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Terrible Taharah

The day of my first Taharah (ritual preparation of the deceased) with the local Chevrah where I had moved, began with an early morning...

Right Before Our Eyes: Spiritual Freedom From Conformity!

Wake up this morning? Of course. But did you really wake up? Or are you still sleepwalking? To be awake, we must stir our...

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Kol HaMispallel — All those who pray

Yeshiva Boys Choir/Composed and produced by Eli Gerstner/YBC Remix by Shay Barak

After 40, it’s all maintenance

The other day at the gym, the teacher sent us to the wall for a set of standing push-ups. \"Place your hands on the wall at breast level,\" she instructed. I placed my hands on the wall at breast level. I saw that my hands were headed for the Gulf of Mexico.

Mud’s a dirty business but entrepreneur digs it

\"My goal is to be able to support the community I live in and support the organizations that are working to protect the Copper River.... It supports wildlife and a human food resource, and it\'s something that I want to see preserved for generations into the future,\" Padawer said.

Israeli photo application promises more beautiful you

Since its unveiling in Boston, the response to the Beauty Function has been overwhelming: Media, including New Scientist and Forbes, have been eager to report on a computer program that can change the landscape of digital photography.

Cervical cancer vaccine stirs hope and debate

According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 50 percent of sexually active people contract a genital HPV infection. About 6.2 million new cases are diagnosed each year, the agency reports, and by age 50 at least 80 percent of women will be infected.

Books: Kristallnacht’s memory revealed and recovered

Kristallnacht marked the end of Jewish life in Germany; a pivotal turning point in what later became known as the Holocaust. A generation is passing, but it is a generation that has left behind voluminous records, testimonies and memoirs, video recordings and diaries, letters and notes.

In the ‘hood, the treat is no trick

Halloween is seen as the crowning achievement of secular emptiness. You celebrate, glorify, trivialize and idolize something as deep and holy as death, and in return, your kids get to gorge on KitKats and day-glow jawbreakers.

Schmoozing with the Shammes of Shanghai

The Jews of Shanghai, fleeing Nazi persecution, thousands of Jews journeyed halfway around the world to the sanctuary offered by Shanghai\'s unique status as a free trade city.

Life in the ‘hood: Gino Tortorella, hairdresser to the Jews

There\'s no question that Gino\'s got a thing for Jews. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that for the better part of 40 years, Jewish women have accounted for 90 percent to 95 percent of his hairdressing business.

L.A. Shoah Survivor, Liberator to Reunite

After 60 years and 10 days, Samuel Goetz finally found the GI who liberated him on May 6, 1945.

Transcript to the 10 p.m. ET Show

Transcript to the 10 p.m. ET Show

Patriot Paranoia?

By chance, Bet Tzedek Legal Services sponsored a program on the American Patriot Act just about the same time readers were beginning to get their copies of Philip Roth\'s \"The Plot Against America.\"

More Than Surviving

Nandor Markovic was lying in the gutter, awaiting death. He had already seen his best friend shot in the head, but Markovic could not take another step on the German-led march in 1945.

Q & A With Wilda Spalding

Open Wilda Spalding\'s \"little black book,\" and you\'ll discover a code of ethics -- written in part by Eleanor Roosevelt and adopted by the United Nations in 1948: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A Personal Reflection on General Assemblv Actions on Israel and thePractice of Conversion

I have devoted almost my entire professional career to fostering interfaith understanding, respect and cooperation.

Five Jews Nab Nobel Science Wins

When David J. Gross, a winner of this year\'s Nobel Prize in physics, was asked whether he was Jewish, he told a reporter, \"What do you think? Of course!\" The same affirmative answer applied to five out of six 2004 science Nobel Laureates. Two are Israelis, three are Americans -- all from Southern California universities -- and two of these Americans have close ties to Israel.

American Red Cross Seeks Image Rehab

Howard Parmet, community outreach consultant for the American Red Cross (ARC) of Greater Los Angeles, wants to build bridges to a Jewish community that has largely shunned the organization because of a belief that it is anti-Israeli at best and anti-Semitic at worst. Parmet wants to rehabilitate the organization\'s image, dispel misperceptions and recruit legions of local Jewish volunteers.

Front-Line Valor

As a journalist in the Yom Kippur War, I came upon a Patton tank company refueling behind the Israeli lines in Sinai during the last week of fighting.

Gerda Straus Mathan

Gerda Straus Mathan, a well-respected, Berkeley-based photographer of Jewish and other subjects who studied with Ansel Adams and lived for a time in Southern California, died Aug. 10 following a long illness. She was 83.

Jack Spitzer

\"I have a philosophy very compatible with being a banker,\" he told a Seattle Times reporter in 1994. \"I believe that people should pay their debts. My debt to society is so great that if I were to live 100 years I could not completely begin to repay it.\"

Rabbi Alfred Wolf

Rabbi Alfred Wolf, who pioneered Jewish summer camps and the interfaith movement on the West Coast, died Aug. 1 at the age of 88.\n\nThroughout his life, he strove for his self-described goal \"to serve as a catalyst in bringing people together, despite personal and ideological differences.\"

Myra Waldo Schwartz

Myra Waldo Schwartz, travel writer, food editor and critic died July 25.

Sol Bojarsky

A native of Los Angeles, born in Boyle Heights, Oct. 1, 1919, bar mitzvah at the Breed Street Shul, Sol Bojarsky was a graduate of Hollywood High School and UCLA.

Rabbi Simon Dolgin Dies in Israel at 89

Rabbi Simon Dolgin, founding rabbi of Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy and rabbi of Beth Jacob Congregation in Beverly Hills for 32 years, died in Israel on April 19 at the age of 89.

Yom HaShoah Events

Laemmle Theaters: Release of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Prisoner of Paradise," about German Jewish actor Kurt Gerron, sent to a concentration camp and forced to write and direct Nazi propaganda. Laemmle Music Hall, Beverly Hills.

Abraham Spiegel

Abraham Spiegel, a survivor of four concentration camps, who built a new life in America as a successful businessman, philanthropist and ardent supporter of Jewish life in the United States and Israel, died April 10 in his home at the age of 97.\n\nAmong his major legacies are the Children\'s Memorial at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, the Spiegel Family Building at the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv and the Spiegel Family Park, also in Tel Aviv.

Victor M. Carter Dies at 94

Victor M. Carter, who rose from poor immigrant boy to become a creator and shaper of the post-World War II Jewish community in Los Angeles, died March 27, at the age of 94.

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