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  • Say L’Chayim to 5768!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The smells and tastes of Rosh Hashanah are like no other. The sweet honey, crisp apples and refreshing pomegranate make for quite a feast for the senses. While tradition dictates that we enjoy sliced apples and honey and have a new fruit on our table -- most families use pomegranate,...
  • Shabbat Shalom and thanks for all the gefilte fish

    By JewishJournal.com

    September 7, 2007 | 6:43 pm

    As the High Holy Days approach, many look forward to the traditional Ashkenazi ‘gefilte fish;’ others (like many in my family) not so much.

    It’s an acquired taste, to be sure, and the stories about Grandmas Fannie and/or Yetta keeping a carp in the bathtub in preparation for the...

  • Happy New Year—shofar so good!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Whether you spend Rosh Hashanah in services, in the kids' room or in the hallway, when it's time for the shofar to blow everyone listens. Fill in the blanks with the words below and learn more about the shofar (visit jewishjournal.com for the answers):

    The shofar is made from...
  • Safed banking on Rosh Hashanah visitation by Madonna

    By Larry Luxner

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Madonna talks about the importance of Rosh Hashanah. Caution strong language
    When it comes to spirituality, Safed lacks nothing. But the Israeli mountain town (also spelled Tzfat) has been struggling economically since last year's war with Hezbollah.

    That's why local tourism...

  • Power of the Prez; In the wake of war; Children work for a cure

    By Norma Zager

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Power of the Prez

    Century City attorney and Iranian Jewish activist H. David Nahai was elected president of the Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commission on Sept. 21. The five-person commission unanimously elected Nahai who was originally appointed to the board that overseas...

  • Atoning for the sin of rushing dinner to get to Kol Nidre

    By Linda Morel

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I consider Yom Kippur eve the sandwich holiday. Not because I would ever serve my family and friends sandwiches before going to synagogue on the eve of a solemn fast. I see the start of Yom Kippur this way, because it's sandwiched between two days of Rosh Hashanah celebrations and...
  • 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.
  • What are you thinking about this Rosh Hashanah?

    By Julie G Fax

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "I'm actually thinking about changing my behavior with my brother -- he's 7 -- because I've been pretty mean to him. I can be a little more nice, even if he annoys me.... I learn a lot during the holidays. You learn about how to react, and what you should do and how you should be,...
  • September is a struggle for interfaith families

    By Jane Ulman

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Months before the High Holidays arrive, Patrick Patterson requests the days off for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur from his job as a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles City Fire Department. A few days before, he reviews the entire High Holiday machzor, or prayer book, so...
  • USC Trojans march for restored Torah; Backyard tashlich in Fairfax

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Trojans Greet Restored Torah
    When the Trojan fight song rings out at a Torah restoration ceremony, where else could you be but at USC?

    About 100 people gathered Sunday under the shade of sycamore trees in front of the university's Bovard Auditorium to witness the ceremonial...

  • Jewish bond doesn’t draw all to Holiday observances

    By Tom Tugend

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    They include a law professor, a newspaper editor, a computer scientist, an architect and a retired Army colonel.
    However diverse, they have one thing in common: They generally do not attend synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
    Yet they are neither self-denying...
  • Area synagogues weigh benefits, pitfalls of High Holidays security

    By Marc Ballon

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi David Eliezrie has peyos, a beard and wears a black hat and a long black coat. "I look pretty Jewish," quips Eliezrie, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Meir HaCohen/North County Chabad Center in Yorba Linda.
    If an anti-Semite were intent on lashing out at Jews, Eliezrie...
  • Al Qaeda urges Israel attacks; Israeli Arab lawmakers represent Hamas in court

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Al Qaeda Urges Israel Attacks
  • Live in the hood: ‘last time the shoulder no good’

    By David Suissa

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to get the full flavor of the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, there's no better season than this time of year. When mainstream Judaism talks about the High Holidays, they usually mean one or two days of Rosh Hashanah, and then the Big Day a week later. In the Hood, they...
  • How sweet it is: behind the buzz at two of California’s hives

    By Amy Klein

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I'm trying not to freak out at the high-pitched scream of the bees. See, I'm wearing full protective gear for the honey-making process -- a white jumpsuit, a netted straw hat affixed to me with a series of complicated rigmarole of strings (the zipper ones had run out),...
  • ‘Ace’ holds all the cards when it comes to cakes

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    You'd think Duff Goldman's ultimate Rosh Hashanah cake would be, say, a 15-layer honey cake topped with mammoth gates of heaven swinging shut.
    Goldman, after all, is the "extreme baker" of the Food Network's reality series, "The Ace of Cakes." His concoctions include a...
  • Celebrate Rosh Hashanah in India? No Problem

    By Robin Esrock

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Young Israelis are among the world's most prolific travelers, gravitating to hot spots like Bolivia, Thailand and India, where the shekel stretches far. Having experienced Pesach in Argentina, surrounded by more than 400 mostly Israeli backpackers, I was curious to see where I might...

