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Why we kindle light

What is it about candle light that so draws us, like moths, to its flames? Watching children mesmerized by Shabbat candles, birthday candles and...

Album Review: A praise of Cantor Rebekah Mirsky’s ‘The in Between’

Cantor Rebekah Mirsky’s goal is to make Judaism relevant to the human struggle- the struggle of accepting our brokenness and our nuances. She believes...

Yitzi Weiner Becomes The Internet’s Most Popular Positive Influencer—Here’s Why

If you don’t know who Yitzi Weiner is, you must not be paying attention to article bylines. As an award-winning writer, Weiner is not...

Loving Our Enemies

  Rabbi Akiva called the central verse in this week’s Torah portion Kedoshim: “Klal gadol baTorah – a great rule of the Torah.” This verse is...

Our Faith Calls on Us to Protect our Planet

By Rabbi Israel Barouk and Mahomed Khan; Interfaith Alliance, American Muslims for Sustainability Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 1:4 in the Jewish Torah says, “One generation goes and...

The Reform Movement’s Statement on Israel’s 70th Anniversary

April 18, 2018 - The statement below is issued by the organizations of the Reform Jewish Movement, the largest movement in Jewish life: "We join...

Alienated from Israeli Policies: The Diaspora as the new Jewish Center?

For decades, modern Jews were taught that the two most formative events that define the contemporary Jewish experience were the Holocaust and the founding...

A Celebration of Love

“The world is not as worthy as the day on which the Song of Songs was given to Israel, for all the writings are...

Pachad Yitzchak: How Converts Expand the Torah

Rabbi Yitzchok Hutner, ztz’l (1906-1980) was one of the most brilliant and radically creative Roshei Yeshiva of the twentieth century. In his seminal work,...

Living in Community

Long ago, I abandoned the act of wearing of matching socks. The additional stress of matching my socks while I tried to clean babies...

Jewish Law as Rebellion: A Plea for Religious Authenticity and Halachic Courage

As I’ve been a close student of Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo’s for many years and am very familiar with his philosophy, I found...

Jasper Johns’ Flag and American Aspirations

My wife, friends and I visited the Los Angeles Broad Museum’s exhibit of Jaspar John’s work last evening and over dinner we considered what...

For Every Faith, Energy Efficiency is Something We All Need to Embrace

  So many in our community struggle with the exorbitant cost of living and an intimidating job market.  Just recently,  I had to relocate my...

In search of Kindness

For my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah, she needed to find a quote she liked. She didn’t hesitate and answered, “Something about kindness. How you can...

Armed and Divided – Torah Portion Be-shalach

Armed and Divided Shabbat Thought Torah Portion Beshalach 2018 (adapted from 2017) In the Torah portion this week, Beshalach, we are told in Exodus 13:18, that...

Booze, Women or Movies: What do Poor People Spend Money On?

During the recent Tax Bill debate in Congress, Senator Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) gave a jaw-dropping interview with the Des Moines Register, his...

Dreams

I have long had a fascination with dreams. The night-time ones I mean. I was awoken this past weekend to a dream that I have...

Stuck in the Middle

As a Jewish American one of my biggest personal dilemmas is, how do I navigate the middle? To my conservative friends I am a...

Plane

He would not get the hint. The guy seated next to me on the plane. I used to love talking to people on plane...

Sunday Reads: Terror in Egypt, Struggles at the State Department, Are ‘Sephardic’ Jews really Sephardic?

US Uri Friedman tries to understand what exactly is the danger in Trump’s foreign policy: But if danger is crudely measured by how many people die...

The Mitzvah to Honor the Elderly: How Is America Doing?

In America today, it often seems like the broader society prioritizes respect for those with the most wealth or with the best looks. We...

the way it’s done

“That’s not the way it’s done!” I was gratefully, finally at the front of my line at Ralph’s when I heard this barked. I...

From Yom Kippur to Las Vegas: Finding Hope in the Valley of Death!

In the Yom Kippur liturgy, we just asked "Who shall live and who shall die" in the coming year, we didn't think our nation...

Silent Services

I like the Jewish services. I like the structure of them. I like singing along, and unintentionally embarrassing my daughters because of my loud...

Nazi Chocolate: Oy

The recent resurgence of public Nazi presence reminds me of some Nazi chocolate history. I discuss this more fully in my book. European Jewish businesses,...

Man, G-d and the Great Conundrum

On Wednesday evening, Sept 20th, Jews ushered in the Jewish New Year. The first day of the Semi-lunar Calendar month of Tishrei commemorates 5,778...

The Vengeful Gods of Purity

The Vengeful Gods of Purity By David A. Lehrer It’s all too predictable, a religious/ethnic/political leader dares to deviate from the orthodoxy of the day and...

Kingdom of Bahrain and Wiesenthal Center team up to promote religious tolerance

Even for Los Angeles, where spectaculars are often met with a stifled yawn, the international tribal gathering in the Beverly Wilshire ballroom was an...

20 Orthodox Rabbis Call on the Orthodox Community to Prioritize DACA these 6 months!

President Donald Trump decided to end the Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals program, and to ask Congress to legislatively address the status of DACA...

Obituaries: Week of September 1-7, 2017

Henrietta Alpert died July 22 at 96. Survived by husband Robert; son Mark (Vicki Brown); 1 grandchild. Hillside Renee Bennett died July 24 at 103....

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