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  • Each day is a choice: Parashat Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8)

    September 24, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    Only a couple of weeks ago, we were all feeling the holiness of Yom Kippur. By the end of the day of fasting, beautiful music, insightful teachings and prayers that deepened our self-awareness, we were remembering the real priorities in life. We had committed — to ourselves and God...

  • Chanting Torah for mom

    September 3, 2013 | 11:17 am

    “But what are you chanting for?” the woman cutting my hair wanted to know. She didn’t mean the glory of God or even my own spiritual well-being. It turned out she had once belonged to a 1970s church that chanted for things like shoes and better jobs. But when I am standing on the...

  • Holy Days done your way

    By Elyse Samuels

    September 3, 2013 | 11:08 am

    You could make a movie about the way Sigal Farkash spends the High Holy Days. In a way, someone already has.

    “Have you ever seen the movie ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’? That’s how we celebrate,” the Israeli from Sherman Oaks said, describing the lively atmosphere of food and family...

  • Happy new mitzvah

    By David Suissa

    September 2, 2013 | 5:23 pm

    “Organized Judaism is in trouble.” I’ve been hearing that refrain for years now, from rabbis and Jewish leaders in speeches, sermons, op-eds and conferences. The litany of complaints is familiar: Synagogue membership is down; the new generation doesn’t like organized religion;...

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  • 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...

  • Acting rabbi brings rebirth to 1920s shul

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 27, 2011 | 5:21 pm

    For more than 35 years, Temple Beth Israel of Highland Park and Eagle Rock existed without a rabbi. No longer.

    This month, Susan Goldberg became the acting rabbi of what is believed to be the city’s second-oldest shul still operating out of its original location.

    For Temple Beth...

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

    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...

  • The surprising appeal of Kol Nidre

    September 22, 2011 | 3:39 pm

    On his way to converting to Christianity, philosopher Franz Rosenzweig attended Yom Kippur services and was so moved that he decided to remain Jewish. One look at the most famous prayer for the occasion makes it hard to believe that he did not abandon Judaism all the quicker.

    Kol...

  • Dozing on the Days of Awe

    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...

  • MUSIC VIDEO: Ori Murray—‘Rosh Hashanah Rap’

    By The Web Guy

    September 30, 2008 | 2:59 pm

    The Matrix, the Kotel, the Days of Awe are all linked in this music video from Ori Murray shot in Jerusalem.

     

  • Six self-help books seek to help you get sealed in the Book of Life

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    September 21, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    In these days of asking tough questions, taking stock, revisiting memories and trying to do better in 5767, books are essential tools. Several new works from different disciplines and traditions, some of which don't mention the words Days of Awe, lend new meaning to the holidays -- on caring for orphans, baking bread, deepening celebrations, understanding forgiveness, practicing kindness, exploring traditional liturgy and rituals.
     
  • Let Your Fingers Do the Gift Shopping

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When it comes to the High Holidays, festive meals aren't complete without turban-shaped challahs, pomegranates and apples and honey. As a dinner guest, supportive family member and friend, you may be on the lookout for thoughtful gifts. Turns out, in Israel, Rosh Hashanah is a...

  • Four Ways to Hear the Days of Awe

    By George Robinson

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Days of Awe evoke many feelings, but my first thoughts invariably turn to the special music of these days. From the solemn, almost brooding melody of Kol Nidre to the lilting "High Holiday" tune that unifies the music of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there is much in which...

  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the High Holidays

    By Amy Klein

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Goodbye summer; hello High Holidays. While Rosh Hashanah falls later in the calendar than normal this year (Oct. 3-5), it's never too early to get ready for the Jewish New Year. Besides, preparations traditionally begin in the Hebrew month of Elul, which started Sept. 4.

    If you...

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