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  • Compassionate kapparot: use coins, not chickens

    34 minutes ago

    How does one remove sin and guarantee one’s name in the Book of Life during the Ten Days of Repentance? Here’s one way that does not work: Take a factory-farmed white hen out of a battery cage in the sweltering heat, wave it over your head, say “This is my exchange, this is my...

  • 5774, the year of communal concerns

    By Shmuel Rosner

    11 hours ago

    Almost a year ago, not long after Rosh Hashanah, I wrote an article under the catchy headline: "Are We All Jewish, Or Are We Just a Bunch of People Bundled Together By a Poll?"

    It was an article about the just-released Pew study of American Jewry – this seems now like decades ago...

  • Climate on Rosh Hashanah - the greatest threat to Israel

    1 day ago

    As we approached Rosh Hashanah last week, we read the double Torah portion called Nitzavim-Vayelekh, which includes the verse, "Life and death I set before you, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, in order that you and your seed will live!" (Deut. 30:19) The next day, four...

  • Our Jewish obligation to make an impact on climate change

    4 days ago

    When the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit convenes this Tuesday in New York City, the international community will have an opportunity to build a more sustainable and just future by making a meaningful impact in the global effort to address climate change. Advocates and...

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  • Committed to Being Perfectly Imperfect

    By Beit T'shuvah

    4 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    As I sit here, in Bridgeport, Ct., getting ready for a weekend as a Scholar In Residence, I am in awe of where my life is today. I laugh at and pinch myself every day, realizing how awesome and crazy my life is. I get to hang out with smart, deep people; I...

  • The Birthday of the World and Pseudoscience

    By Roger Price

    5 days ago

    Soon Jews will celebrate Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year. This year will be 5775 in the Jewish calendar.

    Rosh HaShanah, is sometimes called the “birthday of the world.” The reference is somewhat confusing, though. It does not concern the first day of creation as described in...

  • Three new kids’ books, and some poetry for adults

    5 days ago

    “Apple Days: A Rosh Hashanah Story” by Allison Sarnoff Soffer. Illustrated by Bob McMahon (Kar-Ben, 2014)

    Every year at holiday time, Katy looks forward to making applesauce with her mother. When she shares her excitement with her religious school classmates, she also mentions...

  • Hipster guide to the High Holy Days

    5 days ago

    3 ways to find High Holy Day meals

     

    Ask your Jewish friends’ parents to adopt you for a couple of weeks.

    Call your local synagogue and have them match you with a family.

    Check out Sinai Temple’s “Break the Fast” on Yom Kippur, Oct. 4, 8-10:30 p.m. It’s $10 for guests, free...

  • Birthday of the World – A psalm for Rosh Hashanah

    6 days ago

    Today is the birthday of the world.

    But the world knows nothing

    of this invention.

     

    The world just keeps moving about itself,

    buzzing and humming, exulting and keening,

    birthing and being born,

     

    while the mind keeps on its own way—

    form-craving, metaphor-making,...

  • Recipe: The time of year to get your fill of kreplach

    By Judy Zeidler

    6 days ago

    I am always impressed by the fact that food plays such an important role during the holiest of Jewish holidays, and kreplach — dough wrapped around meat and boiled, fried or baked — is certainly one of these dishes. Traditionally, it is served between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New...

  • How to make the best round challah: All you need is love

    By Elana Horwich

    6 days ago

    Every year on Rosh Hashanah, I make challah. And year after year, everyone tells me they’ve never had this kind of challah. 

    I could never understand what made my challah so unique — it’s round and has raisins and honey, just like all Rosh Hashanah challahs. I send people home...

  • Shape shifting

    2 weeks ago

    Listen carefully.  This is an actual teaching by the ancient Hebrew sages, as recorded in the Talmud:

    “After seven years, the hyena turns into a large bat. After seven years as a large bat it turns into a small bat. After seven years as a small bat it turns into a thorny weed....

  • My Unataneh Tokef moments

    3 weeks ago

    On Rosh Hashanah, it is written and Yom Kippur, it is sealed; who shall live, who shall die.  But repentance, prayer and charity avert the severity of the decree.  If you apply a literal reading to this most famous of High Holiday prayers, you cannot help but conclude that it is...

  • The secret signal

    3 weeks ago

    Listen. There is a secret signal. It's sort of like a password, a code. And only we know it -- we who sound the shofar on Rosh Hashanah. Or at least some of us who sound the shofar know it. Others may know how to sound the shofar, how to blow their breath through the horn and make...

  • The tweets heard round the world

    September 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Is there a line between the much-ballyhooed Rosh Hashanah greetings from the Iranian leadership and a U.S.-Iran accommodation on Syria?

    At the New Yorker, George Packer draws that line

    The clearest path to a settlement now may be not through Moscow but through...

  • Two L.A. kaporot ritual sites shut down

    September 13, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Just hours before Kol Nidre, more than 100 chickens intended to be used for kaporot ceremonies won a reprieve. Kaporot, which means “Atonement,” is a 1,000-year-old custom observed by some Orthodox Jews between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in which an individual swings a live...

