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  • At Yom Kippur, dreaming of a white yontif

    Columnist Edmon J. Rodman on his bid to fit in at his L.A. shul — and not to stand out on a day when God takes note of us.

  • Beyond the synagogue, a shofar’s call makes connections

    Columnist Edmon J. Rodman sees firsthand the impact of his wife’s shofar blowing on a road trip around L.A.

  • Tisha b’Av in a time of rockets, tunnels and death

    Connecting with a holiday mourning lost Temples can be a challenge, but Tisha b’Av has special resonance this year, JTA’s Edmon Rodman writes.

  • Kabbalat Kaboom: Celebrating the Fourth on a Friday

    A Carlebach-Cohan mashup, fireworks from a shul hilltop and a musical service honoring independence integrate the U.S. holiday and Jewish day of rest.

  • At Shavuot, celebrating the giving of the law — and the mother-in-law?

    In the Ten Commandments, the Torah tells us to “Honor your father and your mother,” but on mothers-in-law, it’s mum. That is until we read the Book of Ruth,

  • An SOS from my OS seder

    With the hit film “Her” in mind, columnist Edmon J. Rodman introduces a a cool digital maven to run his yearly Haggadah-fest.

  • On Purim, answering to a higher grogger

    Looking for a better blotter of Haman’s name with an eye toward Purim-centered social action.

  • At Tu b’Shvat, digging for spiritual growth

    Doing a little planting for what some call the Jewish Arbor Day, columnist Edmon J. Rodman wonders about connecting the generations.

  • Pass the cranberry latkes: When holidays collide

    Thanksgivukkah, as the rare confluence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving is being called, presents opportunities for creativity along with challenges, columnist Edmon J. Rodman writes.

  • At Sukkot, turning oy into the season of joy

    After the chest pounding and pleading for his life of the High Holidays, columnist Edmon J. Rodman aims to find the energy to again build the sukkah he’s put up for many, many years.