Sunday, August 31, 2014 Elul 5, 5774

The silence in German homes poisoned the atmosphere, within and without
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Earlier this year, the Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld published a memoir, titled The Story of a Life, about his childhood spent on the run from the Nazis, and I praised it as an extraordinary document. Only in the last section of the work, where Appelfeld described his adjustment to living in Israel, did the intensity lessen; for the rest of...
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Zell Schulman, JE Feature
With fall officially here, Jews throughout the world have begun to prepare for the 10-day period of prayer, joy, self-examination, fasting and repentance. This time is known as Yomim Noraim - "the Days of Awe" -or the High Holy Days known to us as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. On Rosh Hashanah nearly 2,500 years ago, the prophet Nehemiah proclaimed,...
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So versatile, so downright delicious, these fungi add to everything
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Daniel Stern, JE Feature
What makes something lasting? Or a masterpiece? Or an heirloom? Part of the value is probably sentimental, but most of the value comes from a quality that is able to withstand the test of time; to provide beauty or enjoyment regardless of the era in which it is being viewed or listened to; or, in this case, eaten. Some things...
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Honey is “manufactured” in one of the world’s most efficient factories — the beehive. Bees may travel as far as 55,000 miles and visit more than 2 million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey. The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms). In fact, there are more...
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During Rosh Hashanah, challah is often shaped into forms other than the usual braid. It may look like wings to associate man with the angels or like a ladder to facilitate our prayers reaching heaven. In a round form, such as this recipes provided courtesy of Jewish Holiday Feasts, the challah recalls the crown of God's kingdom - or the...
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