ETTA’s Silver Anniversary Celebration Brought Together Hearts of Gold Tova Abady The ETTA 25th Anniversary Gala—held November 28th at the Beverly Hilton—began with a “big bang,” thanks to host Mayim Bialik, co-star of the Big Bang Theory, and Bill Prady, the TV series’s co-creator and…

ETTA’s Silver Anniversary Celebration Brought Together Hearts of Gold

Just One Shabbos Sarah Pachter Grab a yoga mat then try this: Lay face-down with your arms out in front of you. Have someone lift your arms for half a minute while your eyes are completely closed. Have that person lower your arms slowly toward…

Torah Musings: Just One Shabbos

Dear Readers, Exactly a year ago, I was sitting with my aunt, Leah Rubashkin, at a Chanukah party. All we spoke about was when would Sholom Mordechai come home. Although they knew serious efforts were being made towards his release at the highest levels, they…

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Dear Readers, Exactly a year ago, I was sitting with my aunt, Leah Rubashkin, at a Chanukah party. All we spoke about was when would Sholom Mordechai come home. Although they knew serious efforts were being made towards his release at the highest levels, they…

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Book Review: The Key of Rain by Dave Mason, with Mike Feuer (Lionstail Press 2018) Reviewed by Rebecca Klempner I was excited to read Mason and Feuer’s new release, The Key of Rain, Book Two of The Age of Prophesy series, after thoroughly enjoying Book…

Book Review: The Key of Rain by Dave Mason, with Mike Feuer

And Now for Something Completely Different Brenda Goldstein Rabbi Pini Dunner might as well have called his debut book And Now for Something Completely Different, as it talks about off-beat characters in Judaism that mainstream narratives either fail to mention or speak about only marginally.…

And Now for Something Completely Different

Appreciation, Part 2 Sarah Pachter In our last issue, I wrote about becoming happier with less and expounded on how to prevent ourselves from becoming numb to pleasurable experiences. This article delineates how we can lower that bar of appreciation so more events, items, and…

Torah Musings: Appreciation, Part 2

NaNoWhineMo Rebecca Klempner In the world of writers—both amateur and professional—November means more than eating Turkey and grabbing bargains at the mall. November is NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month. But I have unilaterally decided to rename it NaNoWhineMo because this Novermber, I have been doing more…

Humor: NaNoWhineMo

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Dear Readers, As humans, we can have one of several reactions when receiving something: “I have 100 of that—now I want 200.” “This was successful. I must be such a smart guy!” In this week’s parshah, Yaakov Avinu has a different, better reaction. He says,…

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Visiting Eretz Bereishit A Fourth Grader, Yeshivat Yavneh Hebrew Academy, Los Angeles, California Recently, students at Yavneh participated in an innovative program. Yavneh’s headmaster, Rabbi Dear, summarizes the program as follows: “Our students were transported to biblical times, coming face-to-face with Avraham, Sarah, Yitzchak and…

Visiting Eretz Bereishit

A Slice of Heaven on Earth Brenda Goldstein “Stop doing. Start being,” the theme of Shabbat Project 2018, flashed over the video screens during the first-ever Great Pink Challah Bake at Shalhevet High School on October 25th. Created in honor of October’s designation as Breast…

A Slice of Heaven on Earth

Vitamin “G” Cures All Sarah Pachter Okay, I admit I have not yet heard of a vitamin that cures all. However, I did recently come across an author, Janice Kaplan, who cleverly coined the term “Vitamin G” (as in gratitude) and presents it as a…

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