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Teaching children moral courage

By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — Mark Twain once said, “It is curious—curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.” To display moral courage in today’s world is, sadly, a rarity.  Some have referred to the end of the twentieth century as the “Decade of […]

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Child assassins

By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — What makes a child so angry or despondent that he or she would pick up a gun and shoot classmates and teachers?  And what warning signs can parents look for?  These are the questions we’ll answer in this column. The problem of anger is based on fragile […]

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SDJW salutes its September 2015 writers

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) – During the month of August, San Diego Jewish World was privileged to publish works by the following writers and photographers.   We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and to publicly express our appreciation. To access works by these contributors on San Diego Jewish World, type or copy their name into the […]

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Why huts are going up in La Jolla, Del Mar

By Michael R. Mantell, PhD SAN DIEGO — Beginning on the evening of Sunday, September 27, 2015 until a week later, many people will leave the security, warmth, beauty and permanence of their large, expensive, well appointed, nicely manicured homes.  They will retreat into a simple, sometimes wobbly, unpretentious temporary shelter, covered by nothing more than […]

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We repent on Yom Kippur, and then what?

By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — This high-holiday season may have been just the spark some needed to awaken – or re-awaken — their Jewish heritage. Still others remain in the midst of great spiritual strivings during the upcoming auspicious days of Succot and Simchat Torah. Wherever you are personally, no matter. What […]

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A 4-step guide to repentance

By Michael R. Mantell, PhD SAN DIEGO — According to Jewish tradition, on the tenth day of the Hebrew month Tishri, Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the second set of tablets of the Ten Commandments after Hashem forgave the Jews for the sin of worshipping the golden calf.  That day is called Yom Kippur, […]

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Rosenthal to retire as Tifereth Israel’s rabbi

  SAN DIEGO — Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal, spiritual leader of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, has announced he will retire from that position on March 5, 2017, which with accumulated vacation days, will conclude his tenure officially on July 31, 2017.  In all, he will have served San Diego’s oldest Conservative congregation for 29 years. He said […]

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Spiritual self- improving, Jewish style

By Michael R. Mantell, PhD SAN DIEGO — There is nothing so Jewish as self-improvement.  And all this time, you thought gefilte fish or bagels and lox were the ultimate Jewish experience.  No, you see, when it comes to improving yourself, making yourself into an elevated, more refined, more civil person, nothing in psychology has ever […]

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Tis the season to seek to be forgiven

By Michael R. Mantell, PhD SAN DIEGO — According to Jewish tradition, on the tenth day of the Hebrew month Tishri, Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the second set of tablets of the Ten Commandments after Hashem forgave the Jews for the sin of worshipping the golden calf.  That day is called Yom […]

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Hints for improving your character

By Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D. SAN DIEGO — Someone once said, “Character is what we do when no one else is looking.”  Of course, we believe there really never is such a time, with G-d in Heaven.  Yet, there are those who still believe, “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do […]

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The joy of kosher sex

By Michael R. Mantell, PhD SAN DIEGO — In the words of one sexually frustrated husband, “My wife doesn’t.  Understand me?”  For so many years, the jokes about Judaism and sex – together with Jewish illiteracy — have so misled generations, that too many of today’s young Jewish couples simply do not understand the true joy […]

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Setting goals for our prayers

By Michael R. Mantell, PhD SAN DIEGO — I recently went on the Rabbinical Assembly website and found 15 prayerbooks. Prayerbooks. Fifteen of them. Who needs fifteen different prayerbooks? I guess the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association of Conservative/Masorti rabbis believes we, the members of Conservative congregations worldwide, need them. But fifteen? Seriously? This got me […]

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SDJW thanks its July 2015 contributors

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) – During the month of July, San Diego Jewish World was privileged to publish works by the following writers and photographers.   We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and publicly express our appreciation. To access works by these contributors on San Diego Jewish World, type or copy their name […]

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Loving your fellow Jew

By Michael R. Mantell, PhD SAN DIEGO — What lesson have we not learned from one of the most basic principles in Judaism, “Love your fellow Jew as yourself”?  It’s preached on pulpit after pulpit, regardless of the sex of the rabbi, the color of the rabbi’s talit, whether the rabbi wears a kippah or not, […]

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