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  • At Yom Kippur, a heads-up on chest thumping

    On Yom Kippur, when we beat our chests during the confession, maybe we should be knocking instead on our heads, columnist Edmon J. Rodman wonders. After all, isn’t that where all the trouble starts?

  • Going to the source of Rosh Hashanah sweetness

    Not wanting to take holiday honey for granted anymore, columnist Edmon J. Rodman suits up with a beekeeper at a hive of activity in California.

  • On Tisha b’Av, feeling the loss from the flames

    The flames from the destruction of the First and Second Temples that Jews remember on Tisha b’Av seem so distant until the tragedy in Arizona burns a connecting path, writes columnist Edmon J. Rodman.

  • Faster than a speeding bagel: Super Jewish dad

    As the new “Superman: Man of Steel” movie flies to an opening on Father’s Day weekend, cheer earthbound Jewish men for their pretty spectacular powers, writes columnist Edmon J. Rodman — a father of three sons.

  • Torah navigation leads to new journeys

    At Shavuot, columnist Edmon J. Rodman offers some tips for Torah newbies to find their way in the scroll.

  • Brewing up a new connection to Lag b’Omer

    Since we have been counting the Omer — a biblical measure of barley that was brought as an offering to the Temple — each evening from the second night of Passover, what better way to mark the coming holiday than by downing a barley beverage, cold and carbonated?

  • 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.

  • Putting the congregation on the bar mitzvah guest list

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) – More and more families planning bar and bat mitzvahs are taking the advice of Jeffrey Salkin, author of “Putting God on the Guest List,” by making sure to incorporate spiritual elements into their celebrations. But are we re-examining who else we’re inviting to our b’nai mitzvah? For many of us, the…

  • 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.