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Shabbat Recap -- Special Occasions and Introspection

I did make it back to shul today.  Two special occasions in shul today — the rabbi’s eldest son (who looks to be in his mid to late teens — scary, as the rabbi is only four years older than I am!) is leaving to go to a yeshiva near Paris.  974 more words


Tu Ba'av & Such...

I babysat on Tu Ba’av. I know, I know…it was the “Jewish Valentine’s Day”. I preferred to make a little cash instead vs. spend the evening looking for my beshert.  138 more words

From Awkward Faith to Conversion

Two Saturdays ago, I was greeted by a very special place of faith, where the warmth and enthusiasm of the Rabbi, his family, and the congregation as a whole were simply overwhelming.   311 more words


As The Shul lumbers along...

The Last Time, Caleb and I made it Eight Jews.
Today, we made it Six.

C.G. invited me and Caleb to join Vic on the… 137 more words

My daughter on Kippah and tfillin

I generally don’t post my kids’ achievements on my blog or facebook, but I couldn’t resist this one as it is so close to the themes of this blog. 194 more words

Feminism And Jewish Ritual & Practice

The Shifting Cultures of Multiracial Boyle Heights

In a critical scene from the 1997 neo-noir “L.A. Confidential,” the ambitious and overzealous Detective Ed Exley (Guy Pierce) escorts rape survivor Inez Soto (Marisol Padilla Sanchez) through the tumult of press coverage upon her discharge from the hospital. 2,130 more words


sandvick reblogged this on DailyHistory.org and commented:

Ryan Reft at Tropics of Meta has another blog post on the multiracial history of Los Angeles. In this article, Reft examines the development of Boyle Heights. Boyle Heights is bordered on the north the USC Health Scienes Campus, east of the Los Angeles River and north of I-5. It is one of the older neighborhoods of Los Angeles and has a unique history. Due to restrictive covenants, Jews were prohibited from buying homes in much of Los Angeles and settled into the multiracial enclave of Boyle Heights with African and Japanese Americans. Overtime, Boyle Heights morphed into a predominately Latino community. Reft traces the history of this neighborhood and explains how its past has helped bring Los Angeles' Jewish and Mexican American communities closer together.

As The Shul Turns...sort of...

I haven’t been for awhile.  I almost go on Friday, but then remember being robbed, twice. Remember the troika of Buddah/Old Dawg/Actress who create this hellish atmosphere. 237 more words