Etz Jacob Congregation Celebrates 85 Years This coming Jewish year, 5778, marks 85 years since the founding of Congregation Etz Jacob on Beverly Boulevard. With the catchy slogan of “re-Jew-venate,” Etz Jacob is celebrating in style by offering free seats for the upcoming high holidays.…

Etz Jacob Congregation Celebrates 85 Years

Eden-LA Program Aims to Improve and Transform Women’s Experiences Over the past year, mikvah attendants, rebbetzins, and other female leaders of the greater Los Angeles area had the opportunity to participate in a unique program run under the expert guidance of The Eden Center of…

Eden-LA Program Aims to Improve and Transform Women’s Experiences

Yeshivas Bais Toras Menachem Embarks on Its Tenth Year Yehudis Litvak As Yeshivas Bais Toras Menachem (BTM) enters its tenth year, it celebrates the success of its recent partnership with Testing and Training Incorporated (TTI), a program that facilitates obtaining a college degree through a…

Yeshivas Bais Toras Menachem Embarks on Its Tenth Year

Weekly Daf Rabbi Shmuel Wise Which commandments applied to Adam? The gemara on 56b discussed this in the context of the overarching discussion of the “Seven Commandments for All Descendants of Noah.” The gemara there brings the list of the tanna’im of Menasheh’s Academy and…

Weekly Daf

I Know a Great Dry Cleaner Sarah Pachter One of my biggest pet peeves is when a favorite article of clothing gets large, noticeable stain. You know the kind I’m referring to. It could be the skirt that matches with everything, or the blouse that…

Torah Musings: I Know a Great Dry Cleaner

Simanim Mania Rebecca Klempner When I was growing up – not yet frum, but pretty traditional – my grandparents served round challos, apples and honey, and honey cake for Rosh Hashanah. We ate smoked whitefish if Grandpa remembered to pick some up at the market.…

Humor: Simanim Mania

Chana as a Paradigm for Prayer Dr. Leila Bronner Many articles about Chana (Hannah) begin by describing her as an unhappy woman pouring out her heart and soul over her barrenness. However, despite her sadness, the rabbis depict her as a unique woman and her…

Holiday Series: Chana as a Paradigm for Prayer

Ready or Not? Dear Dr. T., My daughter is a first-grader and is doing well. I find, though, that she doesn’t like to go beyond her comfort zone (and her teacher mentioned it to me, too). When she’s being taught a new skill or concept…

Proactive Parenting: Ready or Not?

Please Don’t Give Charity Rabbi Sholom Keselman “U’nesaneh Tokef” is one of Rosh Hashanah’s most solemn and arousing prayers. It describes how all must pass before G-d in judgment. He decides who will live and who will die, who will be healthy and who sick,…

Chassidic Thought: Please Don’t Give Charity

Medical Emergencies While Driving in California Michael Rubinstein, Esq. What happens if a driver experiences a sudden emergency, medical or otherwise, and then causes a crash? Sadly, medical emergencies behind the wheel are not necessarily hypothetical. My office recently received a call with the following…

Ask The Attorney: Medical Emergencies While Driving in California

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Missing the Point Sarah Pachter When I was a featured speaker at a Pesach program in a beautiful hotel, there were hundreds of families enjoying the food and activities, and my family was certainly no exception. As our family sat down to a pleasant yom…

Torah Musings: Missing The Point

Dear readers, Is teshuvah only for bad habits? How about good habits we do by rote? Or – even worse – good deeds we do while wishing we weren’t doing them? Come to think of it, being religious for any length of time brings with…

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The Baal Shem Tov’s Teaching of Divine Providence Rabbi Sholom Kesselman In the summer of 1896, Rabbi Sholom Dovber of Lubavitch (the Fifth Chabad Rebbe) and his son Yosef Yitzchak, were strolling in the fields of Balivka. The grain was close to ripening, and the…

The Baal Shem Tov’s Teaching of Divine Providence

Moment in Time Sarah Pachter I recently went skiing down a black diamond run, one of the most difficult slopes on a mountain. Now, don’t get too excited, I don’t exactly “fly” down black diamonds. I’m not skilled enough to gracefully zigzag around moguls, the…

Torah Musings: Moment in Time