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  • A Parent’s Mercy

    By Dafna Breines

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It was about this time last year that my 2 1¼2-year-old son decided to begin his terrible twos. At first we hoped that we'd been given a reprieve, but we soon discovered otherwise. He was apparently intent on making up for lost time.

    I never knew what he would do next, or what...

  • Embrace the Day, Invite the ‘Stranger’

    By Edmund Case

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    My earliest High Holiday memory goes back to about age 7. It was the night before Yom Kippur and my parents had gone off to the synagogue, leaving my 10-year-old brother and me with a babysitter. I forgot that I wasn't supposed to eat anything that night, went into the kitchen, got...

  • Not Your Grandma’s Honey Cake

    By Linda Morel

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It wouldn't be the second night of Rosh Hashanah if our friends didn't come for dinner, contributing a cornucopia of dishes, especially divine desserts. There are enough pastries covering the buffet to keep judges at the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest busy for a week.

    I always bake a...

  • New Year, New Changes

    By Rob Eshman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Last week I was driving to a family celebration at Leisure World in Laguna Hills when I noticed something very odd about the weather: Fall was in the air.

    It's a subtle thing in Southern California, but those of us who have lived here long enough recognize the slight change in...

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  • Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Meal

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The apple, even more than the bibical pomegranate, has become the symbolic first fruit to be eaten during Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which will be observed at sundown, Wednesday, Sept. 15.

    During Rosh Hashanah, tradition calls for a perfect apple to be pared and cut into...

  • Rosh Hashanah 5765

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    So, what do math and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, have in common? On this day, Jews are supposed to do a cheshbon hanefesh.

    This literally means "accounting of the soul."

    We count up and categorize all the actions we've taken

    and all the thoughts we've had during the...

  • It’s Time to Change

    By Jane Ulman

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The oldest and most primitive human dates back about 7 million years, according to a skull found by scientists in Central Africa.

    "That's so depressing," I say to my husband, Larry. "I can't believe that in 7 million years we haven't evolved any further than this."

    "This" being...

  • Evolution of Reform Judaism Progressing

    By Joe Berkofsky

    November 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    At Temple Congregation Ohabei Shalom in Nashville, Tenn., congregants newly trained in the ancient skill of shofar blowing sounded the ceremonial ram's horn for the first time this past Rosh Hashanah. It was the first time a lay member of the 150-year-old synagogue had blown the...

  • Soldiers Celebrate High Holidays in Iraq

    By Joe Berkofsky

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson blew the shofar this past Rosh Hashanah, it reverberated throughout one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces. More than 100 Jewish members of the U.S. forces stationed in Iraq attended the High Holiday services at the former Iraqi dictator's Baghdad...

  • Davis Loyalists Give Cruz Cold Shoulder

    By Marc Ballon

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    As the Oct. 7 recall election enters its frantic home stretch, the evening of Sept. 26 found Gov. Gray Davis sitting on the bimah at Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air, participating in Rosh Hashanah services.

    This was no last-ditch campaign ploy -- Davis has attended High Holiday...

  • The Smart Choice

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Recently, I came across a story about a man who made the "unforgivable" mistake of missing his wife's birthday. When the wife expressed her anger, the quick-witted husband responded, "Sweetheart, how do you expect me to remember your birthday when you never look any older?"

    If only...

  • Facing the Holidays Without a Mate

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Since losing her husband unexpectedly two years ago, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have been painful for Liz Safirstein Leshin, 42.

    "For me, the High Holidays and a lot of things like birthdays are very fraught," the Westside resident said. "I haven't been able to feel enthusiastic...

  • Pomegranates: The Healthy, Spiritual High Holiday Fruit

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When you cut open a pomegranate, first removing its turreted crown, then scoring its red, leathery skin, before breaking it apart under water (so the juices won't squirt and stain your clothes), you are presented with sacks of glistening, abundant garnet fruit caviar.

    These fruit...

  • Sweet Support for Israel

    By Andrea Adelson

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Who doesn't love honey? Dunking apple slices in it -- along with challah, chicken and everything else -- on Rosh Hashanah is a favorite holiday ritual symbolizing hope for a sweet New Year. Now you can buy your honey and help Israel, too.

    The Jewish Federation of Orange County is on...

  • Giving Meaning to Life

    By Elliot Fein

    September 4, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In the movie, "Oh God! Book II," a little girl searches for God (alias the late George Burns). She looks for the Divine in every house of worship in her city. When she is about to give up hope, God appears.

    She asks God, "Where have you been, God? I need you. I looked in every...

