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  • Two Rosh Hashanah services by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    by Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    6 days ago

    Life Saving Judaism:

    A week ago, one of my dear friends from childhood, Camp Ramah and rabbinical school, lost his wife after a courageous three year battle with breast cancer. She was 42 years old, brilliant, successful, witty, cultured and a mother of two young sons. My wife...

  • High Holy Days 5775: Jewish community shares life advice

    Jewish Journal

    6 days ago

    As we look inward over the course of the High Holy Days, we also seek wisdom that might guide us forward in our lives. The Journal sought life advice from thoughtful people in our community and elsewhere, including a few no longer with us, all of whose words are worth remembering.

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  • Where will you Tashlich?

    by Cyndi Bemel

    6 days ago

    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 think of it as an excuse for a hike … and a spiritual adventure.  

    The custom of self-reflection, traditionally performed on the...

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

    by Hanna Benrosh and Lirit Rosenzweig Topaz

    6 days ago

    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 break-the-fast.

    The idea of creating beautiful yet affordable table settings by using items from discount stores was born after...

  • Finding meaning in the ram

    by Rabbi Noah Zvi Farkas

    6 days ago

    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 the 22nd chapter of Genesis and is only 19 verses long, containing just over 300 words. Yet this very short story has compelled...

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

    By Orit Arfa

    6 days ago

    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, the people of Israel would gather in the fields to partake of the produce left “ownerless” by farmers who, heeding the biblical...

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

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    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 conflict, during which 66 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians were killed, and more than 2,100 Palestinians died, could make this...

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