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  • A Rosh Hashanah rap

    by Kosha Dillz aka Rami Even-Esh

    September 24, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Fifty Seven Seventy Five  / is not the combo of my locker

    It’s also not the age of my Mother to Father 

    Not the goals of Brazil vs. German World Cup soccer

    It is the year of Israel/ kiss the land upon

    when I El-Al’ed her

    Sweet new year / for my future Jewish lovely

    That...

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

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

  • 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 break-the-fast.

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

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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 “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

    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, 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

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

  • Recipe: The time of year to get your fill of kreplach

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 17, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    I am always impressed by the fact that food plays such an important role during the holiest of Jewish holidays, and kreplach — dough wrapped around meat and boiled, fried or baked — is certainly one of these dishes. Traditionally, it is served between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New...

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