L.A. Advanced Women’s Learning Program Takes Off Launched at the start of Elul this year, the L.A. Advanced Women’s Learning Program is a budding learning initiative with the needs of post-high school and post-seminary girls at its core. Every Thursday night from 8:15 to 9:45…

Humor: No Parking Zone Rebecca Klempner I returned to my 1996 Corolla last Monday only to find a small white envelope tucked under my windshield wiper. After I shed a few tears, I cheered myself up by looking on the bright side: I’m 42 years…

Humor: No Parking Zone

The Learning Circle Rebecca Klempner Special needs children in L.A.’s Jewish community have a new schooling option: The Learning Circle. Currently operating out of the Friendship Circle of Los Angeles’s facility on Robertson, this small learning center is offering a unique program for Jewish kids…

The Learning Circle

Alexander Hamilton – A Jewish Founding Father Yehudis Litvak Hundreds of curious listeners gathered at Beth Jacob Congregation last Wednesday night to find out whether Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, was Jewish. This standing room-only event was presented by the Yeshiva University’s Zahava…

Alexander Hamilton – A Jewish Founding Father

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Prayer Works Sarah Pachter When I was seven years old, I attended a Jewish day camp in Atlanta, Georgia. Our days were filled with typical activities like swimming and arts and crafts. But one morning, we had an activity that seemed “unusual,” one that I…

Torah Musings: Prayer Works

Dear readers, This week’s parshah is the first one in which Moshe Rabbeinu is not mentioned by name since his arrival on the scene in Parshas Shemos. The reason for this, we’re told, is because while pleading with Hashem on behalf of the Yidden following…

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Book Review: Small Choices, Big Changes by Sarah Pachter (Targum Publishers 2017), 255 pp. Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon In Small Choices, Big Changes, Sarah Pachter explores fundamental facets of Jewish life with clarity and wit. From the seemingly mundane to the more elevated parts…

Book Review: Small Choices, Big Changes

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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