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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... read full article

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Now there’s an app for atonement – meet eScapegoat

    by Tess Cutler

    September 23, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    The confessions come flooding in at this time of year to the Twitter feed of the atonement app eScapegoat:

    I told him the cupcake was gluten-free.

    I...

  • Compassionate kapparot: use coins, not chickens

    by Rabbi Jonathan Klein

    September 23, 2014 | 2:16 pm

    How does one remove sin and guarantee one’s name in the Book of Life during the Ten Days of Repentance? Here’s one way that does not work: Take a...

  • The deep wellspring of the Shofar

    by Rabbi Brandon Gaines

    September 18, 2014 | 4:47 pm

    Venerated Chassidic master Rabbi Hillel of Paritch (in his magnum opus Pelach haRimon) likens the Shofar’s simple but powerful “cry” to a mighty...

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