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  • Adding a new dimension to Holocaust testimony

    Columnist Edmon Rodman comes face to face with a Holocaust survivor’s 3-D image, part of a new interactive project of the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation.

  • From L.A., following the Egyptian signs to the Red Sea

    Wondering if seeing Passover with an Egyptian eye will help recover some collective cultural memory, JTA columnist Edmon J. Rodman hits the historic Egyptian Theater in the heart of the Hollywood Boulevard tourist district.

  • In Hollywood, looking to Persian Jews for Purim costume inspiration

    Purim coincides with the Academy Award ceremony this year. But columnist Edmon Rodman discovers there’s no need to go Hollywood to find an award-winning costume.

  • Tolkien b’Shvat: Looking to the Middle-earth folk to save our planet

    Columnist Edmon J. Rodman unearths the connections between the Jewish holiday dedicated to trees and “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

  • Linking to Lincoln on Chanukah

    Columnist Edmon J. Rodman suggests a tip of the stovepipe hat to Lincoln for ordering General Grant to cancel the expulsion of Jews from some Dixie areas on the first day of the holiday in 1862.

  • For a Thanksgiving seder, it’s all about the ‘hodu’

    Turning to Mayflower passenger William Bradford for inspiration, columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers an orderly Jewish way to say “hodu,” or thanks, on the quintessentially American holiday.

  • Rescued from Kristallnacht, a family Torah reaches a new generation

    Seventy years after her great-great-grandfather rescued a German community’s Torah from the tragedy of Kristallnacht — and her family found it — a California bat mitzvah will read from the scroll.

  • Cooling the rhetoric in your sukkah of peace

    Amid a presidential campaign, how best to keep a holiday sense of joy and camaraderie in the sukkah? Columnist Edmon J. Rodman goes to an expert for some advice.

  • You ain’t heard Kol Nidre yet

    Preparing to lead the evening service on Kol Nidre, columnist Edmon J. Rodman takes a short drive to the resting place of Al Jolson for some inspiration and checks in with a real live cantor for advice.

  • Casting away your sins at Tashlich — it’s not just fish food

    On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, a body of flowing water with fish and some bread crumbs are all that’s needed to begin the transformative process of tashlich. (Edmon J. Rodman) LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Can ridding oneself of a year’s sins really be as simple as tossing a piece of bread into the…