Monday, September 1, 2014 Elul 6, 5774
In Israel, even secular Israelis build a sukkah - those makeshift shacks decorated with fruits. Balconies are full of them. But for many American Jews today, Sukkot is an obscure holiday that is celebrated in the synagogue at best. In ancient times, however, when the Temple was still standing in Jerusalem, Sukkot was probably the most popular Jewish holiday -...
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We go back to our archives for some ideas for tashlich, or the custom of literally and symbolically emptying our pockets into flowing water to "wash away our sins."
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The New Year is rapidly approaching - a time to gather together with family and friends in the home and in the synagogue. And we work to make our table beautiful for Rosh Hashanah, just like we do for Shabbat. Here's a fun and simple idea for you to try. You will need: a plastic apple; a plastic honey bear;...
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The Midrash tells us that the world was created in the month of Tishrei. That's also when Adam was created - and then, with one of his ribs, when Eve was created - making it the birthday of this first man and woman. To make your own "Happy Birthday to the World!" banner, you will need: a long, horizontal piece...
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The section of the Torah that describes Rosh Hashanah does not say what we might expect: "In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete rest, a sacred occasion commemorated with loud blasts" (Leviticus 23:32). There is no mention of a "New Year." We're not told much about the significance of the day other...
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