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Coping with loss in the age of the internet

By Esther D. Kustanowitz

September 10, 2013 | 4:47 pm

Esther Kustanowitz and her mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz. Photo courtesy the Kustanowitz family

When my mother, Shulamit E. Kustanowitz, died in May 2011, the in-person Jewish community provided all the basics — post-shivah meals, abundant hugs and three places to say Kaddish: Temple... read full article

  • High Holy Days food: How sweet it is

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 4, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    Honey adds special touch to Jewish New Year

    Brownies

    Honey Chocolate Fudge Bars. Photos by Dan Kacvinski. Food coordinated by Judy Zeidler

    The use of honey for Rosh Hashanah symbolizes a sweet year and dates back to biblical times, when refined sugar was unknown. Its sweetness adds a...

  • Shanah tovah from the White House

    by Ben Harris, JTA

    September 4, 2013 | 10:07 am

    No real news here, but it’s not every day the president speaks directly to the Jews (except for this week, when it seems he did).

     

  • The sermon

    September 3, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    If my calculations are correct, I have listened to somewhere between 70 and 80 High Holy Days sermons. The total sounds high, but when you consider that typically four different High Holy Days sermons are delivered between Erev Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the numbers add up...

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  • A difficult conversation

    by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 3, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Before creating the human being, according to a Midrash, God consulted the angels of heaven. The Angel of Peace argued, “Don’t create him! He will bring war into Your world!” The Angel of Compassion countered, “He will do kindness, create him!” The Angel of Justice offered, “Create...

  • David Siegel's Rosh Hashanah greetings

    Jewish Journal

    September 3, 2013 | 11:56 am

  • A difficult conversation

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    September 3, 2013 | 11:52 am

    The conversation is supposed to begin like this: “Will you forgive me for anything I might have said or done this year that has hurt you?” 

    You are sitting with a friend over coffee, during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and you ask this question. Not easy. What...

  • A time of transformation

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 3, 2013 | 11:48 am

    Many Jews will point to the Hebrew word het for sin, which is an archery term, and insist that Judaism teaches that sin is just “missing the mark.” That simplification does a grave injustice to the Jewish tradition. There are other words for sin in our liturgy — pesha, avon and...

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