An Ethical Kashrut Certification—Tav HaYosher: Where Are They Now?

Discourse around labor circles in California has, in the past decade, been stung with major shifts in equity. This change has even seen local light on UCLA’s campus, specifically in regards to boycotts from the custodial staff who felt they…

Finding Female Empowerment in Judaism, Part II: Women’s Customs

In my prior article, Finding Female Empowerment in Judaism, Part I: The Stories of the Bible, I highlighted several Bible stories that demonstrate and exude female empowerment. I will now continue the series by examining women’s spiritual roles in the…

D’var theory: The ancient and contemporary polymath

It often seems like one’s academic major in higher education is a blood-bound oath, and America’s culture of specialized labor promotes that stoicism in kind. Judaism by contrast touts the polymath, a person of wide-ranging knowledge or skill, as the…

Candlelight vigil for Pittsburgh synagogue shooting held at Federal Building

Jews and people of other faiths gathered at the Federal Building at the intersection of Veteran Avenue and Gayley Avenue Sunday evening for a candlelight vigil in solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community after 11 people were killed in a…

Kosher Korner: Strawberry (and Banana) Fluff

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have much time to fuss in the kitchen when it comes close to the end of the quarter. Long marathons of writing papers and studying take their caloric toll, though, so, unless…

“If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?”

My experience at the Bayit began after I was asked this question: “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?” This question has been in the “Bayit Interview Question Bank” for a few years,…

Kosher Korner: homemade falafel

With the 2016 presidential elections heating up and recent political divisiveness on campus, it’s nice to find something that everyone can agree on, like the need for immigration reform, the need for better management of public transit in LA, and…

DJ Khaled: The Jewish keys to success

“Time to take the elevator up to the Most High.” “Bless up.” “Lets see what Chef Dee got for breakfast: egg whites, turkey sausage and water!” “Bless up.” “Key to more success is water.” Unless you have been living in…

Modest fashion with Rachelle Yadegar

Everybody knows the fashion bloggers who post daily pictures of their morning coffee and sunglasses and are followed by thousands who tune in for the latest trends, but recently I came across a novel group — the modest fashion bloggers.…

Taste of Torah: positive transformations and Torah

By Elisa Gurevitch, co-director of Chabad at UCLA   This week’s parashah, Toldot, includes the famous story of Rivkah (Rebecca), who, after many years of marriage, was finally blessed with twins, Yaakov (Jacob) and Esav (Esau). Our Sages tell us that, while…