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Judaism that touches the soul

I just want you to know that I started writing this article about something completely different than what you’re about to read. As I was writing about my initial concept, the proverbial light bulb turned on and something much closer to my heart revealed itself.  It’s not always easy thinking of things to write about…

Shaping Interfaith Relations

I am honored to be asked to be a founding board member of the Interfaith Solidarity Network. My work will help to shape interfaith relations in the San Fernando Valley. As we work towards unity and understanding between faith groups, our goal is to have each other’s backs.  When a Jew is affected by hate…

Getting to know our people to properly help them

The following is a story told to me by one of my teachers, Rabbi Elliot Dorff. The first story I heard about Jewish law, in fact, came from my father. My grandparents and their children lived across the street from a large Orthodox synagogue, of which they were members. Because of the proximity, my grandparents…

What kind of jew you are will most likely determine whether you pass on Jewish identity to the next generation

There are many expressions of Jewish identity that have helped sustain Jewish identity in America for the last century, including: The Holocaust as an imperative for Jewish survival Jews are a people as expressed through organizations like, B’nai Brith and JCCs Jewish life (including religious and social expressions) shared in the family context and institutions…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

In just a matter of days we will begins celebrating the holiday of Chanukah.  Known as The Festival of Lights, the Chanukah story retells the Maccabees rebellion during the time of the Greek Empire. If we look back at history at the Greeks, how are they remembered? Were they such a bad people? The Greeks…

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