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Apr 20, 2022, 5:45 PM
The Secret of Six
I love the connection of numbers and Torah. In macro-terms, Torah is the blueprint of the universe. What is the secret of six? According to the famous Passover song, Who Knows One?, one is God, two are the tablets,...
Mar 10, 2022, 9:55 PM
Purim: From Exodus to Esther
The 14th of Adar, Purim, is one of my favorite holidays. I love dressing in costumes, getting together with my community and partying with friends. Hopefully, we do this more than once a year! But on Purim, the joy...
Jan 13, 2022, 7:28 PM
Legacy: The Yellow Violin
Flemington, New Jersey, was stop number one on my three week August concert tour some years back. Half of the buildings in this Delaware River town are on the Register of Historic Places. Masterfully restored nineteenth-century Victorians resplendent with...
Nov 4, 2021, 9:05 PM
Keeping Consistency Constant
Two key factors have kept us sane while raising the next generation of Jewish kids: involving God in the process and striving for consistency in our parenting effort. My wife, Shira and I leave the heavy lifting to God. What...
Oct 14, 2021, 8:36 PM
The Teenage Years: Better Run Away
I love to watch our quiet street come alive when I daven Shacharit on our front porch, bound in my tefillin and enveloped in my tallit. Our next-door neighbors have two adorable kids, the oldest a loquacious blonde with...
Oct 7, 2021, 6:19 AM
“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” was our dog-eared bible for the first few years of child-rearing. Soon thereafter, my wife, Shira and I let the instinct developed from our own upbringing take over, many thanks to the great...
Sep 3, 2021, 12:04 AM
High Holiday Preparations in the Jungle
As a yeshiva student in the Old City of Jerusalem in my 20s, I learned that the month of Elul was a big deal, a 29-day period to buckle down on preparation for the imminent High Holidays. I remember...
Sep 1, 2021, 10:14 AM
Rosh Hashana: The Parade of Tears
I left home for my cousin Gene Samson’s funeral feeling frustrated I was losing half my day, begrudgingly donning a black suit on a 90-degree LA scorcher. However, as soon as I entered the mortuary, I was immediately uplifted...
Aug 5, 2021, 11:23 PM
Elul: T’shuva – Masters of Return
An urban executive with very little Jewish education started studying with a rabbi. He had been encouraged by one of his peers to give it a try and Torah study soon became a high point in his week. This...
Jul 22, 2021, 5:57 PM
Spiritual parenting: The gift of a reprimand
Judeo-Christian theology espouses an immanent, loving God, a celestial coach rooting for each individual’s spiritual growth. Scripture is filled with reminders of this abundant love, with prayers and rituals offering myriad opportunities for returning God’s grace with grateful service....
Sam Glaser is a performer, composer, producer and author in Los Angeles. His new book, The Joy of Judaism, may be purchased via Amazon.