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Friday, May 29, 2020

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Feeling Our Way with Cantor Emma Lutz

Shabbat Shalom. As we have all been #SafeAtHome during COVID-19, the clergy of Stephen Wise Temple have been sharing a daily dose...

Risk and Responsibility: How Parents Can Teach Kids to be Safe Online

Parents today have it rough. They're busier than ever, with almost half of American families boasting two parents that work full-time. The days when...

Things You Need to Know When You’re Taking Care of Your Elders

Taking care of an elderly family member is, without a doubt, an immense responsibility which shouldn’t be taken lightly. It takes time, a lot...

Surviving Nine Months With a Smile on Your Face

Lots of babies are conceived during the holidays. Hopefully, you'll get lucky if you're trying to start a family. It will be a very...

Judaism and Drug Rehab: A Look at the Recovery Process

Addiction affects everyone, regardless of religion or race. However, those in the Jewish faith often feel a certain stigmatism in admitting they have an...

Family Glue: Fun Ideas to Create Meaningful Moments during High Holy Days

The holidays are coming around again, meaning your family is probably filled with the holiday spirit. This is a great time to capture meaningful...

Jewish Holidays: Tools That Will Make the Holidays a Little Easier

The holidays are approaching. This can mean different things for families, such as spending time with each other, shopping, or observing Jewish traditions. Still, no...

The Middle Class at Risk: 4 Challenges Facing Middle Class Families

Back in the days, middle-class families did not have to struggle financially as the economic situation enabled comfortable lives even in cases there was...

A Legal Divorce and a Jewish Divorce Are Entirely Different Things

When a marriage breaks down, we face the challenge of what to do about it. Options like a trial separation rarely work in real...

More Children Need Homework Help Than Ever Before

There are so many reasons why children may need homework help. Sometimes a child simply does not understand the assignment or the lessons. In...

A Ritual to Remember

On Wednesday night, I watched CNN's Jake Tapper interview Sheryl Sandberg about her new book "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy." Ms....

Sharing important memories, recipes

My mother-in-law, Sarah, survived Auschwitz, but at age 76, cancer of the pancreas did her in. Being a physician, I was involved, along with...

Double Exposure

This time it felt like the lowering of the coffin was taking place in a slow-motion film. When it finally bottomed, the descent seemed...

Looking Back Over Expired and Inspired

At 11:03 AM EST (8:03 PST) on June 9th, 2014, this blog debuted. At that time, I wrote   What is this blog? It is a...

A Letter to the Taharah Team

  Dear Rabbi; I am not sure how to send this to the community, but I wanted to somehow share this: A year ago when my...

Necessary Mourning: Healing the Loss of a Parent through Jewish Ritual

  The Soul Slowly Seeps Out My entire childhood, my parents staunchly refused to let any of us to have an animal in the house, particularly...

Irreplaceable: How War in Karabakh has Threatened the Existence of a Legendary Breed

There is an old Spanish Proverb that states: “A horse is worth more than riches.”  This idea has great meaning to me, as I...

Six Months to Live – The Ethical Challenge for Doctors

“You have six months to live.” These can be frightening words to any patient who hears them. But they are also words with legal, ethical,...

The Loss of the Temple and the Loss of Parents

  I cherish the years I have spent as a chaplain...honored to be accompanying people on difficult journeys.  Holding the hand of someone who has...

Mourning Jewishly for a parent as a convert

Jewish tradition holds that converts are not obligated to mourn for their biological parents—even though the weight of honoring one’s parents is considered second...

A Very Brief Manual on Visiting the Terminally Ill

Perhaps because we are directly and actively involved with after-life ritual we do NOT shrink from connecting with people who are terminally ill.  We...

The Blessing of Being There

So often, when we think of Jewish Burial, we think of Taharah, the washing and dressing of the body. I would like us to...

A Tiny Heart

My phone rings at all hours of the day and night. As the face of our community’s Chevrah Kadisha, I am on call to...

Los Angeles mayor, Chabad leaders light menorah at L.A. City Hall

An annual Chabad menorah lighting took place on the afternoon of Dec. 8 at the Spring Street steps of Los Angeles City Hall.\n

Jacob Wrestling with the Angel

My favorite Torah story when I work with people facing the uncertainty of a grave illness or death is the story of Jacob wrestling...

What are we doing when we sit Shiva?

Sitting shiva can be understood from a multiple of vantage points. It can be seen anthropologically as a tradition of how the Jewish...

Local Election Turns Fluffy

In November, registered voters in the city where I live will be deciding who will fill three of the five seats on the city...

Muslims, Christians Should Celebrate Genesis as do Jews.

In Eden, there was God, Adam and Eve and no religion! Genesis begins with a wide angled view of diversity:  God creates a vast range...

Promoting Options for the Dying

The California State Legislature is having a Special Session on health care issues, which will include consideration of the End of Life Option Act,...

Taharah for a Child

My youngest grandson is four years old.  I have been a member of our Chevrah Kadisha for over 15 years (I am one of...

New Articles

Trump Signs Holocaust Education Bill Into Law

President Donald Trump signed the Never Again Education Act into law on May 28. The bill, which had passed the Senate on May 13, provides...

Israeli Torah Study Zoombombed With Nazi Imagery, Chants of ‘Free Palestine’

An Israeli organization’s online Torah study was Zoombombed on the evening of May 27 with Nazi imagery and chants of “free Palestine.” The Jerusalem Post...

Jewish Schools Have Reopened in the Netherlands, but Some Worry That Their Security Is Compromised

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The Dutch government’s decision to reopen the country’s schools came none too soon for Channa Feige, a mother of nine who...

ADL Backs Harvard in Lawsuit Challenging Race-Based Admissions Policies

BOSTON (JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League is supporting Harvard University in its effort to beat back a high-profile legal challenge to the school’s race-conscious...

‘Zionist Police State’ Banner Hung Next to U.K. Jewish Cemetery

A banner stating “Welcome to the Zionist police state” was hung next to the Bancroft Road Jewish Cemetery on May 24 and was taken...

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