Jewish Journal

A Holiday Tool Kit

By Wendy J. Madnick

September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

As Rabbi Stewart Vogel of Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills sees it: "For many people, the fulfillment of the biblical injunction 'You shall afflict your soul' means simply coming to High... read full article

  • Ten Ways to Make the High Holidays Meaningful

    By Ann Molin

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dipping apples in honey, blowing the shofar, gathering together as a family -- these parts of the High Holidays appeal to most children. But to only teach our children about the customs surrounding Rosh Hashanah is to give them just one part of the story. The more difficult aspect of...

  • Beyond Puppets and Cookies

    By Beverly Gray

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Eleven-year-old Katie Zeisl, who attends Hebrew School at Adat Ari El, knows that the High Holidays are a time to "tell God I'm really sorry and I'll try not to do it again." But she's skeptical about making promises she may not be able to keep, and she has little use for her...

  • The Year Ahead

    By Rahel Musleah

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Tahel shanah u-virkhoteha! Let the new year begin with all its blessings. With this hearty declaration, the Rosh Hashanah feast begins in my home. But, like many families of Sephardic and Mizrahi (Eastern) origin, we don't actually eat the meal until we have recited many blessings in...

  • Their Right of Passage

    By Michele Chabin

    July 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of Israeli children celebrate their bar and bat mitzvahs every week, and 13-year-old Asher Gorsky did not want to be an exception.

    Last fall, Asher, a handsome but frail boy with a radiant smile, realized his dream before two dozen relatives and friends. Asher has cerebral...

  • Passover Recollections

    By Merrill Shindler

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I know it's getting really boring to talk ad infinitum about our dysfunctional families. But trust me, pilgrims -- when it came to the Passover seder at the Shindler homestead in the Bronx, dysfunction didn't even begin to describe the chaos and torments of Gehenna that afflicted my...

  • Ice Cream or Bread?

    By Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I remember the argument like it was yesterday. There I was, a 10-year-old kid growing up in a Reform congregation in Santa Monica, arguing with my best friend (another 10-year-old from the same synagogue) about the laws of kashrut for Pesach. Well, actually, the argument was really...

  • Eight Things You Need to Know About Chanukah

    By Julie G Fax

    December 10, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Some years ago, the American Booksellers Association's holiday advertising theme was the phrase: "Give a gift of love; Give a book." Jewish Book Month, scheduled in November, anticipated the gift-giving season. This year, as always, a fresh crop of children's books appeared for the...

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