June 16, 2019

Religion

Yom Kippur, one of the holiest and most important days of the Jewish year, is observed by prayer and fasting all day.
Chusid is a self-described ba’al tekiah, a shofar master blaster, and creator of the blog “Hearing Shofar.” He studies them. He buys them.
Rabbi David Baron of Temple of the Arts learned the hard way the lesson of discussing politics on the High Holy Days.
Jennifer Stempel, a Los Angeles-based writer, changed her approach to life after hearing a High Holy Days sermon at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills.
Picture services for the High Holy Days: What likely comes to mind is a roomful of congregants sitting with heavy books in their laps.
As the High Holy Days approach, it’s natural to start thinking about the biggies. Like, who am I? What am I doing with my life?
It’s 1999, two days before Rosh Hashanah, and I can’t think of anything positive to look forward to in the coming year.
As congregants climb the stairs to reach High Holy Days services at UCLA Hillel, they will be surrounded by far more than empty walls.
Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year,” is the Jewish New Year. According to tradition, it is the day God created Adam and Eve.
As this Rosh Hashanah neared, I wondered if even a shofar blast could clear away the Charlottesville chant of “Jews won’t replace us.”
I didn't grow up with tzimmes, so the idea of stewed, mushy vegetables with dried fruit has never much appealed to me.
For centuries, the blast of the shofar has jolted generations of Jews into the proper frame of mind for the introspection needed to pursue teshuvah.
I am the recipient of a quintessentially Jewish kind of miracle: someone cradled something precious and then lobbed it across the generations to me.
Per White House tradition, President Donald Trump released a greeting Monday ahead of the Jewish High Holidays which start Wednesday night.
When Hurricane Harvey hit, she helped evacuate 150 people from her neighborhood by airboat and shelter nearly 100 people in a local church.
The High Holy Days present one more thing for new parents to figure out: how to atone for your sins while taking care of your baby.    
When we welcomed our first child home from Cedars-Sinai four years ago, my wife and I looked at each other and asked, “Now what?”
Wanda Peretz’s Beverlywood home is also her art studio where she stitches together the fabrics while strengthening the seam of her Jewish connection.
One of the stories traditionally told on Yom Kippur is of Jonah and the whale. While the story holds deep spiritual meaning, it also stirs the imagination.
Rosh Hashanah is a time when we are reminded that our actions are observed, that God watches. Everyone gives account, every deed is known. 
Despite not knowing what atoning was, I’d do my best to not eat. I spent a lot of the day thinking about cake. Specifically, streusel topping.
In traditional circles, Rosh Hashanah meals are laden with delicious foods that carry symbolic meanings, designed to bode well for the upcoming year.
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