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  • A French survivor seeks honors for his Rosh Hashanah rescuers

    2 days ago

    For Jews all over the world, the High Holidays are a time for closure and new beginnings. Not for Jacques Stuzalft, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor from France.

    Haunted by his experiences on the eve of Rosh Hashanah when he was 10 years old, he relives his narrow escape from...

  • It’s Rosh Hashanah, so there must be apples

    3 days ago

    When I was growing up, my favorite fruit was apples. Red Delicious apples. Crisp, crunchy and dripping with juice. Their skin was thin and aromatic, the outside competing with the inside for Best Flavor.  The peel always won. 

    Farmers markets hadn’t mushroomed as they have in...

  • Core values: Apples are the stars of sweet and savory Rosh Hashanah recipes

    By Judy Zeidler

    3 days ago

    During the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, which begins the evening of Oct. 2, ritual foods play an important part at the family meal. Among the foods served to represent our hopes for a sweet new year are apples and honey, and round loaves of egg challah are baked to promise a...

  • Recipe: Apple honey pie for Rosh Hashanah

    3 days ago

    It’s no secret I have a soft spot for pie, especially apple. It’s a seamless pastry. But in all these years, I’ve never used honey to sweeten an apple pie. The approaching Rosh Hashanah holiday was the perfect inspiration.

    Honey is sweeter than sugar. Apples by themselves are...

  • Hebrew Word of the Week: rimmon

    By Yona Sabar

    3 days ago

    The pomegranate is one of several components of the Sephardic seder for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year holiday. The symbolic reason for eating it is “so that we become filled with mitzvot (good deeds, religious observations), as the pomegranate is filled with seeds.”...

  • Apple tealight candles for Rosh Hashanah

    By Jonathan Fong

    4 days ago

    Add a festive glow to your Rosh Hashanah celebration with these tealight candles nestled in fresh apples. What a sweet way to dress your holiday table.

    What you’ll need:

    – Apples
    – Tealight candles
    – Pen
    – Knife
    – Lemon juice
    – Spoon

    1. Trace the opening

    Place a...

  • A range of free High Holy Days services

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    1 week ago

    Rosh Hashanah, which means “Head of the Year,” is observed this year from nightfall on Oct. 2 to nightfall on Oct. 4. On the Hebrew calendar, it occurs on the first and second days in the month of Tishrei. This Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the new year of 5777. 

    Rosh Hashanah...

  • Fall holidays and more: New books for kids, and parents, too

    1 week ago

    The fall holidays are here and so is the new crop of holiday-themed children’s books. Again this year, Yom Kippur proves to be a challenging holiday for publishers, but it seems that each of the other Jewish holidays are represented — even Shemini Atzeret, for the first time. 

  • European, Israeli Jews gather undisturbed in predominantly Muslim city in Russia

    3 weeks ago

    Hundreds of Israeli and European Jews convened in the capital of the predominantly Muslim Russian state of Tatarstan for an annual Jewish music festival as well as a Jewish learning Limmud FSU conference.

    The two events, which coincide with a third — the Sept. 4 European Day of...

  • Recipe: Arugula sweet potato salad

    August 31, 2016 | 2:20 pm

    This is a perfect salad to eat for lunch on a weekday or as a first course for a brunch or even during a holiday like Rosh Hashanah. It’s especially nice when served plated individually and topped with the sweet potatoes and cashews.

    Note: If you don’t have sweet potatoes you...
  • How to paint confetti wine glasses

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 31, 2016 | 1:40 pm

    With all of the holidays coming up — from Rosh Hashanah to Sukkot to Chanukah — your celebrations deserve something more festive than plain wine glasses. And what’s more festive than confetti? Hand-paint a confetti design on your glassware and you’ll add some stylish pizazz to your...

  • 5 Ways to Keep the Spiritual Momentum of the High Holidays

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    October 8, 2015 | 3:52 pm

    The High Holidays and Sukkot have ended. This marathon of Jewish holy days earned many of us an increased spiritual awareness, sensitivity, and commitment. But how can we maintain that growth throughout the year? Here are five suggestions for maintaining the momentum of the High...

  • Reflections on my visit to a ‘minyan’ of L.A. synagogues during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

    October 7, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    As has become something of a tradition for me, I had the privilege to visit 10 synagogues in Los Angeles during the most recent High Holy Days. I experienced the many voices of Los Angeles and of the Jewish community that come together at this time of year.

    Visiting a veritable...

  • This is water: On making meaning, making choices and making a difference

    September 29, 2015 | 9:54 am

    Good yontif!

    So there are two young fish swimming in the ocean. Just doing their thing, tooling along, when they happen to meet an older fish going the other way. He nods at them and says, "Morning, boys. How's the water?"

    After exchanging pleasantries, the two young fish swim...

  • Four Palestinian teens arrested in rock-throwing death

    September 28, 2015 | 10:49 am

    Four Palestinian teens were arrested in connection with a Rosh Hashanah eve rock attack that left a Jewish-Israeli man dead.

    The Shin Bet security service announced the arrests on Saturday night. The teens, aged 16 to 19, are from eastern Jerusalem and have Israeli identification...

