Friday, September 30, 2016 Elul 27, 5776

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M.J. Fine, JE Feature
The music never stops. We may fall behind during the summer months or retreat from the world during the High Holidays, but it's futile to try to pick up where we left off. You'll never catch up, so it's best just to dive right back into the sound of now. The latest addition to my stack of party-starters is "Exotic...
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Sukkot's out, Simchat Torah's in. Festive meals incorporate traditional fare, as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables. The Jewish Holidays Cookbook by Jill Colella Bloomfield offers these two recipes for the holiday of Simchat Torah. If you have the time and energy, make them with your kids. They're sure-fire hits! Pumpkin Soup (Dairy) Pumpkin soup is a terrific dish. Add...
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By:
Louise Fiszer
BEYOND CHICKEN SOUP Small lit candles inserted into red apples that perched on top of handheld Israeli flags constitute fond memories for me of Simchat Torah. Along with other members the junior congregation, I danced joyously in synagogue, waving those flags to commemorate the gift of the Torah to the Jews. But whatever did happen to all those apples? I'm...
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SPEAKING VOLUMES Reinventing Ritual is another one of those colorful, compact, exquisitely produced catalogues raisonné that Yale University Press produces every year. This particular volume, like several of the previous and more notable ones, is tied to a show (with the same title) now up and running at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan. The work's subtitle says it all: "Contemporary...
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Rivka Tal
Webster's New World College Dictionary defines the word kiddush as a "prayer recited over wine or bread on the eve of or on the day of the Sabbath or of a festival so as to set the day apart as holy." The Torah refers to two requirements concerning Shabbat and festivals -- to "keep it" and to "remember it" (...
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