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Balance in Balance

Exploring the 17th Day of the Counting of the Omer “Tiferet in Teferet” discussing kabbalah, Pirkei Avot, Parsha of Metzora. The class is given once a week in the Pico Robertson section of Los Angeles. To attend send an email rabbiyonah @ gmail.com CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Join me for Jewlicious Passover Seders in Los Angeles

ImageJoin us for Seder first or second night – it promises to be amazing! If you would like to join us first night – we have limited space at Rabbi Yonah and Rachel Bookstein’s home. Email lauren.jewlicious@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

For second night Seder we have a blowout event at the Happy Minyan. Tickets only $40 — Space limited. This is Seder Jewlicious style with the song and spirit of the Happy Minyan. Subsidies available. (email allison.jewlicious@gmail.com

Our interactive, inspiring, and delicious seder is fully catered and creative. Bring your friends and enjoy this great evening.

I will bring stories from Reb Shlomo, Hasidic masters, and other sources. Bring your own short Torah’s to share too if you want!

ONLY $40 Thanks to generous sponsors!

Regular matzah and wine supplied. Bring your own Shmurah matzah if you want.

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Going Kosher for Passover 2013 Guide

Many people assume that Passover cleaning is akin to torture. It need not be. Turning over a house doesn’t require copious amounts of tin-foil, nor does it require a blow torch (even though they are cool). Chometz is not poison, it is easily removed, sold, or discarded. Dishes can easily be replaced with bio-degradable one-time-use, or ou can invest in a separate set of dishes. If you are married I highly recommend investing in a Passover set of pots, dishes and cutlery.

It requires some sechel – i.e. knowing what you are doing.

My one page Kosher for Passover guide is all you need.

Going kosher for passover guide 2013

My Turn to Host Shmuley

shmuley with camperDuring my time working on my MA at Oxford University in 1994-96, I become lifelong friends with Shmuley. He was then the Chabad Shaliach to Oxford, and he and his wife Debbie helped me and many other students to live an active Jewish life in a city not known for observant Judaism, let alone kosher meals. After I finished my degree, Shmuley asked me to work with him on the L’Chaim Society full time. We organized some huge events with speakers such as Yitchak Shamir, Diego Maradona and Boy George, just to name a few. We launched Kosher Sex in England. We had a great time, and it was a wild ride.

In those days at the L’Chaim society, we had a group of very ambitious fellow students including now Senatorial candidate, Mayor Cory Booker, and many others who have gone on to become prominent in their fields. We created Shabbat dinners that lasted for hours with memorable and sometimes hilarious speakers. Like the time the Jewish monk gave an hour monologue on why we should all convert. We downed a lot of vodka that night to say the least.

Thanks to Shmuley convincing me to stay in Oxford, I met my wife Rachel who arrived in Oxford to do her MA in Jewish Studies!

Since then, Shmuley has gone on to publish more than two dozen books, appear on TV, radio, and tour the world speaking — and making quite a name for himself. Whatever you know about Shmuley, you have to admire his ability to generate controversy that makes the Jewish establishment bristle, tackle relavent subjects, and bring passion to Judaism. He’s a great speaker and debater, and worth hanging out with for Shabbos. He has a drive and mission and is trying to bring a new way of looking at Judaism to a wider audience.

Shmuley Boteach will be speaking Friday night and on Saturday during Jewlicious Festival 9.

Learn more about Shmuley here.