  • New Year, New Orleans

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "I think of Pompeii," wrote Anne Brener in a September article for The Jewish Journal. "New Orleans was so beautiful."

    She wrote of her beloved New Orleans in the past tense, but during the High Holidays, she helped restore a measure of present hope. L.A. transplant Brener, a...

  • Face It:  Judaism Is Not Hip

    By Gary Wexler

    September 29, 2005 | 8:01 pm

    This Rosh Hashanah I am praying to escape the tyranny of hip. Hip is infiltrating Jewish life like a migrating plume of acrid smoke meandering its way through our collective body and soul.

    I know hip well. I know its insidious nature. I have seen its effect and its damage. I was...

  • Sephardic Dinner Spices Up Holiday

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Rosh Hashanah approaches, I am reminded of our trip to Italy a few years ago. We arrived in Milan in the early afternoon and checked into our hotel, planning to attend Rosh Hashanah services that evening at the Sephardic Synagogue.

    We were relaxing in our room, and were surprised...

  • Right on Time

    By Jane Ulman

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "I have to wait a month longer this year to eat apples and honey," complains Jeremy, 16.

    "No, the first of Tishrei is always the first of Tishrei," I say, referring to the date on the Jewish calendar that marks our New Year.

    "But it's not till Oct. 4," he answers.

    Jewish time, to...

  • White Dies, But Cause Lives On

    By Adam Wills

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The living room grew more crowded by the minute as relatives and friends of the White family continued to arrive on this cold, overcast September morning in Cheviot Hills. More than two dozen people clutched siddurs and faced east, davening Shacharit at a few minutes past 7 a.m.


  • Seders: Not Just for Pesach Anymore

    By Rahel Musleah

    September 22, 2005 | 7:59 pm

    Every holiday has its aura. Pesach has a scrubbed cleanliness; Purim, a cookie-dough indulgence, Sukkot, a back-to-nature thankfulness. Rosh Hashanah has its aura, too. For most of us, it's one that begins a season of awe, judgment and repentance.

    For me, the start of a new year is a...

  • Gourmet Memories

    By Adeena Sussman

    September 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Rosh Hashanah is filled with promise of many kinds -- the prospect of a fresh start for the year to come, the opportunity to celebrate with friends and family, and the thrill of enjoying delicious food whose ingredients express the potential for sweet things ahead. For four of Los...

  • Between the Pages for Young, Young-at-Heart

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Let's face it. Many people go to synagogue on the High Holidays because they have to. A feeling of poorly understood and unappreciated obligation can pervade this time of year. But it doesn't have to. You can put yourself or your children in the spirit and in the know with help from...

  • Your Basic High Holiday FAQ

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Every year they roll around, and every year you're not quite sure what to do. Go ahead, ask us. After years of answering readers' questions, we've compiled the most frequently asked ones below:

    Why do synagogues charge for High Holiday tickets?

    Hate to say it, but this is the most...

  • 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...

  • The Lowdown on Ritual and Worship

    By Rabbi Jonathan Kraus

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "Why are Rosh Hashanah and especially Yom Kippur so important to my Jewish partner? He almost never attends services the rest of the year, isn't observant and doesn't even know what he believes about God. Yet, at this time of year, he insists on attending services. What's the big...

  • Community Briefs

    By Marc Ballon

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Fallout From Holy Day Ballot

    The Rosh Hashanah election fracas took another odd turn this week when Orange County officials placed the county's registrar of voters on paid administrative leave. Steve Rodermund, who has held the position since late 2003, was relieved of his duties...

  • O.C. Election Set for Rosh Hashanah

    By Marc Ballon

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jewish groups are expressing anger that government officials, including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, have scheduled a special election in Orange County to fall on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year for Jews.

    The Oct. 4 election is to fill the...

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