Westwood Kehilla Wins the OU Women’s Initiative Challenge Grant Yehudis Litvak A local synagogue, Westwood Kehilla, won the Orthodox Union (OU) Women’s Initiative Challenge Grant for its new Inspiring Women’s Leadership program. Westwood Kehilla, a small congregation with approximately 60 members, is one of 16…

Westwood Kehilla Wins the OU Women’s Initiative Challenge Grant

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The Dodgers are all Home Runs with Chai Lifeline Families Children living with serious illnesses, their families, and volunteers from Chai Lifeline West Coast, a health support network which provides emotional, social, and financial support to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and their families,…

The Dodgers are all Home Runs with Chai Lifeline Families

Dear Readers, Elul in the beginning of August? They seem opposite. Elul is a serious and reflective period, and summer has a relaxed tone to it. Is there anything we can learn from a calendar like this year’s when Labor Day is more than three…

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Modesty, Part Two Sarah Pachter I recently conducted a survey with female participants from across the nation. Their ages varied from nine to 65, and I made sure to include women from a variety of religious backgrounds and observance levels. I asked only one question,…

Torah Musings: Modesty, Part Two

Busting Modesty Myths Sarah Pachter Modesty is a complicated topic, addressed all too often in a superficial way. Some suggest that it only needs to be practiced by one gender. It’s often assumed that practicing modesty involves merely clothing, that it’s intent is to diminish…

Torah Musings: Busting Modesty Myths

Oh, What a Beautiful Morning! Rebecca Klempner Generally speaking, my husband loves me—just not before 9 a.m. Why? Because I am a morning person. Fortunately for me, he only found out at 7 a.m. the day after our wedding. (Who knows what he would have…

Humor: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!

The Secret of Personal Transformation Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT What do you think is the secret of personal transformation? Here are two scenarios which suggest possible answers. Cynthia, 42 years old, has been a heavy smoker since she was a teenager. She knows how dangerous…

Emotional Health: The Secret of Personal Transformation

Dear Readers, There’s a saying attributed to the holy Reb Zusha: “After 120, when I’m tried in the court of truth, they won’t ask me how come I wasn’t like Avraham, Yitzchak, or Yaakov. They will ask, ‘Zusha, how come you weren’t like Zusha!’” Typically,…

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Scooters Are Everywhere! Are They Legal? Michael Rubinstein, Esq. Scooters: You’ve seen them. They’re all over the place. And every day, more and more of them are showing up out of nowhere. Scooters are making a comeback in a big way in Los Angeles and…

Ask The Attorney: Scooters Are Everywhere! Are They Legal?

YPLA Partners with YIEP to Offer College Degrees Yehudis Litvak Yeshiva Program Los Angeles (YPLA), a program for post-high school young men, hosted two open houses to introduce the community to its new partnership with the Yeshiva Initiatives Educational Programs (YIEP).  Now the local students…

YPLA Partners with YIEP to Offer College Degrees

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Black Diamond Sarah Pachter One winter vacation, our family went skiing in beautiful Park City, Utah. While in the ski lodge taking a break, I saw a woman wearing a shirt with the following sentence written across the top: I’m difficult. A picture of a…

Torah Musings: Black Diamond

Let’s Have a Heart to Heart Conversation Some of them beat. Others are beaten. A young, innocent heart beats. Da-dum. Da-dum. Da-dum. And then it stops beating. It can stop beating for many reasons. Trauma. Overdose. Depression. Alcohol. Abuse. Suicide. Too much can overwhelm a…

Obituary: Let’s Have a Heart to Heart Conversation

What happens to the bones of a korban olah? Rabbi Shmuel Wise, Maggid Shiur at RealClearDaf.com We discussed this question in the daf this week on 85b-86a. The mishnah on 85b rules that the bones of a korban olah may be burned along with the…

Weekly Daf: What happens to the bones of a korban olah?