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Edmon J. Rodman, JTA
Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

Should my sukkah have a debt ceiling?

LOS ANGELES — Each Sukkot we read in Kohelet, Ecclesiastes, that there “is a time to tear down, and a time to build up.” For my sukkah it was time for both. Last year...

Baking your own matzah

LOS ANGELES — In every generation, the Haggadah tells us, the wise, the simple, the non-askers and even the baddies are obligated to see themselves as though they...

Simchat Torah: Circle dances with the Torah

LOS ANGELES — Want to dance with Jewish tradition but don’t know the steps? Ask Simchat Torah to dance. Not a conventional dancer, it’s a star partner who will drag...

Scoring schach

LOS ANGELES — His 14-foot-long pole saw in hand, Paul Nisenbaum is ready to head out into the great urban forest in a search for schach. The Los Angeles teacher and...

Genealogical search for connection to the Vilna Goan proves challenging

LOS ANGELES — Even before my ketubah was signed my soon-to-be mother-in-law, Shirley, calmly but proudly told me, “Edmon, my mother’s family, the Sheinbeins, are...

Jewish songwriter behind ‘Take me out to the ballgame’

LOS ANGELES — At the ballpark this summer, when you rise for the seventh-inning stretch to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” stretch a bit taller — one of the...

One man’s journey into the world of keeping kosher

LOS ANGELES — With lots of matzah, boxes of the right flat stuff required for the making of everything, are you kosher for Passover? What about the day after; then what...