Simxa Company Conducts Another Successful Shabbaton Yehudis Litvak Simxa Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to educational outreach to Jews of Russian background, conducted its 17th annual shabbaton over Thanksgiving weekend. As usual, the shabbaton was a smashing success. This year’s audience included not only Russian…

Simxa Company Conducts Another Successful Shabbaton

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Overcoming Anger Sarah Pachter We’ve all been there, and we all experience it differently. Some people feel it in their throat, others, their ears, while many feel it swelling in their chest. Am I talking about the common cold? Nope! I’m talking about anger! When…

Torah Musings: Overcoming Anger

Torah in the Workplace Daniel Gelman Gossip, scandal, jealousy, slander, theft, profanity, anti-Semitism, and sausage pizza parties, are just a partial list of the spiritual challenges we are exposed to in any workplace outside the Jewish community. Jews make up less than two percent of…

Op-Ed: Torah In The Workplace

Humor column: Egg On My Face Rebecca Klempner We Klempners have several family customs, and getting annual flu shots is one of them. At least, it’s a custom for five of us. My 10-year-old has what I like to refer to as a “losing combination,”…

Humor column: Egg On My Face

How High Is Your EQ? Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT I have long believed that a person’s ability to thrive rather than merely survive is dependent upon one’s ability to process one’s feelings. The only thing that can make life unbearable is unbearable feelings. A person…

Emotional Health: How High Is Your EQ?

Dear Readers, In this week’s parshah, midrash describes how Yaakov Avinu was punished for hiding his daughter Dinah from Eisav. Why was he punished for protecting her from an older, violent man, with three other wives, to boot? Rashi says, quoting Bereishis Rabbah, that perhaps…

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Book Reviews: Dovid and Esty at Masada by Sara-Ester Varnai; illustrated by Miriam Sin Shalom (KDI, 2015, 118 pages) Bentzi and the Magic Potion by Shifra Gluck (Feldheim, 113 pages) Shikufitzky Street 4 by Shifra Gluck (Feldheim, 97 pages) Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon Dovid…

Book review: 3 books for children

The Kamocha Campaign Launches in Los Angeles Yehudis Litvak Two weeks ago, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation (CCHF) launched a city-wide Kamocha Campaign in Los Angeles. This program for mid- to upper elementary students, intended to raise awareness of the mitzvah of ve’ahavta l’reacha kamocha,…

The Kamocha Campaign Launches in Los Angeles

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Strive for Truth Sarah Pachter I was learning with a student when she mentioned that a huge obstacle for her was her parent’s opposition to her religious growth. They often told her she had been “brainwashed” and that “these organizations” with whom she had taken…

Torah Musings: Strive for Truth

Humor Column: Double-Parked in Los Angeles Rebecca Klempner I really don’t mind it when non-Jews eat matzo ball soup or shout, “Mazel tov!” when someone announces a birth or engagement. After all, matzo ball soup is delicious, and “Mazel tov!” is a lot more fun…

Humor Column: Double-Parked in Los Angeles

Chinuch vs. Control – Part 2 Sara Teichman, Psy.D. The previous article differentiated between chinuch and control. Whereas chinuch is long- lasting and emanates from within the child, control is short-lived and external (i.e. We can force our child to behave but only while he…

Ask Dr T: Chinuch vs. Control – Part 2

Dear Readers, Where would we be without the Jewish mother’s intuition? Sarah Imeinu sensed that Yishmael had veered away from the correct path, and Rivkah was the one who saw through Eisav’s pretentious piety. It takes a special perception to distinguish between surface and reality.…

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Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision-Making Rabbi Jason Weiner Urim Publications, 368 pp. Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon When asked to review Rabbi Jason Weiner’s book, Jewish Guide to Practical Decision-Making, I hesitated. Surely my editor had asked the wrong writer. Having almost no medical…

Book Review: Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision-Making

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Israel On The Cutting Edge: 10 Years of Innovation Aaron Feigenbaum Just 10 years ago, Israel was struggling amidst a weak economy, water and energy scarcity, and a lack of foreign investment. Since that time, Israel has become such a powerhouse for innovation that many…

Israel On The Cutting Edge: 10 Years of Innovation

Enthusiastic Crowds Turn Out for L.A. Challah Baking Events Tamara Sambrowsky Over 800 women attended The Great BIG Los Angeles Challah Bake which took place this past Thursday evening, October 26th. The Challah Bake – a prelude to the Shabbat Project, but an event in…

Enthusiastic Crowds Turn Out for L.A. Challah Baking Events

Bnei Akiva Fundraiser Recognizes Modern Day Jewish Heroes Tova Abady Bnei Akiva held their tenth annual Gevura Jewish Heroes Night on Tuesday, October 24th, at the Museum of Tolerance. Ruth Berkowitz, board president, served as emcee and thanked everyone for coming in spite of it…

Bnei Akiva Fundraiser Recognizes Modern Day Jewish Heroes