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  • Taking seven steps to ‘Sukkot happiness’

    by Dasee Berkowitz, JTA

    October 5, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    But are you happy? 

    No, this isn’t your mother wanting another update on your life. It’s not Dr. Phil’s provocative question through your TV/computer screen as you sit (safely) on your couch. And it isn’t someone reading you the Declaration of Independence wondering if you...

  • Going around the world to break the fast

    by Sybil Kaplan, JTA

    September 28, 2011 | 2:56 pm

    Breaking the fast has its own set of traditions. Ashkenazim usually break the fast with something salty, like herring, because they believe fish restores salt lost by the body while fasting. Herring also was the cheapest fish in Eastern Europe, where the custom originated.

    Egg and...

  • How to dip your Apple in honey [VIDEO]

    September 28, 2011 | 1:26 pm

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  • OPINION: Rosh Hashanah and the art of beekeeping

    By Rob Eshman

    September 28, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    I never told my wife about the bees.

    My wife, the rabbi, has suffered my enthusiasm for urban farming with bemusement and exasperation, anger and forgiveness. Much like God Herself suffers the Children of Israel.

    Last Monday morning, for instance, after returning on a long night...

  • Food banks short, SOVA amps up High Holy Days appeal

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 27, 2011 | 6:57 pm

    Adire situation is looming at regional food banks and distribution centers, as ever-increasing demand collides with government cuts, threatening the food supply chain for the neediest.

    In May, funding for FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program was cut from $200 million to $120...

  • 10Q Project: Answer life’s big questions online … Then reread next year

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 27, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    It might seem odd that 10Q, a project bent on promoting deep personal reflection and penetrating spiritual insight, would engage Joel Stein, a somewhat nihilistic humor columnist, as one of its endorsers.

    “I find it hard to believe that anyone in our present society needs to spend...

  • If you seat them, they will come

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 27, 2011 | 5:24 pm

    Twice a year, many synagogues find themselves dealing with a wonderful but very practical problem: how to handle the huge numbers of people who show up for the High Holy Days and don’t fit in the sanctuary.

    For some, the answer involves reserved seating or alternative services...

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