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  • The God Squad: No belly buttons for Adam and Eve

    Q: What, in your opinion, was the reason the early church allowed religious art to show Adam and Eve with belly buttons? — D., Buffalo, N.Y. via godsquadquestion@aol.com A: Good point. Adam should have a "rib button" and Eve should have had no...
  • A kinder, gentler Iran?

    In an autumn ritual, an Iranian president is once more coming to New York for the United Nations' annual meeting of the heads of state. Media frenzy is likely to follow, as the smiling visage of President Hassan Rouhani dominates the airways next week....
  • 2 Jewish groups get state violation notices for slaughtering chickens

    2 Jewish groups get state violation notices for slaughtering chickens
    The California Department of Food and Agriculture on Friday issued notices of violation to two Orthodox Jewish groups that were slaughtering chickens in the Pico-Robertson area as part of an ancient atonement ritual. The action was taken after animal...
  • Killing chickens to cleanse one's sins: Yea or nay?

    Killing chickens to cleanse one's sins: Yea or nay?
    The Orthodox Jewish ritual of kaparot -- in which chickens are ritualistically twirled in the air and slaughtered as a way of transferring a person's sins onto the dead animal -- is still practiced in some corners of Los Angeles. Readers have noticed --...
  • Authors M-Q

    Anthony Madrid Anthony Madrid lives in Chicago. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Iowa Review, Poetry and Web Conjunctions. His first book is “I Am Your Slave Now Do What I Say.” Rebecca Makkai Rebecca Makkai is...
  • Restoring Wilshire Boulevard Temple

     
    For Los Angeles’ oldest Jewish congregation, this week’s High Holy Days marked the official unveiling of the long-overdue renovation of their storied Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Koreatown and the beginning of an ambitious new mission. Between...
  • Talk less, listen more

    Talk less, listen more
    Rabbi David Spey Title: Spiritual leader, Temple Bat Yam, Fort Lauderdale, since July. Other job experience: Former construction assistant for a hospital; former medical research assistant at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx. Education:...
  • Rabbi teaches how to grow from life's hardships

    Rabbi teaches how to grow from life's hardships
    Meet another member of South Florida's many-sided faith community. This week we're talking with Rabbi Jessica Spitalnick Brockman, associate rabbi at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. Q: What's your particular area at the synagogue ? A: Social action, adult...
  • Bonfires, barbecues and mystics

    Bonfires, barbecues and mystics
    Remember when nothing much happened for Jews between Passover and the High Holy Days? Those days are long gone, especially in South Florida. Exhibit A: Lag B’Omer, the so-called Scholars' Holiday, which falls this year on Sunday, May 22. The day...
  • Using music to unite

    Using music to unite
    Meet another member of South Florida's many-sided faith community. This week we're talking with Jerry Berkowitz, cantor at Congregation Etz Chaim in Wilton Manors. Q: How do you work out your official positions at one synagogue while serving as cantor at...
  • Music is mystical

    Music is mystical
    Cantor David Presler Title: Cantor, Temple Emeth, Delray Beach. Other job experience: Served as cantor at synagogues in New York for 28 years; former music teacher at New York City public schools. Other community posts: Private voice teacher....