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  • A Rosh Hashanah rap

    6 days ago

    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...

  • Pen In The Sky

    By Emily Stern

    6 days ago

    I'm fine with the image of a pen in the sky
    as long as it's feathered, and
    can chisel through stone.

    Draw the truth in all of the world.
    Get fancy and very straightforward.

    Show us the lines
    to break through the schmutz
    reveal what's inside.
    Reveal to us Your heartfelt design.

    If your soul paints the world,
    write our book of glowing streams
    already here, already perfect, already whole.

    Simply lift and return us again.
    We’re ready to live in the daylight
    of Grace, hand in hand. Yours always.

     

    Shana Tova!

  • The deep wellspring of the Shofar

    2 weeks ago

    Venerated Chassidic master Rabbi Hillel of Paritch (in his magnum opus Pelach haRimon) likens the Shofar’s simple but powerful “cry” to a mighty wellspring bursting forth from the depths of the earth. Such a wellspring, explains Reb Hillel, replenishes even a parched river, i.e....

  • Hundreds of Jewish families remaining in eastern Ukraine for High Holidays

    By tessc

    3 weeks ago

    Hundreds of Jewish families are staying in the flashpoint eastern Ukraine cities of Donetsk and Mariupol and will spend Rosh Hashanah there.

    The families are hoping for an extended calm after the signing of a cease-fire agreement reached last week between Ukrainian troops and...

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  • Israel’s population grows slightly to 8.081 million

    September 3, 2013 | 7:18 am

    The population in Israel rose to 8.081 million — 148,000 more than on the eve of Rosh Hashanah a year ago.

    According to data released Monday by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the population grew by 1.8 percent, with 75.1 percent of Israel’s population, or 6.066 million...

  • Peres’ Rosh Hashanah message: Keep hope alive

    By  Tom Tugend

    August 30, 2013 | 5:10 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres in his annual Rosh Hashanah message told world Jewry there is “no room to lose hope” in the coming year.

    Rosh Hashanah, he pointed out in the message released Thursday, “carries with it great opportunities and great hope,” and Yom Kippur is “the...

  • The best holiday of them all

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 19, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Rosh Hashana is my favorite holiday. But more than the food and the family-time, what makes this holiday my favorite is the atmosphere. It's this something I feel inside of me, in my house, in my town and nationwide. It is a one of a kind holiday spirit. As I said before, a Jewish...

  • A Symbolic Menu for A Rosh Hashanah Meal [RECIPE]

    September 12, 2012 | 11:16 am

    So this is where it all comes together — all the thought, all the planning, the testing. And the tasting, the tasting, the tasting. (That’s the best part).

    A simanim-inspired menu brings added challenges, but it also adds a level of meaning to your Rosh Hashanah meal. Simanim —...

  • Rosh Hashana in India:  Torah, sequined saris, chapati and perhaps a secret recipe for peace

    October 13, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    I have prayed in synagogues in many foreign countries around the world including Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Belgium, Kenya, Egypt, Australia, and Russia, but this was my first time chanting the “Shema” with a group of Jewish women all wearing saris. ...

  • Going around the world to break the fast

    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...

  • Make this the year of the apology

    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...

  • Resurrection of the American Undead

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    September 26, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    A Universal Rosh Hashana Message

    As a child growing up in America the only time I heard about vampires was once every ten years or so with the inevitable Dracula movie remake. Today, however, vampires and flesh-eating zombies dominate movies and books, especially those aimed at...

  • 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...

  • From Selichot to Simchat Torah

    By Lauren Bottner

    September 21, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    More than just a series of days on a calendar, or merely an occasion for the obligatory visit to synagogue, the High Holy Days offer a month-long opportunity for self-reflection, communal prayer and ritual that together allow us each to create our own spiritual journey. This page is...

  • Free High Holy Days services 2011

    September 21, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    WED., SEPT. 28

    EREV ROSH HASHANAH

    Chai Center. Wed. 6:25-8:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve party follows. Free. Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 391-7995. chaicenter.org.

    Sinai Temple’s Rosh Hashanah Live, a musical service featuring Rabbi David Wolpe,...

  • Good year, good food

    By Rob Eshman

    September 21, 2011 | 12:38 pm

    Theodor Herzl understood the truth about food. When the founder of Zionism imagined the Jewish People reborn in a land of their own, he wrote of Jews tending their own orange orchards, vineyards and olive groves. In his novel “Altneuland” (“The Old New Land”), the fantasy...

