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Friendsgiving: The Story of a Minimalist Rosh Hashanah Dinner, Circa 5777

This year, I decided to try something new for Rosh Hashanah. Well, I didn’t really decide — since my parents were gone during Rosh Hashanah...
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Finding Inner Peace a Goal of Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is when we shine as Jews. It’s when our inner G-dliness unites with our outer self. It’s a time of true oneness,...
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Individuals Must Choose Their Role as a Link in the Long Chain of Jewish...

Parshat Nitzavim When I grew up, I spent every summer at URJ Camp Harlam, my summer home. I vividly remember driving through the gate and...
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High Holidays are ‘Glory Days’ for Area Rabbis

Rabbi Barry Schlesinger was sitting in Citizens Bank Park a few weeks ago listening to Bruce Springsteen when a revelation hit him: “The Boss” would’ve...
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Tales of the Shofar to Get the New Year Off Right

The sound of the shofar is usually one of joy and celebration. It’s a time when Jews throughout the world announce the coming of...
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Welcoming the Sweet New Year

I was never especially fond of apples growing up, as I was part of Generation High Fructose Corn Syrup, whose palettes were warped by...
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Female Torah Scribe Part of a Small and Unique Sorority

Julie Seltzer is a female Torah scribe, or soferet. She is believed to be just the second soferet in the world to transcribe an...
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Torah Imparts Timeless Message That There’s Truly No Place Like Home

As Perry Como crooned so beautifully, there’s no place like home for the holidays. He might not have had Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur...
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Don’t Feel Like Cooking? Go to These Places Instead

There are plenty of alternatives for places to go to get the family together to celebrate the New Year. As we continue enduring a record...
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The Gluten Free Jewish Momma is Looking out for You

The Gluten Free Jewish Momma bakes a special Rosh Hashanah challah and Jewish kugel for her daughter and husband and makes sure everything on...