| Sep 20, 2013
| 8:21 PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
A: Good point. Adam should have a "rib button" and Eve should have had no...
| Sep 20, 2013
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....
| Sep 13, 2013
| 8:21 PM
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...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 1:59 PM
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 --...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 12:55 PM
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 is...
| Sep 5, 2013
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...
| Apr 28, 2011
| 1:13 PM
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.
| Aug 11, 2012
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...
| May 18, 2011
| 3:39 PM
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...
| Dec 20, 2011
| 12:00 PM
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...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 3:26 AM
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....