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Sarah Pachter One evening, my husband and I planned to attend a black tie event. I was eight months pregnant and had only one formal gown that fit. It was an exquisite piece that I kept in a garment bag, hidden in the back of…

Dealing with Difficult People, Part II: Big Is Small

Practical Parenting

Dear Dr T., I’ve never seen this question anywhere, so I hope you will take the time to respond. With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approaching, I feel increasingly anxious and tense. It’s not the regular stuff – you know, the cooking, cleaning, shopping; it’s…

Proactive Parenting: A Yom Tov Dilemma

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Dear Readers, I’ve just about given up keeping up with this election. Progressives now tell us that pointing out Mrs. Clinton’s health issues is taking advantage of her being a woman and different than a man. (No kidding.) Self-serving Edward Snowden is now a villain…

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Rebecca Klempner Toba’s Passage by Libby Herz, illustrated by Dena Ackerman (Hachai 2016) Babel by Marc Lumer, Chaim Burston, and DovBer Naiditch (Apples and Honey Press 2016) Former Angeleno, illustrator Dena Ackerman (née Heller), and current Angeleno, author/illustrator Marc Lumer, each have new books out…

Two New Releases for Kids by Angelenos!

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Rebecca Klempner Four Jewish women from the L.A. area participated in the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP) Leadership Conference held September 18th – 20th in College Park, Maryland. Over 300 participants from nine countries gathered to hone their leadership skills and promote the unity of Jewish…

Local Moms Attend JRWP Global Leadership Conference

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Yehudis Litvak The Heroes of Hatzolah dinner, held by Hatzolah Los Angeles in conjunction with United Hatzolah Israel, inspired its attendees and raised the funds necessary to expand the life-saving work of these organizations. Well over 700 people from all areas of Greater Los Angeles…

Celebrating the Heroes of Hatzolah in Los Angeles

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Sarah Pachter I recently discovered one of the secrets of getting along with difficult people while playing a basic card game with my children. The game is called “Spot It,” and it consists of 60 cards. A typical card displays a handful of symbols such as…

Dealing with Difficult People, Part I: Small Is Big

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Dear Readers, What is it about the coming of Moshiach that makes us feel uncomfortable? It’s the elephant in the room; everyone believes it will happen, everyone wants it to happen but as soon as someone mentions it – or what’s more, wishes for it…

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L-R Richard Bloom (California State Assembly Member, 50th district), Leeor Alpern (President Emeritus of Democrats for Israel), George Haroonian (Nessah Board Member), Rabbi Abraham Cooper (Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center) Eitan Arom (staff writer, Jewish Journal), Joel Pollak (Editor-At-Large, Breitbart News Network)

Bracha Miriam Turner On Thursday, September 8th, Nessah Synagogue hosted an election debate featuring a panel of public representatives and political commentators to discuss issues of concern to the Jewish community. The event was moderated by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal…

Nessah Community Center Election Debate Urges Voters to Ask Tough Questions

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Sarah Pachter Imagine it is a beautiful afternoon in Los Angeles, and you decide to take a stroll around the neighborhood. You go to your local coffee shop, order an iced latte, and begin to thumb through a copy of National Geographic. Right away you…

Torah Musings: Learning to Bounce Back

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Rabbi Sholom Kesselman The fear is palpable; the mood, tense. A sense of dread hangs over every community like a thick grey cloud. It is the month of Elul and only a few short weeks before the awesome Day of Judgment. Soon, all will have…

Holiday Series: Smile – Its Elul!

Practical Parenting

Dear Dr T., I enjoyed your recent JHLA column about concrete ways (diet, sleep, exercise) of helping our children be successful in school. But, honestly, it’s kind of basic. What about our attitudes and expectations, hopes and dreams? What impact, if any, do they have…

Proactive Parenting: School Success – Part 2

To:       Howard Witkin Executive Director Los Angeles Community Eruv Dear Howard, I am responding to your letter in which you seek clarification as to Rav Moshe’s position regarding an eruv in Los Angeles; and did he say that “Los Angeles cannot have an eruv”. As…

What Did Rav Moshe Say About the L.A. Eruv

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Rabbi Arye D. Gordon On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, Beth Jacob Congregation of Beverly Hills held a tribute evening in memory of Rabbi Dr. Maurice Lamm, zt”l. The first to speak was Rabbi Kalman Topp, the present rabbi of Beth Jacob. His connection with Rabbi…

Los Angeles Tribute to the memory of Rabbi Maurice Lamm, zt”l