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At Yom Kippur, dreaming of a white yontif

by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

October 3, 2014 | 2:08 pm

Mr. Clean? Edmon J. Rodman modeling his Yom Kippur outfit. (Elan Rodman)

These days, more people are wearing white after Labor Day, especially on Yom Kippur. Last year, to keep up with the trend, I looked to buy a white suit to wear during my yearly battle of... read full article

  • Facing a culture of violence

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    October 3, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    If you know me, you know I love watching and playing sports. I played soccer and tennis in high school, and blew out both of my knees playing daily basketball in my 20s and 30s.  Last week, I brought my Derek Jeter shirt to the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and I have many times...

  • The danger of just talking

    by Darcy Vebber

    October 1, 2014 | 11:35 am

    It’s out of my mouth before I know I’ve said it. Only right afterward do I recognize the feeling of giving in to the urge to say something I shouldn’t, something that is mean, judgmental or just not mine to tell. When I hear my husband or a friend repeating what I shouldn’t have...

  • Study: Fasting on Yom Kippur doubles risk of premature birth

    by JTA

    September 29, 2014 | 3:44 pm

    Fasting on Yom Kippur in the later stages of pregnancy doubles a woman’s risk for premature delivery, according to a new Israeli study.

    Researchers at Soroka University Medical Center and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba reached the conclusion after studying the...

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  • Where will you Tashlich?

    by Cyndi Bemel

    September 24, 2014 | 12:14 pm

    I love the annual ritual of tashlich, the symbolic casting away of the soul’s sins. As it involves a body of water — oceans, rivers, ponds — I like to think of it as an excuse for a hike … and a spiritual adventure.  

    The custom of self-reflection, traditionally performed on the...

  • Bargain-store table settings that look like a million bucks

    by Hanna Benrosh and Lirit Rosenzweig Topaz

    September 24, 2014 | 11:53 am

    The High Holy Days can be a very stressful, time-consuming and expensive season — especially if you are the host for Rosh Hashanah dinner or Yom Kippur break-the-fast.

    The idea of creating beautiful yet affordable table settings by using items from discount stores was born after...

  • A new look in Israel for Shmita, the year of rest

    By Orit Arfa

    September 24, 2014 | 11:15 am

    More than 2,000 years ago, when ancient Israel was an agrarian society, the shmita year was a huge national happening. Commencing with Rosh Hashanah, the people of Israel would gather in the fields to partake of the produce left “ownerless” by farmers who, heeding the biblical...

  • Will the summer of war affect High Holy Days sermons?

    By Ryan Torok

    September 23, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    Every year, synagogue rabbis face the often-daunting task of coming up with compelling High Holy Days sermons.

    This summer’s 50-day Israel-Gaza conflict, during which 66 Israeli soldiers and six Israeli civilians were killed, and more than 2,100 Palestinians died, could make this...

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