  • How sweet it is

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 21, 2011 | 12:20 pm

    Apples, honey and a freshly baked round challah are traditionally served at the beginning of our Rosh Hashanah dinner. The shape of the challah represents unending happiness, and foods sweetened with honey symbolize a sweet and happy new year ahead.

    Just before Rosh Hashanah, I...

  • Apples and honey

    September 21, 2011 | 11:11 am

    One of the most meaningful customs at each Rosh Hashanah meal is the dipping of apples into honey. By doing so we make a sweet fruit, the apple, taste even sweeter.

    Obviously this symbolizes our yearnings for a very sweet year for us, our loved ones and, indeed, for everyone.

    The...

  • Dip your apples, it’s Rosh Hashanah

    September 8, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    Based on Shakira’s “Waka Waka”.

    No apples, pomegranates, babies, or smartphones were harmed in the filming of this video. Please don’t feed babies honey.

    Vocals: Yoav Hoze, Shani Lachmish, Ahava Katzin, Tal Ginzburg, Reuven Katz, and Amit Ben Atar. Choreography by Ilana Bril and...

  • Volume 24, Number 30

    September 9, 2009 | 4:28 pm

  • Sandler, Stewart, “Mad Men” creator make Forward 50

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 18, 2008 | 5:57 am

    The “Forward 50,” a list of prominent Jewish Americans compiled by the New York Jewish weekly has featured a whopping three Jews from the film and television industries. If this is the best they could do for their 2008 culture and media set, I’d like to know what other areas are...

  • Randy Pausch’s last lecture links morality and purpose

    August 13, 2008 | 11:58 pm


    Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Living your childhood dreams



    "Brick walls are there for a reason," wrote the late Dr. Randy Pausch, author of the best-selling book, "The Last Lecture." A computer scientist and former professor at the University of Virginia and Carnegie Mellon, Pausch...
  • Meme’s in the kitchen, making memories

    By David Suissa

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I remember the moment well. I had just picked up my 74-year-old mother at LAX, and as we entered my new house in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, I proudly showed her the new kitchen.

    Compared to her kitchen in Montreal, this one was the size of the Roman Coliseum. It took her about...

  • Blind Faith

    By Rabbi Asher Brander

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jews often live in calendar dialectics. Annually, we oscillate between two Jewish New Years (Tishrei/Nissan) and two "Judgment Days" (Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur). the Dubner Maggid, Rabbi Yaakov Krantz, perhaps the greatest Jewish storyteller of all time, was once asked: Why do we...

  • The Mitzvah’s in the Mail

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    We need more stamps," a little boy yells. "How many cards do we have left?" asked a dark-haired woman. "I have more envelopes!" shouts a girl in a skirt. It's the Wednesday before Rosh Hashana at the Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, yet the residents don't seem to mind the noise...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year Rosh Hashana was on Sept. 6 and Yom Kippur will start Sunday night, Sept. 15. In between them, during the 10 Days of Repentance, was Sept. 11. It was a day of sadness when we remembered the 3,000 people who died, and it was a day of looking toward the future. The ruins are...

  • Blowing the Shofar Is a Blast

    By Jane Ulman

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Go away!" Gabe, 15, yells at his two younger brothers, having been rudely awakened by a blast of the shofar.

    Jeremy, 13, the shofar-blower, dives under the adjoining bed.

    Danny, 11, the instigator, explains, "We need you to play Monopoly."

    Normally, the shofar is not blown until...

  • Place of Balance

    By David Margolis

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana ("Head of the Year" in Hebrew), is an occasion for celebration and feasting but also for introspection and reflection. Marking the "birthday of the world" -- the creation of the universe some six millennia ago, according to the traditional reckoning...

  • A 9/11 Family Tale

    By E. Scott Menter

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Although I was there, I can't tell you much about the events of Sept. 11, 2001, that you don't already know. After all, you had CNN; I only had my two eyes

    and the prescription lenses I thankfully remembered to grab as I fled the apartment. Yes, I watched from a few blocks away as...

  • Orange County Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Next week is Rosh Hashana, the Birthday of the World. Soon you get to eat apples and honey. You get to dip the round challah in the honey too -- my personal favorite. Some of you will spend the day at synagogue in your holiday best. Some of you may decide to celebrate in nature --...

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