Hello, G-d? Are you there? Sarah Pachter Sitting in the X-ray waiting room of the hospital with my daughter’s head nestled against my chest, I sighed heavily. It was going to be a while. The room was packed with people of all faiths waiting with…

Torah Musings: Hello, G-d? Are you there?

Are beheimah and chayah groups or elements? Rabbi Shmuel Wise The answer to this question sheds light on Thursday’s daf (79) this week, which discusses hybrid animals. The main topic of our perek is the prohibition against slaughtering an animal and its offspring on the…

Weekly Daf: Are beheimah and chayah groups or elements?

Inclusion of Anti-Semitic Piece Mars Los Angeles Art Show Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz and Shlomo (Sam) Rubanowitz January 23-27th, the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted the L.A. Art Show. It was a scene for art lovers to marvel at—unless you cared about Holocaust Remembrance, anti-Semitism, and…

Inclusion of Anti-Semitic Piece Mars Los Angeles Art Show

Inner and Outer Packaging Sarah Pachter One afternoon my son brought a small toy home for his baby sister after a doctor’s visit.  Unable to contain her excitement, she reached for the toy, which was wrapped in a small plastic box. Well, what do you…

Torah Musings: Inner and Outer Packaging

Matt Gottlieb: From Israel to Hollywood Rebecca Klempner Although he doesn’t feel like he’s received his “big break” yet, you may already recognize Matt Gottlieb’s face—or his voice. An Israeli-born actor, Gottlieb, is part of surge of Israeli programming hitting English-language platforms. Last year, he…

People: Matt Gottlieb: From Israel to Hollywood

Dear readers, Lashon hara: One might say this is the single most destructive behavior in a community. It creates a deep mistrust when community members constantly hear others spoken about with derision. It leads to division and competitiveness. It significantly hampers any activities needing collaboration.…

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Are the kosher-signs just signs, or are they reasons? Rabbi Shmuel Wise Reb Elchanan Wasserman in his Koveitz Shiurim (Chullin; letter 27) engages with this question as it pertains to the gemara’s discussion of Monday’s daf this week (Chullin 62b). R’ Pappa there rules that…

Weekly Daf: Are the kosher-signs just signs, or are they reasons?

Chana Levitan Addresses Singles at YICC/Shalom Bayit L.A. Event January 13th, Shalom Bayit L.A. and the Young Community at Young Israel of Century City (YICC) co-hosted an event with marriage and dating coach, Chana Levitan. Over a hundred people attended the event, entitled “How to…

Chana Levitan Addresses Singles at YICC/Shalom Bayit L.A. Event

Rabbi Yosef Kushner Leads Two-Day Yarchei Kallah At LINK Kollel in L.A. Rabbi Eli Stern The LINK Kollel in Los Angeles hosted a two-day yarchei kallah during the legal holiday on December 31st and January 1st on the subject of “Unfair Business Competition.” The maggid shiur was Rabbi…

Rabbi Yosef Kushner Leads Two-Day Yarchei Kallah At LINK Kollel in L.A.

Taking Baby Steps toward Greatness Sarah Pachter Anyone who has ever watched a toddler learning to walk knows how exciting it can be to witness. Over the course of a year, infants go from uncoordinated newborns, to crawling and curious babies, and then, suddenly, those…

Torah Musings: Taking Baby Steps toward Greatness

Humor: Bad Publicity Rebecca Klempner My latest book has just come out—meaning, it has arrived in the United States, but not yet at my home. In general, that’s a good thing. But it’s also preventing me from writing my next book. Last week was my…

Humor: Bad Publicity

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How to Deepen Any Relationship Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT Choosing to be vulnerable is the one sure way to deepen any relationship. When you choose to be vulnerable, you put yourself in an emotionally dangerous position by telling the truth about how you feel about…

Emotional Health: How to Deepen Any Relationship

Dear Readers, What is it about cynicism that’s so appealing? For some people, it’s almost like a drug beckoning us to ride its high. Is it the false sense of strength of being able to say, “I think it didn’t happen,” or “Who said it’s…

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Book Review: Secret & Sacred by Yehudis Litvak (2018) Reviewed by Teva Saks In this final book in Yehudis Litvak’s young adult trilogy that began with Swords & Scrolls, the Chanukah saga is about to take a darker plunge. This historical novel guides the reader…

Book Review: Secret & Sacred by Yehudis Litvak (2018)

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Tribute: Moshe Arens, One of Israel’s Greatest Defenders Moshe Arens, who served multiple times as both as Minister of Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs, was much more than a career politician. He was a man who dedicated his life to defending the State of…

Tribute: Moshe Arens, One of Israel’s Greatest Defenders

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