Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Av 3, 5774

Although no food is eaten on Yom Kippur, there are a great number of traditions that have to do with food. Families have their own preferences about what is eaten before and after the fast. Many families have a full holiday meat meal before the fast - complete with nice tablecloths, dishes and silver. After the holiday, for the "break-the-fast,"...
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Adina Matusow, JE Feature
A New Year symbolizes a new unknown. Will I be happier than last year? Will I get out more? Should old acquaintances really be forgotten? Will I learn to accept being single or will I meet the person of my dreams? Fortunately, the Jewish New Year does not have an emblematic ball-dropping ceremony (the single person's nightmare), after which we're...
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David Rabbi Straus
VAYELECH SHABBAT SHUVA, Deuteronomy 31: 1-30 This story is told in various versions, but this is how I remember hearing it from one of my heroes, Rabbi Avi Weiss of Riverdale, N.Y. When Chasidic master Reb Yitzhak Yakov, the Seer of Lublin, died, his disciples divided his worldly goods. One received his books and his notes; another his schtender, or...
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Handmade greeting cards reflect the many themes of Rosh Hashanah: blowing the shofar, dipping apples in honey, community togetherness, etc. Creating these cards with special people in mind makes this a wonderful family activity - and perhaps a new tradition. Here's how to make your own "Apple Print Cards." You will need: an apple cut in half around the middle...
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To the uninitiated, a page of Talmud may appear as little more than a sea of letters - perhaps recognizable as Hebrew characters, a few forming intelligible words, but on the whole a distant text, devoid of any real meaning. That's exactly how the Talmud appeared to Downingtown resident Robert Fischer three years ago. "My language skills are non-existent," states...
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