Breaking the fast has its own set of traditions. Egg and cheese dishes — dairy products in general — are popular among the Ashkenazim for the first foods after Yom Kippur. But traditions vary from country to country.
Most rabbis spend the summer months preparing for the High Holidays. This summer, my High Holiday preparation included travelling to Lucknow, India, with 16 other rabbis to immerse ourselves in a “service learning” approach to increasing global justice.
Based on Rabbi Yehoshua Duskis’ background, you might reasonably have predicted that he would become a religious leader. But Duskis, a new rabbi at Elkins Park’s Etz Chaim Center for Jewish Studies, says becoming a religious leader was far from inevitable.