High Holidays

Down on America’s next big etrog farm

By CHAVIE LIEBER

(JTA) — Matt Bycer is like any other 33-year-old attorney who wakes up at the crack of dawn to exercise. Except that rather than sweating to a P90X regimen, Bycer, in a T-shirt, shorts and cowboy hat, lugs 170 buckets of water across his backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz.,...
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Person in the Parsha: VAYELECH

By RABBI TZVI HERSH WEINREB

“Forgiven, But Not Forgotten”

He was one of the greatest Talmud scholars of the last century, but outside of a small circle of disciples, he was never well-known. He was a tragic figure in many ways, and although few have heard of him...
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Succot Activities

An Edible Succah Activity: Assemble an edible Succah made from yummy snacks.

Directions: Spread ready-made frosting (any flavor) on the bottom of a 10-inch plate. Place 3 and a half graham crackers standing up in the frosting for the Succah sides. Place twig-shaped pretzels as slats on top. Squeeze some...
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Cooling the rhetoric in your succah of peace

By EDMON J. RODMAN

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In an election year, a succahdivided against itself cannot stand. Especially in the swing states, where each party is basically claiming that if the other wins we’ll all be living in succahs, political dinner conversation this Succot could really topple an already...
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Cheering the tummy after atoning: breaking the Yom Kippur fast

By JAMIE GELLER

(JTA) — Yom Kippur, the most somber day of the Jewish year, is also called the Day of Atonement and reminds us that we are all accountable for our actions. The concept of New Year’s resolutions that mark our secular New Year’s Day comes from the Jewish...
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In some shuls, congregants are encouraged to keep phones on

By DEBRA RUBIN

(JTA) — Don’t turn off your phone — it’s not an announcement typically heard as religious services begin. But congregants at a Miami Beach High Holidays service for young adults will be asked to use their cellphones to send text messages to the rabbi during parts of the...
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Menu inspired by ‘simanim’ brings meaning to Rosh Hashanah

By JAMIE GELLER

(JTA) — So this is where it all comes together — all the thought, all the planning, the testing. And the tasting, the tasting and the tasting. (That’s the best part). A simanim-inspired menu brings added challenges, but also adds a level of meaning to your Rosh...
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Fun Activities for Rosh Hashanah

FUN  ACTIVITIES FOR ROSH HASHANAH

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year.  It’s a time for all Jews to reflect the prior year, and prepare for the new one!  The term literally means “the head of the year.”

ACTIVITIES: 

1.    Greeting Cards…..Jazz up this fun and traditional activity by scanning your...
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Keeping our word: improving the world

By DASEE BERKOWITZ

NEW YORK (JTA) — Children beginning to acquire language face some amusing obstacles. Confusing basic words is one of them. My son, for example, loved to stretch out his arms and tell me about something that was the biggest or the best “… in the whole wide...
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