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  • The serious side of High Holy Days seating

    September 5, 2012 | 11:41 am

    The philosopher Abraham Joshua Heschel emphasized time rather than space as the major category of significance in Judaism. The first divine hallowing in creation was the seventh day, the Sabbath, not any place or thing. When the child asked Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, “Where is God?”...

  • Father and son

    September 5, 2012 | 11:37 am

    On these High Holy Days, there will be empty seats in our synagogues. This is a letter found on one of those seats …

    Dear Dad,

    This year, I’m not coming to shul for the holidays. I know this will hurt you, and you’ll be angry, but perhaps you’ll hear me out.

    I have always...

  • All you knead for a bounty of challah

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 5, 2012 | 11:10 am

    Dipping freshly baked challah in honey is a tradition observed during the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. This act combines the Shabbat bread with hopes for a sweet New Year.

    The custom is to serve a round or spiral-shaped challah, one of the symbolic foods eaten...

  • High Holy Day services guide: Family services

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 4:00 pm

    For other services, visit our Alternative, College, Free, Kever Avot, Selichot and Tashlich calendars.

    Click here to skip to free Kol Nidre services

    SUN SEPT 16 — EREV ROSH HASHANAH

    ROSH HASHANAH FESTIVAL
    Sun. 3-4 p.m. Free. Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd.,...

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  • High Holy Day services guide: College services

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    For other services, visit our Alternative, Family, Free, Kever Avot, Selichot and Tashlich calendars.

    Click here to skip to free Kol Nidre services

    SUN SEPT 16 — EREV ROSH HASHANAH

    USC HILLEL
    Hillel invites USC students to celebrate the High Holy Days. Sun. 6:30 p.m. $18...

  • High Holy Day services guide: Alternative services

    By JewishJournal

    August 24, 2012 | 3:32 pm

    For other services, visit our College, Family, Free, Kever Avot, Selichot and Tashlich calendars.

    Click here to skip to free Kol Nidre services

    SUN SEPT 16 — EREV ROSH HASHANAH

    METIVTA
    Led by Rabbi Andrew Hahn, the “Kirtan Rabbi.” Sun. 7 p.m. $50 (includes tonight’s service...

  • Sao Paulo declares Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah official holidays

    August 10, 2012 | 10:50 am

    The Brazilian city of Sao Paulo – which has more than 11 million people—declared Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Ramadan as official holidays.

    Jewish and Muslim municipal workers may take two days off during the Jewish High Holidays and Ramadan, respectively. The city has...

  • Friends, Love, God & the High Holidays

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2011 | 2:45 am

    I love my friend Rachel.  We met at Temple and over the past three years have become very close.  She is Canadian too, so what’s not to love?  Rachel knows every prayer and every song, from every Jewish holiday.  I like to think I know my stuff, but this chick rocks when it comes...

  • 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...

  • How to dip your Apple in honey [VIDEO]

    September 28, 2011 | 1:26 pm

  • 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...

  • Opinion: Repenting with our eyes

    By David Suissa

    September 28, 2011 | 12:35 pm

    Is the mind more powerful than the heart? This question was hovering in the air during an insightful Torah class last week given by Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky, spiritual leader of B’nai David-Judea Congregation. Kanefsky presented two distinct views of the concept of teshuvah, which is...

  • Opinion: For a Happy New Year, here’s what to do

    By Dennis Prager

    September 28, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Jews get to celebrate the new year twice a year — on Rosh Hashanah and on Jan. 1. But there are differences between the two holidays: Rosh Hashanah is used more for introspection, and New Year’s is more a time for celebration and partying.

    There are also differences in terms of...

  • Israel shuts West Bank for holiday, rockets strike Israel

    September 28, 2011 | 11:22 am

    The Israeli military announced a closure of the West Bank for Rosh Hashanah as two rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel.

    The closure began Tuesday night and will last until Saturday night following the two-day holiday and Shabbat. Exceptions will be made for medical...

  • 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...

  • Obama reaffirms Israel commitment on Rosh Hashanah eve

    September 27, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    President Obama in his Rosh Hashanah message reaffirmed his commitment to Israel and called for reflection on economic hardship and the struggle for democracy worldwide.

    “My Administration is doing everything we can to promote prosperity here at home and security and peace...

  • Earthquake-damaged New Zealand shul renting for Rosh Hashanah

    September 23, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    The small Jewish community in the earthquake-ravaged New Zealand city of Christchurch will celebrate Rosh Hashanah in a rental property because the city’s only synagogue has not yet been repaired.

    The congregation would now be “lucky if repair works can start in 12 months’...

  • New machzor delves into heart of Rosh Hashanah

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    September 21, 2011 | 4:08 pm

    Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Kingdom, has published enough books to earn his many titles — around 20 tomes, ranging from scholarly commentaries to analysis of contemporary culture. Widely viewed as one of the top Jewish leaders in the world, Sacks published...

  • Wave of new holiday prayer books changing the ways to worship

    September 21, 2011 | 11:34 am

    New Jewish prayer books typically come in waves, the rarest of which bring new High Holidays prayer books, or machzors.

    The current wave has seen five new machzorim in a one-year span. Following on the heels of last year’s release of the official Conservative machzor and a popular...

  • Rosh Hashanah remix to the Muppets’ ‘Mahna Mahna’

    September 19, 2011 | 3:17 pm

  • Sweet season: Apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah

    September 19, 2011 | 11:30 am

    Among the familiar customs of Rosh Hashanah is the dipping of apple slices in honey — but what is its origin?

    King David had a “cake made in a pan and a sweet cake” (II Samuel 6: 15, 19) given to everyone. Hosea 3:1 identifies the “sweet cake” as a raisin cake.

    Honey also...

  • Gossiping—What you can gain if you refrain

    September 14, 2011 | 6:08 pm

    “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth.”  -Jewish Proverb

    Too often, I realize that people preface their sentences with “I heard” or “they say.” Intrigued by the personal details and juicy information that is likely to follow, most of us allow...

  • If your gut tells you something seems suspicious, report it

    By Ryan Torok

    September 14, 2011 | 11:54 am

    On Aug. 30, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) held its annual security meeting at its Los Angeles headquarters to advise local Jewish leaders on possible threats facing the community in advance of the High Holy Days.

    United States Postal Inspector Glenn Fiene and ADL civil rights...

  • Pasadena temple gets Argentina’s first woman cantor

    By Ryan E. Smith

    September 14, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Cantor Ruth Berman Harris has been earning paychecks for leading services since she was 15, years before a cantorial school even existed in her native Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    “I think it was what I was born to be,” she said. “I became a bat mitzvah, and I never left the...

  • Wrap mind, and body, around Holy Days prep

    By Rachel Heller

    September 14, 2011 | 11:46 am

    Traditionally, the weeks leading up to the High Holy Days are a time of account settling for Jews, marked by personal reflection, repentance and prayer.

    But how about some Jewish yoga to get the ball rolling? Why not try some visualization exercises or Jewish meditation?

    About 30...

  • Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dances into the new year

    September 13, 2011 | 6:01 pm

    Aish brings together rhythm, beats and davening for their Rosh Hashanah ‘in the house tonight’ dancing spectacle that parodies LMFAO’s Party Rock Anthem.  Here’s the chorus from the lyrics, but be sure to watch the video for the full effect.

    Rosh Hashanah’s in the house tonight
    All the world is passing through the light
    Let’s all get written in the book of Life
    Shana Tova—it’s High Holiday time

     

  • 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...

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