Emek Hebrew Academy celebrates 58th Annual Trustee dinner Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center’s 58th Annual Trustee Dinner took place on February 21st at the Petersen Automotive Museum. This year’s dinner was dedicated to the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education and the legacy…

Emek Hebrew Academy celebrates 58th Annual Trustee dinner

That ONE Thing Sarah Pachter My student, Rachel, was telling me about a wonderful guy she was dating. She described him as a quality person, with tremendous motivation and loyalty, who had depth beyond his years. She was happy with his physical appearance and said…

Torah Musings: That ONE Thing

Humor: Achdus Upside-Down Rebecca Klempner Recently, social media, public spaces, dinner tables, and even classrooms have been filled with raised voices, finger pointing, and Unfriending—not to mention Unfriending’s passive-aggressive cousin, Unfollowing. (I’ve probably already Unfollowed you. You just haven’t realized yet.) It’s hard to get…

Humor: Achdus Upside-Down

Dear readers, Anti-Semites should be celebrating the state of Israel. For years they didn’t have a mainstream rallying cry with which they could openly hate Jews. Saying we’re “leaches” or “control the world” made the average American squirm. No longer. It is now fashionable and…

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AIGYA Founder Phyllis Folb Receives Cohon Memorial Award Previous Winners Include Stand With Us and Museum of Tolerance Phyllis Folb, the American Israel Gap Year Association’s (AIGYA) Founder and Executive Director, received the Rabbi Samuel S. and A. Irma Cohon Memorial Foundation Award for individuals…

Press Release: AIGYA Founder Phyllis Folb Receives Cohon Memorial Award

Facing Ourselves Sarah Pachter According to Google, women look in the mirror an average of 71 times a day! In the bathroom, at work, at the gym—and who isn’t guilty of sneaking a peak by a storefront window? The mirror is just a reflective piece…

Torah Musings: Facing Ourselves

Humor: Star Struck Rebecca Klempner I am way less cool than I think I am. On a recent morning, I went running in Pan Pacific Park here in L.A. After three laps, I headed to the playground so I could do yoga and bodyweight exercises…

Humor: Star Struck

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Dear readers, Man’s search for meaning—This, said famed neurologist Viktor Frankl, was man’s true pursuit. Not the pursuit of pleasure, not the pursuit of money. He realized this in the concentration camps during the Holocaust. He found that people who had a reason to live…

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Is the gid hanasheh halachically considered a food? Rabbi Shmuel Wise, Maggid Shiur at realcleardaf.com We dealt with this question on Wednesday’s daf this week (92b). Rav there makes the surprising statement that the main branch of the sciatic nerve itself is not prohibited whatsoever,…

Weekly Daf: Is the gid hanasheh halachically considered a food?

Hello, G-d? Are you there? Sarah Pachter Sitting in the X-ray waiting room of the hospital with my daughter’s head nestled against my chest, I sighed heavily. It was going to be a while. The room was packed with people of all faiths waiting with…

Torah Musings: Hello, G-d? Are you there?

Are beheimah and chayah groups or elements? Rabbi Shmuel Wise The answer to this question sheds light on Thursday’s daf (79) this week, which discusses hybrid animals. The main topic of our perek is the prohibition against slaughtering an animal and its offspring on the…

Weekly Daf: Are beheimah and chayah groups or elements?

Inclusion of Anti-Semitic Piece Mars Los Angeles Art Show Rabbi Shalom Rubanowitz and Shlomo (Sam) Rubanowitz January 23-27th, the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted the L.A. Art Show. It was a scene for art lovers to marvel at—unless you cared about Holocaust Remembrance, anti-Semitism, and…

Inclusion of Anti-Semitic Piece Mars Los Angeles Art Show

Inner and Outer Packaging Sarah Pachter One afternoon my son brought a small toy home for his baby sister after a doctor’s visit.  Unable to contain her excitement, she reached for the toy, which was wrapped in a small plastic box. Well, what do you…

Torah Musings: Inner and Outer Packaging

Matt Gottlieb: From Israel to Hollywood Rebecca Klempner Although he doesn’t feel like he’s received his “big break” yet, you may already recognize Matt Gottlieb’s face—or his voice. An Israeli-born actor, Gottlieb, is part of surge of Israeli programming hitting English-language platforms. Last year, he…

People: Matt Gottlieb: From Israel to Hollywood

Dear readers, Lashon hara: One might say this is the single most destructive behavior in a community. It creates a deep mistrust when community members constantly hear others spoken about with derision. It leads to division and competitiveness. It significantly hampers any activities needing collaboration.…

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