Jewish Journal

  • How are we doing as a planet this Rosh Hashanah?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 17, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, has profound meaning for the entire world and humanity. Most people familiar with the holiday think of apples, honey, shofar, and as one of the two days that every Jew goes to synagogue. 

    We understand that Rosh Hashanah is about being a better... read on

  • One Last Try: The Passover Vagrant and Rabbi Naftali of Ropshitz

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    April 23, 2014 | 11:23 am

    At the end of Passover, there is a beautiful tradition started by the Baal Shem Tov to make a festive meal of matzah and wine in honor of the coming of the Messiah. This Passover meal encapsulates all the spiritual teachings of the holiday and integrates them into our spiritual... read on

  • A Kabbalist’s Feast: The Tu B’Shevat Seder

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    January 13, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Year's ago in the ancient city of Safed, a group of Kabbalists uncovered the mystical secrets of Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish holiday commemorating trees which begins this year on Wednesday Night, January 15th.

    This group revealed these mystical secrets in a ritual ceremony patterned... read on

  • Will Anyone Fill Bronfman’s Chair?

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    December 22, 2013 | 11:39 am

    As the Jewish world comes to grips with the passing of the legendary Jewish leader, activist, philanthropist and businessman Edgar Bronfman, who died this weekend at the age of 84, major questions arise. Is this the end of Jewish mega-philanthropists whose enormous gifts have... read on

  • Mazal Tov: Tigers Pick a Jewish Manager

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    November 3, 2013 | 10:01 pm

    Many know that I am a Detroit baseball fanatic and was crushed at our loss this season to the Red Sox in the American League Championships. But all the mourning and soul-searching has come to an abrupt end on the news that former Detroit Tiger Brad Ausmus — and most importantly... read on

  • Days of Awesome High Holiday Experience

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 16, 2013 | 9:21 am

    Please join me for a friendly, joyous, participatory, and mindful celebration of the High Holidays with meaning, melody, and humor. It's more than just "services" but a way to connect. Get the most out of these powerful days of introspection and join a community of welcoming folks... read on

  • Shechita Continues in Krakow

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 16, 2013 | 9:18 am

    When I lived in Krakow as a Fulbright Fellow from 1993-1994, the thought of having a real kosher restaurant in Krakow, let alone kosher schechita, would have been a fantasy. (The topic of "kosher" restaurants in Krakow in the 1990's deserves its own long essay.)

    Today, thanks to... read on

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