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Friday, July 10, 2020

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Table for Five: Pinchas

One verse, five voices.

Obituaries: June 10, 2020

Thom Avner died June 19 at 93. Survived by wife Carol; sons Mark (Stacey), Craig. Hillside Jack Azoff died May 28 at 95. Survived by...

Why a Physical Synagogue is So Important

Holocaust survivors already know – and can teach us.

Rabbi Sandra Lawson Opens Up on Finding Connection in Unprecedented Times

Rabbi Sandra Lawson is the world’s first Black, openly gay female rabbi.

The Time Capsule

When we were kids, my siblings and I created a time capsule. We put in pictures of ourselves, favorite phrases and sayings of 1989,...

JewItAtHome: Creating Community during COVID19

Thank you to Rabbi Adam Lutz whose leadership has created "JewItAtHome" through his synagogue, Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills. He knew that...

Table for Five: Chukat-Balak

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist Let Aaron be gathered to his kin: he is not to enter the land...

Jewish Comedy Icon Carl Reiner Dies at 98

TV legend Carl Reiner, the Emmy-winning writer, producer, director and actor who created “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died at 98. He passed...

Tales of Gardening

Our family decided to plant a garden. For those who know me, I’m not a gardener. I enjoy purchasing roses of different colors and...

Table for Five: Korach

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist Speak to the Levites and say to them: When you receive from the Israelites...

Obituaries: June 26, 2020

Marvin Berman died May 9 at 90. Survived by wife Cookie Wapner-Berman; daughter Deidre (Michael) Karp; son Joel; brother Bernard (Toby). Chevra Kadisha Norman Bernstein...

Nearly 7,000 People Attend Juneteenth Shabbat Commemoration

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865, in Texas. Last...

Joel Schumacher, Director of ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ Dies at 80

Joel Schumacher, director of “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “The Lost Boys,” “Falling Down,” and two Batman franchise movies, has died at age 80 after a...

Ready to Change the World

When your child is in “Zoom school,” the silver lining is watching him or her participate in class. The past few days, kindergarten students...

As Zoom Fatigue Sets In, Religious Leaders and Congregants Look to Post-COVID Prayer

Some question whether worshippers will be running to synagogue doors once they open.

Eva Konrad Hawkins, Holocaust Survivor Who Designed Underwater Museum Exhibits, Dies at 90

Against daunting odds, both historical and political, Eva Konrad Hawkins fulfilled her dream of becoming a scientist.

Table for Five: Sh’lach

One verse, five voices.

How This Iconic Yiddish Song Became an Anthem for Black Americans

“Eli, Eli,” is a Yiddish song first popularized in the 1920s.

Obituaries: June 19, 2020

Carol Lee Baer died May 25 at 82. Survived by husband Marvin; daughter Shari (Steve) Gillis; son Steven; brother Robert (Sue) Steiner; 2 grandchildren....

Israeli Rabbis Are Divided Over Temperature Checks on Shabbat to Stop COVID-19

Top haredi Orthodox rabbis in Israel and the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel are split over the use of thermometers on Shabbat as part...

Chaos, Moping and Mopping – Comments on Torah Portion Beha’alotekha

Chaos, Moping and Mopping 2020 (adapted from 2019) B’ha’alotekha The brilliance of the Torah as “Literary Philosophic-Psychology” is evident in this week’s Torah portion, “Be’ha’aloteka.” We...

Just Listen

When we watched the rocket launch last week, my son remarked, “I wonder if the rocket is going to meet God.” His curiosity has been...

Table for Five: Beha’alotecha

One verse, five voices.

Obituaries: June 12, 2020

Marilyn Blank died May 26 at 93. Survived by husband Fred; daughters Randi (Warren), Nancy. Hillside  Eddie Brauer died May 6 at 61. Survived by...

Debates Should Be Passionate – and Compassionate, Too

Even as we hold firm to our positions, we must try to reach out to others who disagree.

Yeshiva President Rabbi Lamm, Harrison Ford, and Humility

Rabbi Lamm’s description of a confident humility encapsulated his life’s project.

Knowledge, Will and Blessings – Thoughts on Torah Portion Naso

Knowledge, Will and Blessings Thoughts on Torah Portion Naso 2020 (adapted from 2019)   I often meet with a person who is looking to change their life...

Table for Five: Nasso

One verse, five voices. Edited by Salvador Litvak, the Accidental Talmudist shall make her drink the water, and it shall be that, if she...

Am I Alive?

In this virtual programming world, there’s a new question many of us ask without realizing it: Am I live? We say this phrase in the context...

Steven Lowenstein, Distinguished Jewish Historian and National Book Award Winner, Dies at 75

Steven Lowenstein, a distinguished Jewish historian and accomplished social worker died on May 31, the 8th day of Sivan at the age of 75. Born...

New Articles

Josh Malina: Why Doesn’t ‘Cancel Culture’ Apply to Anti-Semitism?

Actor Josh Malina, who is Jewish, asked in a July 7 tweet why what’s known as “cancel culture” doesn’t apply to anti-Semitism. The Algemeiner reported...

Jewish Agency Releases Numbers of Jewish Coronavirus Deaths From Countries Around the World

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish deaths around the world from the coronavirus — excluding the United States, Israel and the countries of the former Soviet...

Canadian High School Students Chant ‘Jews Are Our Dogs’ at Protest Against Israeli Annexation Scenario

A group of protesters that included high school students chanted “Jews are our dogs” during a July 4 rally in Canada against Israel’s possible...

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