  • Competing Voices

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Last Rosh Hashana began with the most terrible noise. Terror, trauma, tragedy and evil triumphant filled the air. In addition, Israel and Jews worldwide were subjected to the vilest outburst of anti-Semitism since the 1940s.

    After experiencing such violent explosions, where can we...

  • A Sept. 11 Parable for Rosh Hashana

    By Rabbi Daniel S. Brenner

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev was asked: "What is the right spiritual path, that of sorrow or that of joy?"

    He replied: "There are two kinds of sorrow and two kinds of joy. When a man broods over the misfortunes that have come upon him, that is a bad kind of sorrow. But the grief...

  • Shhhh ... I’m Praying

    By Pearl Salkin

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Am I the only one who goes to Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur services to listen and participate?

    Probably not. But why do I feel that way sometimes?

    I realize it would be hypocritical to say I sit (and stand and sit and stand) through all those hours of psalms, songs, sermons and...

  • Rosh Hashana 5763

    By Abby Gilad

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    So, what do math and Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, have in common. On this day, Jews are supposed to do a cheshbon hanefesh. This literally means "accounting of the soul." We count up and categorize all the actions we've taken, and all the thoughts we've had during the year: How...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    7/SATURDAY

    Got some time between services and your next Rosh Hashana meal? Unwinding with a book may sound nice, but perhaps that Jackie Collins paperback isn't quite appropriate to the day. Try "Seven Heavens: Inspirational Stories to Elevate Your Soul," instead. Based on his work...

  • A Feast From Jewish Tunisia

    By Linda Morel

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine a Rosh Hashana table adorned with fruits and vegetables galore. Ruby-red pomegranates beckon; their jellied seeds symbolize your good deeds in the coming year. A bowl of crunchy sesame seeds promises that your virtues will be as numerous as the seeds themselves. You partake...

  • Fretting About Fressing

    By Judy Gruen

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Apples dipped in honey. And while you're at it, dip the challah, too. Chicken soup with knaidel. Here, who's gonna finish this last little piece of brisket? What? You didn't try the noodle kugel? Don't tell me you're too full for my homemade honey cake and cookies -- it's Yom Tov!

    ...

  • Comfort Food for Rosh Hashana

    By Judy Zeidler

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    For Rosh Hashana this year, I am sharing three chicken dishes that you can prepare for your family holiday meal. Every family has their own recipe for roast chicken, but if you're looking for something new and different to serve on Rosh Hashana, try one of these.

    Two of the recipes...

  • WUJS Wants A Sweet Year for Israel

    By Hilary Krieger

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Kim Herzog dips apples and challah in honey this Rosh Hashana, she says she will be reaching extra deep to get some sweetness, because after six months in Israel, she and the country need it more than ever.

    "I want to begin this year with a sense of hope, that Israel can find...

  • Shared Values, Shared Holidays

    By Rabbi Arthur P. Nemitoff

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Chris looked at her calendar and shuddered. Married less than two months and she could already imagine their first argument. Would Sam want to observe Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur?

    She didn't know what to expect, and she really wasn't sure what these holidays were all about. As a...

  • The Liebermans’ Tasty New Year

    By Beverly Levitt

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This year, 5763, Rosh Hashana falls on Shabbat, the weekly observance that Sen. Joseph Lieberman calls "a sanctuary to put the outside world on hold and concentrate on what's really important -- your faith and your family." And although Lieberman, who was the Democratic candidate...

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 5, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Westside JCC

    The problems at the Westside Jewish Community Center (WJCC) have been a recurring theme over the past few years ("In the Center of Controversy," Sept. 22). It is very unfortunate that this prime resource in our community continues to be underutilized. These problems are...

  • Rosh Hashanah in Frankfurt, Germany

    By Murray Klein

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On Friday, Sept. 7, 1945, 1800 hours, at the corner of Freiherr von Stein Strasse and Eppsteiner Strasse in Frankfurt-on-the-Main, a ceremony took place.

    It was Rosh Hashanah evening, the ushering in of the Jewish New Year. World War II had ended in Europe four months before, and...

  • Rosh Hashana 5761

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Torah reading for the first day of Rosh Hashana always strikesme as odd. For starters, the section focuses primarily on Hagar and Ishmael,characters that are ultimately marginal in Jewish historical terms. On topof that, the story that the section deals with is arguably the...

  • Power of Words

    By Rabbi Shawn Fields-Meyer

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Each night before retiring, the great Chassidic master Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav would make a list. At the end of a long day, he would write down all the wrongs he had committed - against other people, against God, against himself. Nachman would read the list over and over again,...

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