Giving Bounces Back Sarah Pachter As a young adult, my dear friend Eliana lost both her parents within one year’s time. Simultaneously, she was experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, complete with every uncomfortable symptom imaginable. To the outside world, her life seemed to be crumbling, and…

Torah Musings: Giving Bounces Back

Op-ED: A Fairer, More Effective Traffic Court Alternative Shlomo Frieman Traffic court is substantially the same as in 2015 when Governor Brown described it as a “hellhole of desperation” for the poor. Was it always this way? What are the alternatives? Under the traffic court…

Op-ED: A Fairer, More Effective Traffic Court Alternative

The Tyranny of the Should Rabbi Dov Heller, LMFT Everyone lives with “shoulds.” One might say, Judaism is a way of life built on should: one should love others, one should keep kosher, one should give charity, and so on. For many, their shoulds are…

Emotional Health: The Tyranny of the Should

Dear readers, Pesach might be behind us but there’s still plenty of Mitzrayim to leave. Indeed, it says “kimei tzetcha m’eretz Mitzrayim…” – with kimei in the plural. Leaving Mitzrayim wasn’t a “one and done.” We may have left the geographical territory of Egypt, but…

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Powering Down to Connect to a Higher Power Sarah Pachter I recently participated as a guest speaker on a radio show, and the hosts were intrigued by my level of religious observance. Among the many things that piqued their interest, Sabbath observance was one area…

Torah Musings: Powering Down to Connect to a Higher Power

Humor Column: Pesach Rebecca Klempner I don’t mind all the cleaning and shopping and cooking that leads up to Pesach – I just tell myself that seder is coming, my favorite night of the year. Knowing that work has a purpose makes me (mostly) happy…

Humor Column: Pesach

Dear Readers, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” It’s fascinating that on the night we celebrate the beginning of our peoplehood, we’re encouraged to ask so many questions. Indeed, the haggadah will provide us with questions to ask if we don’t have…

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Does Car Insurance Cover Drunk Driving? Michael Rubinstein, Esq. Drunk driving is a serious problem. Despite the rise of ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft, crashes caused by drunk drivers still occur in Los Angeles. As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I have represented victims who…

Ask the attorney: Does Car Insurance Cover Drunk Driving?

The Democrats’ Louis Farrakhan Problem Many Questions, No Answers Tzvi Dear At a recent event in the back forests of Baton Rouge, the former head of the Louisiana Ku Klux Clan, David Duke, gathered with his fellow tiki torch carriers, and gave a passionate address…

The Democrats’ Louis Farrakhan Problem

Pesach and Ma’os Chitim at Gan Chabad Preschool The children at Gan Chabad Preschool have been busily preparing for Pesach and can’t wait to have four cups of grape juice, eat matzah, and use the beautiful items they have made for their families’ sedarim! In…

Pesach and Ma’os Chitim at Gan Chabad Preschool

Emek Honors the Teichman Family at their Trustee Dinner In February, Emek Hebrew Academy Teichman Family Torah Center held its 58th Annual Trustee Dinner at the Bella Blanca Banquet Hall in the San Fernando Valley. This year’s theme was “A Family Affair.” The Master of…

Emek Honors the Teichman Family at their Trustee Dinner

Three Words to Boost Your Success Sarah Pachter There are three four-letter “f” words that could literally change your life. Don’t worry! It’s not what you’re thinking – no offensive language here! Here’s the first one: fine. How many times a day do we have…

Torah Musings: Three Words to Boost Your Success

Humor Column: Extremely Minor Celebrity Rebecca Klempner While eavesdropping on my kids, I often learn astonishing things. I have discovered that they are occasionally nice to each other (“Here. You take the last cookie.”) I have learned that my children have excellent imaginations. (One of…

Humor Column: Extremely Minor Celebrity

Dear Readers, A couple of days ago I bumped into some old friends from South Africa who told me that yet again a popular kosher caterer in the community who had been doing business for many years was found selling non-kosher chicken… The obvious reaction…

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Two New Torahs, 1000 Strong: Celebrate Legacy of Rabbi Gordon The greater Los Angeles Jewish community came out in strength to joyfully and fittingly celebrate the legacy of the esteemed and world-renowned Shliach and teacher, Rabbi Yehoshua Binyomin Gordon, obm, with the dedication of two…

Two New Torahs, 1000 Strong: Celebrate Legacy of Rabbi Gordon

OK Kosher West Coast Kashrus Seminar The OK Kosher, under the direction of Rabbi Don Yoel Levy, recently concluded a three-day kashrus training seminar for mashgichim in Los Angeles. The seminar was for the mashgichim working in the food service department (restaurants, catering, bakeries, markets,…

OK Kosher West Coast Kashrus Seminar

Dealing with Difficult People, Part 3: Becoming BIG Sarah Pachter As a single girl, I went to a class about marital harmony given by Rebbetzin Rachel Miller in Jerusalem. Single women are not typically invited to this class, but a friend and I asked if…