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  • Trying to set the ‘lag’ on fire

    On Lag B’Omer you can light a bonfire, and you can use the fire to light up your mind, columnist Edmon J. Rodman writes.

  • Watching your language at a Made-in-Israel meal

    The twists and turns in planning a special Yom Ha’Atzmaut dinner.

  • Constructing Holocaust memories: Where mind meets museum

    As Yom Hashoah nears, a walk through the unfinished Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust brings some unexpected personal connections.

  • At Passover, finding a kosher path out of Egypt

    Going the kosher route for a year since last Passover has had its difficulties, but columnist Edmon Rodman says he’s not going back.

  • At Purim, communal connections heat up

    Coming together for annual hamantashen fund-raiser brings the bakers closer to their Southern California temple. But now there’s a tinge of controversy over flavors.

  • A Valentine for Jews: Return to sender?

    Jews — because of their looks, humor or good character — are attracting “the other.” Should they accept their Valentines?

  • A down-to-earth, ‘Avatar’ Tu B’Shvat

    Like the Na’vi who worship trees in “Avatar,” Jews will celebrate the New Year for Trees on Jan. 30, expressing in song and seder a kind of tree love as well.

  • On New Year’s Day, cheering for hands-on Judaism

    The first day of the new year, a Friday night, is a perfect time to have a Shabbat with family and friends, and to bless the kids.

  • At Chanukah, lighting up the tzedakah stairway

    At the Festival of Lights time or anytime — on the street, at your door, in the mail or online — there are many ways to respond to requests for tzedakah.

  • Table talk for a Jewish Thanksgiving

    For what should a Jew be thankful? Here’s a discussion for the table and a few answers.