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  • Let Your Fingers Do the Gift Shopping

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to the High Holidays, festive meals aren't complete without turban-shaped challahs, pomegranates and apples and honey. As a dinner guest, supportive family member and friend, you may be on the lookout for thoughtful gifts. Turns out, in Israel, Rosh Hashanah is a...

  • Young Jews Choose Offbeat Expression

    By Sue Fishkoff

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A new study of Jews in their 20s and 30s reveals that though these young people are underaffiliated with traditional institutions, many have a strongly defined Jewish identity that they express in creative new ways outside synagogues, Jewish Community Centers and the federation...

  • Air Force Flies New Tolerance Guidelines

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Just in time for the High Holidays, U.S. Air Force officials are disseminating new guidelines for religious tolerance, in hopes of improving an atmosphere that some airmen say is unwelcoming to religious minorities.

    However, while some are calling the new regulations a good first...

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  • Give Some Honey to Apples of Your Eye

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The High Holiday Hustle. We know the steps well. It starts with a tireless trek to the mall in search of that stylish synagogue suit. Next comes the culinary juggling act, simultaneously preparing Aunt Sophie's tzimmes, Bubbe's killer kugel and a 22-pound turkey, dressed and trimmed....

  • 525,600 Minutes

    By Wendy Jaffe

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    I was sitting in the AMC theater in Woodland Hills, a captive of a dull series of pre-movie advertisements, when I started to think about my next column. I considered writing about fasting (argue that a tall Starbucks latte might be an acceptable fasting exception, compared to a...

  • Go Ahead—Read That Book in Shul

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The sounds of the Days of Awe in synagogue: the cry of the shofar, the cantor chanting age-old melodies that go right to the heart and congregants alternatively whispering and shushing each other. Then there's the gentle click of pages turning to their own rhythm, not in unison with...

  • Sephardic Dinner Spices Up Holiday

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I am reminded of our trip to Italy a few years ago. We arrived in Milan in the early afternoon and checked into our hotel, planning to attend Rosh Hashanah services that evening at the Sephardic Synagogue.

    We were relaxing in our room, and were surprised...

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