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KCET Visits PJC and Interviews Me

KCET (the local PBS affiliate) has been working on a city-wide project. It is called Departures and it focuses on the people and places that make the neighborhoods of Los Angeles. For the last six weeks they have been working on Venice. Today they came to the Pacific Jewish Center Shul on the Beach to learn about us and to be included in their upcoming…

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Twitter Your Prayers

This Post Has Been Cross Posted to DovBear. The morning before Rosh Hashana there is a custom to recite extended Slichos in Shul. Led by Gary Dalin, the services this morning were wonderful. Thank you Gary. The Slichos are mostly Medieval era poetry designed to arouse the soul within to make amends for all wrongs committed during the year. As we approach the judgment of…

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Authentic Judaism and Authentic Charity

This post is really two Public Service Announcements. Please read both and if you are able to help in any way possible, it is much appreciated. One great thing about blogging is the opportunity to connect with other people for the sake of an important cause. Today, I present you with two important causes.

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Book Review | The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook

Yesterday I flew from New York to Los Angeles. We got to the airport just under 3 hours before our flight. This is a direct result of missing a few flights in the last few years. We always err on the side of caution. I stopped in a Hudson Books to peruse the available reading material. Prominently displayed was a new book by Ben Mezrich…

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Weekly Jewish Blog Round-Up #231

Haveil Havalim #231 is being hosted at Esser Agaroth. Check it out by clicking here for a variety of very interesting links from all around the J-blogosphere. Thanks to Esser Agaroth for hosting and doing another super job! (And thanks for linking my post on Brett Favre.)

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Elul Begins With A Warning | Anonymous Bloggers Take Note: Google Knows Your Every Move

A little while back I contributed a decent post to DovBear that generated an impressive response from legions of commenters on DovBear. The post was a comparison of anonymous vs. onymous blogging. I argued that by blogging about important things anonymously, they are less effective and only perpetuate the near censorship of right-wing Orthodox Judaism. Some went on to call anonymous blogging cowardly. In the…

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Rabbi Zelik Epstein, Of Blessed Memory

Yesterday, the Jewish world lost a spiritual giant (good article worth reading). Rabbi Zelik Epstein, Rosh Yeshiva of Shaar Hatorah in Queens passed away. He was 97. R’ Zelik was a relic of the past. He studied Torah in Europe with some the greatest Torah scholars of recent American Jewry, including Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and Rabbi Yaakov Kamanetsky. Perhaps even more significantly, he was above…

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Shame on Gizmodo | Shame on Us Too

One of my favorite gadget blogs ran a despicable headline for a post yesterday. Gizmodo is a great blog when it comes to getting information, reviews and opinions on the latest technology and gadgets. Unfortunately, yesterday they disgraced their reputation with a pretty offensive headline. The headline garnered enough attention that they ultimately changed it to something less offensive.

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A Happy 2009 Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday. I am not huge “birthday guy”. I love my children’s birthday more than my own birthday and my mother loves my birthday more than I do. A lot of people know my birthday. Co-workers, family and friends all know my birthday. This year I got a ton of birthday wishes. But it was different.

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Summer Reading

During the summer months many people find some extra time to catch up on their reading. By reading, I mean books with paper, ink, covers and turning pages. I don’t mean on a backlit display plugged into an electrical outlet. This summer, I have been too busy to do any real substantive offline reading. I have done a lot of online reading, but my book…

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