The Kamocha Campaign Launches in Los Angeles Yehudis Litvak Two weeks ago, the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation (CCHF) launched a city-wide Kamocha Campaign in Los Angeles. This program for mid- to upper elementary students, intended to raise awareness of the mitzvah of ve’ahavta l’reacha kamocha,…

The Kamocha Campaign Launches in Los Angeles

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Strive for Truth Sarah Pachter I was learning with a student when she mentioned that a huge obstacle for her was her parent’s opposition to her religious growth. They often told her she had been “brainwashed” and that “these organizations” with whom she had taken…

Torah Musings: Strive for Truth

Humor Column: Double-Parked in Los Angeles Rebecca Klempner I really don’t mind it when non-Jews eat matzo ball soup or shout, “Mazel tov!” when someone announces a birth or engagement. After all, matzo ball soup is delicious, and “Mazel tov!” is a lot more fun…

Humor Column: Double-Parked in Los Angeles

Chinuch vs. Control – Part 2 Sara Teichman, Psy.D. The previous article differentiated between chinuch and control. Whereas chinuch is long- lasting and emanates from within the child, control is short-lived and external (i.e. We can force our child to behave but only while he…

Ask Dr T: Chinuch vs. Control – Part 2

Dear Readers, Where would we be without the Jewish mother’s intuition? Sarah Imeinu sensed that Yishmael had veered away from the correct path, and Rivkah was the one who saw through Eisav’s pretentious piety. It takes a special perception to distinguish between surface and reality.…

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Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision-Making Rabbi Jason Weiner Urim Publications, 368 pp. Reviewed by Devorah Talia Gordon When asked to review Rabbi Jason Weiner’s book, Jewish Guide to Practical Decision-Making, I hesitated. Surely my editor had asked the wrong writer. Having almost no medical…

Book Review: Jewish Guide to Practical Medical Decision-Making

Israel On The Cutting Edge: 10 Years of Innovation Aaron Feigenbaum Just 10 years ago, Israel was struggling amidst a weak economy, water and energy scarcity, and a lack of foreign investment. Since that time, Israel has become such a powerhouse for innovation that many…

Israel On The Cutting Edge: 10 Years of Innovation

Enthusiastic Crowds Turn Out for L.A. Challah Baking Events Tamara Sambrowsky Over 800 women attended The Great BIG Los Angeles Challah Bake which took place this past Thursday evening, October 26th. The Challah Bake – a prelude to the Shabbat Project, but an event in…

Enthusiastic Crowds Turn Out for L.A. Challah Baking Events

Bnei Akiva Fundraiser Recognizes Modern Day Jewish Heroes Tova Abady Bnei Akiva held their tenth annual Gevura Jewish Heroes Night on Tuesday, October 24th, at the Museum of Tolerance. Ruth Berkowitz, board president, served as emcee and thanked everyone for coming in spite of it…

Bnei Akiva Fundraiser Recognizes Modern Day Jewish Heroes

Machlis Moments Sarah Pachter When I first read Sara Yocheved Rigler’s biography Emunah with Love and Chicken Soup: The Story of Rebbetzin Henny Machlis, the Brooklyn-born Girl Who Became a Jerusalem Legend, I did not realize the tremendous impact it would have on my life…

Torah Musings: Machlis Moments

Get Out of Town Rebecca Klempner Shortly after I became observant, I came across the expression “Out of Town Jews.” At first this mystified me, but eventually I realized that it was used by New Yorkers to describe those living outside the Greater New York…

Humor: Get out of town

Dear Readers,

“Our forefather Avraham was great.” “Sara Imeinu was a big tzaddeikes.” Do we tell ourselves and our children statements like this in order to lift us up? For many, it has the opposite effect. They were great, but we are not. What does their greatness have to do with us? It seems to spring from them fully formed from their youngest years.

However, we know that we contain many faults and shortcomings.

The Chassidic masters teach that, just as the body receives direction and energy from the brain and heart, there are neshama klaliyos, general souls, from which all other souls come. Thus the souls in separate people may influence one another in profound ways.

When we learn that Avraham Avinu saw Hashem, it is supposed to evoke within us a yearning to also see Hashem – even if not in the way Avraham did. We are still supposed to search and perhaps even request that G-d and G-dliness be tangible in our lives.

The culmination of this process is the ultimate revelation in the time of the future redemption – may it take place very soon.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Shabbos,

Shalom

Why Uninsured Motorist Coverage is Essential Michael Rubinstein, Esq. Drivers in California face a serious predicament every single day: Millions of drivers are driving without insurance. Perhaps an even greater number do carry insurance, but not enough to cover potential losses caused by a traffic…

Why Uninsured Motorist Coverage is Essential

American Israel Gap Year Fair to Take Place in Los Angeles Yehudis Litvak The annual American Israel Gap Year Fair will take place this year on November 16th, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., at YULA Girls School. As always, the fair will feature a wide array…

American Israel Gap Year Fair to Take Place in Los Angeles

A review of some of this week’s key daf yomi concepts Rabbi Shmuel Wise, Maggid Shiur at RealClearDaf.com Who am I: my body or my soul? This issue was explored on 91a in a fascinating conversation between Rebbi (R’ Yehudah HaNassi) and Antoninus (often understood…

Weekly Daf: A review of some of this week’s key daf yomi concepts

The Garden of Eating Sarah Pachter Years ago, when I was attending an NCSY shabbaton, a counselor suddenly stood up on a chair during the Friday night dinner, and dramatically exclaimed, “What if I told you today that you were not really a Jew?” Standing…

Torah Musings: The Garden of Eating