  • Pink pine nuts for Rosh Hashanah

    by Emily Kane

    September 12, 2013 | 9:58 pm

    When the Jewish High Holidays approach, I always look around for inspiration. Three years ago, I found some in a magazine article that feels particularly present this high holiday season.
     
    In an August 2010 issue, The New Yorker ran an article by Dana Goodyear entitled the “...
  • Rabbi Shmuel Miller

    September 11, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    Rabbi Shmuel Miller, founder of Midrasho Shel Shem and a sofer (Torah scribe), died over the Rosh Hashanah holiday on Sept. 5. Los Angeles’ Sephardic community has lost one of its most beloved figures. 

    Rabbi Miller, known affectionately to his friends and community as “R’bbe...

  • Juan Rodriguez Delivers a Powerful Rosh Hashanah Sermon

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    September 11, 2013 | 1:00 am

    On Wednesday night last week, Congregation Rodef Sholom in San Rafael heard a powerful sermon by Juan Rodrigez. No, Mr. Rodriguez is not a rabbi. I have reason to believe he is not even Jewish. So what, you may ask, was he doing giving a sermon on Erev Rosh Hashanah, the start of...

  • Sunday’s protestors sought kaporot concessions

    September 9, 2013 | 5:25 pm

    With chants of “Shonda,” and “Shame,” a group of around 75 protestors demonstrated on Sept. 8 in front of two sites on Pico Blvd where kaporot ceremonies were taking place.

    Kaporot, which means “Atonement,” is a 1,000 year old custom observed by some Orthodox Jews between Rosh...

  • Head of Venice Jewish community resigns abruptly

    September 9, 2013 | 11:55 am

    Venice Jewish community president Riccardo Calimani abruptly announced his resignation during Rosh Hashanah services.

    Calimani, an author and historian who had been elected four months ago, did not offer a reason for his resignation on the evening of Sept. 4 during services at...

  • Rohani Twitter account wishes Jews a Shanah Tovah

    September 6, 2013 | 11:54 am

    A Twitter account believed to operate with the authorization of Iranian President Hassan Rohani wished Jews worldwide a Shanah Tovah.

    “As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah,” the tweet posted Wednesday said.

    ...
  • High Holy Days food: How sweet it is

    By Judy Zeidler

    September 4, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    Honey adds special touch to Jewish New Year

    Brownies

    Honey Chocolate Fudge Bars. Photos by Dan Kacvinski. Food coordinated by Judy Zeidler

    The use of honey for Rosh Hashanah symbolizes a sweet year and dates back to biblical times, when refined sugar was unknown. Its sweetness adds a...

  • Year in Review: Highlights of 5773

    September 4, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    From wars and elections to scandals and triumphs, here’s a look back at the highlights of the Jewish year 5773.

    September 2012

    Sept. 19: Islamists throw a homemade grenade into a Jewish supermarket near Paris, injuring one. The incident is part of a major increase in attacks...

  • Obama has pre-Rosh Hashanah conference call with rabbis

    September 4, 2013 | 9:00 am

    President Obama reflected on the High Holidays and offered New Year’s greetings in a conference call with nearly 1,000 rabbis.

    Obama in the call on Friday afternoon extended the greetings on behalf of himself and the first lady for a sweet, happy and healthy New Year. He noted...

  • Netanyahu in New Year’s message spotlights Jewish unity, Israeli democracy

    September 4, 2013 | 8:08 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his Rosh Hashanah message pointed to Jewish unity with Israel and his country’s democracy amid ”unprecedented turmoil, violence, extremism” in the Middle East.

    In his message on YouTube to Diaspora Jewry released Wednesday, the eve of the...

  • 5773 in Israel: Conclusion? Transition!

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 3, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    Nothing truly ends with Rosh Hashanah except for the arbitrary calendar of the Jewish year. It is a cycle that is in our minds, with no detectable bearing on reality. Proof No. 1: I’m writing this column even as events in Syria are still unfolding. The Syrian war will not end...

  • High Holy Days: Living with purpose

    September 3, 2013 | 11:28 am

    have a calling. I am living my best life. I am fulfilling my life’s mission. I am living with purpose. While these pronouncements are a mainstay of popular American and Christian spirituality, they do not sound very “Jewish.” Yet, as we approach Rosh Hashanah and the celebration...

  • Chanting Torah for mom

    September 3, 2013 | 11:17 am

    “But what are you chanting for?” the woman cutting my hair wanted to know. She didn’t mean the glory of God or even my own spiritual well-being. It turned out she had once belonged to a 1970s church that chanted for things like shoes and better jobs. But when I am standing on the...

  • Sharing the love, handling the holidays

    September 3, 2013 | 10:27 am

    Every day in my office, I see parents, embittered by divorce and so grateful to finally be physically and legally apart from a partner they once loved and now hate, struggling to co-parent and jointly make decisions about their children.

    Every day, adults who once loved each...

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