A Presidential Commutation: Behind the Scenes with Gary Apfel, Esq. Michael Rubinstein, Esq. The Call It’s 12:30PM on the last day of Chanukah in the Downtown Los Angeles office of Attorney Gary Apfel. Gary’s phone rings, signaling an incoming call from a 202 area code.…

A Presidential Commutation: Behind the Scenes with Gary Apfel, Esq.

Dear Readers, In this week’s Torah portion, we receive the mitzvos that are considered to be rational and easily comprehended by human intellect. Interestingly, these commandments present a unique challenge to the oved Hashem, a person who tries to serve the Creator. When the believer…

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The Power of Speech Part II Sarah Pachter We’ve heard it all before. We know that gossiping is wrong, we resolve to refrain from it, and then we are right back where we started, talking about others when someone engages us. As mentioned in the…

The Power of Speech Part II

The “New” Insect Obsession Rabbi Sholom Kesselman, OK Kosher West Coast This new kashrus feature series is brought to you by the OK Kosher – West Coast Division. In it, we will explore relevant and interesting topics that are important to every kosher kitchen. We…

Kosher Living: The “New” Insect Obsession

Discovering Your True Self Rabbi Dov Heller, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Perhaps the most fundamental psychological task of a human being is to differentiate from his or her family and become a unique individual. In the scope of eternity, there will never be another…

Emotional Health: Discovering Your True Self

Miracle in a Cab Sarah Pachter The rumors are true – I gave birth in a cab on the way to the hospital. Ten years have passed, and it is still a favorite topic of conversation at every Shabbat meal I attend, as well as…

Torah Musings: Miracle in a Cab

Humor: Spoilers Ahead Rebecca Klempner We recently instituted a strict “no spoilers” policy in our home. Since our family doesn’t watch TV or movies – with very, very few exceptions, mostly involving illness or educational material – the focus of our policy is books. No…

Humor: Spoilers Ahead

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Life Pain or Traumatic Pain Rabbi Dov Heller, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Previously, I discussed the importance of listening to one’s feelings. Feelings educate us. They provide us with information that we must access and process if we want to maximize our self-development. They…

Emotional Health: Life Pain or Traumatic Pain

Dear Readers, Many articles have been written trying to make sense of the spontaneous and raw outburst of joy following my uncle, Sholom Rubashkin’s, release. Each explains a specific angle: The power of emunah and tefillah The collective response to when one Jew is singled…

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LINK Kollel Holds Yarchei Kallah With Rabbi Yosef Kushner The LINK Kollel in Los Angeles hosted a two-day yarchei kallah on December 31st and January 1st, with the well-known posek, Rav Yosef Kushner of Lakewood, New Jersey. The subject of the yarchei kallah was “Engaging…

LINK Kollel Holds Yarchei Kallah With Rabbi Yosef Kushner

Dedicating the Zvi and Betty Ryzman Family Intensive Care Unit Saturday evening, December 16th, Shaare Zedek Medical Center commemorated the official opening of the Zvi and Betty Ryzman Family Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in the presence of the Ryzman family, hospital staff, and dignitaries. This…

Dedicating the Zvi and Betty Ryzman Family Intensive Care Unit

LAPD Celebrates Chanukah Rabbi Israel Hirsch, Chaplain LAPD The lobby of the Los Angeles Police Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles was filled with officers and civilians on Monday, December 12th, as a large menorah was prepared to be lit by Chief of Police Charlie Beck.…

LAPD Celebrates Chanukah

Interview: Nissim Black, Chassid and Internationally-Renowned Musician Yehudis Litvak Who are your role models in the world of Jewish music? David Hamelech! Among contemporary musicians, Mordechai ben David and Mordechai Shapiro – a stellar musician and composer. I try to get inspiration from different places.…

Interview: Nissim Black, Chassid and Internationally-Renowned Musician

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The American Israel Gap-Year Association’s 5th Annual Successful Fair Yehudis Litvak Over 300 enthusiastic students, parents, and educators gathered at YULA Girls High School on November 16th to participate in the annual Israel Gap Year Fair, cornerstone event of the American Israel Gap-Year Association (AIGYA).…

The American Israel Gap-Year Association’s 5th Annual Successful Fair