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  • Where will you Tashlich?

    by Cyndi Bemel

    September 24, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    I love the annual ritual of tashlich, the symbolic casting away of the soul’s sins. As it involves a body of water — oceans, rivers, ponds — I like to...

  • Bargain-store table settings that look like a million bucks

    by Hanna Benrosh and Lirit Rosenzweig Topaz

    September 24, 2014 | 11:53 am

    The High Holy Days can be a very stressful, time-consuming and expensive season — especially if you are the host for Rosh Hashanah dinner or Yom Kippur...

  • Finding meaning in the ram

    by Rabbi Noah Zvi Farkas

    September 24, 2014 | 11:28 am

    No story in our culture is more enigmatic and iconic than the Binding of Isaac, which we read on Rosh Hashanah. The akedah, or “binding,” is found in...

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  • A new look in Israel for Shmita, the year of rest

    by Orit Arfa

    September 24, 2014 | 11:15 am

    More than 2,000 years ago, when ancient Israel was an agrarian society, the shmita year was a huge national happening. Commencing with Rosh Hashanah,...

  • Will the summer of war affect High Holy Days sermons?

    by Ryan Torok

    September 23, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    Every year, synagogue rabbis face the often-daunting task of coming up with compelling High Holy Days sermons.

    This summer’s 50-day Israel-Gaza...

  • The shofar saves a rabbi’s life: a case study

    by Dr. Norman Lavin

    September 23, 2014 | 3:56 pm

    My patient, an esteemed rabbi, underwent major abdominal surgery lasting several hours. Within one day postoperatively, he was instructed to blow into a...

  • How to Shmita in California

    by Edmon J. Rodman

    September 23, 2014 | 3:27 pm

    Shmita, the Torah-mandated break that refreshes every seven years, and which is observed in the coming new year, 5775, is being reinterpreted in Los...

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