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  • Simplifying the Purim parody

    iShpiel saves time and perfects the art of casting the perfect shpiel.

  • Giving Jews some much-needed love on Valentine’s Day

    Valentine’s Day may not be Jewish, but a card with a “yasher koach” would be awfully nice right now for a community rocked by affinity scams, budget meltdowns and protest demonstrations.

  • Backyard bounty for a Tu B’Shevat seder

    In California, who needs a market to celebrate the new year for trees? Assembling the foods for your seder is definitely doable and helps make connections to the mystics and your roots.

  • OP-ED: Welcoming a new day for the stranger

    Perhaps a holiday inspired by the work of Martin Luther King will get Jews to follow the mitzvah most cited in the Torah — the need for awareness of and justice for the stranger.

  • The miracle this recession year: Chanukah thrift shopping

    Jewish thrift shopping provides an opening not only to stretch one’s budget in tough times but to support organizations hard at work repairing our communities.

  • Pass the turkey, B’vakasha!

    With relatives flying in from eretz everywhere, with drama in the kitchen and at the table, and a time to give thanks and say shehechiyanu for being able to celebrate together another year, Thanksgiving surely is as an adopted Jewish day of family gathering.

  • Halloween or Shabbat? A tricky choice

    As Friday, Oct. 31 approaches, a debate between traditions is raging in many Jewish homes: challah vs. candy, the Sabbath Queen vs. the Pumpkin King, blue homes vs. orange.

  • Who’s in your sukkah?

    Creating a personal list of ushpizin, guests for your sukkah, can add to the season of joy.

  • The shofar – a rhapsody in green

    In a year of sustainability and carbon footprints, high gas and hybrids, the shofar is the simplest, most eco-friendly method of reaching the Jewish community with a vital message.

  • Write your own dirge for Tisha B’Av

    Writing your own kinah, or dirge, could help forge a more intimate connection with Tisha B’Av, the fast day that commemorates a series of tragic events in Jewish history.