Jewish Journal

  • Yom Kippur without fasting: How kids can atone, too

    by Sarah Chandler, MyJewishLearning.com

    September 27, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    For most adults, the central experience of Yom Kippur is fasting. By abstaining from food and drink, we exercise control over our bodies and do not give in to our most basic impulses. This makes it pretty easy to feel the “affliction” that the Torah mandates.

    But parents...

  • Berman presses Egypt on lulavs


    September 27, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    U.S. Rep. Howard Berman, a leading congressional Democrat, wrote the Egyptian prime minister urging him to export lulavs in time for Sukkot.

    “I understand that Egypt has previously limited the export of lulavs to prevent overharvesting, and I appreciate the fact that Egypt has a...

  • Make this the year of the apology

    by Dasee Berkowitz, JTA

    September 27, 2011 | 11:28 am

    In the words of Elton John, why is it that “sorry seems to be the hardest word?”

    With a sense of schadenfreude, we take sport in watching our political leaders and celebrities fall from their pedestals and lie in their attempt to cover up the scandal du jour. We relish TV shows...

  • Dozing on the Days of Awe

    by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

    September 22, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    Don’t let Maimonides catch you napping on Rosh HaShanah.

    His famous quote, “Awake, awake, you slumberers from your sleep, inspect your actions and return”—usually found in the High Holidays prayer book before the sounding of the shofar—is meant as the ultimate shluf alarm, his...

  • From Ramadan to Elul: a California Chasid’s spiritual journey

    by Andrew Friedman, JTA

    September 22, 2011 | 1:23 pm

    For Lee Weissman, a Breslov Chasid in Irvine, Calif., the recent onset of Elul caps a spiritual journey he began a month ago with the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Weissman, a teacher at a Jewish day school in Irvine and a scholar of Southeast Asian religions, says...

  • New machzor delves into heart of Rosh Hashanah

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 21, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, has published enough books to earn his many titles — around 20 tomes, ranging from scholarly commentaries to analysis of contemporary culture. Widely viewed as one of the top Jewish leaders in the world, Sacks published...

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