ZAKA Responds to Recent Worldwide Tragedies ZAKA – Search and Rescue has had a challenging couple months, but it has met those challenges with its hallmark chessed and dedication. ZAKA in Houston As soon as Shabbat went out on September 2nd, an eight-member team of…

ZAKA Responds to Recent Worldwide Tragedies

Expecting the Worst When You Are Expecting Sarah Pachter No one likes to talk about how it feels to be pregnant. Frankly, no one wants to hear the complaining. And for those of you who claim that they feel exactly the same whether pregnant or…

Expecting the Worst When You Are Expecting

  Humor: An Angeleno Sukkos Rebecca Klempner As a child, the sukkah I knew best belonged to my aunt and uncle. Aunt Susan and Uncle Ira lived in Baltimore, which receives 70 days of precipitation a year. Several of these days seemed to take place…

Humor: An Angeleno Sukkos

Dear Readers, We’re told to prepare ourselves for Mashiach as if he is not only on his way, but is coming any minute. But is that even possible? What can we possibly do that would be considered preparing for such a great revelation? The same…

Dear Readers

Book Review: Rebels in the Holy Land: Mazkeret Batya – An Early Battleground for the Soul of Israel by Sam Finkel (Feldheim Publishers, Second Edition 2015, 471 pages) Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon While little has been written about the First Aliyah period (1882-1903), most…

Book Review: Rebels in the Holy Land

Etz Jacob Congregation Celebrates 85 Years This coming Jewish year, 5778, marks 85 years since the founding of Congregation Etz Jacob on Beverly Boulevard. With the catchy slogan of “re-Jew-venate,” Etz Jacob is celebrating in style by offering free seats for the upcoming high holidays.…

Etz Jacob Congregation Celebrates 85 Years

Eden-LA Program Aims to Improve and Transform Women’s Experiences Over the past year, mikvah attendants, rebbetzins, and other female leaders of the greater Los Angeles area had the opportunity to participate in a unique program run under the expert guidance of The Eden Center of…

Eden-LA Program Aims to Improve and Transform Women’s Experiences

Yeshivas Bais Toras Menachem Embarks on Its Tenth Year Yehudis Litvak As Yeshivas Bais Toras Menachem (BTM) enters its tenth year, it celebrates the success of its recent partnership with Testing and Training Incorporated (TTI), a program that facilitates obtaining a college degree through a…

Yeshivas Bais Toras Menachem Embarks on Its Tenth Year

Weekly Daf Rabbi Shmuel Wise Which commandments applied to Adam? The gemara on 56b discussed this in the context of the overarching discussion of the “Seven Commandments for All Descendants of Noah.” The gemara there brings the list of the tanna’im of Menasheh’s Academy and…

Weekly Daf

I Know a Great Dry Cleaner Sarah Pachter One of my biggest pet peeves is when a favorite article of clothing gets large, noticeable stain. You know the kind I’m referring to. It could be the skirt that matches with everything, or the blouse that…

Torah Musings: I Know a Great Dry Cleaner

Simanim Mania Rebecca Klempner When I was growing up – not yet frum, but pretty traditional – my grandparents served round challos, apples and honey, and honey cake for Rosh Hashanah. We ate smoked whitefish if Grandpa remembered to pick some up at the market.…

Humor: Simanim Mania

Chana as a Paradigm for Prayer Dr. Leila Bronner Many articles about Chana (Hannah) begin by describing her as an unhappy woman pouring out her heart and soul over her barrenness. However, despite her sadness, the rabbis depict her as a unique woman and her…

Holiday Series: Chana as a Paradigm for Prayer

Ready or Not? Dear Dr. T., My daughter is a first-grader and is doing well. I find, though, that she doesn’t like to go beyond her comfort zone (and her teacher mentioned it to me, too). When she’s being taught a new skill or concept…

Proactive Parenting: Ready or Not?

Please Don’t Give Charity Rabbi Sholom Keselman “U’nesaneh Tokef” is one of Rosh Hashanah’s most solemn and arousing prayers. It describes how all must pass before G-d in judgment. He decides who will live and who will die, who will be healthy and who sick,…

Chassidic Thought: Please Don’t Give Charity

Medical Emergencies While Driving in California Michael Rubinstein, Esq. What happens if a driver experiences a sudden emergency, medical or otherwise, and then causes a crash? Sadly, medical emergencies behind the wheel are not necessarily hypothetical. My office recently received a call with the following…

Ask The Attorney: Medical Emergencies While Driving in California

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Missing the Point Sarah Pachter When I was a featured speaker at a Pesach program in a beautiful hotel, there were hundreds of families enjoying the food and activities, and my family was certainly no exception. As our family sat down to a pleasant yom…

Torah Musings: Missing The Point