Monday, August 31, 2015 Elul 16, 5775

Get ready for cool nights -- and hot meals -- during the harvest holiday
By:
Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Sukkot is a joyous holiday. It is regarded as the happiest of biblical festivals, celebrating the gathering of a bountiful harvest. The holiday begins two weeks after the first day of Rosh Hashanah and lasts for seven days. Right on the heels of Yom Kippur, Jews all over the world will put up a sukkah, symbolizing the fragile booths used...
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How a shadowy figure became a medium for dealing with fear
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I've always thought of the golem -- the hulking, servant-like creature that's forever saving the Jews in the course of various myths, short stories and plays -- as the Jewish version of Frankenstein, even though those who know better tell me I'm mistaken. But it seems obvious to me. A bit of clay is brought to life and obeys its...
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By:
Rivka Tal, JE Feature
As most people know, at High Holiday time, we traditionally dip apple slices in honey at the start of our festive meals, expressing our prayers for a sweet new year. In keeping with the honey tradition, I bake a honey cake every year. And an apple cake. But guess what? After a couple of dutiful bites have been taken, the...
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The Sandwich Holiday
By:
Linda Morel, JE Feature
I consider Yom Kippur eve the sandwich holiday -- not because I would ever serve my family and friends sandwiches before going to synagogue on the eve of a solemn fast, but because the start of Yom Kippur is sandwiched between two days of Rosh Hashanah celebrations and the Day of Atonement. With the emphasis that night, as it should...
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By:
Louise Fiszer, JE Feature
At the conclusion of Yom Kippur -- a day of reflection, atonement and fasting -- friends and family come together to exchange greetings and renew their strength, spiritually and physically. Foods served to break the fast should be light and simple restoratives, which include sweet and savory dishes. The following break-the-fast menu can be prepared in advance; in fact, the...
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