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  • 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…

  • Celebrating life with a tahara dance

    A dance to interpret tahara, the seldom-discussed ritual preparation for burial of a Jewish body, is introduced at a Los Angele conference.

  • For Crypto-Jews of New Mexico, art is a window into secret life

    The upcoming gathering in Albuquerque of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies is part of a continuing effort to reveal the stories of those who may have had a hidden Jewish past.

  • Now playing at a museum mah jongg table: Jewish pop culture

    The “Project Mah Jongg” exhibit, which originated in New York, is making its way to Jewish museums across America, bringing back memories of bams and craks for generations of Jewish women and hopefully enticing new players.

  • Tribal understandings: Jewish and Navajo spiritual leaders speak of sacred lands

    A Navajo medicine man joins a rabbi for a series of cross-cultural discussions.

  • Putting the Ten Commandments on display

    Just because there’s a debate about the public appropriateness on displaying the Ten Commandments doesn’t mean you can’t surround yourself with them at shul — or even in your front yard.

  • Dressing like my Jewish mother

    Using his late mother’s Torah Fund pins as an example, columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers his take on what to do when one inherits something that represents another’s commitment.

  • With a side of wry, a ‘schmucky’ deli truck rolls into L.A.

    New Yorker Matthew Koven migrates west to open his rolling restaurant “Schmuck with a Truck.”