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Ryan E. Smith

High Holy Days: The power of forgiveness

The High Holy Days are a time for planting spiritual seeds. When it comes to forgiveness — both granting and seeking it — we hope ...
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Me and Mrs. Brontosaurus

(Above) The author as a kindergartener in 1981. I still remember my first day of school — and how it went wrong from the very beginning. I was ...
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Lovi’s Delicatessen offers a contemporary take on Jewish cuisine

(Above) Towering Cinnamon French Toast. Photos by Lynn Pelkey Alex Lovi is excited about what’s inside his Calabasas restaurant, Lovi’s ...
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When the angels are away …

Summer is almost here, and I’m geeked. Too bad Judaism doesn’t seem to share my enthusiasm. While other cultures have created major monuments ...
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Wonder women

I love strong Jewish women. You could say it started with one named Betty Lou Munk — I call her “Mom” — who in fact grew up Christian on ...
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