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GIFTS: Sukkot, which thanks God for blessings of all kinds, begins tonight at 6:34 p.m.

Sukkot: Know what you have

By Amalia Zucker, Staff Writer September 20, 2021

The High Holidays are a very busy time of year in Judaism, and by the time we get to Sukkot, we’ve already been through Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and the Fast of Gedaliah. It’s a lot of extra time...

FORGIVENESS: Yom Kippur starts tonight at 6:41. The fast ends tomorrow at 7:35 p.m.

Yom Kippur: Why does God forgive us? ‘Jonah’ holds a clue

By Zane Mendelson, 10th Grade September 15, 2021

The holiest day of the year, Yom Kippur. This is the day when we as the Jewish nation repent knowing God will forgive us. This is the meaning of Yom Kippur, right?  On Yom Kippur, the Haftorah that...

TESHUVA: Rosh Hashanah reminds us to be awake not only to repentance, but to what is happening around us.

Does a lyric from a Beatles song explain the meaning of shofar?

By Zion Schlussel, 10th Grade September 6, 2021

Blowing the shofar seems like a strange tradition. We take the horn of an animal, hollow it out, and then blow into it 100 times. But the shofar isn’t about the horn. It’s about what the horn symbolizes. In...

PILLARS: Pirkei Avot teaches us that acts of kindness are one of the three pillars that hold up the world.

Ruth the Moabitess: Turning loss into strength

By Olivia Orbuch, 9th Grade May 22, 2021

On Shavuot we read the Book of Ruth, whose character was strong and principled. She was a Moabite married into a Jewish family at a time when intermarriage was frowned upon. Tragedy struck the family suddenly,...

LIGHT: Rabbi Benny Lau says the instructions and meaning of Torah can guide all kinds of people, whatever their sexuality or gender identity.

For Orthodox LGBTQ, Rabbi Lau offers a guide to both religious and family life

By Joshua Gamson, Staff Writer April 23, 2021

There is no map in Judaism to guide an LGBTQ person in family life, but Rabbi Benny Lau has tried to create one, blending what he describes as the disparate worlds of Torah ideals with the reality of the...

SOON: Passover begins this Saturday night, March 27.

Pesach 2021: Freeing ourselves with faith

By Gabriella Gomperts, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

“All who are hungry, let them come and eat!  All who are needy, let them come and conduct the Pesach Seder!  Now we are here; next year we will be in the Land of Israel.  Now we are slaves;...

ASKING: Among other questions, Passover -- which starts this Saturday  night -- wonders why the seder night is different from all others.

How is your seder different from all other seders?

By Liad Machmali, Features Editor March 22, 2021

“Really long,” “matzah pizza,” and “cleaning” are words linked to Pesach in most of our minds. But another buzzword that may pop up when thinking about the Jewish holiday that starts this Saturday...

HOME: A Boiling Point survey found that all kinds of Jews give presents -- and don’t.

When it comes to Chanukah gift-giving, the ritual is whatever you grew up with

By Liad Machmali, Life and Features Editor December 14, 2020

This Chanukah 5780, senior Yael Rubin’s family will be exchanging gifts among aunts, uncles and cousins. Dean of Students Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg will be giving gifts just to his wife and kids. Freshman...

MEANING: The real message of the lights is that Gods miracles are everywhere.

Chanukah: It’s not just the oil

By Amalia Zucker, 9th Grade December 13, 2020

Of all Jewish holidays, Chanukah is one of the most well-known to non-Jews. Holidays like Yom Kippur, Purim, and Sukkot seem to go unnoticed, but Chanukah is different, perhaps because it’s easy to lump...

LOCAL: Rabbi Sacks, whose teachings are spread throughout the LaHav curriculum, made many trips to Los Angeles, including to Hillel Hebrew Academy, above, in February 2014.

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, ‘master of thought’ and a Rashi of our time, has died at age 71

By Talia Davoudian, Staff Writer December 1, 2020

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, author of more than 30 books, and the one to thank for the introductions and commentary in the Koren Siddurim and Machzorim, passed...

GIFT: At the end of a divisive presidential campaign, Rabbi Yosef Kanesfky told his congregation that from a religious perspective, democracy is a gift that we have been empowered with “to impact and affect the lives of other human beings.”

‘Holy conduct’: How to be Jewish during a hard election season

By Molly Litvak, Editor-in-Chief October 30, 2020

In an email to his congregation last Tuesday, Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky of B’nai David-Judea Congregation in Pico-Robertson said Jews of all political beliefs should aspire to holiness during the current...

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