Saturday, May 30, 2020



Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim with Rabbi Avi Strausberg

Rabbi Avi Strausberg is the Director of National Learning Initiatives at Hadar, and is based in Washington, DC. She received her rabbinic ordination from...

An Eye for an Eye is Too many Eyes – a poem for Torah Portion Mishpatim

an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, a foot for a foot, We could go on like this...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Mishpatim with Rabbi Leon Wiener Dow

Rabbi Leon Wiener Dow is the head of the beit midrash at Kolot, and I teach at Bina’s Secular Yeshiva in Tel Aviv. His...

Israel’s Marriage Monopoly Is Over

The Israeli law that gives the state-mandated Orthodox rabbinate a monopoly over marriages of Jews in Israel is headed to the dustbin. It’s becoming a...

Booker, Garcetti Lead Gun Violence Panel

Before an Aug. 22 Los Angeles round table panel discussion on gun violence prevention, 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Cory Booker (D. N.J.) asked the...

Moses the Warrior and the Spatula of Destiny – A Poem for Parsha Matot-Masei

Moses sent them the thousand from each tribe to the army The famous Moses, the prophet, the orchestrator of freedom gets a lot of attention for...

So many laws…so little time – A poem for parsha Kedoshim

You shall be Holy, for I…the Lord, am Holy This is the ultimate exception to the adage about whether you would jump off a bridge just because...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parshat Mishpatim Collection

On the one hand, we do not have a new guest this week. On the other hand, we do have an opportunity to assemble...

Using My Words – A poem for Parsha Mishpatim (Aliyah 1)

Should you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall work six years, and in the seventh , he shall go out to freedom without charge. I...

7 Haiku for Parsha Mishpatim by Rick Lupert (Treat your donkeys well.)

I The Torah says let your slaves go after six years. I say don’t own slaves. II Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, and so...

Kosher Without Sacrifice? Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47

The most elaborate, comprehensive and effective system for the prevention of animal cruelty was not invented by the FDA or even PETA; it was devised by the Book of Leviticus. This may seem a strange idea. Without question, it swims rather roughly against that trusty river of intuition. Pigeon slaughter is rarely good for pigeons. Bull offerings are not something cows easily stomach. As far as “becoming a sacrificial lamb,” I have it on good authority that this is not what most sheep dream about when they are kids.

Gina Nahai: Staying true to our own heritage

I once wrote a novel about an Iranian Jewish woman who grows wings and flies away from her husband’s home.

Blessing Management

Parshat Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25) This week\'s Torah portion describes the bountiful blessings promised to our people by God, if (ekev) we obey the laws of Torah.

Conservative Supreme Court rulings vex Jewish advocacy groups

Not only has the Supreme Court thoroughly abandoned a decades-old tradition of upholding the liberal gains of the 1950s and 1960s, it has become the premier bulwark of conservatism now that Democrats have retaken Congress and the White House is weakened to the point of impotency.

Shul’s Stormy Saga

Etz Chaim, for its part, is arguing that the settlement is valid, that it did not violate the settlement and, that, in any case, federal law exempts it from zoning regulations.

Right the Wrongs

Last January, I breathed a sigh of relief. The new domestic partnership law went into effect in the state of California, giving senior citizen and same-gender couples a range of state rights nearly equal to the rights given married couples in California. In so doing, California became second only to Massachusetts in seeking to extend the civil rights of its residents, and many members of the Los Angeles Jewish community, myself included, knew we finally had the legal protections in place that are so critically important to the security of our families.

Red Tape Ties Up Shoah Payments

Living in the Radom ghetto in central Poland, Saul Friedman applied for work in 1942, and for the next two years cleaned a building and labored in a peat bog for the German army.\n\nHe earned no money, but received something much more valuable extra food rations. When the ghetto was finally liquidated in 1944, he was sent to an Auschwitz satellite camp, then to Mauthausen, and after liberation came to the United States.\n\nFriedman, 85, is one of thousands of other survivors in the United States, Israel and elsewhere, who are now entangled in a bureaucratic hassle over a recent German law meant to benefit a little known class of survivors.

Both Sides of Seal Debate to Fight On

It came from Redlands like a fever: one of the most divisive religious battles to hit Los Angeles in years.

But Officer, It’s Yontif!

Worried about getting a parking ticket while you\'re praying for your soul? Don\'t fret.

Competing Voices

Last Rosh Hashana began with the most terrible noise. Terror, trauma, tragedy and evil triumphant filled the air. In addition, Israel and Jews worldwide were subjected to the vilest outburst of anti-Semitism since the 1940s.

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