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Purim: From Exodus to Esther

It would make sense to start the Jewish year on Rosh Hashanah, literally the “head of the year,” but that’s not how it goes...

The Power to Observe

When my husband Daniel and I moved to Los Angeles seven years ago, we were not fully observant Jews. We were on the path...

Simchat Torah: The Joy and the Responsibility

You are reading at Simchat Torah time, the joyful high point of the High Holy Days journey. I am writing on the day after...

Santa Claus Comes to Kol Nidre

In the lead up to Yom Kippur I was curious how I could teach my preschooler son about the importance and meaning of the...

How Mechilah Can Give Us a Model to Go Forward on Inclusion

Many of us spend time leading up to the High Holidays helping congregations and organizations prepare to fully respectfully welcome Jews with disabilities into...

Rabbi Judy Greenfeld on Forgiveness During the High Holy Days

Before the High Holy Days, we reach out to anyone we have wronged during the year and ask for their forgiveness. And then on...

Make Paper Shoes for Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur, you see a lot of canvas and rubber sneakers, but here’s something different — easy to make paper shoes. While you...

Teens Talk Teshuvah During the High Holy Days

When it comes to teshuvah on Yom Kippur, what does it mean to truly atone for our sins? Who do we apologize to? Will...

Redeeming Judgment: Disagree With Me

We're living through emotional times. Many of us are wound so tightly by the state of the world, we’ve developed a tendency to be reckless...

Cleansing and Re-Birthing Ourselves

In preparing to write this column, I meditated on what I wanted to say. Looking inward, my immediate vision was of the golden Ark...

Can We Keep Trump Out of Yom Kippur?

Whether President Donald Trump deserves to be impeached or not, with Yom Kippur around the corner, the question on my mind is: How much...

Teshuvah in the Age of Sorry/Not Sorry

In the not-too-distant past, I sought help from a friend with the wording of a work email in which I would be letting down...

As We Take an Accounting of Our Souls and Ourselves, a Lesson in Inclusion

Perhaps the most universal theme in the High Holy Days is what our tradition calls a cheshbon ha-nefesh — the accounting of the soul...

Synagogues Discuss Security Ahead of High Holy Days

As the Los Angeles Jewish community prepares to celebrate its first High Holy Days since the deadly shootings at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue and...

Rick Recht Brings High Energy to the High Holy Days

Jewish rock music is a relatively new concept among American Jews but has found its way into traditional services as a way to connect...

Susan Karlin Carries on the Family Shofar Blowing Tradition

There are three shofars on display in Susan Karlin’s West Hollywood apartment, but to her, they’re not just Judaica. “When I look at them,...

Contemplating the High Holy Days

The High Holy Days are an opportunity to reflect and contemplate. Now more than ever, we need to find a way to address conflict...

A High Holy Days Appeal for the Skeptics Among Us

I know about packing but what does it mean to “prepare,” especially my heart? What’s with everyone talking about their hearts these days, anyway?...

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The Crispy Wonder of the Persian Cucumber 

In terms of fresh produce, there are few things as sacrilegious to most Middle Easterners than eating those bulky, tasteless, American slicing cucumbers. They’re unnecessarily...

High Holy Day Calendar 5780

Sept. 29: Erev Rosh Hashanah; Sept. 30: Rosh Hashanah; Oct. 1: Second Day of Rosh Hashanah; Oct. 8: Kol Nidre; Oct. 9: Yom Kippur Debating where to go...

A Very Jewish and Musical Finale for ‘Transparent’

After four groundbreaking, critically acclaimed seasons, and surviving the shock of a sexual harassment scandal involving its star, “Transparent” bids farewell to the Pfefferman...

Sweet New Year Recipes From Molly Yeh

Whether she’s planning menus for her family or her Food Network series, “Girl Meets Farm,” Molly Yeh likes to work backward. “I usually start...

I Did the Math, and I Don’t See a Coalition

In the midst of all the promises of “coalitions” after the razor-close Israeli elections, who’s doing the actual math? On one side, you have a...

Upping the Ante to Sell High Holy Days Seats

The following is a work of satire. Names (except for famous showbiz people), characters, synagogues, places, events and incidents are fictional.  The High Holy Days...

The Mixed Blessings of Jewish Holidays

At the risk of being religiously incorrect, perhaps it is time someone said out loud what most observant Jews think to ourselves: Jewish holidays...

Dear Persian Jews: Tradition Is Not Enough

Like many children in the U.S., I once begged my mother to let me attend a Friday night sleepover. “It’s Shabbat night,” she declared in...

Why I Won’t Be Sending my Kids to the High Holidays Baby-Sitting Room

When I was little, Rosh Hashanah was always my favorite holiday of the year. My mom would buy me a fancy new dress, and...

What’s Happening: Shofar Workshop, Itzhak Perlman, Comedy Film

FRI SEPT 13 Rimonim Shabbat Come as you are to Valley Beth Shalom’s monthly Rimonim Shabbat and be prepared to leave transformed by the Rimonim-style singing,...

Opioids Talk, Charity Bike Ride, Selma Visit

During a visit to Southern California, Technion associate professor Itamar Kahn led a conversation with community members about his and his team’s dedication to...

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Pompeo Urges UN to Permanently Extend Iran Arms Embargo

In July 1 remarks to reporters, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the United Nations to extend the arms embargo on Iran indefinitely. Pompeo...

How the ADL Went From Working With Facebook to Leading a Boycott Against It

The social media giant and the Jewish civil rights group had been working together for years to curb hate speech online.

Chaotic but Non-Violent Anti-Israel Demonstration Outside Israeli L.A. Consulate

“My biggest concern is these guys like to mix things — to take the surfboard and catch the wave of Black Lives Matter.”

Newsom Announces Indoor Operations in Restaurants, Other Businesses Will Be Shut Down in L.A. and Other Counties

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, announced on July 1 that indoor operations in restaurants and other businesses will be shut down for at...
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