept in) and my mind started racing: What if I lose...

The Transitive Property

“We cried out to Adonai, the God of our ancestors, and Adonai heard our plea and saw our affliction, our misery and our oppression.” ...

My Day with the King

“I have one of these in my palace,” said the King, as we walked through the Skirball, pointing to an ancient artifact. This was...

Open Heart

Last week, having heard that Elie Wiesel passed away, I picked one of his books off my office bookshelf.  What better way to honor...

My Favorite Part

In my home, there’s one refrain I often hear. Whenever I turn off the television while my son is watching, he invariably says, “No,...

The Un-birthday Gift

     Each year, a few days before each of my children’s birthdays, a package arrives at the door from Louise, my former congregant. Inside...

The Real Miracle

One morning on the way to school, my son Jeremy asked me, “Are the stories of the Torah real?” Jeremy (who is nine years old)...

Me Too

     Last night, I gave my nine-year-old son, Jeremy a practice spelling test to prepare him for his spelling exam. “Me too,” said my...

The Angel’s Cry

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The Bedtime Question

“Why does Abbah (Dad) want to listen to Israeli radio so much?” My eight year old son Jeremy asked me as I was tucking...

The Chart

Who goes first? This question is central in my household nowadays, as my eight year old son and five year old daughter frequently argue...

The Piano

As dance class was about to begin, I struck up a conversation with my friend Dana, who was trying the class for the first...

The Gifts We Make

My son recently celebrated his eighth birthday, and I spent the few days prior to his party baking the birthday cake. On Friday, I...

Praying Feet

Last week, I went to a dance class which differed from any I had previously taken. The dance itself was similar to what I...

The Closure

On July 16th and 17th, a ten mile stretch of the 405 freeway will be closed for 53 hours. For the past month, the...

An Offering of Wholeness

Last week, my family and I went to Souplantation for dinner. While we were eating, a colleague, Rabbi Morley Feinstein, came over to our...

Bumps in the Road

Recently, my kids and I walked from our home to the park a few blocks away. My son Jeremy decided to roller-skate there, even...

What Do You Do?

Recently, I was invited to a dinner party at a friend’s home along with many guests. I sat down beside a woman I’d never...

The Kindness of Strangers

Recently, I lost my keys, as I walked to synagogue on a Saturday morning. I was pushing my daughter Hannah in her tricycle....

The Transitive Property

This week was tough. Someone in my life lost a job. Someone in my life was losing their home. A friend was physically assaulted...

Confronting Mortality

On Monday, I went to the funeral of a member of my former congregation. My husband was off from work for the holiday weekend,...

Mother’s Day Cards

Buying Mother’s Day cards was hard for me this year. It was the first time I wasn’t purchasing a Card for my mother –...

A Day at the Fair

This past Sunday, my family and I went to a carnival for Lag B’omer. The celebration took place in the middle of a major...

God’s Olympics

This week, I’ve been completely engrossed in the winter Olympics. My favorite sport is figure skating. I marvel at the grace, skill and artistry...

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