Jewish Journal

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...

  • 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...

  • How to make the best round challah: All you need is love

    by Elana Horwich

    September 17, 2014 | 11:39 am

    Every year on Rosh Hashanah, I make challah. And year after year, everyone tells me they’ve never had this kind of challah. 

    I could never understand...

  • Shape shifting

    by Rabbi Gershon Winkler

    September 8, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Listen carefully.  This is an actual teaching by the ancient Hebrew sages, as recorded in the Talmud:

    “After seven years, the hyena turns into a large...

  • Bee shortfall raises honey prices

    by Jared Sichel

    August 28, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    For Julien Bohbot, honey prices are no small matter. 

    The Moroccan-born owner of Pico-Robertson’s kosher Delice Bakery says he uses about 150 pounds...

  • Let them dat (honey) cake

    by Judy Zeidler

    August 28, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is considered a High Holy Day, but it’s also a happy holiday, full of hope and optimism.

    I am always impressed by...

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