  • Moving and shaking: Rosh Hashanah at City Hall, ‘Understanding the Iran nuclear deal’ and more

    By Ryan Torok

    September 24, 2015 | 2:09 pm

    A Sept. 18 Rosh Hashanah celebration filled Los Angeles City Hall with the sounds of the shofar. “Tekiah gedolah,” said Rabbi Joshua Hoffman of Valley Beth Shalom, before delivering a long — and loud — blast on the ram’s horn.

    As part of the event, The Jewish Federation of...

  • ...For you were slaves in Egypt

    By Rabbi Robin Podolsky

    September 21, 2015 | 12:54 pm

    Good evening, L’ Shana Tova Tikateivu, Happy New Year to the people of Congregation Beth Ohr, to our teacher and communal founder, Rabbi Michael Roth and his extraordinary family, to my colleagues on the bima, Rabbi Haim Beliak and Chazanit Cheri Paul.

    Let’s consider the reasons...

  • Walk with me: The Akeidah as a call to communal support

    September 18, 2015 | 3:05 pm

    Today we cry out to Hashem as individuals who have strayed and sinned. We pour out our hearts, pains, and petitions before God asking for life. We know from the Gemara in Masechet Rosh HaShanah 18a that today we pass before God as “בני מרון”, as sheep being counted one by one by...

  • Prisons of our own making

    September 18, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Rosh Hashanah, 5776 

    We think of Passover as our time of release, but these ten days are even more crucial to your freedom.  Passover is about our people’s emancipation.  These days are about you and me, each one of us one by one by one having our day with God.  It’s personal and...

  • When saying sorry, don’t just speak—act

    September 16, 2015 | 3:10 pm

    Last week, I betrayed a trust.

    It was accidental, a seemingly small, ordinary mistake rooted in simple human forgetfulness (and perhaps a speck of carelessness if I’m being honest about it), but a mistake that nevertheless affected a friend’s life in a serious way. I felt awful,...

  • Iranian president tweets English Rosh Hashanah greeting

    September 16, 2015 | 11:08 am

    Iran’s president tweeted a Rosh Hashanah greeting to the Jewish people.

    The greeting from Hassan Rouhani was sent from his official Twitter account on Sunday before the start of the holiday.

    “May our shared Abrahamic roots deepen respect & bring peace & mutual understanding....

  • On Yom Kippur, must we ask forgiveness for communal wrongs?

    September 15, 2015 | 7:45 am

    On Yom Kippur, as we focus on our personal faults, how do we acknowledge those shortcomings that are more communal?

    In synagogue, reciting line by line the Al Chet prayer, seeking atonement for the areas of our lives where in the past year we have fallen short, events in the...

  • Temple Mount raid finds Palestinian stockpile of rocks, firebombs

    September 15, 2015 | 7:29 am

    Israel Police said they uncovered Palestinian stockpiles of rocks, firebombs and pipe bombs on the Temple Mount aimed at disrupting Jewish visits to the holy site ahead of Rosh Hashanah.

    The police, using intelligence information from the Shin Bet security service, raided the...

  • A Foodie Rosh Hashanah: Appetizers for Personal Growth

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    September 11, 2015 | 5:02 pm

    Dipping an apple in honey is the most popular in a series of simanim, symbolic foods, associated with the Rosh Hashanah feast. The custom is even recorded as far back as the Talmud. There are many other simanim, some simple and some exotic, that vary by community including: fish,...

  • Temple Judea High Holy Day Parody Video: “C’mon And Pray”

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2015 | 5:15 pm

    In what has become something of annual tradition for Temple Judea, the San Fernando Valley congregation has released “C’mon and Pray,” a parody video of Walk the Moon’s “Shut up and Dance," in advance of the High Holy Days. 

    “It's a fun way for clergy and staff to come together...

  • Bubblehood vs. Peoplehood

    By David Suissa

    September 10, 2015 | 11:18 am

    The most overused and abused word in the Jewish world must surely be “community.” Here in Los Angeles, we’re often told that we’re all part of some grand “Jewish community,” but deep down, we know better. If by community we mean a group of like-minded people whose company we enjoy,...

  • Revisiting the year in news: Keep worrying

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Twelve months in a year, 12 articles or events I want to revisit at the end of the Jewish year. 


    Last year, right after Rosh Hashanah, I wrote the following paragraph about the strategy of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas:

    Abbas is in a defiant mood and believes...

  • At Rosh Hashanah and Hajj, bridging two cultures through common roots

    September 9, 2015 | 3:23 pm

    “Use words. Help me understand.” As mothers, we have both found this phrase useful from time to time in helping our children navigate the terrain of conflicting emotions. As people deeply engaged in conflict resolution and building relationships among Jews and Muslims, we also find...

  • Paying to pray? Not quite

    September 9, 2015 | 3:13 pm

    We’ve all heard this story, and some of us have lived it: A Jewish individual or couple, new in town or newly seeking to reconnect with the Jewish community, walks into a worship space just before the start time of a High Holy Days service and starts to enter the sanctuary, only to...

  • How do ‘twice-a-year Jews’ feel about that loaded label?

    By Jared Sichel

    September 9, 2015 | 3:11 pm

    For most of his life, Matthew Michel has walked through the doors of a synagogue on only two occasions every year — the two weightiest holidays in the Jewish calendar and the two that involve the most self-reflection and introspection: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

    “I grew up...

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