Mental Health Tragedy Fuels Positive Change Within Jewish Community

Loved and respected by everyone around him, Benjamin Beezy seemed to have the world at his fingertips. After attending Milken Community High School, Ben graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, completed law school and was working at a high-caliber law firm—all while still being involved in the Valley Beth Shalom community in Encino, California. Still, all this wasn’t enough to overcome the h...

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Livestreaming Services Connect the Disconnected

College Students, Young Professionals, Couples and Seniors Are Tuning in Faithfully This past Yom Kippur, Jeffrey Solomon’s daughter was away at grad school. She longed to be there with her family for the service so she texted her father, who is president of Temple Etz Chaim in Thousand Oaks, California, in the days leading up to it asking if the service could be livestreamed so that she and other college students coul...

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Demystifying Mikvah

By Rabbi Yael Hammerman As a child, I imagined a mikvah to be like the pit into which Jacob’s sons threw their brother Joseph—bur rayk, an empty pit—dark and deep underground. Ironically, my image of a mikvah was waterless—ayn bo mayim—born out of touristy Israel trips to see the ancient mikva’ot on Masada and the Burnt House in Jerusalem. These mikva’ot may be archeological wonders and historical goldmines, but as a c...

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